The senior curator of Ayala Museum is murdered during Halloween night! With all four floors transformed into a crime scene, guests play the role of detectives to pinpoint whodunit!
Now on its third year, Ayala Museum opens it’s doors for another thrilling Halloween experience with the theme “Midnight Museum 3: Murder in the Museum”. In partnership with the experts behind the popular escape room, Mystery Manila.
Here’s our first-time experience spending Halloween at the Ayala Museum…
An Instagram-worthy, funky boutique hotel with an artsy vibe!
Staying at The Henry Hotel Cebu feels like living in a painting. The hotel offers a modern take on lodging with an out-of-the-box experience thanks to their quirky decor, unique rooms, and friendly staff.
The Henry, which is conveniently located in the heart of Cebu City–perfect for your food and city tour experience.
Since no two rooms are alike, guests get to experience a different concept each time they stay.
Discover the Queen City of the South–beyond it's famed Sinulog Festival, century-old churches, majestic forts and mouthwatering lechon–through its unspoiled countryside!
Let's head down to the south for "Project Sursuroy", a one-stop tour of the whole of South Cebu! Get up close with the whale sharksinOslob, swim with the sardine run at Moalboal, go on a canyoneering adventure in Badian, swim in the turquoise waters of Kawasan Falls, hike up to the highest point of Cebu island in Osmena Peak, or go island hopping around its pristine beaches…there's just so much adventure waiting ahead!
Project Sursuroy was first conceptualized by Happy Juanderer Travel Inc. The word "Sur" means south and "Suroy" in Ilokano means "wanderer". The owners started it as a regular travel agency, selling airline tickets and booking hotels, but later found their passion in being the tour operators themselves, allowing them to have fun and also monitor the quality of experience for their guests. At present, they have tours for Ilocos, Sagada, and the most popular, Cebu!
Here are our top 7 favorite picks to complete your South Cebu experience…
One favorite street food of Pinoys is barbecue–pork or chicken meat or giblets skewered on sticks and cooked over a charcoal grill.
For Cebuanos, the go-to place for barbecue is Matias in Mandaue City. Nestled under the shade of sweet star apple trees, this open-air eatery sells very affordable pork barbecue, chicken barbecue, chorizo, pork belly, balbacua, and other local dishes.
The secret to keep locals coming back is their delicious sweet red sauce and value-for-money dishes.
Here’s what we liked at Matias…
A. S. Fortuna Street, Banilad, Mandaue City Telephone: (32) 3452164, (32) 3469123 Restaurant Hours: Monday – Sunday, 11:30 AM to 10 PM
Tymad Bistro is our go-to place for authentic French pastries and dishes in Cebu!
Owned by a French Chef, Philippe Estienne, who settled in Cebu with his Filipina wife, the bistro is popular for their perfectly buttery, light, and flaky croissants, chocolats, and kouign amann–all baked fresh daily.
Tymad means “good house” or “good restaurant” and comes from a Celtic language in the south of France.
Denny’s is America’s 24/7 diner famous for their affordable all-day breakfast menu.
Founded by Harold Butler, Denny’s opened its doors in 1953 with its first store in California and has grown into 1600 stores located in Canada, Mexico, Latin America, United Arab Emirates, and now for the first time, the Philippines via The Bistro Group.
Their hearty all-time menu items include the Original Grand Slam, pancakes, skillets, and burgers. The Manila branch, however, will be adding several Pinoy favorites on the menu designed by Chef Josh Boutwood.
Denny’s Manila opens its doors on October 7th at 6am and will be always open moving forward.
Here’s what to expect…
Ground Floor, Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue Corner 38th Street, Bonifacio Global City
Open 24/7 Monday- Sunday Facebook: DennysPhilippines
Ask any of the locals for the original liempo in Balamban and they’ll direct you to Johnna’s Liempo Haus.
Balamban, located in the western part of Cebu, is known for its distinctive method of grilling Liempo using traditional herbs and spices, similar to how you would prepare Lechon Cebu.
Bebot Mapa, the creator of the original recipe of Balamban Liempo, rightfully deserves the “original” label. He is not affiliated with the Balamban Liempo brand you’ll find across Cebu. He sells his liempo at a humble take-out store near Balamban’s public market.
Johnna’s Liempo Haus
Balamban Public Market Mobile: +639182065607
The world famous brand from Las Vegas–Sugar Factory–is an all-family restaurant that caters to everyone of all ages! It has a unique concept of being a candy store and restaurant by day, and a hip bar by night. They have branches around the world such as in New York, Chicago, Bahrain, and Miami.
The American Brasserie is a treat for all, serving sweet and savory dishes like pancakes, salads, burgers, and pizzas throughout the day. They are most famous for their insane milkshakes and alcohol-infused smoking candy goblets adorned with candy, chocolate, sprinkles, lollipops, popcorn, and a whole lot more.
Here’s what we liked at Sugar Factory…
Sugar Factory Manila
Unit GF5 Ground Floor Shangri La The Fort 3rd Ave cor. 30th St. Bonifacio Global City, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig Telephone: (02) 958 5175 Restaurant Hours:
• Sunday to Thursday – 10:00am-12mn
• Friday to Saturday – 10:00am-2:00am Facebook:sugarfactorymanila
Eating Lechon is central to your Cebu experience! Dubbed as the “Lechon Capital” of the Philippines, Cebu prides itself in having perfected the art of roasting pigs, and in the tastiness and crispiness its lechon is known for.
We asked locals where we could find the best lechon and they all pointed us to Rico’s Lechon, pioneer of the famous Spicy Lechon. Owner Enrico Dionson likes to keep things simple–his roasted lechon is only seasoned with traditional herbs and spices and has always been since he opened the business in 1997.
Their slogan, “Da Best Gyud”, lives up to our expectations. Indeed, it’s a lechon worthy of being called the best in Cebu. The restaurant also likes to stay ahead by adding Pinoy favorites to the menu other than lechon.