La Florentina Pensionne


Is housed in a rustic building in a quiet neighbourhood, conveniently located near Ayala Center Cebu.


  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable TV
  • Private Bathroom (Cold Water only)


Single Bed: 700 PHP

Double Bed: 800 PHP

Extra Bed: 150 PHP


La Florentina Pensionne

18 Acacia Street


Cebu City, Cebu 6000


Tel no.: +63-32-232-6738

Fax no.: +63-32-



Ayala Center Cebu, One Acacia Place


    25 comments for “La Florentina Pensionne

    1. Jan
      October 29, 2010 at 11:20 am

      Agree, That’s one of the reasons why my wife and I left the rat-race in Europe and moved to the Philippines.
      But here is is more or less the same now. Filipinos also want the latest gadgets, newest cell phones, most beautifull houses and expensive cars. Only few are blessed with the ability to get those. Most study, apply for jobs, study again and still not get a decent job or if the found one: very low paid.
      Banks are offering everybody with a ‘stable’ job creditcards, so they can spend more and more. If these people are able to pay them back ???? and at what rates…..often more than 25% per annum.

      • Tropicalpenpals
        October 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm

        Of course and its only going to get worse the carrots dangling in front saying “everything is ok borrow more!” it has to come to an end.. Will it hit the poor? not sure here in the Philippines as the rich really don’t do much to help them anyway. But it could hit the OFWs and the other people in the middle who have bought into the nest eggs.. I like you have quit the rat race I wonder if anyone has ever done data analysis on the average person of how much they invest in themselves to how much they return compared to how much they would earn if they hadn’t. E.g. the UK benefit system pretty much guarantees that if someone puts nothing in they will get more out than someone doing 40hrs a week in a factory job.

        • Anonymous
          October 30, 2010 at 6:16 am

          Hi Matt, Australia is pretty much the same. The government here seems to penalize people who want to go to university to study for a degree or if you want to take on an apprenticeship, your income is half that of the unemployment benefits. No wonder we now have to import tradesmen from overseas. Of course if you have a drug habit, they will give you the Disability Support Pension, just get your Doc to sign the form and we will supply support your choice of lifestyle. On the other hand, if you want to study and get proper qualifications, you will graduate with 000s of $$ of debt. A nursing graduate here would owe the Aussie government $20,000 in education debt after studying for 3 years, and if you are unlucky enough to have a working mum and dad, then they will pay for your expenses till you start earning yourself. No wonder we’ve got HUGE problems with illegal immigrations coming by boats from Indonesia!

          I do envy you and everyone else who have now settled in the RP. I hope to do so one day, and I am working on it.

          • Tropicalpenpals
            October 30, 2010 at 6:53 am

            Agree totally and im not sure of the reasons that are wiping out the middle classes is it something being done at the top on purpose? Are we heading to what would be like the Victorian Era back in the UK where there is only rich and poor? Its very possible and the way standards of living are dropping and pressure being put on social systems that could cause a collapse it could be more real than people are giving benefit for.

            Its not easy living in RP but it does beat the rat race. At the same time you adapt to things you need rather than you want. Although there are plenty of things I still want but they are not even a thought until I get the essentials done first..

            • Anonymous
              October 30, 2010 at 8:13 am

              I sure hope England will not return to the old Victorian social class system. That was a dreadful class and so stratisfied system. Informally, PI has a class system too! though it is not as obvious or blatant as the UK or India. Example, the rich Filipinos only marry within their class, because their parents were often opposed to a union between their rich sons and the peasant farmer’s daughter. The Chinese-Filipinos are particularly worse! This topic is actually often a favourite amongst Filipino screen writers.

              Watching a BBC program one day (that might have been Pride and Prejudice?), I was bemused by the statement of an old relative cautioning one of the Bennett girls visiting the mean Duchess. “You must mind your manners and your station”. Same statement was often used on me by one of my Aunts when I was little and about to pay a rich relative a visit- LOL! Your wife will probably laugh at this if you tell her. The statement goes “pag-kinto didto ha, kay dato ra ba na sila”, ha,ha. I used to get annoyed because what would be the point of going there if I could not
              enjoy myself?

            • Tropicalpenpals
              October 30, 2010 at 10:17 am

              I agree the victorian times were horrible times and they are getting closer than people realise. The breaking of things like unions over the last 40 years has led to peoples insecurities in the UK worried about being out of place. Similar to that in the Philippines were people don’t talk allowed with their thoughts and the problem is this is where things start to deteriate. If the social classes are removed from political, social and moral grounds because they either don’t speak or fear they will be in trouble with doing so the slippery slope to back to those times could only be a few steps away.

            • Anonymous
              October 30, 2010 at 6:48 pm

              “Pag-kinto didto ha kay dato raba na sila” I also heard such words from my mother long time ago, I am also annoyed every time I remembered it because I have no reason to be careful and shy if they are rich. For me, I have no reason to give them special respect if they are rich they are only same human with same rights like mine.

            • Anonymous
              October 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm

              Hi Julia, yes indeed, why should do “kinto” just because they were rich? I actually used to get annoyed that sometimes I would refused to go. I was only a little girl at the time, and in this little girls innocent mind, I should be allowed to be a little girl instead of worrying about my status in life compared to theirs. Perhaps as little girls we were expected to just sit down and be quiet (to be seen and not heard) whenever we were in the presence of rich relatives. During the last few years visiting Philippines, I see nothing’s changed. Children are still told to “pag-kinto didto” when Aunt Christine from Australia is visiting. I usually tell the kids to just be kids.

    2. Anonymous
      October 29, 2010 at 7:01 pm

      That will be the beginning that people can’t save money for their future if they always have debt. I also noticed that the real estate in cebu is become more popular and I’m sure most of them burried from debt. And as I heard from my friend “you cannot have what you want if you won’t make a credit” I think she must differentiate carefully between wants and needs in order to sleep peacefuly every night, that’s only my friendly advice.

      • Jan
        October 30, 2010 at 1:52 am

        Hi Julia,
        When I was young, my parents thought me to save money first if I wanted something. I still have this attitude. I do not like to buy something and pay it later twice or tripple the original price.

        • Anonymous
          October 30, 2010 at 6:39 pm

          This should be the kind of attitude I will teach to my son and he must see how other people in the Philippines striving for food and to live so that he will realized how lucky he is and appreciate every food I served. I still prefer to live simple yet happy.

      • Anonymous
        October 30, 2010 at 6:06 am

        I don’t know how much interest rate PAGIBIG charges, I was told by a cousin though that banks charges 20% annually for loans and of course, loan sharks, (5/6) more. No wonder Pinoys are unable to save. Well, that and other things. And you are right Julia, one must differentiate between wants and needs. But then, materialism always, always encroach. Maybe Filipinos should refrain from watching too many Hollywood movies?

        • Tropicalpenpals
          October 30, 2010 at 7:01 am

          There was something that came up the other day with a friend of mine who has a neighbours child help do laundry shes only 12 but offers to help once she has her money her parents and relatives borrow (to never repay back!). So the girl has learned spend the money as soon as you have it otherwise others will take it away from you.. this is one of the reasons people dont save when learning this rule from such an early age.

          • Anonymous
            October 30, 2010 at 7:58 am

            And of course, “bahala na bukas” because God will provide.

            • Tropicalpenpals
              October 30, 2010 at 10:19 am

              and when things go wrong its just a test? if that is true why is it those that do prepare and save/develop for the future like the Chinoys prosper?

      • Tropicalpenpals
        October 30, 2010 at 6:57 am

        To have and to want are things many people get confused normally those with heavy debts! In days gone past generally you bought things when you needed them and had the cash available nothing was on credit except maybe a house for its mortgage. These days it seems everything is on credit and people just pay the percentage of interest each month a slave to the financial sector..
        Don’t get me wrong there is needs for loans but shiny new shoes and a third home aren’t good ideas! Different if a loan is done to increase a business size based on the ability to pay back and make a profit. Same with allowing people to buy wholesale. Generally though people are buying on credit for things they not only don’t need but will spend years repaying back and maybe could have bought several of the same items with the amount they paid in interest over that time.

        • Anonymous
          October 30, 2010 at 7:56 am

          Yes indeed. What you mentioned in your main post is very much applicable to Australia too. Young couples borrow to the hilt to build a big house, perhaps in preparation for them having a family? Then has to fill same big house with furnitures and appliances (all credits of course) and the double garage has to be decorated with the latest 4-wheel-drive, and must have 2 of that too! That in the end people/couples lived to work instead of working to lived! Any wonder Australia has 3 in 5 marriages ending in divorce? Only yesterday, I was horrified to hear that a woman had spent $3000 in one shopping spree at Myer’s buying Stella McCartney clothes!! And I would bet that same clothes would be on a Lifeline Op Shop next year!

          • Tropicalpenpals
            October 30, 2010 at 10:22 am

            I generally wear “guitar” white shirts at less than P125 each, my shorts are generally P1-P2k because I go for the quality and pockets yet I haven’t bought any new ones for 2yrs.. My boots are expensive mind at nearly P10,000 a pair but hard wearing leather ones that have already lasted 5years with at least another 15 in them. Problem is countries like China are removing all these quality goods replacing it with inferior quality. Its like CarCar famous for its shoe making most of its industry is gone due to being priced out of the market.

            • Anonymous
              October 30, 2010 at 10:38 am

              Believe it or not, I buy a lot of my clothes from the UK via Ebay UK! Because the styles in Australia is just too daggy for my tastes and the sizing here are too ill-fitting for my (slim) build. And you know, even after considering the postage and the exchange rate, it is still cheaper for me to buy them from the UK, not to mention the styles and fitting a lot better. Of course I prefer to shop in PI because it is cheaper (don’t care much for designer labels anyway) and they fitted better, jeans especially.

              But when I was in Cebu only a few months ago, I found myself paying for a nephew’s designer label slippers called “Havaiinas”. Silly me for allowing him to choose his birthday present! It costs me P1000! A lot dearer than the cost of my hotel room! When I asked him to show me, I’m telling you, I could not tell the difference between that and the other slippers I bought at the markets for another nephew, which costs me P50! When I complained about it to another Aunt how wasteful that was, and that I could have bought 20 slippers instead, Auntie said that it’s because Havaiinas are designer labels and generally for show off. Unfortunately , a lot of Filipinos are inflicted with the “keeping up with the Joneses” disease. Even when they first come to Australia, they work 16 hours a day so they can afford the latest anything and everything. The dearer the better. Doesn’t matter that taste or style does not come into it at all, they liked to quote the prices and where it was bought!

            • Tropicalpenpals
              October 30, 2010 at 10:46 am

              Understand the Havianas people are crazy on them here although I can’t talk im wearing them as well lol although mine aren’t originals. I did buy the originals when I came to the Philippines in 2007 and a pair for my wife the funny thing is I was wearing mine in the UK and they broke the same day as my wifes in the Philippines after just over a year of wearing. We do sell them as well as other branded but generally for me I like to just wear practical clothes same as I used to buy Toshiba Laptops for work due to quality and reliability with their long life batteries. But after the factory moved from Luzon to China the quality seems to have taken a nose dive I wont be buying another that is for sure after years of buying them will look for another brand.. Not against China but I am not paying a premium price for a low quality product (e.g. like a brand in name only).

            • Anonymous
              October 30, 2010 at 10:55 am

              Exactly why I don’t have faith in designer labels. Although while in Cebu a few months ago, I ended up in a shop where they were selling designer label t-shirts, such as D&G, Chanel, Christian Audigier. I thought they were fakes because they were only P600 each (around $15). But when I checked the tags, some had the tags “made in France” (I would say likely made in Thailand). But the fabrics were really soft and nice, so I bought half a dozen – LOL! When I got back in Oz, same shirts were selling at upmarket boutiques for $80! Someone was making a tidy profit here! But back to the Havaiianas, I found some fake ones in Baclaran markets in Manila for around P120. They were so well-made, one can’t tell the difference between it and the original.

            • Anonymous
              October 30, 2010 at 6:56 pm

              As I remembered before when I worked in Taiwan. Lots of my co-worker bought only original Levis jeans which I find it not practical. Me, I only go to the department store and bought a jeans for more than a half less of the price but still I am comfortable with it because for me the most important is not the expensive brand but how it fits me and unexpensive. Anyway, nobody really asked and checked if my jeans is really expensive one instead how it suits and looks good to me I think thats the most important. I even wore it until now 🙂

            • Anonymous
              October 30, 2010 at 6:56 pm

              As I remembered before when I worked in Taiwan. Lots of my co-worker bought only original Levis jeans which I find it not practical. Me, I only go to the department store and bought a jeans for more than a half less of the price but still I am comfortable with it because for me the most important is not the expensive brand but how it fits me and unexpensive. Anyway, nobody really asked and checked if my jeans is really expensive one instead how it suits and looks good to me I think thats the most important. I even wore it until now 🙂

    3. Anonymous
      October 30, 2010 at 10:45 am

      Yes indeed. But the irony of it is, the same prosperous Chinoy or even full blood Pinoys who prospered through hard work and savings are expected to share their shared wealth with their (Filipino) families. And woe betide if ever they refuse money requests. They will be called the biggest, meanest bastards in the world, kuripot/dawo, etc. etc. Reminds me a lot of the children’s story called The Little Red Hen. Remember she asked “who want to help me plant this corn?” and everyone said “not I”. And yet when it was time to eat the bread, everyone put their hands up!