DID you ever wonder how our favorite Filipino heroes managed to satisfy their hunger pangs while on the run? How they stopped for a bite while fighting the enemy during the “himagsikan” (revolution)?

Let’s take a step back in history and allow Marco Polo Plaza to bring you to that era through their culinary journey “Independencia: A Tribute to Filipino Heroes.” This is a lunch or dinner buffet from June 11 to 20 at Café Marco.

The country’s 117th Independence Day will be marked with classic and traditional dishes enjoyed by select Pinoy heroes. Like, did you know that Dr. Jose Rizal relished Tinolang Manok, while Andres Bonifacio’s favorite was Lechon Manok sa saha ng saging?

Arroz ala Cubana happened to be Gregorio del Pilar’s choice, while the Sublime Paralytic Apolinario Mabini was very happy with his Uttong Balotong.

Get to savor these good ole Pinoy dishes meticulously researched by both culinary guru Jessica Avila and Marco Polo’s events manager, Joseph Chiongbian, assisted by a team of top chefs!

On opening night, Jessica prepared one of three cycles for us which included Tinapa, Morcon, Ginataang Alimasag, Kare Kare etc. plus an array of delicious desserts, kakanins.

Try one cycle or all three. Your stomach will love you for it!


QBE is one of the world’s top 20 general insurance and reinsurance companies, with operations in 38 countries across the globe, including the Philippines, where they have both commercial operations and Group Shared Service Centers (GSSC).

After opening in the Philippines in 2013 at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, they expanded to Cebu in 2014 at the Skyrise Alpha building at Cebu Business Park, occupying four floors.

During the presscon that preceded the blessing, group executive officer for operations Mike Emmett stated, “After only two years since the opening of our Group Shared Service Center, the Philippines has now become QBE’s fourth largest location worldwide, employing 2,200 people in two sites, Manila and now, Cebu.” Cebu currently has 600 employees.

To commemorate the significant opening ceremonies of QBE, local employees introduced a dash of local color—its festival dance, the Sinulog, to the delight of the guests!

This prompted a positive comment from Karen Batungbacal, executive general manager for QBE GSSC. “We have been very impressed with the talent pool in Cebu with an excellent command of the English language and great enthusiasm.”