10 Sep2008


The Lechon Eyeball in Cebu is on!!! Please sign up below if you intend to attend. I hope to keep the final confirmed guest list to 40 people or so. I wrote about the possibility of this eyeball a few weeks ago, in this post, and now it is confirmed.


November 15, 2008
11:30 a.m. to roughly 2 p.m.


Cebu City
A few minutes from the Provincial Capitol at the corner of Escario and Osmena Boulevards
Exact address to be forwarded to confirmed guests by email/text before the event.
Lunch served outdoors, weather permitting.
This is a “no-frills” location. Cowboy and cowgirl style. But there are clean functioning washrooms.
Totally casual attire.

On The Menu

At least 3-4 different lechons, 2 of which will be cooked on the premises of the eyeball, weather permitting.
A selection of several other dishes to be announced before the event. Pork is the star attraction. Some likely dishes might include Lechon Sisig a la Marketman, Lechon Sinigang, Lechon Paksiw, etc.
Some grilled seafood will be on offer. Vegetables will have a supporting role. A purely vegan meal would be a bit difficult to eke out of this event. But vegans are of course most welcome!
Dessert might include some fruit, frozen silvanas and other sweets.


PHP1,000 minimum donation per guest. Guests who choose to give more will in effect be donating directly to the Cebu Marketmanila feeding program at a public elementary school. Any excess funds from the lunch will also be donated to the feeding programs. The cost is a bit steep, but I can assure you will leave this lunch completely stuffed.


If you are on any cholesterol, hypertension, or other medication you are eating this lunch completely at your own risk. :)

For out of town guests, there are three lodging options, please contact the first two options directly to make your reservations, they have no idea who Marketman is…

1. Mayflower Inn
Capitol Site, Cebu City
Economically priced hotel/pensionne, a stone’s throw from the Capitol building, and with the added bonus of being steps away from Marjo’s, the hole in the wall pucherohan I wrote about here. Approximately 10 minute WALK to the lunch site.
Singles from PHP896 per night
Doubles from PHP1,232 per night
Triples from PHP1,568 per night
Breakfast is PHP85 per person, without drinks.

Contact Ms. Annabelle Guitierez
(032) 255-2800
(032) 255-2700

2. Casa Escano
A converted family home of the Escano’s, now Bed & Breakfast type set-up in the heart of the city. Although located on a residential street, it is quite busy around those parts. Approximately 8-10 minutes to the lunch site by taxi or car.
Singles from PHP1,590 per night with breakfast
Doubles from PHP1,890 per night with breakfast
Triples from PHP2,390 per night with breakfast

Contact Ms. Melanie Estrera
(032) 253-5564

3. The Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
A five-star property in Lahug, approximately 15+ minutes away from the venue by car/taxi. Marketman’s corporate rates would be used.
Singles from PHP3,700 per night with breakfast
Doubles from PHP4,200 per night with breakfast
I would have to make your reservations directly using our corporate rate, so email me directly if you would prefer to stay in this hotel. You will have to give me your full names and a contact number, preferably a cellphone for the hotel to make the reservation.

Let the reservations begin! :)



  1. Mila says:

    I would like to attend please. My cholesterol will be nice and low by the time I get to Cebu (by hook or by lipitor croook).

    Sep 10, 2008 | 9:49 am


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  3. sometime_lurker says:

    Goodeats to everyone who can attend this glorious, porky event!

    Walao, so lucky meh!

    Sep 10, 2008 | 11:11 am

  4. amina says:

    Hi MM. Please count us in. My husband and I would like to attend this and its definitely confirmed for us as we’re currently based cebu. Should we leave our numbers or is email enough to get the confirmation. Cant wait to try the food and finally meet you in person!! ! :))

    Sep 10, 2008 | 11:37 am

  5. Beng says:

    Haha! November 15 is my birthday, MM!
    How I wish I could go there!!!!
    It will be a different kind of celebration for me, if ever.
    (sana… sana…)

    Sep 10, 2008 | 11:38 am

  6. shalimar says:

    i wished….. drool… I dont even know where I am going to be on this date.

    Sep 10, 2008 | 12:07 pm

  7. Rico says:

    Aww shucks! I’ll just watch and drool from afar, as in all the way here in Paranaque!

    Sep 10, 2008 | 12:29 pm

  8. Marketman says:

    amina and mila and others who confirm, I will send out a private email when reservations are all taken… so no need to leave personal details in the comments. Thanks!

    Sep 10, 2008 | 12:29 pm

  9. s says:


    Sep 10, 2008 | 12:35 pm

  10. lee says:

    Leeborzonovitch XVIII and wife Majelainazizzima of the seventh lake will attend the eyeball and would wish to stay at the mayflower near marjo’s…

    oooops those were personal details.

    Sep 10, 2008 | 12:43 pm

  11. witsandnuts says:

    I miss Cebu, my cousin has just sent me otap, baked polvoron and dried mangoes. I hope I’m not miles away the next time you hold an EB. I’ll stay tuned from afar. =)

    Sep 10, 2008 | 1:01 pm

  12. Katrina says:

    Please reserve two slots for Felipe and me. Here’s hoping Cebu Pacific has another promo soon! :-)

    Sep 10, 2008 | 1:54 pm

  13. Edwin D. says:

    To those who go, best of times and luck to all. As for the others, maybe next year, right?

    Sep 10, 2008 | 2:16 pm

  14. Feyoh says:

    Hello, MM, I’m glad this is eyeball is in Cebu, a ferryboat ride away from Dumaguete. Please count me in.

    Sep 10, 2008 | 2:32 pm

  15. OziChris says:

    I’m arriving in on the Silk Air flight to Cebu 15 Nov from Australia via Singapore. As much as I would like to be there, my flight doesn’t arrive until 1.45pm and I guess a roughly 2pm finish means that even if i went straight from the Airport it will be all over.

    Anyway all the best to those lucky enough to be there and make a contribution to your feeding program.


    Sep 10, 2008 | 2:51 pm

  16. zena says:

    Excuse me while I wipe my drool off of the keyboard… may the weather be perfect and your cholesterol levels too!

    lee, didn’t know you were nobility. Or should i say His Royal Highnesses, hehe

    Sep 10, 2008 | 5:00 pm

  17. moni says:

    Please count me in. Thanks.

    Sep 10, 2008 | 5:59 pm

  18. Maria says:

    sigh, happy cholesterol eating you guys :(

    Sep 10, 2008 | 6:29 pm

  19. Vanessa says:

    Now, the question is – will you be liveblogging this?!

    Sep 10, 2008 | 7:17 pm

  20. natie says:

    have a grand time,everyone!! i’m happy for all of you, with just a hint of envy.

    Sep 10, 2008 | 7:20 pm

  21. evel says:

    for us who cant make it in cebu, let’s just wish for a part 2 in manila!

    Sep 10, 2008 | 7:37 pm

  22. lee says:

    zena. his royal high bloodness

    Sep 10, 2008 | 8:08 pm

  23. suzette says:

    yeah, lechon eb here in manila!

    Sep 10, 2008 | 8:57 pm

  24. ging says:

    count me in MM :-)

    Sep 10, 2008 | 9:04 pm

  25. Naz says:

    full of envy here! my wish before my end come, is to attend a MarketManila EB. have a grand lechon EB time everyone!

    Sep 10, 2008 | 10:18 pm

  26. Fabian M says:

    Hey Marketman. Please reserve a slot for me. :)


    Sep 10, 2008 | 10:50 pm

  27. melody says:

    another reason why i regret coming to australia this year to study :( i wish i could attend the next eb. enjoy everyone

    Sep 11, 2008 | 12:25 am

  28. chinachix says:

    have fun, MM and everyone! looking forward to read about this event…

    Sep 11, 2008 | 2:40 am

  29. k. ramos says:

    I WANNA GO but I can’t. Second semester might be in full swing by then. :(

    Sep 11, 2008 | 2:43 am

  30. Avic says:

    Ouch! Am scheduled to be in Cebu on Nov 28 pa . . . sigh . . Cebu Pac has a promo though, I just checked their website. Nakakainggit, MM! :(

    Sep 11, 2008 | 3:57 am

  31. estella says:

    i will surely miss being there….

    Sep 11, 2008 | 4:00 am

  32. linda says:

    To His Royal High Bloodness Lee, is there any chance of sending a stray knighthood to me so I can get better seats in our local eatery “the piecart”? hahahahaha:)

    Sep 11, 2008 | 6:31 am

  33. MarketFan says:

    hi MM,

    talking of lechon…did you hear about this? tsk..tsk..


    Sep 11, 2008 | 8:15 am

  34. millet says:

    i’m in, i’m in! may have one or two lechon lovers with me. will finalize as soon as possible. yeeeeheeey!

    Sep 11, 2008 | 9:36 am

  35. Marketman says:

    Marketfan, thank you for that link… it certainly drew a chuckle. :) Millet, maybe we can get some budbud kabog for dessert…

    Sep 11, 2008 | 9:44 am

  36. betty q. says:

    Your ROyal Highness Leebornozovitch XV111…Do you think you can pull some strings so I can get a seat on Your Royal Airline? I tried to book a flight using hubby’s points but can’t get any seat to date!!!!

    Sep 11, 2008 | 10:32 am

  37. lee says:

    hahaha…. wow budbud kabog!

    Sep 11, 2008 | 11:07 am

  38. EbbaMyra says:

    MarketFan: I have heard about this kind of news before, somewhere in Los Angeles, and did not have much to say about it. But now, it makes me think that how come in North Carolina, they barbecue more than 2 whole hogs for community gathering (and sometimes they sell it too), cooked in their backyard or town parks community building. And I know they did not have to get a permit. Its really some neighbors or who complained about it that matters. Speaking of lechon, how I wish I was in Pinas.. but its ok.. I am coming in May for my annual ministry mission trip in Quezon.. and I have asked my cousin to take care of a pig for me so that we can lechon it Marketman’s way.

    Sep 11, 2008 | 11:12 am

  39. zena says:

    KAKAINGGIT!!!!!! I also love budbud kabog and always buy at Salcedo market when I’m there even if a tad pricey. Haaaaay!
    MM, you MUST have a post on that with lots of pictures of both the food and the folks. Especially of the visiting royalty!

    Sep 11, 2008 | 8:00 pm

  40. lee says:

    zena. the visiting royalty will take pictures. :)

    Sep 11, 2008 | 9:19 pm

  41. millet says:

    oh my….my heart is going kabog already…or would those be my arteries, i wonder….

    Sep 12, 2008 | 8:08 am

  42. Lee says:

    I will go on a strict no pork diet from today until the eyeball. I’ll only use a sfoon.

    Sep 12, 2008 | 10:23 am

  43. toping says:

    Two seats for me, MM. I’m a light eater, but I intend to bring someone who’ll make up for that, bwahaha!

    Sep 12, 2008 | 11:54 am

  44. Tuesdayy says:

    Lee, ferpect flan!

    Sep 12, 2008 | 1:56 pm

  45. Maria says:

    mm, i hope this will be an annual thing so that we can get to go the next time around. And may i suggest that it be on the same dates every year so that for us who are outside pinas, we can schedule our pinas trip around the “lechon annual convention”. he he I’m so jealous. I’m praying for its success mm.

    Sep 12, 2008 | 6:53 pm

  46. siegrez says:

    siegrez says:

    hi :-) i am very interested to attend your eyeball on nov.15

    September 12th, 2008

    Sep 12, 2008 | 11:15 pm

  47. inday hami says:

    That’s a nice activity in Cebu MM. Wish you well from Iloilo.

    Sep 12, 2008 | 11:18 pm

  48. mikelinparis says:

    i don’t arrive in manila till 11/29. maybe MM if there’s tira, you can plan a “consolation” paksiw na lechon EB in manila!

    Sep 13, 2008 | 5:42 am

  49. Evangeline says:

    Hello MM,
    I would like to register to this Lechon eyeball in Cebu.

    Sep 15, 2008 | 7:55 am

  50. mary joan says:

    Thanks for reminding me MM! I almost missed this and to think I’ve been so looking forward to this. Please count me and my husband in. anticipating meeting new foodie friends too!(specially his royal high bloodness! :)

    Sep 15, 2008 | 10:35 am

  51. mary joan says:

    and i’m bringing the silvanas! :)

    Sep 15, 2008 | 4:32 pm

  52. lee says:

    holy glucophage.. silvanas!

    Sep 15, 2008 | 10:18 pm

  53. natie says:

    now my heart is starting to break….:-(

    Sep 16, 2008 | 6:42 am

  54. terrey says:

    waaahhhh, i wont be in cebu still mid dec…sayang!

    Sep 16, 2008 | 5:14 pm

  55. Marichu Tayag says:

    For all the drooling online, it’s about time the lechons land on our taste buds! Got slots for 2 more? Am a Cebu resident. Lemme know what I can do to help :)

    Sep 20, 2008 | 10:29 pm

  56. Edik says:

    sorry for the delay. i was out for a while and could not get an internet connection. please count me in MM.

    Sep 22, 2008 | 2:10 pm

  57. marghi says:

    Is there still room for 2?

    Sep 23, 2008 | 1:03 am

  58. Marketman says:

    marghi, absolutely, will add you to the list. Link here to latest list. :)

    Sep 23, 2008 | 7:07 am


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