Lunch at Lab-as Seafood Restaurant in Dumaguete City

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PHILTOA Central Visayas Fam Trip Day 4 – Previous Post : Diving in Apo Island

It was already high tide when we left Apo Island Resort. The water is surprisingly wild and getting into the boat was already quite challenging but after more or less 30 minutes, we finally reached Dauin then we proceeded to Lab-as Restaurant in Dumaguete City  for our lunch.

Dumaguete Express
Dumaguete Express

Lab-as is a Cebuano word that means Fresh and true to what its called, everything that was served in the buffet table were all fresh catch. From grilled tuna belly to Oyster to huge Prawns, the food was sooo deliciously Pinoy.

Food at Lab-as Restaurant
Food at Lab-as Restaurant

If you really want to try out local food and Pinoy food in general, this restaurant is the place to go. I love their Dumaguete Express dish – a local version of the Super Spicy Bicol Express except that their version has a mixture of seafood and crispy pork.

Grilled Shrimps
Grilled Shrimps

Mixed Fruit Dessert
Mixed Fruit Dessert

While having lunch, Philtoa together with local travel stake holders from Negros started their program. It was more like a Business to Business meeting among travel agents and suppliers. During the meeting, the media team were excused for a short pasalubong shopping so we visited Sans Rival atbp. – a popular local restaurant that sells affordable and delicious Sans Rival.

Spicy Dumaguete Express
Spicy Dumaguete Express

Its almost 4pm when we headed to Dumaguete port to catch our ferry bound for Siquijor. This island is one of the destinations that I’m looking forward to visit again. It was not my first time to set foot in the island but the last time I was in Siquijor was for a Dive Safari and it didn’t give me a chance to explore the islands mystical wonders.

Mr. Cesar Cruz - Philtoa President
Mr. Cesar Cruz – Philtoa President

Upon reaching the island of Siquijor, we boarded a tourist bus that brought us to the beautiful Coco Grove Beach Resort. Coco Grove is one of the finest resorts if not the finest in Siquijor. Welcome drink and a short orientation was facilitated by the resort staff before we headed to the Pavilion – the venue for our dinner with local stake holders.

Sans Rival from Dumaguete
Sans Rival from Dumaguete

While the food is being prepared and the local performers are preparing the stage, the room key cards were distributed and majority of us went to our respective rooms to freshen up.

Pool Side Bar
Pool Side Bar

We had so much fun during the dinner hosted by the resort, not only because of the wide array of food that was served in the buffet table but also because of the very entertaining cultural presentation. They performed various traditional dances from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Cultural Dancers
Cultural Dancers

During their Tinikling performance, audience were invited to dance with the local performers while the rest are enjoying the performances.

Pool at Coco Grove Beach Resort
Pool at Coco Grove Beach Resort

We went back to our assigned rooms after the cultural presentation but since I still have things to do, I headed to the reception area to have access to WIFI. It was a long walk since WIFI access is still very limited in this huge resort but the management has plans of providing WIFI access in some key points of the resort.

Traditional Muslim Dance
Traditional Muslim Dance

Its was already 1am when I finally got to sleep, the entire trip might be tiring but the beautiful places that we are visiting gives us more than enough reason to wake up each morning with smile and much enthusiasm.

Tinikling Dancers
Tinikling Dancers

Our Central Visayas Familiarization tour was part of Philippine Tour Operator Association’s (PHILTOA) goal to discover more destinations and create more local tour packages for the upcoming 2012 Philippine Travel Mart.

PHILTOA membership includes travel agencies, hotel, resorts, transportation companies, handicraft stores, and other tourism-oriented establishments and association. For more information on the 23rd Philippine Travel Mart, please visit www.philtoa.org

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