Monday, February 26, 2018

Maayo Hotel - Cebuanos' pride

Nowadays, we would find it amazing and feels really good to have an establishment,  like a hotel that you can relate - something that you can call your own. Something that you can be proud of.

Last December 2017, I was honored to receive an invitation to experience Maayo Hotel at its best. We all know that this hotel is in its soft opening and I got very curious to know more about what this hotel can offer. 

What I like about Maayo is - it simply connotes me and us as Cebuanos.. because unambiguously, Maayo speaks about us as good people who give great service! Maayo means best or great!

The front desk receptionists say,"Maayong Hapon"

I got really excited to be the bearer of good news - I want to share my unforgettable experience at MAAYO HOTEL.

The moment I stepped in the big door of Maayo Hotel, I can see the people standing at the door, at the lobby and even at the front desk wearing their big wide smile and greeting me "Maayong Hapon! "(which means "good afternoon" in Cebuano) and I gave them a smile too with a heart filled with pride. 

My room at Maayo Hotel
On my way to the front desk, I was welcomed with Cebuano hospitality - very quick verification and lo and behold, the next thing I know, I got my card key for my room.

When I got in the room, I am so impressed with the interiors of the room, it is a fusion of the traditional and contemporary Filipino designs especially the door. It is so Filipino.. the door has our Filipino mat-like design (known as banig in Cebuano).

A letter from the GM.. Thank you, Maayo Hotel!

Now, my favorite part is, of course, trying their food.

Maayo Hotel is promoting wellness, they have a wide array of options promoting good healthy diets like brown rice, green food like veggies and fruits. Moreover, our own Filipino food options are on the buffet table like champorado, saging, camote, kakanin and many more.
A glimpse of how smiling the Maayo servers are

Filipino designed lights

With my friend, Christine

Getting to know the food in Maayo hotel

Maja Blanca

Back ribs

Vietnamese vegetable rolls
"Uma, the hotel´s all-day dining outlet now serves mouthwatering breakfast buffet recipes for guests at only P400.00 per person."

For inquiries and reservations, you may contact them at (032) 5170200.

Let me give you a quick tour of their lobby:

Maayo hotel's lobby

the waterfall design in Maayo hotel

the birds

Maayo hotel's lobby

Maayo hotel's lobby

Maayo Dos is one of the Maayo hotel's function rooms

the big tree near the stairs

I love the feels in Maayo lobby, it is so homey and it somehow gives you nature feels which Cebu is known for. In the lobby, you will be able to see the fountain in a form of waterfalls, near the stairs is a big tree and there are birds design flying. It is definitely very unique and incomparable from the rest. It talks about who we are and what Cebu is.

Maayo Hotel's pool area at the roof deck:

love the view here

so peaceful

I enthusiastically played their grand piano in the lobby and have been enjoying the night while reminiscing my old hobby of playing the piano.

me playing the grand piano of Maayo hotel
 Then I had a good night sleep in the soft, smooth and comfortable bed.

Early morning, I peeked out of the window and I was surprised at how beautiful the sunrise view of Maayo Hotel's rooftop.

It is overlooking the Mactan bridge and the very busy streets of Mandaue City.

Now, you don't have to go to Bantayan Island or any islands of Cebu to capture a picturesque view of the Sunrise. At Maayo Hotel, you can get all you want to capture by just spending a night in the new Cebuano hotel - Maayo Hotel.

The impressive view of the sunrise at Maayo hotel.

So grand and magnificent

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Surfing in San Juan, La Union

Last January 30, 2018 -  I had my second chance to surf but this time it's at Kahuna Beach,  San Juan, La Union. It's my first time to visit San Juan, so by default, I was full of excitement especially because I got the chance to travel with good friends.

loving the beach at Kahuna, San Juan, La Union

loving the beach at Kahuna, San Juan, La Union
How to get to San Juan, La Union:

* If you are in a private vehicle, take an hour and a half to 2 hours road trip from Baguio City to La Union, passing through Naguilan Road to the town called San Juan. There are a lot of choices for you choose from on where to surf, some of the surfing beaches are  Kahuna beach, Flotsam and Surf Shack. On this trip, we chose Kahuna beach since we have a kid and we want to give him a safe place to swim.

**If you will be commuting from Baguio, you may opt for the following:
From Baguio
Travel time: 2 hours
Fare: P104

Take an air-conditioned bus bound for San Fernando, Vigan, Abra, or Laoag via:
Partas (Gov. Pack Road)
Fariñas (Gov. Pack Road)
Philippine Rabbit (Gov. Pack Road)

 For reservations and overnight package, you may contact the following:
 1. Kahuna Beach Resort

     Call (072) 607 1040
     Facebook page:

Kahuna Beach Resort has complete amenities in which you will surely enjoy, may you choose to spend an overnight stay or day use. It will definitely gives you the comfort and security of a home away from home.

Kahuna's infinity pool has its grand view fronting the beach as you watch the surfers overcoming their fears and just flowing with the big waves of South China Sea. Kahuna's Cafe is overlooking the beach too, so while you are having a meal or a cup of coffee, you will feel relax as the sea breeze touches your face and the water is welcoming you in.

For more options on where to stay in La Union, here are some of the best:

 2.  FLOTSAM and JETSAM Artist Beach Hostel
       SurfTown, La Union, PHILIPPINES
      Call 0917 802 1328

3.  Surf Shack
     238 National Highway, San Juan, La Union
     San Juan, La Union
     Call (072) 607 4914

If you want to surf, you can just go down the resort to the beach and you can rent a surfing board for an hour and that's already with an instructor for Php 450. You can expect that before your one hour ends, you will be ready to surf alone.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Global Art

Global Art Cebu bested centers around the world and was recognized  as being one of the Top 10 outstanding  International Franchisee for 2017-2018. And because Global Art wants to show their gratitude towards their clients, they've organized a THANKSGIVING PARTY last January 27, 2018 (Saturday), 3:00pm-5:00pm, at the 2nd level lobby of Banilad Town Center, Cebu. This event also coincides with their 4th Anniversary Celebration, where they had showcase the creative output of their students through an art exhibit.

I, myself was mesmerized by the artistic outputs of the students and felt really proud of how dynamic our art education has improved. At an early stage of our child, we can already give them the best art school (of course - Global Art) for them to have an avenue to develop their gifts.

Here are some of the art exhibits by the Global Art students:

Global Art Exhibit 2018

Global Art Exhibit 2018

Global Art Exhibit 2018

Global Art Exhibit 2018

Global Art is the World's No. 1 Children's Art Enrichment Program, with more than 600 centers in 18 countries including the US, Australia, China and most of the Southeast Asia. Through its award-wining and internationally-recognized programs, Globalart aims to enhance a child's creative thinking skills through learning technical art techniques and disciplines.

Global Art Exhibit 2018

Global Art Exhibit 2018

Global Art Exhibit 2018

Global Art Exhibit 2018

Global Art Exhibit 2018

I was a witness to the art exhibit last January 27 and all I can say is that the investment you will be putting up for your child's development is all worth it. I was with my blogger friend who has a child and we really got excited to try the art techniques that their friendly teachers imparted to us. It didn't stop me from wishing that if only we have this kind of school before then I would have been good in arts. :) (sigh!) but I guess, I have to give this to the next generation! It is an opportunity for parents to seize for their children to embark on for their future.

For more information about Globalart Cebu and to schedule a FREE TRIAL, visit or their website at You can also call 316-8418 / 0917-547-4010 (Banilad Town Center branch) or 316-7382 / 0977-831-7894 (Capitol Square branch) or email them at

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Clash 2018

Today, February 17, 2018 - I had the chance to interview the only Asia's Songbird - Ms. Regine Velasquez who visited the Queen City of the South to give us a brief discussion about her new show in GMA 7 this year entitled  - " The Clash"

It is a singing contest open to all (from 16 y.o. and above)

When I asked Miss Regine the following questions:

What makes it different from the other singing competition?

Unlike the other singing contest that GMA has produced, the exciting part is pwede kang pumili sa kakalabanin mo na you think na kaya mo.. ganun yung concept kaya the clash

Who are the other judges in this show?

There's Ai- Ai Delas Alas, Christian Bautista and Lani Misalucha for the contest proper
but for the screening, we have Vehnee Saturno, Jay Durias, and Derek Bert De Leon

How long does this show last?

It's for fourteen weeks or one season

The Clash

 It is a singing contest that has an exciting new concept. If you wanna challenge yourself, pick the best contender... it's more of you as a singer, what you think you are capable of doing to be the best.

Nowadays you just don't join, they train you.. gaining so much more than just singing.. those are the things that are given to you for free. The biggest teacher you'll ever have is experience.

What made you say yes to this project?

It's an exciting project, they talked to me about this na since last year and they've been working on this for a year now.. Why would I not say yes, di ba? I came from there and it's nice to be there standing with the contestants because they know I can relate to them and they somehow feel at ease.. 'yun man lang maitulong ko sa kanila. it's an honor for me to be hosting this kind of contest.

It's an honor for me to be part of this show very soon… 
This show will be aired twice a week, malamang weekends. This is indeed a  good way of discovering new talents. 

Why Cebu?

Cebu is where we are holding the first public audition.. inuna na muna namin kung saan maraming magagaling. madami talagang magagaling dito.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Cebu Bloggers Society celebrating its 10th year Anniversary

I can vividly remember how I began my journey with Cebu Bloggers Society. I was independently chasing my passion for writing..having a personal blog only to have a record of my travels to remind me of how beautiful my country is, as well as to help my friends and colleagues in making itineraries for their trips especially in a BPO setting. Way back 2012, I started my own blog and that was my key to becoming a member of the CBS last 2015.

Fast forward to February 14, 2018, Cebu Bloggers Society are one in celebrating our 10th year Anniversary as a family and as the premiere and most trusted group of digital influencers in Cebu. We have kept and continued to keep our name on top and everyone are just so proud of being a part of this reputable group of bloggers. 

The Cebu Bloggers Society 10th Anniversary Gala Night is co-presented by Cebu Parklane International Hotel, our official venue partner, AirAsia, our official airline partner, SkyWaterpark Cebu, our official waterpark partner, and Oppo, our official smartphone partner. Have some cravings? You can now order your food and groceries online with Just download the app and have them delivered to your doorstep.

And we thank our sponsors, BigSEED PR and Events, Megaworld, PLDT Home, Smart, Ayala Center Cebu, Mcdonalds, Starbucks and Havaianas for their never-ending support to Cebu Bloggers Society (CBS).

The Cebu Bloggers Society

We were able to commemorate the 10-year journey of our professionalism and unity in bringing the name Cebu Bloggers.

Let me share with you how CBS opened the avenue for me to expand my knowledge, my ideas, and my relationships.

When I started, I was sure of my niche - of course, it is gonna be a travel blog as my objective is to promote my country to my fellow Filipinos and to the international world. Moreover, with me becoming part of this group, I was introduced to more fields to blog about food, events, and lifestyle.

Clearly, it did not just allow me to do my passion. It did give even more! - more than I’ve ever imagined.

It gives me the right to be acknowledged and recognized by companies for work collaboration,
which helps in enhancing my self-confidence and self-reliance.

I had become more aggressive in reaching my dreams as it opens more opportunities for me, especially in my career growth.

I can’t be grateful enough for this team - The Cebu Bloggers, as it serves as my key to a lot of doors to better myself.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The New Sheriff's Grill

Yes! A cozy place with your comfort food and a bunch of your favorite people is a perfect treat for you!

It is such a pleasure for me to be the bearer of good news, A new Sheriff is in town! Opening their doors to the Cebuanos early this January, people are starting to get crazy over their great food at affordable prices.

The New Sheriff's Grill - A Wild West theme Resto!

I was one of the lucky customers who were able to try their food a few days after they launched.

And I have enjoyed every bite of the ribs, every munch of the soft meat and every chew of their delicious and savory viands.

Let me just share with you whats on top of their menu:

Chili Dynamite for P158

Calamares for P238

Adobong Kangkong for P88

Fish Sinigang for P188

Lechon ( 1/2 kilo for 268 & 1 kilo for P308)

Sizzling Pork Steak for P168

Pork Barbeque for P88

 Pork Belly for P128

Sizzling Chicken for P148

Sizzling Bulalo for P200

Baby Back Ribs for P188

Sheriff's Grill Halo Halo for P48

Sheriff's Grill

Sheriff's Grill

Imagine yourself in a backyard or a food hub somewhere in Texas watching men in their cowboys' attire riding a horse and hurriedly comes in to quench their thirsts and fill in their stomachs with their comfort food and making themselves comfortable from the heat of the day. That is what Sheriff's Grill is offering to us. Its unique theme is giving us a notable and an extraordinary experience.
Not only providing a great adventure but stretches your budget to go a long way.

A new hub for the Cebuanos called the Sheriff's Grill. A new stop where people visiting tourist spots in Cordova like the Happy Museum, 10,000 Roses Cafe and Lantaw Floating Restaurant can grab and enjoy a bite with their friends and family.

For Inquiries and Reservations:
Sheriff's Grill

3336 P. Rodriguez St., Canjulao (81.61 mi)

Lapu-Lapu City 6015

(032) 516 0913


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