Magnolia Pension House

is a pension house located in central Cebu City about 25 meters from Osmeña Boulevard, in a side street beside Da Vinci’s Pizza.


  • Air conditioning
  • Cable TV
  • Serves as a reservation center for Intosan Resort


P500 – P820 per night phone to confirm.


Fuente Osmeña, General Maxilom Avenue, Jollibee, McDonald’s, Raintree Mall, Robinsons Place, Starbucks


Magnolia Pension House

395-C Osmeña Boulevard

Cebu City, Cebu 6000


Tel nos.: (63-32) 414-6004, (63-32) 254-9432



8 comments for “Magnolia Pension House

  1. Anonymous
    November 3, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    The one thing I do liked about your website Matt is that you do present a balanced outlook of the Philippines. Yes you do not paint an excessively negative picture (because Philippines is just like any other countries with its negatives and positives) and at the same time you do not pain it as a perfect paradise like some websites have. I just had a discussion with an Aussie friend yesterday about investing in the Philippines. He advised me not to put all my money in the Philippines because it is still an economically and politically unstable country! I said the Philippines has always been like that since I was born! And it has not gotten worse. If anything it has gotten better in everything (except the over population of course). I think some Kanos tend to compare the Philippines with their own countries! Well you can’t do that! It is akin to comparing apples with oranges!

    • Tropicalpenpals
      November 4, 2010 at 4:49 am

      The thing about comparisons are many assume their country is better in many ways but if they actually sat down with a piece of paper put a line down a page and ran some comparisons they would see a lot of the things are the same, some are worse and many are better (if you already have money!). In the UK for example if you have money the system there is generally setup to squeeze as much of it out of you as possible back to the state.

      The thing like you said is its a mix of positive and negative the reason I did this is because when I first came here the information I personally read was wrong and people who came after me fell into the same issues over and over again which is why I started writing the Philippines “as is” to give people the opportunity to at least feel what they are getting themselves into.

      • Anonymous
        November 5, 2010 at 2:49 pm

        you are diffinately right matt…I agree with you.

  2. Gogscott67
    November 4, 2010 at 2:05 am

    I dont think you write too many negative comments about the philippines. You probably are more negative about living in the UK!
    Personally i think the philippines is a good place to live and invest money you just have too learn the in’s and out’s before you jump into something.

    • Tropicalpenpals
      November 4, 2010 at 4:51 am

      Good point I do write a lot of negatives about the UK but it is for a different reason.. I have escaped there to come to the Philippines at the same time its social and economic decline are things I suffer with frustration as many things that are wrong with the UK don’t need to be in the state they are. There are positives in the UK but mainly negatives for me these days outside of family..

  3. November 5, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Sometimes i get the harsh critic I would write only (?) positive about the Philippines in my several blogs. on the other hand, I enjoy my expat life very much here. I still observe a lot of negative things also here – but since years the Philippines are more in the negative then in positive headlines.

    • Tropicalpenpals
      November 5, 2010 at 9:17 am

      I think its important to try an write both sides especially for people looking to retire/come here so they don’t get the Disney Version. I do think the newspapers and international media are overly harsh on the Philippines at times but also think were there is smoke there is fire. The problem is what most people don’t realise is most killings for example are political or gang related and not the man in the street going about his own business. Most people like ourselves are unlikely to fall pray to such events because we don’t involve ourselves in those fields.. but many newcomers see the news and assume Foreigners are always the first target and that the country is dangerous which is untrue.