As the cradle of Christianity, Cebu has been a tourist destination and a center of Spanish Culture here in the Philippines. On this Holy Week, everybody is gearing up to join the yearly activity called Visita Iglesia or Seven Churches Visitation . Visita Iglesia is a pious Roman Catholic Lenten tradition by attempting to visit seven churches or religious sites. Traditionally observed on Maundy Thursday, it is commonly practised during any day of the Holy Week.(wikipedia)
|Visita Iglesia in Basilica Sto Niño, Credit: HabagatCentral.com|
Now, here is the list of amazing and top Churches in Cebu (Cities Only, Provinces are not included) which are recommended to be included for your Visita Iglesia for Holy Week 2014.
7. National Shrine of Saint Joseph in Mandaue City .
The church is greatly renovated. Removed were four large pillars that supported the cupola. These pillars appear in old photographs of the church interior. A statue of St. Joseph and the Child Jesus beside him is in the style of 18th century ivories and may be from Jesuit times. [wikipedia]
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6. The National Shrine of Nuestra Sra. Virgen dela Regla Parish in Lapu-Lapu City (Birhen Sa Regla)
The original church was built during the Spanish times between the years 1735-1744 and was made of Mactan (coral) stone cut in square blocks and was only slightly damaged during the WW II. Unfortunately, the Dutch priests later assigned to the parish bypassed 200 years of history. Instead of repairing the damages, they had the church bulldozed in 1960 and built a totally new one made of plaster and concrete. The walls of the old (Mactan) coral stone church were so solid that, during the architectural massacre, the Dutch priest who ordered to have it demolished was said to have regretted the cultural carnage.
However, there is still a remainder of the old church, as proof of its solidity - the still existing convent built in 1855. It is a beautiful example of the Spanish colonial mission complex and is spacious and solid.
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5. Our Lady of Mt Carmel Chapel/ Carmelite Monastery Chapel (Cebu City)
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4. Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Church in Guadalupe,Cebu City
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3. The Redemptorist - Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church
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2. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral in Cebu City
The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu in Cebu, Philippines. Cebu was established as a diocese on August 14, 1595. It was elevated as a metropolitan archdiocese on April 28, 1934 with the dioceses of Dumaguete, Maasin, Tagbilaran, and Talibon as suffragans. [wikipedia]
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1. Minor Basilica of Sto. Niño de Cebu
The Minor Basilica of the Holy Child, commonly known as Basilica del Santo Niño, is a minor basilica in Cebu City in the Philippines that was founded in the 16th century. It is the oldest Roman Catholic church established in the country, purportedly built on the spot where the image of the Santo Niño de Cebú, a statue depicting the Holy Child Jesus was found in 1565 by Spanish explorers led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The image is the same statue given by Ferdinand Magellan to the wife of Rajah Humabon as a gift over forty years after Humabon's baptism to Christianity on April 14, 1521 [Wikipedia]
photo credit: Allan Jay Quesada
Cebu has been one of the tourists' top destination here in our country. She is famous of her white beaches , friendly and hospitable people, rich culture and of course, much-loved foods and dishes served with Love from the Locals. But do you know that there is a certain and special colonial house here in Cebu which is restored into a restaurant, piano bar and function venue? Yes, you read it right, and that famous Restaurant is Circa 1900.
|Panorma view of Circa 1900 Restaurant Cebu|
|Welcome to Circa 1900 Restaurant|
Great efforts have been put to retain the original architecture and material of it's era. Circa 1900 is the next must visit dining destination in Cebu not only for the cuisine but also to experience the history and culture of the province.
|Front view of Circa 1900 Restaurant Cebu|
|Circa 1900 Restaurant, Main Dining Area|
The main dining of Circa 1900 is suitable for 23 persons while the piano bar can accommodate 20 persons. There is also a private room that can fit 24 persons, another dining area is good for about 14 persons and a lounge that can hold up to 9 persons. If you want a relaxing place where you can have a look at the stars, we have the Veranda that can accommodate 16 persons.
|Circa 1900 Restaurant, Veranda|
Ground floor houses 2 function rooms, a retail space in a concept of "tabo" which means gathering of different products featuring mainly Cebuano products, food and non food as well as space for a gallery to display the artworks of Cebuano artists. The national farming cooperative will also showcase their products at the ground floor.
|Circa 1900 Restaurant, Private Room (function room)|
|Circa 1900, Piano and Wines|
before anything else, cheers to these DRINKS
|Circa 1900 : Fresh Kamias Shake . Iba is Cebuano's term for Kamias|
|Circa 1900 : Refresh (Cucumber, Calamansi and Mint)|
and now for the SOUP?
|Circa 1900 : Creamy Seafood Bisque|
and now for the APPETIZERS
|Circa 1900 : Asian Pancake Rolls (PHP 175) Slow Braised Orange Duck with mini Beancurd Fries and Chinese Pancake|
|Circa 1900 : Double Dipping (PHP 245) Served with Bread, Croutons and Wafers Blue Cheese with Bacon and Sour Cream and Roast Black Olive Tapenade with Truffle Oil.|
here's our fave SALAD
|Circa 1900 : Toast Pumpkin and Olives with Grilled Dukkah Chicken (PHP 265) Spinach, Fetta and Red Balsamic Vinaigrette|
|Circa 1900 : Chicken Bringhe, Tumeric and Vegetable Paella Cake with Coconut and raisins, topped with Saute Chicken and Sprouts (PHP 275)|
|Circa 1900 : Egg Battered grouper fillet with ripe mango, noodles salad and Asian dressing ( PHP 535 )|
|Circa 1900 : Local Beef Medallions with laing and Creamy Pepper Sauce (PHP 565 )|
|Circa 1900 : Crunchy slow roast pork belly with Apple and Fennel Compote (PHP 350)|
and lastly, the DESSERTS!!!!
|Circa 1900 : Frozen Orange Liqueur and Praline Semi Freddo ( PHP 120 ) [top and below photo]|
|Circa 1900 : Banana Coconut Cake with Malunggay Ice-Cream ( PHP 125 )|
|Circa 1900 : Maja Blanca Cheese Cake (PHP 135)|
|Circa 1900 : Pumpkin Pie with Caramel Poached Banana (PHP 95)|
The open show kitchen is not only a working but may also be used for cooking demonstration and for group private cooking lessons.
Circa 1900 will feature old jazz and blues music that will add a perfect mood as you enjoy a good selection of wines and impeccable food. Circa 1900 is a unique offering and definitely a place to relax and to enjoy the beautiful landscape, culture, heritage-inspired architecture, music and fine wine in the current fast paced and city's hustle and bustle.
ABOUT Circa 1900 Restaurant
Opens every night 6:00 pm to 12:00 midnight
Location: Sanjercasvil Road, Gorordo Avenue, Lahug
Contact Numbers: Tel. (032) 239-6265 / Mobile 0923-279-5616 (look for Adrian)
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/CircaCebu
Note, All prices are inclusive of 12% Vat, no additional service charge
Two of the most visited restaurants in Metro Cebu, Cable Car and Scrapyard Lounge had revealed it's delicious dishes ready to be served for the foodies out there. Cable Car which also gives a great party experience to Cebuanos, has been known of their Nachos loaded with toppings of cheese and of course, the all time favorite and famous Cable Car Fried Rice. And to enhance the existing and fast moving menu items of Cable Car, additional dishes like Sizzling Pochero, Street Food Platter, Pork and Shrimp Sinigang, Fish and Fries are being made available to complete your dinner of sumptuous and balanced combination before rocking the night with dancing, drinking and listening to great music.
|Cable Car Rice - Stir Fried Rice with scrambled egg toppings|
|All time fave Nachos|
|Mini Burgers and frieds|
|Cable Car Pochero|
|Cable Car Sizzling Pochero|
|Cable Car Pork Sinigang|
|Cable Car Shrimp Sinigang|
|Cable Car Street Food Plotter|
|Cable Car new cocktails|
While Scrapyard Lounge, known for it's unique interior and wide choices of cocktails and foods, is set to serve soon deliciously prepared dishes just perfect to compliment your choice of drinks for the night. Gambas prepared from fresh shrimps, Baked oysters topped with creamy cheese sauce, Sautéed Spanish Chorizo, Salpicao and more.
|Scrapyard Spicy Gambas|
CABLE CAR : PROMO
Last February Cable Car launched The Beer Promo from Sunday - Thursday on all local beers. Have it solo for P50 per bottle or enjoy it with your friends for P250 per bucket only with a choice of Crispy Sisig or Baked Oysters for Free.
Nomihodai means “All You Can Drink” in Japan. Every Friday and Saturday from 9 – 11 pm for P500 you can have a time of your life where our Premium Drinks are Unlimited! Johnny Walker, Jack Daniels, Absolut Vodka and Captain Morgan are on the list plus selected cocktails and all local beers.
Number: (032) 238 3120 | 0917 626 9085 or 0932 887 2852
Last week, Cebu's very own Restaurant, Dong Juan revelead new delicious choices in it's Salad and Pizza Menu which includes the introduction of it's new Beverage, which has no name yet but surely make you forget your name . True to it's mission of offering all-time favorites with a flavorful twist of foods, Dong Juan gives a local touch especially on it's Green Salad which Mandaue City will be proud of.
|In Cebu, Dine at Dong Juan|
So, here are FaceCebu's personal picks.
|Dong Juan Green Salad with Tagaktak, a special delicacy of Mandaue City|
|NEW: Cheese and Garlic Pizza|
|NEW beverage, name to be published soon.|
|NEW: Hungarian Pizza|
|NEW: Happy Bong Red Wine (with Rhum, Gin, Tonic Water)|
Contact Dong Juan at:
12 Espina Compound B. Rodriguez St. Cebu City
Tel. No. 238-1003
Fax No. 253-8532