Saturday July 21, 2018

Of Malaysian connections and Mexican fare

SEPTEMBER found our good friend, Dr. Warfe Tupas Engracia, physician (radiologist), baritone, and proud descendant of the last Malay Warrior king in Cebu Rajah Tupas, in the capital city for a couple of conferences.

The Philippines was the host country for the fourth International Conference of the International Council for Historical and Cultural Cooperation - Southeast Asia and the 2017 Philippine Historical Association Annual Conference.

Venue for the two events were: The Manila Hotel, De La Salle University and the National Museum of Anthropology.

With the appropriate theme “The Malay World: Connecting the Past to the Present,” the prestigious meet had representatives from the historical societies of Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Melayu-Polynesia and Japan. The richness of the Malay culture was the focus of attention during the entire three-day meet.

With great pride and joy, our very own Dr. Warfe delivered an endearing message about Rajah Tupas, extolling the virtues of the revered Malay race so that generations hereafter, even the millennials will learn to appreciate their precious identity and heritage.

Some of the prominents during the event were former Prime Minister Cesar Virata; Dr. Luis Dery of University of Santo Tomas and immediate past president of De La Salle University, former Tourism Secretary Gemma Cruz-Araneta, Dr. Zeus Salazar—prime mover of the Pan-Malayan Identity.

More VIPs: Dr. Hashim Abdul Wahab-acting president of World Melayu-Polynesia Organization; and last but not least, Dato Dr. Mohamed Razali Yusoff, managing director of Nusatek, Philanthropist, and great supporter of the promotion of Malay culture. Indeed a staunch follower of his race, Dr. Yusoff gave the inspirational message at the conference opening.

We doff our hats to good friends: Dr. Yusoff and Dr. Engracia, may their Malay tribe increase!


The Abaca Group has expanded with another Mexican-themed restaurant... this time at the cinema level (4th floor) of Ayala Center Cebu! If you recall, Abaca also owns and operates Maya Mexican Restaurant at Crossroads.

Its name: Red Lizard Taqueria, which opened earlier at the Filinvest Cyberzone and was an instant hit with the fresh-and-fast foodies! The Ayala branch near the foodcourt is the talk-of-the-town with specialties like tacos, quesadillas, nachos, burritos, taquitos and more!

The warm and comfy interiors seat 90, and being near the cinemas, is the perfect stopover before or after a show, for dinner, snacks, or even alfresco cocktails at the terrace.

Red Lizard is the third Abaca Group restaurant in the mall, after Phat Pho, and Abaca Baking Company.

Drop by soon for a Red Lizard experience!