Dad & outdoor BBQing at Legacy Leisure

Outdoor barbecues and picnics are always exciting on any day. There is something about cooking food over fire that brings the family together. And the aromatic smoke fills the air, everyone will say “I’m hungry” in unison. 

When it comes to manning the grill, it’s the man of the house (usually) takes charge. Dad gets his chance to wear the chef’s hat and brag about his barbecuing skills and recipe, which may have been taught by his own dad.

Backyard barbecues are the most convenient. It’s an instant picnic one step away from the door. But what about if you live in a condominium?

“Moving to Davao in 2013, I chose to live in a condominium. It’s easier to maintain because of the size and convenient because of the amenities—the pool, indoor games, park and security,” said Chef Anton Abad, who nodded to a job offer to head a popular chain of restaurants, and eventually opening one of his own, the Olive Bistro.

“For a chef who loves to experiment, cooking can be limiting. I am not allowed to grill inside the unit and property. But that’s understandable with enclosed, shared living spaces,” shared the chef.

To be able to do outdoor grilling in a condominium setting will be a treat for cheafs like me, said Chef Anton Abad

Legacy Leisure Residences, the rising condominium project along Ma-a Road, will be unique. In its vast open space that occupies 70% of the property will be an Olympic size swimming pool, spray park, jogging track, basketball court, tennis court, a putting green, a park and a barbecue pit. Yes, there will be an area for outdoor grilling, a novel feature for a condominium.

Planning the leisure space well, the developer addresses the issue of the grilling station’s smoke emission. The designated area of this amenity is at the picnic area by the park, a good distance from the living spaces. 

The BBQ pt strategically situated in between the two pools for a more outdoor picnic feel

“That is indeed a fresh idea. I haven’t encountered nor know of a condominium having a barbecue pit as an amenity for its residents. Having a barbecue station right at ‘your own backyard’ will provide easier and safer access to do a barbecue,” said the chef.

“Davao has been tagged as ‘Barbecue Country’ with the countless barbecue food joints. From stalls to high-end restaurants, there is grilled food on the menu. The locals have a love affair with barbecued food. Adding a barbecue pit to the list of amenities, allowing residents to enjoy worry-free outdoor grilling, will make Legacy Leisure condominium living more attractive,” said Wesley Bangayan, VP for Marketing.

He said that one of the reasons CrisRon Holiday Builders, Inc. went the opposite direction of the required open space and designed a big open, green space is to promote a more relaxing ‘“everyday staycation” atmosphere for the residents, a wellness-focused living. Wellness, according to Bangayan, includes establishing good rapport with neighbors. 

Grilling is a communal activity where everyone in the family and community can take part in, from preparation to cooking. Chef Anton says, “Since Filipinos loves barbecue food, it is a good way to get together. A cook out is good for community bonding. Even more fun can be a barbecue cook-off between residents and see who can make the best barbecued dish.”

Know more why living at Legacy Leisure Residences is right for you and your family. Visit their showroom along Ma-a Road.

Chef Anton Abad shares his Chicken BBQ recipe.



  • 10 pcs chicken legs and thighs


  • 1 cup tomato ketchup 
  • 1 can 7-Up or Sprite
  • 1 cup Soy sauce 
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 whole garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  • In a deep bowl, mix thoroughly all marinade ingredients.
  • Prick chicken with fork several times then coat them with marinade, set aside and keep in a fridge tightly covered for at least 24 hours.
  • Remove chicken from the fridge, it should be in room temperature before cooking. Drain chicken of its marinade, reserve the liquid.
  • In a sauce pan, mix water and cornstarch until free of lumps then combine with the separated marinade and oil.
  • Cook the sauce and simmer until it thickens.
  • Prepare your charcoal barbecue then grill your chicken, don’t baste at this stage it will burn the chicken due to the sugar content. When chicken is nearly cooked baste chicken with the cooked sauce and cook for one more minute on each side. Serve with Java Rice and Atchara.