Manila and Cebu are the two places that are dearest to my heart: the former is where I was born and raised (yes, as in Old Manila), and the latter is a favorite travel destination where I eventually met the love of my life.
So even if I’m not really a collector of Starbucks mugs and tumblers (although I do love certain collections, like the latest super pink and girly Cherry Blossom collection of tumblers), I am one of those who are excited for the latest addition to their Collector Series City Mug, the limited edition Starbucks Relief Mugs featuring Manila and Cebu. The sculptured mugs will be available in stores starting today, March 23, 2015, for P550 (P625 in NAIA Terminal 1! They’re open there!) each.
The term “relief” comes from the Latin verb relevo, which means “to raise.” Relief is a sculptural technique wherein the shapes carved on a surface stand out from the background. (Think: Bas-relief.) Each of the Relief Mugs is embossed with the famous landmarks of the respective cities.
The Manila mug features famous landmarks in the city where I grew up, like Luneta Park, Paco Park, Philippine Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio, National Museum, Palacio del Gobernador, Manila City Hall, Fort Santiago, and the iconic Philippine mode of transportation, the Jeepney. Just typing that up made me feel nostalgic because I used to frequent these spots with my family when I was a young girl. And yes, until cabbing spoiled me, I used to take jeepneys to everywhere! Commuter yata ‘to!
Meanwhile, the Cebu mug features landmarks of the Queen City of the South: Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro, Basilica del Santo Niño, Halad Museum, Lapu-Lapu Bridge, Carbon Market, and Mactan Shrine. I’m proud to say that, in my several trips to Cebu in the past 10 years, I managed to visit almost all of these sites. Cebu will always be special to me as an individual and to my relationship, so this is also a must-have for me.
Click on the thumbnails below for a closer look at each mug’s design.
Those who love these two cities I’m sure would have their own memories and reasons for wanting a keepsake of the place, so why not get something to remember it by each morning (or whenever you fancy a brew)? They make great gifts, too, so if you know someone who loves mugs, Starbucks, and/or these cities, get them one or both of these for special occasions.
If you’re an avid collector, I suggest you grab both of them today. I remember how last year’s Philippine Eagle tumbler was sold out so quickly! I’m quite sure the same thing will happen to these mugs, so hit your favorite Starbucks branch today, stat.