Book Jpark rooms at discount with ‘Jpark SummeRush Sale’ promo

BALM FOR THE SUMMER HEAT. With the soaring temperatures, resorts like Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark offer a much-need and fun respite. (Photo provided by Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark)

Summer’s not over at Cebu’s only five-star waterpark resort, Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark (JPI).

#DigitalNomad hotspot: Bo’s Coffee in Datag, Maribago

BO’S COFFEE IN DATAG, MARIBAGO. This branch of the popular Cebu-based coffee chain is a recommended Digital Nomad hotspot: great coffee, good food, strong wireless Internet and a quiet environment for work.

This branch of Bo’s Coffee is at the center of the tourism enclave in Datag, Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City. It is a veritable Republic of Korea, with the sprouting of foreign, mostly Korean, shops and restaurants and the influx of droves upon busloads of Korean tourists. But whenever we need to work outside the house but…

Tumalog Falls in Oslob offers breathtaking vista, refreshing experience

TUMALOG FALLS. This beautiful falls is located in Oslob, southern Cebu.

After a steep two-kilometer climb that had the smell of burnt rubber wafting in the air as we got out of the parking area and a harrowing motorcycle ride of less than a kilometer of bad and steep road, we found ourselves in the breathtaking, almost ethereal Tumalog Falls in Oslob, southern Cebu.

#DigitalNomad hotspot: Figaro in IT Park

AMPLE POWER SOURCE. Figaro provides enough power outlets for its customers.

If you are within the IT Park in Lahug, one of the best places to work in is Figaro in The Walk. Whenever we need to work within the vicinity, we almost always choose Figaro because of 3 things: 1) it has strong LTE signal from Smart, 2.) it serves good food, and 3) it…

Megaworld opens al fresco foodstrip at Mactan Newtown

SHELLFISH served by Choobi-Choobi.

Cebu lechon belly, seafood like shrimps and shellfish, native chicken, and pork barbecue are just among the Cebuano dishes you can have at Mactan Alfresco, a newly-opened foodstrip at the Megaworld township development Mactan Newtown. The foodstrip is a covered, circular kiosk that offers open-air dining. Seven of its 14 tenants started operations over the…

Swim in blue seas, zip or dive from a cliff in Funtastic Island Medellin

GREAT VIEW. Funtastic Island is part of Gibitngil, an island-barangay gifted with sparkling waters, vast coral reefs, long stretch of sand beaches, a picturesque sand bar and rock formations. (Photo provided by Medellin local government)

Funtastic Island is part of Gibitngil, an island-barangay gifted with sparkling waters, vast coral reefs, long stretch of sand beaches, a picturesque sand bar and rock formations reminiscent of those in Coron, Palawan.

Cebu Pacific adds Good Friday flights from Cebu to 3 top destinations

Cebu Pacific adds three round-trip flights from Cebu to Caticlan, Puerto Princesa, and Siargao.

Cebu Pacific is opening additional round-trip flights this April 3, Good Friday, from Cebu to three destinations. These are Caticlan, Puerto Princesa, and Siargao, according to a statement from GMR Megawide corporate affairs head Estee Marie Patiño Plunket. The following are the Cebu Pacific flight numbers for the respective routes: 5J 140 and 5J 141…

7 heritage churches in Metro Cebu for your Visita Iglesia

The cathedral in 1962.

Make your Visita Iglesia this week a journey not just of faith but also of heritage by choosing to visit the centuries-old Spanish period churches that are common across the island of Cebu. For your list of seven churches to visit this Holy Week, check out these places of worship in Metro Cebu that have…

Eight fun things to do at Papa Kit’s

Papa Kit's overnight rooms have sea views from the front and back windows.

A nondescript gate by the roadside in Liloan leads into the resort called Papa Kit’s, named after the family patriarch Papa Kito or Democrito Mendoza Sr. Though the way in is cramped and narrow, it is an entirely different story once you are inside the Papa Kit’s Marina and Fishing Lagoon. The whole complex is…

Be Resorts Mactan plans renovation, offers exciting promos for 2015

NEW LOOK AHEAD. Be Resorts Mactan plans to go on a renovation spree that involves repainting exteriors, redesigning the lobby and rooms, as well as upgrading amenities.

This 2015, expect big changes at Be Resorts Mactan. This small but chic boutique resort in Punta Engaño plans to go on a renovation spree that involves repainting exteriors, redesigning the lobby and rooms, as well as upgrading amenities. “This year, we aim to refresh the look of the resort. We want to transform Be…

19 Samboan attractions that make it a top Cebu destination

The fourth of the five-tier Aguinid Falls in Samboan, Cebu.

With several waterfalls thriving in the hills and forested areas of Samboan, no doubt a journey to this humble town begins and ends with a splash. It’s not always about the quantity, of course, but talk about flowing waters — from loud, shallow currents to inviting hushed cascades — it’s on these God-given gifts that…

Samboan is home to natural, heritage attractions

The town center of Samboan from the third level of the Spanish period belfry and watchtower named Campanario de Antigua.

As one of the few towns located at the southernmost tip of Cebu, Samboan is an unspoiled gem of natural wonders and ancient stone monuments. It is home to rivers, springs, waterfalls, caves and clean coastlines as well as structures that are hundreds of years old and bear silent witness to Samboan’s early years. Here…

Lambug Beach in Badian offers perfect, peaceful getaway

Lambug Beach in Badian offers a peaceful respite from the hubbub of city life.

Fuel cost for a three-hour drive from Lapu-Lapu City to Lambug Beach in Badian, Cebu and back for three vehicles carrying 16 adults and kids. P3,000. Dinner and breakfast. P2,000. Overnight stay in two of the resort’s huge rooms. P3,000. Our fun and enjoyment at the powdery fine white sand beach of Lambug. Priceless. The…

Imperial Palace rebrands to JPark Island Resort Cebu

Imperial Palace will start being known as JPark Island Resort Cebu by June 1. (Photo taken from resort website)

By June 1, Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort and Spa will start being known as JPark Island Resort Cebu (JPI). The move is intended to create a common brand for existing and upcoming products and services of Philippine BXT Corp., resort owner and operator, and in recognition of its Korean and Filipino owners, said Reno Bacolod,…

Santa Catalina de Alejandria Church in Carcar

The Santa Catalina de Alejandria Church in Carcar was built from 1860-1875.

One of the very first things people notice about the Santa Catalina de Alejandria Parish Church is the life-size statues of the 13 apostles perched on the columns of the structure’s fenced patio. Another is of a similar sculpture of the fourteenth apostle, the betrayer Judas Iscariot, standing apart on a pillar near the rectory.…

Filinvest starts work on Il Corso in Cebu

Filinvest Group president and CEO Josephine Yap (2nd from R) leads the Il Corso ceremonial unveiling at SRP in Cebu City.

Imagine a strip of land dotted with retail shops, boutiques, bars, cafes and restaurants. Shaded walkways and landscaped gardens allow people to walk along the 11 connected buildings that can be found all throughout its length. The whole stretch has a view of the sea on one side. At the far end is built a…

Rich symbolism in Argao’s St. Michael the Archangel Church

Like other Augustinian structures built in the late 18th century in the Philippines, the San Miguel Arcangel or St. Michael the Archangel Church of Argao is an edifice of impressive dimensions. This structure set in stone is 72 meters long, 16 meters wide, and 10 meters high. It is adjacent to the Argao town plaza…

Top Bohol destinations included in Travel Village day tour

Bohol's rolling terrain of haycock hills can be seen from an observatory at a recently owned establishment called the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park.

It took longer to reach some of Bohol’s popular tourist spots and attractions because of the damage to some roads and bridges but they are open and welcoming visitors again. The drive to the famous Bohol destination named Chocolate Hills took two hours because of road diversions and the viewing deck built atop one of…

Coal Mountain Resort in Argao is retreat heaven

Coal Mountain Resort in Argao offers a wide view of the surrounding mountains. All three of the resort's pools get water from a mountain spring.

On our way to Coal Mountain Resort in Argao, Cebu, we missed a turn and ended up taking a much longer route. What should have been an hour’s drive through scenic (though narrow) mountain roads took the better of two hours. The first thought that came to my mind when we arrived, wearied from our…