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Parkmall brings back country’s biggest gathering of pets

Cebu’s best pet-friendly mall continues to promote responsible and intelligent pet ownership through its animal-friendly facilities and pet-centered events, the biggest of which is the Pet Festival Philippines. The grand…

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Cebu’s best pet-friendly mall continues to promote responsible and intelligent pet ownership through its animal-friendly facilities and pet-centered events, the biggest of which is the Pet Festival Philippines.

The grand event also celebrates the special relationship that exists between pets and their owners. “Parkmall is a family-oriented mall. Most people treat their pets like family, so it follows that Parkmall welcomes pets like family,” said Engr. Neal Carlson Co, President of Golden Great Value Properties, Inc., the company that owns and operates Parkmall.

Now on its second year, the Pet Festival Philippines on May 11-14 will gather different kinds of pets for 4 days of pet-centered exhibits and competitions to be participated by all the pet clubs, leading pet shops and animal welfare organizations, making it the biggest and most diverse assembly of its kind not just in Cebu, but in the country as well.

Parkmall

PET-FRIENDLY. Parkmall is a pet-friendly mall that promotes responsible and intelligent pet ownership. This photo taken from Parkmall’s Facebook page shows one of the activities in last year’s Pet Festival.

Animal welfare

Marking the official start of the festival on May 12 at 2PM will be a panel discussion on animal welfare and responsible pet ownership with representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Island Rescue Organization (IRO), and Animal Wellness Veterinary Clinic.

Parkmall’s Pawshionista, Cebu’s first and most fabulous fashion competition for pets, returns with two categories: one for dogs and another for cats. This year’s theme is Summer in Bloom where participating pets will strut the runway in their floral summer wear on May 13.

This year, Parkmall is co-organizing the 1st Cebu Dog Road Run together with the K9 CARE (Cebu Agility Run Enthusiast) Dog Sport, and the 1st Royal Canin Dog Sport Challenge, three days of competitions for dogs which include the 6th Cebu Dog Sport National Competition and the 2nd Dog Agility Championship.

Race challenge

Another event highlight is Cebu’s first race challenge for dogs and their humans, the Great Pet Adventure Race in which teams of three dog and human pairs compete to accomplish the tasks in different stations around the mall in the shortest time possible.

Pet Festival Philippines will also be marked by a host of other fun activities and competitions such as the Phone Photography Contest, Creative Dry-Grooming Competition, Pet Parade, All-Breed Fun Match, United Hamster Aficionados’ Hamster Relay Race, and the Philippine Serama Competition.

The event will be for the benefit of the Island Rescue Organization (IRO), a non-profit group that rescues and rehabilitates aspins and puspins before putting them up for adoption every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month as part of Parkmall’s regular Dog Walk. IRO has been the mall’s partner in all of its pet-centered events.

In 2016, Parkmall was accredited by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) as an animal control facility, which means that the entire Parkmall property is safe and conducive for pets. Parkmall is the only mall in Cebu to be accredited as such by BAI. This prompted Parkmall to make the move to go beyond just being pet-friendly and to recognize itself as Cebu’s only pet-loving mall as it continues to understand and cater to the needs of the pets and the pet-loving community. (Press Release)

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Landers Superstore opens in Cebu today

Landers Superstore Cebu, located in 23 Minore Park on Cardinal Rosales Avenue corner Pope John Paul II Avenue, offers a wide selection of goods and exclusive perks for members. The…

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Landers Superstore Cebu, located in 23 Minore Park on Cardinal Rosales Avenue corner Pope John Paul II Avenue, offers a wide selection of goods and exclusive perks for members.

The Cebu branch is the first outside Metro Manila. It spans 8,000 square meters of blissful shopping experience, tasting dining choices that include the Doppio cafe, Dough & Co. bakery, and Landers Special, a diner named after a train station.

Landers Superstore Cebu

Landers Superstore Cebu opens today.

The barbershop Federal Barbers gives out free haircuts to Landers Superstore Cebu members, who also get fuel discounts of P2 off per liter for gasoline and P1.50 off per liter for diesel. Landers is able to offer fuel discounts through a partnership with Caltex.

Facebook Live tour of Landers Superstore Cebu

A promo that adds either another premium or an extension membership for every single premium membership registration at only P800 is ongoing up to June 30, 2017. Those interested need to sign up personally at the store to avail of the special offers.

Like Landers Superstore Cebu @LandersSuperstoreCebu on Facebook and @landersph on Instagram.

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Landers Superstore Cebu is the first outside Manila.

 

Landers Superstore Cebu

With several counters, we didn’t have to wait for long in line during the VIP preview.

 

Landers Superstore Cebu

MEMBERSHIP PROMO. A promo that adds either another premium or an extension membership for every single premium membership registration at only P800 is ongoing up to June 30, 2017.

 

Landers Superstore Cebu

 

Landers Superstore Cebu

 

Landers Superstore Cebu

 

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Landers Superstore Cebu free haircut

FREE HAIRCUT. The barbershop Federal Barbers gives out free haircuts to Landers Superstore Cebu members, who also get fuel discounts of P2 off per liter for gasoline and P1.50 off per liter for diesel.

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Craving kare-kare or crispy pata? Max’s Restaurant now serves them in rice bowls

Filipino food favorites crispy pata and kare-kare now come in single-serve rice bowls at Max’s Restaurant and they are hard to resist. The crispy pata rice bowl is a scrumptious…

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Filipino food favorites crispy pata and kare-kare now come in single-serve rice bowls at Max’s Restaurant and they are hard to resist.

The crispy pata rice bowl is a scrumptious combination of rice topped with golden brown slices of fried boneless crispy pata and banana slices. Light brown garlic bits and freshly chopped spring onions as garnish complete the dish.

Max's rice bowls

Max’s Restaurant crispy pata rice bowl

Bestsellers

Max’s kare-kare rice bowl highlights the popular local stew made of slices of beef forequarter or beef chuck and oxtripe with blanched native pechay and string beans and served with slightly thick ground peanut sauce and bagoong alamang.

Arianne Ross B. Pombo, Max’s Restaurant regional trade marketing for VisMin, said their bestsellers after chicken are crispy pata and kare-kare but they usually come in large group servings.

Max’s Restaurant rice bowl

Max’s Restaurant kare-kare rice bowl.

Max’s Chicken All You Can

The rice bowls allow solo or small groups of diners and millennials who are always on the go to easily satisfy their cravings, she added.

Today, May 5, and May 12, Max’s Restaurant is holding its Chicken-All-You-Can promo. On these two days, Max’s Restaurant branches in Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu, and SM City Seaside can have their fill of Max’s chicken from 2 to 10 p.m. for only P249. The promo comes with one serving of drinks.

Time for dessert.

 

Max's Restaurant

MAX’S CLASSIC. The restaurant’s bestseller and iconic dish: whole spring chicken with kamote fries.

 

Max's Restaurant

RICE BOWLS LAUNCHING. Arianne Ross B. Pombo, Max’s Restaurant regional trade marketing for VisMin, with the managers of the restaurant’s different branches in Cebu during the press launch of the rice bowls.

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Marco Polo celebrates summer with Drink, Dance, & Dip party

Known for its top-class business reputation, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu showed its fun side in a summertime party aptly named Drink, Dance, & Dip at the hotel’s El Viento Restaurant…

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Known for its top-class business reputation, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu showed its fun side in a summertime party aptly named Drink, Dance, & Dip at the hotel’s El Viento Restaurant and Pool Bar.

Guests were treated to free-flowing summer cocktails, dancing music, and smoky barbecue dishes.

The fun event was set up by the side of the pool with its inviting crystal blue water that was just too difficult to resist. Many gave in to the temptation of a refreshing dip.

Drink, Dance, & Dip

Pina Colada at El Viento Restaurant and Pool Bar.

Highlight fun side

Lara Scarrow, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Director of Sales and Marketing, said the event served to highlight the El Viento Restaurant and Pool Bar that often gets overlooked because of their reputation as a business hotel.

She added that they want to show guests this part of the hotel where they can relax, dine, drink, and even take a swim. The Cafe Marco buffet already includes free use of the pool so families and friends can have fun after dining at the restaurant.

Drink, Dance & Dip was a cluster pool party that happened simultaneously in all Marco Polo properties in the Philippines, including Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, and Marco Polo Davao.

Guests donned chic summer outfits over their swimwear in happy compliance with the invitation to drink, dance, and dip.

Marco Polo Cebu Drink, Dance, & Dip party

DJ Jen.

Free-flowing summer drinks

DJ Jen Weigel Sarmiento and DJ Kirby Yu provided dance music while guests enjoyed the food and bar.

The free-flowing summer drinks included frozen mojitos, blue daiquiris, and pina coladas. There was also a Belvedere and Moet Chandon Bar, while Pocari Sweat provided maximum hydration.

Marco Polo Cebu Drink, Dance, & Dip party

Drinks were paired with savory bar bites such as chicken fajitas, fish cakes, spicy skewers, and assorted kebabs.

Just as the sun was about to set, the music transitioned to sexy Latino beats as the Phoenix Band set the tone for some dancing and lots of laidback fun.

Havaianas inflatable flip floats provided some added color and lounging opportunities.

Marco Polo Cebu Drink, Dance, & Dip party

Blue Daiquiri, Frozen Mojito and Pina Colada.

Party prizes

Earlier, hosts Paulo Varela and Maria Gigante mentioned that some prizes were hidden in the pool and indeed before the night ended, all prizes were found and claimed. They included two-night stays at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila and Marco Polo Davao. Thrown in for good measure were gift certificates for El Viento Restaurant and Pool Bar.

Flow Arts Cebu provided entertainment in the form of amazing fire dances. One such performance was held at the bar’s roof to the delight of party guests.

Marco Polo Cebu Drink, Dance, & Dip party

Miss Cebu Raine Baljak.

Towards the end of the evening, awards were given out for Best Half-Dressed lady and gentleman. The winners were Patty Taboada with her sexy cut-out one piece from Cesa and Neil San Pedro with his laid back and chill get-up. Both won an overnight stay at Marco Polo Plaza and a flip float from Havaianas.

Indeed, it was a summer party like no other with about 200 guests enjoying Drink, Dance & Dip.

Stay tuned for more exciting events from Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Like facebook.com/marcopolocebu to stay updated on all hotel activities and promotions. You may also call (63 32) 253 1111 or email mpplaza@marcopolohotels.com for bookings or inquiries.

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Rustan’s Supermarket in Ayala to hold paper flower art workshop

Make summer productive and creative by letting your kid join Rustan’s Supermarket’s paper flower art workshop on May 6 at 2 p.m. in Ayala Center Cebu. The workshop will be…

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Make summer productive and creative by letting your kid join Rustan’s Supermarket’s paper flower art workshop on May 6 at 2 p.m. in Ayala Center Cebu. The workshop will be conducted by papercraft artist Stephanie Tudtud.

To join, present your Fresh Card at the customer service counter and register for P299 for two slots inclusive of workshop materials.

papercraft workshop Rustan’s Stephanie Tudtud

Exclusive workshops

Rustan’s Supermarket’s Everyday Creativity workshops are exclusive to Fresh Cardholders, their loyalty program. The workshops are geared towards creating a community of shoppers and an avenue for the family and like-minded individuals to bond.

In Cebu, Rustan’s Supermarket is located in Oakridge Business Park, 880 A.S Fortuna Street, Banilad, Mandaue City; Paseo Arcenas Estate in Banawa; and Basement 1 of the Ayala Center Cebu expansion wing.

It is open daily from 8am-9pm, 8am-9pm and 9am-9pm respectively. For inquiries, contact (032) 262 0680 (Ayala), (032) 412 4146 (Oakridge). For updates, follow @RustansFresh on Twitter, Instagram and Rustan’s Supermarket on Facebook or visit www.rustansfresh.com. (Press Release)

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Fitflop marks 10 years of creating footwear for ‘superwomen’

Be it mother or daughter, wife or lover, entrepreneur or business executive, best friend or mentor, women play multiple roles on a daily basis and Fitflop promises to be there…

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Be it mother or daughter, wife or lover, entrepreneur or business executive, best friend or mentor, women play multiple roles on a daily basis and Fitflop promises to be there for them every step of the way.

Fitflop, which recently celebrated 10 years of providing superwomen with great footwear, aims to give them the energy and confidence to go further and be absolutely prepared for whatever their busy lives may throw at them, said its global marketing director Louise Barnes during the Manila leg of a series of events known as #SuperWomenNights.

She added that as the brand marks the start of another decade, it comes out with a wide range of products that now includes a whole new category of footwear.

FitFlop Superwomen

WIDE RANGE. Fitflop global marketing director Louise Barnes (right) said that as the brand marks the start of another decade, it comes out with a wide range of products that now includes a whole new category of footwear – athletic catergory.

New Fitflop products

“We’re entering the athletic category in a big way and we’re doing that with lightweight sneakers and ballerinas. We’ve developed brand new products that will change the way you think of Fitflop,” Barnes said.

According to her, the new Fitflop products are super light, anatomically contoured to cover the feet and have front and back cushioning, and come in a host of beautiful bold and bright colors. This is made possible by Fitflop’s all-new trademark iQushion technology, which is a micro-bubble foam impact cushion.

Fitflop has sold over 35 million pairs of shoes and is now in 63 countries, added Barnes, citing that the whole idea of the brand was about empowering women.

“Our founder Marcia Kilgore, she’s really our original superwoman. She strongly believes in supporting women from the ground up with great footwear,” Barnes said.

Brand milestones

FitFlop regional brand manager Melody Tanjimenez said the brand celebrates several milestones in 2017: its 10th year anniversary, launch of the Spring-Summer Collection, a million Facebook followers just in Southeast Asia alone.

She added that the brand’s growth was an incredible milestone especially since it only had a small following in Multiply when it started in 2007.

“They believed in the brand and we were able to build the brand to what it is today through them,” Tanjimenez also said.

FitFlop Superwomen campaign

#ForSuperwomen. The company brought in the Southeast Asian winners of the #ForSuperwomen promo, a social media contest that asked Fitflop lovers to nominate the superwomen in their lives, to the regional launch of the #SuperwomenNights in Manila in March.

Southeast Asian markets

Tanjimenez said the Primer Group of Companies, which distributes the Fitflop brands in Southeast Asia, also has its own milestones.

The first Fitflop free standing store it opened back in 2010 at the SM Mall of Asia has grown to 30 stores across its Southeast Asian markets.

Primer Group distributes Fitflop footwear in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Myanmar, and the Philippines

Superwomen campaign

Fitflop is working with Uma Thurman, the brand’s first celebrity ambassador, for the spring-summer 2017 collection and the superwomen campaign.

Barnes said they picked Thurman because she is also an advocate of women empowerment and her values are aligned with that of the brand.

“She (Thurman) absolutely embodies strength, confidence, total control. She is also a multitasking mother of three and represents iconic characters on stage,” she further said.

Fitflop Supwerwomen campaign

NEW COLLECTION. The Fitflop spring-summer 2017 collection.

Contest winners

It also brought in the Southeast Asian winners of the #ForSuperwomen promo, a social media contest that asked Fitflop lovers to nominate the superwomen in their lives, to the regional launch of the #SuperwomenNights in Manila.

In a toast to the winners, Camille Karaan, vice president for Primer International Management Ltd., said that for superwomen, everything is possible.

“We have superwomen all around us. They are mothers, sisters, friends, and even strangers,” she added.

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Summer’s here! Suit up, gear up at GRIND

It’s summer and there’s just no resisting the siren call of sun and surf, so suit up in trendy beach fashion available at GRIND in Ayala Center Cebu. This season…

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It’s summer and there’s just no resisting the siren call of sun and surf, so suit up in trendy beach fashion available at GRIND in Ayala Center Cebu.

This season of fine white sand and aquamarine sea, be your best Instagrammable self with these chic beachwear from Billabong and Roxy.

GRIND summer essentials

BEACH ESSENTIALS. Beach bag and bikini by Roxy, available at GRIND in Ayala Center Cebu.

Turn heads in Roxy’s string, off-shoulder, bandeau, or sling bikini. A bikini or two even come with matching beach bags.

Make waves with Billabong’s trendy beach shorts. Pair off with a pair of durable Adidas water shoes and you’re ready to wade in the shallows or swim in the deep.

GRIND also features other sportswear brands for the budding athlete or the active traveler this summer.

Summer finds at GRIND

 

GRIND summer

Billabong Bikini.

 

GRIND summer

Billabong beach shorts.

 

GRIND summer

 

GRIND summer

Adidas water shoes.

 

GRIND summer essentials

 

GRIND summer

Billabong sandals.

 

GRIND summer

 

GRIND summer in Cebu

 

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AirAsia starts new flights, connects Cebu, Davao, Palawan, Boracay, Clark

Philippines AirAsia launched new flights from Cebu to the Philippine summer destinations of Palawan and Boracay, celebrating the new routes with a seat sale that’s available for booking until April…

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Philippines AirAsia launched new flights from Cebu to the Philippine summer destinations of Palawan and Boracay, celebrating the new routes with a seat sale that’s available for booking until April 30, 2017.

Beginning yesterday, April 22, AirAsia also resumed and added flights from Cebu to Davao. From Cebu, the airlines now flies twice daily to Davao and daily to Palawan and Boracay via Caticlan.

The first trip from Cebu to Davao left at 4:45 in the morning yesterday, Saturday, followed by the 12:10 p.m. to Caticlan and the 6:45 p.m. to Puerto Princesa in Palawan.

AirAsia new flights Cebu

NEW FLIGHTS. Captain Gomer Monreal (3rd from left), Philippines AirAsia director of flight operations, and Ravishankar Saravu, Chief Commercial Adviser of GMR Megawide Cebu, and AirAsia crew members lead the launch of new AirAsia flights from the Mactan Cebu International Airport.

Cebu expansion

Captain Gomer Monreal, Philippines AirAsia director of flight operations, said the company’s expansion will focus on Cebu in the next few years since the Manila airport is already congested.

He added that AirAsia already has a hub in Cebu and it was just a matter of opening new routes and increasing flights.

The first AirAsia flight from Davao for Cebu took off at 10:40 a.m., also on April 22, with Monreal as operating pilot. He was assisted by Captain Bernardino Perez and flight officer Leonardo Orendain.

AirAsia expansion Cebu

CEBU EXPANSION. Captain Gomer Monreal, Philippines AirAsia director of flight operations, said the company’s expansion will focus on Cebu in the next few years since the Manila airport is already congested.

AirAsia seat sale

To celebrate the launch of its six new domestic flights, AirAsia offers promo fares from as low as P788, one way all-in, that’s up for grabs until April 30, 2017 at www.airasia.com. Travel time is between September 5, 2017 to February 8, 2018.

Philippines Airasia also opened daily flights from Davao to Boracay, thrice weekly flights to Palawan, and four weekly flights to Clark. The airline company also maintains daily flights between Manila and Davao.

AirAsia new flights Cebu

INAUGURAL FLIGHTS. The cake that was sliced to mark the new flights from Cebu.

The Davao-Clark route officially opened today, April 23, 2017.

AirAsia started operating thrice weekly Clark-Kalibo flights since March.

Facebook Live video of the event

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Mactan resorts, The Outlets shops hold sale in Great Lapu-Lapu Blowout

Visitors to the yearly Kadaugan sa Mactan have been getting their fill of delectable Mactan food so it’s now time to let them experience what this historic city is about…

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Visitors to the yearly Kadaugan sa Mactan have been getting their fill of delectable Mactan food so it’s now time to let them experience what this historic city is about with The Great Lapu-Lapu Blowout from April 28-30, 2017 at The Outlets in Pueblo Verde.

On these 3 days, several Mactan resorts, a few souvenir and pasalubong stores, and shops at The Outlets will offer discounts and promos on accommodations, food and beverage, Lapu-Lapu products like guitars, and even branded retail items, said AboitizLand senior manager for commercial leasing and management Gembelyne B. Icamen.

“The Outlets are already on sale all year round but during this time shops will offer from 30 to 50 percent discount,” she said.

Great Lapu-Lapu Blowout

GREAT LAPU-LAPU BLOWOUT. (From left) Jobelle Arellano of Eloisa Royal Suites, Arianne Manzo of AboitizLand Marketing, Be Resorts Area Communications Manager Ronalaine Sato, Geofel Flores of AboitizLand Marketing, Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Officer Hembler Mendoza, AboitizLand senior manager for commercial leasing and management Gembelyne Icamen, Costabella marketing and communications manager Malu Arriola, and Myla Tabasa of World of Adventures Travel & Tours during the announcement of the Great Lapu-Lapu Blowout.

Top Mactan resorts

Top Mactan resorts like Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark, Be Resorts, Costabella Tropical Beach Hotel and travel agencies like World of Adventures are among the tourism establishments that will participate in The Great Travel Blowout, according to Icamen.

The event is organized by Aboitizland to support Lapu-Lapu City’s celebration of the Kadaugan sa Mactan or Victory in Mactan, which commemorates the historic battle between chieftain Lapu-Lapu and Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521.

She added that event exhibitors are still accepted but they should be Mactan-based companies.

Great Lapu-Lapu Blowout

YEAR-ROUND SALE. The Outlets are already on sale all year round but during this time shops will offer from 30 to 50 percent discount, said AboitizLand senior manager for commercial leasing and management Gembelyne B. Icamen.

Room, food packages

Malu A. Arriola, Costabella marketing and communications manager, said they will have promos on rooms and special discounts on food and beverages during the blow-out.

Be Resorts will also give special room rates and extend its summer specials like the Summer Salsa every Saturdays to end of May, according resort area communications manager Ronalaine F. Sato.

They’ll also come up with even more special packages for April 28-30, she added.

Great Lapu-Lapu Blowout

CULINARY DESTINATION. The Fork in the Road at The Outlets is a popular dining destination, especially at night.

Tour deals

At least 10 establishments, majority of which are resorts, have agreed to participate in The Great Lapu-Lapu Blowout.

World of Adventures will offer travel packages to such Philippine destinations as Boracay, Coron, and Puerto Princesa. From April 28-30, its two-night tour deals to Coron, at only P6,950, and Boracay, at P5,950, will even include roundtrip airfare.

The Outlets at Pueblo Verde will offer huge discounts on well-known brands. To know more about its offers, visit The Outlets at MEZ II, Basak, Lapu-Lapu City or check it out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheOutletsAtPV.

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Travel light and in style with Hedgren Transit

It is the season for travel. Whether you’re on your way to bask under the Boracay sun, shop for bargains in Bangkok, enjoy the food and sights in Taiwan or…

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It is the season for travel. Whether you’re on your way to bask under the Boracay sun, shop for bargains in Bangkok, enjoy the food and sights in Taiwan or experience Singapore, you need a light and durable travel companion.

If practical and light is your travel motto, Hedgren’s “Transit” carryon trolley rolls up to the challenge. This trolley’s integrated features will move you through security with ease and fit the overhead compartment of most airlines.

Hedgren Transit

The Hedgren Transit easy access (carry on) is ideal for your weekend getaways or business trips.

Transit conveys a subtle sophisticated edge that travelers have come to love. It has flat branded top and side carry handles that all match their case color.

Transit is light and durable. The contemporary hard shell cases are made from 100% virgin polycarbonate and feature Hedgren’s scratch-resistant DNA-grained pattern. That is what you call jet-setting with a style.

Hedgren Transit

Hedgren Transit comes with adjustable tie down strap to cinch down clothes and gears.

It also features a recessed ID tag so you can put your information but not display it too much to the public.

The easy access of the carry on is ideal for a weekend getaway or business trip.

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Rustan’s celebrates ‘a whole new you’

As 2017 rolls in, it is great to embrace new beginnings and the opportunity to turn over a new leaf. Whether it’s committing to a healthier lifestyle or taking better…

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As 2017 rolls in, it is great to embrace new beginnings and the opportunity to turn over a new leaf. Whether it’s committing to a healthier lifestyle or taking better care of ourselves, there’s no better time than now to get started!

Helping everyone to jumpstart their journey to wellness, Rustan’s launches its “A Whole New You” campaign this January. Across all Rustan’s stores and The Beauty Source branches, find unique and exciting opportunities to nourish the body and nurture the soul.

From January 20 to 31, visit Rustan’s and find inspiration to live life more beautifully. Neal’s Yard Remedies creates the ambience of healing with its soft, soothing scents care of the organic essential oils, which are infused with powerful aromatic benefits.

Neil's Yard Remedies Essential Oil Lavender.

Neil’s Yard Remedies Essential Oil Lavender.

 

Neil's Yard Remedies Stoneware Burner.

Neil’s Yard Remedies Stoneware Burner.

Power of scents

Acca Kappa, on the other hand, captures the power of scents and matches you with the perfect fragrance care of the Guess the Scent promo activity. At L’Occitane, discover a new level of care and softness to achieve “Happy Hands” by trying out their bestselling hand creams.

For the Home, Bugatti imparts their knowledge in juicing, done with exceptional style and flair. Have a taste of healthy by trying the refreshing beverages from Kleen Kanteen. Eat rice without the guilt with Grayns – the first and only rice cooker in the world that takes sugar out of rice. Discover healthy recipes by cooking without oil using the Philips Airfryer.

Pensofal Griller.

Pensofal Griller.

 

Pensofal Frypan.

Pensofal Frypan.

 

Breville Juicer.

Breville Juicer.

 

Bugatti Vento Blender.

Bugatti Vento Blender.

Journey to wellness

From self-care to home care, healthy skin to healthy eating, discover wonderful ways to celebrate unique beauty and the journey to wellness with Rustan’s.

In Cebu, Rustan’s is located in Ayala Center Cebu. Know the latest trends at www.facebook.com/rustansph and @RustansPH on Instagram and Twitter.

 

Acca Kappa Black Pepper and Sandalwood Eau De Parfum.

Acca Kappa Black Pepper and Sandalwood Eau De Parfum.

 

Acca Kappa Tilia Cordata Eau De Parfum.

Acca Kappa Tilia Cordata Eau De Parfum.

 

Murad Hydro Dynamic Quenching Essence.

Murad Hydro Dynamic Quenching Essence.

 

Kahla Magic Grip.

Kahla Magic Grip.

 

Matstone Slow Juicer.

Matstone Slow Juicer.

 

Swell Aspen.

Swell Aspen.

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PLDT, Smart, TV5, Solar converge to bring ultimate Miss Universe 2016 experience to Filipinos

Leading Philippine telco and digital services provider PLDT and mobile leader Smart Communications together with broadcast station TV5 will bring the much anticipated Miss Universe 2016 closer to Filipinos everywhere…

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Leading Philippine telco and digital services provider PLDT and mobile leader Smart Communications together with broadcast station TV5 will bring the much anticipated Miss Universe 2016 closer to Filipinos everywhere through the country’s most extensive and robust fixed line and wireless networks.

In partnership with the Miss Universe Organization and official Philippine broadcast partner of Miss Universe 2016 Solar Entertainment, the PLDT Group will enable the best viewing experience of the pageant in the Philippines through its various terrestrial and digital channels, across multiple screens at home and on-the-go.

“With the Miss Universe crown currently in our homeland, the enthusiasm for and connection of Filipinos to the global pageant is now stronger than ever,” PLDT Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan said. “With the combined reach of PLDT, Smart and TV5, we are providing our countrymen more ways to enjoy the pageant. We are giving them exclusive access to behind-the-scenes and key events such as the very popular swimsuit and long gown competitions, and of course, real-time viewing of the much-awaited coronation night.”

MISS UNIVERSE BROADCAST. Shawn McClain, Wilson Tieng, Manny V. Pangilinan, Eric Alberto, and Chot Reyes during the signing of the agreement. (Contributed photo)

Robust network, multi-platform

“With our robust network capabilities and the largest consumer base of over 75 million Filipinos, millions of fans can watch the pageant events via multiple platforms, whether on TV, laptop or mobile—whenever they want, wherever they want. For years, we have been revolutionizing the way entertainment is consumed in the nation, offering our subscribers an extensive entertainment portfolio featuring top digital entertainment partners. Miss Universe is one platform we would not miss out on,” Pangilinan said.

PLDT and Smart will provide fixed broadband and mobile connectivity to power the Miss Universe pageant throughout their stay in the Philippines. With the country’s widest Fibr broadband network which delivers symmetrical speeds of up to 1Gbps and Smart’s superior mobile LTE network, consumers can be assured of the best real-time Miss Universe experience.

“The Internet and social media will undoubtedly play a substantial role in Miss Universe in the Philippines,” PLDT and Smart Chief Revenue Officer Eric Alberto said. “We are ready to contribute our topnotch products and services to make it a more engaging experience for everyone. Miss Universe 2016 will be using PLDT and Smart’s services throughout their entire journey, while fans will be able to immerse themselves in not only the coronation night, but also on all the exciting events leading up to it. True to our promise of bringing the ultimate Miss Universe experience, our subscribers will get a chance to witness the coronation night live via free ticket promos.”

Extensive Miss Universe coverage

On top of the complete broadcast coverage of the coronation night, TV5 will give viewers access to the preliminary show, specifically the swimsuit and long gown rounds. “Filipinos can look forward to watching their favorite contestants compete even before the grand finale, which is something only TV5 can offer,” TV5 President and CEO Chot Reyes said. “We aim to bring the pageant to life by bringing it closer to the hearts and enthusiasm of every Filipino.”

TV5 signed with Solar for the partnership which encompasses on-air, on-ground, and PR values—the blocktime airing of the Coronation Night on January 30, the exclusive airing of the long gown and swimsuit preliminary competitions on January 28 and 29 which will also be available online on the same day, powered by PLDT and Smart.

Solar Entertainment takes pride in collaborating with TV5, PLDT, and Smart in the hope of delivering the optimum broadcast quality coverage of this momentous event, showcasing the wonders and beauty of the Philippines, and giving our fellow Filipinos the ultimate Miss Universe experience, the press statement said.

“Bringing Miss Universe to the Philippines is one of the top events that we have ever invested in. It is an opportunity that we did not want to miss,” said Mr. Wilson Tieng, President and CEO of Solar Entertainment Corporation. “For Miss Universe, we have jam-packed activities that will be happening at the same time and we’re excited to share it with the viewers.” (Press Release)

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Cut and Style 2017: Islands Souvenirs dazzles with Bling It On

Vibrant colors, resounding beat, roaring spirits – it’s the Sinulog Festival once again everyone’s favorite fun brand Islands Souvenirs leads the party. Islands Souvenirs takes fiesta fever up a notch…

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Vibrant colors, resounding beat, roaring spirits – it’s the Sinulog Festival once again everyone’s favorite fun brand Islands Souvenirs leads the party.

Islands Souvenirs takes fiesta fever up a notch with Bling It On: Cut and Style 2017, the brand’s biggest Sinulog campaign featuring all-new special edition Sinulog t-shirt designs that can be personalized and customized.

On its fifth Cut and Style year, Islands Souvenirs is bringing back Hollywood master cutter and celebrity stylist Adam Saaks on Saturday, January 14, at Ayala Center Cebu.

Cut and Style 2017 fashion show

Following annual tradition, the campaign’s highlight was the fashion show at The Northwing Atrium last Friday.

Apart from Cary Santiago coming back for the second time with an exclusive collection, what makes this year’s show extra special is that his creations will be worn by male and female pageant winners and title holders, including Miss Tourism Queen International 2006 Justine Gabionza, Bb. Pilipinas World 2009 Marie Ann Umali, Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2013 Joanna Cindy Miranda, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 Kris Janson, and Mr. World Philippines 2016 Sam Ajdani.

The show will also feature local personalities including young entrepreneurs, Cebu’s most creative set, and some adorable 2- to 8- year-olds. Raine Baljak, the face of this year’s Cut & Style campaign, as well as social media sensations Medyo Maldito and Snake Princess will also be taking the runway.

This year, Islands Souvenirs has also collaborated with Anthill Fabric Gallery, a social enterprise that supports Filipino weaving communities, and internationally-renowned creative studio Happy Garaje for the first time.

While Islands Souvenirs has offered its cut and style service for the 5th year, this is only the 4th year for the fashion show that has become an annual tradition that the city looks forward to.

Leading brand

Islands Souvenirs is the leading brand of premium-quality souvenirs in the Philippines. With over 80 outlets nationwide strategically located in the country’s top tourist destinations, Islands Souvenirs continues to strengthen its brand identity and position by giving customers a vibrant shopping experience, quality products at affordable prices, innovative and creative concepts, exceptional customer service and exciting events.

Like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theislandsway and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @theislandsway.

 

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Dr. Martens pops up in SM Cebu

Great news for Cebuano trend seekers and stylephiles! Dr. Martens has opened a pop-up store in SM Cebu to offer customers a wider access to the iconic brand’s vast range…

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Great news for Cebuano trend seekers and stylephiles! Dr. Martens has opened a pop-up store in SM Cebu to offer customers a wider access to the iconic brand’s vast range of styles.

Dr. Martens has been championing individuality since 1960 when the first pair of 1460 boots rolled off the production line at its original Cobbs lane factory in Northampton, England.

The 1460 8-boot, named after the date it was created on the 1st of April 1960, sets the precedent for the Dr. Martens Originals offer. The next year at the same date the 1461 3-eye shoe was introduced, first marketed as “a stout shoe made from all the same materials as the 1460 which can be worn for working or sporting occasions.” Popularized in the early 80s as a fashion item when students, musicians and notably girls adopted it, making it an everyday staple.

Dr. Martens

Iconic styles

Dr. Martens Originals encapsulates all of the brand’s iconic styles, including the 101 6-eye boot, the Church Monkey boot, the 2976 Chelsea boot, and for women, the Polley T-bar shoe – offered in black and cherry red, a selection of colours and leather finishes, as well as the most evolutionary lightweight concept since 1960: the DM’s Lite, may all be found in Dr.Martens pop-up store.

Dr. Martens’ components are the air-cushioned sole providing comfort, durability and traction and the unique Goodyear-welt where the upper and sole are stitched and heat-sealed for a durable construction.

Recognized worldwide for their uncompromising look, durability and comfort. Engineered from industry, championed through music, worn by individuals.

Pop-up store in SM City Cebu

Dr.Martens pop-up store is now open at the 2nd level of SM City Cebu.

To know more about Dr Martens, visit www.drmartens.com and www.facebook.com/drmartensph. Or check out the following social media handle and hashtags: @drmartensph , #standforsomething.

The brand is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by the Primer Group of Companies – Asia’s next retail giant.

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Sinulog 2017 Balik Cebu booth now open in Ayala

Overseas Filipinos coming home for the Sinulog 2017 celebration now have access to the Balik Cebu booth at Ayala Center Cebu starting today, January 4, 2017, to help them with…

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Overseas Filipinos coming home for the Sinulog 2017 celebration now have access to the Balik Cebu booth at Ayala Center Cebu starting today, January 4, 2017, to help them with festival-related activities.

Local government executives led by Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale and Cebu City Councilor Margot Osmeña led the opening of the booth, which is one component of the Balik Cebu program.

Balikbayans can buy tickets to the numerous activities lined up for January and ask about tour packages at the Balik Cebu booth.

Balik Cebu

BALIK CEBU. Cebu City Councilor Margot Osmeña and Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale (center) lead the opening of the Balik Cebu booth at Ayala Center Cebu. At the booth, balikbayans can buy tickets to numerous activities lined up for January and ask about tour packages and Sinulog events.

Airport welcome

Tetta Baad, chair of the Balik Cebu committee, said two welcome activities are planned at the Mactan Cebu International Airport for overseas Filipinos arriving in January 11 and 12.

A grand welcome dinner for balikbayans is also scheduled for January 12 at The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu.

Now on its 16th year, the Balik Cebu program has seen an increasing number of Cebuanos and other Filipinos coming to Cebu to celebrate the Sinulog Festival.

According to Baad, the venue for the welcome dinner only has maximum capacity of 500 and tickets for this event had been sold out the past two Sinulog celebrations.

“There has been a clamor for additional tickets but we simply can’t accommodate more,” she added. The main requests of guests during the welcome dinner usually pertain to Visayan songs and dances.

Fluvial parade

Aside from the regular Sinulog activities that they look forward to during their visit, balikbayans also now clamor to join the fluvial parade, said Tourism Congress vice president for travel and tours Alice Queblatin.

To make the experience more festive for guests, Queblatin said they decorate the boats, hire Sinulog dancers and drumbeaters, and narrate the story behind the fluvial procession.

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Although this isn’t the first time that guests had asked to participate in this event, she added there was a sharp increase of the number this year.

According to her, Cebu’s island destinations Malapascua and Camotes are also in high demand with Sinulog Festival guests.

Aside from the Balik Cebu booth, located at the ground level of the Activity Center, here are other Sinulog-related activities at Ayala Center Cebu.

Sinulog activities in Ayala

January 2-15, mall-wide Welcome 2017 sale
Up to 70 percent discounts plus a chance to win P10,00 BPI Amore Visa Prepaid Card or P3,000 worth of cinema multi-pass (MPass).

January 6, Activity Center: Cebu Marathon Race Briefing
Get to know the new route, gun start, and water stations for each race distance.

January 6-16, Mall Chapel: Sto. Niño Exhibit
The traditional Sto. Niño exhibit of Images continues in celebration of the Child Jesus. Novena masses will also be held every 6 p.m.

January 10-15, Around the Mall: Sinulog Dancers Parade
Celebrate the biggest fiesta of the country in the mall with festive sights and sound throughout the day.

January 12, 6 p.m., The Terraces: Balik Cebu Welcome Dinner
A welcome dinner for balikbayans complete with entertainment.

January 13, 4 p.m., The Terraces: Kapuso Fans’ Day

January 14, 4 p.m., The Terraces: Kapamilya Karavan

January 15, 9 p.m., Cebu Business Park: Symphony of Fire

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Gift for adventurers? R.O.X helps you pick right one

If you still haven’t decided what to give that special group of people in your life, those daring adventurers who make the outdoors their weekend stops, the R.O.X. Gift Coach…

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If you still haven’t decided what to give that special group of people in your life, those daring adventurers who make the outdoors their weekend stops, the R.O.X. Gift Coach may just have the answer for you.

More and more people have discovered the fun and excitement of forest treks and mountain jaunts, and chances are you have loved ones and friends who answer nature’s siren calls now and then.

The country’s biggest outdoor concept store, R.O.X., extends a helping hand in your quest to find the ideal gifts in time for your adventurers’ next big adventure.

Gift Coach

The R.O.X. Gift Coach is a holiday campaign to help shoppers find the right gifts to suit your family’s and friends’ next weekend trips, be it a relaxed getaway or an itinerary-packed excursion.

With the store’s very own pool of outdoor experts, who have mastered the ins and outs of nature jaunts, you are guaranteed to pick out presents that will make your loved ones’ next adventure a truly memorable experience.

The best thing about the R.O.X. Gift Coach? You can easily get in touch with one online.

So how does one exactly enlist the help of the R.O.X. Gift Coach? Easy! One may simply send a private message to ROX Philippines on Facebook on weekdays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Outdoor lifestyle store

From advice on well-suited gifts for different kinds of adventures to personalized recommendations based on a person’s favorite outdoor activities, the R.O.X. Gift Coach can certainly cover a wide range of topics.

One may also ask questions about outdoor activities as well as the most suitable outdoor products based on different age groups. Once one has decided on a gift, he or she may have the gift reserved for up to three days and pay for the gifts at the store.

Apart from getting in touch with the R.O.X. Gift Coach on Facebook, one may also approach the R.O.X. Gift Coach in all R.O.X. stores daily, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. With the assistance of the R.O.X. Gift Coach, one can easily choose from among the wide array of premium adventure and outdoor lifestyle products inside the store.

R.O.X. branches

From outdoor lifestyle products well-suited to the recipient’s personality to adventure essentials that will make his or her experience smooth-sailing and hassle-free, finding the right gift for your adventure-seeking loved ones just became so much easier with the R.O.X Gift Coach!

You can check out R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street Manila, R.O.X. Solenad 3 Nuvali, Laguna, R.O.X. Marquee Mall Pampanga, R.O.X. Camp John Hay Baguio, R.O.X. Ayala Cebu, R.O.X. Abreeza Davao, R.O.X. The District, Cagayan De Oro, and R.O.X. Ayala Mall, Legazpi. You can also follow @roxphilippines on Facebook for news and updates on your favorite outdoor brands.

R.O.X. is the only store that lets you in so you can get outside.

R.O.X. is owned and operated by the Primer Group of Companies, Asia’s next retail giant. (Press Release)

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Holiday gift idea: A pair of Havaianas for everyone

Santa may have finished his list before December but most of us have not. What do you give the visiting relative, the fashion-savvy, the godchildren and others on the list?…

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Santa may have finished his list before December but most of us have not. What do you give the visiting relative, the fashion-savvy, the godchildren and others on the list? How about a pair of Havaianas?

The brand may be everyone’s summer outfits’ sole mate with its cool hues and pretty prints, but its stylish designs go beyond the warm months. With collections that range from celebrating one’s pride of place to favorite sci-fi movies, a pair of all-around buttery-soft flip-flops is a unique and well-thought of gift for the different types of people in your life.

Those home for the holidays

Havaianas Filipinas 2016 collection

The family member who comes home every Christmas may have a closet full of the season’s must-haves but is sure to welcome something that reminds them of home. Instead of the usual keychains and native memorabilia, give them a pair from the new Havaianas Filipinas 2016 collection. Pairs come in blue, red, and black with iconic symbols that are distinctly Filipino. Although far away, every step will remind them that they will always have a reason to come back home.

The Geek Chic

Havaianas Star Wars

Their ringtone is the Imperial March, and Darth Vader, Storm Troopers, Yoda, and BB8 t-shirts make up their daily wear. They go full on Jedi, Sith, storm trooper and Chewbacca for Halloween. A Star Wars pair will be a welcome addition to their growing collection.

The Princesses and Little Superheroes in your life

Havaianas Princess Superhero

A Havaianas Christmas gift featuring their favorite characters is sure to be the fastest way to have the darling goddaughters and dashing godsons warm up to you. Choose from Disney Princesses, Marvel Superheroes, and other Disney characters to add even more cheer to the holidays.

The Fashion-Savvy

Havaianas fashion

She’s that one friend who gets first in line whenever a new collection of her favorite brand comes out. A friend who’s always runway ready whenever, wherever. This Christmas, wrap a pair of flip-flops for the fashion-savvy friend – it can be in classic rose gold to match her hand-bag and gadgets, a fun print in purple for casual meet ups, or a floral design for the beach.

With a multitude of designs to suit every personality on that Christmas list, a fun, fashionable and functional Havaianas gift is sure to delight this holiday season. In Cebu, The Filipinas and Starwars Collections are available at All Flip Flops Ayala Center Cebu, All Flip Flops SM City Ce-bu, All Flip flops SM Seaside, All Flip Flops SM Consolacion, Rustan’s, and at the newly opened pop up shop at the ground floor of Robinsons Galleria. (Press release)

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Gifts for the outdoor lover

Have you completed your Christmas shopping? Rushing to complete it can be brutal. Before heading out to do your shopping, create a simple list, it’ll be best to have an…

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Have you completed your Christmas shopping? Rushing to complete it can be brutal. Before heading out to do your shopping, create a simple list, it’ll be best to have an idea in mind on what to buy.

Here’s a handy little gift guide that will help you complete your search of the best gift you can give to an outdoor enthusiast, traveller friend, or to your adventure-seeking loved one.

Backpack

The Northface Ironpeak

The Northface Ironpeak

One of the most reliable outdoor backpack brand is The Northface. This Northface Ironpeak backpack is a 28-liter bag that can carry your essentials. It doesn’t skimp on features, it has a fleece lined laptop sleeve and tablet sleeves. Its injection-molded shoulder straps create flexible points to alleviate clavicle and pressure point strain and neck pain.

For longer trips, the Ozonic Outdry backpack from Mountain Hardware is just what you need. It’s comfortable, fully padded, and watertight.

Jacket

Columbia Outdry Extreme

Columbia Outdry Extreme

Ready for backcountry storms or everyday excursions, this waterproof, windproof hooded men’s jacket is designed to protect you from rain, year-round. This is also a great gift for a traveller friend or loved one.

Columbia’s newest revolutionary rain jacket is also interesting. The OutDry Extreme is the ultimate tested tough waterproof, breathable rain jacket that you need in your wardrobe essentials.

Shoes

For those who love the outdoors, a pair of new trail running shoes would be perfect. The comfort and the balance that this pair gives is unbeatable. It’s very light weight and perfect for all conditions.

Columbia Women's Minx boots

For women travelling abroad this holiday season, this winter boots is a perfect present. Waterproof, woven synthetic textile with jacket-like baffling and faux-fur at collar and tongue make a fashion statement while 200g’s of insulation, heat-trapping reflective lining, and advanced traction outsole take care of business.

Salomon S Lab Wings

This pair offers an easy-on, easy off system that runners and hikers love. It provides easy storage for the Quick Fit lacing system and has a 3D open mesh that provides maximum breathability. It has a Sensifit system that works to cradle the foot, providing a precise and secure fit. Minimalistic and strong lace for one-pull tightening.

 

Sleeping bag

Mountain Hardware Bozeman Torch

Mountain Hardware Bozeman Torch

Camping out can be such fun with friends but the comfort of sleeping in the outdoors can sometimes be compromised. Give the gift of comfort. This mummy-cut sleeping bag is the perfect companion during campings.

There you have it. We just gave you a quick list of must-haves for every outdoor enthusiast. Looking for the perfect present just got easier. (Press release)

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AirAsia launches new Cebu flights to Singapore, Taipei

AirAsia mounted earlier today its inaugural flights to Taipei and Singapore, marking an expansion that is seen to boost tourism and increase job opportunities, officials said. The new routes “herald…

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AirAsia mounted earlier today its inaugural flights to Taipei and Singapore, marking an expansion that is seen to boost tourism and increase job opportunities, officials said.

The new routes “herald brighter and better opportunities for travel, business and tourism,” said Philippine AirAsia Director for Flight Operations Gomer Monreal. “It also means more job opportunities and more income for families.”

Monreal said during the launch at the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) that air travel is “already a necessity” nowadays and the massive AirAsia network provides “true connectivity” in the region.

AirAsia Cebu Singapore Taipei

NEW ROUTES. Launching the new AirAsia routes to Singapore and Taipei are (from left) DOT 7 officer in charge Judy Gabato, Singapore Tourism Board area director Lael Loh, Philippines AirAsia Director for Flight Operations Gomer Monreal, GMCAC President Louis Ferrer and Chief Executive Advisor Andrew Harrison.

Drive tourism, investment

AirAsia launched today its thrice weekly (Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday) Cebu-Taipei route and 4 times weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday) Cebu-Singapore route.

GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. President Louis Ferrer said new destinations “will drive inbound tourism and foreign investment and open up new markets that will boost trade.”

Lael Loh, Area Director of the Singapore Tourism Board, described the new Cebu-Singapore route as a historical milestone that “couldn’t come at a better time.” She described Philippines, especially Cebu, as an important market for her country.

Important market

Loh said the Philippines is the 7th biggest tourism market for Singapore. Cebu, she said, comes next to Manila in terms of market share. In 2015, over 650,000 Filipinos visited Singapore. Of the number, over 33,000 came from Cebu.

Loh said the new flights are timely because 2017 is a “very exciting year for Singapore.”

“For music lovers and Cebuanos are huge music lovers, we have a lot of blockbuster concerts and music festivals this coming 2017,” Loh said. She mentioned such acts as Coldplay, Guns N Roses, and Metallica who are scheduled to perform in Singapore.

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From elegant selections to stylish picks, Rustan’s gives you more reasons to celebrate Christmas

There isn’t a holiday met with more joy and love than Christmas, and Rustan’s gives us more reasons to be excited with its wide array of luxury gifts and goodies….

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There isn’t a holiday met with more joy and love than Christmas, and Rustan’s gives us more reasons to be excited with its wide array of luxury gifts and goodies.

Tinsel by the window, mistletoe hanging by the door, and beautifully wrapped presents under the tree, Christmas is a festive affair especially in the Philippines where the season’s celebration officially starts months before the actual day.

Year after year, Filipinos excitedly await the holiday season and this 2016 is no different.

Avoid the Christmas rush and shop to heart’s content at the premier shopping destination that is Rustan’s.

BABETTE WASSERMAN Rhodium Clover Cube Cufflinks.

BABETTE WASSERMAN Rhodium Clover Cube Cufflinks.

Art of gifting

From elegant suits to socks for him, chic leather bags and beauty must-haves for her, Rustan’s makes the art of gifting more thrilling for you and your loved ones. Surprise them with wonderful picks from Rustan’s numerous luxury brands, labels and lines.

In the event that you find yourself at a loss because of the overwhelming options, worry no more as Rustan’s helps you with its special, handpicked selections.

CRISELDA Printed Neoprene Dustcoat, Black Mikado Tank and Pants with Lace Hem Trimmings

CRISELDA Printed Neoprene Dustcoat, Black Mikado Tank and Pants with Lace Hem Trimmings

As you peruse the sections at the department store, find the gifts recommended by the wonderful people of Rustan’s, individuals who all possess an exceptional eye when it comes to thoughtful gifts.

The father of Rustan’s and a man renowned for his exceptional taste, Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco Sr., chooses an array of timeless pieces – from a handsome Piaget watch to light casual shirts by Ascot Chang that are sure to delight all men who appreciate clean, classic styles.

SERGIO ROSSI Chrysalide Sandal.

SERGIO ROSSI Chrysalide Sandal.

Elegant selections

Paolo Tantoco and Anton Huang offer their own elegant selections that appeal to the younger male market with striking shoes from Harry’s of London and wonderful fashion pieces from Adolfo Dominguez, Faconnable and more.

For the CEO’s Picks, Zenaida Tantoco chooses a promising selection of feminine yet stunning pieces such as the Damiani Icon Ring and Loewe Flamingo Bag in red for the glamorous, empowered executive. And for her home, nothing is as luxurious as the masterpieces from Lalique and Lladro.

MONTBLANC Meisterstuck Ultra Black Classique Rollerball.

MONTBLANC Meisterstuck Ultra Black Classique Rollerball.

Marilen Tantoco, on the other hand, lends her keen sense of style in choosing dazzling pieces for the ladies in your life. She recommends luxurious Natori ensembles perfect for the everyday and exquisite tea sets by Bernardaud.

For the ladies with more eclectic tastes, Maritess Tantoco Enriquez recommends unique pieces that are statements in themselves – such as the ZIIO Bracelets, Fendi bag charms and an array of fashion-forward heels by Christian Louboutin.

LOEWE Flamingo Bag in Red.

LOEWE Flamingo Bag in Red.

Stylish picks

Fashionable young ladies, on the other hand, will be inspired by the stylish picks of Camille and Nicole Tantoco, which reflect a more trendy and contemporary take to style.

Nicole chooses clean, crisp looks from one of the newest brands Ricardo Preto and complementing accessories by Longchamp and Fendi. Camille goes for a more flirty touch with relaxed, feminine dresses by Darling London and Catwalk Junkie. She spruces this up with MAC beauty essentials and Shashi accessories.

JOHN HARDY Classic Chain 18K Gold Small Graduated Kick Cuff.

JOHN HARDY Classic Chain 18K Gold Small Graduated Kick Cuff.

If you still can’t decide on what to pick for yourself or your fashionable friends and family, you can visit your favorite Rustan’s store and allow the expert personal shoppers and sales associates help you discover the great selections of gifts available for all your loved ones and friends.

Welcome this season dressed in your stylish best with picks from Rustan’s in-house designers and luxury retailers. (Press Release)

VISCONTI Amerigo Vespucci Fountain Pen.

VISCONTI Amerigo Vespucci Fountain Pen.

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