Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cebu’s Best Restaurants Now Open at SM Hypermarket Cebu!

          Three of the most popular Cebuano restaurants gather at SM Hypermarket Cebu. The sumptuous meals tourists and locals have fallen in love with can now be enjoyed at their favorite hypermarket at the spur of their craving. With just a visit at SM Hypermarket, shoppers can now indulge in the traditional styles of Conching's Native Chicken, the mouth-watering barbecue of A-One Tinola ug Sinugba, and the innovative "super lechon" of Cebu Lechon Belly. These powerhouse names are the who's who when it comes to good Cebuano dining, and just like their best-sellers, their stories are just as tasty.     


Native flavors at Conching's

       If you ask around who makes the best BBQ Chicken in Cebu, there can only be one answer; it's Conching's Native Chicken. Conching's has been in the BBQ business since 1968 but, back then, it was just a small ihaw-ihaw stall selling only pork and chicken BBQ. But because it has such a unique taste, Conching’s native chicken has been selling hot since day one.

        "We always use native chicken, that's half of the secret, the rest is our family's trade secret” said Pia Layam, owner of Conching’s Native Chicken.
Today, Conching's remains to be a household name in BBQ chicken. It's one of the most popular food destinations of tourists, local residents and even renowned politicians and top celebrities. Also, since its early days in the 60’s, their menu has expanded to include crabmeat, pochero, and balbacua.                

A-One's famous Sinugba

       What started as streetfood selling grilled items and tinola at Pier Tres is now one of the most popular restaurants in Cebu. They got their name simply because their old stall was located in front of a lumber store called A-One lumber and their customers started to refer to them as A-One. Since then, A-One Tinola ug Sinugba has been Cebu’s number one destination when it comes to flavorful fish tinola and anything cooked over hot coals. Originally owned by a fisherman and his wife, they sold only the freshest catch from the sea grilled to perfection.

        Esmeralda Paca, one of the daughters of the late owners of A-One said “The sea is full of treasures. It’s really a bountiful gift we must cherish.”
Today, A-One is among the biggest seafood destinations in Cebu. People simply crave for their freshly grilled tuna, squid, marlin, and more. Of course, they still have grilled pork belly but the real delight can be found in the food they got from the sea.

The Revolutionary Cebu Lechon Belly

        Cebu Lechon Belly started in 2012 from an idea that revolutionized lechon. Heralded “super lechon” by the company, Cebu Lechon Belly is an innovation that gives people what they want. First, it’s the belly part which is very tender, it’s where all the flavor goes because of the cavity where lechoneros put spices and lemon grass, and it’s boneless; 100% goes down the stomach. Every inch of Cebu Lechon Belly is guaranteed to be as good as the other bites.

      “I admit we had a hard time at first kasi we’re in Cebu, the place famous for lechon. It’s hard to compete with the favorites but what we have introduced is something that people really want. We’re just giving it to them” said Marlon Gochan, owner of Cebu Lechon Belly.

        At first, Cebu Lechon Belly struggled a little as it went up against traditional greats but, eventually, people started to discover them and become instant fans of their lechon. Today, Cebu Lechon Belly has over 30 branches nationwide and they were the first Cebu based lechon business to ever reach Metro Manila.
Three of the most sought after restaurants in Cebu gather at SM Hypermarket Cebu making it easier for anyone who has then hankering for great Cebuano food to satisfy his craving. Now, SM Hypermarket Cebu is not anymore just for groceries, clothes, and home essentials. It’s now also where people could taste the most delicious food Cebu has to offer. All it takes is just one trip to SM Hypermarket; no more long lines and full parking lots, just great Cebuano food. Cebu’s best restaurants open at SM Hypermarket Cebu on December 17, 2014

Sinulog 2015

         Where's everyone? Sinulog is bashing its way already. hearing loud blasts of Sinulog music and  bunch of banderitas along the streets. What are your plans for Sinulog? Here's some of the fun that is waiting for you in the Queen city of the south!

January 15

January 16

Januuary 17

January 18


      So! Which places would you hit? But before please also be guided with the route of the procession of the Sto. Niño, its still sacred to join this solemn activity before going out and enjoying yourselves

      Lastly, a burger joint from Davao opens it doors for us during the Sinulog Period, you guys should check them out!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Community welcomes arrival of clean toilets in “Fiesta” video

It's been a while since I posted something, Iv'e been studying my heart because I'll be an intern already in a big hospital here in Cebu! Anyways, I'll try to keep back on the blog track. Here's an article about a special day for our toilets not just at home but every toilet around. But before you read this article, click on the VIDEO here or the one below :) 


        It’s a scene typically played out during fiestas: People rushing to the streets, drawn to the sound of a marching band. Everyone is smiling, eager to see the “star” of the celebration. But instead of showing the face of a movie celebrity, a beauty queen or a politician, the video reveals an unlikely, yet welcome sight—a new, clean toilet facility. 

        Aptly titled “Fiesta”, the Domex video, produced by Unilever Philippines, is available on Youtube and shows how underprivileged Filipinos welcome the “arrival” of clean toilet facilities in their communities. “The video aims to make people realize the value of a toilet which most of us, unfortunately, take for granted,” said Dennis Chua, Domex Brand Manager. 

       The “Fiesta” video contributes to the efforts of Domex’s One Million Clean Toilets Movement. Each unique view translates into a pledge for the advocacy campaign which collects pledges from households to conscientiously maintain their own hygienic bathrooms. For every pledge received, Domex will donate P5 to UNICEF’s sanitation program, towards improving access to basic sanitation in deprived areas around the world, including the Philippines. 

       “By watching the ‘Fiesta’ video and asking our friends to watch it, we are not only raising awareness for toilet appreciation and sanitation, more importantly, we are helping less privileged communities gain access to clean toilet facilities,” said Benjie Yap, Unilever Foods and Home Care Vice President. 

Clean toilets, germ-free communities

      All over the country, people are welcoming the construction of new toilet facilities and the repair of dilapidated ones, since becoming aware of its role in disease prevention, especially among children. 

       According to the Department of Health, of the estimated 3,420 diarrhea-related deaths among Filipino children under 5 every year, around 2,000 could have been prevented by access to safe water, improved toilet sanitation and personal hygiene.

       “This video should serve as a wake-up call for most of us. The little things we take for granted, like having a clean toilet, could mean the world to others and could definitely help save lives,” Chua said.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The amazing one laba day!

          Breeze ActivBleach is treating mommies across the country to a day off from their laundry chores with the simultaneous nationwide event 1Laba Day happening on August 28.
          Moms in barangays throughout Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are invited to head to 1Laba Day venues and let Breeze’s revolutionary ActivBleach take care of their stained clothes while they take part in exciting activities Breeze has in store for them to celebrate every mother’s hard work and love for her family.
          With 1 Laba Day, Breeze aims to wash 1 million stains using Breeze ActivBleach, which removes even the toughest of stains in just one wash. Participating moms can enjoy their ultimate laundry day-off as Breeze treats them to various entertainment activities, while the Breeze Laba Ladies and Laba Machines, sponsored by campaign partners Electrolux, White Westinghouse, Whirpool and LG, will take care of washing their clothes.
          Simultaneous 1Laba Day events will happen in Metro Manila (Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City, Pasay), North Luzon (Tarlac, Pangasinan), South Luzon (Laguna, Cavite), Visayas (Cebu), and Mindanao (Davao).
          Breeze with ActivBleach is the first and only detergent brand with 4-enzyme technology to remove more types of stains with less effort and time. It even has a unique active system for better foam profile and quicker lather, plus percarbonate TAED bleach that takes out bleachable stains without harming the environment. 
         Be a part of the Breeze 1 Laba Day event and see for yourself how Breeze with ActivBleach removes 1 million stains in just one wash. Like the official Breeze Facebook page (@BreezePhilippines) and join the online promos to get the chance to win washing machines from partner brands. Consumers can also get free Breeze gift packs for every purchase of an Electrolux, Whirlpool and LG washing machine. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The wings and the wingman, Revealed!

If you have heard about DuzGrill, 10 Dove Street and Cul-De-sac, which are restaurants attached to a home inside a village, another add-up to the list of specialty restau-attached-to-a-house is Gibbs’ Hot wings. Owned by, Frank Oliva proprietor of Heart Tea Milk tea, he brings another hot, literally hot craze in town.  I know you’ll ask who Gibbs is; actually, Gibbs is the name of the Golden Retriever that Frank’s son owns, at first I also thought that it was a name of a family member but surprisingly it’s a dog, how great is that dog!

Details to remember before dining:

Location: inside Holy Family Village Banilad, Cebu City

Budget: 100 up

Parking Space: Available

Reservations: Advised

Outdoor seating: Available

Credit Cards: Not as of the moment

Store Hours: 11:00-2:00 PM (Lunch) Tuesdays- Saturdays

                          5:30-10:00 PM (Dinner) Tue-Sat

                          5:30-10:00 PM (Dinner) Sundays


Following the directions above, we came up into a small driveway one night, and saw a signage that says “Gibbs’ Hot wings”, along with Zhequia of FTW and Fhebe, we all shared a night full of hotness and deliciousness. We were guided by the Owner Frank, throughout our meal and were also entertained by him and his insane wit.

He introduced the Chicken pockets with Chicken Salad to us, we were lucky to be one of the first few people to try this dish because her wife came upon this dish few days before we went there. You have a chance to choose whether, you will fill the pockets by yourself or just let them do it for you, I’d prefer doing it myself tho, and it’s a little itsy-touchy with your food before munching it.

The Chicken salad comprised with Cabbage, Cucumbers, Onions and Tomatoes which were very fresh because all were crunchy. The chicken was crispy and chock-full with flavour. We filled our Pita breads with the chicken salad and start tasting the quest within it, I’m one of those kinds who would like to have my Pita Bread a lil toasted to add crisp and flavour and so as my friend on the other side of the table Zhee loved it that way. But, even if the Pita Bread served to us was not toasted the mishmash of the Salad and the bread was vital, raging of flavours and bursting of the sweet dressing of the Salad was rumbling inside my mouth. It actually tasted like Shawarma but the owner preferred not to compare it with that because seemingly they are different, for me, the dressing me reminded me of that Shawarma, that little bitch. Hahahaha

Next, a sexy platter of hot wings with a dip was served in front of us.

Just three things before getting a hand of these deviously delicious buddies: Wash your hands. Brace yourself. Eat sexy (with bare hands! No knives and forks!)

I’ve already tried these beautiful and hot wings before, and I should say nothing has changed, it is still the Buffalo wings I fell in love with. There is hot for the nerds and insanely hot for the freaks (in fact the hot itself is very very very very hot) it is accompanied by a Garlicky dip which I assumed is a Garlic Ranch or anything closer to it because Frank doesn’t know the name of it. You could see how the hot sauce embraces the wings so just imagine the tender chicken and innocent combination of sweet and spicy sauce assimilates and forms an army of scrumptiousness ready to fill your craving. From a scale of 1-10, the Buffalo wings from Gibbs is eleven, this is ultimate.
 He also introduced us to the newest add-up to their menu the Cream Cheese and Garlic Chicken. Tender chicken drenched with cream cheese sauce and topped with grated parmeasan cheese.

This dish was a blend of sweetness and saltiness; I’m not a fan of cheeses so I don’t really find this dish thaaaat alluring, the cheesiness was a bit over to me but I guess this dish wasn’t that bad after all because Zhee, preferred it than of the Buffalo wings.

To wrap things up in a small platter, the Chicken pockets with chicken salad is a good starter for your feast, Filipino’s as we know it, rice is good for everything so you can order one from Gibbs’ even if this is like an American turf because of the wings Filipinos can still rock the crib and enjoy the meal with our beloved carb. Lastly don’t ever leave the premise without writing around the walls of Gibb’s hot wings, you can write anything about the wings, the place and the wingman, Mr. Frank Oliva.

Atty. Ethelbert Quano named Mr. Frank Oliva as the newest Wingman of Cebu.

For a happy belly:
"Chicken Pockets with chicken salad"- P
"Hot wings"- P 175.00
"Cream cheese and Garlic chicken"- P 205.00
Gibbs' hot wings

Zhee wrote for the first time, I wrote for the second time. We'll see the charm on the third time.

 I don't own the fotos in this post. (c) Emma Zhequia of FTW blog
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