Burritos and Blues in Cebu City

By John Walden — Halloween afternoon, 2010….  I went “Down to the Crossroads”.

Nothing to do with the selling of souls!

I’d travelled to a jam session, “Burritos and Blues”, at the Maya Mexican Restaurant, situated at the Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City, 6000,  Philippines.

Mr Jason Hyatt, the proprietor of the Maya Restaurant, and a life-long blues fan, was born in Minneapolis, and raised in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is now a happy “ex-pat”, settled in Cebu City, and has organized a regular musician’s jam session at his establishment, to take place every Sunday afternoon, between two and six pm.

Jason opened the venue about 18 months ago, and his restaurant is one of only a few here in Cebu offering authentic Mexican food.

I got there in good time to meet the house band, “The Dangerous Burritos”, consisting of “Kit” on 5 string bass guitar, otherwise known as Philip Andrews,  drummer Ian Blanco,  and guitarists Manny Amador and  Kento Ido. Later on, conga drummer Angelo Panlilio arrived to sit in with the band.

It was a most enjoyable afternoon, ranging from traditional blues, to heavy metal, Sonny Boy Williamson, to Jimi Hendrix tunes.

It would have been nice had more musicians arrived to jam, but it was only the 3rd jam session at that venue so far.

There is a jam session planned there for every Sunday afternoon from now on, and as the poster says “Bring your own instrument and plug in to jam”.

It is a very nice place to play, with a quality drum kit,  good amplifiers, PA system and  mics.

Any blues player who find themselves  in Cebu City on a Sunday afternoon, go down to the Crossroads, Banilad, and ENJOY!


John Walden is a regular contributor to Blues Asia Network.  A native of Great Britain, he himself is now settled in Cebu, along with his kit of harmonicas.  John is well-known world-wide for his blues harp prowess, as one of the most prolific participants in the Harp-l discussion group..

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John Walden is a long-time blues harp player from Great Britain, known world-wide among the harmonica community for his active participation in the Harp-l discussion group. John in his earlier years fronted his own blues band touring Europe. Professional responsibilities intervened, but in the 1990's, he was active once again with the John Walden Blues Band. In 2009, John moved to Cebu, Philippines.


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