foodpanda, the largest online food ordering marketplace, launched in Metro Cebu last July 2015 allowing food lovers of the Queen City of the South access to a virtual buffet. After its success of having 19 vendors coming from the Top 50 Best Performing Restaurants for 2015 in the Philippines, foodpanda Cebu has finally launched in Mactan.
Tourists and locals can now enjoy a variety of cuisines and food choices at their fingertips, with local favorites such as Chikaan, Golden Cowrie, Orange Brutus, Dimsum Break, Meximama, Balamban Liempo, Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly, Dunkin Donuts, Ice Castle, Manggahan, Big Flat Bread, Café de France, among others, available on foodpanda.
City Manager Eduardo Pelaez
foodpanda growth in Cebu
“We’re really excited to see foodpanda grow in Cebu. The feedback we received from partner restaurants and customers really show huge opportunities here in Mactan and we are thrilled to develop the brand here. Our team has big plans and we’re looking forward to providing our customers with the best food ordering service. ” said foodpanda Cebu’s City Manager Eduardo Pelaez.
Philippines Co-Founder and CEO Iacopo Rovere
foodpanda’s entry into Cebu is also a testament to the company’s commitment to delivering food fast and fresh all over the country. “foodpanda aims to connect customers to a wide range of restaurants and food brands and ultimately provide a convenient and enjoyable experience. We are aggressively scaling our business to reach more areas and serve more Filipinos,” said foodpanda Philippines Co-Founder and CEO Iacopo Rovere.
Check out our video coverage and interview during the foodpanda launching in Mactan at Café de France together with Carlo of Kalami Cebu.
Now you can get your favorite food delivered at your doorstep anywhere in Mactan. So download the foodpanda app now or visit their website at www.foodpanda.ph to order. Enjoy and spread the good vibes! 🙂
Huffington Post points out how “solo travelling can be invigorating, enlightening – and terribly lonely” all at the same time. This is why the website suggested a lot of methods for you to brush off the awkwardness and connect with people in more ways you can imagine. Part of travelling alone is the difficulty of finding a common ground with people – whether it’s with locals or fellow tourists – to possibly meet new acquaintances or permanent friends. Here’s where a classic game like bingo applies its charm and provides an avenue where even the most dissimilar minds meet.
Bingo has been around for ages. As a matter of fact, Strangelife.com traces its roots back to 1530, a time when Italy had a similar lottery arrangement called Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia. Fast-forward to today, bingo’s worldwide popularity spurred the foundation of many bingo halls all over the globe, where fans converge under one roof to win big and gain friends. The game even became a vehicle for two online followers to connect on a deeper level.
BingoPort shares the fascinating tale of Elaine Walker and Jackie Green, a pair of devoted Internet players who later on found out they were actually long-lost sisters. This story only proves how a simple recreational activity involving numbers, letters, and balls can become an instrument that links people when they least expect it. It’s one of the reasons why you, too, should go out there, and explore a world outside your comfort zone by travelling alone.
Indeed, solo travelling entails a lot of courage to start. At first, you’ll definitely have butterflies in your stomach knowing you’re about to dive into the unknown and swim deep in the waters of uncertainty. However, these games help a lot in terms of presenting suitable opportunities to meet other people on a more holistic expression. If possible, veer away from the typical apps such as Tinder and Facebook, and bond through more exciting endeavors.
It could be as simple as playing bingo at a local establishment, or as extreme as skydiving with a total stranger. You can even catch a sports event in the city you’re in. Basically, the sky’s the limit when it comes to connecting with unfamiliar persons who can later on become your lifelong pals. 🙂
Have you heard of the quote “you either die a hero or live long enough to become the villain”? This is one of my favorite lines in the movie Dark Knight and showed us how certain dark situations turn good into evil. Villains with deep backstories makes a movie/show more epic. This is why UP Otakufest 9 took on the theme Pandemonium, a tribute to the misunderstood villains from the greatest works of all time.
The UP Cebu grounds last February 20 was filled with different characters (most of them villains) ranging from anime, cartoons, films, games and more. There were lots of exciting activities, cool treats from event booths, guest appearances and surprises. On its 9th season, UP Otakufest once again proved to be the biggest cosplay and hobbies convention in Cebu.
Just like the Alternate Universe, there were thousands of attendees in Pandemonium. Check out a few highlights of the event and watch our awesome interview video with some of the cool cosplayers.
Have you ever idolized a villain because of their awesome powers or sympathized with their backstory? In recent memory, movies have been featuring the origins of a few villains like Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, Magneto from X-Men, Captain Hook from Pan and even the Suicide Squad. But some are also just pure villains, nothing more.
Hello There Kawaii!
The event had some highlights especially the really cute and awesome characters being portrayed. There are also booths that display action figures and collectibles.
Your Fantasies Come To Life
Honestly, I think my childhood would be 10 times amazing if I had experienced this cosplay events wayback. You know, like having a photo with your favorite character and playing around with them. It would be a nostalgic throwback photo worthy of sharing in the future. Somehow, UP Otakufest make me bring back the kid in me. 🙂
If you have villains, then who do you call? Of course, the heroes. This year’s Otakufest would not be complete without the appearances of a few ‘Heroes’ from the trending and exciting manga-turned-anime, One Punch Man.
Fast-talks With Cosplayers | UP Otakufest 9
And lastly, to get a good feel of the Pandemonium, watch our video collaboration with Romeo of Juan Cebu as we feature some of the cosplayers we met. Check out how they answered our fun fast-talks and who they think should become the anime President. 🙂
I hope you guys had fun as we did in UP Otakufest 9. What could be your answers to our fast-talks? Would you cosplay as a villain or a hero? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Spread the good vibes y’all! 🙂
Brace yourselves as the 9th season of UP Otakufest happens this February 20, 2016 at the University of the Philippines Cebu. Prepare for more exciting activities while you meet awesome cosplayers, anime/manga lovers, hobbyists, K-pop fans and more. Starting from 9AM, you can enjoy cool treats from event booths, photo galore with cosplayers and guest appearances until 8 in the evening.
UP Nichibunken is back on track as the organization continues the tradition of bringing the best of both worlds to the Cebuano community. UP Otakufest 9 is the largest cosplay and hobbies convention in Cebu you just shouldn’t miss. Check out Otakufest 8 : Alternate Universe here .
The basic concept upon which UP Otakufest is built on is the belief that “otakus” are not merely people with an addiction to Japanese anime or manga, but are also individuals with an immense passion for their preferred sort of music, arts, hobbies and culture. In its constant effort to keep up with the dynamic growth of the otaku community, UP Otakufest has gone through various platform changes.
Photo from Otakufest 8: Alternate Universe
Once believed to exclusively cater to Japanese related music, animation and hobbies from its humble beginnings in 2007, it has since then ventured to include various segments to cater to otakus of all sorts. Whether one may be a fan of Japanese pop music, anime or manga, Western comics and movies, or even Korean Pop music and culture, anyone is welcome to experience this alternate world that only this one day affair could give.
Otakufest 9 : Pandemonium
UP Otakufest 9 takes on the theme Pandemonium in tribute to the misunderstood villains from the greatest works of all time. “The number nine is believed to be a bad omen in Japanese culture, hence the dark theme,” said Min Young Claire Orquillas, Pandemonium’s Chief Director. “But more importantly, it’s time for us to understand how villains are not purely evil, but are sometimes merely misunderstood by society.”
Photos from Otakufest 8: Alternate Universe
Event segments include competitions for:
Original Character Design
Cardgame Fight ChannelFix.com’s very own Otaku Tournament
As a special treat to the loyal fans of UP Otakufest, they are bringing in:
Team Ban x Kai – Philippine representatives to the 2015 Anime Festival Asia Regional Cosplay Championship in Singapore
Se-Eon, a popular K-Pop cover group hailed as the Best Dance Team at the 2014 K-Pop Festival in Incheon, South Korea
With an impressive list of competitions, exhibitions, special guests and event booths, Otakufest 9 will surely be an affair to remember.
How to join?
For a walk-in rate of only P100, attendees can already treat themselves to a full day filled with a variety of activities, watch their favorite villains come to life and have the opportunity to purchase an assortment of memorabilia from Cebu’s largest cosplay and hobbies convention!
Children aged 3 and below and currently enrolled UP Cebu students are entitled to free entrance while UP High School students, children aged 4-11 years old and senior citizens aged 60 and above are entitled a 50% discount. These are applied upon presentation of valid IDs and/or Form 5.
UP Otakufest 9 : Pandemonium is presented by UP Nichibunken, ChannelFix.com, Oomph! Radio 105.1, Ayala Center Cebu, Live Tech and OLX, copresented by Globe, Jellyfish Education Consultancy and Langrich, brought to you by Teng’s Grill and in part to you by HDP Printing, My Language Cafe Cebu and The Toy Box.
It all started with a plan of building a breakwater to protect the coast of Bato, Leyte from the sea waves. Eventually, it turned into a baywalk after seeing its potential as a tourist spot. And indeed the idea came into a reality after it is now gaining popularity. People of all ages from nearby municipalities and even parts of Southern Leyte are visiting the Bato Baywalk for some recreation and enjoyment.
Bato, Leyte is a fourth income class municipality in the Province of Leyte, Philippines. It was awarded 2014 Most Progressive Municipality in Eastern Visayas and is gaining strong development growth over the past years. This productivity can be manifested with the existence of the Bato Baywalk that started its construction in September 2012.
Before we look at the photos of Bato Baywalk, here’s a video I stumbled upon YouTube when it was still under construction sometime in March 2014. I do not own this video, credits to the owner.
Now let’s see how it looks like as of January 2016 and what are the things you can do.
10 Things To Do In Bato Baywalk
1. Take a walk
Bato baywalk is an ideal place for a morning walk or a late afternoon stroll with your friends, kids and homies. Walking may be an underrated form of exercise, but it’s ideal for people of all ages.
2. Keep calm and meditate
Stressed? You can get some air from the sea breeze while you pray with the life-sized statue of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal elevated in the middle of the baywalk.
3. Have a picnic
Bato Baywalk is free to the public. They have lots of cottages and covered benches where you can bring food and drinks.
4. Have fun in the playground
Kids and kids at heart will surely love the children’s playground. They have swings, seesaws, monkey bars, slides and more. I recommend you bring your kids and let them play here than staying at home playing video games.
5. Connect with people
Of course, disconnecting with the internet and your phone is not exclusive to kids. This is a great time to connect with the people around you, bond with your friends and family, talk to them and live with the moment.
6. Sit and relax
What I like about Bato baywalk are the benches and seats scattered around the place. They made sure you can sit and relax while you take a nice view of the environment.
7. Go on a foodtrip
No need to worry when you are hungry, they got you covered. Snacks are available such as burger, pizza, shakes and halo-halo. There are also lots of barbecue stalls to choose from.
8. Hangout and chill
After satisfying your hunger, you can sit back and chill with some cold drinks as well. We all love to eat and drink so Bato baywalk is just the perfect place to hangout with your buddies.
9. Listen to acoustic music or join the disco
During weekdays (Wed-Fri), they have an acoustic session at night. And on Saturdays, there’s a rave party or disco that is free. This would make Bato baywalk a night life hub in South of Leyte.
10. Watch the sunset
And last but not the least, what could be more romantic than watching a beautiful sunset.
What to look forward?
Bato Baywalk is still a work in progress and there are more things to come. One of which is the Swan Boat Rides which you can already see a few displayed in the playground. I’m also looking forward to this and will surely give it a try.
There are lots of things you can do here. You can stroll, play, dine and chill with your friends and family. It is a beautiful place to hangout in Bato Leyte.
Have you been to Bato Baywalk? What can you say about the place? Share your thoughts and spread good vibes! 🙂
In a city not far far away, a grand festivity is celebrated in the streets of Cebu – the Sinulog Festival. Millions of people from all walks of life gather to dance and sing to the beat of the drums shouting Pit Senyor! In order to capture the special moments and colorful action, people have created a special weapon in a battle for that perfect selfie. It is called the lightsabers, I mean monopods! 😀
I bet anywhere you look during the street parade, someone is carrying a monopod or a selfie stick. Some people see it as innovative but others also find it annoying. Inspired by the Star Wars Cebu float and characters who joined the parade, let’s turn those monopods into lightsabers for fun. Let’s use our imagination with a little help of Photoshop.
Check out these trivia about lightsaber colors as well! 🙂
Blue: Justice and protection – used by Jedi Guardians who fight for the light side and skilled lightsaber warriors.
Purple: Moral ambiguity – Jedi who use both light and dark side techniques with an aggressive style.
Yellow: Intrigue and pursuit – Jedi Sentinels who seek and destroy the dark side thru espionage.
Green: Peace thru force, when necessary – Jedi Consulars who prefer negotiation and meditation to combat, but have strong force abilities.
Woaah looks great isn’t it? However I couldn’t imagine how bloody it would be if those were lightsabers. You better be well-trained to possess this weapon. And don’t forget to read the manual for the dos and don’ts. 🙂
Don’t swing it on someone’s head.
Please don’t kiss your lightsabers.
And don’t forget to hold it from the handle for Darth’s sake.
Lightsaber skills, important they are. How to use as well as how not to use. When to move as well as when not to move
– Master Yoda
Star Wars Cebu
Are you having fun? If you are a Star Wars fanatic then you’ll surely love the characters who joined the Sinulog parade. Star Wars Cebu brought an X-Wing fighter, few Stormtroopers, Jedis and new characters like Kylo Ren and Rey.
An X-Wing fighter with pilots and Princess Leia
X-wing pilots with Chewbacca.
Rey, a new protagonist character in The Force Awakens beside a Stormtrooper
Selfie with Rey using a lightsaber
Groufie with a Jedi
Kylo Ren, a new antagonist character in The Force Awakens
Kylo Ren uses the red lightsaber: Evil and power – used by Sith and dark Jedi powered by sythetic crystals
Kudos to Star Wars Cebu for a great job in bringing life to these characters. I’m pretty sure a lot of childhood fantasies were fulfilled. You can check out their Facebook page for updates on their events.
Hype up your Sinulog this 2016 in Hyper Wonderland – a food festival, lifestyle bazaar and rave party in one. Yes, you heard that right! It’s your one-stop and must-visit destination during the grandest, most anticipated festival in the Philippines. No need to get out of the crowd for a food trip or a shopping spree. All the fun is in one place for you Hyper Humans. This will be your most memorable experience in the Queen City of the South made possible by HYPER Cebu, a lifestyle and events brand established and stabilized through the organizational leadership of JCI Cebu Inc.
HYPER Cebu is composed mainly of volunteer members of Cebu’s young and dynamic student leaders, ardent artists, enthusiastic contributors, and working professionals. They are powered by the same passion and innate drive to achieve a common goal – acknowledge genuine and authentic Cebuano skills and talent.
This is the grandest, wildest and most wonderful HYPER Cebu event in history to hit Sinulog Festival 2016 powered by JCI Cebu Inc. and Globe Telecom. Gathered here are the best talents of Cebu to hype the festivity. Pumping up the beats are DJs both from local and national such as Callum David, Deuce, Mars Miranda and more!
Gates will be open starting at 2PM Sunday, January 17, 2016 that goes on non-stop for 15 hours of rave. Hyper Wonderland will rise in Vibo Place in N. Escario Street out of the stampede areas and near to the access roads. This is the right place to be!
One great thing that HYPER Cebu has been doing and proven is the value for money on their events. They make sure that you get to enjoy for an affordable price. Check out their ticket prices below which could be the best deals you can get this Sinulog.
EPIC Kit inclusions:
EPIC Sinulog Shirt (Black/White)
Whistle w/ sling
EPIC Brochure (Discounts Booklet)
EPIC Rave Bag
VIP Hut inclusions:
10 VIP Tickets
Beer Pong Table
Bacardi Bottles + Softdrinks + Ice
VIP Car Park Sticker
Hyped up already? Last but not the least, Hyper Wonderland proceeds are used for charity. After every Hyper Cebu event follows a charity activity and this year’s beneficiary will be the Dancesport Team Cebu City and certain JCI Cebu projects. This is the true meaning of fulfillment for the volunteers of Hyper, being able to give back the blessings for the year.
How’s that for a meaningful and worthwhile party to attend? It is having fun with a purpose! 🙂 Check out their awesome promotional video!
Chicken Deli, short for “chicken delicious”, is an original flavor from Bacolod and is now open in Cebu. It’s the first ever branch in Cebu that opened last December 9, 2015 located at the 3rd Level of Robinsons Galleria. This was a day before the 3rd Robinsons mall in Cebu opened and we got to try out their best-sellers and delicious dishes.
Together with fellow bloggers, we were invited for the store blessing and ribbon-cutting of Chicken Deli. It was founded in the year 1983 by Mamang Lourdes. She was an orphan at a very early age and widowed at the age of 29. With her exceptional skills in cooking, she carried out a secret marination recipe of chicken and pork. This was the beginning of her success story and birth of Chicken Deli.
Chicken Deli Blessing and Ribbon-cutting
From its humble beginnings, they now have 22 branches nationwide with the latest being in Cebu. They also brought Bacolod’s Masskara Festival ambiance through their interior design and gimmick.
Chicken Deli soft opening
The priest blessing the new Chicken Deli branch at Level 3 Robinsons Galleria Cebu.
Cutting of the ribbon to officially open the store.
Feeling the vibe of the famous Masskara Festival from Bacolod.
After the store was blessed and the ribbon was cut, it was time to taste the pride of Bacolod. Obviously, their best-seller is the delicious chicken inasal (grilled). But they also offer a few Filipino favorites like the kare-kare, bangus and pork recipes. Check out the photos below for some of the meals from their menu.
Chicken Deli-cious (CD) Meals
CD meals come with free soup and KANIN ALL YOU CAN (unlimited rice). They have 8 meals to choose ranging from Php99 – Php129.
Fiesta Salo-salo for 2
Merienda / Light meals
For merienda, you can have Chicken Burger, Spaghetti, Batchoy w/ grilled pandesal or Pancit canton.
Pampagana / Appetizers
Their pampagana meals are Binagoongang Kangkong, Kangkong with garlic, Talong KBS and Bacolod Express.
Big Game Meals (BGM)
They offer Big Game Meals good for 3-4 persons with Kanin All You Can, soup and 1.5 liter Pepsi. They have 3 sets to choose ranging from Php549 – Php629. The photo below is from their BGM 3.
Panghimagas / Desserts
Who doesn’t want some dessert after a sumptuous meal? They offer Halo-halo, Mais con yelo, Turon sticks and Leche flan.
Did the photos make you hungry? I could still remember how full my stomach was that day. Yes, I tasted all of them and my personal favorite would be the chicken Pa-a. Their chicken inasal do have a distinct delicious taste but the Pa-a is juicier, a friendly tip.
So again don’t forget to check out Chicken Deli Bacolod when you visit Robinsons Galleria. Bon appetit and spread good vibes!
Waterfall jumping, sliding, swimming, scrambling, trekking and then repeat. Do these along a 5-kilometer river through a canyon over several waterfalls for more or less 3 hours. That pretty sums up the action-packed canyoneering in Cebu. Did that excite you? 🙂
Canyoning or canyoneering is adding to the growing list of activities to do in Cebu such as mountain climbing, whale watching, island hopping and more. This adventure starts from Kanlaob, Alegria downstream to Kawasan Falls in Barangay Matutinao, Badian. Now, it is slowly becoming one of the hottest destination for travelers, adrenaline junkies and adventurous souls.
First of all, let me give a word of caution that canyoneering is by nature a risky activity. Technically, it should only be done by skilled and trained individuals. But in this case, you will only get a few minutes of orientation, a helmet, life jacket and aqua shoes to start. You will be accompanied by experienced guides and all you have to do is listen very carefully. They will show you how to jump, where to jump and whatnot. It will be slippery all the way so always watch your step as much as your head.
Secondly, some of the following photos I took were done at my own risk. I had to climb up or take a different path than the rest to take these shots. Thanks to action cameras, we’re able to capture our adventure but it ‘s still a big challenge to get non-blurry shots. Just remember to ask permission and advice from your guide if you want to do something (stupid 😀 ). Let me share these photos that will excite you to try canyoneering in Cebu one of these days.
15 Exciting Photos of Canyoneering in Cebu
1. The first jump
It is always exciting, at the same time scary, when you try something for the first time. Your heart beats faster, your knees start shaking and you feel like backing out. But once you take that first step, that little push to yourself, that leap of faith, all the rest should fall into places, like literally. 🙂
2. When in mid-air
That feeling when the adrenaline in your system come rushing through your veins, your heartbeat comes to a halt and POOF, your head’s underwater and breathing fine. Honestly, this is one of the best feeling which only happens in split seconds while in mid-air.
3. The waiting game
Jumping or sliding down the canyons should be done one at a time to make sure the guides are in control. So at some point, you’ll have to wait for your turn while you hear the rest scream and shout for their lives. And that is where the excitement builds up right?
4. The slidefest
If you enjoy the slides, you’re childhood should be fun. And now that you’ve grown up, it’s time to take it to the next level. One of the fun features I love is the thrilling natural slide. Don’t worry coz it is slippery enough but you could use some leggings for protection.
5. The water slide
If you liked the slide, then you’ll love the water slide. This time you just lay down and go with the flow of the water down to a mini waterfall about 5 feet high. Honestly, I would love to try this at least 5 times. 🙂
6. The plunge
The fun part in every water slide is the plunge. Adding to the action is the gushing of the cool blue-green waters into the lagoon. Once you’re in the water, you’ll surely want to try again. Unfortunately, it is a one way traffic so no time for take twos.
7. The canyons
Canyons are masterpieces of Mother Nature. These are formed when water cuts through the bedrock stone, forming narrow gorges with numerous drops and beautifully sculpted walls. This took millions of years to materialize so take a few minutes to appreciate its beauty.
8. The water massage
During the traverse you will find a lot of mini waterfalls where you can lay back and feel the refreshing flow of the waters on your back. Make sure the current is not so strong it might take you away.
9. The Temple Run
LOL! for the lack of words. There are various obstacles you will encounter along the way such as fallen trees. You can have that crazy photo moments if you get bored while trekking. 😀
10. The ant life
Ever felt so small like an ant? This stunning view of the canyon made us look like tiny insects. Just speechless!
11. The stalactites
Another interesting feature you will see are stalactites covered in moss hanging up the canyon at some areas. Don’t miss this on your way.
12. The adrenaline-pumping jumps
There are at least 5 jumping stations I could remember varying in height. If you love cliff diving, then this adventure will surely give you a treat. For me this is more exciting due to the presence of rushing waters and jagged rock walls that gives an extreme ambiance.
13. This jumper’s point-of-view
This was a difficult one because the landing spot was limited. While the rest took the 5-foot jump, we (w/ a guide) climbed up a boulder for a 25-foot jump.
14. The last jump
When you reach the Station 2 of Kawasan Falls, it may be considered the last jumping site that varies from 30-40 feet high. Of course you have the option to pass and take a different route, but not me. Don’t be fooled by the photo below coz that’s so freaking high
15. The Kawasan Falls
And last but not the least, you get to see the view of Kawasan Falls from the top. Jumping from the top is prohibited but I think I wouldn’t even dare if given the chance. This is considered the end point of your canyoneering in Cebu adventure so, congratulations! 😀
Again I would like to iterate that some of the photos were carefully taken. I just want to share how extremely exciting this adventure can be but please keep safety first. Okay! I would like to thank Cebu Trip Tours for making Emjae Fotos experience canyoneering in Cebu. If the photos excite you, then you should book your adventure now.
SM Seaside City Cebu officially opened last November 27, 2015 and social media was abuzz about the 4th largest mall in the Philippines. Photos of the mall’s unique and interesting architectural features immediately caught the attention of the people. One of which is the 21×21-meter metallic structure named The Cube.
In my blog post last February 2015, I expressed my excitement about The Cube and SM Seaside City because of its picturesque design. Let me share to you this hyperlapse (or a moving timelapse) that I created in appreciation of The Cube. 🙂
SM Seaside City Cebu’s The Cube Hyperlapse
Watch in HD for a better viewing experience.
Here is the Youtube upload of the same video.
Have you taken a selfie with The CUBE already? What do you think of this iconic landmark of SM Seaside City as well as for Cebu? Share it and spread good vibes! 🙂