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Asin is in: Colgate Introduces New Colgate Active Salt Toothpaste in Philippines

Colgate, the toothpaste brand most recommended by dentists, has introduced to the Philippine market the Colgate Active Salt Toothpaste, its first toothpaste that contains the natural goodness of salt. Colgate…

Colgate, the toothpaste brand most recommended by dentists, has introduced to the Philippine market the Colgate Active Salt Toothpaste, its first toothpaste that contains the natural goodness of salt.

Colgate Active Salt formula combines salt with calcium and minerals. With regular brushing, it helps fight germs to give people healthy gums and strong teeth.

Colgate Active Salt

Developed after extensive consumer research, Colgate Active Salt addresses most Filipinos’ pressing oral health concerns. Its refreshing minty taste infused with the natural ingredient of salt brings a unique brushing experience.

“Filipinos have a strong affinity with the traditional benefits of salt for oral care. Colgate Active Salt combines this natural ingredient with Colgate’s trusted formula. It is a unique and effective toothpaste perfect for the whole family to use for healthy gums and strong teeth, with regular brushing” said Mr. Danai Sirisuvun, Senior Product Manager at Colgate-Palmolive Philippines.

Colgate Active Salt is now available in leading supermarkets and sari-sari stores nationwide. It retails in three sizes that are priced at PHP105 for 180g, PHP85 for 132g, and PHP25 for 35g. (Press release)

Colgate Active Salt

COLGATE ACTIVE SALT. Mr. Danai Sirisuvun, Senior Product Manager at Colgate-Palmolive Philippines, with endorser Jodi Sta. Maria.

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Oakridge holds Fitstrip Bazaar to promote wellness lifestyle

Fitness and healthy living advice from experts and athletes and access to wellness products marked the first Oakridge FitStrip Bazaar held from July 22-23, 2017 at Oakridge Garden Plaza. The…

Fitness and healthy living advice from experts and athletes and access to wellness products marked the first Oakridge FitStrip Bazaar held from July 22-23, 2017 at Oakridge Garden Plaza.

The weekend activity was intended as a family event and to promote a wellness lifestyle, said Oakridge Realty and Development Corp. Director for Sales and Marketing Estee Marie Plunkett.

She added that they’re looking at holding it on a more regular basis.

Oakridge Fitstrip

Organic vegetables and fruits.

On the first day of the Oakridge Fitstrip Bazaar, Mary Deen of Love Yoga World shared her fitness journey in “Getting Everyone on the Mat.” She also led an hour of outdoor yoga for interested guests at the garden plaza.

After Deen, Pio Gerardo Solon of Epic Performance Fitness talked about getting physically and mentally fit for the Ironman triathlon event.

Oakridge Fitstrip Yoga

Mary Deen of Love Yoga World holds a yoga session.

Oakridge Fitstrip Bazaar exhibitors

Held in partnership with Rustan’s Supermarket Cebu, the event also served as an opportunity for small-scale wellness entrepreneurs to display their wares, added Plunkett.

Made available were beauty and wellness products by Human Nature, Mary Kay, and Gale’s Garden, which sold refreshing desk cacti and succulents.

Oakridge Fistrip

Fruit juices.

Macology 101, which made available its Salted Egg Potato Chips by Little Chef; Ultra Green Coffee Cebu, an organic product whose benefits include weight loss, lower blood sugar and cholesterol, and natural detoxification; Leylam Shawarma for shawarma overload; and Thirsty Juices and Shakes for refreshing fruit juices were among the food exhibitors.

A food preparation demo happened on the second day of the Fitstrip Bazaar. Chef Geoffrey Broutin of L’Artisan showed how to make “Quick Healthy Meals on the Go.”

Oakridge Fitstrip

Desk cacti and succulents.

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NRCE focuses on “future-proofing” retail

The 24th National Retail Conference and Stores Asia Expo (NRCE) is all set to provide retailers with tips and solutions on how to prepare for the fast-changing digital age with…

The 24th National Retail Conference and Stores Asia Expo (NRCE) is all set to provide retailers with tips and solutions on how to prepare for the fast-changing digital age with this year’s theme “Future-Proofing Retail.”

The annual NRCE is the Philippine Retailers Association’s flagship project and will be held on August 10-11 at the SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

Tagged as the biggest and most important retail even in the country, the NRCE will feature talks and panel discussions from industry experts and personalities led by Leyte Representative and TV personality Lucy Torres-Gomez, Senator Sonny Angara and Rustan Supercenters CEO Irwin Lee as keynote speakers for the two-day conference.

Topics of the conference will cover new trends in retailing, branding design, future of shopping malls, creating niche in diverse market, online retailing, fashion retailing, impact of music in the marketplace, food retailing, and engaging the millennial consumers.

24th National Retail Conference and Stores Asia Expo

Confirmed speakers and presenters include FILSCAP Vice president and noted TV personality and musician Jim Paredes, Zalora CEO Paolo Campos, Google Philippines Marketing Manager Gabby Roxas, Springtime Design Limited Creative and Managing Director Chris Dingcong, and Organization Development Advisor Susan Grace Rivera.

Two panels composed of young and upcoming retailers such as Apartment 8 President Sheira Lim, Sunnies Café Finance Director Eric Dee Jr., and Genki Sushi Owner Eric Teng will discuss the new generation of retailers and food retail as mall anchors.

New for this year’s NRCE is the launch of the Supermarket Track dedicated to supermarkets and food retailers which will discuss modern retailing with a responsive Department of Trade, spatial planning, and supermarket trends in Asia Pacific.

NRCE 2017 Overall Chairman Lorenzo Formoso says, “This year’s event aims to create a deeper understanding of modern retail as well as open more opportunities for partnerships and networking.”

Back to back with the conference is the only focused and dedicated retail suppliers’ expo showcasing the “tools for global retailing” from over 100 exhibitors offering products and solutions for the retail industry such as Retail Solutions, E-Commerce & M-Commerce, Shop Fittings & Store Designs, Digital Marketing, Commercial and Real Estate Developers, Web Developers, Non-traditional Advertising, Financial Services, Storage and Distribution, HR Solutions, and Billboard Locations among others.

For registration, sponsorship and exhibit inquiries, please contact the PRA Executive Secretariat email: marketing@philretailers.com, specialprojects@philretailers.com, or visit www.nrce-ph.com. (Press release)

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ITF 2017: Airfare, room promos, and other travel deals

Super seat sale by airline companies, resort and hotel room promos, tour packages, plus information on top Philippine places, the ongoing International Travel Festival (ITF) 2017 at Ayala Center Cebu…

Super seat sale by airline companies, resort and hotel room promos, tour packages, plus information on top Philippine places, the ongoing International Travel Festival (ITF) 2017 at Ayala Center Cebu has all you need to plan your trips for the rest of the year and even up to the middle of 2018.

SilkAir, Cathay Pacific, PAL, AirAsia, and EVA Air offer promo fares for travel to destinations throughout their routes.

ITF 2017

The tourism offices of the different provinces in the Philippines have booths at the ITF 2017 to answer questions about travel to their popular tourist spots.

The ITF, now its fourth year, is a platform to connect travelers with hotels, resorts, airline companies, and travel agencies.

Hotels and resorts that are participating in the travel event organized by MyEventology.Co include Cebu City Marriott Hotel, Montebello Villa Hotel, Amorita, Bellevue, Hennan, Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, and Bluewater resorts in Maribago, Sumilon, and Bohol among others.

ITF 2017 Cebu

Among the provinces that sent representatives to ITF in Ayala Center Cebu include Aklan, Camiguin, Negros Occidental, Palawan, Pampanga, Cebu, and La Union as well as the City Government of Zamboanga.

The ITF 2017, which started on July 14, will end this Sunday. With the promos being offered during the event, the ITF 2017 certainly has something to offer all kinds of travelers. (Article and photos by Rafelle Allego, UP MassCom Intern)

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ITF 2017 Cebu

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ITF 2017 Cebu

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Discounted airline fares, tour packages offered in Grand Travel Bazaar

Plan your international trips out of Cebu with promo fares from top local and international airline companies available at the Grand Travel Bazaar that is ongoing at The Gallery in…

Plan your international trips out of Cebu with promo fares from top local and international airline companies available at the Grand Travel Bazaar that is ongoing at The Gallery in Ayala Center Cebu.

SilkAir and Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Korean Air, Emirates, and PAL offer seat sales to several destinations across the globe from July 7 up to July 9, 2017 at the BPI-exclusive travel event.

Grand Travel Bazaar Cebu

GRAND TRAVEL BAZAAR. The event is ongoing at The Gallery in Ayala Center Cebu until Sunday.

Southeast Asian countries

Economy class return fares to Southeast Asian countries on SilkAir and Singapore Airlines start from US$190 per person, for a minimum of two passengers booking tickets. Single ticket purchase for the same destination is slightly higher at US$240. The quoted fares include government taxes and surcharges but do not include the Philippine travel tax.

For travel to places in North Asia, including Fukuoka, Haneda, Narita, Osaka, and Nagoya in Japan, Incheon in Korea, and Hong Kong, promo fares range from US$230 to US$360.

Discounted fares to countries in West Asia and Africa, Southwest Pacific, and Europe as well as several US destinations are also available.

Grand Travel Bazaar Cebu

The Grand Travel Bazaar is exclusive to BPI Credit, Debit or Prepaid Cardholders. BPI cardholders may avail of the travel deals at zero percent interest rate for up to three months.

Exclusive to BPI cards

Cathay Pacific fares to Hong Kong start from US$75 for economy class but these do not include service and insurance charges and other taxes. Other destinations on sale include China, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, West and East Coast, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East.

Taipei flights out of Cebu on EVA Air start from US$195 while low season economy fares to US destinations range from US$648 for Los Angeles and Seattle to US$802 for Houston.

0% interest for 3 months

Top travel and tour agencies in Cebu are also selling discounted packages.

The Grand Travel Bazaar is exclusive to BPI Credit, Debit or Prepaid Cardholders. BPI cardholders may avail of the travel deals at zero percent interest rate for up to three months.

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Celebrity chef Tristan Encarnacion talks burgers

An afternoon of burger-making with celebrity chef Tristan Encarnacion at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino demonstrated three distinct ways to prepare this very American fare sans the beef patty….

An afternoon of burger-making with celebrity chef Tristan Encarnacion at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino demonstrated three distinct ways to prepare this very American fare sans the beef patty.

Waterfront Cebu prepares a line-up of activities in its “4th of July” celebration of Filipino-American Friendship Day, from the American food buffet available at UNO up to July 4 and the exhibit of American retail brands to the make your own burger event with chef Tristan today, July 3.

Chef Tristan’s ultimate chicken burger featured chicken marinated in buttermilk. The pulled pork adobo with “mungga,” meanwhile, combined baby back ribs cooked adobo-style until tender flavored with mung beans gravy and topped with sweet mango.

BURGER FLAVORS. (From left) Cardava banana peels as patty, pulled pork adobo with monggo gravy and topped with diced mango, and ultimate chicken burger.

Taste of the burger patty

He told media and bloggers who attended the event that the trick to making burgers is to consider the amount of fat to lean meat in the patty.

“The taste of the patty depends on the doneness of the meat. Those who want rare to medium rare patties should ensure more lean meat in the mix,” he added.

A third burger had of all things banana peel as the main ingredient.

Chef Tristan Encarnacion

Chef Tristan Encarnacion demonstrates the making of burgers in an event for bloggers and journalists at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

Cardava banana

To make it, chef Tristan said he boiled the peels of the cardava banana for about an hour, removed and washed them, and simmered them again in boiling water until tender. The peels are minced with a knife before spices and seasoning as well as eggs and bread flour are added.

Once formed into patties, these can be stored in the freezer to cook later. To complement the banana peel as patty, he added tomato salsa as topping.

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino

Pulled pork adobo burger with “mungga” combines baby back ribs cooked adobo-style until tender flavored with mung beans gravy and topped with sweet mango.

To give it the smoky taste of beef, one can choose to add a dash of steak sauce or mix meat with the banana peel to form the patty.

Waterfront Cebu is looking into making the burgers available in the menu.

chef Tristan Encarnacion

The ultimate chicken burger features chicken marinated in buttermilk .

 

chef Tristan Encarnacion

BANANA PEEL. This burger has a patty made of cardava banana peels boiled, minced, and cooked with spices.

 

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It’s a Star-Spangled celebration at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Celebrate American Independence the good ‘ol fashion way at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. From June 30 to July 05, Cafe Marco will feature American favorites such as sloppy joes, chili…

Celebrate American Independence the good ‘ol fashion way at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. From June 30 to July 05, Cafe Marco will feature American favorites such as sloppy joes, chili burgers, New York Cheesecake, apple pies, and so much more.

This Culinary Journey features American guest chef Jason Burgett, who has 25 years of experience in the kitchen. His cooking career started in Michigan and Colorado, and later on in Seychelles and Thailand.

American guest chef Jason Burgett

American guest chef Jason Burgett

“When working as a chef I prefer to work in front of my guests so I can interact with them to get a feel for what they enjoy. I believe food is not just about eating but about having a full sensory experience. How food looks, its aroma and its texture are as important as how it tastes,” said Burgett.

Enjoy this Culinary Journey with a special lunch rate of P880 when dining on a weekday.

Smoked meat with baked potatoes and mac 'n cheese.

Smoked meat with baked potatoes and mac ‘n cheese.

Bring in your stars and stripes because it’s a star spangled celebration you don’t want to miss!

For bookings and reservations, call 2531111 or email fb@marcopolocebu.com.

You may also visit the website at www.marcopoloplazacebu.com. For real time updates, like the Facebook page at facebook.com/marcopolocebu or follow on Twitter at @5StarInCebu.

Carving station.

Carving station.

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ITF 2017: Travel deals to Philippine, international destinations up for grabs

A special section showcasing luxury resorts and a “super seat sale” by Cathay Pacific are just a few of the travel deals available in the upcoming International Travel Festival (ITF)…

A special section showcasing luxury resorts and a “super seat sale” by Cathay Pacific are just a few of the travel deals available in the upcoming International Travel Festival (ITF) 2017 from July 14-16 at Ayala Center Cebu.

Stephanie Villahermosa, ITF project director, said that over 80 exhibitors had already signed up for the travel event a day before its media launch last June 21.

They include hotels and resorts, tour and travel agencies, as well as local and international airline companies.

Seat sale

Cathay Pacific Cebu manager Catherine Sin said they will offer promo fares to destinations like Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand and super discounted rates to Southeast Asian countries, China, and Korea during ITF 2017.

International Travel Festival 2017

TRAVEL DEALS. A special section showcasing luxury resorts and a “super seat sale” by Cathay Pacific are just a few of the travel deals available in the upcoming International Travel Festival 2017 from July 14-16 at Ayala Center Cebu. Photo shows organizers, partners, and guests during the media launch.

During the travel event, national flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will offer a seat sale to domestic and international destinations as well. The company already has an ongoing seat sale for its recently started Cebu-Tagbilaran route starting at base fare of only P500 up until October 2017.

SilkAir, regional wing of Singapore Airlines, will also join ITF 2017 and offer low fares to various destinations.

Luxury resorts

Now on its fourth year, the travel show organized by MyEventology grows even bigger and will now include a special section featuring several luxury resorts throughout the country.

According to Villahermosa, these include Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa, El Nido Resorts, Manila Hotel, and the Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa in Bohol.

She added that previous ITFs had enjoyed high foot traffic based on the official visitor count by Ayala Center Cebu to an average of 90,000 persons daily for the three-day event. Over a hundred exhibitors, including tourism offices of the different Philippine regions, signed up for ITF 2016.

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#LaLunaSangre’s pilot week scorching hot on Twitter with over 3 million tweets

Filipinos love their TV shows and they show it on social media especially on Twitter. #LaLunaSangre, ABS-CBN’s newest fanta-serye debuted on Monday, 19 June 2017. The episodes from this week…

Filipinos love their TV shows and they show it on social media especially on Twitter. #LaLunaSangre, ABS-CBN’s newest fanta-serye debuted on Monday, 19 June 2017. The episodes from this week erupted on Twitter, hitting more than 3 million Tweets (19-23 June 2017).

#LaLunaSangre is the third chapter of Lobo, a fantasy horror TV series about werewolves and vampires.

It’s also the sequel to Imortal, a popular fantasy show in 2008. Both #Lobo and #Imortal were highly rated and hugely popular shows of ABS-CBN network. La Luna Sangre stars highly acclaimed actors, who are some of the most followed personalities on Twitter in the Philippines: Kathryn Bernardo (@bernardokath), Daniel Padilla (@imdanielpadilla), Angel Locsin (@143redangel), John Lloyd Cruz, and Richard Gutierrez.

Here are the top Tweets of the week related to #LaLunaSangre:

The pilot episode reintroduced Mateo (John Lloyd) and Lia (Angel) as the mother of Malia (portrayed by Kathryn Bernardo). It also presented Richard Gutierrez as Sandrino the Supremo or leader of the vampire rebel group. The episode was embraced by Twitter users despite the main cast not appearing yet – Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. Here are the most talked-about moments on its pilot week.

1. On its pilot episode (19 June), the flashback of Lobo and Imortal was shown to help viewers remember history of the vampires and werewolves of the show. The group of ‘ang mga bes’ composed of the young Malia and her friends was also introduced, with their cuteness and innocence, as well as acting talent captured the hearts of the viewers. In fact, it generated 180,000 Tweets per minute.

2. Last night’s action-packed encounter between the good side and the bad side, and the sacrifice of Mateo and Lia to protect their only child Malia captured the heart of the viewers. On 23 June, from 7-8 pm, with its episode #LaLunaSangreAngPaghaharap, it recorded 100,000 tweets per minute.

3. The prophecy that dictates the fate of Lia and Tristan was revealed. This changed the peaceful and simple life of their family. On this episode last June 20, this destiny was the most talked-about topic on Twitter in the Philippines with more than 80,000 tweets per minute.

Fans of the show proved their love and appreciation to #LaLunaSangre by creating different hashtags everyday as the conversation flows on Twitter. Below are the most-used hashtags of the week.

Well-known personalities also got hooked with #LaLunaSangre.

See more from #LaLunaSangre by following the casts’ official Twitter accounts: Kathryn Bernardo (@bernardokath), Daniel Padilla (@iamdanielpadilla), Angel Locsin (@143redangel).

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International hotelier Brian Connelly to lead Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Marco Polo Hotels has appointed international hotelier Brian Connelly as general manager of its deluxe urban resort hotel Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Connelly served various leadership roles spanning over 38…

Marco Polo Hotels has appointed international hotelier Brian Connelly as general manager of its deluxe urban resort hotel Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

Connelly served various leadership roles spanning over 38 years with prominent hotels and resorts in Asia Pacific, Middle East and the United States, making him the ideal successor for Cebu’s hospitality landmark perched atop the hills of Cebu city.

A Bachelor of Science graduate in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Oklahoma State University, Connelly most recently held the position of general manager for Angsana Laguna Phuket & Angsana Villa Resort in Thailand. Earlier in his career, Connelly held senior management roles around the globe with Hilton Asia Pacific and Middle East, Oakwood Asia Pacific, Fairmont Hotels Middle East and Intercontinental Hotels in Thailand and China respectively.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Brian Connelly.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Brian Connelly.

Enhancing the brand

“It is exciting to be on this beautiful island of Cebu. I am honored to have the opportunity to be General Manager of this wonderful hotel, Marco Polo Plaza. I look forward to continuing the success of the hotel and working with the team to grow and enhance the operation. Marco Polo Hotels has a fantastic reputation in the Philippines and I look forward to further enhancing our brand,” Connelly said about his new position.

Connelly’s goals will include ensuring the hotel continues to deliver profits across all market segments and build the brand’s presence in the Cebu and feeder markets.

Passionate leadership

“We are delighted to welcome Brian to our award-winning Marco Polo Hotels family. Brian’s penchant for Asian hospitality embellished with his eagle-eye vision for driving profitable business and passionate leadership will help guide the property in its continuous improvement programmes as well as strengthen its leading position in the city of Cebu,” said Philippe Caretti, Vice President for Operations of Marco Polo Hotels.

Connelly is a member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, the International Food & Wine Society, and is the founding member of Son of Bacchus. He is an oenophile who enjoys reading and working out at the gym.

More information on Marco Polo Plaza is available at mpplaza@marcopolohotels.com and marcopolohotels.com. Real time social media updates are posted on facebook.com/marcopolocebu or on Twitter at @5StarInCebu.

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Gadgets for the modern man: Father’s Day gift ideas

With Father’s Day just around the corner, you’re probably mentally listing down gifts for the greatest hero of your life. Here are suggestions to express your love and thanks with…

With Father’s Day just around the corner, you’re probably mentally listing down gifts for the greatest hero of your life. Here are suggestions to express your love and thanks with a gadget gift.

Tech-Savvy Daddy: JUMPU Gadgets and Accessories

If dad already owns a brand-new smartphone or tablet, he would appreciate having multiple mobile accessories that he can keep in his office, car, or at home. Give him the best by selecting JUMPU mobile accessories, guaranteed to deliver the best of Japanese design and manufacturing.

Forget about waiting for one device to fully charge before plugging the next. Save dad’s time with the innovative JUMPU SHUN 4-port and SEHA 5-port chargers, allowing him to power several devices at the same time.

JUMPU

If your dad is the type to leave the house with his phone battery life at 5%, JUMPU’s DUO or KLASIK power banks has got him covered. He would also enjoy the convenience of having multiple MICRO reversible micro-USB cables, LITNIN lightning cables, or DUAL series cables that support both micro-USB and lighting outputs. These would allow him to connect his devices to his laptop for easy file sharing, or to his car charger so he can power them up while keeping his focus on the road.

Practical Papa: Starmobile UNO B208 and B306

For this kind of father, simplicity is the UNO way to go. Starmobile’s latest feature phones UNO B208 and B306 assure to offer the ground necessities of every dad. Focusing on call and text, these Filipino mobile phones promise to be easy-to-use while still offering high-end functionality and reliability.

Personalize the gift based on dad’s preference.

Starmobile Uno

B208 is equipped with FM radio, camera with flash, expandable memory, flashlight, and multimedia support; available in red, blue, or black.

On the other hand, B306 is designed for entertainment suited with an extra loudspeaker, camera, and video recording; available in gray, gold, and black.

Drudging Dude: Starmobile UP Prime and ENGAGE Aura

He’s the busiest dad of all – always on his phone and laptop, but also makes sure to spend time with his family amidst the hectic schedule. Keep him on top of his game with gadgets complementing his fast-paced lifestyle – the UP Prime and ENGAGE Aura from Starmobile.

Crafted to match the everyday lifestyle of professionals, Starmobile’s UP Prime clashes sleek experience of work and entertainment with its split-screen feat which allows dad to seamlessly navigate between texting and playing music. It’s 5-inch 2.5D curved screen perfects the resolution display of watching videos on right side and browsing the internet on the left side through its customizable toggle menus. Dad can also take notes for work by capturing moments with its 8MP rear camera or just bring out his fun personality in a stressful day with wacky selfie on the 5MP front cam. Powered by Android™ 7.0 Nougat, the 700MHz LTE-compatible gadget is the ideal mobile partner for professional dads.

Starmobile Engage

Whether in the office or at home, dad always needs to have a quick access computer to grow his business. The ENGAGE Aura from Starmobile lets him seize that opportunity at an affordable expense. Manufactured with a lightweight design for easy carry, the 1.9GHz Quad-Core laptop powers a heavy performance fitting dad’s everyday line-up of programs.

Equipped with a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, mini HDMI, and USB ports of 2.0 and 3.0; the Intel Atom computer makes a convenient working ambiance for dad with effortless connectivity. Its 2MP webcam also enables him immediate reach of his contacts at 720p video capture anytime, anywhere. With Windows 10 as its licensed operating system and long-lasting battery of 9000mAh Li-Ion with 7 hours video time and up to 210 hours standby time, the machine assures reliable job of a pro dad’s needs.

Fun-loving Father: Starcube Digital TV Box

Boost his entertainment experience and let dad enjoy local television shows in crystal clear definition. With over 30 channels to choose from, dad can watch just about as long as he wants without bothering about the monthly cable bill. What’s more, dad can simply tap the recording feature of the digibox in case he needs to work during airtime of his favorite shows.

Starcube

Super Surfer-Father: TP-LINK routers

For web surfing, TP-Link routers are known to be reliable in establishing secure and effective internet connection. With the brand’s collection, faster speeds for more devices are possible without slowing dad’s network. These routers are edged with superior range and coverage, permitting several devices connected nearby and faraway. Its innovative technology supplies solid support for simultaneous HD streaming, online gaming, and other online activities dad may need.

TP Link routers

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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu marks Independencia with rich Luzon cuisine

The bagnet of Ilocos, sisig of Pampanga, bulalo of Batangas, and many more Luzon dishes will serve as the highlight of the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu culinary festival Independencia from…

The bagnet of Ilocos, sisig of Pampanga, bulalo of Batangas, and many more Luzon dishes will serve as the highlight of the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu culinary festival Independencia from June 8-15 at Cafe Marco.

For the whole duration of Independencia: Flavors of Northern Philippines, diners will get to experience the rich and vibrant cuisine up north.

Jessica Avila, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s culinary consultant for Independencia, said they decided to focus on the rich flavors of Luzon for this year’s Philippine food festival.

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Tawilis salad.

Best dishes

“Some of the best dishes in Philippines are from the north, such as Pampanga and Bulacan. We also included food from such places as Ilocos and Baguio,” she added.

Brian Connelly, new Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager, said the Philippines gained independence from Spain 119 years ago and the hotel has honored this national celebration with a food festival for the past five years.

The culinary journey Independencia has featured food from across the country and this year it puts focus on the rich cuisine of Luzon, he added.

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Bulalo

Buffet rates

Diners can expect such signature Luzon dishes as pochero, bringhe, Bicol express, tapang Taal, ukoy, bistek Tagalog, and kare-kareng dagat, sisig santol, and tawilis salad to be served during lunch and dinner at Cafe Marco on top of the international spread all throughout Independencia.

Regular buffet rates apply even during Independencia but Cafe Marco currently has a special promo for weekday lunch at P880 net per person.

For more info on the culinary festival, call 253-1111 local 8429 or email mpplaza@marcopolohotels.com.

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Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Jessica Avila, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s culinary consultant for Independencia, with the hotel’s chefs.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Bagnet

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Buko salad and leche flan.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Dinakdakan

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Kare-kareng dagat.

 

Marco Polo Independencia

Adobong manok sa buho.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Ukoy.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Tapang Taal.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Bicol Express

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Bistek Tagalog

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Santol sisig.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Ginataang bilo-bilo.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia.

Various kakanin.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Burong Mangga.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Independencia

Tokwa’t Baboy.

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Organique fields triathlon team to help spread word on acai berry drink

US-based company Organique unveiled Tuesday its triathlon team as part of a marketing effort to spread word on the benefits of its acai berry-based health drink. The company, founded in…

US-based company Organique unveiled Tuesday its triathlon team as part of a marketing effort to spread word on the benefits of its acai berry-based health drink.

The company, founded in 2008 by couple Joseph and Catherine Salimbangon, bottles and distributes a health drink based on the acai berry.

“Aca berries are considered superfood, a term used to describe nutrient-rich food that is good for one’s health,” the company said.

During the unveiling of the team, Organique marketing director Lerma Mendoza touted the health benefits of the acai berry and their drink supplement. The berry, which grows in the Amazon River, has a high concentration of anti-oxidants that can offer a myriad of health benefits, Mendoza said.

Organique Acai Berry

ACAI BERRY DRINK. Organique touts its acai berry drink as having a myriad of health benefits. It is available in Watsons, Mercury Drug, 7Eleven and Landers Superstore. Its latest product is the freeze dried acai capsule.

Boost wellness

She said the acai berry helps improve one’s health and boosts overall wellness.

Ms. Salimbangon, on the other hand, assured consumers of the highest quality of their products. She used to work as a nurse in the US before she decided to embark on the business with her husband, an IT professional.

She said they were already drinking acai berry and were convinced of its health benefits that’s why they decided to turn it into a business.

Organique triathlon team

ORGANIQUE TRIATHLON TEAM. The group of triathletes supported by the company placed 3rd in the recent Dipolog 104 Triathlon. At the center are Organique marketing director Lerma Mendoza (seated, 3rd from left) and founder Catherine Salimbangon.

Organique triathlon team

As one way to help market the product, Organique decided to sponsor a triathlon team. The Organique Triathlon Team has 18 members – local athletes mostly with day jobs. Its members compete individually or as a team in various events.

This early, the team has already made its mark, finishing 3rd overall against the country’s top teams during the Dipolog 104 Triathlon. They are competing in future races all over the country, notably the coming Ironman event in Cebu.

Members of the team said they benefit from their regular drinking of Organique Acai Berry.

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Skywaterpark Cebu highlights Philippine culture in Pasundayag night

Traditional Philippine dances like the tinikling, pandanggo sa ilaw, palayok, Polynesian-inspired performances, and an impressive fire show marked the debut of the Pasundayag cultural night at Skywaterpark Cebu on June…

Traditional Philippine dances like the tinikling, pandanggo sa ilaw, palayok, Polynesian-inspired performances, and an impressive fire show marked the debut of the Pasundayag cultural night at Skywaterpark Cebu on June 2, 2017.

Simon Yang, Skywaterpark vice president, said the cultural show will now be a weekly event, held every Friday night, and include a scrumptious dinner buffet with steak, lechon, and a salad station.

Skywaterpark Pasundayag

EVERY FRIDAY, traditional Philippine dances will be performed at the Skywaterpark.

Traditional songs, dances

Yang said that when he came to Cebu for the first time, he wanted to experience the local culture. Skywaterpark came up with the event to provide a venue where foreign visitors can see and appreciate traditional songs and dances.

He added that they’ve come to realize that local guests also love watching ethnic performances because these bring back memories of schooldays when they knew the dances by heart.

A very important feature in the show, according to Yang, is letting guests participate by teaching them the tinikling or the pandanggo.

Skywaterpark Pasundayag

FIERY FINALE. An exciting fire show ends the the wonderful performance.

Cultural show, dinner buffet

He said part of the plan is to eventually hold the cultural show thrice weekly. Skywaterpark, located at the sixth floor of JCentre Mall, can accommodate 250 to 300 guests for the cultural night.

The cultural show with dinner buffet has regular rate of P3,000 but Skywaterpark currently has a special promo for locals at only P1,500. It does not include the use of the waterpark.

Skywaterpark Cebu currently holds a pool party every Saturday night and Sunday brunch for families with a host of activities for kids. Yang said they’re thinking of themes for the other days as well.

Skywaterpark Cebu day use rate is P1,000 net for adults and P900 net for kids 12 years old and below. Use of the waterpark facilities is from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Skywaterpark Simon Yang

Simon Yang, Skywaterpark vice president, answers questions of reporters during the launch.

Skywaterpark Pasundayag

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Huawei showcases P10 with portrait photography workshop in Cebu

Beautiful portraits, said fashion and beauty photographer Sara Black, “reveal untold stories.” To improve your portraits, Black offers these tips: use lighting and consider the quality, direction, and color of…

Beautiful portraits, said fashion and beauty photographer Sara Black, “reveal untold stories.”

To improve your portraits, Black offers these tips: use lighting and consider the quality, direction, and color of the light; look for a good facial angle and ask the subject which she or he considers the best; take into account body dynamic, follow composition rules but feel free to break these, connect with your subject, and have your own style.

Black held a short workshop on mobile portrait photography at the Chateau de Busay in Lahug last June 1. The Behind Portrait Photography workshop was held to showcase the superior image quality of the Huawei P10.

Huawei P10, P10 Plus features

Huawei Philippines marketing director Corinne Bacani gave a detailed introduction to the P10 and P10 Plus during the event. Using the phone is like having a “photo studio in your pocket,” she said in her introduction.

“Make every shot a cover shot,” was how Huawei highlighted its camera, which was co-engineered with iconic brand Leica.

Huawei P10 Sarah Black

HUAWEI P10. Photographer Sara Black demonstrates the use of a Huawei P10 to take great portrait photographs.

The front or selfie camera is also a Leica, the first among phones. This allows the selfie camera to capture “2X more light” and “amazing self-portraits, whether day or night.”

“The Huawei P10 even senses groufies and automatically switches to wide-angle shots when more people enter the picture,” the company said.

Leica dual camera

The rear camera, however, is what makes the P10 stand out among flagship phones.

“The new Leica Dual Camera 2.0 uses precise 3D facial detection, dynamic illumination, and natural portrait enhancements to produce stunning artistic portrait shots in Leica image style,” the company said.

The P10 has a Leica Dual Camera 2.0 while the P10 Plus has a Leica Dual Camera 1.0 Pro Edition.

It has an easy option to do photo bokeh, where the subject stands out because the background is rendered blurred or out of focus while taking the shot. The bokeh options can be finely controlled in the P10 while taking the shot.

Trendy colors

Black showcased these as well as other outstanding imaging features of the phone in her talk.

“The most iconic portraits are defined by outstanding lighting and clarity of details. Working as a lifestyle photographer for many years now, I always place a premium on how these two elements are reflected in every shot I make, and the Huawei P10 makes this very convenient. They instantly give dramatic touches to every photo, revealing interesting stories or realities of every subject that are rarely captured even through words,” Black said.

The P10 comes in trendy colors, generated with the help of Pantone, like Dazzling Blue, Prestige Gold, Graphite Black, and Greenery.

Huawei P10 Corinne Bacani

PHOTO STUDIO IN YOUR POCKET. Huawei Philippines marketing director Corinne Bacani gives a detailed introduction to the P10 and P10 Plus during the workshop.

Not only does the phone have formidable tech specs, it uses machine learning algorithms to make applications open and run faster, said Bacani.

Bacani added, “I’m glad people are curious to learn more about portrait photography, and with the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus’ arrival in the Philippines, I believe they now have the perfect devices to carry and express that curiosity and enthusiasm with them everywhere.”

The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are available at P28,990 and P36,990 via Huawei Experience Stores and retail partners nationwide. It is also available via Globe ThePLAN 1799 for frere. The plan comes with 11GB of data, Unli-All Net Texts and Unli-Calls to Globe & TM, Netflix access for 6 months, Spotify Premium access for 3 months, HOOQ access for 6 months. The Huawei P10 can also be purchased either via any credit card at 0% interest for 6 and 12 months or Home Credit at 0% installment for 9 months without the need for a credit card.

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Make Your Own Havaianas 2017 pays homage to the 90s

Every year, Make Your Own Havaianas (MYOH) lets fans step into a different place with the fun themes that inspire the flip-flop customization experience. It has taken everyone to colorful…

Every year, Make Your Own Havaianas (MYOH) lets fans step into a different place with the fun themes that inspire the flip-flop customization experience.

It has taken everyone to colorful Brazil, sunny Hawaii, and kawaii Japan. This year, Havaianas sets foot into a different time and, hands down, one of the best decades ever – the 90s.

From music to fashion, movies to TV shows, toys and games, to slang, and the list of reasons why it was an awesome decade goes on. It was a simpler time.

#MYOH2017 commemorative pair.

#MYOH2017 commemorative pair.

2017 commemorative pair

This year’s commemorative pair is a must-have. It comes in a classic black sole with pixels, inspired by the 8-bit video games that defined the decade.

The pins also hark back to the 90. The choices include throwback icons of a TV, cassette tape, boom box, and a video game icon. There’s a pin that simply says “I ❤ 90s” for those who lived through this rad time.

#MYOH2017 pins.

#MYOH2017 pins.

Back in the day, bedrooms were a whole lot cooler if they were glow-in-the-dark. So, Havaianas has come up with glow-in-the-dark pins that come in five super fun designs: a lightning bolt, smiley, star, and lips.

Ayala Center Cebu, SM Seaside City

In Cebu, this year’s MYOH will have two legs. Head to All Flip-Flops Ayala Center Cebu on June 9 to 12 and All Flip-Flops SM Seaside City on June 15 to 18 for something very cool, or as ‘90s kids would say, totally phat. For the first time ever, Havaianas makes use of 3D printing technology that can print pins before your eyes.

Follow Havaianas Philippines on Facebook and @havaianasphils on Twitter and Instagram for updates on #MYOH2017. Plan your masterpiece ahead by mixing and matching different combos at myoh.havaianasphilippines.com. (Press Release)

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#MYOH 2017 Cebu

#MYOH 2017 Cebu

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New Nissan Cebu South dealership raises bar with global standards

Nissan Philippines opened its latest dealership Nissan Cebu South and patterns it after a global design standard to enhance the experience of Cebuano customers. The Nissan Cebu South on Highway…

Nissan Philippines opened its latest dealership Nissan Cebu South and patterns it after a global design standard to enhance the experience of Cebuano customers.

The Nissan Cebu South on Highway Linao,Talisay City is the 4th showroom in the Philippines that’s compliant with the Nissan Retail Environment Design Initiative (NREDI) 2.1. developed by Nissan Motor Co. for its global dealership network.

“In the past year, the Nissan brand has grown significantly in the region of Cebu,” said Ramesh Narasimhan, president and director of Nissan Philippines Inc.

“To continue to support this growth, we are very excited to be opening a new NREDI compliant dealership in the south, allowing us to enhance our Cebuano customers’ experience with the Nissan brand.”

NREDI 2.1, brought to Cebu with the opening of Nissan Cebu South through the Gateway Group, adds a number of stand-out features to the showroom. These include a spacious interior layout and trailblazing styling. An iconic Red Tablet showcases the exciting vehicles and technologies on display inside.

The new design was created with the customer experience in mind.

Nissan Cebu South

NISSAN DEALERSHIP OPENING. (From left) Niel Ballares – Regional Executive Officer After Sales, Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI); Francis Ang – Manager, Dealer Development, NPI; Abner Berdos – General Manager, After Sales, NPI; Roland Navarro – General Manager, Sales, NPI; Ramesh Narasimhan- President, NPI; Martin Goho – Chairman, Gateway Group; Estrella Goho – Vice-Chairman, Gateway Group; Noelito Marcos – VP and Div Head, Corp Client Segment Group, BPI; Jovi Abad – VP & Head, Visayas- Mindanao, Eastwest Bank; Rafael Dimalanta – Senior Vice-President, Maybank during the opening of the dealership.

Grand showroom

A large digital display with Nissan’s featured vehicle greets guests when they enter the Nissan Drive area.

The interior lighting perfectly highlights each display car’s craftsmanship and design, even at night, and the expansive glass make it visible even from the outside. Customers and guests can roam freely throughout the spacious grand showroom and check out the 10 different Nissan vehicles on display

Premium customer lounge

The heart of the NREDI 2.1 is the premium customer lounge that provides a relaxing and enjoyable visit to both current and new Nissan customers.

It provides guests a variety of seating options when it comes to engaging with an advisor, from gallery benches, café tables, high bars and club chairs to sofas and semi-private worktables. The lounge is also carpeted, furnished with cozy seats and a dropped timber ceiling with lights. Refreshments are also available at the Refuel Bar, adding to the environment’s premium feel.

Consultation spaces

The consultation area, with its semi-private offices separated by glass walls, are specially designed for customer and advisor engagement. The space offers customers privacy but promotes brand transparency at the same time.

Customers can now have an open experience with dealership advisors, thanks to the roomy new interiors and comfortable seats and tables.

Nissan Cebu South

PARTNERSHIP. Nissan Cebu South is a partnership between Nissan Philippines and the Gateway Group. It is located on the highway in Linao, Talisay City.

Retail gallery

A new addition to the showroom is the parts and accessories boutique. It is equipped with moveable wall displays and gallery fixtures so that customers can decide on the appropriate features and accessories for their vehicle. Here, guests are encouraged to browse and shop while waiting for their vehicle at the service bay.

Service car reception

The service car reception area is equipped with service write-up pods to enable one-on-one interactions between customers and their advisors. The presence of digital screens in the area allows service customers to see the menu of available services and promotions, promoting even more transparency with customers.

Premier delivery

The premier delivery area creates a truly celebratory experience for customers. During the new vehicle delivery process, the car is unveiled with a red curtain and focal halo lighting to excite and delight the customer. The presence of mirrored glass doors enables customers to see themselves with their new cars.

After reviewing the vehicle’s specifications, the advisor and customer may opt to proceed to the high bar so that the other guests can share in the celebration. (Press Release)

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Topman launches “All The Jeans” campaign

Firmly woven into the fabric of fashion, denim — more specifically jeans — has become an essential part of our wardrobe. Widely embraced and worn for their durability and ease,…

Firmly woven into the fabric of fashion, denim — more specifically jeans — has become an essential part of our wardrobe. Widely embraced and worn for their durability and ease, jeans have been adopted by all. From casual wear staple to catwalk favorite, jeans are synonymous with style and versatility.

Continuing to establish its position as the definitive denim destination, for Spring / Summer 17 Topman launched its new denim campaign “All the Jeans.” The campaign celebrates the breadth of jeans on offer at Topman. From recognizable Topman fits such as the “spray on skinny,” “stretch skinny,” “stretch slim” and “taper” to the introduction of innovative new treatments, washes and launch of hero styles – “All The Jeans” delivers the best in new and existing styles.

Taking inspiration from denim’s origin as a durable work wear staple, our new pair “The Original” is tomorrow’s new classic. Fashioned using authentic rigid denim and with a prominent twill, this jean is designed to achieve a vintage 90s look. Remaining faithful to this vintage aesthetic the “The Original” comes in a traditional light, mid and black wash.

Completing the denim offering, existing styles such as “The Standard” have been updated for Spring / Summer 17. Worn mid-rise and with a straight leg, “The Standard” now comes in an off-white wash and with a raw hem for a naturally worn look. “The Taper” jean has been refreshed and now appears in finishes inspired by natural wear and tear with fading and subtle abrasions found around the knees.

Stretch Skinny

 

Stretch Slim

 

Taper

 

The Original

 

The Standard.

Coinciding with the launch of “All The Jeans,” selected stores across the UK and globally are running “A pair and a spare” incentive – offering customers P800 off when they purchase two pairs of Topman jeans from the collection until May 31, 2017.

In the Philippines, Topman is owned and operated by Robinsons Specialty Stores Inc., a subsidiary of Robinsons Retails Holdings, Inc. Topman is located at 1/F Paseo Solana, Ayala Center Cebu. Get the latest style updates through Topman’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/topmanphilippines. Follow Topman on Twitter and Instagram @TopmanPH. (Press Release)

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School’s about to start. Find a bag that fits your style

Summer is about to end, it’s time to pack your bags and say goodbye to summer. Whether you are a Herschel person or a Jansport guy or even a The…

Summer is about to end, it’s time to pack your bags and say goodbye to summer. Whether you are a Herschel person or a Jansport guy or even a The North Face type, your choice of bags speaks to your needs and style.

If you haven’t found the best bag for this school year, we’ve got here the best school bags of different types and brands. See which one perfectly works for you.

Remember, your bag isn’t just about carrying all your stuff to school, it is a fashion statement as well. Make sure you have one that will keep your things organized, is durable enough to last the entire school year and is, of course, a cool accessory.

1) Herschel

Herschel pack

(Photo from: Herschel Supply Co. Philippines Facebook)

This Herschel backpack is perfect for students with 15” laptops since it features padded laptop sleeve inside. This Vancouver-based brand is a hip and trendy accessory to complete your school OOTDs.

2) JanSport

JanSport Hatchet

JanSport Hatchet (Photo from JanSport Philippines Facebook)

JanSport Hatchet is the perfect student companion whether for school or for an adventure. It brings together outdoor influence with modern functionality. It features a 15” laptop sleeve, and organizer panel, a tablet pocket, and water bottle pockets.

3) MRKT

For students who want bold and stylish silhouettes, Mad Rabbit Kicking Tiger (MRKT) has it. It features clean, minimal, unique and functional designs. It promises not just stylish look but durability as well.

MRKT Kel Briefcase

MRKT Kel Briefcase (Photo from Mad Rabbit Kicking Tiger Philippines Facebook)

4) Sakroots (tote bag)

Sakroots prints are original creations of artists from around the world that share the same mission with the brand to make the world better. This Sakroots satchel is a perfect fashion statement for college students who want express hip and relaxed vibe.

Sakroots

Sakroots (Photo from Sakroots.com)

5) The North Face

Are you adventurous and on-the-go? You can stay organized with this The North Face backpack. It features a 15” laptop sleeve in the main compartment and a tablet sleeve in the front compartment. It is redesigned for all-day comfort whether you are in the campus or outdoors.

The North Face Recon

The North Face Recon (Photo from thenorthface.com)

6) Mi-Pac

Mi-Pac

Mi-Pac (Photos from Mi-Pac Philippines Facebook)

Express your style with Mi-Pac backpacks. Mi-Pac is a British brand that embodies creativity, and is designed to express individuality, freedom of expression, and personal style.

They say that your bag doesn’t just complete your outfit; it’s an expression of style and personality. Which one’s yours?

Brands above are available at Bratpack Ayala Center Cebu and Bratpack Robinsons Galleria Cebu. For more info you may call them at 415-8343 and 261-4254.

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Cafe Marco starts new dining lifestyle with Sunday Brunch+

Cafe Marco combines an exciting feast of delectable buffet favorites with fun activities to bring you the Sunday Brunch+ that’s more than the usual dining experience. Sample the roast beef…

Cafe Marco combines an exciting feast of delectable buffet favorites with fun activities to bring you the Sunday Brunch+ that’s more than the usual dining experience.

Sample the roast beef at the carving station, smoked meats like the barbecued brisket or pulled pork, and wood fire oven roasted chicken.

Add color to your plate with dishes from the Asian station featuring different kinds of stir fry, dimsum, and Mongolian barbecue bowls.

Smoked meat with baked potatoes and mac n' cheese.

Smoked meat with baked potatoes and mac n’ cheese.

Specialty items

There’s seafood on ice, king prawns, mussels, and ala minute Oysters Rockefeller. You can also go Mexican with tacos, quesadillas, and fajitas.

But always leave room for Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s specialty items that will be passed around at certain times during the buffet. It could be our latest frappes, pizza fresh from the oven, pastries, signature drinks – the possibilities are endless!

Mongolian barbecue station.

Mongolian barbecue station.

Happening simultaneously with the buffet are the different activities designed to make sure that there’s something fun for everyone. For the kids, we have face painting, balloon twisting, and perhaps even a surprise cooking class.

For the adults, there’s live music entertainment from different local acts every Sunday and a complimentary 5-minute massage from our licensed Wellness Zone therapists.

Wines, beers, cocktails

Of course, it isn’t brunch without the bubbles. Whether it’s sparkling, red or white wine, beer-below-zero, mimosas or cocktails, Cafe Marco has it. Give in and indulge with an option to avail of free flow drinks – it’s okay, it’s a Sunday.

Avail of Brunch n’ Bubbles with free flow drinks for P1,800 nett, while Brunch Only is at P1,450 nett. Kids 4 to 10 years old can avail of the 50% discount, while kids 3 years old and below can eat for free at the kids buffet.

Cold cuts and cheese.

Cold cuts and cheese.

Sunday Brunch+ is from 11:30 a.m.to 2:30 p.m. Those who want to continue the merriment can transition to El Viento Restaurant & Pool Bar for an afternoon of lazing around and perhaps even a dip at the pool.

Sunday Brunch+ — it’s more than just brunch, it’s a Sunday lifestyle!

Kids' corner.

Kids’ corner.

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