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Global Cebu forges scoreless draw with FC Manila Sparks

Global Cebu again turned to keeper Patrick Deyto for a scoreless draw against a determined FC Manila Sparks in their Philippines Football League match at the Cebu City Sports Center…

Waterfront hotels in Cebu highlight modern Cebuano flavors in food fest

Ordinary bread, the common danggit, and dried green mango become the creme de la creme of appetizers under the expert hands of celebrity chef Tristan Encarnacion in a food feast…

Casa de Cacao offers tablea tales, chocolate indulgence

A short lesson on the cacao plant that turns into a decadent feast, Raquel Choa’s The Chocolate Journey at the home she calls Casa de Cacao is an experience that…

DTI leads moves for digital transformation of MSMEs

An online campaign that accompanied an e-commerce mentoring program by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Cebu generated leads from as far as London for a furniture company….

Tap digital to boost business growth in a mobile-first Philippine market, Google official tells Cebu SMEs

Small business with a strong online presence grow 4 times faster than competitors who are not on digital, said Google Philippines country manager Kenneth Lingan. With 65 million Filipinos now…

Diamond Rent-A-Car executive: Digital marketing a must for SMEs

When Diamond Rent-A-Car first tried out digital advertising several years ago, it was a relatively new thing in the Philippines. Quincy Buenaflor, the company’s vice president for operations, said he…

Innovation, not digitization, is key: Mayor Tomas Osmeña

Capitalizing on innovation as the key to digitization, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña is eyeing an alternative to renewing business permits in the city. Osmeña spoke before an audience at…

Utility companies work to rid Cebu City of ‘spaghetti’, dangling wires

Power, telecommunication, and cable companies have banded together to remove unsightly “spaghetti” and dangling wires from Cebu City streets to prevent accidents and as part of a clean-up drive. The…

Celebrity chefs reinterpret local cuisine in Waterfront hotels’ Filipino food fest

What happens when you dip kangkong leaves in a special batter with ground tamarind before deep-frying them to crispy pieces? You get sinigang bites, a new take on an old…

Grand Land Inc. sees potential in serviced apartments

Cebu developer Grand Land Inc. topped off Grand Residences Cebu North Tower A last Thursday, August 17. Following this milestone, Grand Land’s VP for Sales and Marketing Tina Pestaño revealed…

Gear up for your trail run with newest Salomon collection

Just in time for the Salomon X-Trail Run 2017 Cebu leg, the brand unveiled two groundbreaking footwear collections that will elevate and enhance the experience of runners. Built for maximum…

Just in time for the Salomon X-Trail Run 2017 Cebu leg, the brand unveiled two groundbreaking footwear collections that will elevate and enhance the experience of runners.

Built for maximum endurance, the SLAB and SENSE Collections made its debut this this season.

Recommended for hardcore runners and athletes such as those who are participating in the 21km event, the top-of-the-line SLAB collection features three remarkable trail running footwear that are made to withstand the harshest conditions.

This line includes the S/LAB Speed, which delivers a low stance, aggressive grip, and fast draining to help make the hazards of fell running a lot more manageable; the S/LAB Sense 6, which was developed to offer extreme racing performance with zero compromise; and the S/LAB Sense 6 SG, an ideal choice for those who encounter wet and muddy trails on a regular basis.

Drawing inspiration from the SLAB Collection, the SENSE Collection features an equally fierce range of technologies amid its lightweight design sensibilities. Perfect for city runners embarking on their first trail run with the 11km category, the SENSE Collection offers two designs that are built for lasting comfort and agility.

Salomon Sense Pro 2

Salomon Sense Pro 2

Sure to help runners find the perfect balance on and off the trails with its light, sensitive touch and well-rounded cushioning and protection is the Sense Pro 2. On the other hand, the eye-catching Sense Marin proves that there’s more to it than meets the eye with its Sensifit technology, shock absorbing properties, and reinforced toe cap and higher lugs for long-lasting protection.

Founded in 1947 amid the breathtaking Alps of Annecy France, Salomon has always been rooted in elevating the outdoor encounters of those who see nature as a vast playground.

As it returns for its 6th consecutive year of the Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas, no less than a trailblazing experience awaits those who dare to “Run the Path of Most Resistance.”

 

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AboitizLand opens Foressa Trails with trail run, bike event

To mark the opening of its new adventure park Foressa Trails in Balamban, AboitizLand has partnered with the Primer Group of Companies to bring the Salomon Xtrail Race to Cebu…

To mark the opening of its new adventure park Foressa Trails in Balamban, AboitizLand has partnered with the Primer Group of Companies to bring the Salomon Xtrail Race to Cebu on October 15, 2017.

Foressa Trails in Cansomoroy, Balamban was developed according to international standards and now has a hiking path system of 27 kilometers with varying levels of difficulty, said AboitizLand Projects in Planning Manager Eduardo Aboitiz.

The mountain park, which used to be known as Canso X, is an hour and a half drive from Cebu City through the TransCentral Highway.

Foressa Trails

FORESSA TRAILS. Present during the press conference announcing the Salomon Xtrail Race are (from left) Andre Borromeo of Motor Ace Philippines-Kawasaki, Cyrel Canedo, Primer Group Area Operations Head-Visayas; Eduardo Aboitiz, AboitizLand Projects in Planning Manager; Joey Zamora of AboitizLand; and Jason Gabrinao, GreenStrat Inc. (Photo by Marlen Limpag)

Aboitiz said it is intended as a place not just for homeowners of the AboitizLand’s 257-hectare residential development Foressa Mountain Town in the same area but for anyone who loves nature and adventure. Foressa Trails will offer hiking, biking, and camping, among other activities.

“With Foressa Trails, we hope to give everyone an experience that will allow for fun memories and priceless moments within a well-designed community that nurtures life,” he added.

Foressa Trails

Foressa Trails is seamlessly integrated into Foressa Mountain Town, where one can escape into an adventure.

Salomon trail run

AboitizLand will mark the opening of Foressa Trails on October 15 with the first-ever Salomon Xtrail Race in Cebu in the morning and a trail ride organized by Motor Ace Philippines-Kawasaki in the afternoon.

Cyrel Canedo, Primer Group Area Operations Head-Visayas, said the Salomon Xtrail Pilipinas 2017 will feature two distances — 11 and 21 kilometers.

Foressa Trails Bike Trails

The Bike Trails extend up to 17 km and is designed based on standards of the International Mountain Bicycling Association.

He added that registration is ongoing for the 11K, which costs P700, and 21K, at P1,200, in Salomon SM Seaside Cebu and R.O.X. Ayala Center Cebu. This comes with a Salomon race bib, jersey, race cap for all 21K runners and first 50 registrants for 11K, and medal for 21K finishers who complete the run within the cut-off time of 5 hours.

Mandatory gear

According to Canedo, 21K registrants will need to present a medical certificate. Runners for both categories also have to prescribe to the mandatory gear that includes a whistle and hydration pack with at least 1,000 ml of water.

 

Primer is targetting 250 to 300 participants for the mountain run.

Motor Ace Kawasaki, meanwhile, will announce registration details for the Motor Ace Track Day in the next few days.

Foressa Trails

At Foressa Trails, you can hike, bike, camp, stargaze or sight-see. It will definitely be the best location for your outdoor experience, making nature your playground.

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Global Cebu forges scoreless draw with FC Manila Sparks

Global Cebu again turned to keeper Patrick Deyto for a scoreless draw against a determined FC Manila Sparks in their Philippines Football League match at the Cebu City Sports Center…

Global Cebu again turned to keeper Patrick Deyto for a scoreless draw against a determined FC Manila Sparks in their Philippines Football League match at the Cebu City Sports Center last Saturday.

Manila still leads the league with 41 points. Global Cebu is second with 34.

Manila had the best chance of the game when Australian attacker Tahj Minniecon latched on to a Curt Dizon ball and fired low to the left of Patrick Deyto. The Azkal read it perfectly and redirected the ball to safety.

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FC Manila Sparks still leads the Philippines Football League with 41 points. Global Cebu is second with 34. (Photo by Albert Flores)

The second half began with a steady rain that made conditions on the natural grass turf even dicier. Meralco’s Alvin Sarmiento had a massive chance for an opener but he shot straight at Deyto from the right flank in the 56th minute.

Seven minutes later Minniecon produced a dazzling run into the defense of Global but he shot wide as Global’s defense scrambled back.

Minutes later substitute Misagh Bahadoran was booked after an altercation with Sarmiento.

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RUFO Sanchez tries to curl in an attempt at the FC Manila Sparks goal. (Photo by Albert Flores)

Global surged forward in the endgame and came close with two set pieces late in the match but the Manila defense of Milan Nikolic, Joaco Cañas and Lee Jeong Min held. The goalless draw is the third in seven league matches at CCSC.

“The usual fast transition of Global was evident in the last twenty minutes and we had a hard time managing it,” admitted Manila coach Aris Caslib.

The former Azkals mentor also lauded the 4,850-strong home crowd in the Queen City.

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Global Cebu keeper Patrick Deyto makes another save to keep the game a draw. (Photo by Albert Flores)

“There were a lot of kids watching, which is good because the effect of this will be long-term.”

Cebu coach Akbar Nawas was effusive in his praise for Deyto, who earned Man Of The Match honors.

“He has saved us a lot throughout the season,” said the Singaporean.

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RAIN. The second half began with a steady rain that made conditions on the natural grass turf more difficult.

“Both teams played it safe,” said the keeper. “It’s hard to take risks in this kind of game.”

New Meralco signing David Fornea (also known as David Pusing), got his PFL debut when he checked in for Connor Tacagni in the last ten minutes.

Tyler Matas kept alive his incredible streak of playing every single minute of the season with another 90 minute shift. He has played 28.5 hours of football this season.

More photos of the Global Cebu vs. FC Manila Sparks game

 

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Paul Mulders (no. 7) mounts an attack. (Photo by Albert Flores)

 

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(Photo by Albert Flores)

 

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(Photo by Albert Flores)

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Bloodied, blurred Milan Melindo batters Hekki Budler to keep belt

With cuts in both eyes and unable to see in one, Milan Melindo soldiered on to beat a game Hekki Budler to keep his IBF junior flyweight crown in the…

With cuts in both eyes and unable to see in one, Milan Melindo soldiered on to beat a game Hekki Budler to keep his IBF junior flyweight crown in the main event of Pinoy Pride 42 at the Watefront Hotel and Casino.

Melindo, who admitted in the post-fight press con that he had blurry vision in one eye due to the blood oozing from a cut, won on two judges’ scorecards, 117-110 and 115-112, while the third judge had it 115-113 for the South African.

Milan Melindo parries an attack by Hekki Budler during the main event of Pinoy Pride 42. (Photo by Albert Flores)

Melindo improved to 37-2 with 13 KOs, while Budler dropped to 31-2.

In the undercard, a lackluster Jason Pagara earned a split draw with late-replacement James Onyango. Pagara, who looked sluggish and was back-pedaling in the latter rounds, is now 40-2-1, while Onyango is now 23-11-1.

Pagara scored two knockdowns early in the fight but in the latter rounds, it was the Kenyan who had Pagara’s number, making the ALA fighter look slow as he connected at will.

Milan Melindo admitted he had blurry vision in one eye due to blood from a cut. (Photo by Albert Flores)

One judge saw it 114-113 for Onyango, while another had it 115-113 for Pagara. The third judge saw it an even 114-114.

On the other hand, Zorro Sultan scored the biggest win of the night, beating two-time champion Joehn Reil Casimero by majority decision in their IBF junior bantamweight eliminator. Sultan controlled the fight from the fourth round as Casimero resorted to looking for a one-punch knockout win.

Sultan won 117-111, 116-112, 115-113, to improve to 13-3, while Casimero dropped to 24-3.

LOOKING FOR A KNOCKOUT. Zorro Sultan (left) beat two-time champion Joehn Reil Casimero. Manager Sammy Gello-ani said Casimero did not follow his corner’s instructions and “reverted to his old self of looking for a one-punch knockout.” (Photo by Albert Flores)

“The instruction of the corner wasn’t followed and he reverted to his old self of looking for a one-punch knockout,” said Casimero’s manager Sammy Gello-ani. “But this could be a blessing in disguise also for Casimero because all of the champions are avoiding him.”

With the win, Sultan will now become the mandatory challenger of IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas.

 

More photos of Pinoy Pride 42 (all photos by Albert Flores)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PLDT-Smart Foundation to mark 10 years of honoring teachers through Gabay Guro

PLDT-Smart Foundation’s Gabay Guro is back to honor the country’s modern heroes—its teachers. For 10 years, Gabay Guro has been supporting and empowering teachers through training, livelihood programs, broadbanding and…

PLDT-Smart Foundation’s Gabay Guro is back to honor the country’s modern heroes—its teachers.

For 10 years, Gabay Guro has been supporting and empowering teachers through training, livelihood programs, broadbanding and computerization of schools, housing and facilities, scholarships and the Teacher’s Tribute, a grand gathering that the Gabay Guro Foundation hosts for teachers.

“Our nation’s children depend on our nation’s teachers to lead them to a bright future. Gabay Guro gives tribute to those who shape the next generation of nation-builders,” said Gabay Guro chairperson Chaye Cabal-Revilla.

CHANGING LIVES OF TEACHERS. Gabay Guro Chairperson Chaye Cabal-Revilla leads the preparations for the star-studded 10th anniversary celebration. During the press con, she talked about Gabay Guro’s decade-long journey of helping change lives for thousands of teachers across the country.

Gabay Guro will mark 10 years through a Grand Gathering on September 17 at the Mall of Asia Arena. The country’s biggest stars and performers converge in one grand stage to bring world-class performances. Lucky teachers can also go home with any one of the exciting prizes lined up—including gadgets, cash prizes, livelihood packages, vehicles and a house and lot.

Stellar names set to give the teachers the time of their lives on this day are Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Jaya, Sarah Geronimo, Pia Wurtzbach, Pops Fernandez, Andrew Wolfe, Michael Pangilinan, Jona Viray, Marian Rivera, Southborder, Jay-R, Luke Mejares, UP Pep Squad, and G-Force, and more surprise big stars.

A decade of empowering teachers

Gabay Guro has over 1,200 scholars in various state colleges and universities nationwide. There are over 300 LET passers, 496 active scholars as of August 2016 and a projected 167 graduates in 2017. Gabay Guro also celebrates the fact that 137 scholars graduated with honors – 112 cum laudes and 25 magna cum laudes. Gabay Guro has also partnered with local government units to further teacher education.

ADVOCATES FOR TEACHERS (From left) Gabay Guro Brand Advocacy Head Gary Dujali, Planet Sports Inc. Corporate Marketing Manager Nathan de Guzman, FOTON Philippines President Rommel Sytin, BellaVita Vice President Mayi Rodriguez, Gabay Guro Chairperson Chaye Cabal-Revilla and Gabay Guro supporter and OPM icon Pops Fernandez.

The foundation has conducted trainings for over 16,000 teachers. Today, it runs 8 training programs for teachers around the country namely: Teacher’s Treasure Chest; English Proficiency Training; Computer Literacy; Emotional Intelligence; Teacher’s Armor; Leadership Training; IT Sustainability and Literacy; and Unleashing Creativity in Teaching. At the same time, Gabay Guro answers to the needs of the times by doing grassroots anti-drugs trainings in schools.

Gabay Guro’s initiative on Broadband and Computerization has had great impact nationwide. All partner-schools are recipients of either computers/laptop or internet connection from PLDT or Smart.

Jona performs a preview of her number on Sunday’s Grand Gathering.

Knowing that shortage of educational facilities is a major disaster area in the Philippine education system, Gabay Guro has also taken the cudgels in the construction of classrooms in the provinces, mostly those that have been hit by debilitating calamities. There are over 40 classrooms constructed and donated already in Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Capiz.

Brand advocacy head Gary Dujali noted that Gabay Guro carries with it an outstanding history littered with awards and citations that make all of them advocates stand a little taller.

Among these prestigious awards are the Gawad Tanglaw, Anvil Awards, Philippine Quill Awards, and the Philippine Association of National Advertisers (PANA) Awards.

Gabay Guro’s Grand Gathering 2017 is made possible by the generous support of Ayala Land Inc., Foton, Perry’s Group of Companies, PR Savings Bank, Maynilad, Motorlandia Philippines, Devant, Telescoop, PLDT Employees Credit Cooperative, First United Travel Inc., Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar, Red Cross, Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC), Light Rail Manila Corp (LRT 1), New Balance, Enchanted Kingdom, Penshoppe, Filstar, Fly Ace, Flanax, Tempra, Vivalyte, PLDT, Smart, Sun and TNT.

The 2017 Gabay Guro Grand Gathering event is exclusive for teachers. Gates open at 12 pm. Admission is free. All they have to do is like Gabay Guro on www.facebook.com/gabayguro. For more information, visit gabayguro.com, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @PLDTGabayGuro.

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Social media make celebrities “more relatable:” Pia Wurtzbach

If you have even the slightest doubt about something you want to share online, don’t post it, said former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach said during a short talk on social…

If you have even the slightest doubt about something you want to share online, don’t post it, said former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach said during a short talk on social media during the annual Asian Carriers Conference in Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu.

She said social media make celebrities like her “more relatable” to fans.

“I’m glad that during my year as Miss Universe they were very open with me sharing my thoughts, sharing the real Pia, my true self on social media. They weren’t too strict on what I posted online They weren’t too strict that sometimes there were photos of me with barely any makeup on,” she said in a short press conference held after her talk.

Bashed online

But at the start, she had to adjust to being bashed on social media.

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POWERFUL TOOL. That’s how former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzback describes social media.

“I used to reply to people who did not like me. But I learned with guidance by my trainers that it’s better to avoid negativity and just ignore these. It’s part of the job – there will always be people who are going to have negative opinion about you,” she said.

She described as her worst experience on social media reading bad comments against her during the pageant. It would upset and rattle her throughout the day.

Filipino support online

But it was also during the pageant that she experienced her best in social media, when legions of Filipino fans voted and mobilized support for her online that it crashed the web server.

“But it also really showed Miss Universe that we are number one. We’re its biggest fans and we’ve proven that through statistics, especially during the online voting. That’s why they had the pageant here early this year,” she said.

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New promos, big discounts in SM City Consolacion sale from September 15 to 17

Enjoy shopping discounts of up to 70 percent off on great finds and get a chance to win a Suzuki Celerio at SM City Consolacion’s 3-day mallwide sale from September…

Enjoy shopping discounts of up to 70 percent off on great finds and get a chance to win a Suzuki Celerio at SM City Consolacion’s 3-day mallwide sale from September 15-17, 2017.

Every P1,000 single or accumulated purchase within the promo period from any mall establishment entitles a shopper to one raffle coupon.

A customer automatically gets double the number of raffle coupons on the Saturday and Sunday of the sale period. Shoppers can also get 2 raffle coupons by presenting their SM mobile app.

Free burger

Raffle draw will be on September 17, 10 p.m., at the Event Center and deadline of submission of raffle stubs is at 9:45 p.m. on the same day.

First 100 shoppers within the 3-day sale period may claim a free burger, donut, slice of pizza, mamon and so much more at the Event Center.

An exclusive and special treat awaits loyal SM cardholders. On the first day of sale, enjoy Friday Prestige Exclusives for the whole day with up to 10% off on items when you present a Prestige or BDO Rewards card on any of the SM affiliate stores.

SM Advantage card

SM Advantage cardholders will enjoy 2 days of SMAC exclusives: a morning SMAC exclusive from 9 a.m. to noontime on Saturday at SM affiliate stores and from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday at The SM Store.

SM City Consolacion is bringing back the new and the old with exciting promos that shoppers enjoyed in the previous sale and new promos that they can look forward to this coming weekend sale.

One of the promos being brought back is Luck Unlocked. During the three-day sale, by simply presenting a P5,000 single receipt purchase at the redemption area, one lucky shopper can take home all the prizes inside the box if they can unlock it by guessing the total price of the items inside.

Gift certificates

Another crowd favorite that will be brought back is the Switcharoo. Shoppers will be asked to arrange the boxes in its correct order and get the chance to bring home P5,000 worth of gift certificates at 4 p.m. on September 15 at the Event Center.

On September 16, the newest In You Go game takes centerstage, 2 p.m., at the Event Center. Participants will rely on their sense of touch to guess the items inside the box for them to win up to P2,500 worth of SM gift certificates.

Minds will be tested in the memory game Remember Me on the last day of sale, 2 p.m., at the Event Center. A group with a minimum single receipt purchase of P3,000 has to team up on pairing the icons correctly for a chance to win up to 2,500 worth of SM gift certificates.

Packed with promos and discounts, the SM City Consolacion mallwide sale brings the best to its shoppers. Mall is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on September 15 and 17, and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. on September 16. For event details and more updates, please call 260-0132 or check out SM City Consolacion (Official) on Facebook. (Press release)

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AirAsia’s Red Hot Sale is back; fly from as low as P17

Up to 5 million promotional seats are up for grabs in AirAsia Group’s Red Hot Seat Sale campaign. Book seats via airasia.com or the AirAsia mobile app from September 11…

Up to 5 million promotional seats are up for grabs in AirAsia Group’s Red Hot Seat Sale campaign.

Book seats via airasia.com or the AirAsia mobile app from September 11 to September 17, 2017 for travel between March 1 to November 21, 2018 to get fares from as low as P17 for flights from/to Manila, Clark, Cebu, Davao, Palawan, Bohol, Kalibo, Caticlan/Boracay, Tacloban and Iloilo.

Also up for grabs from as low as P1,290 are promotional flights to international destinations from the Philippines to Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Incheon/Seoul, Canton/Guangzhou, Shanghai, Macau, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Add routes, increase frequencies

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said, “Now is the perfect opportunity for our loyal guests and Filipino travelers to connect from many places conveniently as we continuously add new routes and increase frequencies into our network. Exciting red hot deals await those who would like to travel overseas to over 120 destinations across all Asean countries, Asia, Australia and beyond.”

AirAsia is set to fly between Manila and Iloilo starting October 1 while direct flights between Davao and Kuala Lumpur will commence on December 21.

Promotional flights from the AirAsia group’s hub in Kuala Lumpur to Australia, Japan, Maldives and other destinations are also available.

AirAsia BIG loyalty program

BIG Members get to enjoy priority access and will be able to make bookings on airasia.com and redeem flights starting from 0 BIG Points, exclusively via the BIG Loyalty mobile app from September 10, 2017. It’s free to sign up as a BIG Member via airasia.com, airasiabig.com or BIG Loyalty mobile app to redeem promo flights during this promotion.

AirAsia Group Chief Commercial Officer Siegtraund Teh said, “AirAsia continues to grow with more flights to even more destinations, making travel easier. We want our valued guests to be able to take full advantage of our unparalleled frequency to new, exciting places, so it is our great pleasure to offer up to five million promo seats in our biggest campaign ever to help them on their way.”

For latest updates on promotions and activities, please follow AirAsia on Twitter and Facebook (Facebook.com/AirAsia).

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DOE raids illegal LPG refilling station in Mandaue City

Authorities seized 16,000 canisters refilled with LPG worth P2.7 million in a raid on a liquified petroleum gas refilling station in Mandaue City. The raid last Friday night was led…

Authorities seized 16,000 canisters refilled with LPG worth P2.7 million in a raid on a liquified petroleum gas refilling station in Mandaue City.

The raid last Friday night was led by the Department of Energy-Visayas Field Office (DOE-VFO) with members of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

Douglas Labra, who was identified as the owner of the refilling station, has been detained for investigation and questioning.

DOE raid Mandaue LPG refilling

The raid came on the heels of the #EPowerMoVisayas last September 7 when Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi highlighted the commitment of the DOE to tighten consumer protection under the DOE’s E-Safety Mo campaign against illegal peddling of petroleum products, including LPG-filled/refilled canisters.

The campaign targets the so-called “bote-bote” or reselling of liquid petroleum products using unauthorized containers.

DOE raid Mandaue LPG refilling

The DOE is working in close coordination with the Cebu Provincial Government to go after the illegal practice, following its passage of an ordinance against it.

The DOE also encourages consumers to report illegal activities to the DOE-Consumer Welfare and Promotion Office at 479-2900 loc. 329 or via e-mail through the info@doe.gov.ph. The public may also reach the Department through the Official DOE Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Waterfront hotels in Cebu highlight modern Cebuano flavors in food fest

Ordinary bread, the common danggit, and dried green mango become the creme de la creme of appetizers under the expert hands of celebrity chef Tristan Encarnacion in a food feast…

Ordinary bread, the common danggit, and dried green mango become the creme de la creme of appetizers under the expert hands of celebrity chef Tristan Encarnacion in a food feast featuring the Flavors of Cebu at the Waterfront hotels in Cebu and Mactan.

The Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino and Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan have extended the culinary celebration of “Modern Filipino Taste” at the two UNO branches up to November, adding more Cebuano choices in the wide selection of Pinoy dishes available at the buffet.

Watrfront Flavors of Cebu

APPETIZER. Chef Tristan Encarnacion prepares an appetizer of danggit atop crispy bread and topped with diced green mangoes and tomato sorbet.

Chef Tristan revealed during the media launch of Flavors of Cebu that the bread, the base of his starter concoction, can be easily sliced and rolled thin if it is chilled first.

His newest appetizer creation involves putting ground danggit atop the crispy bread and topping it with diced green mangoes and tomato sorbet.

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Chef Tristan presents the new appetizer he whipped up from danggit and bread.

Cebuano food flavors

Guests during the launch also saw Chef Tristan in action as he hatched up the favorite dessert of Waterfront Cebu City General Manager Anders Hallden.

Vanilla ice cream got wok-fried and rum-glazed. A topping of cashew nuts and caramel syrup finished off the delectable treat.

Waterfront Flavors of Cebu

WOK-fried and rum-glazed vanilla ice cream with a topping of cashew nuts and caramel syrup.

Mr. Hallden said they’ve added to the UNO buffet food creations of Chef Tristan that highlight Cebuano flavors given a new delicious spin.

Pinoy culinary treats

On top of these dishes, both UNO branches in the Waterfront hotels in Cebu City and Mactan continue to serve the menu of traditional Filipino treats injected with mouth-watering twists by culinary world power couple Chef Roland and Chef Jackie Laudico.

Waterfront Cebu Flavors of Cebu

Paella.

Diners get to enjoy such culinary treats as the pinahungawang isda sa mangga, lechon baka sa kalabasa at mangga, ampalaya na may itlog, des pancit toh, paella one and two, bacon bagnet, and kinilaw.

Buffet rate is P898 per person and the Waterfront hotel in Cebu City has an ongoing promo where 15 guests in a group pay only for the price of 10.

More photos of the event

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Different kinds of dried fish and squid.

 

Waterfront Cebu Flavors of Cebu

Pinahungawang isda sa mangga and lechon baka.

 

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Bacon bagnet

 

Sisig.

 

Different kinds of sauces.

 

Waterfront Cebu Flavors of Cebu.

More appetizers.

 

Waterfront Cebu Favors of Cebu.

Ensaladang talong.

 

Waterfront Cebu Flavors of Cebu.

Different types of cheese and nuts.

 

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Local desserts.

 

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More desserts.

 

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Mousse

 

Waterfront Cebu Flavors of Cebu

Appetizer with mangga and cheese.

 

Waterfront Cebu Flavors of Cebu

Waterfront Cebu City General Manager Anders Hallden and chef Tristan Encarnacion

 

Waterfront Cebu Flavors of Cebu

Chef Tristant and Waterfront Cebu City staff with bloggers and writers who attended the event.

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Casa de Cacao offers tablea tales, chocolate indulgence

A short lesson on the cacao plant that turns into a decadent feast, Raquel Choa’s The Chocolate Journey at the home she calls Casa de Cacao is an experience that…

A short lesson on the cacao plant that turns into a decadent feast, Raquel Choa’s The Chocolate Journey at the home she calls Casa de Cacao is an experience that is not to be missed.

Imagine an afternoon of sikwate (chocolate drink) in any flavor you can think of: sweet, dark, spicy, flavored with hibiscus, jasmine, or mint.

Mix and match your warm cup with variety of chocolate-based goodies: cookies, crispies, brownies, cakes.

Settle down as the woman behind Ralfe Gourmet and The Chocolate Chamber (TCC) tells you the bittersweet story behind her love affair with chocolate and the need to recreate Maria Cacao’s palace in her Cebu residence.

Raquel Choa Casa de Cacao

SIKWATE. Raquel Choa prepares sikwate, a traditional chocolate drink, using a batirol inside Casa de Cacao, her recreation of the legendary Maria Cacao’s palace in the mountain.

Chocolate journey

This particular culinary indulgence, Ralfe Gourmet marketing manager Edu Pantino said, starts fittingly enough with the American evergreen tree that bears the beans from which chocolate is made.

“The Chocolate Journey of a thousand miles begins with one cacao step,” he cited, in reference to the intricate chocolate-making process and Choa’s journey as the woman behind the artisanal cacao-based food and products that are marketed under the Ralfe Gourmet brand.

Our welcome drink was sikwate with hibiscus.

He shared how the cacao plant grows large fruit pods from tiny flowers, what conditions allow it to flourish, and the process the beans go through – fermentation to roasting – before these are finely pounded and formed into the bitter chocolate rounds we call tablea.

Choa, aided by her kids and long-time staff, shows how they make tablea the old-fashioned way at Casa de Cacao. She then uses the newly-formed chocolate rounds to make Cebu’s famous sikwate using the wooden beater called batirol.

Cacao beans on different stages of fermentation in preparation for roasting.

Sikwate flavors

My favorite was the spicy sikwate which she made by grinding pieces of chili on a small platter, adding atsuete as flavor enhancer, and straining the mix into a jug of chocolate concoction simmering over a hot stove.

We tried a variety of flavors: sikwate with hibiscus, with mint, with jasmine.

Roasting of the beans.

The hot sikwate pairs perfectly with Choa’s cake creations baked without milk, eggs, and water: the torta de cerveza uses cerveza negra while torta de Francisco (hatched in anticipation of the visit of Pope Francis) is made with olive oil and wine.

When I thought I couldn’t take another bite, out came the choco ryza (chocolate crispies), cookies, and brownies courtesy of Choa’s kids and they were just too scrumptious to pass up.

Raquel Choa

Raquel Choa tells the story of Maria Cacao.

Casa de Cacao

Choa grew up with her grandmother’s stories about Maria Cacao, with her golden ship and resplendent palace in the balete tree. Although no human can ever see or visit this place, it didn’t ever stop Choa from wishing.

Casa de Cacao, venue of The Chocolate Journey, is Choa’s creative recreation of Maria Cacao’s palace in the mountain.

“Mi casa, su casa (My home is your home),” she would tell guests who go on The Chocolate Journey with her, adding it is the realm where chocolate is the artist’s medium.

Interested in joining The Chocolate Journey? Call +63917 827 2318 or email info@ralfegourmet.com for inquiries or reservations.

Casa de Cacao

Raquel Choa forms a cacao de bola while her son molds tablea during a press tour at Casa de Cacao.

Chocolate events

Some details:

The Chocolate Journey
Cacao Bean Evolution
Trails and Tales of Maria Cacao
Tablea 101

The rate is P1,500 per person for groups of 11-15, P1,800 for groups of 6-10, P2,100 per person for groups of 4-5, P3,000 per person for groups of 2-3, and P4,800 for one person going on The Chocolate Journey.

Casa de Cacao

Casa de Cacao, venue of The Chocolate Journey, is Raquel Choa’s creative recreation of Maria Cacao’s palace in the mountain.

Chocolate Stop
Hot choco at The Tsokolate Bar
Chocolate tasting
Rate is P550 per person.

Sikwate Ceremony
Tablea-making
Savoring Tablea
Rate is P1,000 good for five persons.

Raquel Choa Casa de Cacao

Raquel Choa’s cake creations baked without milk, eggs, and water: the torta de cerveza uses cerveza negra while torta de Francisco (hatched in anticipation of the visit of Pope Francis) is made with olive oil and wine.

 

Casa de Cacao

Spicy sikwate. Raquel Choa made this by grinding pieces of chili on a small platter, adding atsuete as flavor enhancer, and straining the mix into a jug of chocolate concoction simmering over a hot stove.

 

Cacao fruits.

 

Cacao beans

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DTI leads moves for digital transformation of MSMEs

An online campaign that accompanied an e-commerce mentoring program by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Cebu generated leads from as far as London for a furniture company….

An online campaign that accompanied an e-commerce mentoring program by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Cebu generated leads from as far as London for a furniture company.

The fact that potential buyers visited the Cebu-based company to check out its products shows the reach of digital marketing, said DTI Cebu Provincial Director Maria Elena C. Arbon during the Digitize Cebu conference in Cebu last August 30.

As the agency tasked to assist micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), DTI is now focused on getting them to undergo digital transformation.

“Last year, we went into the startup space. We interfaced with them and developed some programs for tech startups. This year, we’re trying to mix together startups and tech communities with brick and mortar MSMEs,” Arbon said.

Digitize Cebu Maria Elena C. Arbon

PROGRAMS. DTI Cebu Provincial Director Maria Elena C. Arbon goes over the different programs for micro to medium enterprises of her office. Key parts of the program revolve around technology tools and digital developments.

Digital transformation programs

DTI has several programs for micro to medium enterprises, three of which revolve around technology tools and digital developments.

These include startup ecosystem development, digital transformation for brick-and-mortar MSMEs, and e-commerce mentoring.

According to Arbon, the e-commerce program is an intense 6-week, 12-module course that aims to get companies online. Close to the end of the training activity, the enterprises are required to undertake a 3-week selling campaign using what they’ve learned from the course.

The ecommerce campaigns have resulted in sales amounting to as much as P2 million for the first batch and P3 million for the second batch of enterprises. Furniture buyers from London also came to visit a furniture company in Cebu when it went online as a consequence of the e-commerce course.

Cebu startup ecosystem

Arbon cited that DTI also just recently held the Slingshot Conference, a tech event that aims to bring together traditional businesses and startups so they get to serve each other’s needs.

Early this year, she said they came up with a startup ecosystem development program. Part of the process involved using existing tools to determine the maturity of the startup environment taking into consideration talent, capital, and infrastructure among other things.

“On a scale of 1 to 5, we’ve determined we’re at 2 plus,” Arbon added. One of the ongoing campaigns of DTI is to create a master list of existing startups in Cebu.

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Loud and fun with the new Billabong Sundays boardshorts

Billabong’s latest Sundays boardshorts are the perfect combination of style and function for the surfer who wants nothing but the best. With its bold clash of psychedelic colors and texture,…

Billabong’s latest Sundays boardshorts are the perfect combination of style and function for the surfer who wants nothing but the best. With its bold clash of psychedelic colors and texture, the Sundays X boardshort is our pick this season for epic adventures on pumping waves.

For those who prefer something a little subtler, the Sundays X Riot boardshort in Black is sure to become a wardrobe staple. Its minimal design means it will be future-proof for years, while engineered dye prints on the sides add an interesting pop of color.

The Sundays boardshorts are all equipped with the seriously innovative technology that Billabong boardshorts are known for – enhanced flexibility, a lightweight feel, quick-drying material, and most importantly, they are made from recycled bottles so that we can continue to protect what we love.

Billabong Sundays boardshorts

Billabong has been making boardshorts for more than four decades, constantly experimenting with new features, technology, and designs to enhance the surf experience. Every Billabong boardshort creation aims to inspire the wearer to live deeply, and to feel that life truly is better in boardshorts.

Go modern, loud and fun this season with the Sundays boardshorts, available in Billabong SM City Cebu and Grind Ayala Center Cebu.

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Tap digital to boost business growth in a mobile-first Philippine market, Google official tells Cebu SMEs

Small business with a strong online presence grow 4 times faster than competitors who are not on digital, said Google Philippines country manager Kenneth Lingan. With 65 million Filipinos now…

Small business with a strong online presence grow 4 times faster than competitors who are not on digital, said Google Philippines country manager Kenneth Lingan.

With 65 million Filipinos now online, going digital should no longer be a question, Lingan said during the Digitize Cebu conference held in Cebu last Wednesday and organized by AdSpark, Globe myBusiness, and Department of Trade and Industry Cebu Province.

“For every single month, half a million Filipinos are going online. That’s really massive. You think about that – in a year, you are adding the population of Singapore online into the Philippines,” he said. “That’s the kind of market potential that we are dealing with here.”

Digitize Cebu Google Philippines country manager Kenneth Lingan

GROWING, MOBILE-FIRST. Most new Filipino users access the internet through mobile devices, said Google Philippines country manager Kenneth Lingan during Wednesday’s Digitize Cebu conference.

Filipinos are mobile-first consumers

But what defines the Filipino internet consumer, he said, “is the fact that we are mobile-first.”

Most new Filipino users access the internet via mobile phones. “In fact that’s really where they spent much of their time,” he said. Filipinos look at their phones 150 times in a day, studies said. People are very engaged on their phones and “it is affecting every aspect of our lives,” he said.

People today do not go online, he said, they “live online” and mostly through their phones.

That can be seen in findings like Filipinos’ growing dependence on services like Waze. While the global usage average is 17 minutes, in Manila Waze is used at an average of 70 minutes per session, he said.

In a world going digital, “small will be the new big,” Lingan said. The internet “could work for big business as much as it could work for small ones.”

He said small businesses are the “backbone of the country,” employing about 60% of the population.

“If you want to drive growth in the Philippines, the only way to really drive that is through empowering small business,” he said. A key driver for this is digitization, Lingan told attendees of the conference.

Digital levels business playing field

In the past, he said business was all about “having big resources.” Digital levels that playing field, Lingan said. With digital tools, business can reach the right customers and at massive scale.

“In the past if you’re a small business, your target market will only be your community. But with the internet, your definition of what your target market is goes beyond your borders,” Lingan said.

With digital advertising, businesses are then able to leverage measurements and tools to make sure their ad spending are getting “the right return of investments.”

He also spoke about the opportunities offered by the emergence of commerce in the country.

Digitize Cebu

DEPENDENT. People are increasingly becoming dependent on their phones to do most tasks.

Opportunities for e-commerce

“I know it’s still small in the Philippines, in fact, it’s just $500 million in terms of value but what we foresee is that the next 10 years this will grow 20X to $10 billion by 2025. And it’s changing consumer habits,” he said.

Among these habits is the practice of researching online via mobile phones even while inside a physical store.

He said people continually engage with phones to find information and these “micro-moments” will become the new battleground for brands.

Lingan said there are 4 types of micro-moments: I want to know, I want to do, I want to go, and I want to buy.

“The path to purchase is changing and evolving. A lot of people now, through that path of purchase, are consulting their smartphones to know more about their services and really making sure that they are better informed and would make the right decisions,” he said.

Influence path to purchase

Lingan said it is important for brands to have a strong digital presence because when Filipinos start researching on purchases, “82% are not absolutely certain of brand choice.”

“It is an opportunity for businesses to influence that decision by making sure that your presence online is strong,” he said. “People would go to their smartphones 6 to 7 times before they make their decisions.”

The role of phones is emphasized by findings that 78% of Filipinos have used a locator or maps app to find a store’s location and 80% have consulted their smartphones while buying in a physical store.

Lingan said the key to influencing the path to purchase and winning in a mobile-first world is to: be seen, be fast, and be smart.

Digitize Cebu

PHYSICAL STORE, ONLINE RESEARCH. Consumer behavior has changed, chief among them is the practive of researching online through mobile phones while buying in a physical store.

Be seen

“If you are not present online, you are saying no to all these people who are online. You are making it impossible for a lot of customers to find you,” he said.

“If I am a foreigner visiting Cebu and if you are not on Google Maps it’s impossible for me to find you,” he said, pointing out how easy it was for businesses to be listed on Google Maps for free.

He also emphasized the importance of online videos, especially on YouTube, in influencing purchase decisions and improving brand perception.

He said “50% of shoppers will more likely seek advice from online videos relating to their purchases.”

Lingan also said that more than 80% say online video “helps convince shoppers to think more positively about a brand.”

“If you have videos, I would encourage you to create a YouTube channel for your business. Every business has a story and videos would be able to tell your story in a much more enriching way,” he said.

Be fast

Demands of customers have changed, they now want things “as fast as possible.”

In a mobile-first world, Lingan said, 53% of users would abandon your website if it loads slower than 3 seconds.

“The important thing about mobile is to be really obsessed about the user experience,” he said.

He cited tools from Google that will help businesses assess their website speed on mobile and offer suggestions to improve this.

Digitize Cebu

BE SMART. Opinions aren’t as important today as data-driven decisions based on analytics.

Be smart

With today’s tools, opinions don’t matter as much as data-driven decisions.

“You now have opportunity for analytics for data. We need more data-driven decisions so that it could tell you what kind of investments have given you ROI,” he said.

He also emphasized the need for businesses to be willing to experiment on digital and use analytics to see if these work.

Online learning resources

Lingan also asked those present to take advantage of online resources to learn about entrepreneurship and tapping digital marketing to boost their businesses.

He cited the following resources as helpful to businesses:

1) YouTube channels for educational videos. He told people to subscribe to Google Small Business and Google for Entrepreneurs.

2) Think With Google website for industry trends and practices.

3) Google Primer, which offers marketing lessons by Google.

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New majority seen in Cebu City Council with resignation of Abella

There will be a new majority again at the Cebu City Council after the appointment by President Duterte of Councilor Hanz Abella as a commissioner with the National Labor Relations…

There will be a new majority again at the Cebu City Council after the appointment by President Duterte of Councilor Hanz Abella as a commissioner with the National Labor Relations Commission, according to members of the opposition Barug Team Rama.

Under the law, Barug Team Rama will nominate his replacement since Abella ran with the group in the last elections, Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia said yesterday.

Garcia said the Local Government Code states that in cases of a vacancy at the city council of a highly urbanized city like Cebu City, the president will appoint a replacement who will come from the same party as that of the official who caused the vacancy.

Raymond Garcia, Joel Garganera

NEW MAJORITY. Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia (left) with partymate Joel Garganera at the City Hall. Barug Team Rama is expected to regain council majority after Councilor Hanz Abella resigns to assume as a commissioner of the National Labor Relations Commission. (Photo from Councilor Garcia’s FB page)

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña described Abella’s resignation as bad for the city.

Barug Team Rama was the majority party at the council after last year’s election until Councilors Abella, Dave Tumulak and Jerry Guardo defected to the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BO-PK).

Councilor Margarita Osmeña described the development as “a disadvantage politically.”

“But the disadvantage may only be today or tomorrow. You win some, you lose some but after you lose, you win,” she said in a Sun.Star Cebu report.

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Diamond Rent-A-Car executive: Digital marketing a must for SMEs

When Diamond Rent-A-Car first tried out digital advertising several years ago, it was a relatively new thing in the Philippines. Quincy Buenaflor, the company’s vice president for operations, said he…

When Diamond Rent-A-Car first tried out digital advertising several years ago, it was a relatively new thing in the Philippines.

Quincy Buenaflor, the company’s vice president for operations, said he was able to successfully sign up for Google Adwords just by following the required steps.

“Just a few minutes after our company ad was posted, we already started getting hits,” he shared during Wednesday’s Digitize Cebu conference, which aims to empower small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through digital marketing tools.

The family-owned Diamond Rent-A-Car, which was started by Buenaflor’s parents around 40 years ago, had relied heavily on traditional media like newspapers and billboards for its advertising needs.

Digitize Cebu Google Ads

DIGITAL ADS. Diamond Rent-A-Car vice president for operations Quincy Buenaflor shares his experience on using Google ads to grow their business in a talk with Rebeca Siccardi, strategic partner manager for Google Sales. The case study was among the sessions in today’s Digitize Cebu event.

Digital marketing

Buenaflor said that when they tried digital advertising, specifically through Google ads, they found it to be very effective in reaching out to potential customers. The company now spends 80 percent of its budget on digital platforms and only 20 percent on traditional methods.

“With digital marketing, I reach the right person,” he added, citing that he believes it provides the same opportunity in general to SMEs.

According to him, digital marketing should be part of every company’s advertising campaign. Diamond Rent-A-Car operates 1,600 rental vehicles and manages another 4,000 for various clients.

Google AdWords

The Google AdWords campaign helps with the company’s expansion by reaching the target market in a specific location.

Buenaflor said having AdSpark manage the company’s digital ads made the campaign more effective.

“It’s different working with a group with expertise on digital marketing. With AdSpark, we now have peace of mind. We know that for every little bit we spend, AdSpark makes it work for us,” he added.

AdSpark is a digital and mobile advertising company that’s fully owned by Globe.

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Innovation, not digitization, is key: Mayor Tomas Osmeña

Capitalizing on innovation as the key to digitization, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña is eyeing an alternative to renewing business permits in the city. Osmeña spoke before an audience at…

Capitalizing on innovation as the key to digitization, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña is eyeing an alternative to renewing business permits in the city.

Osmeña spoke before an audience at Digitize Cebu held Wednesday at the Cebu City Marriott Hotel.

“It takes two weeks to renew business permit. I gathered a team of experts to study how to renew business permit. Then they told me now it will be 20 minutes. How? They (business owner) don’t need to fill out form. All they have to do is just confirm the information. But what happened since that time? You run around the city to get all the clearances. This must be solved,” said Osmeña.

Problem with government

He admitted having problems with the government because “we are not allowed to innovate”.

“There’s one missing pillar and that’s innovation. Politics has developed a culture of status quo,” said Osmeña. “Digitization is not necessary. The keyword here is innovation.”

Digitize Cebu Mayor Tomas Osmeña

INNOVATION. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña said they are tapping innovation to improve services at City Hall. He said the challenge with working in government is that “we are not allowed to innovate.”

The mayor shared a story of a logistics company that uses index cards for their operations.

“No computer, just index cards. If you have a question, you write at the index card. The company will write its answer at the back of the index card. And if more than one index card, the company thinks you’re talking so much. You see it’s not computerization but again innovation,” said Osmeña.

Pay taxes

Osmeña pointed out that the City Government will run after businesses not paying taxes.

He further said the role of the Treasurer’s Office is to bring in money. “We can’t bring in money because the sari-sari store cannot secure an SSS clearance.”

Saying that Cebu is trying to innovate, Osmeña said they are looking at issuing certificate that shows the business owner paid taxes.

“If you pay tax, we will do beautiful things for Cebu,” he added.

Digitize Cebu was presented by AdSpark, a Globe-owned digital advertising company, in collaboration with Globe myBusiness and the Department of Trade and Industry-Cebu.

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Utility companies work to rid Cebu City of ‘spaghetti’, dangling wires

Power, telecommunication, and cable companies have banded together to remove unsightly “spaghetti” and dangling wires from Cebu City streets to prevent accidents and as part of a clean-up drive. The…

Power, telecommunication, and cable companies have banded together to remove unsightly “spaghetti” and dangling wires from Cebu City streets to prevent accidents and as part of a clean-up drive.

The Visayan Electric Company, Inc. (VECO) is leading the initiative in collaboration with PLDT, Smart Communications, Skycable, Globe, and Eastern Telecom Philippines.

VECO cleanup

CLEAN-UP DRIVE. Anton Mari Perdices, VECO chief operations officer, answers a question during a press conference on the effort to clean up the city of “spaghetti” and dangling wires. With him are (from left) Richard Trasmonte, technical manager of Eastern Telecom; Rene Lescano, PLDT and Smart customer service and operations zone head; Niño Rey Sarabosing, Skycable general manager; and Edlin Jose delos Reyes, Globe regional manager for cable engineering.

Anton Mari Perdices, VECO chief operations officer, said he was asked by Mayor Tomas Osmeña a few weeks ago to oversee efforts that will address concerns over low-hanging power and cable wires.

When VECO called for a meeting to discuss the mayor’s concerns, PLDT and Smart customer service and operations zone head Rene J. Lescano said he suggested that they form a group like what they did in Iloilo to tackle the same problem.

VECO wires cleanup

TEST AREA. The group first focused on a portion of Gen. Maxilom Avenue, specifically from the corner of F. Ramos St. to the corner of Juana Osmeña St., as a test area for the clean-up.

The group first focused on a portion of Gen. Maxilom Avenue, specifically from the corner of F. Ramos St. to the corner of Juana Osmeña St., as a test area for the clean-up.

Globe regional manager for cable engineering Edlin Jose delos Reyes said that after assessing the situation, they took out the dead wires and bundled the active ones together with clamps.

Clean up drive

UNSIGHTLY. Power, telecommunication, and cable companies in Cebu are working together to remove unsightly “spaghetti” and dangling wires to prevent accidents and as part of a clean-up drive.

The next step will be show it to Mayor Osmeña and get his approval on their solution before coming up with a timeline for clean-up works all throughout the city starting with its main thoroughfares, added Skycable general manager Niño Rey Sarabosing.

Representatives of the utility companies agreed that an underground installation of power and cable wires would be very expensive and not a fitting solution for many areas in Cebu City.

VECO clean up

WIRES gathered after the clean-up.

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4-day work week? House approves measure to let companies offer option

The House of Representatives has approved on 3rd and final reading a bill that would allow companies to designate for employees a 4-day work week. House Bill 6152 will amend…

The House of Representatives has approved on 3rd and final reading a bill that would allow companies to designate for employees a 4-day work week.

House Bill 6152 will amend the Labor Code to allow companies to increase the workday from 8 hours to 10 or 12 hours. It will then allow companies to shorten the work week to 4 days.

The current Labor Code requires workers to work 40 to 48 hours for 5 to 6 days a week.

Baguio City Rep. Mark Go

Baguio City Rep. Mark Go. (Photo taken from official Facebook page)

“These arrangements give employers and employees flexibility in fixing hours of work compatible with business requirements and the employees’ need for a balanced work-life,” Baguio City Rep. Mark Go, one of the authors of the bill, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The workday arrangement remains optional for companies.

When asked whether working 12 hours a day for 4 days won’t be tiring, Go told Rappler, “You have rest day for 3 days. That’s the advantage. You work 4 days but you are given 3 days rest days. So that will reinvigorate already the people working for companies.”

For the measure to become a law, however, it needs to have a counterpart legislation in the Senate.

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Marco Polo hosts viewing party for Game of Thrones Season 7 finale

Watch the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones with other fans at the Marco Polo Plaza in its epic viewing party on August 28. The screening of the final…

Watch the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones with other fans at the Marco Polo Plaza in its epic viewing party on August 28.

The screening of the final episode will be at the Manila Function Room. Doors will open at 6:30pm as we kick off the viewing party with a Season 7 analysis featuring some of Cebu’s hardcore GOT fans namely Carlo Borromeo, Shari Quimbo, Kat Layno and Kenneth Ruelan.

Hobby shops selling GOT merchandise like shirts, accessories and other things will also be available for every fan’s shopping pleasure. Of course, you all have to brush up on your GOT knowledge to get a chance to win a prize by answering some trivia questions.

Marco Polo game of thrones

VIEWING PARTY. Photo of the viewing party during the first episode of Game of Thrones Season 7.

You can also join the costume contest by registering on site. The winners for male and female category will each win an overnight stay at the hotel, inclusive of breakfast buffet for two.

Catch a special performance by Dreamcatchers Choir who will give a special rendition of famous Westeros songs. Finally, enjoy the epic finale episode via HBO HD in our 2.5 by 3-meter LED wall care of Guinto Lights & Sounds.

The Game of Thrones viewing party is free of admission with seats at first come-first served basis. Doors open at exactly 6:30 pm and at exactly 9pm the season ender episode will begin. Come early and have your dinner at the viewing party where affordable food and beverage will be available.

Please note that Game of Thrones is Rated R18+.

Stay tuned for more updates through our social media accounts. Like facebook.com/marcopolocebu to stay updated on all hotel activities and promotions. You may also call (63 32) 253 1111 or email mpplaza@marcopolohotels.com. (Press release)

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