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December 08, 2016

BLUEWATER SUMILON: South Cebu's Eco Luxury Private Island Getaway!

by Abigail Javellana 

Bluewater Sumilon

Bluewater Sumilon Beach Resort is one of Cebu's high-end resorts situated on the 24-hectare Sumilon island off the tip of Southern Cebu.

The word Sumilon comes from the word "sumilong", which means to take refuge, as the island's caves serve as shelters for fishermen from incoming storms.

The island itself is filled with history and natural attractions. Whether its being surrounded by crystal clear waters with beautiful varying aquamarine hues, snorkeling in the first ever marine sanctuary, and lying on its white sand shifting sandbar, or kayaking at the natural lagoon, swimming with the whale sharks, and even the occasional sighting of black tip sharks, Sumilon has something for everyone!

We love the resort because of the Filipino lifestyle experience with their modern Filipino rooms and the warmest greetings from their fully employed all-Filipino staff.


Sumilon Island, Bancogon, Oslob, Cebu
E-mail: sumilon@bluewater.com.ph
Phone: (63 32) 318 3129, 318 9098
Mobile: +63917 631 7512, +63999 885 8337
Website: www.bluewatersumilon.com.ph
Facebook: BluewaterSumilon
Twitter: @BlueSumilon

Related Blog Post: The Legend of SUMILON Island

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December 07, 2016

Cebu Food Trip: Eat Like a Local in Cebu! (2016)

By Abigail Javellana

Cebu, the country’s oldest city, has so much more to offer than the famed Sinulog Festival, with century-old churches, long white sandy beaches, world class diving, unspoiled countryside, and a rich culinary history – Cebu City has something for everyone!

Food is central to the Cebuano experience! Your trip wouldn't be complete without tasting the best lechon and trying out the local and international cuisines Cebu is proud of!

Check out our list of local finds that will make you say "Lami Kaayo" (delicious)! 

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December 06, 2016

GAIA Sagada Cafe: That Famed Cafe in "That Thing Called Tadhana" (Review)

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GAIA CAFE is a community-based Kankanaey cafe by Gawani in Ambasing, Sagada. Its tree-house-inspired cafe made from scraps is located on a cliff with a 270-degree view of the valley on the way to Sumaguing Cave. 

The name means "Mother Earth" in Greek, and they only serve organic, community-sourced ingredients from around Sagada. The menu is mostly vegetarian, but not limited to it.

Here's what to expect in this cafe featured in the movie "That Thing Called Tadhana"...


Ambasing, Sagada, Philippines
Mobile: +63 949 137 6777 (Smart) +63 915 727 6831 (Globe)
Operating Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 11.00am to 7pm
Facebook: Gaia Cafe and Crafts

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YOGURT HOUSE SAGADA: Best Breakfast Place in Sagada! (2016 Review)

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YOGURT HOUSE has been voted the #1 restaurant in Sagada that every local or foreign tourist must visit as part of their Sagada experience. It's famous for its yogurt, which is even better than the ones here in Manila.

It's been very consistent in terms of quality over the years, but its price keeps increasing. It also has very strict rules, which adds to its snobbish appeal.

Here's what to expect... 


South Road, Sagada, Mountain Province
Telephone: +63 908 112 8430
Opening Hours: 08:30 – 8:30pm

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December 02, 2016

LUMIANG TO SUMAGUING CAVE: Conquering Sagada's Cave Connection!


Aside from its coveted weather and otherworldly landscapes, Sagada is blessed with stunning limestone caves filled with millennia worth of history. The most popular locations for caving activities are in the Sumaguing, Lumiang, and Balangagan Caves. Here, adventurers can test their limits while exploring ancient burial grounds and magnificent rock formations.

Most tourists opt for the 2-hour course at Sumaguing; this is the quickest and most scenic route that's ideal for visitors short on time. We chose the 4 to 5-hour Cave Connection course, which starts at Lumiang and ends at Sumaguing, to have ample time to explore the inner beauty of Sagada.

Here's how we conquered the Cave Connection Challenge…

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LOG CABIN: A Cozy Retreat in Sagada (A 2016 Review)


Log Cabin has made a name for itself as a favorite among both locals and tourists in Sagada. This rustic home was transformed into a bar, restaurant, and then lodge in the 90’s by Dave and Janice Gulian.

In its early stages, Log Cabin was a bar exclusively for foreign dignitaries. Food was incorporated into the menu after Dave and Janice returned from Switzerland and experimented with the European palate. A fusion of European and Filipino elements eventually made up the 5-set menu we know today.

Log Cabin is most recognized for its Saturday buffets prepared by French Chef, Philippe Heyer, who has had more than two decades of culinary experience all over the world. Alas, Chef Aklay (his Igorot name) is no longer part of the Log Cabin Family, but the buffet still carries on every week.


Poblacion, Ato, Sagada, Mountain Province
Mobile: +63 915 671 7949
Email: sagada_logcabin@yahoo.com
Facebook: @logcabinsagada

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December 01, 2016

PAWIKAN FESTIVAL: Help Save the Turtles!

By Abigail Javellana

Pawikan Festival: Bataan

The Pawikan Festival is held yearly at the Pawikan Conservation Center in Morong, Bataan. The main activity here is the releasing of the baby pawikan, which are hatched in the conservation center.

Every year, during the festivities, they invite visitors and thousands of students from the provinces to promote awareness and also be treated to some street dancing, sand sculptures, a showcase of local products, and witnessing how the hatchlings go back to the sea.


Bataan Tourism
Pawikan Conservation Center, Nagbalayong, Morong
Mobile: +63917 6716995
Landline: (047)237-4785
Website: http://bataan.gov.ph/tourism
Email: bataan_tourism@yahoo.com
Facebook: bataan.tourism


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Manila's 8-Hands Dinner to Celebrate CCA Manila's 20th Anniversary Milestone!

by Abigail Javellana

CCA Anniversary Gala

The Center for Culinary Arts (CCA) "8-Hands Anniversary Gala Dinner" is the kick-off event for a week of different celebrations commemorating CCA Manila's 20th year as the leading professional culinary school in the Philippines.

With the theme "Old, Gold, and Bold," four of the country’s top chefs joined hands for a collaboration dinner that reinterpreted international gold prize-winning dishes of CCA students. Each course was made exquisitely bolder by CCA Culinary Director Chef Sau del Rosario, Michelin-starred French Master Chef Christian Tetedoie, Disciples Escoffier International Chairman Robert Fontana, and EDSA Shangri-La’s Executive Pastry Chef Martin Frowd.

Here's a photo essay of the dinner...

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