Food & Beverage Reviews: Independencia at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Experience the best of Northern Filipino cuisine through Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s “Culinary Journey” Independencia: Flavors of Northern Philippines.My knowledge of Northern Filipino dishes were very limited  and I was missing out a lot until I was able to taste new dishes during the exclusive media preview event last June 6 with my friends from both the traditional media and bloggers.

The Philippines have a rich and diverse culinary history influenced mainly by the Spaniards and Chinese, resulting to dishes that are different per region like bulalo (beef shank soup), bagnet (crispy pork belly), pinakbet (braised local vegetables) and more.

From June 8 – 15, Café Marco will be adding a wide spread of Northern Filipino dishes on top of their current lunch and dinner buffet prepared carefully by their chefs under the guidance of heritage guru, Ms. Jessica Avila.

My #1 food that was served during the preview was the Bulalo. It was served hot, in a light colored soup that is made from hours of boiling beef shanks and bone marrow until all the other ingredients are well combined.

Here are my other personal favorites that made it to my top list.

#2 Bicol Express (stewed long chilies and pork in coconut cream)

#3 Bagnet (crispy pork belly)

#5 Pancit Buko (stir-fried coconut meat)

#6 Pastillas (powdered milk candy)

Celebrate our 119th Independence and experience the best from the northern part of our country with family and friends for only PhP880.00 net per person (special lunch rate when you dine on a weekday) and PhP1440.00 net per person (dinner).

For inquiries and reservations, call (032) 253 1111 local 8249. You may also email them at For more details, visit their website at Fore real time updates, like their Facebook page at or follow them on Twitter at @5StarInCebu.

Don’t forget to share your Marco Polo experience by commenting below.

Photos by Dulce Zambo




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