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Co Jordan Talaba and Bangus Eatery

Co Jordan Talaba and Bangus Eatery (Seafood Restaurant)

Located in Consolacion, Cebu, this place is already becoming famous as it is usually packed on weekends. This place features a huge parking space so driving up north to give this a try won’t be a problem. If you’re coming from Cebu City, you just head towards SM Consolacion and you turn right just before you reach SM Consolacion. The road is still undergoing concreting so the drive may be a little rough at certain points. You just drive all the way going past Ruben’s Talabahan and the PNP training camp then right after a small bridge, you will see Co Jordan Eatery on your left.

As the name suggests, it’s an eatery…so please do not expect fine dining at this place. Tables, chairs, and cottages are basically made from indigenous materials like bamboo, nipa, coco lumber and decors are made from recycled materials. The cottages are built over the fish pond where the cultured seafood is coming from. There is a uniquely Filipino feel to this place and it reminds me of the cottages on the public beach when I was still a child.

Co Jordan offers a variety of fresh seafoods at a very reasonable price.This includes, bangus, tilapia, lapu-lapu, prawns, shrimps, scallops, mussels, talaba (oysters), crabs, squid, and many more cooked the way you like it whether fried, baked, grilled or

soup based. Although the place is slightly more expensive than Ruben’s Talabahan which is a direct competitor, what’s great about this place is it allows dining guests or walk-in people to do some fishing on their fish pond. You do not have to bring anything, just yourself. You can rent a home-made fishing rod at PhP 10.00 each, buy a pack of fish feeds still at PhP 10.00 each, and buy some bait at (you guessed right) PhP 10.00 each as well. If you have no experience in fishing, no need to worry because the very friendly owner who sells the feeds and bait is always happy to teach you a thing or two about fishing. There are 2 types of fishes in the pond: Bangus and Tilapia. You can choose to have the fish you caught cooked there at PhP 290.00/kilo (regardless of the type of fish) or take it home at PhP 190.00/kilo.

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Lechon sa Carcar

Carcar Lechon

You might be wondering why there is a special section for Carcar Lechon when I have already a page dedicated to Lechon. Well, let’s just say that the Lechon from Carcar (a city in the southern part of Cebu about an hour from Cebu City) is different from the lechon you can buy from the rest of the island of Cebu. Their lechon is what we call “sinabwan”.  Sinabwan is Cebuano for “made into soup”. The lechon here is still roasted but they add drippings from the lechon which makes it juicy and more flavorful. You will have to try it for yourself to appreciate it.

The lechon can be bought inside the public or wet market located near the Carcar Rotunda/Circle. Inside the market, you can see rows of stalls selling lechon and once you get closer the vendors will offer a taste of their lechon to entice you to buy from them. Right beside the rows of lechon stalls are also vendors of “puso” or hanging rice which is the perfect pair for the lechon.

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White Beach, Moalboal and Pescador Island

Photo credits: Nayz Cabading

Moalboal, Cebu

After 3 hours of driving south from Cebu City, we finally reached our destination…Moalboal. We stayed in HK Resort where you can rent a cottage for as low as PhP 300 only which already includes entrance fee and parking fee. If you do not wish to get a cottage or room, you can just pay a minimal amount for the entrance fee and parking fee for your vehicle. There are also tents for rent at PhP 500 only.

Just like in any beach setting, Filipinos love to “sugba” or grill whether it be pork, fish, or seafood. There are a lot of grills available in the beach area which we are able to use for free as part of the payment for the cottage we got.

The beach has coarse white sand which is the reason why it was previously named “Basdaku”. Basdaku literally means “big sand”. This area has now been renamed as “White Beach.” It’s a long stretch of white sand where people can camp out or have a picnic if they wish to.

There are a lot of boats for rent if you wish to cross to Pescador Island or go see some sea turtles and dolphins. The boat fee ranges from PhP 2,000-3,500 depending on the size of the boat and the number of people in your group.

Pescador Island is one of the famous destination when in Moalboal. It’s best for people who wish to go diving or snorkeling. This small island is surrounded by coral reefs wherein you can see a variety of fishes. There is also a trench and underwater cave near this island where divers can see the other sea creatures inhabiting the deep sea. Before reaching Pescador Island your boatman will stop in the middle of the ocean so you can dive/snorkel and see the school of sardines swimming.

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Durano Eco Farm and Spring Resort

If you would like to go swimming with a greenery ambiance, Durano Eco Farm and Spring Resort in Barangay Corte, Carmen, Cebu is the place for you. This place features a number of inter-connected cold spring pools for children and adults alike. You can enjoy and relax in this beautifully landscaped destination where nature surrounds you.

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Yakski Barbecue

There is no denying that Filipinos love barbecue. That is why in Cebu alone, there are several barbecue joints worthy of mentioning. One of which is Yakski Barbecue.

The one I recently visited is the newly opened Yakski Barbecue Mactan located at Gaisano Saver’s Mart right across Mactan Doctor’s Hospital in Lapu-Lapu City. The area is very spacious, well-lighted, and well-ventilated so you can enjoy your barbecue in its open-air dining even during lunch time when it is very hot.

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Lechon

Cebu is known to have one of the tastiest lechon (roasted pig) in the country so you simply cannot leave Cebu without tasting the lechon. Lechon is a whole pig roasted over charcoal. The secret is not only on the skillful rotation and slow cooking of the pig over the heat from the charcoal but also in the preparation and the ingredients added to ensure that the flavor is absorbed by all parts of the meat.  Renowned American Chef Anthony Bourdain visited Cebu for his show No Reservations and was quoted saying “best pig ever” after having a taste of the famous Cebu Lechon.

Cebu Lechon is famous for the crispy skin and very flavorful meat. Unlike in other parts of the country that uses liver sauce, the traditional sauce for Cebu Lechon is a mixture of soy sauce and vinegar with a little calamansi. If you want to add more kick to your sauce, you can add some chili pepper.

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Matias Barbecue

Matias Barbecue located in A.S. Fortuna Street, Mandaue City, is one of the favorite dining spots for locals and tourists alike. Expect this place to be always filled with people due to its popularity. This open air barbecue joint offers barbecued pork, chicken, chorizo (local sausage), and pork belly at a very affordable price. The flavor of the barbecue in Matias is a result soy sauce and calamansi while some barbecue joints have the distinct sweet flavor. The barbecue of course is paired with the traditional puso (diamond-shaped hanging rice wrapped in coconut leaves) to complete the meal.

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Seeing the Good in a Bad Situation

The Mimings: A month long experience that turned into a lifetime of friendship

I graduated from college in March of 2009. I couldn’t really say this was the best year to finish school as this was the time of recession. Finding a job that is in your field was quite difficult during this time. I already had a couple of years of work experience since I supported myself through college and my grades were also good but I just couldn’t find a job right away. I did not want to be unemployed anymore so I decided to apply in another (this was my last job prior to graduating) call center which was the only industry that had the most job openings.

I applied and got hired on the same day. Upon joining the company, I had to undergo training with the rest of the newbies. This is when I met Jaz, Nayz, Jonee, and Tata who will later be known as “The Mimings”. We were inseparable. We sat together in training, ate together, and hung out together after work. Read more

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Tuslob Buwa

Azul: The Tuslob Buwa Experience

Azul is located at Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City near Ayala Center Cebu.

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Curious what’s boiling in that pan? That is what is locally known as Tuslob Buwa (literally translated as dip into bubbles). Tuslob Buwa is not new in Cebu as it has been sold for years in Barangay Pasil, Cebu City but it wasn’t until 2014 that the craze for this food started to spread to the rest of the Cebuanos.

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Magellan’s Cross

 Magellan’s Cross

This historical structure is located near the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino along Magallanes Street which is also where the Cebu City Hall can be found.

The cross not only has historical significance to Cebuanos but to the entire Philippines. If you grew up in Cebu I’m sure you have heard of Yoyoy Villame’s song entitled Magellan over the radio. The song starts like this…”On March 16, 1521, when Philippines was discovered by Magellan, they were sailing day and night across the big ocean…” (You can watch the YouTube video of this song). The song basically narrates the history of the discovery of the Philippines by explorer Ferdinand Magellan (Fernando Magallanes) and how he came to Cebu.  Read more