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Travelogue: Meaningful experiences as Christmas gifts

With USJ-R Intern Shyn Canonigo Today’s young people prefer meaningful experiences over material possessions, and Travelogue by MyEventology makes it easier to grant them their wish this Christmas. Stephanie Villahermosa,…

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Today’s young people prefer meaningful experiences over material possessions, and Travelogue by MyEventology makes it easier to grant them their wish this Christmas.

Stephanie Villahermosa, MyEventology project director, said one good gift for millennials is that of travel.

“Material things will break, be forgotten, or become obsolete,” she cited, adding that beautiful memories last a lifetime.

Travelogue schedule

With MyEventology’s Travelogue, which is happening from December 16-18, 2016 at SM Seaside City Cebu, Christmas gifts can come in the form of airline tickets, hotel or resort stays, sunset and other cruises, wellness voucher, or even domestic and international tour packages, Villahermosa added.

Travelogue

GIFT OF TRAVEL. With Travelogue, you can give as Christmas gifts airline tickets, hotel or resort stays, sunset and other cruises, wellness voucher, or even domestic and international tour packages, said MyEventology project director Stephanie Villahermosa.

The three-day travel expo will have over 40 exhibitors showcasing the different attractions and destinations in the Philippines and other countries.

Bluewater Resorts, Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel, Kandaya Resort, Be Resorts, Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa are among the Travelogue exhibitors.

Gift of travel

Villahermosa said Travelogue, coined from travel in a catalogue, provides a lot of options for travel as a Christmas gift. Packages will be for travel on the peak months from January to June in 2017.

“How can you give someone the gift of travel and place it under a tree? Some tips: make sure the gift is open-dated and that it can be changed,” she said.

International destinations on sale during Travelogue will include tour packages to Taiwan, China, Dubai, Europe, and the Middle East from partner travel agencies.

SM Seaside PR Officer Jasmine Vailoces talks about the event that will be held in their mall.

SM Seaside PR Officer Jasmine Vailoces talks about the event that will be held in their mall.

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BPI Family Auto Madness back in Davao, Cebu

BPI Family Savings Bank is again set to help fulfill every Filipino’s dream of getting their own car as it brings the second wave of mall-based Auto Madness sorties to…

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BPI Family Savings Bank is again set to help fulfill every Filipino’s dream of getting their own car as it brings the second wave of mall-based Auto Madness sorties to the cities of Davao and Cebu this week.

The Davao leg will be held from Nov. 10-13 at the Abreeza Mall, while the Cebu event is scheduled to run from Nov. 11-13 in Ayala Center Cebu.

BPI Auto Madness

Last year’s BPI Auto Madness event.

BPI Family Auto Loan

Davaoenos and Cebuanos who dream of having their own cars get the chance to make it happen at the BPI Family Auto Madness, as BPI Family Savings Bank brings the car buying experience closer to everyone.

There are 20 car models to choose from all under one roof.

Owning your dream car is also made affordable through special rates and exclusive deals from BPI Family Auto Loan and partner car dealers.

Financial advice

BPI Family Auto Loan enables you one to own your dream car the soonest possible time through expert financial advice from BPI Family Loan Advisors present in any of the BPI Family Auto Madness sites, fast and easy application process, and affordable monthly payment terms.

With BPI Family Auto Madness, Davaoeno and Cebuano families may find the best way to make this Christmas season meaningful and complete.

For more details about BPI Family Auto Loan, visit bpiloans.com. (Press Release)

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SM City Consolacion lights tree to mark Christmas season

A love story for the ages highlighted SM City Consolacion’s tree lighting ceremony last Sunday, November 6, 2016, to mark the start of the festive Christmas season in Cebu. Dancers…

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A love story for the ages highlighted SM City Consolacion’s tree lighting ceremony last Sunday, November 6, 2016, to mark the start of the festive Christmas season in Cebu.

Dancers recreated the soldier and ballerina’s happy ending in a Castle of Magic put up as backdrop to the huge Christmas tree that now dominates the Event Center of SM City Consolacion.

Toy soldiers and graceful ballerinas wowed the crowd with their performance shortly before the Christmas tree lit up with a myriad of colors.

Castle of Magic

“Christmas is a season filled with colors, lights, and a whole lot of happiness. This year, we are adding a whimsical touch to the most awaited time of the year through our Castle of Magic,” said SM City Consolacion assistant mall manager Estrella I. Wamilda.

Scenic lights placed around the Event Center and elevator add to the festive spirit of the season.

To spread the Christmas joy and cheer as widely as possible, SM Consolacion also launched the Bears of Joy.

SM City Consolacion Christmas

Dancers perform to mark the start of the Christmas season in SM City Consolacion.

Bears of Joy

Shoppers who buy a Bears of Joy set for P200 get to keep one bear and donate the other to SM Consolacion’s children beneficiaries from the Nangka Daycare Center.

“The Christmas celebration wouldn’t be complete without sharing the love this holiday. Let us continue to support SM Bears of Joy to make more children happy this Christmas,” explained Wamilda.

The Bears of Joy booth is located at the Atrium, located at the ground level of SM City Consolacion.

December events

To make the Christmas season more magical for everyone, SM Consolacion will hold the following events for the rest of the year:

Santa’s Station
Santa meet and greet all throughout the Saturdays and Sundays of December.

Jingle Jangle
Listen to special renditions of popular Christmas melodies every Tuesdays of December.

Christmas Theatre
Watch a musical that portrays the story of Christmas on December 21.

Parade of Spectacle
Don’t miss SM’s most awaited Christmas Parade on December 25.

Bears of Joy
Buy a set for P200 and share one with a kid in need. Promo ongoing from November 4 to December 25, 2016.

Treats for Tots
Enjoy special offers on toys and kid’s apparel from November 4, 2016 to January 8, 2017.

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Magnum Cebu lets you “Make Your Own Magnum”

Magnum ice cream, the brand synonymous with Belgian chocolate indulgence, will open its newest Pleasure Store in SM Seaside City Cebu on November 17 for a limited time. The Magnum…

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Magnum ice cream, the brand synonymous with Belgian chocolate indulgence, will open its newest Pleasure Store in SM Seaside City Cebu on November 17 for a limited time.

The Magnum Pleasure Store is a global concept of a place where people can enjoy the ultimate Belgian chocolate experience of making their own Magnum bar with personalized flavors, coatings, toppings and sprinklings.

In the country, it is currently available in SM Mall of Asia but will soon be in Magnum Cebu.

Magnum Cebu

MAKE YOUR OWN MAGNUM BAR. Choose from an array of coatings and toppings to make your own Magnum bar.

Magnum flavors, toppings

Magnum Cebu will offer mall-goers an array of rich Belgian chocolate flavors and exciting premium toppings to create truly unique Magnum bars.

Magnum Pleasure Store will be located at the upper ground floor of the Mountain Wing of SM Seaside City Cebu, right across Starbucks. Keeping true to the pop-up store concept, Magnum Cebu will be open for a limited time.

“Be sure to enjoy a blissfully delicious signature Magnum bar for P120 before it lands in a different city,” the company said.

Magnum Cebu promo

At the counter, people will select a “naked” Magnum bar of silky Vanilla or rich Chocolate ice cream as well as a Belgian chocolate coat among white, milk or dark chocolate. Next, the coated Magnum bar is sprinkled with toppings that range from classics like marshmallows or crunch balls; special and luxurious toppings like freeze-dried raspberries or pistachios; or adventurous toppings like chili or sea salt flakes. Finally, the creation is drizzled with a choice of white, milk or dark chocolate, and the store’s Pleasure Maker will top it off with an M coin.

Magnum Cebu

Magnum Cebu will open in SM Seaside City on November 17.

From November 17 to November 27, the first 50 customers to show up daily with a Magnum Cebu photo will have the chance to indulge in a free Make Your Own Magnum bar. All they need to do is visit Magnum Cebu and share the promo photo found on Magnum PH’s Facebook page to claim their prize.

Customers can also look forward to catching a glimpse of their favorite Magnum Cebu ambassadors during the store opening.

On top of these, Magnum Cebu will also launch new limited edition toppings consumers can add to their favorite bar. (Press release)

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Megaworld offers special Halloween treat at The Mactan Newtown with 1st-ever outdoor movie cinema in Cebu

This Halloween, scream all you can at the series of spine-tingling, hair-raising horror flicks at the first-ever outdoor movie cinema at The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City. Dubbed as “Fright…

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This Halloween, scream all you can at the series of spine-tingling, hair-raising horror flicks at the first-ever outdoor movie cinema at The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City.

Dubbed as “Fright Night,” the Newtown Outdoor Cinema will feature three of the all-time best horror movies this coming October 30 (Sunday), from 5 pm onwards.

The Newtown Outdoor Cinema is Cebu’s first-ever outdoor cinema open to the public, which is located beside The Mactan Alfresco. This will offer a new experience for the family and friends to celebrate Halloween, the company said.

Biggest business, tourism hub

Aside from the free outdoor cinema, The Mactan Newtown brings a plethora of exciting spooky adventures and fun activities day and night for the Halloween celebration this year. This 30-hectare township with a beach is poised to be the biggest business and tourism hub in Central Visayas that imbibes Megaworld’s phenomenal Live-Work-Play-Learn concept.

What’s new is that the beach, the 11.5-hectare beachfront property area of The Mactan Newtown is now open to the public and can let you enjoy water activities such as Stand Up Paddling, Jet Skis, Banana Boat and more, or relax with family and friends while appreciating the white sand shores and unparalleled views of the Hilutungan Channel and Magellan Bay. Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., you can already have a fun day under the sun for only P150 on weekdays and P199 on weekends.

The Mactan Newtown

OUTDOOR CINEMA. The Newtown Outdoor Cinema located in The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City will feature three of the all-time best horror movies this coming October 30, from 5 pm onwards. It is the 1st-ever outdoor movie cinema in Cebu.

Where to go in Mactan Newtown

Guests and visitors can also visit The Mactan Alfresco, which is the newest dining hub in Mactan that offers a myriad of delectable food finds, which are unique to the island. Patterned after Singapore’s hawker centers, The Mactan Alfresco gives diners a whole new way of experiencing at the world-famous Cebu lechon with its very own Lechon Pit that opens until 10 p.m. There are also live colorful performances every weekend at the area where it showcases the best Cebuano culture and tradition.

After a movie marathon, you can have some downtime along or with someone at the slew of coffee shops inside the township. The Civet Coffee, located at the ground floor of Manulife Tower, has a different ambiance. It is a mainstream coffee shop but with a homey feel with grey tile flooring, wooden furniture and warm lights.

Beside the Coffee shop is Mister Donut which also offers affordable coffee blend in the neighborhood. If you need a quick stop to eat, McDonald’s and 7/11 store are also there where you can have your own comfort food.

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Showing at the Newtown Outdoor Cinema are three highly-rated picks:

It

Based on a 1986 horror novel by great master of horror fiction Stephen King, “It” is a mind-boggling classic film, set in a fictitious town of Derry, Maine, which follows the experience of seven children as they are being terrorized by unknown shape-shifting being (referred to simply as eponymous “It”), which often appears to be as Pennywise The Clown.

The Ring

The Ring is a 2002 American supernatural psychological horror film based on the novel of Koji Suzuki. The plot revolves around the urban legend of a cursed videotape, which victimizes anyone in a week after viewing it. This highest grossing film is famous for its bizarre and haunting image of a white lady with long black hair that lurks out the television set.

The Purge

In order to stabilize the American society, a new government was formed and the new founding fathers declared to hold an annual 12-hour event known as “The Purge,” wherein all crime including murder becomes legal while emergency and law enforcement services are shut down. The Purge is the first of the three American dystopian horror films written and directed by James DeMonaco. (Press Release)

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Cafe Marco celebrates Indian cuisine in culinary event Khana

Cafe Marco highlights the cuisine of Incredible India as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu pays homage to the Indian Festival of Lights Diwali through the culinary celebration “Khana.” Last year’s Khana…

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Cafe Marco highlights the cuisine of Incredible India as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu pays homage to the Indian Festival of Lights Diwali through the culinary celebration “Khana.”

Last year’s Khana favorites and new creations are available on top of the regular Cafe Marco lunch and dinner buffet until October 30, 2016 in a food exploration that seeks to satisfy the palate and explain Indian cuisine.

Marco Polo Cebu Khana Indian Cuisine spices

MOUND OF SPICES. Spices play an integral role in Indian cuisine. Café Marco is serving favorite Indian dishes on top of its regular international lunch and dinner buffet spread until October 30.

Indian dishes

Marco Polo Cebu brings back such Indian dishes as chili pakoora, samusa, palak paneer, pulao biryani, fish marsala, prawns kebab and adds new fare like pawa soup (goat leg), chana dal (lentils), mon dal, dai puree, and much more in the Cafe Marco lunch or dinner buffet.

Judeline L. Murjani, a Cebuana married to an Indian national and the mother of former Miss Cebu Namrata Neesha, has been Marco Polo Cebu’s consultant for Khana. She worked with Marco Polo Cebu’s culinary team to come up with the Indian menu for the culinary event.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana chicken kebabs

Chicken kebabs.

At the launch of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s culinary journey Khana last Tuesday, October 25, she showed guests how to best eat “puri.”

You create a small hole on top of this deep-fried unleavened bread and fill it with lentils and chutney or whatever suits your fancy before eating it.

Marco Polo culinary tradition

“Marco Polo has this tradition of bringing in the flavors from different parts of the world,” said said Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Julie Najar said during the opening last Tuesday.

“Mrs. Murjani has excelled this year in bringing in the spices and all the different cuisines from appetizers to desserts. I am very excited to have this year present her extraordinary cuisine,” Najar added.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana chicken biryani

Chicken biryani.

Other Indian dishes on the menu: shahi paneer, chicken biryani, goan fish curry, chicken mulligatawny, lamb kebab or lamb vindaloo, sheik kebab and tandori, dosas with chatni, sambal and parata.

Satisfy your sweet cravings with desserts like gulab jamun, apple jalebi, rabri, kolfi, rose ice cream, and falooda.

Couldn’t wait to start sampling Indian cuisine? Call Marco Polo Cebu office at (+6332) 253 1111 Local 8249 or Manila office at (+632) 887 1263 for inquiries and reservations.

 

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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine Julie Najar

MARCO POLO TRADITION. Julie Najar, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager, talks about their culinary tradition during the opening of Khana.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine apple chutney

Apple chutney

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine

Rosewater panna cotta and carrot halva.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine chicken tandoori salad

Chicken tandoori salad.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine

Colored rice provide an accent to the food spread.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine

Couscous with Indian spice.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine

Desserts.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine falooda

Falooda, a delicious Indian dessert.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine Judeline Murjani

Culinary consultant Judeline Murjani lights up candles at the rangoli to mark the opening of Khana.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine kebabs

Roast chicken and lamb and chicken kebabs.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine Lentil bread

Lentil bread

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine lime chutney

Lime chutney

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine puri

PURI. You break a hole on these puri and then fill it with lentils and chutney.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine rangoli

RANGOLI. The colorful installation at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lobby.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine rosewater ice cream.

Rosewater ice cream.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine desserts

DESSERT PLATE. Rosewater panna cotta and other Indian desserts.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine Sandiego dancers

Sandiego Dancers perform during the opening of Khana.

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NBS Color and Calligraphy Fair Cebu: Coloring, calligraphy materials, tutorials

A woman’s face, a veil covering her hair and part of her face, began to emerge from the black pad of Dr. Nanette N. Catigbe, as she put chalk to…

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A woman’s face, a veil covering her hair and part of her face, began to emerge from the black pad of Dr. Nanette N. Catigbe, as she put chalk to paper stroke by stroke at the ongoing National Bookstore Color and Calligraphy Fair Cebu in SM City Cebu.

It was ordinary chalk, she told her amazed audience, similar to the cylindrical short stubs teachers used in school but turned into a drawing tool.

Catigbe said she loves Stabilo’s CarbOthello chalk-pastel colored pencils because they’re so easy to use and blend.

Stabilo Color and Calligraphy Fair Cebu

STABILO. Dr. Nanette Catigbe (right) draws a portrait using Stabilo’s CarbOthello chalk-pastel colored pencils, saying it is so easy to use and blend.

The Stabilo brand is just one of the many exhibitors at the NBS Color and Calligraphy Fair Cebu, which is ongoing today and tomorrow at the Northwing Atrium of SM City Cebu.

Coloring and drawing pens, colored and mechanical pencils, water colors, a range of markers, and paper products for drawing, coloring, and calligraphy from such brands as Caran D’ Ache, Sennelier, Chameleon, Stabilo, Pilot, Sakura, Marvy, Uni, Titus, Faber-Castell, Dong-A, Fabriano and Acquarello are on display and being sold at the fair. Some of these products are only available at National Bookstore. They can be bought at NBS even after the fair.

Uni Color and Calligraphy Fair Cebu

UNI. Joseph Aquino, national sales manager of Lopell Marketing, demonstrates the many innovations of Uni, including liquid chalk markers and white colored gel pens, a power tank pen that can write underwater, smoothest pen called the Jetstream, and an anti-check washing pen.

Calligraphy, coloring activities

The activities today, October 22, focus on calligraphy while Sunday ‘s events will revolve around coloring, said National Bookstore public relations and social media officer JB Roperos.

On Saturday, events included a live mural event, calligraphy demos by Limelight, Marvy Uchida, Uni Ball Air, Zig Kuretake, Fabriano, and Faber-Castell, creative lettering by Stabilo, blackletter demo by Pilot, emboss flourishing by Zig Kuretake and Tsukineko, and brush marker demo by Sakura.

Marvy Uchida Color and Calligraphy Fair Cebu

MARVY UCHIDA. May Janine Ferrano, brand manager of Marvy Uchida, demonstrates the use of their products on fabric by designing on a tote bag.

Sunday’s activities will include Sakura Koi watercolor set demo, Uni Ball Signo Broad and Angelic Colors demo, Marvy Uchida tote bag demo, Stabilo chalk pastel portrait rendering, Zig Kuretake watercolor botanicals, Caran D’ Ache Museum Aquarelle and Chameleon demo, Limelight Noteworthy journaling demo, Sharpie-dyed tote bag demo, and Titus pens doodling.

Admission is free, and guests get a chance to win special prizes by completing a nine-stamp coupon simply by visiting the booths.

Sennelier Color and Calligraphy Fair Cebu

SENNELIER. Pher Mendoza, brand manager of National Bookstore, shows bloggers and lifestyle writers Sennelier products, which they exclusively distribute in the Philippines.

Art materials, brands

Pher Mendoza, brand manager of National Bookstore, said they are the official seller of the Sennelier products in the Philippines. They also carry the Swiss brand Caran D’ Ache, which carries felt-tip and water-soluble pens, permanent markers, and an artist line of materials called Pablo because these products were used by that great master Picasso.

At the Pilot booth, brand staff showed off new products and bestsellers like the parallel pens for Gothic calligraphy and G-Tec-C4 pens, which are now produced in several colors.

May Janine Ferrano, brand manager of Marvy Uchida, said they have materials for drawing, calligraphy, and fabric marking. Their acrylic pen markers can be used on fabric, wood, glass, and ceramics.

Color and Calligraphy Fair Cebu

SHARPIE. You save if you buy it as a set.

Writing, paper products

Uni innovations, meanwhile, now span a wide range of products. Joseph Aquino, national sales manager of Lopell Marketing, said they’re the only brand with liquid chalk markers and white colored gel pens, which come in extra or standard white, a power tank pen that can write underwater, smoothest pen called the Jetstream, and an anti-check washing pen. The ink won’t disappear even when it is soaked in a chemical mixture.

Among the paper products are brands carried by Prestige Paper Products and Limelight. Lovely Yap said they distribute the Fabriano and Acquarello brands in the Philippines. Their specialty is paper for different art mediums and they both have white and black sketch pads. Limelight sells sketchbooks of acid-free cream paper and polyurethane cover.

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Dong-A Color and Calligraphy Fair Cebu

DONG-A. The writing brand now offers more choices of colors.

 

Caran D’ Ache Pablo Color and Calligraphy Fair Cebu

Caran D’ Ache Pablo for the artists. The line is named after Pablo Picasso.

 

Acquarello Color and Calligraphy Fair Cebu

Acquarello. Their specialty is paper for different art mediums and they both have white and black sketch pads.

 

Faber-Castell Color and Calligraphy Fair Cebu

Faber-Castell. This set contains 120 color pencils.

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7 ways to support fight vs. breast cancer: Ayala Center Cebu shows you how

Ayala Center Cebu celebrates wellness this Pink October, now on on its 8th year, as it takes the first steps in promoting healthy living with “Think Pink, Live Pink.” The…

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Ayala Center Cebu celebrates wellness this Pink October, now on on its 8th year, as it takes the first steps in promoting healthy living with “Think Pink, Live Pink.” The first mall to embrace the cause, Ayala Center Cebu is giving everyone a chance to help raise awareness and support hundreds of breast cancer patients nationwide this Pink October.

1) Have your car washed

Contribute to the pink cause by having your car washed at the Basement Parking this month. In partnership with NDG Valet Innovators & Specialists, a portion of every car wash during Pink October goes to the ICanServe Foundation. Coupons are available at the main mall concierge and start at P170 for compact cars with P70 out of each carwash fee going to the beneficiary.

2) Catch an exhibit

From October 1 to 15, revel in a showcase of pink apparel from Plains & Prints, a nationwide campaign in collaboration with Rhett Eala, Rajo Laurel, Randy Ortiz, Maureen Disini and Vania Romoff. Dedicated to help raise awareness and defeat breast cancer, “The Heart of Fashion Capsule Collection” is at Rotunda 2, fronting Marcella. From October 17 to 28 at Rotunda 1, The Department of Trade and Industry presents “Pink Exhibit”, a display of local handicrafts with 18 participating exhibitors for the benefit of ICanServe Foundation Inc.

Ayala Center Cebu Think Pink3) Try out a new treat

Get special discounts on the featured beverage or dessert in select restaurants from October 14 to 31, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. This campaign encourages partners to support the cause and help raise breast cancer awareness by adding a pink treat to their menu.

4) Get in the pink of health

On all Wednesdays and Fridays of October, join the Pink Zumba movement with the Cebu Zumba Instructors Network at the Terraces from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All proceeds of the P50 donation will go to ICanServe Foundation Inc. On Sunday, October 16, the annual Pink October Run will kick off at the Cebu Business Park at 5:30 a.m. Interested participants may register at the Think Pink desk located at the Active Zone near Krispy Kreme. Registration fee is P350 for the 3k, 6k and 12k distances. This is organized by The Philippine College of Surgeons – Cebu Eastern Visayas Chapter, and Philippine Society of General Surgeons Cebu – Eastern Visayas in cooperation with the ICanServe Foundation Inc., Rotary Club of Cebu Fuente, Rotaract Club of Cebu Fuente, Ayala Center Cebu, and Cebu Business Park. On Saturday, October 22, Crossfit Pintados, an all-in-one fitness center offering crossfit classes and mixed martial arts will hold a fitness competition that supports the breast cancer awareness campaign during mall hours at The Terraces. A part of their proceeds from the event will be donated to the ICanServe Foundation Inc.

5) Learn how to style a wig or donate your hair for a cause

Delight in a beauty and glamour workshop dedicated to people wearing wigs as Quota International of Cebu presents an afternoon of fun involving a talk on how to style your wigs with makeup artist and speaker Jessie Glova. Cancer survivors and wig owners are welcome to join the workshop on Thursday, October 20, 6 p.m. at The Gallery. The first 50 guests will receive a special giveaway. Bridges Salon will also be conducting free haircuts for those who wish to donate their hair to cancer survivors.

6) Get checked

Early detection is key. Together with its beneficiary, the ICanServe Foundation Inc., Ayala Center Cebu will be conducting the “Pink Check”, a breast-screening procedure and ob-gyne consultation for free at the Family Lounge on the 3rd level of the mall’s expansion on all Fridays of October from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

7) Celebrate Life

Learn more about health and good lifestyle changes at Cinema 1 on Saturday, October 29, 9:30 a.m. Before heading out to the forum, a Zumba session at 6 a.m. at The Terraces will take place. Apart from these events and activities, Ayala Center Cebu also held an informative talk on early detection and cancer prevention last October 1 at Cinema 1. The event was in partnership with the Philippine College of Surgeons, the ICanServe Foundation Inc., Rotary Club of Cebu Fuente, and Rotaract Club of Cebu Fuente. Join the Pink October movement to help in the fight against breast cancer at the region’s premier lifestyle destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. For the latest updates and promotions, like Ayala Center Cebu at www.facebook.com/AyalaCebu and follow @AyalaCenterCebu on Twitter and Instagram. For more information, contact the Ayala Concierge hotline at 231-5342 to 44 local 324 or 266-2535. (Press release)

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SM City Consolacion packs 3-day sale with discounts, promos, prizes

Shop and enjoy 70 percent off on great finds at SM City Consolacion’s 3-day sale and get a chance to win a Suzuki Celerio. The mallwide sale will run from…

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Shop and enjoy 70 percent off on great finds at SM City Consolacion’s 3-day sale and get a chance to win a Suzuki Celerio.

The mallwide sale will run from September 16-18, 2016.

Get one raffle ticket for every P1,000 single or accumulated purchase from any mall establishment throughout the sale for a chance to win great prizes.

A customer gets double raffle coupons on the Saturday and Sunday of the sale period. Customers may download and present the SM mobile app to get two raffle coupons.

Raffle draw is on September 18, 10 p.m., at the Event Centre and deadline of submission of raffle stubs is at 9:45 p.m. of the same day.

SM Consolacion sale

Mystery Bag promo

The first 30 shoppers who can present a single or accumulated receipt worth P5,000 get a chance to go on a shopping spree by winning win gift certificates and other special items through the Mystery Bag promo.

They only need to present their receipt at the redemption area located near the backstage of the Event Centre during mall hours on September 17.

Free Jollibee yum

The first 100 customers within the 3-day sale period also get free snacks courtesy of Jollibee. They only need to claim their free Jollibee yum at the Event Centre.

Visit SM City Consolacion from September 16-18 to enjoy a shopping experience packed with promos and discounts.

The mall is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on September 16 and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on September 17 and 18, 2016. For event details and more updates, please call 2600132 or like SM City Consolacion (Official) on Facebook.

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Look: huge discounts on luggage, bags, shoes, shirts in Primer Group bodega sale

From Delsey, World Traveler and Victorinox luggage sold at more than 50% off to casual, sports and running shoes and even backpacks and messenger bags sold at the same discounted…

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From Delsey, World Traveler and Victorinox luggage sold at more than 50% off to casual, sports and running shoes and even backpacks and messenger bags sold at the same discounted rate, the Primer Group bodega sale offers huge discounts to shoppers.

The Primer Group of Companies, a distributor of top consumer brands, is holding a bodega sale at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino starting today and until August 28. The sale offers discounts of up to 80% off on such brands as Timbuk2, Delsey, Fitflop, Flossy, Tumi, JanSport, Columbia, Herschel, DC, The North Face, Hedgren, Quiksilver, Roxy, O’neill, Volcom and many more.

Primer bodega sale

BAGS, SHOES, SHIRTS. The Primer Group of Companies is offering huge discounts on their products in a bodega sale that opens today, August 25.

Yesterday, the bodega sale was opened to media, partners and other guests of the company. The MyCebu.ph team was among those invited to the early sale and boy did we spot some great bargains. We got a family-sized World Traveler luggage (good for 20 kilos, the attendant told us) for P3,600 from the original price of P7,990. There was a great looking Delsey luggage for P7,000 from the original price of P12,000.

One of the boxes placed on the floor contains a trove of Timbuk2 laptop bags, messenger bags and backpacks. Most are discounted 50% or even higher. There were also great finds among the Hedgren bags. Shirts, shorts and other athletic apparel are sold with a huge slash of the prices, some up to 80% off.

In footwear, there are great deals among the displayed pairs of The North Face, Salomon and Fitflops. Although the sale is on until August 28, you are better off heading there as soon as it opens today at 10 a.m., the bargains are such that people are sure to flock to the place, what with word about the huge discounts spreading quickly.

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Primer bodega sale

BODEGA SALE. The Primer Group of Companies bodega sale is located in Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.

 

Primer bodega sale

LUGGAGE. From Delsey to Victorinox to World Traveler, you can spot items sold up to half the price at the bodega sale.

 

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Luggage options.

 

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Sakroots bags on sale.

 

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Beautiful leather pouch by Tumi.

 

Primer bodega sale.

TIMBUK2 BAGS. If you’re looking for a laptop bag, backpack or even a messenger bag, head to this pile of Timbuk2 bags first. These stocks won’t be there long.

 

Runners would love this hydration belt on sale.

Runners would love this hydration belt on sale.

 

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Outdoor backpacks. These are padded.

 

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Footwear options.

 

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Discounted The North Face shoes.

 

These luggage are sold at a discounted price of P3,000.

These luggage are sold at a discounted price of P3,000.

 

Bags, carry-ons on sale.

Bags, carry-ons on sale.

 

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Water bottles.

 

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Fitflop pairs.

 

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Ladies’ bags.

 

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More bags.

 

Primer bodega sale.

Timbuk2 laptop bags.

 

Timbuk2 backpacks sold at a huge discount.

Timbuk2 backpacks sold at a huge discount.

 

Primer bodega sale.

Messenger bags. Hedgren and Timbuk2 messenger bags.

 

Primer bodega sale.

Bags, trolleys, carry-ons.

 

Primer bodega sale.

Shirts, rash guards, t-shirts, shorts, bikinis, and sportswear.

 

Primer Group bodega sale

BODEGA SALE. Top Primer Group consumer brands sold on discounts of up to 80% off.

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Col Financial to hold investment summit in Cebu, CDO, Davao, Manila

COL Financial, the Philippines’ most trusted online stockbroker, and SM Investments Corporation, the largest Filipino conglomerate, will be sharing secrets to investing success in this month’s “SMart Investing – COL’s…

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COL Financial, the Philippines’ most trusted online stockbroker, and SM Investments Corporation, the largest Filipino conglomerate, will be sharing secrets to investing success in this month’s “SMart Investing – COL’s 2016 Wealth Building Summit for the Filipino Investor.”

By joining the free summit, Filipinos can increase their financial literacy and find out what it takes to invest their way into financial security and independence.

Stock market investing, mutual funds

SMart Investing will kickstart this journey toward financial literacy on August 22 in Cebu, at the Radisson Blu Hotel from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The summit continues on August 23 in Cagayan de Oro for a 12:00 pm afternoon session at the Pryce Plaza Hotel. The last two days of the summit will be in Davao on August 25 in SM Lanang Premier, and in Manila on August 27 at SMX Mall of Asia, from 8:30am to 5:00pm on both days.

Learn about stock market investing in the Philippines and discover how to grow your portfolio by investing in mutual funds. Hear from an impressive team of financial experts, including COL Financial chairman and founder Edward Lee, COL fund expert Marvin Fausto, and the top fund houses of the Philippines: ATR Asset Management, First Metro Asset Management, Philam Asset Management, PhilEquity Management, and Sun Life Management.

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Col Financial market briefing

Participants will also be able to sit in on COL’s mid-year market briefing in the afternoon session, spearheaded by COL head of research April Lee Tan and COL chief technical analyst Juan Barredo. In addition, each day’s activities will close with a panel discussion with investment experts and representatives from SM Investments, BDO, and SM Prime, followed by an exclusive Q&A session.

For more information on this event, visit the official Facebook page of COL Financial or register for the event at http://bit.ly/COLsmartinvesting. (Press Release)

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Bibendum Wine Cellars opens at The Tinder Box

Cebu deserves fine quality wine and Bibendum Wines aims to provide Cebuanos access to a wide selection of French, American, and New World bottles with the recent opening of another…

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Cebu deserves fine quality wine and Bibendum Wines aims to provide Cebuanos access to a wide selection of French, American, and New World bottles with the recent opening of another branch in the wine cellar of The Tinder Box.

Margaret Taylor, Bibendum Wines proprietor, said they carry a range of reasonably priced to very expensive bottles from such countries as France, USA, Spain, Australia, and South Africa for that everyday glass or important occasion.

“Cebu deserves the same quality of wine as Manila. We have the largest selection in the Visayas and Mindanao. I’m quite proud to say we also have a collection of expensive wines. Our wines are quite good because we store them carefully,” she said.

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Bibendum Wine Cellars. The new branch is located at The Tinder Box in Banilad.

Bibendum Wine Cellars

Bibendum is able to maintain the exemplary quality of wines they import by utilizing refrigerated containers and climate-controlled facilities, including vinecaves, all throughout the shipping and storing process, according to Taylor’s son Hans Eulenhofer.

Bibendum Wines has been the go-to shop for fine wines in Central and Southern Philippines since 2012. Aside from a store at Streetscape on Maria Luisa Road that opened in early 2016, the Bibendum Wine Cellars at The Tinder Box in Banilad is now open as well.

Bibendum Wine Cellars The Tinder Box

QUALITY WINES. Bibendum Wines made it easy for people to pick their wines by providing a point system and brief descriptions.

With so many kinds to choose from, it might seem a bit daunting to pick the perfect bottle. Taylor said they’ve made it easy by providing a point system and brief descriptions. Bibendum Wines places the ratings by professional wine critics beneath the wine bottles.

“Everything is labelled. Anything with rating of over 85 is very good and over 90, super excellent. We’ve arranged our wines by sector to make it easy for our customers,” she said.

Best-selling wines

There are shelves of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rose, and Riesling, to name a few. A great selection of quality wine falls within the P350-P550 price range, added Taylor.

According to Taylor, the Margaux, priced over P40,000, and Bordeaux wines are among the most expensive in the Bibendum Wines collection.

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NEW WINE CELLAR. Bibendum Wines proprietor Margaret Taylor (left) and son Hans Eulenhofer talks about wines in a press preview of their cellar at The Tinder Box.

Eulenhofer said their best-selling wines are of the Haussmann and Kressmann brands. “These are wine houses in France and they carry different varieties. What makes them popular is the consistent taste of their wines. The taste profile is the same year on year,” he said.

Taylor said Cebuanos also love the Riesling by the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery.

Bibendum Wine Cellars The Tinder Box

PRE-CHILLED. Customers can buy pre-chilled wine to take home with them or to a party.

Enomatic machine

Eulenhofer said customers can either purchase wine to take home with them or to a party, or they can buy a glass or bottle to enjoy at The Tinder Box.

They can also buy by the glass at the Bibendum Wines Cellars through the enomatic machine, which has up to 12 different kinds available.

Bibendum Wine Cellars The Tinder Box

BY THE GLASS. Customers can buy wines by the glass through their enomatic machine that serves these.

Bibendum Wines also accept orders for weekend baskets that come with assorted cold cuts, cheeses, and pre-chilled bottles of wine that customers can take with them on their picnic or island hopping trip. It also delivers right to a customer’s doorstep through Food Panda or its website at www.bibendumwines.com.

Bibendum Wine Cellars at The Tinder Box is open Sunday-Thursday from 8 am to 11 pm and Friday-Saturday from 8 am to 12 midnight. Bibendum Wines at the 2nd floor of Streetscape on Maria Luisa Road, Paseo Saturnino is open daily from 10 am to 11 pm. For product and membership inquiries, you can call (032) 266 6888 or visit www.bibendumwines.com.

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Chef Tang whips up Chinese lauriat feast at Cafe Marco

From the cold cuts and native chicken soup to the baked lobster with noodles and steamed shrimp meat and scallop ball, Chef Tang’s Chinese Lauriat table served one scrumptious dish…

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From the cold cuts and native chicken soup to the baked lobster with noodles and steamed shrimp meat and scallop ball, Chef Tang’s Chinese Lauriat table served one scrumptious dish after another at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Cafe Marco.

In a special kind of culinary event, Marco Polo Changzhou executive Chinese chef Tang Chi Wai visited Cebu to whip up his specialties from Canton, Sichuan, and Huai Yang.

Chef Tang’s dishes are available at the Cafe Marco buffet or through the special Chinese Lauriat table at the restaurant’s private rooms as Marco Polo Plaza holds Changzhou Good: A Chinese Culinary Journey from July 13-16, 2016.

Baked lobster Cafe Marco Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Baked Lobster with Noodles in Superior Soup.

Chef Tang’s Chinese Lauriat table

Chef Tang’s Chinese Lauriat table features 10 courses, including starters and dessert, for only P2,400 per person. It can accommodate two groups of 10 and 12 for lunch and dinner.

Speaking through interpreter Shirley Sia, Chef Tang said his dishes are inspired and influenced by the rich culinary culture of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China. Tang was born in Hong Kong, stayed for a time in Taiwan before making China his home for 19 years now.

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Chef Tang’s Chinese Lauriat Table. Our lunch group of bloggers and newspaper columnists with Marco Polo Changzhou executive Chinese chef Tang Chi Wai (center).

Culinary influence

Chef Tang has more than 40 years of experience in Chinese cuisine and considers cooking as an art that combines taste, ingredients, custom, even time and emotions.

Aside from the Chinese Lauriat table, the Marco Polo Changzhou chef’s Chinese feast is also served at the Cafe Marco buffet on top of the regular spread until today, July 16. The Cafe Marco buffet rate is P1,099 for lunch and P1,395 for dinner.

 

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Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat cold cuts

Cold cuts. Chef Tang served 6 kinds of cold cuts.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat cold cuts.

Chicken cold cuts.

 

Cold cuts plate.

Seaweeds cold cuts.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat native chicken

Native chicken in young coconut water with young coconut meat.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat table baked lobster

Baked lobster with noodles in superior soup.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat table braised beef

Slow braised beef short ribs with spiced wine sauce.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat table wok-fried crab

Wok-fried Dungeness crab with ginger and leek.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat Table

Chef Tang’s Chinese Lauriat Table. Our lunch group comprised Marco Polo Plaza Cebu executives and local bloggers and newspaper writers.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat Table steamed garoupa

Steamed Garoupa fishball with egg and truffle sauce.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat Table scallops

Wok-fried scallops with asparagus in XO sauce.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat Table steamed shrimp

Steamed shrimp meat and scallop ball with egg skin.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat Table tiger prawn

Wok-fried tiger prawn with golden garlic sauce.

 

Chef Tang's Chinese Lauriat Table mango sago

Mango sago with a tasty wafer.

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PLDT HOME brings Regine Velasquez to Cebu

OPM or Original Pinoy Music and PLDT HOME ambassador Regine Velasquez is coming to Cebu to perform live via the widely popular Regine Concert Series. Powered by PLDT HOME, the…

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OPM or Original Pinoy Music and PLDT HOME ambassador Regine Velasquez is coming to Cebu to perform live via the widely popular Regine Concert Series.

Powered by PLDT HOME, the musical extravaganza is a show of gratitude from the country’s number one digital and multimedia services provider for the massive support of its customers throughout the years.

The concert series, which was extended for a second year due to its success, aims to help promote the Regine Telset Series—a set of limited edition landline phones available for only P99 per month—launched last year, with stocks running out fast as soon as it was made available to the public.

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PLDT HOME shows its love for Cebu by bringing the Regine Series experience to the Queen City of the South. In photo are Asia’s Songbird and PLDT HOME ambassador Regine Velasquez and PLDT VP and Home Marketing Director Gary Dujali.

Regine Concert Series

It kicked off last April 10 at SM Bacoor in Cavite, followed by another full house gig at SM City Pampanga. From one jam packed mall to another and in response to insistent public demand, the Regine Concert Series is finally on its way to the Queen City of the South for its much-awaited VisMin debut.

The Cebu leg will feature a 10-piece band helmed by award-winning musical director Raul Mitra, with a special performance by Your Face Sounds Familiar first runner-up Michael Pangilinan. Fans will be in for a free world-class musical treat on July 30 at 3 p.m. as the Asia’s Songbird performs well-loved hits at the SM Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu.

Regine Telsets

PLDT VP and Home Marketing Director Gary Dujali said, “The Regine Telsets, when bundled with PLDT HOME DSL, form the foundation of a digitally connected and smart home. PLDT HOME has been making it big in the hearts of Cebuano families, and we look forward to helping them forge the strongest connections with their families through powerful connections and world-class music.”

The Regine Concert Series is also scheduled for a Davao stopover on August 6.

For more information on the Regine Telset Series, visit pldthome.com/landline. (Press Release)

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More travel destinations on sale in bigger ITF 2016: organizers

More local and foreign destinations will go on sale this year at the 3rd International Travel Festival (ITF) that’s happening from July 15-17, 2016 at the Ayala Center Cebu in…

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More local and foreign destinations will go on sale this year at the 3rd International Travel Festival (ITF) that’s happening from July 15-17, 2016 at the Ayala Center Cebu in Cebu City.

MyEventology project director Stephanie Villahermosa said 102 exhibitors made up of a mix of tour operators, hotels and resorts, travel agencies, airlines, banks, and insurance agents have signed up for the third installment of ITF.

The event will showcase popular international destinations like Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei, and Japan as well as emerging travel spots such as Dubai and Australia, she added.

According to Villahermosa, what’s going to be different in Japan’s case is the increasing easy access to that country’s many gateways. Representatives from the Japan Travel Bureau (JTB) will also be present.

Almost all tourism offices of the different regions in the Philippines will be represented to make it easy for everyone to travel to their dream domestic destinations.

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3RD INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FESTIVAL. Organizers discuss the 3rd ITF happening on July 15 to 17 at the Ayala Center Cebu. In photo are MyEventology project director Stephanie Villahermosa (center) and Visayas Regional Office BPI Banking Division head Fe Emelyn Boltron Aleanar (right)

 

ITF 2016 exhibitors

Residents of Cebu and neighboring islands can expect discounted cruise and tour packages, airline seat sale, and resort and hotel room promos during the three-day ITF 2016.

Top hotels like Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, Montebello Villa Hotel, Cebu City Marriott Hotel, Radisson Blu Cebu, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, Seda Abreeza, and luxury resorts like Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark, Hennan Resort, and Bohol Beach Club are among the exhibitors.

Local and international airline companies will also join ITF 2016. Philippine Airlines (PAL) is MyEventology’s official partner but international airlines like Cathay Pacific, SilkAir, and Emirates will have their own selling booths.

Another ITF partner, BPI Cards, provides cardholders with a host of perks: from exclusive discounts on airfares and deals at partner airlines, hotels, and resorts to zero percent installment plans for purchases during the three-day travel fair.

3rd ITF Cebu

CANDIDATES. The 3rd ITF will also be holding a search for ITF Ambassadress.

 

Other ITF 2016 activities

As a precursor to the three-day event, MyEventology is holding the 2nd Cebu Travel Exchange this July 14 at Radisson Blu. The CTX is a business-to-business exchange among airline companies, hotels, resorts, and travel agencies. Representatives from several ASEAN countries, India, and the Middle East will be attending the event.

Other activities include the search for ITF Ambassadress, quiz bowl, and industry talks for tourism students from the different colleges and universities in Cebu.

Villahermosa said sales and visitor numbers have steadily increased since the first ITF in 2014, when exhibitors earned a total of P12 million in credit card sales. She added that the travel festival has truly become a successful venue for bringing together tourism stakeholders and consumers, she added.

Aside from having more exhibitors during ITF 2016, the travel fair will occupy a bigger space, including two Paseos aside from the Activity Center, come July 15-17.

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Wedding and debut exclusives in One Sweet Day at Marco Polo Plaza on June 18

What if we told you that Marco Polo Plaza can make your wedding and debut dreams come true? To all soon-to-be-wed couples and soon-to-be-debutantes, come up to Nivel Hills on…

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What if we told you that Marco Polo Plaza can make your wedding and debut dreams come true?

To all soon-to-be-wed couples and soon-to-be-debutantes, come up to Nivel Hills on June 18 and be part of One Sweet Day: A Day of Wedding & Debut Exclusives. This will be held at the newly-renovated Cebu Grand Ballroom where our Banquet Sales Team will be at your service from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Why are we calling it One Sweet Day? If you book your wedding or debut with us on this special day, you will get all the benefits of our well-crafted celebration packages, plus the added One Sweet Day advantage.

Marco Polo Plaza One Sweet Day

This includes a 20% discount on the celebration package price. You will also get to choose two more premium benefits from the following: waived corkage for wines and lechon, additional complimentary night’s stay before or after the event, a gift certificate for Chocolate Indulgence Spa treatment for two, in-room Champagne Breakfast during your hotel stay, waived clearing fee for your dessert buffet, or a gift certificate for an overnight stay with breakfast for two at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila.

This irresistible offer is only valid on June 18 with the following terms and conditions: a reservation fee of P30,000 should be paid on that day, this is valid only for new bookings, the wedding or debut must be in 2016 or 2017 and the benefits can only be availed upon confirmation and full payment on or before February 2017.

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Sweet things can happen in one sweet day. Allow our team of professional event specialists to help you make your dream celebration come true.

For more information, you can call (032) 253-1111 local 8109 or email bqt.ceb@marcopolohotels.com. For real time updates, like the Facebook page at facebook.com/marcopolocebu or follow on Twitter at @5StarInCebu. (Press release)

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Forever 21 to launch Style Insider in Cebu

Forever 21 is launching on June 8 in Cebu the Style Insider, a styling service that is the first of its kind from any high street brand in the Philippines….

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Forever 21 is launching on June 8 in Cebu the Style Insider, a styling service that is the first of its kind from any high street brand in the Philippines. The launch, happening in the Forever 21 store in the Northwing at SM City Cebu, will be hosted by model and TV host Mia Ali and will feature the styling prowess of Cebuano social media influencers Kym Maitland-Smith, Lance de Ocampo, Jean Yu, Toni Pino-Oca, and stylists Blaq Mafia.

Fashion blogger Kym Maitland-Smith of @kmaitlandsmith and styling team, Blaq Mafia, are each styling a 10-piece capsule collection that will be on display in the store. A collective comprised of Edward James Castro, Ching Villar, and Axel Que, Blaq Mafia has done styling for numerous magazine covers and fashion editorials.

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Forever 21 stylists in action. On June 8, Style Insider will be launched in Cebu.

On-the-spot styling

Bloggers Lance de Ocampo of LanceDeOcampo.com and the duo Jean Yu of LifeOnAFlavoredRunway.com and Toni Pino-Oca of PerfumedRedShoes.com will be doing on-the-spot styling for guests at the event.

Exciting gifts are also up for grabs courtesy of MasterCard. Shoppers can get a free golf umbrella or USB flash drive if they present a P2,000 single receipt purchase with their BDO F21 MasterCard or a free power bank for a P5,000 single receipt purchase with their BDO F21 MasterCard.

During the launch, Forever 21 will also give out one P21,000 shopping spree to be awarded to a raffle winner and Forever 21 gift cards worth P5,000 each to be awarded to two best-dressed guests. Customers who try the Forever 21 Style Insider service from June 8-11, 2016 will receive a 10% discount on a minimum purchase of P5,000 on regular-priced items.

Forever 21 Style insider

Easier shopping

Forever 21’s Style Insider is an all-inclusive personal styling and shopping service, offered for free and with no purchase requirement at all Forever 21 stores in the Philippines including its two stores in Cebu in SM City Cebu and SM Seaside Cebu. The service aims to make shopping an easier and more intuitive experience, with a unique touch from Forever 21’s in-house stylists.

The Style Insider service begins with a personalized consultation. The Forever 21 stylist then creates a Style Prescription outlining the customer’s body type and flattering fits and cuts for their shape. The Forever 21 stylist proceeds to curate pieces from Forever 21’s expansive collections to suit the prescription.

No more hunting for the right size, or searching for the perfect color, or being unsure if the latest trend is appropriate – Forever 21’s stylists do the hard work so you can enjoy a fuss-free and fun shopping experience.

Now, everybody can not only shop at Forever 21, they can be #StyledByForever21. (Press Release)

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PLDT Home offers connectivity bundle to AirBNB hosts

Being an AirBNB host is a great way to earn money, make friends, and get to meet people from different countries. Cristina Hoffman, who has listed her family’s Villa Busay…

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Being an AirBNB host is a great way to earn money, make friends, and get to meet people from different countries.

Cristina Hoffman, who has listed her family’s Villa Busay in Jardin de Busay with AirBNB, said all her guests have so far been wonderful. Hoffman was among those who shared their experiences as hosts at an event organized by AirBNB and PLDT Home at her luxury villa.

Since the first thing guests ask about when looking up a place to stay is Internet connection, PLDT Home provides a connectivity package for AirBNB hosts that’s replete with exclusive and special offers.

Pat Jose, PLDT Home product specialist, said a reliable Internet connection is now a big consideration among travellers.

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The view from Villa Busay, which you can rent through AirBnB.

PLDT Home bundle

This is why PLDT Home offers the AirBNB package that includes DSL connection at 50 percent off and comes with speed boosts for one whole year, free connection installation, free wi-fi modem, an option to add a Smart Bro pocket wifi plan with 1.7 Gigabytes of data for only P299 per month, and a two-year access to iFlix and Fox international channel.

“This is one of the best deals PLDT Home has especially put together for AirBNB hosts,” she added.

AirBNB hosts in Cebu said they love their experience with the listing company and appreciate the connectivity bundle being offered by PLDT Home.

PLDT Home subscribers, meanwhile, get a one-time P2,500 off for every P8,000 minimum booking at AirBNB.

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PLDT officials and AirBNB hosts during the media event. PLDT Home offers provides a connectivity package for AirBNB hosts that’s replete with exclusive and special offers.

Villa Busay

Hoffman, who described her property in Cebu City as her dream home, said she decided to have the villa listed on AirBNB as they currently live in Hong Kong.

Her property in Busay is a two-story villa that is built on side of a cliff. It has four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and an infinity pool with panoramic views of the metropolis.

The Hoffmans have been AirBNB hosts for over a year and the listing makes it easy for them to get villa guests.

AirBNB, which has around 1.5 million listings, has served some 60 million guests.

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The spectacular view from one of the rooms in Villa Busay.

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Jpark Island Resort holds room, buffet promo sale in Ayala Center Cebu

This Christmas, gift yourself or your loved ones with a one-of-a-kind water adventure as Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark holds its Christmas Splash Sale starting today, December 11, until December 13 at Ayala Center Cebu.

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This Christmas, gift yourself or your loved ones with a one-of-a-kind water adventure as Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark holds its Christmas Splash Sale starting today, December 11, until December 13 at Ayala Center Cebu.

Visit the Jpark booth at the ground floor of Ayala Center Cebu fronting Watchworks and book a room for as low as P6,500 nett good for two adults and two kids below 12 years old with free buffet breakfast plus the use of the all-­time favorite waterpark.

The room vouchers to be sold during the Christmas Splash Sale is applicable for stay until May 31, 2016, so you can extend the holidays and start planning for an early summer getaway.

Jpark Christmas Splash

WATER ADVENTURE. Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark offers a one-of-a-kind water adventure that you shouldn’t miss when in Cebu.

The Abalone Buffet Restaurant

If an overnight stay cannot fit your busy schedules, enjoy a feast at The Abalone Buffet Restaurant with its buffet promo for only P2,000 nett good for two persons for lunch and P2,400 nett also good for two persons for dinner.

Discounted waterpark vouchers are available too. Don’t miss the Christmas Splash and spend a day at the vast waterpark. Give in to the challenging water slides ­­ the Open Body Slide, Tube Slide, and the Space Bowl. And beat the Yuletide heat with a refreshing dip in Jpark Island Resort’s six themed pools.

Jpark waterwalk

HE DIDN’T MAKE IT, WILL YOU? The waterwalk is among the fun activities for the family inside the Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark.

Follow to Win a Five­-Star Getaway

Surprises await those visiting the Jpark booth during the sale. Win either an overnight stay, buffet or day­-use adventure in three very easy steps:

  1. Drop by the Jpark booth
  2. Follow @jparkresort on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  3. Get an entry for the raffle “Follow to Win a Five­Star Getaway”.

Every social media account followed entitles you one entry.

For more details of the Christmas Splash Sale, you may call the Reservations Hotline at +6332 494 5555 or email rsvn@jparkislandresort.com.

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Jpark Island Resort lights up tree, brings joy to disadvantaged kids

This Christmas, Cebu beach resort Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark has a simple wish and that is to to lighten and brighten lives. As the resort marked the start of the Christmas season by lighting up its tree last Friday, December 4, it treated disadvantaged kids from the Home Care Foundation in Lapu-Lapu City to a day of fun and treats.

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This Christmas, Cebu beach resort Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark has a simple wish and that is to to lighten and brighten lives.

As the resort marked the start of the Christmas season by lighting up its tree last Friday, December 4, it treated 30 disadvantaged kids from the Home Care Foundation in Lapu-Lapu City to a day of fun and treats.

“This year marks a good year as business is doing well. And it brings us a smile to be able to give back and share our blessings,” said Jpark chief executive officer Jason Uy.

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USHERING CHRISTMAS. The tree at the Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark lobby is adorned with aquamarine, blue, and gold decorations.

 

Family resort

He added that the resort, especially the Waterpark, is a haven for children but not every kid has had a chance to experience the Jpark fun.

Uy said he was very happy to welcome to kids from the Home Care Foundation to Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark.

Aside from a day of fun at the Waterpark, the kids received Christmas gifts from the resort during the tree-lighting ceremony.

JPark Island Christmas

GIVING BACK. Jpark chief executive officer Jason Uy (right) says the resort marked a good business year and they wanted to give back and share their blessings. Uy is shown with the Angelicum Children’s Choir.

 

Memorable Christmas

Providing entertainment during the event were the soulful voices of the Angelicum Children’s Choir as they sang popular Christmas songs and performances by the dance group Amigos.

“I hope you enjoyed your day with us. We hope we have made your Christmas memorable. And thank you for you have already fulfilled our Christmas wish. I know you will agree with me if I say that Christmas is meaningful when you are able to make other people happy,” he added.

Home Care Foundation kids presented a surprise number and relayed their thanks for an unforgettable day through a song.

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