Pamintuan Mansion and Angeles: Changes and What Remains

To the uninitiated, mansions are just things of grandeur and luxury that are nice to see but hold no real purpose. This may be true for most mansions to today, but to a seasoned tourist, there are several such structures that are as good as history books. You can visit them, tour them, and as …

Jim Thompson: a brand of culture, an admirable house, a bewildering story of an inspirational man

Sorry to say. Jim Thompson’s house museum might not help you reach your “instagrammable shots” quota. The most photogenic pieces here are forbidden to photograph and the place is usually packed with visitors, it’s quite a challenge to take pictures. What you’ll get here no sweat, however, is a load of inspiration (and mystery)—for Jim …

Escape to the Queen City of the South: FORT SAN PEDRO

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Built in 1565, Fort San Pedro in Cebu City is the smallest and oldest military defense structure in the Philippines. It served different purposes for the island at various points in history. Spaniards and indigenous Cebuano laborers built the place as a sleeping quarter for Spanish authorities and a house …

Escape to the Queen City of the South: Taoist Temple

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Another must see in Cebu is the Taoist Temple. It is situated on top of a hill in the wealthy residential suburb of Beverly Hills. For me it’s not that historic nor significant because I’m not a Taoist but it’s worth visiting because of the ostentatiously ornamented structural design and the excellent …

Escape to the Queen City of the South: CnT Lechon

Follow my blog with Bloglovin When Anthony Bourdain said that Cebu’s Lechon was the “best pig ever”, I thought, everybody should try it. Yes, including me and you. I tasted Lechon before but not the ones from Cebu. And since I was there, I certainly needed to savor that flavorsome roasted pig that gave Chef …

Escape to the Queen City of the South: Casa Gorordo

Follow my blog with Bloglovin This is Casa Gorordo, a two-storey house built during the Spanish colonial period by Alejandro Reynes y Rosales. I am not sure who he was, all I know is that he sold this house to a Spanish merchant Juan Isidro De Gorordo, who was also said to be the first …

Escape to the Queen City Of the South: Dining at Larsian

Follow my blog with Bloglovin After a whole day of city tour, we had our last stop at the famous Larsian. This well-known night barbeque spot serves one of the best grills in town 24/7 and perks up at around 6 in the evening until the early morning hours. As expected, arriving there 7 pm …