Feb 7, 2017

Badass Gifts From Cebu You Should Give Your Loved One this Valentine's Month


Love is anarchy for the soul. Inescapable, unpredictable. There are no rules in love. Don't you think your Valentine's Day gift should capture that? If you agree, then this Valentine's Day gift guide is for you! Ditch the flowers and chocolates this month and give your lover something different. Love, after all, is anything but ordinary. 

Here's a list of weird and wonderful gifts guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on your special someone. This is NOT a sponsored post. I have tested these gifts with my own heart and taste buds and am personally recommending them. All of these are proudly made or sold by Cebu-based artists and shops, too, so go ahead and #SupportLocal. 

1. MoFu Cakes 

You've probably come across the question, "What's a MoFu?" on your social media feed. If you still don't know the answer to that, it's time you buy a box of these bad babies and go on a gastronomic journey with your loved one this Valentine's Day! 

So, what's a MoFu? MoFu Cakes are not quite cake and not quite chocolate. They're somewhere in between. They're irreverent, maybe offensive, but very irresistible. I like to think of them as the Samuel L. Jackson of desserts. You don't know what to expect but you have a feeling he is gonna blow you away! 

MoFu Cakes come in a box of ten pieces. They are available in these indulgent flavors and prices: 
MoFu Premium (herbal wine infused *best seller*): PhP 300
MoFu Dark (Philippines Cacao, as bitter as your heart): PhP 220
MoFu Lick (White chocolate sweetness): PhP 200
MoFu Nookies N' Cream (Cookies N' Cream): PhP 300 
MoFu Cakes offer FREE delivery within Cebu City for a minimum order of PhP 500. They also ship nationwide. 

To order, call or text: 0943 402 2499 or visit the Mofu Cakes Facebook page

2. Wines from D+B Wine Shop

Flaunt your refined taste this Valentine's Day by giving your sweetheart a bottle of wine. But don't just settle for anything less than the best, get your wine gift from Cebu's very own D+B Wine Shop! This cozy winery, nestled in The Crossroads in Banilad, has been cited in Sunstar's Best of Cebu list for two consecutive years.

I was invited to a wine tasting for D+B Wine Shop last weekend. Needless to say, I broke my personal resolution not to drink alcohol anymore (but that's another story for another blog post). It couldn't be helped. You don't conquer wine. Wine, like poetry, conquers you.

At the wine tasting, Mr. Gordon Alan Joseph, D+B Wine Shop owner and Netherlands consul, described wine as an adventure. What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than to go on an adventure with your special someone. If you're feeling extra generous, buy a couple of bottles from D+B Wine Shop and try out various food pairings with your lover.

Don't be afraid to experiment! At the wine tasting, we paired Merlot, Rosé, Pinot Noir and Syrah with lechon, chocolate cake, pizza, barbecue and even ngohiong. There are no rules to wine. Actually there are rules but as in all good things, it's better if you break them ;)

Here are some wine and food pairing suggestions to get you started on your epicurean adventure:

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For orders and inquiries, visit the D+B Wine Shop website and Facebook.
They also have a wine hotline! Call or txt them at 0927 649 3170
Or drop by their shop at The Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City.

3. Hand-Painted Sugar Skulls by Artist Thirdy Daligdig Suralta 

Skulls aren't just for Halloween especially if they are as cute as these sugar skulls by surrealist painter Thirdy Daligdig Suralta! If you don't know what a sugar skull is (I don't like you anymore), they are a common motif in the Mexican celebration Dia de los Muertos. They're traditionally sculpted from sugar cane  or clay and decorated with colorful patterns. Thirdy's sugar skulls are not edible but that should be great news if you want to give a Valentine's day gift that lasts! 

The Cebu-based artist drew inspiration for his skulls from the animated movie, "The Book of Life," (a sweet film to watch for Valentine's Day, by the way. You're welcome). A collaboration between Thirdy and his cousin, fellow artist Christian Jay Sotto, the sugar skulls are meticulously hand painted and crafted with love. 

These sugar skulls will look great on a bookshelf, bedside table or as a paperweight or table centerpiece. Give them as a gift to symbolize your undying love!

Each skull is priced at PhP 1,400. For orders and inquiries, contact Mr. Karl Roque via Facebook.
Check out Thirdy Daligdig Suralta's other work on his Facebook Page and Intagram

4. Tickets to a Spoken Word Event 

Don't just Netflix and chill this February, you're more creative than that! Take your lover out on a date and experience Cebu's bustling poetry and spoken word scene together! Almost Poets Society, the guys who brought you last year's Valentine's gig, "HUGOT," the PDEA-collaboration "Adik sa Gugma, Dili sa Droga" and the cheeky poetry and live art show, "HUBO," are back with their first spoken word event for 2017. 

In "EVOL: An Anti-Valentine's Day Event," Almost Poets Society will poke lighthearted fun at what it means to love and ache in 2017. Not just a poetry event, EVOL will also feature musical performances by rock bands The Mock and Foldstripe and the musical debut of Mi Amor. But, don't just sit there and watch the show! EVOL will have an open mic for guests, the perfect opportunity to read your poem and profess your love to the object of your desire. 

EVOL will be on February 11, 8 PM at Kukuk's Nest - Lahug. Tickets are PhP100 each and each ticket comes with a FREE custom-made bookmark. 

Txt  +63 918 226 7205 for reservations and visit the official EVOL event page for more information.
Follow Almost Poets Society on Facebook for updates on poetry and spoken word events.


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