Sunday, September 5, 2021

Balamban’s Best Restaurant Nang Linda’s Reopens amid Pandemic

“I think the informal training I had in appreciating ingredients and actual experience with these ingredients had allowed me to understand each of its unique flavors and characters.” ~Erlinda “NANG LINDA” Villanueva Sangre, Nang Linda Founder

To locals and natives of Balamban, there are 4 things that connects them to their roots: Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Industry, Transcentral Highway, Cambuhawe Spring and its delicious local favorites.

This is where NANG LINDA’S is synonymous with good comfort food for the locals.

Re-opening of Nang Linda's Restaurant

Initially known as “Chikaan sa Balamban” in 1988, the carenderia has evolved to focus on the unique tastes and flavors the local learned to love from the kitchen of of its well-loved founder Erlinda “NANG LINDA” Villanueva Sangre.

NANG LINDA’S, in its evolution, aims to preserve these family heirloom of flavors and tastes that is close to the family and further share to the public the stories that makes NANG LINDA’S close to the hearts of the Balambanons.

For a local food icon, it is time to open the first Filipino Family Restaurant in Northwestern Cebu. In celebration of her 75th birthday, Erlinda “Nang Linda” Villanueva-Sangre chose to take a bolder move by opening a full-restaurant under her name, with the help of her children. 

Nang Linda is a Balamban, Cebu native. At 12, she became the family breadwinner after their parents abandoned them to the care of their relatives. She worked as house help to an aunt to be able to continue her studies and at the same time support her other two sisters. It is also where Nang Linda first learned how to cook dishes for the whole family.

At 18, she fell in love with a young debutant Balambanon, Jacinto Sangre. With a fast growing family of 7 children, Jacinto’s poultry work can no longer suffice the growing needs of the family. Looking for alternatives, Nang Linda started a carenderia beside the old Municipal Hall of Balamban.

Nang Linda's Best Sellers

Catering the growing demand for well-loved comfort food homemade dishes such as:
  • Hamonada
  • Humba
  • Balamban Liempo
  • Manok Bisaya Inasal
  • Sisig and a lot more

Balamban Mayor Alex Binghay, together with Balamban Vice Mayor Alfie Binghay and property owner Concepcion Yu were the guests of honor of the “Liempo and Inasal Chopping” opening ceremony.

“I am personally attending this because Kumare [Nang] Linda is close to my heart. I can still recall the first carinderia in front of the old Municipal Hall because it was my first term as a Mayor of this town.” ~Mayor Alex Binghay, Balamban Mayor

From every food she tasted and loved, Nang Linda slowly built her own repertoire of local Filipino dishes, mastered and perfected in Nang Linda’s. Since then, Nang Linda has been the go-to lady for quality home cooked meals. Her “suki” will always order her Hamonada Espesyal, Balamban Liempo, Manok Bisaya Inasal, Sisig, Pinakupsan and a lot more. Her carinderia became a must-dine food stall  every Balambanon’s came to know about.

“Nang Linda has become a well-known name synonymous with good food here in Balamban.” ~Concepcion Yu, One of its re-opening guests

Today, standing proudly along the busy thoroughfare of the National Highway, Pondol, Balamban, Cebu, is a native bungalow alfresco restaurant of Nang Linda’s.

"We decided to open a native al-fresco restaurant in tribute to my mother's passion for good food. It is her legacy to us and the people of Balamban. Nang Linda’s has already touched so many and different types of people from Balamban. The legacy and passion needs to continue. We believe in the brand NANG LINDA’s stand for. More than food, it emphasizes close knit family values. Entrepreneurs and investors are contacting us for possible franchising and co-ownership opportunities. And we are already opening our doors to that." ~Iren Sangre-Licera, Nang Linda’s Chief Executive Officer 

With Nang Linda’s youngest son Chef Jojo Sangre manning the kitchen, Nang Linda’s completes its full-circle of providing local diners sumptuous dining experience that is affordable on the family’s pocket.

Nang Linda's Opening Team

Nang Linda’s Expansion
CEO Iren Sagre-Licera confirms more openings and expansion plans are in order.

Interested in any Franchising or Co-Ownership Program, you may contact

For Dine-In and Take-Out, located along National Highway, Sam-Ang, Pondol, Balamban (beside the old Petron Station). Or you can check at Google Maps or Waze "Nang Linda's Kan-Anan" or use this link for easy reference.

You can also order via and

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