Bohol’s traditional-cum-modern The Monkey Bar

Bohol has long been considered one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines. It possesses the ideal flurry of outstanding features: Unusual geological formations, a rich historical background, magnificent coral reefs, among many others. And best of all, its awesome beaches and string of luxurious resorts.

These blissful getaways offer deluxe accommodations, sophisticated amenities, recreational options, relaxation choices, gastronomic delights, complete with personalized services.

One such paradise is BE Grand Resort, nestled in Panglao Island.

Relentlessly reinventing and recreating unique experiences, BE Grand Resort Bohol recently launched its latest culinary outlet, The Monkey Bar by Chef Jenzel Fontilla. Much like the mischievous and mysterious primates, the recreated and reimagined beachside al fresco resto-bar incorporates flavorful expectations into bold and surprising dishes.

Photographs by Honey Jarque Loop for The Daily Tribune
Rei Escario, Blinky De Leon, and Arnel Aparis, Corporate Communicatons Manager For Be Group Of Companies.


Lorenzo Tang; Grand Benedicto, CEO and President of BE Group of Companies; chef Jenzel Fontilla; and Nova Noval, COO of BE Group of Companies.


Denise Heredia and Pauline Amelinckz.


Ameena Allababidi, Binibining Cebu Tourism, Sven Chua, and Billie Hakenson, Ms. Universe 4th Runner Up.


Lorrain Hann, Afrian Diomgzon, and Denose Gabrielle Capuyan.


Rogelio Alayre with Cebu Tourism Commissioner Cinbeth Orellano.

To execute this visionary endeavor, BE Grand Resort Bohol, headed by Honorary Consul of Romania Grand Benedicto, president and CEO of
BE Group of Companies, has partnered with award-winning chef-to-the-celebrities Jenzel Fontilla who shares the Benedicto’s same vision and passion.

Chef Jenzel rediscovered conventional and traditional dining and transformed it into a new and refreshing adventure. The bistro features a western Santa Maria-themed show kitchen that is custom designed with attention to every imaginable detail.

In addition, it is the only food outlet in a luxury resort in Panglao, to utilize an abuhan, a heritage open-air stove. The Monkey Bar plays with fire to satisfy its guests, not only with its cravings, but most importantly its imagination for exciting tastes through its smokey palate.

To raise the Boholano pride, The Monkey Bar cements itself as a must-try dining avenue in the island-province through locally-sourced, sought-after ingredients and respected way of cooking.

Given all these come-ons, why not drop by for a memorable meal at The Monkey Bar by Chef Jenzel Fontilla, or better yet, for a staycation at the BE Grand Resort?

The Monkey Bar by Chef Jenzel Fontilla is located in BE Grand Resort, Barangay Danao, Panglao, Bohol.

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