"My favorite places in Cebu" —Jay Aldeguer

Islands Souvenirs owner Jay Aldeguer shares his list of favorite stops in his hometown, from quiet northern islands to the best barbecue place in town

By Mari-an Santos Cover photo by Carlos Legazpi



Always looking forward to going to Mactan exactly for this meal.:)

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“Go for Giuseppe’s pasta and cheese platter. They're good. ” 
Paseo Saturnino, Maria Luisa Road, Cebu City, tel +6332 343 9901, visit Guiseppe’s.

Tavolata Restaurant 
“This restaurant, part of the Abaca Group, serves the best steak in town.” 
Design Center of Cebu, AS Fortuna at P. Remedio St., Mandaue City, Cebu, tel +6332 505 6211, visit Tavolata.

“One of my favorite Japanese restaurants and relatively inexpensive too."
291-A. S.Fortuna St., Bakilid, Mandaue City, Cebu City, tel +6332 422 3159, visit Nonki.

Hala Paella! 

“This is an obvious family favorite. My son opened this restaurant sometime ago and it's become quite a hit here in Cebu. It serves the best Valenciana and lechon paella.” 
BTC Building, Governor M. Cuenco Avenue, Cebu City, tel +6332 344 4252, visit Hala Paella.

Matias BBQ 
“The barbeque at Matias is excellent” 
Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue, Talamban, Cebu City, tel +6332 345 2164, visit Matias BBQ.


Screengrab from Formo's Facebook page
“I hardly go out but when I do I end up going to Formo. It’s a nice place where a lot of Cebuanos converge.” Cebu Banilad Town Centre, Banilad, Cebu City, tel +6332 416 1990, visit Formo.

Transcentral Highway
“I take my kids for drives along the Transcentral Highway, anywhere from a short distance to a two-hour leisurely ride. You pass by towns and it cuts through Cebu.”

Bantayan and Malapascua Islands, north of Cebu Island
Jay Aldeguer's beachfront property in Malapascua, Cebu
“I’ve had several good memories of Bantayan Island. I'd usually go there with friends or take the kics for a holiday or join a triathlon. We’ve had fantastic meals there. Every visit is unique and familiar at the same time.
Malapascua has become our favorite destination. We've built a bungalow for the family on the island. It’s uniquely situated in a peninsula where there’s water on both sides of the island, almost like a sandbar.” 

Jay Aldeguer is the owner of the Islands Group of Companies, which operares Isands Souvenirs, Islands Banca Cruises and Islands Stay Hotels. 

Read about Jay Aldeguer’s passions and home and work life

Originally published in InFlight Traveller December to January 2011. Updated March 2016, January 2017