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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.”

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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.

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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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Ford Philippines trains Cebu drivers on safe, smart driving

You are twice as likely to die if you don’t wear a seatbelt, Cebu drivers and traffic enforcers were told during the Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) of Ford Philippines…

You are twice as likely to die if you don’t wear a seatbelt, Cebu drivers and traffic enforcers were told during the Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) of Ford Philippines in SM City Cebu earlier today.

Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of dying in an accident by 50% for front seat passengers and up to 75% for rear passengers, the instructor told the packed room. Everyone has to wear seatbelts because those who don’t are usually thrown off their seats during accidents and can injure or even kill those who buckled up, he said.

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DON’T USE PHONES, GADGETS WHILE DRIVING. Ford Philippines AVP for Communications EJ Francisco taks about the #ParkYourPhone social media campaign to remind people not to use phones and other gadgets while driving.

Philippine situation

The DSFL “is a global program aimed at teaching drivers the necessary skills for safe and smart driving beyond what is learned in standard driver education programs,” said Ford Philippines AVP for Communications EJ Francisco.

Many Filipino drivers and even enforcers do not know existing traffic laws, fail to practice basic road courtesy, and disobey traffic signs, leading to accidents and traffic congestion, Francisco said.

Although the DSFL is a global program, it is customized to the driving environment and road condition of the Philippines. It’s long-time partner in the country is the Tuason Racing School.

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BLURRED VISION. A volunteer struggles to walk straight while wearing beer googles, which simulates the effect of drinking 4 bottles of beer, during a demonstration to show the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Dangers of distracted driving

The DSFL has classroom sessions and actual driving time to teach attendees safe and fuel-efficient driving. This year, the program added modules on the danger of distracted driving. This is partly to support the implementation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Law in the country, Francisco said.

Ford Philippines is also doing a #ParkYourPhone social media campaign to remind people not to use phones and other gadgets while driving.

“At Ford, we want drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel at all times because nothing is worth losing that special connection for,” the company said.

Since its launch in 2008, more than 20,000 Filipinos have joined DSFL sessions, Francisco said.

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WHEN TO CHANGE TIRES. Driving Skills for Life Instructors show how to spot indicators on when to change your tires.

2017 program targets

For 2017, Ford Philippines is targeting to cover at least 1,500 participants with specific focus on public utility drivers like those for buses, jeepneys, taxis, and transport network vehicle services, “recognising their critical role as motorists in ensuring that roads and passenger journeys are safe.”

The program is also expanding to more areas outside Manila.

“We have always valued road safety at Ford, so we’re happy to bring our DSFL program to Cebu, mindful of the fact that there is a growing need to install to drivers the importance of safe driving,” Francisco said. “We are hopeful that through this program, drivers will be able to understand the critical role they play in ensuring that our roads are safe.”

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Voyager brings biggest online deals to Pinoys for Singles’ Day

Huge discounts are ahead for Pinoy online shoppers as they pick out their Singles’ Day purchases with the help of various digital apps and platforms from Voyager Innovations and its…

Huge discounts are ahead for Pinoy online shoppers as they pick out their Singles’ Day purchases with the help of various digital apps and platforms from Voyager Innovations and its business arms, including PayMaya Philippines, FINTQnologies, Inc. (FINTQ), hatch, and Takatack Technologies.

To kick things off this November, PayMaya is giving its users an exclusive 11% rebate from all their purchases on November 11, also known as Singles’ Day. Originating from China, Singles’ Day was established as a way for Chinese to celebrate being single. It turned into one of the biggest annual e-Commerce events the world over.

PayMaya users can use their Visa cards, Smart Mastercards, and in-app virtual cards to qualify for the 11% rebate whenever they make purchases in-store or online, whether they’re in the Philippines or abroad.

Biggest online shopping discounts

Aside from the Singles’ Day rebate promo, PayMaya is also giving all its users a massive 20% discount for the entire November in three of the country’s biggest online shopping destinations – Lazada, Zalora and Takatack.

For Lazada, shoppers only have to key in the promo code PYMYNOV upon checkout to get an extra 20% discount for a minimum purchase of only P500, valid for use multiple times with a maximum discount of P400 per transaction. This will come handy during Lazada’s Online Revolution shopping event, when Filipinos stand a chance to get big discounts on their favorite items and wish lists.

For Zalora, all they have to do is key in PAYMAYAHOLIDAY when they make purchases worth at least P1,000 to get 20% off upon checkout. They can use the code multiple times for the whole month of November to help them complete their OOTDs.

Shoppers can also get a huge 30% discount across all items when they shop at Takatack, the largest online discovery platform of Voyager, from November 9 to 11. They can get a maximum discount of P2,000 for purchases, with free shipping for purchases above P2,000.

But when shoppers use their PayMaya card to shop at Takatack this November, they can get an additional 20% off (maximum P500 discount) their purchase by entering the code 11+[First four digits of their PayMaya card] (ex. 114404)! This means they can get as much as 50% discount on items for Singles’ Day weekend, from November 9-11.

To complete the experience, when they register for an account on FINTQ’s digital lending platform Lendr.com.ph, users will also automatically get a P150 discount voucher which they can also use for Lazada, as well as a promo code for an 11% discount which they can use to shop at Takatack.

Shop without data charges

To make Filipinos’ online shopping experience convenient and hassle-free, free Internet platform freenet has partnered with Lazada to give free data access to their app for Smart, TNT, and Sun subscribers.

All they have to do is download the freenet app on their Android or iOS device, register with their mobile number, and click the sidebar menu to turn on the Free Access toggle to begin setup. Once done, they can proceed to the Lazada app to enjoy a worry-free shopping experience without data charges.

And to spice things up more this shopping season, freenet is rewarding shoppers with free MB credits whenever they download or access various Voyager platforms starting November 11. Simply download the PayMaya and Takatack apps or access the Lendr website under the “Missions” tab within the freenet app to get an instant 100MB credit, which they can use to purchase data packages from the freenet Shop.

“This is our way of giving back to all our customers and partners. As we see adoption to our platforms grow, we hope more Filipinos get to enjoy the digital life and more businesses also get to benefit from the opportunities presented by digital. As the whole ecosystem grows, everyone grows too,” said Orlando B. Vea, President and CEO at Voyager Innovations.

Voyager Innovations, the digital innovations arm of PLDT and Smart, has been leading the way in enabling consumers and enterprises to access the digital life with its unique and comprehensive suite of platforms in the areas of financial services, eCommerce, and marketing technologies.

Download PayMaya now:
iOS – https://goo.gl/T012hs
Android – https://goo.gl/9XYTsb

Get freenet:
iOS – http://frnt.ph/ios
Android – http://frnt.ph/android

Visit Takatack: www.takatack.com
Sign up for Lendr: www.lendr.com.ph

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Hit Bisrock musical Gugmang Giatay to be staged in Cebu on Friday

The runaway theatrical hit Gugmang Giatay The Musical is back and will be holding limited shows in Cebu and Manila this month. Gugmang Giatay will have a one-night-only staging at…

The runaway theatrical hit Gugmang Giatay The Musical is back and will be holding limited shows in Cebu and Manila this month.

Gugmang Giatay will have a one-night-only staging at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 10, at the Teatro Casino of Casino Filipino, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

Later this month, Manila will get its chance to enjoy the popular Bisaya production. It will be staged on Sunday, November 26, at 4 p.m., during BGC Passionfest, and again from Tuesday, November 28 until Thursday, November 30, 8 p.m. All Manila performances will be at the Globe Auditorium of the Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, Taguig.

Gugmang Giatay

Written by award-winning songwriter Jude Gitamondoc and internet sensation Rowell “Medyo Maldito” Ucat, Gugmang Giatay is your (a)typical romantic comedy, with a good dose of maoy moments, hugot lines, and acerbic Bisaya humor. The musical features landmark Bisaya hit songs, both contemporary and classic, written by such icons as Max Surban, Cattski Espina, Insoy Niñal, Jude Gitamondoc, Medyo Maldito, and Junior Kilat, among others.

The Manila staging of Gugmang Giatay will feature award-winning actor Bong Cabrera in the role of Ben. Cabrera is known for his role in the 2011 film Sa Ilalim ng Tulay, for which he won the award for Best Actor in the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival. He also won Best Supporting Actor for the 2013 film The Guerilla is a Poet in the CineFilipino Film Festival.

Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson, the producer of Gugmang Giatay, said she backed the stage musical because she believes it has the power to touch lives. “I had fun reading the first draft to the final uncensored book,” she said. “I could not let go of it! I love it so much and I believe that Filipinos deserve to see it on stage. It has the potential to transform the theater scene here in Cebu and hopefully make Cebuanos a more supportive and engaging audience.”

Gugmang Giatay

GUGMANG GIATAY. Written by award-winning songwriter Jude Gitamondoc and internet sensation Rowell “Medyo Maldito” Ucat, Gugmang Giatay is your (a)typical romantic comedy, with a good dose of maoy moments, hugot lines, and acerbic Bisaya humor.

Genuinely funny and entertaining, Gugmang Giatay also aims to elevate local pop culture to the musical stage. The musical, in its entirety, is a tribute to anything and everything Bisaya, said Enclona-Henderson.

Tickets to the November 10 Cebu staging are available online through 2tincans.yapsody.com, or by visiting Casino Filipino at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. Ticketing arrangements may also be made by contacting the 2TinCans office through +63933 188 0999. Tickets for the Manila shows on November 26, and 28 to 30 may be purchased through www.ticketworld.com.ph.

Gugmang Giatay is produced by 2TinCans Philippines in partnership with the BGC Arts Center and Casino Filipino, in cooperation with Offbeat Concepts Production House. For more information, visit 2TinCans Philippines on Facebook at facebook.com/2tincansphils and Instagram at @2tincansph. Like Gugmang Giatay on Facebook at facebook.com/gugmanggmusical. (Press Release)

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Japanese brand Miniso opens 1st store in Cebu

Quality products for a “very affordable price,” that’s what Miniso offers in its store, a company official said during the opening of its first branch in Cebu. Miniso opened in…

Quality products for a “very affordable price,” that’s what Miniso offers in its store, a company official said during the opening of its first branch in Cebu.

Miniso opened in SM City Cebu on November 3. The store has been packed with shoppers since then.

Filipinos have taken to the store brand and response has been very good, said Miniso Philippines Inc. president Michael Hong in an interview during the opening.

Miniso Cebu

ELECTRONICS like these headphones are a popular category in Miniso.

Miniso branches in Philippines

Hong said Filipinos are amazed with their product offerings. “Wow. A lot of wows. A lot of suprises,” he said.

The SM City Cebu branched is the 36th in the country. They opened in the Philippine in June 2016, said Hong. Miniso will be opening 10 more by yearend, he said.

Miniso Cebu

OPENING. Miniso and SM officials lead the opening of the store.

He said they’ve always wanted to open in Cebu, being a major city, but had to wait for space to be available. They will soon open in SM Consolacion and SM Seaside City.

Hong said they are also considering a store in Ayala Center Cebu.

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NOW IN CEBU. Miniso has opened in SM City Cebu. It will soon be in SM Consolacion and SM Seaside City.

Wide range of products

Miniso sells a wide range of items from gadgets, stationery, kitchenware, toys, bags, cosmetics, among its many categories.

“What’s important is the value for money. We offer good quality but at a very affordable price. It’s not cheap – it’s really the value for the money,” said Hong.

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MINISO pens.

He said Miniso is a Japanese brand and the Japanese take pride in quality control, he said.

“Good quality, unique style, trendy, reliable and low price. These are the features of Miniso’s products,” the company said in its website.

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Our stash of Miniso notebooks.

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Jed Madela to hold La Voce dinner concert in Cebu

Jed Madela will serenade Cebuanos on November 17 with a dinner concert entitled La Voce at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. Madela is the first Filipino to win…

Jed Madela will serenade Cebuanos on November 17 with a dinner concert entitled La Voce at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

Madela is the first Filipino to win the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) world grand champion title. He is also the first Filipino inducted into the hall of fame of WCOPA.

Since then, he has launched a successful music career and currently co-hosts and performs in ABS-CBN’s ASAP, and is also a member of the network’s Star Magic. Madela, who is known for his uniquely powerful vocal range has held concerts all over the Philippines and abroad. In 2009, he had a successful The Voice concert in Cebu.

Jed Madela.

Madela will be joined by Jolianne Salvado who is also from Cebu. She gained popularity in the Season Two of ABS-CBN’s The Voice Kids Philippines. She has impressed coaches Lea Salonga and Sarah Geronimo when she effortlessly belted out Tattooed Heart during the blind auditions. She is known for her powerful yet soulful voice. She has debuted her first single and music video, I Can’t Go On, just last year.

La Voce, with these two great artists, and an equally great show director Marvin Caldito is set to fascinate the audience with songs from different genres.

La Voce is a dinner for a cause concert for the benefit of Caritas Cebu Inc.

Tickets prices are at P3500 for VIP with dinner, P3000 for GOLD with dinner, and P800 for Balcony without dinner. For inquiries, please call 232 6888 or 0915 535 3873. You may also visit the La Voce ticket booth at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. (Press release)

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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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Chili pickles

 

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Vegetable and Chicken Samosa with Chili Pakoora.

 

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Gulab Jamun

 

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Kushmar Salad

 

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Lamb Roganjosh

 

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Rose Cheesecake

 

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Lentil Salad

 

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Culinary consultant Judeline Murjani .

 

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Former Miss Cebu Namrata Neesha Murjani.

 

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Cebu City Marriott Hotel to close on January 1

Cebu City Marriott Hotel will close on January 1 after the contract between AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts Corporation (AHRC) and Marriott International Hotels to manage the facility ends on December…

Cebu City Marriott Hotel will close on January 1 after the contract between AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts Corporation (AHRC) and Marriott International Hotels to manage the facility ends on December 1.

The hotel that helped spur the growth of the Cebu Business Park will reopen under the Seda brand after refurbishing its rooms and amenities in 2018.

“The Cebu City Marriott Hotel helped to affirm the reputation of the Cebu Business Park in its growing years as the premier business district of the city, as well as the region,” said AHRC president and CEO Al Legaspi.

Cebu City Marriott Hotel closes

Cebu City Marriott Hotel will close on January 1 and reopen in 2018 carrying the Seda brand. (Photo from official FB page)

Hotel performance

He expressed appreciation for Cebu City Marriott Hotel’s consistent performance since its opening in 1997. He also expressed gratitude to the hotel employees for their dedicated service.

AHRC has appointed its wholly-owned hotel brand Seda to manage the hotel in 2018 after refurbishing its rooms and amenities.

“Seda, which now has 1,255 rooms throughout the country, is ready to fill the needs of Cebu Business Park locators and visitors,” said Legaspi.

Since its launch in 2012, the Seda hotel brand has flourished in various locations throughout the country. It has hotels in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City, Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City, Iloilo City, Nuvali in Laguna, and Quezon City, where it recently opened the biggest hotel in the area with 438 rooms, a ballroom, and a presidential suite.

Aggressive expansion

Seda’s success has merited an aggressive expansion program that will see its room inventory growing to twice the current number in the next two years.

Seda in Cebu Business Park will be the brand’s biggest in the Visayas. Legaspi says this is but fitting given Cebu’s status as the center of business and commerce in the area. He adds that AHRC’s commitment to Cebu is further underscored by the construction of another Seda hotel at Cebu IT Park — the first Seda hotel and serviced apartments outside of Metro Manila.

Both hotels will uphold the Seda brand pillars of a strategic location close to shops and restaurants within a vibrant Ayala Land mixed-use development combined with service at par with global standards. (Press Release)

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Shopwise offers P2.5 million in prizes for 19th anniversary

Shopwise is celebrating 19 years of pioneering the one-stop shopping hypermarket concept in the Philippines with a grand anniversary blowout. Enjoy great deals and get the chance to win instant…

Shopwise is celebrating 19 years of pioneering the one-stop shopping hypermarket concept in the Philippines with a grand anniversary blowout. Enjoy great deals and get the chance to win instant prizes.

Browse bargains with the Big Time Deals showcased in a 24-page catalog published in 3 special anniversary editions with the 1st Issue from September 15 to 28; the 2nd Issue from September 29 to October 13, and 3rd Issue from October 14 to 31.

Shopwise prizes

Shopwise is giving away over P2.5 million in prizes to over 5,800 lucky shoppers. For a minimum purchase of P800, inclusive of sponsor products, shoppers get the chance to win gift certificates worth up to P1,900, or be one of the 19 lucky winners of P19,000.

Instant prizes will be given away daily with the B19time Blowout Tambiolo until October 31. Everyday, a tambiolo containing ping pong numbers corresponding to checkout lane counters will be drawn. Three lucky shoppers at the checkout will bring home sacks of rice daily.

Shopwise Cebu

19 YEARS. Shopwise is celebrating 19 years of pioneering the one-stop shopping hypermarket concept in the Philippines with a grand anniversary blowout.

Shopwise Wise Card

Shoppers can also get x19 the points when they shop with your Shopwise Wise Card and Wise Card Elite. Cardholders also get to avail themselves of the limited edition Shopwise umbrella for only P19 for a minimum purchase of P1,900 inclusive of sponsor products.

At Shopwise, get the best value and quality with everyday big deals, big bargains, big discounts and big savings on a wide selection of fresh goods and produce, groceries, fashion items, health and beauty products, school supplies, toys, gadgets, home accessories, electronics, appliances and more, all under one roof.

In Cebu, Shopwise is located on N. Bacalso Avenue, Basak San Nicolas. It is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a spacious basement parking. To view catalogs with a variety of offers, visit www.facebook.com/ShopwiseSupercenters, @Shopwise_ph on Twitter and Instagram, or visit www.shopwise.com.ph.

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Glass House: A new events space by Montebello

Brides-to-be will have another venue to consider as Montebello Villa Hotel, the city’s only garden hotel, launched last week the Glass House. “It started with a dream. A good friend…

Brides-to-be will have another venue to consider as Montebello Villa Hotel, the city’s only garden hotel, launched last week the Glass House.

“It started with a dream. A good friend introduced me to a supplier then the dream became a concept and turned into reality,” said Luis Martin Alvarez, the general manager and president of Montebello.

Alvarez went on to share that he got the Glass House inspiration in one of his travels abroad. He thought it will be beautiful to have such venue in a tropical country like ours where weather is unpredictable.

Montebello Glass House

OPENING. Montebello general manager and president Luis Martin Alvarez welcomes guests to the opening of the Glass House.

First in Cebu

The one-storey Glass House, which is the first of its kind in Cebu, can accommodate up to 150 guests. It features an unobstructed view of the surrounding landscape.

This newest events space at Montebello is ideal for intimate celebrations. Weddings held here will surely get extra romantic with the venue overlooking the pond and the hotel’s famous landmark, the Bridge of Love.

Aside from wedding packages, Montebello offers debut packages and other special occasions.

Montebello Glass House

GLASS HOUSE. The one-storey Glass House, which is the first of its kind in Cebu, can accommodate up to 150 guests. It features an unobstructed view of the surrounding landscape.

New changes at Montebello

At the launching event of the Glass House, Montebello’s Sales and Marketing Head Concon Kintanar also gave guests a glimpse of the awesome new changes happening at their hotel.

A mini gym, game room, small pool, new rooms at the Heritage Wing, and a mini spa are on the list.

“Our gym here is unique because others are overlooking the streets or walls but with us, you get a wonderful view of the garden,” said Kintanar.

The Glass House at Montebello is ideal for intimate celebrations.

The game room, she added, is not large but it’s pretty much complete.

Completion of the small pool is targeted by the end of October. In the same month, the hotel will start opening as well additional rooms at their Heritage Wing. The mini spa meantime will be ready by next year.

More photos of the Glass House launch

Montebello Glass House

 

Montebello Glass House

The Alvarez and Borromeo families during the launch.

 

Montebello Glass House

LAUNCH GUESTS. GM Lui Alvarez with (from left) guests Darren Deen, Glenn Soco, and Jay Aldeguer.

 

Montebello Glass House

OPENING. GM Lui Alvarez and Fabby Borromeo.

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Walk on air, splash in water with a pair of SWIMS

Comfortable, light, and dubbed the “ultimate footwear for bathing, sailing and playing around in water,” SWIMS is a great choice for your next pair. I got my first SWIMS during…

Comfortable, light, and dubbed the “ultimate footwear for bathing, sailing and playing around in water,” SWIMS is a great choice for your next pair.

I got my first SWIMS during a recent sale by the Primer Group, the brand’s exclusive distributor.

The first thing you’ll notice with SWIMS is how light its shoes are. It is the lightest I’ve ever tried on – almost as weightless as the flimsy slippers you get in hotels.

With SWIMS on, it’s like walking on air.

SWIMS loafer Cebu

COMFORT, QUALITY. A pair of SWIMS is light and comfortable for urban walking throughout the day.

Norwegian brand

SWIMS is a Norwegian brand that started in 2006. The company said it started with galoshes, a kind of traditional waterproof footwear that is worn over your shoes, to protect it from the rain or mud.

“While Scandinavia is famous for clean and minimalistic design, Norwegian brands are particularly functional and have to adapt to the highly contrasting seasons they face at home,” the company said.

SWIMS, the company said, “allow the typical urban Scandinavian to look sleek with a touch of cheekiness, comfort and ultimate functionality fit for both slushy winter days in the city and warm days out on the boat during the summer season.”

SWIMS

Comfortable pair

I’ve used the pair for several weeks now and it is by far the most comfortable one I’ve used. Work makes me walk a lot – from coverages to meetings to remote work in coffee shops – and SWIMS makes all that walking easy.

SWIMS also looks great with both formal or casual wear.

In making its shoes, SWIMS highlights water-friendly materials, breathability, drainage so you won’t have to slosh around when you do get wet, and ability to be machine-washed.

The rubber it uses is 100% natural, anti-slip, and non-marking, the company said. The shoes have “gills” on the side for ventilation, airflow and drainage. Its sole is an Eva Footbed that is “ergonomically molded, highly breathable, anti-bacterial, anti-odor, soft, comfortable, and shock absorbing.”

SWIMS Cebu

SWIMS. The first thing you’ll notice after putting on a pair of SWIMS is how light and comfortable it is.

Urban travelers

The “sandwich mesh upper” on the front is also breathable, anti-bacterial, adaptable, and water friendly.

The “playful approach” to design, always with an eye to functionality, has made SWIMS popular among a discerning and passionate group.

“We have grown to serve the lifestyle of international urban travelers with a need for function, quality and design,” the company said.

SWIMS is available in Cebu in General and ResToeRun.

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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 Signature Six

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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Sledgers takes comfort seriously, offers guarantee

One word resonates strongest with customers of men’s premium leather footwear brand Sledgers – comfort. From the brand’s humble beginnings back in 1921, comfort, quality and style have remained the…

One word resonates strongest with customers of men’s premium leather footwear brand Sledgers – comfort. From the brand’s humble beginnings back in 1921, comfort, quality and style have remained the cornerstones on which Sledgers is built.

Elevating that comfort story to the next level, Sledgers recently introduced its Comfort Guarantee – if the customer isn’t 100% happy with their shoes after 30 days, they can return them and receive a full refund, with no questions asked.

Why is this guarantee different? Customers can even return shoes which have been worn, following personal testing to trial their comfort levels.

“We’re so confident in the comfort of our shoes that we’re taking that extra step and offering our customers access to this Comfort Guarantee,” said Sledgers’ International Brand Director Glenn Bennington.

Sledgers Comfort Guarantee

COMFORT GUARANTEE. Sledgers is so confident people will love their shoes they’re allowing those who aren’t 100% happy to return the shoes after 30 days and get a full refund.

“Our holistic approach to comfort design, the use of the finest quality materials, and our first class manufacturing facilities combine to allow this extra assurance to the customer. No brand is more committed to their customer’s comfort and wellbeing,” Bennington said.

Visit and know more about this exclusive Sledgers offer in their flagship store in the Visayas located at the 1st level of Ayala Center Cebu. Sledgers is owned and exclusively distributed in the Philippines by the Primer Group of Companies. For more Sledgers updates, follow and like them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Gear up for your trail run with newest Salomon collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

Salomon Sense Pro 2

Salomon Sense Pro 2

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

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

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

 

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AboitizLand opens Foressa Trails with trail run, bike event

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

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

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

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

Foressa Trails

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

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

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

Foressa Trails

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

Salomon trail run

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

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

Foressa Trails Bike Trails

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

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

Mandatory gear

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

 

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

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

Foressa Trails

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free burger

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

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

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

SM Advantage card

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

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

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

Gift certificates

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

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

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

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

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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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