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Accenture recognized for future-proofing workforce with digital skills

MANILA – Accenture is the recipient of the Talent Development Program award from the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP). The award recognizes Accenture’s ongoing employee…

MANILA – Accenture is the recipient of the Talent Development Program award from the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP). The award recognizes Accenture’s ongoing employee training and learning initiatives for new and emerging technologies in the digital economy.

Accenture was commended for developing learning roadmaps that leverage digital platforms, mobile solutions, and collaboration tools to help employees upskill and reskill faster. Programs range from virtual learning and online learning boards to playhouses and innovation competitions. In addition, the association noted the importance of Accenture’s collaboration with industry and the academic community to foster an innovative culture among its employees.

Accenture was among the six top companies named under IBPAP’s Talent Development Program this year.

Accenture Talent Development Program award

AWARD. Accenture’s Human Resources Lead in the Philippines, Ira Reyes (center) received the Talent Development Program award from the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) during the recent IBPAP HR Summit. Accenture was recognized for developing learning and training programs that enabled employees to become conversant in new and emerging technologies and job-ready in the digital economy. With her are (from left) Aleth De Las Armas, IBPAP Talent Development High Impact Program Lead for Talent Attraction; Tata Medado, IBPAP Talent Development High Impact Program Lead for Industry-Academe Partnership and APC President; Cathy Ileto, IBPAP Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees and Head of Technical Working Group on Country Competitiveness; and Monchito Ibrahim, Undersecretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology.

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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu tops Cebu Goes Culinary 2018

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu reigned supreme in the recently concluded Cebu Goes Culinary 2018 held at SM Seaside Cebu. Cebu Goes Culinary happens every two years and the participants are…

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu reigned supreme in the recently concluded Cebu Goes Culinary 2018 held at SM Seaside Cebu.

Cebu Goes Culinary happens every two years and the participants are different hotels, schools and establishments that are members of HRRAC – Hotel Resort & Restaurant Association of Cebu.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Cebu Goes Culinary

HIGHEST AWARD. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu got a Gold with Distinction for Table Setting, which means all judges awarded them 100 points. Restaurant Supervisor Loren Paul Escalante said that his work was inspired by how his grandparents would do traditional dinner dates.

 

Bagging the Overall Champion award in the professional category, the hotel garnered medals and diplomas in 18 out of the 20 categories that they participated in.

The highest award of Gold with Distinction was given to the hotel’s team who participated in the category Table Setting. Restaurant Supervisor Loren Paul Escalante said that his work was inspired by how his grandparents would do traditional dinner dates. They are the only team in the entire competition (including in all the other categories) to have received Gold with Distinction, which means all judges awarded them 100 points.

“It feels amazing since it is so difficult to achieve a perfect score in Table Setting. The judges are very technical and traditional in terms of table appointments,” said Escalante.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Cebu goes Culinary

FOOD STYLING AND PHOTOGRAPHY. The hotel got a silver award for this entry.

 

Other categories that Marco Polo Plaza received awards are in the following – For gold: Entremetier, Happy Hour, Cocktail Mixing, Pralines and Baby Chocolate Cake. For silver: Modern Chef, Soup Bowl, Coffee Concoction, Plated Desserts, Food Styling & Photography, Creative Cake Deco, Flairtending, and Klasika Kulenarya. For Bronze: Pantry Chef, and finally for Diploma: Napkin Folding, Wedding Cake and Chef Wars.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Cebu Goes Culinary

OVERALL CHAMPION. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu was named overall champion in the professional category after its contingent got medals and diplomas in 18 of the 20 categories that it joined.

 

Marco Polo Plaza General Manager Brian Connelly shared a heart-warming message to the participants immediately after the awarding. He said, “Team, as you know I am not one for a loss of words. However, tonight I am struggling to find superlatives to describe my intense pride, sincere appreciation and professional respect for all of our associates who worked so hard to make this happen. A team is made of selfless individuals and leaders who together create a sum that is greater than the parts. Please allow me to extend my genuine heartfelt congratulations to all of those individuals who made today a hotel memory that will never be forgotten. After almost 30 years of being a General Manager, you have all made me the proudest I have ever been to be in a hotel team. Salamat.”

Marco Polo Plaza will feature some of the award-winning drinks and dishes at the hotel soon. (Press Release)

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Cebu Goes Culinary

CHEF WARS. The Marco Polo Plaza Cebu team in action.

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TUMI introduces Women’s Fall Collection 2018

TUMI’s Fall 2018 Women’s collection fuses sophisticated and feminine elements with innovative function and design to create versatile designs for business and everyday use. These new and distinctly modern styles…

TUMI’s Fall 2018 Women’s collection fuses sophisticated and feminine elements with innovative function and design to create versatile designs for business and everyday use. These new and distinctly modern styles combine elegant beauty and sophisticated professionalism, providing a seamless experience for women on the go.

Taking inspiration from the simplicity, functionality and minimalism at the heart of Scandinavian design, the Fall 2018 Women’s collection explores the rich, natural beauty of the region and presents a collection that celebrates intentional, thoughtful design.

This season, Voyageur is relaunching with a new attitude, exciting features and refreshed silhouettes. Versatile and refined, this assortment is ideal for daily commutes, short getaways, or weekend excursions.

TUMI Voyageur Bryce Backpack

Voyageur Bryce Backpack

 

The Fall 2018 assortment takes shape with a mix of bold prints and accents of color, offering streamlined, lightweight designs with sophisticated and feminine details. The collection opens with Maroon and Pink Ombre, along with the core Black, Mink and Navy colorways. Later in the season, the collection will be reenergized with Magenta and a unique, modern Camo Floral pattern.

Voyageur introduces various new backpack styles, building off the success of this best-selling women’s category, including the Carson, Hagen, Dori, Bryce, and Rivas Backpacks. The spacious interiors of these stylish backpacks have a variety of organizational elements, including open and zip pockets and a dedicated padded compartment for tablets or laptops. The exteriors of all backpacks also feature a quick-access phone pocket on the backside of the bag, allowing for easy and secure mobile storage.

Additional new styles include the Ruma Crossbody, Mariel Hip Bag, Tres Leger Carry-On, and Basel Triangle Pouches. New styles provide a clean, modernized look with special details including locking zipper pull for extra security, easy grip rolled top handle, hidden quick-access phone pocket with magnetic bar closure, new dangler with key ring, hidden tracer tag, and water bottle pocket (select styles).

TUMI Voyageur Novelty Hagen Backpack - Black Camo

Voyageur Novelty Hagen Backpack – Black Camo

 

Voyageur Novelty will introduce a subtle Camo Print in both Black and Green, as well as exciting new embellishments throughout the assortment. Playful elements such as chains and studding will be offered in the Whitney Backpack and Troy Crossbody.

The Voyageur Business assortment will gain enhanced, trend-focused styles, including the Sheryl Small Business Tote which will be executed in nylon with a more structured shape. Updates to the Voyageur Leather collection, which highlights best-selling nylon silhouettes and translates them into luxurious leather, will be introduced in Black and an exciting seasonal Brick Red.

In Cebu, TUMI is available at its store in Ayala Center Cebu. (Press Release)

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Golden Prince marks 12th year with unique Cebuano hospitality experience

Unique Cebuano hospitality and service from the heart continue to be the gold standard commitment of Golden Prince Hotel and Suites as it celebrates its 12th anniversary today. Leading to…

Unique Cebuano hospitality and service from the heart continue to be the gold standard commitment of Golden Prince Hotel and Suites as it celebrates its 12th anniversary today.

Leading to the milestone, Golden Prince Hotel and Suites has unveiled its newest offerings, starting with the refurbishment of its rooms in the first tower. Etched on its walls are life-changing Golden Moments that mark its mission to influence the world with the warmth of its Cebuano hospitality.

Golden Prince Hotel and Suites

The relaunching of the Kabilin Heritage Lounge is also another exciting event to look forward to. The relaunched lounge infuses the warmth and Old World Ilustrado mestizo family feels with Golden Prince’s authentic Cebuano culinary heritage served a la carte. Much sought-after by guests is the Filipino merienda buffet that runs from 2 pm until 6 pm. The hotel also added a private dining room for 20 persons.

Le’Mon Restaurant

Le’Mon Restaurant

 

Le’Mon Restaurant also implemented changes that further improved the outlet. The Cebuano Corner highlights Asian fusion and provides diners a deeper sense of culture and pride for our Cebuano culinary heritage. Local dishes like dinuldog, tinunu-ang monggos, prichon, lechon karahay and chicharon have long been delighting diners ever since it opened. The restaurant takes pride in changing its menu daily.

Lanai RestoBar

Lanai RestoBar

 

In Lanai RestoBar, the Wagyu Tower Burger and local cocktails provide a different sense of satisfaction. It is another proof that Cebuanos take food and beverage seriously.

Golden Prince Hotel and Suites always make sure that it provides guests with the best experience with a sense of Cebuano pride and authenticity.

Serenading us as we mark 12 years today are the UC Chorale and The Wonggoys.

Golden Prince Q Cafe

Q Cafe

 

Golden Prince Hotel and Suites is a 4-star property that highlights a unique Cebuano Royalty Experience. It has 159 spacious and modern Cebuano architectural rooms that are meticulously designed to ensure Cebuano Royalty treatment for guests.

Culinary fusion is also offered for a delightful gastronomical experience to all its diners. The hotel is located on Acacia Street corner Archbishop Reyes Avenue in Cebu City. (Press Release)

 

Golden Prince Hotel and Suites

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Cebu Pacific launches direct flights between Cebu and Macau

Cebu Pacific will begin operating direct flights from Cebu to Macau and vice-versa 4 times a week starting December 7. The flights are every Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The…

Cebu Pacific will begin operating direct flights from Cebu to Macau and vice-versa 4 times a week starting December 7.

The flights are every Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The flights leave Cebu at 6:50 pm, and arrive in Macau at 10:00 pm. The return flight leaves Macau at 10:45 pm and arrives in Cebu at 01:45 am the next day.

“Cebu Pacific is very proud to be the first to make this commercial connection available for everyJuan, banking on the opportunity to grow our other hubs outside of Manila. We believe that this new connection is not only an answer to our passengers’ demands, but will also stimulate both the trade and tourism aspects in both destinations as it makes available both passenger and cargo services,” said Atty. JR Mantaring, Cebu Pacific Vice President for Corporate Affairs.

Cebu Pacific Macau

 

Macau, with its prime location, allows it to serve as a gateway to Pearl River Delta, making it a perfect access point for business and leisure travelers alike. This connection gives passengers from the Visayas and Mindanao a more viable option to fly to and from the area.

Cebu Pacific currently owns majority of the connection between Philippines and Macau, holding over 50% of the capacity share as it now flies direct from three hubs—Cebu, Clark, and Manila.

To officially launch the beginning of this new route, CEB is offering an introductory, all-in seat sale of P999 until September 27, 2018, or until seats last. Travel period is from December 07, 2018 to March 30, 2019.

CEB also increased frequency of its flights from Cebu to Narita (Tokyo) from four times a week to daily, effective December 1, 2018. Direct flights to Hong Kong have also been added, from only seven times a week to 10 times weekly, beginning November 26, 2018. CEB, along with its wholly-owned subsidiary Cebgo, now operates direct flights to 21 domestic and five international destinations.

Aside from Cebu, CEB also operates flights out of six other strategically placed hubs in the Philippines: Manila, Clark, Kalibo, Iloilo, Davao and Cagayan de Oro. The airline’s extensive network covers over 100 routes across 26 international and 37 domestic destinations, spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA.

For bookings, visit www.cebupacificair.com. The latest seat sales can be found on CEB’s official Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) and Facebook pages. (Press Release)

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Working on a desktop? You must install this app

When you look into how you work on a desktop or laptop nowadays, you’d probably find you do most of your work on a browser. When before we used to…

When you look into how you work on a desktop or laptop nowadays, you’d probably find you do most of your work on a browser.

When before we used to send emails via software like Outlook, now many of us work on emails using browser via products like GMail and custom domains running on online services provided by Google and Microsoft.

When before we had to work on documents and share files through local company networks or via USBs or CDs, now many of us use office suites online like Google Drive or Office 365. Apart from the ability to work from anywhere, these services also have built-in collaboration and file sharing.

Station OneNote

ONENOTE. Station allows you to use services like Microsoft OneNote in a single app and then quickly switch among the different work windows.

 

When before we used to call up colleagues through internal company phone systems or PBX (remember extension numbers?), now we collaborate via chat systems like Slack or even Facebook Messenger.

With all these services going online, many of us end up working with several browser tabs or windows open. At times, you might end up accidentally closing a tab because it occupies the same browser instance of a site you want to leave. The arrangement also leaves your work windows alongside productivity sinkholes like Twitter or Facebook.

That is where the Station app is useful. It organizes hundreds of web applications and services into a single app and makes them accessible via a smart dock.

Station was also built as “as a work only, distraction-free platform.” Apart from the interface that encourages you to focus on your work window, it also centralizes the notifications, the bane of modern connectivity.

Rather than get buzzed every time somebody shares a file on Google Drive or sends an email or even a chat message, your notifications are listed in a single central window. You also have the option to snooze notifications for a period of time or turn these off by toggling a Do Not Disturb button.

Station

SHARED SPACE. Station simplifies the on-boarding of co-workers based on shared apps via company email addresses.

 

Station has all the important work web apps that your company probably already uses: GMail or the soon-to-be-sunsetted Inbox by Gmail, Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Facebook Workplace, Hangouts, Trello, Asana, among hundreds of others.

Tools like Google Keep, Evernote, Microsoft OneNote, even SimpleNote are there. For messaging, there’s Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Chat, Skype, WeChat, and even Telegram.

Station also supports Android Messages, which allows you to send and receive messages on your computer via a connected Android device.

Station is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux. I work on all three platforms and this makes Station indispensable. Whereas before I’d use different apps to use the same set of online services on different operating systems, now I just use Station. This is how I use OneNote, which has native apps for Windows and Mac but not for Linux.

It also allows you to use multiple accounts for services that allow it. That way, you can have Station open your personal email along with your office address.

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City di Mare taps MyBus to connect lifestyle destination to rest of Metro Cebu

The 50-hectare masterplanned community City di Mare is now connected with the rest of the city via the premium bus service offered by MyBus. Officials of Filinvest, the company behind…

The 50-hectare masterplanned community City di Mare is now connected with the rest of the city via the premium bus service offered by MyBus.

Officials of Filinvest, the company behind the development at the South Road Properties, held a preview of the bus routes and stops for journalists and bloggers last week.

MyBus City di Mare

CITY DI MARE. (From left) FLI marketing manager Kat Mercado, Filinvest City and City di Mare senior project development manager Dolly Macam, and deputy mall manager George Calles during the media briefing on the MyBus routes in City di Mare.

 

“The premium point-to-point bus service makes its air-conditioned, PWD-friendly, CCTV-enabled buses available to the residents and locators of Sanremo Oasis, Amalfi, the UP Professional Schools, and the only al fresco waterfront mall in Cebu, Il Corso, in several stops within the development,” Filinvest Alabang Inc. vice president for townships Don Ubaldo said in a statement.

“From here, City di Mare connects to existing five routes that cover as far south as Talisay City and up north to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport,” Ubaldo added.

City di Mare MyBus

LIFESTYLE DESTINATION. Scale model of the development plans for City di Mare.

 

There are now 4 bus stops within City di Mare: at the City di Mare Visitor Center, Sanremo Oasis, Amalfi, and Il Corso Filinvest Lifemalls. The trips start at 6:30 a.m. with the next one at 7:30 a.m. and then every 2 hours thereafter. The buses connect City di Mare to stops in SM Seaside City, Robinsons Galleria, SM City Cebu, Parkmall, Compañia Maritima, Talisay City, and the airport.

City di Mare is an integrated lifestyle destination built on a vision to “redefine the live-work-play formula,” the company said in a statement.

Dolly Macam, senior project development manager of Filinvest City and City di Mare, and Kat Mercado, FLI marketing manager, gave the group an overview of the City di Mare development and the future timeline of the project. City di Mare will soon have high-rise buildings that will host condo units, offices, and retail spaces.

City di Mare Il Corso MyBus

IL CORSO. George Calles, deputy mall manager and marketing manager for Il Corso, gives an overview on developments at the waterfront mall.

 

Mercado pointed out that Sanremo and Amalfi both have underground passages for cars so that the spaces above are vehicle-free, making it perfect for pedestrian, runners, and bikers.

George Calles, deputy mall manager and marketing manager for Il Corso, gave an overview of the waterfront mall that is set to open within the year. The mall with the iconic lighthouse and panoramic view of the sea will offer a different retail experience to Cebuanos, he said.

Amalfi MyBus

Amalfi

 

Amalfi City di Mare

The pool in Amalfi, one of the residential enclaves in City di Mare.

 

MyBus SM City City di Mare

TAP TO PAY. MyBus uses reloadable cards for payments.

 

MyBus SM City Cebu

The SM City Cebu station of MyBus.

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Snow World, theme park to open in Minglanilla in December

Tropical Cebu will soon get a taste of snow and winter weather when Snow World opens in December as one major attraction of the province’s first integrated family entertainment complex…

Tropical Cebu will soon get a taste of snow and winter weather when Snow World opens in December as one major attraction of the province’s first integrated family entertainment complex Belmont One.

Snow World will cover 2,000 square meters and feature temperature of negative 15 degrees Celsius, ice sculptures, a slide, snowfall and form part of the theme park Anjo World, said Belmont One President Chester Lim during the project’s recent groundbreaking.

The 3.5-hectare commercial complex in Calajoan, Minglanilla will open in phases its facilities that will include hotels, restaurants, retail and shopping centers, and theme park with rides, food stalls, and game booths.

Lim said they are working to have Belmont One complete and fully operational by 2019.

Anjo World Minglanilla

ANJO WORLD. Belmont One President Chester Lim leads the groundbreaking of the Anjo World theme park in Calajoan, Minglanilla.

Anjo World attractions

Together with Snow World, the theme park Anjo World will open with 10 of its 12 rides already operational by December. The two other rides, a 60-meter ferris wheel and bumper boats, will be ready by the summer months, added Lim.

When the family agreed to put up a theme park, Lim said they looked for a worthwhile attraction and decided on Snow World. Snow World was also looking to expand in Cebu, added its operation manager for Cebu Jonas Mateo.

Around 15 food stalls will also open by the end of the year. Other dining facilities include six restaurants and food carts selling such theme park staples as hot dog, popcorn, and cotton candy.

Lim said they named Anjo World after their parents, Antonio and Josephine, who suggested that they bring the enjoyable experiences they’ve had during their foreign travels to Cebu. The theme park has developed its own line of characters and will have a child mascot named Anjo.

Belmont Anjo World

BY SUMMER. The park’s 60-meter ferris wheel will be open by summer, officials said.

Commercial complex

According to Lim, Belmont One is currently in talks with local chains for the hotel component in the complex. Other establishments to rise up in the complex include Belmont Hardware and Robinsons Supermarket.

Lim estimates the project cost for Belmont One to be around 500 million pesos. He added that while the company has diversified into housing development in 2010, this will be its first commercial venture of this scale.

He added that Belmont One is expected to generate about 500 jobs. It took them five years to come up with the concept of an integrated entertainment complex that will cater to the whole family.

Anjo World plans

 

Belmont One Anjo World

 

Belmont One Anjo World

 

Belmont One Anjo World

 

Belmont One Anjo World

 

Belmont One Anjo World

 

Belmont One Anjo World

 

Belmont One Anjo World

 

Belmont One Anjo World

 

Belmont One Anjo World

 

Belmont One Anjo World

 

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Marco Polo holds tapas night to open Sabores de España

Where 2 of Cebu’s pre-eminent food writers head to, there you follow. In last night’s Sabores de España opening at the lobby lounge of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, it was…

Where 2 of Cebu’s pre-eminent food writers head to, there you follow. In last night’s Sabores de España opening at the lobby lounge of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, it was the station that held Manchego cheese.

I’d return with Manchego cheese in my luggage, culinary writer Aissa dela Cruz told our group of bloggers and writers. She said she buys it during trips outside the country because it’s “so much more expensive here.” It’s hard cheese so it keeps well, she pointed out.

Dr. Nestor Alonzo, food columnist for The Freeman, quickly headed to the platter shortly after hamming it up with Marco Polo Plaza Cebu General Manager Brian Connelly as he took photos of the tapas spread. “Take photos of him taking photos,” Connelly said as he playfully posed with Alonzo.

Marco Polo Sabores de España

Manchego cheese

 

Culinary journey

And it was to the Manchego cheese – traditional Spanish cheese, Alonso explained to me – that I returned to again and again last night.

Sabores de España, now on its 12th year, is part of the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s widely anticipated and annual Culinary Journeys. The series highlights the culinary prowess of the Marco Polo team – from Bisdak favorites in January to Swiss, Indian, Spanish, and French throughout the year.

Sabores de Espana Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Chorizo in puff pastry

 

“I also want to remind everybody that this is the 12th year that we’re holding this event,” Connelly said in a short speech to open the event. “It is our commitment to continually develop the different cuisines in the different parts of the world, in different countries, so that we could share the rich tapestry of food around the world with our guests, our friends, and our customers,” he said.

Connelly said he grew up in a part of the United States that was colonized by Spain and thus was heavily influenced by Spanish cuisine.

Dr. Nestor Alonzo and Marco Polo Plaza Cebu General Manager Brian Connelly.

Dr. Nestor Alonzo and Marco Polo Plaza Cebu General Manager Brian Connelly.

 

Cutting of jamon serrano

He ended his speech with a recommendation for the guests to try Marco Polo’s sangria saying their culinary team did a great job in preparing them. He particularly recommended the white sangria.

To officially mark the opening of Sabores de España, Marco Polo held a ceremonial cutting of the jamon serrano. Connelly led the cutting along with longtime Spanish food consultant Gema Pido, Amigos de España en Cebu President Myra Gonzalez, and Honorary Consul to Spain Anton Perdices.

Cutting of jamon serrano Sabores de España

CUTTING OF THE JAMON SERRANO. Cutting the jamon serrano to mark the opening of Sabores de España are (from left) Marco Polo Plaza Cebu General Manager Brian Connelly, Amigos de España en Cebu President Myra Gonzalez, Honorary Consul to Spain Anton Perdices, and longtime Spanish food consultant Gema Pido.

 

After the ceremony, Gonzalez gave a short speech wishing the festivities success.

Sabores de España will run until Sunday, September 16. On these dates, Spanish dishes such as the mainstay paella, jamon serrano, fabadas, lengua estofado, and assorted tapa will be made available along with the international lunch and dinner buffet spread in Cafe Marco.

 

Facebook Live broadcast of the opening

 

 

 

More photos of the Sabores de España opening

 

Chef Juanito Abangan Sabores de España

Chef Juanito Abangan oversees preparations of the Spanish spread.

 

Marco Polo Cebu Sabores de España

Sangria

 

Sabores de España

Olives and manchego cheese

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Sabores de España

 

Sabores de España Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Bonquerones

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Sabores de España

 

Sabores de España

 

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Experienced hospitality professional named Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s resident manager

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu recently welcomed Austrian national Michaela Priesner as resident manager of the hotel. As an experienced hospitality professional, Priesner has filled managerial positions for a number of…

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu recently welcomed Austrian national Michaela Priesner as resident manager of the hotel.

As an experienced hospitality professional, Priesner has filled managerial positions for a number of hospitality companies, including Kempinski Hotels, Anantara Hotels & Resorts, Rotana Hotels and Resorts, Aleenta Resorts & Spas in UAE, Austria and Thailand.

Michaela Priesner

“I wanted to work again in a business hotel while still being able to visit the beach every now and then and Cebu City could offer me both. I love the warmth, the smiles, and the hospitality of this city,” Ms. Priesner said on why she chose to work with the hotel.

Priesner studied at the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute finishing with a Hospitality diploma, and started her managerial career in Embassy Suites in Sharjah, UAE. She is an experienced, outgoing, customer-focused manager with a successful history of working in the leisure, travel and tourism industry.

Priesner said she is looking forward to get to know the community and the Cebuanos. “It’s an honor to be a part of this amazing team. Marco Polo is a true landmark in Cebu City,” she added.

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Top 3 exciting reasons why you shouldn’t miss SM City Consolacion sale

There are three big reasons not to miss SM City’s Consolacion’s 3-day sale. From September 14-16, SM will once again fill stacks with good finds at up to 70 percent…

There are three big reasons not to miss SM City’s Consolacion’s 3-day sale.

From September 14-16, SM will once again fill stacks with good finds at up to 70 percent off in prices. But what is it that makes this sale the biggest north of Cebu?

Here are the top three reasons:

1. Freebies for early birds

It always pays to come early and, in this case, SM City Consolacion will reward early shoppers with freebies that will satisfy morning cravings.

For the three days of sale, the first 100 shoppers to claim their raffle coupons in the redemption booth will each be given a Jollibee Yum burger, a Dunkin’ Donuts donut, and a glass of Greenwich iced tea. In addition to these treats, the first 50 shoppers will also receive World of Fun and Quantum game tokens.

You get more with your shopping as the mall’s establishments will also be giving away freebies and novelty prizes to the first 100 shoppers who can present a single receipt purchase worth 500 pesos. They’ve also gone digital with their QR Code promo “Yes You Scan” where 20 lucky shoppers can win up to 1000 pesos worth of SM GCs.

SM Consolacion Sale

2. Discounts upon discounts for cardholders

SM’s loyal cardholders are always treated like royalty with the exclusive discounts from affiliate stores: Ace Hardware, Miniso, SM Appliance, Surplus, Watsons and The SM Store.

On Friday, SM Prestige and BDO Rewards cardholders will enjoy additional 10 percent discount for the whole day. SM Advantage, SM Prestige and BDO Rewards cardholders get another exclusive 10 percent off for the first three hours on Saturday.

If they can’t make it on Saturday morning, SM City Consolacion extends the same 10 percent discount to SM Advantage, SM Prestige and BDO Rewards cardholders from 5-7 pm.

SM Consolacion

3. A chance to win a brand new Suzuki Celerio

The sweet icing on the cake will be the grand raffle prize, which is a brand new Suzuki Celerio. One lucky shopper gets to bring this fine ride home. To join, you simply present your receipts to the redemption booth. For every P1000 worth of purchases, the shopper gets one raffle coupon.

Those with the SM Mobile App get 2 extra coupons. On Saturday and Sunday, they get double coupons. Raffle draw is on September 16, 10 pm, at the Event Center.

Everyone’s a winner with huge discounts, prizes, and freebies at SM City Consolacion’s 3-Day Sale from September 14 to 16. Mall hours on September 14 and 16, Friday and Sunday, will be from 10 am-10 pm. Mall opens early at 9 am and closes 10 pm on Saturday, September 15.

Block your schedules, write down your shopping list, and be ready for non-stop shopping and entertainment. For details and more updates, please call 2600132 or like the official SM City Consolacion (Official) page on Facebook. (Press Release)

SM Consolacion Sale

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Polaroid Originals opens first provincial hub in Cebu

Polaroid Originals, the leading authority in analog instant photography, entered Cebu in July 2018, marking its very first provincial hub in the country. Last month, the Polaroid Interactive Photo Exhibit…

Polaroid Originals, the leading authority in analog instant photography, entered Cebu in July 2018, marking its very first provincial hub in the country.

Last month, the Polaroid Interactive Photo Exhibit in Ayala Center Cebu allowed guests to experience how Polaroid Originals cameras, such as the One Step 2 i-Type camera and the Vintage 600, can capture life’s best moments in the coolest way possible. It’s like travelling back in time, as it triggers nostalgia of using analog vintage cameras, but with the perks of having modern features and a contemporary design; particularly for the One Step 2 i-Type.

Inspired by the original OneStep camera from the 1977, the OneStep 2 is an analog instant camera for the modern era as it blends classic design with contemporary style. Updated to create a simple easy-to-use instant camera which works as soon as you take it out of the box, it’s easy enough for a child to use.

OneStep 2 features

Upon closer inspection, the OneStep 2 boasts heavy-weight features, with its built-in strobe flash, high-quality 2 feet to infinity lens, and self-timer function, users are assured of a completely unique photo each time. Plus, its long-lasting rechargeable battery means longer shooting time wherever and whenever in the world. To be precise, the camera has a 60-day battery life.

And the best part? The OneStep 2 enables users to fully immerse in the glory days of analog photography as it runs on all the styles of Polaroid Originals’ i-Type Film and 600 Film. Whether it’s colored, black and white, or soaked in rainbow hued frames, there’s a whole world of possibilities simply waiting to be developed.

Decades later and there’s still nothing that beats the Polaroid Originals. Available in white or graphite, the Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 i-Type camera are available at following Bratpack stores: Greenbelt 5 Shangri-la Plaza, Alabang Town Center, and Ayala Center Cebu.

Polaroid OneStep2

 

The Original Never Left

Eighty years since Edwin Land changed the way we keep memories with his breakthrough invention, Polaroid is back to capture life’s best moments in the coolest way possible. Introducing Polaroid Originals, a new category of products dedicated to analog instant photography in its original, iconic format.

Launched on September 13, 2017 – the 80th anniversary of Polaroid’s foundation – Polaroid Originals marks the next step in a journey started by The Impossible Project who kept the dream alive since 2008. As the clamor for nostalgia peaks, it didn’t take long for the rest of the world to catch up as Polaroid stakes its original claim as the leading authority in instant photography.

Recently, Polaroid Originals collaborated with self-taught photographer The London Vagabond to capture the backstage magic of punk royalty Vivienne Westwood’s AW17/18 collection. As one of the most historic artifacts of the 80s, Polaroid Originals also made an on-screen appearance in one of the episodes of the much-anticipated season 2 of sci-fi web series Stranger Things – laying proof of the world’s enduring fascination with Polaroid.

Fast forward to this day, sentimental fiends and tastemakers alike can rejoice as Polaroid Originals rolls out with refurbished vintage cameras that are nostalgic as they are good as new.

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Milo-FCB Road to Barcelona trains kids football skills, values

More than just skills, participants to Milo Philippines’ Road To Barcelona will be taught the values of humility, effort, ambition, respect, and teamwork, officials said in a press conference at…

More than just skills, participants to Milo Philippines’ Road To Barcelona will be taught the values of humility, effort, ambition, respect, and teamwork, officials said in a press conference at the Cebu Parklane International Hotel today.

About 160 boys and girls from all over the country will gather at the Cebu City Sports Centre this weekend for a football camp by coaches from the renowned FC Barcelona Youth Academy. The Road To Barcelona, a partnership between Milo and FC Barcelona, is now on its 2nd year.

The participants, who are all from 10 to 12 years old, will be trained to play football the “Barca way” by Jordi Aguilar and Albert Batalla. That involves training on ball skills, keeping possessions, and the vaunted tiki-taka system of possession play and passes, Aguilar said.

Milo Road to Barcelona

ROAD TO BARCELONA. Leading today’s press launch in Cebu of the Milo-FCB Road to Barcelona Philippines Camp are (from left) Robbie De Vera, MILO Consumer Marketing Manager; Albert Batalla Fernandez, FCB Youth Academy Coach; Ethan Jacob Roxas, MILO-FCB 2017 Delegate; Jordi Aguilar Roca, FCB Youth Academy Coach; Nimrod Quinones, Cebu Football Association Board Member; and Michael Reyes, Assistant Organizer.

 

Values of teamwork

But more than these skills are values like teamwork, Aguilar said. As example, he cited their practice of a group celebration of victories and goals to recognize that achievements are by group effort and not of the individual alone.

Milo Philippines will pick 7 players from the 160 that it will bring to Spain for a 9-day training camp in Camp Nou in Barcelona, the home of FC Barcelona.

Milo Philippines Consumer Marketing Manager Robbie de Vera said, “Milo is very excited and honored to continue its advocacy to get more kids into sports and help advance Philippine football with FC Barcelona. Our goal for this year is to further enrich the ‘Road to Barcelona’ experience by reaching more Filipino kids and reinforcing the values that encourage more kids to dream big and become champions in life.”

The event is done in partnership with the Cebu Football Association (CFA).

Improve local football

CFA board member Nimrod Quiñones said events like Road to Barcelona help improve the level of local football. He said local coaches will be helping during the 2-day camp and would also be picking up lessons and tips that they will bring to their respective clubs and schools.

Quiñones said during the press conference that there is noticeable improvement in the skills of the current crop of young football players compared with their age group a few years back. He credited this to programs like those undertaken by Milo.

Milo Road To Barcelona

ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCE. Ethan Jacob Roxas, who was one of those picked to join the FC Barcelona training camp last year, shares his experience in today’s press launch.

 

Evaluation

De Vera said they will pick the players to bring to Spain based on an evaluation process that takes into account 70% values and 30% skills.

Organizers said Cebu was chosen to host the event because it is among the football hotbeds in the country. The province has the most number of licensed football coaches, de Vera said. It also had the most number of participants to the program, he added.

Also present in today’s press conference was Ethan Jacob Roxas of Paref-Springdale. Roxas was among the players brought to Spain by Milo in the inaugural Road To Barcelona last year. Roxas said the program allows young football players like him play with athletes on a higher skills level.

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AboitizLand breaks ground for Foressa Mountain Town

AboitizLand takes another step towards redefining outdoor living as it breaks ground for the first phase of the Balamban development Foressa Mountain Town. Aside from the usual amenities of a…

AboitizLand takes another step towards redefining outdoor living as it breaks ground for the first phase of the Balamban development Foressa Mountain Town.

Aside from the usual amenities of a residential development like a clubhouse and pool, future homeowners of the mountain resort community in the Cansomoroy highlands will have access to a forest reserve, caves, and rivers as well as hiking and bike trails.

“We envision Foressa as a different community altogether. We have developments in the city or by the beach but this will be the first ever in the country to be on a mountaintop,” said AboitizLand Business Unit Head Vivien Vicente-Limjoco during the groundbreaking held on August 29, 2018.

AboitizLand is only selling lots in Foressa with average cut of 400 square meters.

Foressa Mountain Town grounbreaking

FORESSA MOUNTAIN TOWN GROUNDBREAKING. (From left) Foressa Construction Project Director Marvin Gamboa, AboitizLand Assistant Vice President of Industrial Business Unit Roger Pesole, Provincial Board Member Alex Binghay, Cansomoroy Barangay Captain Rolando Bacalso, JC Rodriguez Construction Corp. President Jun Rodriguez, AboitizLand Residential Business Unit Head Vivien Vicente-Limjoco and Construction Management VP Honesto Medina break ground on the Foressa Mountain Town in Balamban.

 

Mountain development

First phase covers 51 hectares of the 250-hectare development and will have 242 available lots, according to Project Development Manager Jose Marie de la Paz.

It will include the construction of Foressa Lodge made up of a few cabins that can accommodate overnight stays for those who wish to experience living in the mountain resort community.

Limjoco said site development will happen for a period of 20 months, after which lot owners can start building their homes.

Foressa will have Asian-inspired homes and amenities, de la Paz added. Aside from the lodge, these will include a main pavilion and three-tiered pools.

Foressa Mountain Town

TIME CAPSULE. AboitizLand Residential Business Unit Head Vivien Vicente-Limjoco leads the laying down of the time capsule as part of the Foressa Mountain Town groundbreaking.

 

Vacation home

Since its launching in April 2017, Foressa Mountain Town has sold off several lots to nature lovers and those who are looking for a second home or vacation residence.

The development’s adventure park, Foressa Trails, has become popular with adventure seekers. They are attracted to three hiking trails that cater to all types of hikers and four bike trails with varying lengths and difficulties, as rated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).

Foressa Trails has played host to international obstacle races, trail runs, and motorbike event since it opened in October 2017.

AboitizLand’s residential development in Cansomoroy, Balamban can be reached by a 90-minute drive through the Transcentral Highway.

 

Foressa Mountain Town

MOUNTAIN RESORT. Future homeowners of the mountain resort community in the Cansomoroy highlands will have access to a forest reserve, caves, and rivers as well as hiking and bike trails.

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A weekend in Huni Sicogon

Rough waters turn gentle and the cerulean deep gives way to aquamarine shallows as a speck in the distant horizon transforms into Sicogon Island. Our destination slowly appears as a…

Rough waters turn gentle and the cerulean deep gives way to aquamarine shallows as a speck in the distant horizon transforms into Sicogon Island.

Our destination slowly appears as a towering mass of green bordered by a strip of white that glistens under the noonday sun.

Nearer still, we can make out a gently sloping mountain with a curious peak that tapers down to an expanse of coastline with creamy sand.

Huni Sicogon

HUNI SICOGON. The spring water swimming pool looks across the seas to Islas de Gigantes.

 

The tide was high enough to allow our motorized outrigger boat to dock on the beach right where the makings of a modern and upscale resort have taken shape.

Huni Sicogon

Huni Sicogon, our home for three activity-filled days, sits right before the coastline and where in the far distance a grouping of islands called Islas de Gigantes forms the shape of a sleeping giant.

From our spot on the beach, we can make out a huge pool with bar, open-air restaurant, and sprawling two-level building with rooms that look out either to the sea or the green foliage of Sicogon’s iconic Mt. Opao. Parched from the journey, we gladly downed the drinks offered by a resort welcoming party led by resident manager Bayon Abescola.

Huni Sicogon

Our room in Huni Sicogon opens to the beach,

 

Huni currently testing out amenities, facilities, and services with half of the total of 52 rooms open in preparation for grand opening day sometime in the last quarter of 2018, according to Abescola. MyCebu.ph was among those invited to the resort’s soft opening.

We were billeted in spacious deluxe rooms that can accommodate a maximum of three and offer varying bed sizes. Family rooms are good for four and come even bigger at 53 square meters.

Huni Sicogon Island

HUNI SICOGON will have 52 rooms when all phases are done. It sits on a beautiful beachfront looking across the Islas de Gigantes.

 

Tourism estate

Named for the humming sound of the sea, Huni is a central figure in the Sicogon Island Tourism Estate in Carles, Iloilo. The tourism estate is a development born out of a partnership between Ayala Land and the Sicogon Development Corp., said Jonah Villena, Marketing and PR supervisor of the Ayala Land subsidiary Ten Knots Development Corporation.

Soon enough, a fully completed airport on the 1,100-hectare Sicogon Island will welcome the first commercial flight from the capital while a jetty port will make it more accessible to seaborne visitors. Bayon said he expects two motorized outrigger boats for island transfers and e-jeeps for travel within Sicogon.

Huni Sicogon Mt. Opao

SCALING MT. OPAO. One of the fun activities you should try when in Sicogon Island is to scale Mt. Opao. Huni Sicogon arranges hikes to Mt. Opao and provides local guides.

 

Ayala Land will also bring in a four-storey Seda hotel as well as a 77-bed hostel called Dayon to be conveniently located right beside the Sicogon airport within the next three years. A resort town center with retail shops surrounding a 4.3-hectare lagoon is also in the pipeline.

For now, though, there is Huni Sicogon with its easy access to warm sea and unspoiled mountain.

Island activities

Imagine afternoon walks by the coast, a cool dip in the freshwater spring pool, cocktails and karaoke. There are also such activities as kayaking, stand up paddle, and snorkeling to satisfy a craving for more energetic sport.

A trek through the dense undergrowth up Mt. Opao is a must-try but be warned that it does require a certain fitness level. The nearby islet of Tumaquin offers the more challenging cliff jumping activity.

Antonia Beach Islas de Gigantes

ISLAND-HOPPING TOUR. Huni Sicogon is the perfect jumpoff point to a tour of Islas de Gigantes, including to Antonia Beach, where you can eat scallops for P1 apiece.

 

Off site, there are the popular islands that make up the Gigantes group: the selfie island Cabugao Gamay, Bantigue Sandbar, and Antonia Island. Sicogon’s location makes it the perfect jump off point for hopping from one island to another.

Whatever you do, don’t miss out on the seafood in the islands. Whether you order it as part of resort fare or from a local community in a Gigantes island, you are always assured it is the freshest it can be.

 

More photos of our Huni Sicogon weekend

 

Huni Sicogon Island

BEACHFRONT. Huni Sicogon has an expansive beachfront that looks across to Islas de Gigantes.

 

Huni Sicogon Island

SOFT OPENING. Our group of writers from Cebu at the Huni Sicogon all-day dining restaurant.

 

Huni Sicogon Island

HUNI SICOGON ROOM. Our room during the weekend stay.

 

Huni Sicogon Cabugao Gamay

SELFIE ISLAND. Rock formations on Cabugao Gamay, more known as the selfie island for its iconic spot for taking selfies.

 

Huni Sicogon Bantigue Sandbar

1-PESO SCALLOPS. Feasting on scallops, sold by the tray at P1 apiece, on the Bantigue sandbar.

 

Huni Sicogon beach

DINNER ON THE BEACH. First night’s dinner on a the beautiful Huni Sicogon beach.

 

Huni Sicogon

FRESH SEAFOOD is always on the menu on Sicogon Island.

 

Huni Sicogon dinner

 

Huni Sicogon restaurant

 

Huni Sicogon dinner

Gising gising

 

Huni Sicogon dinner

 

Huni Sicogon Mt. Opao

TO MT. OPAO. Our group heading to the summit of Mt. Opao.

 

Mt. Opao Sicogon Island

AIRSTRIP. The airstrip and lagoon, which will have retail shops in the future, can be seen from the peak of Mt. Opao.

 

Balay Kogon Sicogon Island

BALAY KOGON. The beachfront of nearby Balay Kogon, which is part of the tourism estate.

 

Balay Kogon Sicogon Island

CHICKEN BINAKOL is chicken soup with coconut meat and water. We had this delicious dish in Balay Kogon.

 

Huni Sicogon

PINA COLADA

 

Huni Sicogon

THE WINNICK. This cocktail is named after Katheryn Winnick, an actress known for her role in Vikings. It’s her favorite drink and she requested the resort to make it during her stay. It has since become part of the drinks menu of Huni Sicogon.

 

Huni Sicogon Mt. Opao

HUNI SICOGON. The beachfront of Huni Sicogon and Mt. Opao on the background.

 

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Kimstaurant brings taste of Korea to Cebu

If you love Korean food, head to Kimstaurant at The Greenery in Cebu City and indulge yourself in authentic and delicious dishes from the Land of the Morning Calm. From…

If you love Korean food, head to Kimstaurant at The Greenery in Cebu City and indulge yourself in authentic and delicious dishes from the Land of the Morning Calm.

From fall-off-the-bone tenderness and standout deliciousness of Beef Galbi Jjim or braised beef short ribs to the must-try Soy Sauce Chicken, a bonchon-style fried chicken made from a recipe perfected by Kimstaurant General Manager Peter Kim, the restaurant brings the flavors of Korea to Cebu.

 

Kimstaurant Cebu

SIDE DISHES and appetizers including kimchi.

 

Kimstaurant opened in Bacolod City in October 2010. Kim said he noticed that there were only a few Korean restaurants in the city and decided to put one up, “with the goal for it to be the best Korean restaurant in the city.”

Kimstaurant later became a go-to dining destination for Bacolod locals. Kim said in an interview that 90% of their customers are locals.

“I always focus on the locals, not the Koreans,” Kim said during a media preview yesterday in Kimstaurant. He said they import their ingredients from Korea, stressing that their dishes are authentic.

Apart from Beef Galbi Jjim and Soy Sauce Chicken, the other dishes that stood out in yesterday’s media preview were the Japchae, a mixed dish of boiled bean threads, stir-fried vegetables, and shredded meat and the Dolsot Bibimbap — sizzling stone pot rice mixed vegetables, beef, kotsujang (Korean chili paste), and egg.

 

Kimstaurant Cebu soy sauce chicken

SOY SAUCE CHICKEN. bonchon-style fried chicken made from a recipe perfected by Peter Kim, Kimstaurant’s general manager.

 

Those who are more adventurous can try the Yukhoe, which is a Korean style raw beef dish with egg. The menu lists this as Kim’s favorite.

Kimstaurant also offers a varied selection of Yakiniku, including Samgyupsal, Deji Galbi, and Kosal, which diners can eat all they can from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. These come with unlimited servings of side dishes and appetizers, including kimchi.

Kimstaurant is located on the Ground Floor of The Greenery, along Pope John Paul II Avenue, Cebu City. It is open from 11 am to 11 pm. You can call in reservations at +63 945 988 5541. For more information, visit their website at www.kimstaurant.com, or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kimstaurant.

 

More photos of media preview in Kimstaurant Cebu

 

Kimstaurant Cebu Japchae

JAPCHAE. Mixed dish of boiled bean threads, stir-fried vegetables, and shredded meat.

 

Kimstaurant Cebu Beef Galbi Jjim

BEEF GALBI JJIM or braised beef short ribs.

 

Kimstaurant Cebu Dolsot Bibimbap

DOLSOT BIBIMBAP is a dish of sizzling stone pot rice mixed vegetables, beef, kotsujang (Korean chili paste), and egg.

 

Kimstaurant Cebu raw beef

RAW BEEF. Yukhoe is a Korean style raw beef dish with egg and is a favorite of the restaurant’s General Manager Peter Kim.

 

Kimstaurant Cebu

MEDIA PREVIEW. Kimstaurant held a media preview in its branch in Cebu.

 

Kimstaurant Cebu

KIMCHI and other side dishes and appetizers.

 

Kimstaurant general manager Peter Kim

PETER KIM, the restaurant’s general manager, answers questions from journalists and bloggers during the media preview.

 

Kimstaurant Cebu

KIMSTAURANT CEBU is open from 11 am to 11 pm.

 

Kimstaurant Cebu

KIMSTAURANT CEBU is located on the ground floor of The Greenery on Pope John Paul II Avenue in Cebu City.

 

Kimstaurant menu

(Note: this menu is valid as of article date, which is September 4, 2018. Please check with the restaurant.)
 
Kimstaurant Cebu menu
 
Kimstaurant Cebu menu
 
Kimstaurant Cebu menu
 
Kimstaurant Cebu menu
 
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Kimstaurant Cebu menu
 

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Have a Spanish fiesta in Marco Polo with Sabores de España

Discover Spain in the most delicious way possible by joining Sabores de España in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu from September 14 to 16. On these days, Gema Pido, Cebu’s authority…

Discover Spain in the most delicious way possible by joining Sabores de España in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu from September 14 to 16. On these days, Gema Pido, Cebu’s authority on Spanish cuisine, will lead the hotel’s team of culinary experts in preparing a delectable spread of Spanish dishes.

This culinary delight will feature Spanish specialties such as jamon serrano, paella, fabadas, lengua estofado, assorted tapas, and of course Café Marco’s very own Spanish sangrias.

Explore this distinctive cuisine that has influenced the Filipino cooking and eat your way through the sumptuous lineup of Spanish dishes together with Café Marco’s regular delicious spread of international cuisine.

For inquiries and reservations, call (032) 253-1111 or email [email protected].

Sabores de España Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

SPANISH INFLUENCE. Sabores de España will run from September 14 to 16 in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

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Access sites, apps for free and win prizes with freenet app

More than just an app by which you can access websites and apps for free, freenet is now a platform where users can win prizes and rewards. “Our freenet users…

More than just an app by which you can access websites and apps for free, freenet is now a platform where users can win prizes and rewards.

“Our freenet users get to enjoy free data access to our partner sites, while getting rewarded at the same time with points that they can redeem for items in the freenet shop. With the Dailygaya raffle promo, they get the chance to win more rewards. We’re happy to share this awesome digital experience to more Cebuanos,” said Dindo G. Marzan, managing director of hatch, the digital marketing technology arm of Voyager Innovations.

Marzan was in Cebu recently to share the update on freenet with local bloggers and journalists.

Freenet Cebu

FREENET. Dindo Marzan, Managing Director for hatch, marketing technology arm of Voyager Innovations, talks about freenet in a briefing with Cebu bloggers and journalists.

 

Digital campaigns

Freenet started as a way for people to access websites and apps like Facebook for free. It’s more than just free access now, Marzan said during the press conference.

He said companies like Lazada and BPI partner with their platform to mount digital campaigns. With BPI, for example, the bank saw an increase in mobile banking after a campaign for people to use its app with freenet, Marzan said.

The app now has 7 million users.

To reward its users, freenet is giving away prizes ranging from PayMaya credits, smartphones, to brand new motorcycles via its Dailygaya raffle promo. The promo runs until September 29. You can register until September 24.

Freenet Dailygaya prizes

There have already been 2 Cebuano winners in the promo, Marzan said.

To join, one only needs to install the freenet app and sign up for an account.

On Sundays, P2,000 worth of Sodexo GCs are up for grabs. On Mondays and Fridays, freenet will give away 10,000 freenet points that can be used to redeem airtime load, data packages, as well as gaming pins.

On Tuesdays, freenet gives away PayMaya credits while on Wednesdays, they will raffle off a Supreme 4K action cam. On Thursdays, users have a chance to win a Huawei Y6 2018. On Saturdays, freenet users get the chance to win 3 JBL FLIP speakers, a GoPro session, an iPhone 7+, a PS4, or a Yamaha SZ1.

Winners are announced daily on the freenet Facebook page.

Freenet Cebu

DAILYGAYA PROMO. From left, Kim Vargas, Senior Public Relations Officer for Voyager Innovations; Dindo Marzan, Managing Director for hatch, marketing technology arm of Voyager Innovations; Nick Wilwayco, Head of PR and Communications for Voyager Innovations, during the Cebu briefing on freenet.

 

Freenet concert

With freenet, those who shop on Lazada and transact via PayMaya can do so free of data charge. It also has Netzee Hour, which allows people to use certain sites for free on different hours of the day: post photos on Facebook from 7am to 8am, read tweets on Twitter at from 12pm to 1pm or play Mobile Legends and PUBG from 8pm to 10pm, the company said in a press release.

Members of the freenet community are also offered “missions” that allow them to earn points that can be redeemed for prepaid load, data packages, gaming pins and gift coupons. Users also get the chance to watch FREENIVERSAYA: A freenet concert on September 20 by redeeming a concert ticket inside the app using their points. The concert will have performances by artists like Bamboo, KZ Tandingan, Gloc9, Moira Dela Torre, Shanti Dope, Ben&Ben, and Hashtags.

Freenet can be downloaded by users of any network. Those in Smart, Sun, and TNT, however, get free access to apps and sites of top brands in the country including PayMaya, Lendr, Lazada, Philippine Star, and many more.

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Cebu Journeys 2018 showcases local destinations, products

Local delicacies and travel products in 20 Cebu towns and cities are showcased at the Cebu Provincial Capitol during the 3-day travel fair Cebu Journeys 2018. The fair closes tomorrow,…

Local delicacies and travel products in 20 Cebu towns and cities are showcased at the Cebu Provincial Capitol during the 3-day travel fair Cebu Journeys 2018. The fair closes tomorrow, August 30.

On display at the Capitol Social Hall are homemade rhums and jams from Samboan, Guilang’s tablea from Argao, cranberry juice from Santander, ground and roasted coffee beans from Tuburan, rice cakes and budbud from Asturias, podreda cookies from Oslob, cassava cookies from Tudela, and a wide range of specialty merchandise produced from abundant local resource.

Cebu Journeys Argao torta and tableya

Torta and tableya from Argao.

Travel made easier

There are such products as hablon from Argao, decorative pieces made using upcycled materials from Naga, baskets from Tabogon and San Remigio, woven mats from Pilar, soap and polvoron with goat milk as main ingredient from Bogo, and turmeric tea from Alegria.

Through Cebu Journeys 2018, which is initiated by the Cebu Provincial Tourism Office, travel to top local destinations has also been made easier.

Cebu Journeys Tuburan coffee.

Tuburan coffee.

Ever wanted to visit or go on a repeat trip to Camotes? You can get all the information you need from representatives of local government units that make up the Camotes Group of Islands present at the travel fair.

The town of Dalaguete offers a tour package that includes excursions to historical landmarks, cold spring and mountain, flower and strawberry farms, and vegetable market.

Cebu Journeys Cranberry juice from Santander

Cranberry juice from Santander

Town destinations

Oslob showcases island getaways to Sumilon, waterfalls experience, and whale shark adventure.

Aloguinsan offers the Bojo River Cruise with sumptuous lunch and snacks as well as handicraft demo.

Want a more adventurous tour? Alegria has you covered with its canyoneering experience.

Cebu Journeys Hablon from Argao.

Hablon from Argao.

South of Cebu, the Naga boardwalk is an experience that shouldn’t be missed. That’s not all it offers, though. It also has treks to Mt. Naupa and world class sports facilities that include an eight-lane Olympic size swimming pool.

The dive paradise that is Moalboal also offers beach and island hopping experiences as well as caving and heritage site visits.

Cebu Journeys 2018

OPENING. Cebu First Lady Jobel Davide and Department of Tourism Central Visayas Director Shalimar Tamano lead the opening of Cebu Journeys 2018 at the Capitol Social Hall.

Guests get a passport stamped with the 20 participating Cebu towns and cities. They will need to have all these signed by local government representatives. In the passport are three questions about Cebu that they must answer before they can submit it with their details to organizers for a chance to win great prizes.

Cebu Journeys 2018

MUSIC. Trixie Anne Alturas of Parklane with her colleagues perform during the event.

The event is sponsored by Smart Communications Inc.

Get all the details to top Cebu destinations and enjoy local delicacies while you’re at it when you check out the Cebu Journeys 2018 Travel Fair.

Cebu Journeys

THE CHEFS. These chefs of different Cebu hotels showcased Cebuano cuisine with a high-end twist. The chefs are June Fernandez of Parklane, Melba Pranza of Golden Prince, Deofrey Vistal of Radisson Blu, Coke Semblante of Radisson Blu, and Richard Hao of USJ-R.

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22 Tango Records releases Mary Anchit’s debut album

For her debut album, Mary Anchit sings about the people she encountered and the many forms of love in them. The album, Miss Mary, will be launched at 8 pm…

For her debut album, Mary Anchit sings about the people she encountered and the many forms of love in them. The album, Miss Mary, will be launched at 8 pm on September 8 via a show at Sugid, A SPACE Cebu.

The launch will be supported by homegrown acts J Russ X DT, The Vast, and Mandaue Nights.

As a singer-songwriter and full-time high school teacher, Anchit draws from outward experiences and weaves them together to form the 7-track foundations of Miss Mary. The album is produced by Cattski Espina and recorded, mixed, and mastered at Room Eleven Recording Studio.

Mary Anchit

Mary Anchit

Miss Mary will be released under 22 Tango Records and will be available on all digital streaming platforms. CDs will also be available for purchase.

“Mary Anchit is a wordsmith. Her non-commercial music is not capable of telling just one story. One song has four stories in it. She does not care that her music is not commercially appealing. She is not in the business of earning; only of living,” said Espina on the 3-year creative process of the album.

With her album, Anchit hopes to contribute to the vision of making Cebu a destination for music.

For inquiries and updates, follow Mary Anchit and 22 Tango Records on Facebook.

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