Events Lifestyle

Parkmall brings back country’s biggest gathering of pets

Cebu’s best pet-friendly mall continues to promote responsible and intelligent pet ownership through its animal-friendly facilities and pet-centered events, the biggest of which is the Pet Festival Philippines.

The grand event also celebrates the special relationship that exists between pets and their owners. “Parkmall is a family-oriented mall. Most people treat their pets like family, so it follows that Parkmall welcomes pets like family,” said Engr. Neal Carlson Co, President of Golden Great Value Properties, Inc., the company that owns and operates Parkmall.

Now on its second year, the Pet Festival Philippines on May 11-14 will gather different kinds of pets for 4 days of pet-centered exhibits and competitions to be participated by all the pet clubs, leading pet shops and animal welfare organizations, making it the biggest and most diverse assembly of its kind not just in Cebu, but in the country as well.

PET-FRIENDLY. Parkmall is a pet-friendly mall that promotes responsible and intelligent pet ownership. This photo taken from Parkmall’s Facebook page shows one of the activities in last year’s Pet Festival.

Animal welfare

Marking the official start of the festival on May 12 at 2PM will be a panel discussion on animal welfare and responsible pet ownership with representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Island Rescue Organization (IRO), and Animal Wellness Veterinary Clinic.

Parkmall’s Pawshionista, Cebu’s first and most fabulous fashion competition for pets, returns with two categories: one for dogs and another for cats. This year’s theme is Summer in Bloom where participating pets will strut the runway in their floral summer wear on May 13.

This year, Parkmall is co-organizing the 1st Cebu Dog Road Run together with the K9 CARE (Cebu Agility Run Enthusiast) Dog Sport, and the 1st Royal Canin Dog Sport Challenge, three days of competitions for dogs which include the 6th Cebu Dog Sport National Competition and the 2nd Dog Agility Championship.

Race challenge

Another event highlight is Cebu’s first race challenge for dogs and their humans, the Great Pet Adventure Race in which teams of three dog and human pairs compete to accomplish the tasks in different stations around the mall in the shortest time possible.

Pet Festival Philippines will also be marked by a host of other fun activities and competitions such as the Phone Photography Contest, Creative Dry-Grooming Competition, Pet Parade, All-Breed Fun Match, United Hamster Aficionados’ Hamster Relay Race, and the Philippine Serama Competition.

The event will be for the benefit of the Island Rescue Organization (IRO), a non-profit group that rescues and rehabilitates aspins and puspins before putting them up for adoption every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month as part of Parkmall’s regular Dog Walk. IRO has been the mall’s partner in all of its pet-centered events.

In 2016, Parkmall was accredited by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) as an animal control facility, which means that the entire Parkmall property is safe and conducive for pets. Parkmall is the only mall in Cebu to be accredited as such by BAI. This prompted Parkmall to make the move to go beyond just being pet-friendly and to recognize itself as Cebu’s only pet-loving mall as it continues to understand and cater to the needs of the pets and the pet-loving community. (Press Release)

Food Lifestyle

Buffet 101 Cebu offers all-you-can-eat dining in hotel setting

High ceiling, crystal chandeliers, marble floors, opulent furnishings and a smorgasbord of over 300 Asian and Western dishes, Buffet 101 Cebu puts self-service dining in a five-star hotel setting.

Cebu’s newest buffet restaurant, located at City Time Square in Mandaue City, has the widest selection of Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Japanese and Western cuisine and the grandest dining space in Cebu, said Buffet 101 Cebu owner Robert Chua.

“We have the biggest buffet spread in Cebu and we are the biggest in the Philippines in terms of area. Our dining space is comparable to that of any five-star hotel and we’ve introduced affordability to the buffet,” he said. Buffet 101 has total restaurant area of 1,500 square meters.

According to Chua, the restaurant has a food spread that measures a total of 145 meters and dining area that can accommodate 580 persons. It has two function rooms good for a small group of 24 and a bigger crowd of 70 diners.

Buffet 101 Cebu roast beef
Roast beef, all you can eat.


Buffet 101 Cebu
WIDE SELECTION. Buffet 101 Cebu offers over 300 Asian and Western dishes.


Buffer 101 Cebu
ROASTING STATION. The restaurant offers several roast meat options.

Buffet 101 Cebu menu

The all-meat carving station carries roast beef, pork belly, and prime ribs and there’s spicy salmon, white pepper crab, fresh live suahe, and various types of sushi at the Chinese and Japanese sections.

Seafood comes fresh and hot off the grill and delivered to your table. All you need to do is make your selection.

Sisig, kare-kare, chicken inasal, and crispy pata – those signature local dishes Cebuanos are so fond of – are also available.

With its dessert station offering an extensive list, from kakanins like maja, cuchinta, and palitaw to make-your-own halo-halo and a foundation oozing with chocolate, the restaurant more than satisfies any person’s sweet cravings.

All these come with unlimited soda, tea, juice drinks and even coffee plus draft beer and red wine during dinner at an affordable buffet price.

Buffet 101 Cebu
The restaurant offers several types of cheeses.


Buffet 101 Cebu
Jams, butter.

Restaurant rates

The buffet rate is P599 for lunch and P799 for dinner from Monday to Friday, and the same P799 rate for both lunch and dinner the rest of the week and on holidays. The restaurant imposes service charge of 5%. Senior citizens 70 years old and above pay half the price.

Executive chefs Mark Lo and Wilson Wong said they follow a four-day menu cycle, which means they come up with new dishes every four days.

Access to Buffet 101 is through City Time Square though it is located adjacent to the already existing building. Tan said the building was custom-built for Buffet 101 as they wanted a big, high-ceilinged space.

Chito Manlapaz, regional manager, said the number 101 in the restaurant’s name is actually a representation of a plate flanked by utensils on both sides.

Buffet 101 is under Grand Resto, the mother company that is also behind the chain of Yakimix restaurants in the country. Chua is the Cebu partner for both the Yakimix and Buffet 101 branches here.

Buffet 101 Cebu salads


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BUFFET 101 CEBU OFFICIALS. (From left) Regional manager Chito Manlapaz, chef Mark Lo, chef Wilson Wong, and owner Robert Chua during the media preview of Buffet 101 Cebu.

Contact details

Can’t wait to try the buffet out? Don’t forget to make your reservations at (+63-32) 517-9999 or 517-2222 (tap on numbers to call on your phone).

The restaurant currently overflows with diners and walk-in guests have to wait a long time for their turn at the buffet. Since it is the festive Christmas season, reservations also now have to be called in two days in advance.

Buffet 101 Cebu
HOTEL SETTING. High crystal chandeliers like this, Buffet 101 puts self-service dining in a five-star hotel setting.


Buffet 101 Cebu
CITY TIME SQUARE. Buffet 101 Cebu is located in City Time Square, across the street from Parkmall in Mandaue City.

Bigger, grander Parkmall non-stop sale awaits shoppers

For the second straight year, Parkmall returns with the first and only 36-Hour Non-Stop Sale and makes it even grander.

Catch hot celebrities and huge discounts of up to 80 percent in a non-stop extravaganza of shopping, dining, and entertainment that starts at 10 a.m. on November 14 and ends at 10 p.m. on November 15.

Get a chance to win big in the raffle draws which have up to P120,000 cash prizes at stake. The more you shop, the more chances at winning. Also up for grabs are a furniture showcase from Living ‘n Style and an overnight stay for two at Crown Regency Hotel.

Parkmall 36-hour Non-Stop Sale
SALE, PARTY. Last year’s party during the Parkmall 36-Hour Non-Stop Sale.


Lucky Bag promotion

Parkmall’s non-stop sale also features the first ever lucky bag promotion in the Philippines. Each Parkmall Lucky Bag will contain great items and only cost at least half the total price of the items inside. Imagine getting twice, thrice, or even four times your money’s worth with every Parkmall Lucky Bag.

It’s non-stop excitement even at dawn when you can catch the stars, Robi Domingo and Teejay Marquez, as they shop in Parkmall from 2 AM to 3 AM. Get a chance to meet and greet them both.

Parkmall 36-hour Non-Stop Sale Lucky Bag
LUCKY BAG. Each bag will contain great items and only cost at least half the total price of the items inside.


The excitement continues way until dawn of November 15 when shoppers get a glimpse of popular stars Robi Domingo and Teejay Marquez starting at 2 a.m. The Crazy Duo entertains shoppers with the best funny punchlines at 4 a.m.

Get to meet and greet author Marcelo Santos III during the launching of the Extended Edition of his book – “Mahal Mo Siya. Mahal Ka Ba?” – on November 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. together with Bekimon and Lloyd Cadena.


Parkmall Enchanting Christmas Park

Bring out the creative artist in you with the WeWillDoodle illustrator, Nelz Yumul, who will doodle on a lifesize canvass which guests can color.

Witness the launching of Parkmall’s Enchanting Christmas Park as it closes its 36-hour sale on November 15 and welcomes the holiday season with a blast.

It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year with Parkmall’s 36-Hour Non-Stop Sale. For more details, check out Parkmall on Facebook or go to (Press Release)

Feature Food

Cafe Namoo provides different cafe experience

If you want a place where you can drink coffee and do some work or business on the side, then Cafe Namoo is not for you.

Cafe Namoo, which labels itself as a dessert cafe and bistro, is more for lounging around or hanging out with family and friends. My son describes it the coolest coffee shop in town. He’s 11.

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Cafe Namoo in City Time Square, Mandaue City is filled to the rafters with messages on post-it notes by customers.

Instead of tables and chairs, the cafe has sections separated by wooden partitions. Each square section is closed off on three sides and curtained on the remaining open side. Cushions are provided and guests, who have to sit on the wooden floor, can use them as back props or pillows if they want to lie down. I learned the hard way that a short dress is a definite no-no.

There’s a low table where you can put your food and drinks.

There are sections with a top tier, like bunk beds. The top areas are accessible through wooden stairways. I haven’t tried it though. I don’t know if there is a limit to the number of people that can quite safely and conveniently stay on the top areas. Vandalism is prohibited but you can bring post-it notes, write inspirational words on them and paste them on the walls.

cafe namoo sections
At Cafe Namoo, guests squat on the floor and are provided with pillows for their comfort.

The Cafe Namoo I’ve tried out is one at City Time Square across Parkmall in Mandaue City. I heard there’s a Cafe Namoo along Old Banilad Road in Cebu City. It’s at the second floor of Northgate Cente, across Gaisano Country Mall, in Banilad.

Getting there

Cafe Namoo is just near Parkmall in Mandaue City. From Cebu City, you can take the Urgello or Mandaue jeepneys that pass by Parkmall. It’s a short trip by cab.

Address: City Time Square, Mandaue City
Business hours: 8 a.m.-1 a.m. (weekdays); 8 a.m.-3 a.m. (weekends)

Food News

Golden Cowrie opens newest Hukad branch at Parkmall in Mandaue

Sisig tofu and other dishes for the health conscious as well as new variations on old recipes make up the menu at the newest and seventh restaurant branch of Golden Cowrie at Parkmall in Mandaue City.

Aside from the usual Filipino fare of crispy pata, pinakbet, ginataang langka, sinigang na hipon, diners can also order sisig squid, escabeching tanguige, and naked chicken pandan at the Hukad sa Golden Cowrie in Parkmall.