02 Aug2013

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It’s that weekend again when 2,000 Ironmen and Ironwomen descend on Cebu City to swim a couple of kilometers, bike close to 100 kilometers and run a marathon, all on the same day. I salute all of you, as that is something I simply never aspire to do. :)

But should you need to load up on carbohydrates, proteins and other goodies, we have shored up our supplies and added to our stocks of backyard-raised piggies to serve you at five locations identified in the advertisement that will appear in the Cebu Sunstar tomorrow, Saturday.

A couple of suggestions for participants and their families and friends who will be in Cebu over the weekend and many restaurants will probably be crazed…

1. If you can, head into the city to get to either the Zubuchon branches at IT Park, Escario Central or Mango Avenue for a more comfortable meal and a wider menu selection. It may be a 20-30 minute ride from your hotels in Mactan, but hopefully there won’t be a wait for a table or it will be a shorter wait than at our tiny Mactan branch.
2. All outlets take NO RESERVATIONS to try and accommodate the most number of guests, but please feel free to call ahead to ask branch staff if there is an expected wait or if there are several tables empty and waiting.
3. The Islands Stay branch at Mactan will also be selling simple lechon and rice takeaway meals on race day, during the day, for spectators and others who happen by, in addition to being open to serve meals.
4. Our Islands Stay branch will be OPEN THROUGH THE NIGHT on Saturday, August 3 ONLY, so that some participants can get their breakfast at 2-3am before the big race. We will be one of the few restaurants open to feed race participants in the wee hours of Sunday.
5. If you wish to take home lechon to Manila after your visit to Cebu, we have a small stall inside the pre-departure lounge of the Mactan Domestic Terminal. We are doing our darndest to keep it stocked with fresh and frozen lechon late on Sunday and all of Monday when folks tend to return to Manila and their other destinations.
6. It’s an insider tip for Marketmanila.com regulars — at the Mactan airport, try our Boneless Sandwich, chopped boneless lechon with sriracha and hoisin sauce in a batard baked by Artisan C — that’s what I get when in transit. :)
7. For pasalubongs, try our chicharon and deep-fried peanuts with chicharon bits and garlic. The latter is my current favorite snack under the guise that nuts are good for you… Of course ours are fried, so I am not sure who I am fooling. :)

Marketman and the whole Zubuchon Team wishes all of you a successful, safe and personal best race on Sunday!



  1. Natie says:

    what fun!

    Aug 2, 2013 | 12:45 pm


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  3. Lee says:

    Congratulations and best of luck to my friends from Bacolod who are joining IRONMAN. I tagged them in Zubuchon’s Facebook poster.

    If this was an Eat, Drink, Sleep type of triathlon I would be joining :)

    Aug 2, 2013 | 1:35 pm

  4. millet says:

    hahaha…joining you in that kind of triathlon too, Lee!

    Aug 2, 2013 | 2:00 pm

  5. Lee says:

    @millet… with Tarta de Santiago medals

    Aug 2, 2013 | 2:08 pm

  6. Marketman says:

    Hey Lee, that’s a totally BRILLIANT idea! Zubuchon can host a “triathalon” of eating — the first of it’s kind in the Philippines. Several challenges over the course of a day, with the winner getting trophies, more free food and other goodies! I love it. :)

    Aug 2, 2013 | 2:11 pm

  7. Lee says:

    Pwede :) Zubuchon TriEatLon IronGut Challenge.

    Aug 2, 2013 | 2:29 pm

  8. ami says:

    MM, you can tie up with the makers of lipitor as sponsors of your eating triathlon.

    Wouldn’t it be cool if regular marketman.com readers would have a secret password they could use in the restaurant for special items just like in In-n-Out in the US where they have a secret menu.

    Aug 2, 2013 | 2:30 pm

  9. Marketman says:

    Lee, TriEatLon IronGut, I LOVE it. :)

    One kilo lechon, One kilo kinilaw, One kilo rice.

    Aug 2, 2013 | 2:45 pm

  10. Footloose says:

    @ One kilo lechon, One kilo kinilaw, One kilo rice.

    I remember Super P accomplishing something akin to that here:

    Scroll down to pic #4, particularly.

    Aug 2, 2013 | 9:18 pm

  11. Rupert says:

    Do you organize events as well? :)

    Aug 2, 2013 | 10:39 pm

  12. netoy says:

    And you could make the TriEatLon an annual event – akin to the famous Nathan’s hotdog eating contest in Coney Island every 4th of July.

    Aug 3, 2013 | 12:40 am

  13. natie says:

    I’ll be signing up on this.. looks doable…

    Aug 3, 2013 | 2:02 am

  14. Tin says:

    That Boneless Sandwich is a winner! Had no time to take a photo and Instagram it as it magically disappeared in two minutes or less :)

    Aug 3, 2013 | 8:36 am

  15. Ging says:

    MM, i’ll sign up for that kind of triathlon. have that on the 2nd sunday of january- that’s when the Cebu City Marathon is scheduled. several friends from manila are flying in and we will be running the full marathon. that would be a great gimmick as a recovery meal for the runners!

    Aug 5, 2013 | 10:18 am


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