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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

LOVERS of folk music, rejoice! This recently launched “folk-house” located at the ground floor of the JSU-PSU Mariners’ Court along San Roque Quezon Blvd. (near Fort San Pedro), is looking to be the place for fans of the genre.

But before anyone else would be quick to anything folk as “old-fashioned,” manager Ricky Sevila would also be as quick to state that Sailor’s Log, is a place “that knows no age” and invites everyone to drop by.

People who are into music for listening pleasure should love the place. The music starts around dinner time, where most customers pack the place after a hard day’s work. The place opens as early as 5 a.m. though, to serve some breakfast for the people that stay the night (whether seafarers or visiting tourists) in the building.


But to be quite specific, Sailor’s Log is actually three things in one: a restaurant, a cafe and a bar. The place serves up a menu that boasts of recipes that are no-frills delightful to the diner. The spicy chicken pasta, captain’s belly and the chick n’ spice are the bestsellers. But there is one star in the menu that’s been getting much attention, and it’s the Hum Bar BQ. As the name hints, it’s pork barbeque that’s made up from humba, the famous homestyle pork dish locals have come to love. The beers are served cold, plus, flowing coffee is available for customers.

Everything you need to pass the time would be at hand.

“I want people to feel that they just entered a ‘different’ place every time they visit Sailor’s Log,” explains Ricky regarding the place’s overall ambiance. “I want the customers to relax, above all.” Also, one thing that Ricky highlights is that the place, among all other things, exudes an “outdoor vibe in an indoor setting.” 

For one thing, Ricky is a staunch advocate for the betterment of environment. Almost everything that fills up Sailor’s Log is made up of recycled wood. As much as possible, he tries to eliminate anything plastic when it comes to non-essentials.

“The only things ‘plastic’ that you would here would probably be just the toothpick holders and the mineral water bottles.”

Folk music is the primary thing here. But Ricky states that he is very open to holding
events that cater to other genres as well. Just recently, he has started inviting local reggae artists to regularly perform at the venue.

The location of the place may be a little “out of the way” from where people usually hang out in the city. But the Ricky likes it that way; a secret place where people are actually served with genuine exclusivity. And parking is not a problem, for Sailor’s Log is in a compound that can easily park 50 vehicles.

“Ultimately, I want the place to be homey and comfy for the customers. I know that if they feel at home, then they will be happy and that my work is done,” Ricky states.

Ready folks? All aboard!

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 26, 2014.


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