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Cebu Travel Catalogue International 2018: One-stop-shop for travel

Whether you’re planning a local trip or going to any country in the world, get great deals in airfare and tour packages to your chosen destination during the Cebu Travel…

Whether you’re planning a local trip or going to any country in the world, get great deals in airfare and tour packages to your chosen destination during the Cebu Travel Catalogue International (CTCI) 2018 from Jan. 26-28 at Ayala Center Cebu.

The Cebu Alliance of Tour Operation Specialists (CATOS) and Cebu Travel and Tours Association (CTTA) strengthened their alliance to bring about an exceptional three-day travel show that will serve as a one-stop-shop for travellers.

CATOS President Alice Queblatin said the cooperation between the two organizations have resulted in member agencies coming up with tour packages for inbound and outbound that are varied and affordable for the Cebu Travel Catalogue International.

“The expansion of the airport and opening of more routes by domestic and international airlines will make Cebu a top travel hub. With all these, we see the need to strengthen not just tourism products but also the collaboration among industry stakeholders. We want to make travel to and from Cebu a dynamic experience,” she added.

Cebu Travel Catalogue

TRAVEL DEALS. Organizers of the Cebu Travel Catalogue International old a press conference on the three-day travel show that will serve as a one-stop-shop for travellers.

Tour, airfare, cruise deals

Tour packages to any point in the globe, promo airfares for local and international destinations, and luxury cruise deals are among the products on offer during the travel fair, according to CTTA Auditor Aida Uy.

The different travel and tour agencies will also offer discounted supplemental services for visa and other travel needs.

Uy said that those who show up during the three-day event will get freebies and have a chance to win raffle prizes.

CATOS Vice President Marget Villarica said the Cebu Travel Catalogue International 2018 encourages Cebuanos to visit local places not just international destinations. The tourism offices of Central Luzon, Eastern Visayas, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Visaya, Bohol, and Davao will also be present to provide information on travel to their respective areas.

With more domestic carriers opening new routes, it has become easier and more convenient to go from Cebu to such places as Batanes, El Nido, and Catanduanes, added CTTA Secretary Cookie Chan.

Popular destinations

For international destinations, Chan added, places with cool temperatures are popular with Philippine travellers during the Holy Week and summer break.

Travellers can expect fantastic deals on springtime travel to South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan when they book during the three-day travel fair. Jeju, which doesn’t require a visa from Filipinos, is also popular and tour packages to this South Korean destination on chartered flights will also be on offer.

CTTA Public Relations Officer Sheila Colmenares, who gave a rundown on the different activities during CTCI 2018, said there will be stage activities and entertainment shows. The travel fair will formally open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the first day, January 26.

BPI cardholders get the added advantage of booking airfare and tour packages under a zero percent interest three-month installment plan, according to CTTA Vice President Baby Dy.

CTTA President Alan Carvajal urged Cebuanos to take advantage of the exceptional offers by planning their 2018 trips during the Cebu Travel Catalogue International 2018 from January 26-28 at Ayala Center Cebu.

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TAGA Your Origin shirts make fun, quirky Sinulog 2018 #OOTDs

Show pride of place in your Sinulog Festival 2018 street fashion by wearing customizable shirts that celebrate your origin courtesy of new online shop TAGA. Taga asa ka? Taga Opon?…

Show pride of place in your Sinulog Festival 2018 street fashion by wearing customizable shirts that celebrate your origin courtesy of new online shop TAGA.

Taga asa ka? Taga Opon? Taga Mandaue? Let TAGA Your Origin shirts declare your hometown roots; they come in trendy, fun, and unique designs.

A brainchild of friends Maureen Eliot and Noreen Mondragon Tormis, the TAGA shirts provide people the opportunity to be proud of their origin by wearing it.

TAGA Your Origin

TAGA Your Origin co-founders Maureen Eliot (left) and Noreen Mondragon Tormis along with collaborator Carlo Rodriguez of LiliLa, which provided the accessories.

Another goal of the brand is to create quality clothing that connects people, through an apparel that makes a statement and initiates conversation.

Customizable Sinulog shirts

The shirts are of good quality cotton and perfect for Cebu’s tropical weather. They are sold at P348 each and come with a beautiful bag as packaging.

TAGA Sinulog shirts come with either a bracelet, dreamcatcher, or headdress through a collaboration with Carlo Rodriguez of LiliLa, which is the source of the accessories.

TAGA Your Origin

PRIDE OF PLACE. TAGA Your Origin sells shirts that show pride of place. All the shirts are sold at P348 and come with a beautiful bag as packaging. The Sinulog shirt comes with either a bracelet, dreamcatcher, or headdress.

Available in both men’s and women’s styles and a variety of colors, the shirts can be ordered via the brand’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TAGAyourorigin.

Interested buyers may also email them at info@tagayourorigin.com. Follow TAGA on Twitter and Instagram @taga_yourorigin for more info and updates.

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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu cooks up Sugbusog feast for Sinulog 2018

Cebu’s Sinulog Festival deserves a feast just as grand and Marco Polo Plaza Cebu obliges with the culinary experience “Sugbusog 2018: Gikan sa Bukid ug Dagat” at Cafe Marco. Up…

Cebu’s Sinulog Festival deserves a feast just as grand and Marco Polo Plaza Cebu obliges with the culinary experience “Sugbusog 2018: Gikan sa Bukid ug Dagat” at Cafe Marco.

Up until January 21, indulge in such local favorites as kinilaw na isda, puso sa saging, lato, and guto; ginamos and sinugba na buwad; manggang hilaw with hipon; monggos, humba and kaldereta na kanding; lechon belly and lechon kawali; inasal na manok and other Cebuano dishes raised to the level of a fine dining experience at Cebu City’s finest.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Sugbusog 2018

STARTERS. From chicharon or pork cracklings to itlog maalat salad, paliya salad, and manggang hilaw, Sugbusog 2018 at Cafe Marco in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu is a feast of Cebuano favorites.

Have your fill of Cebu street food like qwek-qwek, ginabot, ngohiong, balot and the local sweet staples for dessert. The Cafe Marco dessert station carries such delicacies as masareal, bokayo, leche flan, pichi-pichi, puto cheese, masi, kutsinta, and of course halo-halo.

Satisfy your craving for seafood like saang, pasayan, and sinugba na isda throughout Sugbusog 2018, which runs from January 12-21 at Cafe Marco.

The Cebuano favorites are served on top of the regular international buffet spread at Cafe Marco. Buffet prices are P1,150 net for lunch, P1,440 net for dinner, and P1,450 net for Sunday brunch.

Marco Polo Sugbusog 2018

Lato and guso.

The Sinulog-inspired decorations and creative food presentation add to the rich festival atmosphere at Cafe Marco and the rest of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

A replica of the popular Cebu attraction Magellan’s Cross with a Sto. Niño inside now decorates the hotel lobby. Sto. Niño patrons Helen Ynclino-Bucag, Val San Diego, Ben Chua, Ed Tan, and Josie Pereyra have loaned out their Sto. Niño image collections for exhibit at Marco Polo Cebu.

For inquiries and reservations, contact Marco Polo Plaza Cebu at +63 32 2531111 local 8249 or hospitality.ceb@marcopolohotels.com.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Sugbusog 2018

SUGBUSOG 2018. The culinary festival at Cafe Marco in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu runs until January 21.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Sugbusog 2018

Buwad nukos.

 

Sugbusog 2018 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

More buwad.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Kinilaw

 

Sugbusog 2018

Chicharon

 

Sugbusog 2018

Kinilaw na paliya

 

Sugbusog 2018 kaldereta kanding

Kaldereta na kanding.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Lechon belly

 

Marco Polo 2018 Sugbusog

Saang and other sea shells.

 

Marco Polo Sugbusog 2018

Inasal na manok and piniritong tiil sa baboy.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Dinuldog na kalabasa

 

Sugbusog 2018

Pasayan or shrimps.

 

Sinanduloy.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Lechon kawali.

 

Marco Polo Sugbusog

Tinunuon nga monggos with alugbati.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Sugbusog 2018

STREET FOOD MAINSTAYS qwek-qwek, bola-bola, ngohiong, and ginabot.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Ginamos

 

Sugbusog 2018

Buwad nukos or dried squid.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Linung-ag nga saging, ginamos

 

Sugbusog 2018

Argao torta

 

Sugbusog 2018

Mandaue bibingka

 

Sugbusog 2018

Pichi pichi and kutchinta.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Bocayo and ampao from Carcar.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Biko and maja blanca.

 

Sugbusog 2018

More local desserts.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Masi and bocayo.

 

Sugbusog 2018

Dessert station.

 

Sugbusog 2018

LOBBY. A replica of the Magellan’s Cross greets guests at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lobby.

 

Sugbusog 2018

STO. NIÑO. One of the images on exhibit at the lobby.

 

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Islands Souvenirs highlights tribal fusion in Cut & Style Sinulog 2018 designs

Tribal fusion characterized by feathers and gems is this year’s theme for the Islands Souvenirs Cut & Style campaign as it returns for the sixth year with a new lineup…

Tribal fusion characterized by feathers and gems is this year’s theme for the Islands Souvenirs Cut & Style campaign as it returns for the sixth year with a new lineup of designs for your Sinulog 2018 #OOTDs.

Personalization and customization are still very much in trend, and this year’s styles and accessories are new and have never been used in the past, said Islands Group executive vice president Camille V. Aldeguer.

Islands Souvenirs launched its Cut & Style campaign last Friday, January 12, at the Northwing in SM City Cebu. It is one of the places where one can pick a Sinulog shirt from over a hundred designs plus embellishments like feathers, studs, and beads and have it cut and styled.

Sinulog Cut and Style

SINULOG CUT & STYLE. Islands Souvenirs incorporates tribal fusion characterized by feathers and gems in this year’s campaign.

Customers can also choose to paint their shirts with safe and washable festival dust for a more colorful Sinulog 2018 experience. The Cut & Style gives festival-goers tons of options to create an unforgettable Sinulog experience.

Cut & Style fashion show

Islands Souvenirs will hold the Cut & Style Grand Fashion Show on January 19, 2018 at the SM City Northwing featuring this year’s Cut & Style Ambassadors, Binibining Cebu Queens Apriel Smith, Samantha Ashley Lo, and Maria Gigante.

Sinulog Cut and Style locations

LOCATIONS. Islands Souvenirs Cut & Style is available in SM Northwing (shown in photo) and Islands Souvenirs stores in SM City Cebu upper ground floor, SM City Cebu Atrium, Robinsons Place Fuente, SM Seaside City, Sinulog Square (Magallanes St., across Magellan’s Cross).

Master couturier and fashion icon Cary Santiago will also feature his exclusive Cut & Style creations on the runway.

Celebrity siblings Donny and Hannah Pangilinan, plus other celebrity guests, and local Cebu celebrities will perform during the fashion event as a special treat.

Aside from Northwing, Cut & Style is also available in Islands Souvenirs stores in SM City Cebu upper ground floor, SM City Cebu Atrium, Robinsons Place Fuente, SM Seaside City, Sinulog Square (Magallanes St., across Magellan’s Cross).

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Sinulog Cut & Style

6TH YEAR. Islands Souvenirs Cut & Style campaign as it returns for the sixth year with a new lineup of designs for your Sinulog 2018 #OOTDs.

 

Sinulog Cut & Style

TRIBAL FUSION. This year’s theme is tribal fusion characterized by feathers and gems.

 

Sinulog Cut & Style

SINULOG #OOTD. The Cut & Style gives festival-goers tons of options to create an unforgettable Sinulog experience.

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PayMaya revolutionizes digital payments with Paymaya in Messenger

As a long-time PayMaya user and one who has experienced its many benefits especially in travel, I’m amazed at how this digital payment solution has gone one step further with…

As a long-time PayMaya user and one who has experienced its many benefits especially in travel, I’m amazed at how this digital payment solution has gone one step further with #PayMayaInMessenger.

Although I’ve known about this update for some time, I only found time today (a few minutes ago, actually) to link my existing PayMaya and Messenger accounts.

Linking PayMaya, Messenger accounts

I clicked on this link – m.me/PayMayaOfficial – that was provided by the official PayMaya Facebook account and followed the instructions. Pardon the cliche, but it really was a walk in the park.

Less than a minute after I put in the mobile number associated with my PayMaya account, I received notification that I would already be able to buy load, pay bills, send money, and deposit cash through PayMaya in Messenger.

PayMaya Facebook Messenger

BUY LOAD ON CHAT. With PayMaya, you can buy cellphone load, pay bills, and send money on Facebook Messenger.

PayMaya in Messenger transactions

I had a field day trying out the many options. I bought load and sent money to my husband just for the fun of trying the transactions out.

Stoked to find out I can actually now pay my PLDT bill and Pru Life UK premiums through PayMaya in Messenger. The Visayan Electric Company, NSO, Skycable, Manulife, Cignal were in the long list of billers, too.

PayMaya Messenger

SEND MONEY. You can send and receive money via PayMaya in Facebook Messenger.

PayMaya Refer and Earn Promo

What’s even more exciting? There is an ongoing PayMaya Refer and Earn Promo where you get to earn P50 when someone uses your referral link to open or link a PayMaya account on Messenger. Your friend gets P50, too.

Here’s how you refer and earn:

  • Go to your PayMaya account in Messenger by clicking on this link: http://pymy.co/get50
  • Click on the promo notification or go to “Promos” in the menu and select “Refer Friends, Get P50” and share the promo message with your Messenger contacts (open to both Smart and Globe subscribers)
  • Get a maximum of 25 successful referrals, and earn a maximum of P1,250 worth of incentives

When you click on the link to PayMaya in Messenger, you actually have two options: link your PayMaya and Messenger accounts or open a PayMaya account in Messenger if you still don’t have one.

#PayMayaInMessenger Contest

Wait! There’s more. If share this post and tag 5 of your friends to create or link a PayMaya account on Messenger as a comment, you get a chance to be one of five people to win P1,000 each in PayMaya credits. So what are you waiting for? #PayMayaMoNow.

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Marco Polo whips up holiday feast in Festive Buffet

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu unveiled in a special preview its Festive Buffet set for the Christmas season, and it is another level of delicious. Available from December 16-23 and 26-30,…

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu unveiled in a special preview its Festive Buffet set for the Christmas season, and it is another level of delicious.

Available from December 16-23 and 26-30, 2017 at Cafe Marco, the grand feast will include such holiday treats as prime beef, roast turkey, sugar glazed ham, English fruitcake, ensaymada, bibingka, pumpkin pie, black forest Christmas log, and assorted cookies.

Also in the menu are traditional Filipino fares like puto bumbong, macaroni salad, chicken relleno, and Filipino macaroons.

Marco Polo Festive Buffet

Roast Turkey.

Festive Buffet rates

MyCebu.ph was among a group of media and bloggers invited to try out the Festive Buffet in a special preview of the culinary offering last December 5 at Cafe Marco.

The holiday season dishes included in the Festive Buffet are on top of Cafe Marco’s international spread.

Buffet rates start from P1,250 net per person during lunch and P1,540 net per person at dinner.

Marco Polo festive buffet

Christmas ensaymada

Roast turkey

During the special preview, Marco Polo Plaza sous chef Luigi Mangubat showed how to properly carve up a roast turkey. He said that turkey has both red and white meat.

Red meat makes up the thigh and leg part while white meat can be found in the breast area.

Cafe Marco’s roast turkey comes with a special cranberry sauce and you can have it at home, too.

Marco Polo Festive Buffet

Bibingka

Holiday favorites

Manna Alcaraz, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Communications Manager, said they now accept orders for USDA roast beef, roast turkey, pineapple glazed ham, and chicken relleno.

Why not complete your festive table at home with Marco Polo’s classic take on some of these holiday favorites?

  • USDA roast beef (7 kg) – P7,000
  • Roasted turkey (7 kg) with side dishes – P5,500
  • Pineapple glazed ham (4.5 kg) – P3,800
  • Chicken relleno – P2,500

Orders require a lead time of two days. For bookings and reservations, email hospitality.ceb@marcopolohotels.com or call (032) 253-1111 local 8429.

Marco Polo Festive Buffet

Marco Polo Christmas Festive Buffet

Stollen Bread

 

Marco Polo Plaza Christmas Festive Buffet

Cherry Christmas Ensaymada and Christmas Ensaymada

 

Marco Polo Christmas Festive Buffet

 

Marco Polo Christmas Festive BuffetWaldorf Salad.

 

Marco Polo Festive Buffet

Macaroni Salad

 

Marco Polo Festive Buffet

Sugar-Glazed Ham

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu festive buffet

 

Marco Polo festive buffet

Puto Bumbong.

 

Marco Polo Plaza festive buffet

Macaroons.

 

MArco Polo Plaza Cebu festive buffet fruit cake

Fruit Cake.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Festive Buffet chicken relleno

Chicken Relleno.

 

Marco Polo Christmas buffet

 

Marco Polo Plaza festive buffet

Pumpkin Pie

 

Marco Polo Christmas buffet

Christmas Log.

 

Marco Polo Festive Buffet

Marco Polo Plaza sous chef Luigi Mangubat shows how to properly carve up a roast turkey.

 

Marco Polo Plaza  |Christmas buffet

CHRISTMAS SPREAD. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Festive Buffet set for the Christmas season is available from December 16-23 and 26-30 at Cafe Marco.

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Marco Polo Plaza marks season of giving with Christmas Tree of Hope

Amid joyful songs and graceful dances, Marco Polo Plaza lights up one of the most beautiful Christmas trees in Cebu to mark the beginning of the festive season. But this…

Amid joyful songs and graceful dances, Marco Polo Plaza lights up one of the most beautiful Christmas trees in Cebu to mark the beginning of the festive season.

But this isn’t just any ordinary holiday decoration; it is the Christmas Tree of Hope.

Marco Polo Tree of Hope

CHRISTMAS POEM. Marco Polo Plaza general manager Brian Connelly reads a Christmas poem to mark the lighting of the hotel’s Tree of Hope.

During this season of giving, the Tree of Hope accepts donations for underprivileged Filipinos through hotel partner GMA Kapuso Foundation.

Marco Polo Plaza General Manager Mr. Brian Connelly said during the lighting of the Christmas Tree of Hope last November 25, 2017 that it has given more than a million pesos to aid in such projects as Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan, Give a Gift Project, and Operation Bayanihan.

Marco Polo Tree of Hope

One of the performances during the event.

Christmas Tree of Hope donations

Becoming part of this exemplary enterprise is easy. All you need to do is buy a Christmas ball for 200 pesos each and you get to hang it on the Tree of Hope with your good wishes, said Marco Polo Plaza Communications Manager Manna Alcazar.

The hotel has partnered with one of the world’s top airlines, Cathay Pacific, for Christmas 2017 so donors get a chance to win something for themselves when they donate to the Christmas Tree of Hope.

Those who buy two or more Christmas balls get a raffle ticket and a chance at the round trip flight to Hong Kong prize care of Cathay Pacific.

Performances by the Children’s Paradise Montessori Choir, Cebu Centre for Dance, Dreamcatchers, and GMA’s Migo Adecer entertained guests during the tree-lighting ceremony.

Tree of Hope

Marco Polo Plaza Tree of Hope

GMA 7 Cebu station manager Ann Marie Tan.

 

Connie Cimafranca of Cathay Pacific.

 

Marco Polo Tree of Hope

 

Marco Polo Plaza Tree of Hope

 

Marco Polo Plaza Tree of Hope

 

Marco Polo Plaza Tree of Hope

DONATION. Buy a Christmas ball for 200 pesos each and you get to hang it on the Tree of Hope with your good wishes. If you buy 2 or more, you get a raffle ticket and a chance at the round-trip flight to Hong Kong prize care of Cathay Pacific.

 

Marco Polo Tree of Hope

The beautiful Tree of Hope dominates the Marco Polo Plaza lobby.

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Cebu Parklane goes green, gives hope, saves lives this Christmas

Cebu Parklane International Hotel gives more meaning to a traditional Christmas celebration by lighting a beautiful tree made purely out of recycled materials and starting a fundraising campaign for kids…

Cebu Parklane International Hotel gives more meaning to a traditional Christmas celebration by lighting a beautiful tree made purely out of recycled materials and starting a fundraising campaign for kids with leukemia.

The celebration of Christmas is about giving life and hope, and the hotel aims to do both this festive season, said Parklane general manager Cenelyn Manguilimotan.

Christmas Tree lighting Parklane

LIGHTING THE TREE. Cebu Parklane International Hotel officials led by general manager Cenelyn Manguilimotan (3rd from left), former Department of Tourism 7 director Dawnie Roa (center), and Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale toast the lighting of the Christmas tree at the lobby.

“For past five years, Parklane has embarked on a campaign to go green. We have used water bottles and other trash we’ve collected to make beautiful things,” she added.

Parklane lights up a towering tree made out of Coca-Cola tin cans last November 14, also as a way of showcasing its partnership with the beverage company.

Coca-Cola will donate a chemotherapy vial for sick children helped by the Cancer Warriors Foundation for every trinket sold through the hotel’s “I can go green, I can save lives, I can because of a can” Christmas 2017 campaign.

Cebu Parklane International Hotel Christmas lighting

HELPING THE KIDS. Cebu Parklane International Hotel officials hand over a mock check to signify its donation of funds to help the treatment of children with cancer through the Cancer Warriors Foundation, Inc.

Manguilimotan said kids with leukemia have the highest chances of surviving the cancer.

Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale was among the hotel’s tree-lighting guests. The hotel served a delicious spread of its unique take on favorite Cebuano food, including pungko-pungko and street food fare like fishball and squidball, during the well-attended event.

More photos during the Christmas Tree lighting at Cebu Parklane International Hotel

Christmas tree lighting

TREE LIGHTING. Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale speaks during the lighting of the Christmas tree.

 

Parklane Christmas Tree lighting

 

Parklane Christmas Tree lighting

Parklane general manager Cenelyn Manguilimotan.

 

Parklane Christmas Tree lighting

 

Parklane Christmas Tree lighting

 

Parklane Christmas Tree lighting

 

Parklane Christmas Tree lighting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bestselling YA authors Jennifer Smith, Jasmine Warga sign books for Cebu fans

Young Adult (YA) author Jennifer Smith was at a queue in a convenience store when the inspiration for her latest book Windfall came in the form of a man with…

Young Adult (YA) author Jennifer Smith was at a queue in a convenience store when the inspiration for her latest book Windfall came in the form of a man with stocks of lottery tickets in his hand.

“I’ve always been interested in moments of change, that exact time when someone’s life changes. There’s not a better example of that than through winning the lottery,” she explained in an interview shortly before a book signing event at Ayala Center Cebu.

National Book Store brought another two bestselling authors, Smith and Jasmine Warga, to the Philippines. NBS hosted the book signing events for Smith and Warga last November 11 in Cebu and on November 12 at SM Aura Premier in Taguig.

Smith authored several bestselling young adult novels, including “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight,” “This Is What Happy Looks Like,” and “The Geography of You and Me.” Warga wrote such books as “My Heart and Other Black Holes” and “Here We Are Now.”

Jennifer Smith, Jasmine Warga

BOOK SIGNING. Jasmine Warga (left) and Jennifer Smith talk to Cebu journalists before their book signing session with fans in Ayala Center Cebu.

Young Adult book themes

Windfall, which was published in May 2017, revolves around a young woman, Alice, who buys a lottery ticket for her best friend Teddy. It ends up winning him the $140 million but the money soon creates a gap between them.

Warga’s new book Here We Are Now tackles the life of Taliah, who recently meets her biological father Julian. He asks her to go to Indiana with him to meet her dying grandfather. Taliah goes on a journey with her father, and soon learns he wasn’t the father she hoped for all these years.

Her other book My Heart and Other Black Holes touches on such topics as teen romance, mental health, suicide and has been translated into over 20 languages.

Warga said music, though she has no aptitude for it in the way that musicians have, is a common theme of her book because she considers it the closest thing to magic in this world.

Jennifer Smith, Jasmine Warga

IN CEBU. Jennifer Smith and Jasmine Warga sign books for fans during an event in Cebu.

Writing inspirations

Smith and Warga talked about how they became writers, their writing process, inspiration for their books, and favorite authors.

The two said they had a great experience and already tasted a variety of Filipino food. What they haven’t done yet but wanted to do was try the local Jollibee branch.

All of Smith’s and Warga’s books are available at several National Book Store branches in the Philippines.

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Blu Bar and Grill pairs great food, fantastic wines in Moonlit Wine Dinner

Seafood on ice, it said on the menu. It doesn’t quite describe the delight of an appetizer that formally started our Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill…

Seafood on ice, it said on the menu. It doesn’t quite describe the delight of an appetizer that formally started our Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

Smoke enveloped the dish as it was brought to the table over exclamations of amazement, a pair each of fresh shrimps, mussels, scallops served atop a block of ice shaped like a bowl.

Marco Polo Moonlit Wine Dinner

MAIN COURSE. Marco Polo chefs slice roast tenderloin for serving to those who joined the Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill.

It came with the perfect complements: half a slice of lemon wrapped in a dainty net to trap the seeds when squeezed, spicy tomato-based dip, and a glass of Baron de Philippe de Rothschild Reserva Especial Chardonnay from Chile.

Our wine-pairing dinner just started, but it was easy to see we were in for a treat.

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

SEAFOOD ON ICE. Smoke enveloped the dish as it was brought to the table over exclamations of amazement, a pair each of fresh shrimps, mussels, scallops served atop a block of ice shaped like a bowl.

Culinary creations

We savored the foie gras paté with a glass of carmenere in between conversations that hopped from good food to family and reminisces of travel, in particular Taiwan, because we happened to be seated near a Taiwanese working for a Japanese IT company in Cebu.

The main course was Churrasco, and it included freshly roasted tenderloin slices and lamb cubes, sausages, pork belly, and fish fillets. We enjoyed the meat selections from both land and sea with another glass of red wine, this time poured from a bottle of Baron de Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo.

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

MAIN COURSE. The main course was Churrasco, and it included freshly roasted tenderloin slices and lamb cubes, sausages, pork belly, and fish fillets. This was paired with a bottle of Baron de Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Moonlit Wine Dinner combined creations by the culinary geniuses of the Blu Bar and Grill and wines from Chile distributed by Titania Wine Cellar, Inc., said General Manager Mr. Brian Connelly.

“It’s not just the fact that the food and wine are both great, but the way we put them together to complement each other,” Mr. Connelly told dinner guests shortly before the start of the dinner.

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

PISTACHIO ice cream on warm choco lava topped with vanilla sauce, paired with a glass of merlot.

Dinner with moonshine

Manna Alcaraz, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Communications Manager, said the wine-pairing dinner was intentionally scheduled last October 27, 2017 when it was waxing towards a full moon.

She added that the initial plan is to hold it one night every month when there is a lot of moonshine but they would probably start with quarterly Moonlit Wine Dinner events for now.

The first Moonlit dinner introduced wines manufactured under the Baron de Philippe de Rothschild brand and distributed in the Philippines by Titania Wines.

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

ROAST PORK. One of the many highlights of a great evening: delicious food, good wines, and great company.

Fine wine selections

Mr. Connelly said the wines that accompanied the food, from the chardonnay and escudo rojo to cabernet sauvignon, include some very fine selections from Chile.

From a full main course, we feasted on a selection of cheeses washed down with the Baron de Philippe de Rothschild Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon.

Dinner ended on a sweet note with pistachio ice cream on warm choco lava topped with vanilla sauce, made all the sweeter by a glass of merlot.

Interested in this incredible extravaganza of food and wine? Call Marco Polo Plaza Cebu at +6332 253 1111 for the next wine pairing dinner schedule.

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Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

GOOD FOOD, GREAT COMPANY. Our table with Manna Alcaraz (raising wine glass), Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Communications Manager, writer Dr. Nestor Alonso (standing) and staff of Titania Wines.

 

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

CHEESES. This plate was paired with Baron de Philippe de Rothschild Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

FOIE GRAS PATE paired with a glass of carmenere.

 

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

MAIN COURSE. Meat selections.

 

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

FOOD, WINE PAIRING. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu General Manager Mr. Brian Connelly watches fireworks after opening Moonlit Wine Dinner. “It’s not just the fact that the food and wine are both great, but the way we put them together to complement each other,” he says.

 

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

MARCO POLO CHEFS get a much-deserved applause from the dinner guests.

 

Moonlit Wine Dinner

MOONLIT WINE DINNER combined creations by the culinary geniuses of the Blu Bar and Grill and wines from Chile distributed by Titania Wine Cellar, Inc.

 

Moonlit Wine Dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

MEAT SELECTIONS.

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Marco Polo Hotels-Hong Kong 2017 highlights: Awards, big events, upgrades

From winning awards and hosting big events to undertaking upgrades, it has been a busy and memorable 2017 for the Marco Polo Hotels-Hong Kong, which include the iconic Kowloon landmark…

From winning awards and hosting big events to undertaking upgrades, it has been a busy and memorable 2017 for the Marco Polo Hotels-Hong Kong, which include the iconic Kowloon landmark Marco Polo Hongkong as well as newer facilities Gateway and Prince.

The three hotels were given the Merit Award at the 2017 HKMA Quality Award ceremony held on July 21, 2017, while the yearly event Marco Polo German Bierfest garnered the Gold Award for “Best Outdoor Events: Arts, Leisure and Entertainment” at the Marketing Events Awards 2017 organized by Marketing Magazine.

Marco Polo German Bierfest Award

ANOTHER AWARD. The Marco Polo German Bierfest was given the Gold Award for “Best Outdoor Events: Arts, Leisure and Entertainment” at the Marketing Events Awards 2017.

Samantha Poon, Director of Communications for Marco Polo Hotels – Hong Kong, said this demonstrates the commitment and dedication to quality at Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Gateway Hotel, and Prince Hotel. She provided updates during a dinner hosted by Marco Polo Hotels – Hong Kong for Cebu and Davao media and bloggers at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

The annual Quality Award by the Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA) recognizes organizations from various fields of industry and business that have achieved outstanding performance and quality standards.

Marco Polo Hong Kong

MERIT AWARD. Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Gateway Hotel, and Prince Hotel were given the Merit Award at the 2017 HKMA Quality Award ceremony last July 21, 2017.

Marco Polo Bierfest

Now on its 26th year, the award-winning Marco Polo Bierfest kicked off last October 20 and will run until November 11. Celebrated in the outdoor area of Marco Polo Hongkong, against the breathtaking backdrop of Victoria Harbour, the event features partygoers dressed in traditional lederhosen and dirndl while a German band plays folk and oompah tunes and hosts interactive and drinking games.

Marco Polo Bierfest

Marco Polo Bierfest

Guests get to enjoy authentic Bavarian dishes, including the best crispy pork knuckles in Hong Kong, and the finest German beers. Those who book a stay with any of the Marco Polo hotels via marcopolohotels.com within the Bierfest season get two complimentary tickets to the event through the Bed and Bierfest package.

To further extend the Bierfest spirit, hotel guests also receive in-room amenities Marco Polo German Bierfest 2017 special edition beer mugs (maximum two per room) and Erdinger beer (maximum two 500ml bottles per room).

Marco Polo Bierfest

BREATHTAKING VIEW. The Marco Polo Bierfest is celebrated in the outdoor area of Marco Polo Hongkong, against the breathtaking backdrop of Victoria Harbour.

 

Marco Polo Bierfest

Pretzel

 

Marco Polo Bierfest

MARCO POLO BIERFEST. Roast pork knuckle served with braised red cabbage and gratinated potato.

Hotel upgrades

As part of continued quality improvements, the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel also recently completed an extensive upgrade to its building facade.

Gateway Hotel, meanwhile, is set to unveil an entirely new Continental Club floor in the uppermost level. It will feature 21 well appointed guestrooms and suites that offer stunning views of Hong Kong’s dramatic skyline.

Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel_Harbour View Room

Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel_Harbour View Room.

The new Continental Club rooms will continue to reflect a sophisticated, stylish design and layout, enhanced with the latest technology for today’s modern travellers.

Continental Club guests enjoy a host of exclusive privileges, from daily complimentary breakfast to all-day coffee to tea service.

Marco Polo Hotels – Hong Kong Cebu dinner for Cebu, Davao media

Marco Polo Hong Kong

CEBU, DAVAO journalists and bloggers during the dinner at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

 

Marco Polo Hongkong

COMMITMENT TO QUALITY. Samantha Poon, Director of Communications for Marco Polo Hotels – Hong Kong, said the recent awards demonstrate the commitment and dedication to quality at Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Gateway Hotel, and Prince Hotel.

 

Marco Polo Hong Kong

HOTEL UPDATES. Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Gateway Hotel, and Prince Hotel provided updates during a dinner hosted for Cebu and Davao media and bloggers at the Blu Bar and Grill of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

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Paramount highlights green living, smart homes in Wellington Greens residential project

Green and smart. That is how Cebu´s residential developer Paramount Property Ventures, Inc. envisions its up and coming residential community Wellington Greens in the hills of Compostela, Cebu. The property…

Green and smart. That is how Cebu´s residential developer Paramount Property Ventures, Inc. envisions its up and coming residential community Wellington Greens in the hills of Compostela, Cebu.

The property is nestled in a quiet neighborhood of the town, amid towering trees and lush greens.

“Imagine having a home in such beautiful place. You’re not too far from the busy city yet you come home to a peaceful abode. In this new project, we say that you can breathe and live green,” Arli Arenas-Vergara, PPVI Vice President for International Operations, said during the media launch of Wellington Greens last October 17, 2017.

Wellington Greens

WELLINGTON GREENS. PPVI Senior Vice President Emmanuel Victor Estrella says the community is also designed to be an intelligent one: the units will be built as smart homes with a modern security system and provision for the use of solar panels to answer daytime electric consumption.

Zen-inspired ‘smart’ homes

Wellington Greens, which spans about 10-12 hectares, will feature six Zen-inspired house models and amenities that are designed to encourage outdoor bonding activities for families.

A landscaped gateway with guardhouse will lead to an activity pavilion, swimming pool with sun deck, dual play court, playground for kids, jogging trail and meditation garden.

PPVI Senior Vice President Emmanuel Victor Estrella said the community is also designed to be an intelligent one: the units will be built as smart homes with a modern security system and provision for the use of solar panels to answer daytime electric consumption.

“We have an automatic entrance gate also equipped with security cameras and there’s wifi connection in the amenities area,” said Estrella. Wellington Greens is the newest project of PPVI in the northern part of Cebu and the first out of a partnership between its mother corporation Cañedo Equity Ventures Inc. (CEV) and the Norkis Group of Companies.

Middle class target

Positioned for the mid-market bracket, Wellington Greens homes cost from P2.1 – P6 million but with more units priced in the P3 million range.

“Our target is the growing middle class in Cebu. We continue to expand in this market for the next five to 10 years,” said Rey Maribao, CEV Vice President for Strategic Corporate Planning and Business Development.

He added that the CEV-Norkis partnership “is in line with the strategy to provide solutions for the housing backlog catering to the rising middle class from OFW (Overseas Filipino Workers) remittances and BPO workers.”

Wellington Greens

LUSH GREENS. Arli Arenas-Vergara, PPVI Vice President for International Operations, said that with Wellington Greens, “you’re not too far from the busy city yet you come home to a peaceful abode.”

Green living

Green living is not a new concept for PPVI, but it takes the advocacy to a new level with Wellington Greens.

“People these days are getting busy with work. They travel and go somewhere else to relax. But when they return from vacation, reality strikes — you go back to work and earn the stress again. And so we thought of a community where homeowners can enjoy a nature escape everyday. This is the concept of The Wellington Greens. It can be your weekend home. A Sunday home where you can relax but what if everyday is a Sunday? That’s how we envisioned this project,” Arenas-Vergara said.

Estrella added that Compostela Mayor Joel Quiño also embraces the concept of Wellington Greens.

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Cafe Marco whips up authentic Indian feast in Khana

Spices and herbs plus robust flavors equal one incredible buffet experience as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu celebrates the Indian festival of lights Diwali with the culinary event Khana from October…

Spices and herbs plus robust flavors equal one incredible buffet experience as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu celebrates the Indian festival of lights Diwali with the culinary event Khana from October 17-24, 2017.

All throughout the food festival, the hotel´s buffet restaurant Cafe Marco will feature a menu of dishes paying tribute to the gastronomic adventure that is India.

Marco Polo is known for having the best food in Cebu and reinforces this reputation through culinary experiences like Khana, said hotel general manager Brian Connelly.

Marco Polo Khana Indian food festival

CAFE MARCO will feature Indian dishes during its Khana culinary journey that runs until October 24.

Culinary festival

Chicken tandoori, massala and curry meals, kebabs, several kinds of chutney, chapati, samosas, naan and roti are just a few dishes available for lunch and dinner at Cafe Marco during Khana.

Desserts include delectable concoctions like the carrot halva, falooda, jalebi, chai tea ice cream, and rose cheesecake.

Marco Polo Khana Indian Food Festival

Roast goat and biryani rice.

The culinary fest is aptly named Khana, which means food in Hindi. To ensure that the intricacies of India´s cuisine, one of the most colorful and diverse in the world, is presented to perfection, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu has taken on Judeline L. Murjani as event consultant.

Authentic Indian dishes

Murjani, a Cebuana married to an Indian national and the mother of former Miss Cebu Namrata Neesha, brought as usual her repertoire of experience and skills to the Cafe Marco kitchen.

She and Cafe Marco´s world class chefs prepared a line-up of dishes that make up an authentic and fitting Indian feast for Diwali. (Full listing of  dishes at the end of this article)

Marco Polo Khana Indian food festival

Aloo Gobi Massala

Khana promises to be an exciting culinary journey with a special buffet lunch rate of P880 net per person from Mondays to Saturdays. Dinner buffet rate is P1,440 net per person.

Celebrate the Festival of Lights and experience a wonderful week of authentic Indian dishes, only at Cebu City’s finest.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana culinary journey

DIWALI. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Brian Connelly lights the rangoli to mark the start of Khana culinary journey.

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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana food festival

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Chickpea Dal Tadka

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Chili pickles

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Vegetable and Chicken Samosa with Chili Pakoora.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Gulab Jamun

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Kushmar Salad

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Lamb Roganjosh

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Palak Paneer

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Peda

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Rose Cheesecake

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Lentil Salad

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Culinary consultant Judeline Murjani .

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Former Miss Cebu Namrata Neesha Murjani.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana indian food festival

Dancers perform a number to mark the opening of Khana.

 

Full Khana menu

  • Lamb Shish Kebab
  • Lamb Roganjosh
  • Lamb Vindaloo
  • Lamb Kebabs
  • Lamb Haryali
  • Lamb Kofta
  • Prawn Biryani
  • Vegetable Biryani
  • Jeera Rice
  • Chili Pakoora
  • Aloo Gobi Massala
  • Chickpea Dal Tadka
  • Vegetable Pakoora
  • Mixed Seafood Curry
  • Goan Fish Curry
  • Prawn Kebab
  • Fish Sarsowali
  • Whole Fish Massala
  • Gulab Jamun
  • Carrot Halva
  • Apple Jalebi
  • Falooda
  • Savory Lassi
  • Barfi
  • Bomra’s Tomato Salad
  • Fish Tikka Salad
  • Baingan Bharta
  • Lentil Salad with Panier
  • Chana Masala
  • Indian Potato Salad
  • Vegetable Samosa
  • Chicken Samosa
  • Papadum
  • Chapati
  • Naan
  • Roti
  • Moong Dal Soup
  • Chicken Mullingatawny
  • Vegetable Curry Soup
  • Raita
  • Green Chutney
  • Mango Chutney
  • Tamarind Chutney
  • Chicken with Gravy
  • Whole Chicken Tandori
  • Chicken Korma Curry
  • Chicken Tikka Massala
  • Chicken Kebab
  • Aloo Prata
  • Chai Tea Ice Cream
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Art materials, workshops featured in National Book Store ‘Make and Create’ festival

Fine art paper, journals and notebooks, colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolors, and pens of all kinds and functions, the National Book Store Make and Create Arts and Crafts Festival had…

Fine art paper, journals and notebooks, colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolors, and pens of all kinds and functions, the National Book Store Make and Create Arts and Crafts Festival had everything that budding artists and art fans could possibly need.

For the two-day event, the Prestige Paper Brands sold journals, notebooks, and sketchbooks at a discount. All the products displayed at the festival are also available at the National Book Store branch in SM City Cebu.

Arts and Crafts Festival Cebu

ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL. The 2-day event by National Bookstore featured fine art paper, journals and notebooks, colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolors, and pens of all kinds.

Buyers were able to choose to have their plain-covered journals personalized with their names or favorite quotes. This was done for free by the brand’s calligraphy expert.

Limelight notebooks are made of paper that´s up to 120 gsm so it’s thick and perfect for sketches or art works using watercolor.

The company also carries the Fabriano and Acquarello fine art paper products that have cotton in their composition. Fabriano has 20 percent cotton while Acquarello is made of 100 percent cotton. This makes both paper lines capable of holding water.

Arts and Crafts Festival Cebu

Limelight notebooks are made of paper that´s up to 120 gsm so it’s thick and perfect for sketches or art works using watercolor.

Art and crafts materials

Sam Josef Abatayo, Sharpie brand management trainee, said they have specialty pens that can be used on various materials including fabric.

Sharpie markers can be used for artworks on shirts, bags, and sneakers, he added. To make the design more permanent, it will have to go through a heat setting process.

Marvy Uchida is a Japanese brand that retails calligraphy, drawing, coloring, brush, and specialty pens.

Sharpie.

It sells ball point and chisel and bullet types as well as gel pens and highlighters for school and office use, according to May Janine Fernaneo, Marvy Uchida marketing officer.

The brand also carries drawing and calligraphy pens as well as fabric and other markers for hobbies and crafts.

Professional art brands

Prismacolor has a colored pencils set with a staggering 150 hues for professional use.

There are National Book Store products like Chameleon’s one pen blends and multiple tones and Caran D’Ache’s oil pastels and colored pencils.

Arts and Crafts Festival Cebu

Faber-Castell also has a lot of materials for children and students, from the soft touch brush sets and tri-grip brushes and watercolors to colored pencils and crayons.

Elmer’s Glue offers more choices now as well and has a colored line for more interesting artworks.

When it comes to pens and markers, Uni carries a diverse range of products. There are the Jetstream, Uniball, Click Gel, and Signo lines. It also has drawing pens, mechanical pencils, correction pens, highlighters, as well as several kinds of markers for a host of functions and uses.

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National Book Store Make and Create Arts and Crafts Festival Cebu

 

National Book Store Make and Create Arts and Crafts Festival Cebu

 

National Book Store Make and Create Arts and Crafts Festival Cebu

 

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Real estate firm CEV ties up with Norkis for property projects

Two strong homegrown companies forged ties recently to undertake real estate developments in Cebu. The Cañedo Equity Ventures, Inc. (CEV) and the Norkis Group of Companies officially sealed their partnership…

Two strong homegrown companies forged ties recently to undertake real estate developments in Cebu.

The Cañedo Equity Ventures, Inc. (CEV) and the Norkis Group of Companies officially sealed their partnership only last August, and two big projects are already in the works.

These include a 10-hectare residential community targeted at the middle market bracket and a six-hectare memorial park in the northern town of Compostela, company executives said in a recent press conference.

CEV, Norkis partnership

CEV chair Filomena Cañedo and Norkis chair Dr. Norberto Quisumbing, the two pillars of the conglomerates, affixed their signatures to the partnership during a separate and much earlier signing ceremony held at the Cebu City Sports Club.

The collaboration is in line with CEV´s mission to address the housing backlog, catering in particular to the rising middle class made up of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and BPO employees and their families.

“Compostela used to be a small and quiet town. Then the Cañedos came with all their ideas and development projects,” Quisumbing was quoted as saying in a press statement released by CEV. He also reportedly expressed high confidence in the venture.

Cañedo Equity Ventures, Inc. Norkis Group

PARTNERSHIP. Cañedo Equity Ventures, Inc. chair Filomena Cañedo and Norkis Group of Companies chair Dr. Norberto Quisumbing seal the partnership between the two companies in the presence of company officials.

Compostela property developments

Land development for the residential community in Compostela will take around two years, said Rey Maribao, CEV VP Strategic Corporate Planning and Business Development, during a talk with journalists.

The project is first in line for the Philippine Paramount Property Ventures, Inc. (PPPVI) and Norkis partnership. It is scheduled to be launched by the last quarter of 2017.

Norkis, a motorcycle manufacturer and distributor with land properties throughout the country, will benefit from horizontal, vertical, and mixed use development projects through CEV´s real estate arm PPPVI.

Compostela is the best place for PPPVI to expand, according to Maribao, citing indicators showing that the third-class municipality is working to become a high growth area in Metro Cebu and a booming population growing at a yearly average of 2.27 percent.

More progressive town

Norkis will likewise partner with CEV’s memorial parks development company, Celestial Meadows and Developers Corporation.

Quisumbing said people will very soon see a progressive Compostela. Cañedo, for her part, thanked Norkis for partnering with CEV.

“We are very honored to partner with the reliable Norkis Group. We are one with you in transforming Compostela into a better community. We look forward to working with you in developing Compostela and other parts of Cebu,” she said in the same press statement.

CEV is a conglomerate in Minglanilla that oversees eight companies performing highly in the fields of real estate, parks and memorial, construction, food, training, and education.

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Space age metallic, modern heritage, spunk inspire new FitFlop collection

FitFlop introduces its autumn and winter 2017 collection of sandals and closed shoes silhouettes in Cebu, and they come in elegant metallic, lightweight breathable fabric, and high street fashion. In…

FitFlop introduces its autumn and winter 2017 collection of sandals and closed shoes silhouettes in Cebu, and they come in elegant metallic, lightweight breathable fabric, and high street fashion.

In line with the brand’s mission to be the most comfortable and addictive footwear in the world, it creates products based on biomechanics research but without compromising on style, said Primer Group of Companies regional brand manager Maria Soledad O. Aquino.

FitFlop´s autumn and winter collection took inspiration from space age metallics, modern heritage, and a fashion rebel attitude that makes sandals perfectly fine for autumn wear.

FitFlop autumn winter collection Cebu

NEW FITFLOP COLLECTION. Primer Group of Companies regional brand manager Maria Soledad O. Aquino explains features on one of the new FitFlop collection during the launch in Cebu. With her is senior marketing associate Irene Trajano.

Autumn, winter collection

Senior marketing associate Irene Trajano said metallic embellishments can be found across several FitFlop styles for the season, from the glittering discs on toe-thong sandals to the pewter, rose gold, and black touches in the popular Uberknit fabric for ballerinas and sneakers.

Modern heritage details are incorporated in FitFlop mules, ballerinas, and sneakers, which perfectly complement the season’s fashion styles.

Fitflop autumn winter collection

NEW FITFLOPS. The new line comes in elegant metallics, lightweight breathable fabric, and high street fashion.

This season’s collection also highlights spunk and one’s inner rebellious streak. One doesn’t have to limit the Lumy “slides and Banda” to summer; wear your pairs with their punk stud detailing paired with skinny black jeans and big jumpers during autumn, too.

FitFlop products inspired by high street fashion come in the muted and grandiose colors of fall: deep plum, midnight navy, tan, and black. Of course, the patent, snake, and suede and stud finishes on those sandals and closed shoes silhouettes definitely make them stand out.

FitFlop autumn winter collection Cebu

IN CEBU. The new collection was unveiled in Cebu last week.

Legendary cushioning

According to Aquino, the story behind the brand started 10 years ago with FitFlop founder Marcia Kilgore who looked but failed to find footwear that she can wear through her daily routine.

¨She met with two biomechanics in London and, within a year of research and development, the first FitFlop that boasts of a triple-density microwobble system was released,¨ Aquino cited.

 


The technology makes possible the legendary super cushioning in FitFlop classic styles. It provides three levels of targeted cushioning for all-day comfort, and allows wearers to walk all day without feeling any impact on the foot.

FitFlop has since come up with the supercomff, anatomicush, and iqushion cushioning technologies for other product designs. FitFlop created the supercomff for people who prefer fewer inches on their footwear and anatomicush for the athletic styles like loafers and sneakers.

New Fitflop autumn and winter collection

 

FitFlop autumn winter collection Cebu

FitFlop Banda TP Studs

 

FitFlop autumn winter collection Cebu

Boogaloo

 

FitFlop autumn winter collection Cebu

Honeybee

 

FitFlop autumn winter collection Cebu

Lumy Leather Sandals

 

FitFlop autumn winter collection Cebu

Lumy Leather Sandals Studs

 

FitFlop autumn winter collection Cebu

Lumy Leather Slide

 

FitFlop autumn winter collection Cebu

Lumy Leather Slide with Studs

 

FitFlop autumn winter collection Cebu

Superballerina with Sequins

 

FitFlop autumn winter collection Cebu

Superbendy Ballerina

 

FitFlop autumn winter collection Cebu

Superbendy Mary Jane

 

FitFlop autumn winter collection Cebu

Superskate with Sequins

 

FitFlop autumn winter collection Cebu

Superskate Slip Ons

 

FitFlop autumn winter collection Cebu

Uberknit Ballerina

 

FitFlop autumn winter collection Cebu

Uberknit High Top

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Heavenly flavors define Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Signature Six

Get ready for a mouthwatering experience coming your way, as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu makes easily accessible to dining guests its Signature Six culinary creations. The hotel bestsellers adobo, mango…

Get ready for a mouthwatering experience coming your way, as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu makes easily accessible to dining guests its Signature Six culinary creations.

The hotel bestsellers adobo, mango cheesecake, ensaimada, malicious cookies, silk road iced coffee, and earl grape iced tea are now available in the different Marco Polo dining outlets.

Diners can have their daily fill of an all-time favorite Filipino dish, the adobo, since it now forms part of the extensive Cafe Marco buffet. Whether it’s pork, chicken, seafood, or vegetables marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic, guests are sure to have their adobo fix anytime at Cafe Marco.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Signature Six

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s renowned Malicious Cookies.

Best dessert

Aside from being served in the buffet, Marco Polo’s award-winning malicious cookies can be had at the Lobby Lounge to pair with your favorite coffee or tea. Guests may also choose to order a box or two to bring with them when they go.

These maliciously tempting chocolate chip cookies have received several recognitions and have been hailed as one of the Best Desserts in the Philippines.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Signature Six

Silk Road Iced Coffee

Silk Road Iced Coffee

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu brings coffee to another level with its blended iced frappuccino that combine overnight-infused coffee with cinnamon syrup and milk, marshmallow, and Italian meringues.

The delectable concoction is then topped with cinnamon s’mores that is warmed to perfection.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Signature Six

Adobo

Earl Grape Iced Tea

Not a coffee person? Try out the refreshing Earl Grace Iced Tea. It’s earl grey tea flavored with crushed seedless green grapes and elderflower syrup. It is served in a gorgeous set-up that’s perfect for an Instagram post. Or two.

Th blended coffee and earl grey tea may be ordered from any of the hotel’s dining outlets including the Blu Bar and Grill.

Luscious pastries

When it comes ensaimadas and mango cheesecake, Marco Polo has both down to perfection. The ensaimadas are the perfect merienda and pasalubong treats. You can enjoy it as a solo or for takeaway in a box of three or six.

The hotel mango cheesecake is sweet, creamy, and topped with luscious Cebu mangoes. You many not know it but the cheesecake’s crust is made of crushed malicious cookies.

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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu is also known for its delicious ensaimada, which is a favorite pasalubong item of guests.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Signature Six

Earl Grape Iced Tea

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Signature Six

S’mores for the Silk Road Iced Coffee

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Signature Six

Mango cheesecake

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Signature Six

Silk Road Iced Coffee is delicious and not overly sweet.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Signature Six

A demonstration on how to prepare Silk Road Iced Coffee.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Signature Six

Mango cheesecake

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Signature Six

This is how Earl Grape Iced Tea is prepared.

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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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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.

Waterfront Flavors of Cebu

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

Waterfront Cebu Flavors of Cebu

Different kinds of dried fish and squid.

 

Waterfront Cebu Flavors of Cebu

Pinahungawang isda sa mangga and lechon baka.

 

Waterfront Cebu Flavors of Cebu

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.

 

Waterfront Cebu Flavors of Cebu

Local desserts.

 

Waterfront Cebu Flavors of Cebu

More desserts.

 

Waterfront Cebu Flavors of Cebu

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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