Pi­noy-style team build­ing shines in Asean tourism sum­mit

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Contents - Alexis Yap

OLD houses have a cer­tain charm and I think it’s what draws peo­ple to Circa 1900, I mean be­sides the food that is not only de­li­cious but beau­ti­ful on the plate. Just a few weeks back, the same group of peo­ple in part­ner­ship with the Univer­sity of South­ern Philip­pines foun­da­tion have opened up the old house next door, restor­ing the en­tire home of the Jereza fam­ily, one of Cebu’s old­est fam­i­lies re­sid­ing in Lahug, leav­ing some orig­i­nal floor­ing and some bul­let “wounds” on the main stair­case rem­i­nis­cent of World War two. Yes, I have touched them with my very own hands.

As if its WWII charm wasn’t enough to tickle my fancy, our hos­pitable host Drei Sol­lano, in­tro­duced us to some non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages that we were more than happy to try at Ci­cada Ta­pas and Bar. I picked drink they call Re­juvinate, a con­coc­tion of pear, cala­mansi juice, and gin­ger. My date and good friend, Jewel Ja­lan­doni, picked Awak­en­ing, a com­bi­na­tion of car­rots, green ap­ple, and basil. They were very re­fresh­ing.

We sat in a small, charm­ing room on a couch for two, in front of two small round ta­bles. Drei and his friend Roger Ramos sat across us. There were about four other ta­bles in that quaint room and a well-equipped bar where they make their cof­fees, juices, and cock­tails. The walls were filled with in­ter­est­ing pho­tos of the fam­ily and the peo­ple who ac­tu­ally hung out or stayed with them to visit back in the day. These in­cluded Gen­eral Dou­glas Mac Arthur and Ser­gio Os­meña, Manuel L. Que­zon, and the coun­try’s first ever beauty queen Gemma Cruz. Quite the line-up, I know.

Tak­ing pic­tures of the ta­pas: (from fore­ground to me) 1. Spiced Squid and Span­ish Chorizo with Chilli and Pep­per 2. Caramelized Onion, Wa­ter Buf­falo Cheese, Ham and Dates on Ci­a­batta with Moscato Glaze, 3. Chicken Sisig Ci­gars - Chicken Mush­room, and Beansprouts.

Circa Dos, the lo­ca­tion of Ci­cada Ta­pas and Bar and the Nosh­ery Bak­ery + Sweets, is lo­cated within the Circa 1900 com­plex. Crunchy Mol Mol Fil­let with Red­stone Potato Wedges

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