It is assumed that even before 1300’s, Jolo already had continuous trading relationship with Muslims from other countries. Islam was introduced when missionaries from Arabia came to Southeast Asia to extend their Islamic faith. Raja Baguida who was then the head of state strengthened the “Feat of Makdum” (Arabic name for master or father) in 1380. His daughter married the Arab missionary Abu Bakr who arrived in Sulu in 1450. Abu Bakr declared himself as sultan and based his regulations according to Koran, Islam’s holy book. Shortly, Sulu became an independent Islamic state.
Figaro, 2nd Level
The Podium, 18 ADB Ave Tel: 634-0344
Hanisah’s Dining and Bar, Shangri-la Plaza Mall
Unit 204 Carpark Bldg, Tel: 635-9537, 635-9530
Cafe Elysee, SM MegaMall
Almon Marina, G/F, Bldg. A SM MegaMall, Tel: 634-1297, 633-6865
Edsa Shangri-la Pool Bar, 1 Garden Way
Cafe Med, 2nd Flr., Annex III, The Medical City
San Miguel Ave. cor. Lourdes St. Tel: 633-3859, 633-3880, 631-8626 loc. 760
Cravings Restaurant, 5th Flr.Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel: 635-6672, 635-6088
Dean St. CafÃ©, 429 Sunshine Square, Shaw Blvd. Tel: 717-0247
Figaro, 3rd Flr. Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel: 635-6204
Hello Kitty CafÃ©, 3/F, Building B SM MegaMall
Coffe Experience, 4/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall
Henry’s Freestyle and Cooks Studio, 641 Boni Ave.
Figaro, 2/F Bldg. A (near Cinderella) SM MegaMall, Tel: 638-3758
Garden CafÃ©, Lobby Edsa Shangri-La, 1 Garden Way, Tel: 633-8888
Gourmet’s CafÃ©, 5/F, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel: 637-2784
Haagen-Dazs CafÃ©, 2/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel: 631-0140, 637-4147, 631-0077
Tong Yang Hot Pot, 4/F Bldg. A, SM MegaMall, Tel: 631-3637
Charlie’s Wanton, 265 Haig St., Tel.: 718-1880
Gloria Maris, 1/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel: 687-3913
Han Pao Tea House, 312 Shaw Blvd. Tel: 534-3729, 534-3730
Maxim’s Tea House, 3/F Bldg. A, SM MegaMall, Tel: 634-0723, 635-3121
Hung Fu Dim Sum House, 512 Boni Ave. cor. Santo Rosario St. Tel: 534-1331, 534-1335
Hung Fu Dim Sum House, Kopi Tiam Plaza
66 Maysilo Circle
Tang City, G/F SM MegaMall, Tel: 637-2809
Luk Yuen Noodle House, Foodcourt Bldg. A SM MegaMall, Tel: 6331610, 6334396
Maxim’s Tea House, Food court SM MegaMall, Tel.6335532
Mongkok, 6/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel: 636-1103
Orient Pearl Seafoods, Boni Ave. cor. Sto. Rosario St. Tel: 534-1335
Penang, 3/F, The Podium, 18 ADB Ave. Tel. 631-8821
Mann Hann, Lower G/F, Bldg. A SM MegaMall, Tel: 631-7231, 631-0466
Super Bowl of China, Bldg. B, Megastrip 5, SM MegaMall, Tel: 634-7831, 687-7767
Moon Palace Restaurant, 654 Shaw Boulevard Tel: 533-9230, 533-4385
Akiga, 2/F Liberty Center 312 Shaw Blvd., Tel: 5330950
Nishiki, Mezzanine Tower , Edsa Shangri-la Hotel, Tel: 6347474, 6338888
Yaku, 3/F The Podium, 18 ADB Ave. Tel: 6875368
Jedi San Authentic Japanese Food, 84 Coronado St. Hulo
Kitaro Sushi, EDSA Central Crossing
Kitaro Sushi Japanese-To-Go, 5/F The Podium,
18 ADB Ave. Tel: 633-8161,633-9606
JiPan, Upper G/F Bldg. A SM MegaMall, Tel: 6335990
JiPan, 220 Pilar St. Tel: 7235517, 7183891
Kitaro Sushi Japanese-To-Go, 5/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel: 6335547, 6319750
Komoro Soba, Upper G/F SM MegaMall, Tel: 6338160
Rai Rai Ken, SM MegaMall, LGF Bldg. A Tel: 6335046
Saisaki, 4/F Bldg. A, SM MegaMall, Tel: 6333780, 6363785, 6331758
Saisaki, 207 EDSA Tel: 725-9224, 7051807
Sake San Restaurant And Sake Bar, 4/F Bldg. B SM MegaMall Tel: 6342481, 6331758, 6363785
Shabu-Shabu Bar and Grill, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Car Park nr. Shangri-La Hotel Tel: 9103272
Shabu-Shabu Bar and Grill, 2/F The Podium 18 ADB Ave. Tel: 9141028
Suburi, Kopi Tiam Plaza
66 Maysilo Circle
Sushi Mart, Lower G/F, Bldg. A SM MegaMall, Tel: 634-7896
Sushi-Ya, Bldg. B, Mega Strip SM MegaMall, Tel: 631-9998
Tokyo Tokyo, 1st level Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel: 687-7778
Cibo, 2/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel: 631-7753, 631-7761
Green Tomato, 6/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel: 885-7176
Piadina Italiana, Bldg. A SM MegaMall, Megastip, Tel: 687-7345
Madison Coffeeshop and Restaurant, 60 The Legend Hotel Pioneer St. cor. Madison St. Tel: 633-1502
Mixx Restaurant-Bar-Family KTV, 2/F J. Miranda Bldg. 429 Shaw Blvd.
Trattoria Gourmet, 5/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel: 637-2784
Gourmet’s CafÃ©, 5th Level Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel: 637-2784
Allegro Caffe Italiano, G/F Wynsum Corporate plaza
Ruby Rd., Tel: 632-0623
La Primavera Ristorante Italiano, El Pueblo Real
DoÃ±a Julia Vargas cor. San Miguel Ave.
Paparazzi, Edsa Shangri-La, Mezzanine Tower Wing
1 Garden Way, Tel: 633-8888 loc. 12922, 12923
Pasto, El Pueblo Real, Dona Julia Vargas cor. San Miguel Ave.
Potato Corner, G/F SM MegaMall
Trattoria Gourmet, EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd. Tel: 637-2784
Whistlestop, 1st Flr. Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel. 634-4435 to 37
Reyes Barbecue, Lower G/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel. 637-2484
Max’s Restaurant, Lower G/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel: 635-9980-81
Ang Tunay na Pansit Malabon, Food Court, Bldg. A SM MegaMall, Tel: 633-1872
Cabalen, 4/F SM MegaMall, Bldg. B Tel: 633-1761, 633-8183
Bacolod Chicken Inasal, EDSA Central Complex, Tel: 631-1014, 633-2503, 635-5585
Kamay Kainan, Lower G/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel: 635-0587
Watering Hole, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel: 634-0284, 634-0288
Barrio Fiesta Restaurant, 4/F SM MegaMall, Tel: 633-2563, 637-4385
Barrio Fiesta, G/F level Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel: 633-2563, 637-4385
Gloria Maris, 1st level Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel: 687-3913
Bakahan at Manukan, 4th Level SM Bldg. A SM MegaMall, Tel: 635-2232, 635-2231, 635-2233
Ilonggo Grill, Lower G/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall
Kamayan, 207 EDSA Greenhills, Tel: 705-1809, 725-9224, 725-5504
Lydia’s Lechon, Foodcourt SM MegaMall, Tel: 633-4966
NiÃ±a, 5/F The Podium, 18 ADB Ave. , Tel: 633-3047
Old Recipes, Guevent Commercial Center 52 Libertad St.
Tanglaw Restaurant, 60 The Legend Garden Hotel Pioneer St. Tel: 633-1501, 633-1502, 633-1503
Orient Pearl Seafoods & Restaurant, 512 Boni Ave. cor. Sto. Rosario St., Tel: 534-1335
Pelican Bar, Horizon Edsa Hotel, Edsa cor. Boni Ave Tel.: 532-3021
Manna Bar and Restaurant, 1501 Princeton St. cor. Shaw Blvd.
Pinoydon Rice Bowls, 5/F The Podium, 18 ADB Ave., Tel: 631-1198, 631-5886
Storage Bar and Restaurant, 429 Shaw Blvd. Tel: 723 – 1797
The Aristocrat Restaurant, G/F Bldg. A SM MegaMall, Tel: 633-1874
Reyes Barbecue, Lower G/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel: 637-2484
Whistlestop Restaurant and Bar, 1st level Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Tel: 634-4435 to 37
Camiguin Island – I had so many memories when I was a drug salesman and I travelled to the Island every month. It had in 1974 and my wife was giving birth to our second daughter in Cebu City. I tried to be with my wife during the delivery but I was stuck in Mambajao, capital of Camiguin where I usualy lived and because of the bad weather and typhoon was coming so I have to wait for another day. The next day, it was still bad. So, I asked one of the owners of boat (Banca with layag) if I can rent him to transport me to the Balingo-an, a town of Misamis Oriental and province of Mindanao. We agreed the price and so I have to decide even though nobody dares to cross that sea in between Balingo-an and Binoni because of big waves but I have to. It took us about 6 hours to cross and it only takes about 1-1/1 hour for the big lunch plying that area.
I considered this a big and unforgetable experience in my life and most the good experiences I had with this beautiful island, Camiguin. The scenic view is perpect, and the spring water is sweet because of the Hiboc-Hiboc volcano and the minerals, the old and big houses in Mambajao sorrounded with big trees and you can hear the sounds of birds and bats during your sleepy night. It is the right place for a vacation where people there are very hospitable. I will come again when I retire to see and stay for a vacation in that Island. I remember when I used to see tourists and foreigners (Australian, British, German and American) who go there for a vacation in that time 1974-75. I asked a question to them. I said “why do you like to come to this Island?” I remember one of them answered me.”because it is not only the beautiful beaches and scenic view but because of the people” I said what about the people. He said “The people are happy, relaxed and early in the morning they just stay in the corner of the street, or infront of their house and chat, drink, sing, coaxing their pets especially the fighting cocks and another that very typical for filipinos when they walk ….very very slow” So, I understood now because in the western world especially in civilized countries, people walk very fast because time is important to go to their jobs. But filipinos especially in Camiguin Island walks slowly and don’t think what and where is the next meal to eat. I did this when I was a teenager without job, we walk slowly with a guitar singing and walking slowly in the street. This is the end of my story.
Adjacent to the town of Palompon, Leyte is a rich and diverse haven of marine life–and is among the newest favorite destination among tourists and environmentalists in Eastern Visayas region. The Tabuk island, was declared marine park and bird sanctuary through a municipal ordinance in 1995 thus protecting the island from man’s wanton abuse. Fishing was banned within the vicinity of the island, and then the depleted mangroves in the island miraculously recovered, after it was declared “no man’s land”.
Local leaders insisted that by declaring the island into a sanctuary, the fish and other marine creatures can multiply without human disturbances. After the island recovered, it is no longer “a no man’s land”, it is already open for tourists for nature trips and ecological tours. Local government officials and employees from across the country visited Tabuk island, for them to replicate the Palompon’s programs on ecological amelioration for sustainable development, coastal protection and conservation.
Tabuk island has its 3-storey concrete sunset and bird viewing tower and a boardwalk made of bamboos, traversing from the southeastern edge of the island to the western part. A stilt house and cottages for picknickers, and an awesome place for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Today, endemic and migratory birds flocked their new found home, and Philippine mallards (wild ducks) wades happily along the coast of Tabuk island. Wild ducks are quacking, echoing their joy because no would harm them in that part of the island we called “the mallard’s lair”.
In the northwestern part of the island is the bat kingdom, with thousands or hundreds of thousands of “kabug” hanging on the branches of the trees and at 5:30 in the afternoon, they flocked and invaded the adjacent mainland and find a place to rest.
At around 9:00 in the evening, tour guides were bringing searchlights for the marine safari and we are overwhelmed by the sight of colorful thousands of fish that leap out from the seawater. Fish of different species, big and small comes out and this proves that environmental protection and conservation successfully brings back the life of our marine resources.