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Cebu Pacific gears up for Sinulog 2019

Cebu Pacific, the largest carrier in the Philippines, is all set for one of the country’s grandest festivals —Sinulog. The Sinulog is held in honor of the Santo Niño de…

Cebu Pacific, the largest carrier in the Philippines, is all set for one of the country’s grandest festivals —Sinulog.

The Sinulog is held in honor of the Santo Niño de Cebu. While the annual Sinulog in the Queen City of the South features colorful street dancing, its essence is all about prayer, thanksgiving and celebration of Roman Catholicism and the Christian faith of Filipinos.

Cebu Pacific kicked-off Sinulog 2019 with colorful décor at its check-in counters at the Mactan Cebu International Airport—its largest hub in VisMin. A collaboration with social and cultural enterprise Alternative Nest and Trading/Training Hub for Ingenious/Indigenous Little Livelihood Seekers (ANTHILL), the Sinulog décor features colorful tribal masks and ‘Pit Senyor’ signages made from scrap materials such as discarded fabric and manufacturing waste. Life-size statues of Sto Nino made of recycled materials are prominently displayed at the airport’s check-in hall to give travelers a feel of the festival.

CEbu Pacific Sinulog

 

Cebu Pacific also joined forces with travel platform Klook to host Cebu’s biggest music beach festival yet—The 2019 Sinulog Beach Festival at The Happy Beach, home to the happiest floating playground in Asia. The festival promises heaps of fun and exciting carnival games and activities. The fanfare will also feature Cebuano talents Sepia Times, Mandaue Nights, & 22 Tango’s Vincent Eco and Lourdes Maglinte for the event’s sunset sessions. Acclaimed Manila DJs are also joining the party. Can’t-miss Performances by Deuce, Nix Damn P!, John Bosque, Victor Jao, & Renzo Seninig will make for a hyped-up night.

Tickets to the 2019 Sinulog Beach Festival are available through the Klook app. For as low as P500, get a Sinulog Beach Festival Barkada Bundle, which includes complimentary shuttle services between Cebu Mandaue, and Mactan Island.

Cebu Pacific Sinulog

 

Cebu Pacific will also be participating in the much-anticipated Sinulog Grand Parade on January 20. With the theme ‘Best of Cebu’, the CEB float will highlight famous landmarks and produce that are reminiscent of the Cebuano identity.

Tracing its roots in Cebu, Cebu Pacific has grown to become the largest carrier in the Philippines, flying to 36 domestic and 26 international destinations. Cebu is its second-largest hub in the Philippines, with direct connections to 26 domestic and international destinations.

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Celebrate Sinulog at Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu

The beat is getting louder and louder for the grandest festival in the Philippines, Sinulog. A business hotel strategically located right on the pulse of Cebu City, Quest Hotel &…

The beat is getting louder and louder for the grandest festival in the Philippines, Sinulog. A business hotel strategically located right on the pulse of Cebu City, Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu takes part in the merriment with a series of activities throughout the week.

Starting January 16, guests may visit a replica of the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño at the lobby, featuring a collection of images of the Señor Santo Niño. It will also house a mini kiosk offering Sinulog memorabilia and souvenirs.

Puso Sinulog buffet

BUFFET. The hotel’s all-day dining restaurant Pusô Bistro & Bar offers Cebuano classics including the famous lechon, humba, fresh kilawin, and more at the Sinulog Lunch Buffet on Sunday, January 20.

 

As the weekend approaches, guests will witness a show of color and talent. The hotel’s very own Tribu Quest Dancers together with a Sinulog Queen will grace the lobby and present a Sinulog dance at 10 am and 2:30 pm on January 19 and 20. To perk up the beat on Sinulog Day, January 20, drum beaters Infinity Tribe will have an electrifying performance at 4:30 pm.

A fiesta is not complete without a spread of time-honored homegrown recipes. The hotel’s all-day dining restaurant Pusô Bistro & Bar offers Cebuano classics including the famous lechon, humba, fresh kilawin, and more at the Sinulog Lunch Buffet on Sunday, January 20.

Sinulog Queen

SINULOG QUEEN. The hotel’s very own Tribu Quest Dancers together with a Sinulog Queen will grace the lobby and present a Sinulog dance at 10 am and 2:30 pm on January 19 and 20.

 

Guests dining in groups of 8 or more enjoy a celebratory 15% discount on the regular buffet rate. Regular rates are P700 net for lunch and P850 for dinner. To mark the wonderful occasion, a free Sinulog photo booth will be stationed at the lobby from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm also on Sunday.

It truly is a fun fiesta throughout the Sinulog weekend at Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu. For inquiries or reservations, please call (63 32) 402 5999 or send an email to [email protected]. For real-time updates, guests may follow @questhotelcebu and @pusobistro on Instagram; and facebook.com/cebuquesthotel and facebook.com/pusobistro on Facebook.

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Have a Sinulog feast with Sugbusog at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Carry on with the festivities at Marco Polo Plaza as it celebrates Cebu’s grandest festival, Sinulog, with the hotel’s most iconic Culinary Journey – Sugbusog. Café Marco kicks off this…

Carry on with the festivities at Marco Polo Plaza as it celebrates Cebu’s grandest festival, Sinulog, with the hotel’s most iconic Culinary Journey – Sugbusog.

Café Marco kicks off this year with its first Culinary Journey, Sugubusog Gihapon, keeping the tradition on featuring a feast of classic Cebuano favorites such as lechon, humba, barbecue, puso and more! Keep the tradition and celebrate this vibrant festival with us! Discover more of Cebu through a gastronomic adventure starting at Cebu’s best premium buffet restaurant, Café Marco, from January 15 to 21.

Sugbusog Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

CEBU LECHON. Culinary favorites like lechon, humba, puso, and many more are on the menu during the Sugubusog Gihapon from January 15 to 21 at Café Marco in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

 

Celebrate the city-wide fiesta with your family and friends at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu with this exciting Culinary Journey at Cafe. Eat, Pray and Pit Señor!

For inquiries and reservations, call 253-1111 or email [email protected]. Visit the website at www.marcopoloplazacebu.com.

 

Sinulog Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

SINULOG DANCE. Performs dance the Sinulog at the Marco Polo Plaza hotel lobby.

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Klook to host Sinulog Beach Festival at Happy Beach in Mactan

Fast growing travel platform Klook will hold its very first Cebu event, the Sinulog Beach Festival, at Happy Beach in Lapu-Lapu City in time for the island’s grandest festival Partygoers…

Fast growing travel platform Klook will hold its very first Cebu event, the Sinulog Beach Festival, at Happy Beach in Lapu-Lapu City in time for the island’s grandest festival

Partygoers can expect a lot of fun under the sun with on-ground carnival games, water activities, and live music performances by Cebu’s homegrown musicians and Manila’s top DJs at the Klook Sinulog Beach Festival from 2 p.m. onwards this January 18, 2019.

The music personalities and groups performing at the festival will include Mandaue Nights, Sepia Times, Lourdes Maglinte, and Eco plus Manila DJs Deuce and Nix Damn P! along with John Bosque, Renzo Senining, and Victor Jao.

Klook Sinulog Beach Festival

The event is part of Klook’s mission to help build local tourism and promote local destinations, said Klook Philippines Market Lead Michelle Cruz.

“A lot of our efforts in the past year have been focused on attracting different key destinations in the Philippines,” she added, citing that Klook has entered into exclusive partnerships with Ocean Park, Enchanted Kingdom, Aqua Planet in Clark, and Happy Beach in Cebu. The company already has over 70 partners in the Philippines, 10 of which are in Cebu.

Happy Beach

Klook targets to gather around 5,000 guests to its Sinulog Beach Festival in Happy Beach.

Carnival games, face painting, henna tattoo and such water activities as kayaking, parasailing, waterboarding as well as sidewinder, jetski, and banana boat rides are just some of the fun activities they can expect during the event.

Klook Philippines Market Lead Michelle Cruz

PROMOTE LOCAL. The event is part of Klook’s mission to help build local tourism and promote local destinations, said Klook Philippines Market Lead Michelle Cruz.

 

Klook’s festival partners include Cebu Pacific, Havaianas, and Happy Beach.

Cruz said they’re working with other merchants to provide festival guests with a wide selection of food and drinks.

She added that Klook has a lot of plans for Cebu, beginning with its very first activity Sinulog Beach Festival. They also hope to bring a mobile-led experiential travel festival that Klook first introduced in Manila last September 2018.

Klook Sinulog Beach Festival

The inflatable island.

 

Festival tickets

Early bird admission ticket is priced at P795, but only P500 each for groups of four under the Barkada Bundle offer. This already includes an admission ticket to the Sinulog Beach Festival, one drink, and point-to-point transportation to and from Happy Beach. Pick-up points start at 11 a.m. from SM City Cebu and Parkmall in Mandaue City.

The Sinulog Beach Festival will run from 2:00-10:00 p.m.

Founded in 2014, Klook provides travellers a seamless way to discover and book attractions, tours, local transportation, best food tours and must-eats, and other unique experiences around the world. Download the Klook App and enjoy P200 off on your first booking when you use promo code <KLOOKIT200>.

Visit their website at www.klook.com and follow them on Facebook at @klookph and on Instagram at @klooktravel_ph.

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Santo Niño art exhibit opens in Bamboo Bay

Contempo Property Holdings Inc and Bamboo Bay Community gathered 24 Cebuano artists to mount an art exhibit called “Halad Kaniño” at the condo development on Hernan Cortez St., Mandaue City. The…

Contempo Property Holdings Inc and Bamboo Bay Community gathered 24 Cebuano artists to mount an art exhibit called “Halad Kaniño” at the condo development on Hernan Cortez St., Mandaue City.

The exhibit centers on the Santo Niño and is timed with the celebration of the Sinulog festival, which honors the Holy Child. The exhibit opened yesterday and will run until February 12.

Halad Kaniño exhibit Bamboo Bay

EXHIBIT OPENING. Contempo founder and CEO Beverly Dayanan (2nd from left) and exhibit organizer and painter Celso Pepito (4th from left) lead the ribbon cutting to mark the opening of the Halad Kaniño art exhibit at the Bamboo Bay Community in Mandaue City.

 

Contempo Property Holdings Inc. founder and CEO Beverly Dayanan and painter Celso Pepito, who organized the show, led the ribbon cutting to mark the opening of the exhibit yesterday.

The art show is a tribute exhibition of paintings, sculptures, and drawings of the Santo Niño.

It features the works of renowned artists Jonathan Abellana, Lida Aguilar, Ryan Roy Barral, Arnel Belda, Irvin Benlot, Cesar Castillo, Methuzael Carredo, Mary Evangeline Caya, Rhodesa Cruzet, Jess Dinglasa, John Dinglasa, Reynan Dingal, Ramo de Dios, Efren Enolva, Eunice Florendo, Jet Florendo, Jun Impas, Ann Lubanga, Guido Lubanga, Clint Normandia, Joseph Ong, Celso Pepito, Fe Pepito, Jose Mari Picornell, Garry Watin, Antonio Vidal, Marlone Ylanan, and Sonia Yrastorza.

Bamboo Bay Sinulog exhibit

A painting by Jun Impas.

 

Bamboo Bay is the flagship project of Contempo. It is a 1-hectare Asia contemporary development located on Hernan Cortez St., Mandaue City.

The company said in a statement that it is committed to support Cebuano artists by holding exhibitions to showcase their works. In April 2018, the condo development had a successful run of its Flower Power Art Exhibit, a collection of art pieces that captured the blooms and colors of summer. It was also held at Bamboo Bay.

To learn more about the the Halad Kaniño Art Exhibit, you can call +6332 231 0001 or +6332 231 0002.

 

More photos of the Halad Kaniño exhibit opening

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Co-working facility Workplace Cafe opens new branch in Banawa

Sturdy desks, comfy seats, high-speed fiber internet, soft music, warm lights, abundance of power outlets, plus good food and coffee, the WorkPlace Cafe in Banawa, Cebu City is designed as…

Sturdy desks, comfy seats, high-speed fiber internet, soft music, warm lights, abundance of power outlets, plus good food and coffee, the WorkPlace Cafe in Banawa, Cebu City is designed as a place where one can be most productive.

Couple Aden and Gretchen Sigue were looking to start another line of business and came upon the Workplace Cafe in Ramos St., Cebu City.

Mr. Sigue said they reached out to the Workplace Cafe owners and suggested a franchise agreement.

WorkPlace Cafe

WorkPlace Cafe is designed as a place where one can be most productive.

 

Co-working cafe

Kristoff Villanueva, CEO of the company that owns the brand, said the facility is intended as a co-working cafe for students, creative sector, and freelance community.

“The Workplace Cafe is meant as a space for study and work within a coffee shop experience,” he said during the grand opening of the Workplace Cafe in Banawa yesterday, July 8, 2019.

Since the best ideas always come about when one is well rested, the facility provides a power nap station that allows customers to relax or doze off on comfy bean bag seats.

The newest cafe is only its second branch, added Villanueva, chief executive officer of Rise and Grind Equity Ventures, Inc. They plan to open a third Workplace Cafe, company-owned this time, in Mandaue City by next month.

Workplace Cafe

The Workplace Cafe is meant as a space for study and work within a coffee shop experience.

 

Workplace Cafe Banawa

Workplace Cafe Banawa, located at Unit 2, Autogas Station, R. Duterte St., is open from 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. the following day. It offers three options for customers: hourly, daily, and monthly.

The hourly rate is only P50 and it comes with complimentary beverage of either iced tea or brewed coffee. Additional hour costs P35. A customer who orders a handcrafted beverage automatically gets a free stay of one hour.

WorkPlace Cafe

 

If you choose to stay for the day, you pay only P280. This also comes with one complimentary drink. Mr. Sigue said customers who opt for the daily rate need only to add P70 to have access to unlimited coffee.

Customers may also avail of the monthly rate of P4,000, which is inclusive of locker use.

WorkPlace Cafe

WorkPlace Cafe opens its 2nd branch in Banawa, Cebu City.

 

Cafe menu, amenities

The Workplace Cafe in Banawa all-day breakfast sets, several kinds of pasta, and short orders that range from green salads, fries and chicken wings, to pastries.

It can accommodate 120 customers and has two function rooms for those who wish to hold meetings and sessions. One function room can seat up to 10 people while the other can host up to 16. Rates start at P550 for the first hour and P450 for succeeding hours and come with one-time credits of P200 consumable on food and drinks.

Since it first opened along F. Ramos St. last November 2016, the Workplace Cafe has adopted a Plant and Grow program. For every bag of Bukidnon-sourced Hineleban coffee beans consumed, a tree is planted in return.

WorkPlace Cafe Cebu

 

WorkPlace Cafe Cebu

 

WorkPlace Cafe power nap station

The power nap station.

 

WorkPlace Cafe

FRANCHISE. Couple Gretchen and Aden Sigue (center) and CEO Kristoff Villanueva along with other business partners during the launch of WorkPlace Cafe in Banawa, a franchised branch.

 

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SM to stage 9th SM2SM run; huge prizes, premium raffle items at stake

For the 9th year, SM Cebu City will be holding the much-awaited SM2SM Run on February 17. With over P600,000 in cash prizes and premium items like phones and TV…

For the 9th year, SM Cebu City will be holding the much-awaited SM2SM Run on February 17.

With over P600,000 in cash prizes and premium items like phones and TV sets to be raffled off, the SM2SM Run is the biggest running event in southern Philippines and one of the top events in the country.

“We just want people to have fun,” said Marissa Fernan, SM Prime Holdings Inc. Vice President. She said the run offers Cebuanos an avenue for a healthy activity that will also take them around Cebu City.

SM2SM Fun Run

FUN RUN. SM Prime Holdings Inc. Vice President Marissa Fernan talks about the SM2SM Run during a press conference. With her is Race Director Joel Baring.

 

SM City Cebu, said Fernan, is the only mall in the country that has consistently hosted a high quality running event like the SM2SM Run.

Race Director Joel Baring said they are hoping to sign up 6,000 to 7,000 runners this year. Last year’s edition had 5,000 runners.

Since registration was opened on December 15, 1,000 have already signed up, organisers said.

Registration fees for the run are P950 for the 21K, P750 for the 12K, P650 for the 8K, and P550 for the 4K. Students and persons with disabilities can get P100 discount in all categories by presenting their school IDs or PWD IDs. A group of 10 registrants can get 1 free slot. Registration is ongoing at the booth on the 2nd level of SM City Cebu Northwing, near Metro Dental and Flawless.

SM2SM Run Medals

FINISHERS’ MEDALS. Those who finish 21K and 12K will get these medals.

 

Those who sign up for Age Categories will need to submit a photocopy of a government ID.

Gun starts for the respective distances are 4 am for 21K, 4:30 am for 12K, 5 am for 8K, and 5:30 am for 4K. The route will cover Mabolo, Banilad, University of San Carlos Talamban, Lahug, University of the Philippines, Capitol, Fuente Osmeña, Plaza Independencia, and Sergio Osmeña Boulevard.

All 21K and 12K runners will have timing chips and will receive finishers’ medals if they complete their event.

SM2SM offers the most lucrative prizes among events in the country. The Male and Female 1st placers of the 21K Open Category will each receive P50,000. The 2nd placers will get P30,000 each while the 3rd placers will receive P20,000. Those who finish from 4th to 10th will each get P3,000.

SM2SM Run

WIDELY-ANTICIPATED. The SM2SM Run is the biggest in this part of the country. Present during today’s press conference are SM City Cebu Marketing Officer Donna Lobingco, Race Director Joel Baring, SM Prime Holdings Inc. Vice President Marissa Fernan, and Marketing Manager Annalee Flores.

 

Top male and female finishers of the 12K Open Category will each get P20,000. The 2nd placers will each receive P10,000 and the 3rd placers P8,000.

Apart from these prizes for top runners, SM2SM Run will be raffling off 9 Samsung Galaxy 9, 9 LED TV sets, and 9 trip packages outside the country. Fernan said they are still talking to a potential partner for 9 roundtrip tickets abroad.

SM2SM Run Route

SM2SM Run Route

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OPM icons to rock Cebu in 90s Storm concert

Relive the music of the 90s and listen to such Pinoy icons as Jett Pangan of The Dawn, Paco Arespacochagga of The Introvoys, Glenn Jacinto of The Teeth, Meds Marfil…

Relive the music of the 90s and listen to such Pinoy icons as Jett Pangan of The Dawn, Paco Arespacochagga of The Introvoys, Glenn Jacinto of The Teeth, Meds Marfil of True Faith, Wency Cornejo of After Image, and Cooky Chua of Color It Red during the Sinulog weekend.

The OPM rock icons will be holding a concert on January 19 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

90s storm Cebu

 

The concert is dubbed “90s Storm in Cebu.” It will take Cebuanos back to the decade that brought such hits as “Line to Heaven,” “Na Naman,” “Di Na Ako Aasa Pa,” “Next In Line,” among many others.

Ticket prices are SVIP: P3,000; VIP: P2,500; Gold: P2,000; Silver: P1,500; and Balcony: P800.

Tickets are available at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel Lobby and SM Customer Service. For ticket inquiries, call +63915 535 3873 or +6332 232 6888.

 

Cooky Chua of Color It Red

Cooky Chua of Color It Red.

 

Meds Marfil of True Faith

Meds Marfil of True Faith

 

Paco Arespacochagga of Introvoys.

Paco Arespacochagga of Introvoys.

 

Wency Cornejo of After Image

Wency Cornejo of After Image

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Disaster preparedness, response in communities boosted via tech, partnerships

Communication services, technological innovations and partnerships with various organizations—these factors have helped communities all over the Philippines bolster disaster preparedness and response efforts. As the Philippines faced typhoons, volcanic eruptions…

Communication services, technological innovations and partnerships with various organizations—these factors have helped communities all over the Philippines bolster disaster preparedness and response efforts.

As the Philippines faced typhoons, volcanic eruptions and other hazards in 2018, several communities weathered the storm with the help of solutions initiated by PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications.

As part of its #SafePH advocacy, Smart ensured the availability and quick restoration of its services in areas hit by calamities. These areas include Albay, which was affected by the eruption of the Mayon Volcano; Benguet and other provinces in the Northern Luzon, which bore the brunt of Typhoon “Ompong” (Mangkhut) and “Rosita” (Yutu); and other areas all over the country that experienced heavy rains, strong winds and floods.

Smart disaster response Ompong

A resident from Benguet (left) uses the free charging station put up by Smart and Vodafone Foundation at the Typhoon Ompong command center in Itogon.

 

Free calls, charging, Wi-Fi

In areas where communication services were limited because of damage to infrastructure and power lines, Smart offered libreng tawag (free calls), charging and Wi-Fi services to both affected residents and responders.

Smart also forged cooperation with international organizations to further enhance its emergency communications services and enable these solutions to serve more communities.

When Ompong hit Northern Luzon and triggered a deadly landslide in Benguet, Vodafone Foundation teamed up with Smart to provide emergency solutions for those affected by the typhoon. Smart and Vodafone set up free charging and Wi-Fi stations at the command center and the retrieval site in Itogon for the use of both responders, evacuees and family members of landslide victims and others in need of assistance.

Nokia drone disaster response

Representatives of Smart, Nokia and PRC during the drone and network solutions presentation. They are (from left) Thomas Eder (Nokia), Leonardo Ebajo (PRC), Ramon Isberto (Smart), Nicolas Bouverot (Nokia), Christina Cabrera (Nokia), Elizabeth Zavalla (PRC), Colin Von Hardenberg (Nokia), Ana Mariquina (PRC), Dullip Tillekeratne (GSMA) and Alvin Ilano (Smart).

 

Nokia drones

Nokia also tapped Smart to be its connectivity partner for a program that employs drones and network solutions for disaster response. The Nokia Saving Lives program seeks to provide communications technology and technical assistance to emergency response teams. In the Philippines, Smart will provide high-speed connectivity to the drone system to help boost the disaster response efforts of the Philippine Red Cross.

For its pioneering and collaborative system, the Nokia Saving Lives project received funding from GSMA, the organization representing mobile operators globally. Early this year, GSMA selected Nokia Saving Lives as a recipient of its Humanitarian Innovation Grant.

On the local front, Smart joined forces with the academe and local government units to help bring disaster preparedness closer to the youth. Through its TNT brand, Smart brought its Tropang Ready disaster preparedness caravans to more state colleges and universities all over the country. TNT Tropang Ready aims to train the youth and their friends (tropa) on disaster preparedness. With their agility and technological know-how, the youth are best suited to mobilize their communities in times of calamities.

The Tropang Ready program recently won in the Community Engagement category at the prestigious Golden World Awards, which recognizes public relations practices that meet international standards of excellence.

Smart Vodafone response Itogon

Vodafone volunteers (in red) get help from Itogon residents as they set up the free charging and Wi-Fi stations for responders and affected residents near the area hit by landslide in Barangay Ucab.

 

TNT Tropang Ready

Since 2016, the TNT Tropang Ready program has covered more than 10,000 students and school personnel in more than 10 state colleges and universities nationwide. Joining the roster of Tropang Ready schools this year are the following universities: Holy Name University in Tagbilaran, Bohol; University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City; Mariano Marcos State University in Ilocos Norte, and Mindanao State University in Marawi City. The students were trained to cascade their learnings to their extension communities, bringing the lessons to more residents and amplifying its benefits.

Smart Naga landslide free calls

A resident of Naga, Cebu, uses Smart’s free calls service to contact a relative following the landslide that hit their community.

 

Smart also extended support during nationwide earthquake drills by providing various emergency communications facilities, allowing residents and responders to experience first-hand the solutions that are available to them as the need arises. The drills were held in San Mateo, Rizal; Davao City; and in various locations all over Metro Manila.

As Filipinos gear up for 2019, Smart also recognizes the importance of being prepared for the year ahead. Smart continues to ensure the reliability of its services and, in times of distress, offer communications as relief, as part of its commitment to a #SafePH. (Press Release)

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Diagold celebrates 10th anniversary

DiaGold, synonymous with elegant and timeless jewelry, marks a decade of brilliance. Through the years, the premier jewelry brand for engagement and wedding rings, and exquisite pieces made of diamonds…

DiaGold, synonymous with elegant and timeless jewelry, marks a decade of brilliance. Through the years, the premier jewelry brand for engagement and wedding rings, and exquisite pieces made of diamonds and different gemstones such as rubies, emeralds and sapphires after gemstones, has been celebrating different women of strength, power and integrity. Their newest ambassadress, Charo Santos-Concio exemplifies these values.

Diagold

 

In Cebu last month to commemorate their 10th anniversary, she shared her love for jewelry and trust in the brand which led to their partnership.

“When I was a young girl, I grew up with a mom who had an admiration for the finer things, who loves good pieces of jewelry. I had that influence from my mother. So, when they asked me if I could be the endorser for DiaGold, I said yes right away. They showed me the pieces and they were beautiful. I was amazed by the collection,” she said.

Diagold Charo Santos-Concio

Charo Santos-Concio

 

DiaGold was established in January 2008. It has eight stores nationwide with branches in Cebu, Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Bacolod and Davao and is soon to open in Metro Manila in 2019.

In Cebu, DiaGold is located in Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu and SM Seaside City. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/diagoldjewelry/ and follow @diagoldjewelry on Instagram. (Press Release)

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#Tanders Rey Valera, Nonoy Zuñiga, and Marco Sison to serenade Cebu with Giselle Sanchez

Rey Valera, Nonoy Zuñiga, and Marco Sison are not your ordinary senior citizens. These three hitmakers—all of whom entered the music scene in 1970s—look like they haven’t aged a day…

Rey Valera, Nonoy Zuñiga, and Marco Sison are not your ordinary senior citizens. These three hitmakers—all of whom entered the music scene in 1970s—look like they haven’t aged a day and show no signs of slowing down.

In fact, their upcoming concert at the Waterfront Grand Ballroom on January 18, is aptly titled #Tanders, a term which they plan to redefine.

“It’s not something we hide, because even if we don’t say our age, people know that we have been performing since 1970s,” said Zuñiga.

Rey, 64, threw in, “Ang importante diyan, e, tanggap mo. Hindi yung nag papanggap na parang feeling bata pa, di ba.”

“Pero walang naming dapat ikahiya sa pagiging 60-plus na edad. Ibig sabihin kasi nun, marami kanang pinagdaanan, malayo na ang narrating mo, kumbaga, bihasa kana sa buhay.”

The youngest of the three OPM icons, Marco, pointed out that his age, 61, has never posed any restriction to him as a performer.

“Ngayon, when we say senior citizen, yung pumapasok sa isip mo ay hindi na yung parang uugod-ugod or matanda na.

“Like me, as a singer, I don’t say, ‘Hindi ko na kayang kumanta sa stage, I’m 60 na.’ Walang ganun. Hindi ko nga naiisip minsan.

“I guess it’s a good thing that music chooses no age.”

Rey Valera, Nonoy Zuñiga, and Marco Sison Cebu

Rey Valera, Nonoy Zuñiga, and Marco Sison.

 

ALMOST TANDER LEVEL. Meanwhile, Giselle Sanchez will be the rose among the thorns, and, “the only Cebuana in the cast.”

The seasoned comedienne and performer is not a senior citizen yet (she’s just 43!), but she does not shun something that is inevitable.

Giselle said, “Anyone who is born before 1989 is already considered a tander. Sorry but let’s face the truth, after the millennial, the next level is the tander level.

“Why do I love them because I am one of them. It takes one to know one!”

JAM WITH #TANDERS. It’s guaranteed that the show will be more than just a walk down the memory lane.

Surely, Nonoy will include some of his timeless tunes such as “Never Ever Say Goodbye,” “Kumusta Ka,” “Doon Lang,” “Love Without Time,” to name a few.

Rey will most likely sing his greatest hits “Pangako Sa ‘Yo,” “Maging Sino Ka Man,” “Kung Kailangan Mo Ako,” “Naaalala Ka,” “Sorry Na, Puwede Ba,” and many others.

And the crowd can sing along with Marco as he belts out his classic pieces “My Love Will See You Through,” “Si Aida, Si Lorna, O Si Fe,” “Always,” and “Make Believe.”

Giselle Sanchez, Rey Valera, Nonoy Zuñiga, and Marco Sison

The 3 OPM icons with Giselle Sanchez.

 

Nonoy remarked, “Isa siyang parang jamming session, kasi yung mga fans namin, for sure, alam ang mga kanta namin.”

Rey added, “Medyo maiiba nang konti. Base sana rinig ko, ha. Pero okay pa rin.”

Marco preempted, “Basta, makikiuso tayo. Yung mga kantang sikat ngayon, meron din.”

The comic relief will be provided by Giselle.

“Expect new jokes and new songs apart from my usual repartee because this is a concept show…I’m actually very excited.

“I just get challenged when I sing a duet with them because these are timeless hitmakers.

“It’s really an honor to be working with them.”

Tickets are sold via Ticketworld, Platinumlist, SM Customer Service and Waterfront Cebu City Hotel Lobby for the following prices: P3,000 (SVIP), P2,500 (VIP), P1,500 (Gold), P1,000 (Silver) and P600 (Balcony).

The show is presented by Echo Jam Entertainment Production, in cooperation with Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. (Press Release)

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Fitbit enhances health, fitness smartwatch experience with software update

Fitbit, the leading global wearables brand, announced advancements to the on-device Fitbit user experience for its popular smartwatches: Fitbit OS 3.0 for Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Ionic: adidas edition and Fitbit…

Fitbit, the leading global wearables brand, announced advancements to the on-device Fitbit user experience for its popular smartwatches:

  • Fitbit OS 3.0 for Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Ionic: adidas edition and Fitbit Versa smartwatches lets you see even more personal data at-a-glance, including sleep and expanded exercise view. It also adds quick logging for weight and water intake. With these, it’s easier than ever to take action based on data right from your wrist.
  • 10 new popular brand apps across health, fitness, smart home and lifestyle brands were announced, including achu health, Couch to 5K, Genius Wrist and MySwimPro. Others like FitBark, MINDBODY and TRX are coming soon to the Fitbit App Gallery, offering more tools to help maximize your health and simplify your life.
  • New Fitbit Exercise API and open-source developer tools provide Fitbit’s global developer community with faster, more efficient ways to build complex and innovative health and fitness apps and clock faces for Fitbit smartwatches; new developer apps Alpine Snow and Skateboard launch starting today.
  • Female Health Tracking trends will arrive in the Fitbit app in early 2019, offering a comprehensive view of menstrual cycle data including symptom trends, over time.

“We are excited to announce these software and app updates as they provide Fitbit smartwatch users with more ways to take action based on their personal data to achieve their health and fitness goals,” said Jon Oakes, Senior Vice President of Product at Fitbit.

Fitbit OS upgrade

QUICK LOGGING. With quick-logging on-device, keeping track of your weight and water intake is now easier than ever.

 

Take action right from your wrist with more health data and quick logging

The Fitbit OS 3.0 update delivers an expanded on-device dashboard to easily view additional and expanded stats and data, including sleep, log water intake and weight, with expanded exercise stats, heart rate and hourly activity, allowing you more ways to take control of and manage your important personal health data right from your wrist. Goal-based exercise modes have been added to Ionic, Ionic: adidas edition and Versa, so you can set a goal for calories burned, distance or time for 15+ exercises, including running, biking, swimming and more, and see real-time stats, progress and celebrations when goals are reached.

Fitbit OS upgrade

New health, fitness apps.

 

New health and fitness apps from popular brands

Fitbit is expanding its Fitbit App Gallery with 10 new popular brand apps to deliver enhanced health and fitness experiences and provide you with more unique ways to simplify your every day. These apps integrate with Fitbit data to offer guidance and insights to help track your progress and motivate you along your health and fitness journey.

Available in the Fitbit Featured App Gallery are four new popular brand apps and clock faces:

  • achu health: This clock face transfers your Fitbit data to achu’s illness prediction technology to help you evaluate potential illness, providing alerts when your body show signs of sickness before it happens.
  • Couch to 5K: Pulls your Fitbit data including distance and calories burned to provide you with insights and training programs for races ranging from 5K to a marathon.
  • Genius Wrist: Features four apps (Gym Genius, Gym Time Pro, Workout Builder and Workout Genius) which provide structured on-device workouts, productivity and visualization tools, offering different ways for you to view your Fitbit data and workout anywhere, anytime.
  • MySwimPro: Offers custom guided swim workouts, training plans and video coaching for all levels, using real-time heart rate from your Fitbit device to help you improve your swim performance. Post-workout analytics pull personal workout data to track progress and measure improvement.

“We are partnering with some of the most popular health and fitness brands to develop apps that leverage Fitbit data to offer unique experiences and deliver more valuable and personal insights to help our users to live healthier lifestyles,” said Tim Rosa, Chief Marketing Officer at Fitbit. “For example, apps like achu health pairs your Fitbit data with illness prediction technology to help you manage signs of sickness, and MySwimPro helps you improve swimming performance with personalized coaching plans based on your heart rate data during swimming workouts.”

Fitbit OS upgrade

GOALS. You can now set goals and get real-time stats during your workout for 15+ exercises including running, biking, yoga and swimming.

 

Additional third-party apps coming in early 2019 include:

  • Charity Miles: Syncs with your Fitbit activity data to raise money for 40 of the world’s top charities for every mile logged.
  • FitBark: Helps you and your dog get healthy together by showing your daily Fitbit stats such as activity, distance and calories burned alongside those of your canine companion.
  • MINDBODY: Keep your fitness and wellness top of mind with the ability to check the schedule at your favorite studios and view your upcoming MINDBODY classes from your wrist.
  • TRX: Guided workouts coach you through quick and effective TRX Suspension Training workouts that track biometrics using your Fitbit data, helping you get stronger and reach your fitness goals.

Advanced developer capabilities and innovative new apps

Since Fitbit launched its App Gallery in late 2017, its growing global community of more than 44,000
developers will now have access to more advanced capabilities, including a new Exercise API that makes it faster and easier to create, build and innovate more complex, high-quality apps for Fitbit smartwatch users. A new Scientific API helps developers and researchers perform advanced data processing through a more efficient collection of math, statistical and digital signal processing functions.

Fitbit Versa

Fitbit Versa

 

Developers can now use their own algorithms when building health and fitness apps, in order to create more intricate apps in less time, and can easily record custom exercise sessions on the Fitbit platform. This allows developers to design Fitbit smartwatch apps for more complex activities like snowboarding, skiing and skateboarding, so you can keep track of more specific activities that aren’t necessarily step-based.

For example, starting today are two innovative developer-created apps leveraging the latest APIs that will appear in the Fitbit Featured App Gallery:

  • Alpine Snow: Take your Fitbit device on the slopes with the ability to track distance travelled, number of runs, speed, altitude, weather conditions, calories burned and heart rate in real-time, with the session available to view in the Fitbit App along with your GPS route.
  • Skateboard: Track your speed, heart rate, calories burned, and distance traveled while you skateboard, based on your Fitbit data.

All new popular brand and developer apps will be available in addition to the existing suite of 15+ Exercise Modes and more than 1,200 apps and clock faces currently accessible to Fitbit smartwatch users.

Period trends coming to Female Health Tracking

Last, Female Health Tracking, a highly engaged feature by women in the Fitbit app , will introduce menstrual cycle trends in the Fitbit app, allowing you to see your menstrual cycle data, logged symptoms and trends all in one place no matter what Fitbit device you use.

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Maayo Hotel serves Christmas Feast for the holidays

Turkey, ham, and other Christmas dishes are available along with the international buffet spread at Uma Restaurant in Maayo Hotel. From December 20 to 30, guests can partake of a…

Turkey, ham, and other Christmas dishes are available along with the international buffet spread at Uma Restaurant in Maayo Hotel.

From December 20 to 30, guests can partake of a Christmas Feast lunch and dinner buffet at Uma for P699++ per person. Lunch is available from 12 pm to 2:30 pm and dinner from 6 pm to 10 pm.

What better way to celebrate the season than to have #MAAYOngPasko with your family and friends?

Maayo Hotel buffet

 

On Christmas Eve, enjoy an exquisite set menu with your loved ones at Ani Restaurant. Indulge in a five-course menu complete with wine pairing for only P2,500 per person. The Christmas Set Menu is available this December 24 and starts at 6 pm.

Celebrate the night before Christmas by savoring an international buffet spread featuring all-time Noche Buena favorites. Feel the Christmas Spirit with a meaningful serenade by a Christmas Choir.

Maayo Hotel buffet

 

Maayo Hotel’s Christmas Eve Dinner is priced at P1,450 nett per person and is available at Uma Restaurant from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Spend Christmas Day with your family and indulge in a decadent buffet spread featuring Christmas favorites. The Lunch and Dinner buffet is priced at P1,450 nett per person and is available from 12 pm to 2:30 pm and from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

For table reservations and inquiries, call (032) 517 0200, email [email protected] or follow us on our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram @maayohotelcebu.

 

More photos of the buffet spread

Maayo Hotel buffet

 

Maayo Hotel buffet

 

Maayo Hotel buffet

Adobo rice

 

Maayo Hotel buffet

Adobo

 

Maayo Hotel buffet

Garlic butter mussels

 

Maayo Hotel buffet

Adobong nokus.

 

Maayo Hotel buffet

Roast beef in pepper sauce.

 

Maayo Hotel buffet

Turkey

 

Maayo Hotel buffet

 

 

Maayo Hotel buffet

The tree at the lobby.

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SYKES holds epic 2018 yearend event

A showdown of extraordinary talent and chic outfits all in good fun as SYKES held its annual Year-End Celebration (YEC) dubbed “Rockapalooza: Party like a SYKESer” last December 9, 2018…

A showdown of extraordinary talent and chic outfits all in good fun as SYKES held its annual Year-End Celebration (YEC) dubbed “Rockapalooza: Party like a SYKESer” last December 9, 2018 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

SYKES executives, employees, and special guests descended on the Waterfront grand ballroom in their best rockstar outfits to celebrate the year’s triumphs.

“For me, it’s been the biggest and the best year we’ve ever had. We had the biggest sports fest and we participated in inter-BPO and city competitions. Guess who won? We did! This has been our year. So tonight is our night to celebrate and enjoy all that we’ve done, especially since we are celebrating our fifteenth year. Fifteen years is an accomplishment,” said John Sneed, SYKES Cebu’s Head and Vice President for Area Operations and Shared Services.

Ely Buendia Sykes

Ely Buendia and thousands of SYKESers sang as one to Pinoy rock hits.

 

Evolution of SYKES Cebu through Dance

One of the most entertaining segment of the Rockapalooza celebration was the Employee Dance Competition.

Seven groups delighted the audience with presentations that traced the evolution of dance through the years.

SYKESers showcased jazz and swing of the 1930s and 1940s, twist of the 1950s, break dancing of the 1980s, hip hop of the 1990s, and current dance moves in a flurry of outfit changes and rhythmic twirls.

This resembled the evolution and continuous growth of SYKES Cebu, from humble beginnings to making its mark as one of the leading BPO in the country.

Dance is definitely part of the rich Filipino culture as presented by Team R2BU, the grand champion, in their presentation. The team incorporated the milestones of SYKES Cebu into their dance in an upbeat, colorful, and dynamic rendition.

Sykes R2BU

Team R2BU bagged the title as champions with their jaw-dropping performance.

 

Rockstars Meet Rockstars

Clad in black and leather ensembles, SYKESers brought a festive rockstar atmosphere to the of Waterfront Hotel halls. Rockstars for a night, they got to jam with Ely Buendia and Jason Fernandez as they rocked the night away with their OPM hits and own renditions of the classic rock songs.

Not only did SYKESers enjoy great music and sumptuous food, they also took home amazing giveaways and raffle prizes with winners taking home as much as P10,000 cash.

SYKES

SYKESers know how to dress to impress with their amazing rock ensembles.

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Accenture expands coding tutorial to 15 languages for Hour of Code 2018

For the fourth consecutive year, Accenture is teaming up with Code.org to support Hour of Code, a global educational movement that reaches over 100 million students through a one-hour introduction…

For the fourth consecutive year, Accenture is teaming up with Code.org to support Hour of Code, a global educational movement that reaches over 100 million students through a one-hour introduction to computer science. This year, in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week (December 3-9), Accenture is expanding its coding tutorial across 15 languages – English, Chinese, Dutch, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish and Vietnamese – to bring coding to more students around the world through lessons in their native languages.

Nearly 2,500 Accenture employees have committed to teach an hour of code at local events in their communities, helping to inspire more than 100,000 students around the world to learn coding and computer science skills.

Accenture Hour of Code

Accenture Philippines Country Managing Director Lito Tayag joins other company leaders in teaching students code as part of the global Hour of Code event.

 

“As disruptive technologies advance and have a growing impact on society, a significant skills gap is also growing – so much so that already millions of jobs requiring STEM skills are unfilled worldwide,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology and innovation officer and “chief coder.”

“It is critical that we equip today’s students – tomorrow’s workforce – with not just these skills, but also an understanding of how they can harness creativity and innovation to improve the way the world works and lives,” Daugherty said.

Accenture is building on the success of last year’s launch of the Accenture Intelligent Space Exploration, a coding tutorial in which students discover how artificial intelligence (AI) techniques can be applied to teach a robot to explore a new planet – recognizing animals and plants, understanding a new language, and conversing with inhabitants. Approximately 110,000 individuals have participated in the tutorial since its debut.

“By learning to code, kids will grow up understanding how humans and technology work together—an important first lesson in preparing for the future,” said Jill Huntley, global managing director for corporate citizenship at Accenture. “Hour of Code is a fantastic opportunity for Accenture volunteers to help to build New Skills Now all over the world.”

Accenture’s global commitment to provide more opportunities for students to learn to code supports the company’s Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative, which addresses urgent workforce needs around the world—including preparing the next generation with the skills to work in the digital economy.

 

As part of this year’s Hour of Code collaboration, Accenture employees are developing and leading engaging activities around the world aimed at inspiring students in new ways. Among these activities include:

  • Marty Rodgers, senior managing director and local office managing director for Accenture in Metro Washington, D.C., is joining Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Kevin Rutherford, and 60 community organizations to launch #thecitythatcodes – a year dedicated to STEM education in Baltimore. The program kicks off with an hour of code taught to adults, by elementary school students.
  • In Texas, Accenture is hosting 200 students at NASA’s Space Center Houston, taking students out of the classroom and showing them first-hand what a future in computer science can look like.
  • In the Philippines, Accenture is organizing Hour of Code sessions for over 450 grade school students from public and private schools across its sites in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Ilocos. As part of its corporate citizenship commitment, Accenture in the Philippines is rallying its more than 50,000 employees to participate and volunteer in company-wide Hour of Code sessions set on December 5 as well as create their own coding events.

“We are excited to support Hour of Code once again as part of our corporate citizenship commitment to drive digital upskilling and equip our next generation of Filipino talent with coding skills. Through Hour of Code, we can help our students build a strong foundation for success in the digital age in a fun and creative way,” said Lito Tayag, country managing director, Accenture in the Philippines.

“Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science – it provides a critical foundation for success in any 21st-century career path – not just in ‘traditional’ IT, but also creative vocations – everything from graphic design to theater production,” said Hadi Partovi, co-founder and CEO of Code.org. “To-date, over 100 million students around the world have participated in Hour of Code. This is because organizations such as Accenture go above-and-beyond to advance our shared vision of equipping the youth of today with skills they’ll need in the future.”

To learn more or participate in Hour of Code visit www.accenture.com/HoC2018 or code.org. (Press Release)

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Anjo World theme park opens in Minglanilla today

Anjo World, Cebu’s most anticipated theme park opens to the public today at Belmont One, Calajoan, Minglanilla, Cebu. On its soft opening today, 7 of 12 rides will be ready…

Anjo World, Cebu’s most anticipated theme park opens to the public today at Belmont One, Calajoan, Minglanilla, Cebu.

On its soft opening today, 7 of 12 rides will be ready to give thrill and amusement to its guests. The park will also offer park snacks and treats with partner establishments. Set to open in the 1st Quarter of 2019 are the iconic and gravity-defying Spinning Roller Coaster, 200 feet Ferris Wheel, Boomerang, Hip Hop and Bumper Boats.

Hip Hop (Go Go Bouncer) Anjo Wold Cebu

Hip Hop (Go Go Bouncer)

 

Anjo World features thrill rides such as a 25-meter Drop Tower, Boomerang (Frisbee), Hip Hop (Go Go Bouncer), Space Shuttle and the Viking, to family and kiddie rides such as Mr. Cup (Teacups), Mr. Toad (Jumping Frog), London Taxi (Bumper Cars) and the Golden Carousel. Anjo World is definitely the perfect place to be with family, friends, and loved ones.

Located within the Belmont One Commercial Complex, it features different themed zones based on different continents of the world- Europe, Asia, America, Africa, all in one setting. Guests can talk a walk around the busy streets of Europe, be dazzled in the colorful streets of Asia, embark on an American escapade or go on a jungle adventure in Africa.

Golden Carousel Anjo World Cebu

Golden Carousel

 

Anjo World showcases various rides and attractions that are imported from accredited manufacturers abroad who are members of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) with ample parking spaces for more than 200 vehicles.

Over a million local, regional, and international visitors are estimated to visit the park in the first opening. Anjo World projects 3,000 park visitors per day and around 7.5 million visitors in the next five years. (Press Release)

Mr. Cup (Teacups) Anjo World

Mr. Cup (Teacups)

 

The Viking Anjo World

The Viking

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Have a Christmas feast at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Gather friends and family for a feast worthy of the season by heading to Cafe Marco at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Indulge in Christmas ham, roast turkey, chicken relleno, and…

Gather friends and family for a feast worthy of the season by heading to Cafe Marco at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

Indulge in Christmas ham, roast turkey, chicken relleno, and other holiday goodies on top of its sumptuous international buffet spread at lunch or dinner in Cafe Marco. The Festive Buffet is available from December 16 to 23 and December 26 to 30.

Roast turkey Cafe Marco

Roast turkey.

 

Rates for the buffet are P1,300 net per person for lunch and P1,600 net per person for dinner.

On December 24, Cafe Marco’s buffet is P1,300 net per person for lunch and P2,550 net per person. for dinner. Dinner is inclusive of free-flowing house wines,
local beer, chilled juices, and sodas. You can avail yourself of 20% discount on the buffet price from 10 pm to 12 am for a festive noche buena.

Christmas ham Cafe Marco

Christmas ham.

 

You can also celebrate an intimate Christmas evening with your loved ones at a thousand feet up on December 24 at Blu Bar & Grill, which will offer a festive 6-course set dinner with wine pairing at P4,700 net per person.

On Christmas Day, celebrate with your family and friends at Café Marco’s lunch buffet at P1,300 net per person and dinner buffet at P2,550 net per person with free-flowing house wines, local beer, chilled juices, and sodas.

 

Cafe Marco Assorted Christmas cookies and biscuits

Assorted Christmas cookies and biscuits.

 

Cafe Marco Glazed Fruit and Raisin Rolls

Glazed Fruit and Raisin Rolls

 

Christmas Log Cake

Christmas Log Cake

 

Chicken Relleno

Chicken Relleno

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Bo’s Coffee turns Capitol branch into tribute store

Bo’s Coffee, a brand known for its promotion of Filipino coffee, has opened its first tribute store in its hometown in Cebu. A tribute store, according to founder Steve Benitez,…

Bo’s Coffee, a brand known for its promotion of Filipino coffee, has opened its first tribute store in its hometown in Cebu.

A tribute store, according to founder Steve Benitez, is a flagship branch that offers people a new coffee experience. He said the concept took 3 years to plan and was meant to “showcase the best of what we offer.”

The company picked Bo’s Coffee Capitol branch – the first Bo’s outlet, explained Benitez – for its first tribute store because it is “about paying tribute to our roots here in Cebu.”

Bo's Coffee Capitol Steve Benitez

SHOWCASE THE BEST. Bo’s Coffee founder Steve Benitez discusses the concept behind the tribute store during opening of the first such branch – Bo’s Coffee Capitol.

 

Bo’s Coffee expansion

Benitez founded Bo’s Coffee in 1996 and has since expanded throughout the country. It recently expanded overseas by opening 5 stores in Qatar. Bo’s plans to have 200 stores and be present in 5 countries by 2020.

Central to the tribute store concept is the coffee bar. Specially trained baristas are able to prepare coffee using Philippine beans in various ways – from cold drip to pour over.

Cold drip coffee

COLD DRIP COFFEE. Potent brew that takes about 8 hours to prepare. This one you drink on ice.

 

“The tribute store is where you can experience the best coffee in the Philippines,” he said.

It serves coffee made from coffee beans handpicked in Sagada, Benguet; Mount Kitanglad in Bukidnon; Mount Matutum in South Cotabato; and Mount Apo.

Purple Midnight Bo's Coffee

PURPLE MIDNIGHT. Tasty iced tea with wild hibiscus and blue ternate. This you must try.

 

Bo’s coffee bar

“Our version of a perfect blend is not only the sensuous taste and aroma of Philippine coffee but also the overall presentation of Philippine culture – its indigenous and nearly forgotten products, Filipino music and artistry, and even Philippine-grown tea,” Benitez said in a press statement.

Apart from just preparing your drink, the baristas at the tribute store’s bar can interact with customers and talk coffee with them.

Benitez said they are trying out the concept here with the plan of replicating it in other areas such as Manila.

Bo's Coffee

COFFEE BAR. At the bar, you can order coffee made from Philippine beans and prepared various ways by specially trained baristas.

 

“We will continue to work on giving the best customer experience,” Benitez said.

The store also highlights products by social enterprises they partnered with. The interiors highlight the work of local artisans such as renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue.

Bo's Coffee Steve Benitez

BEST OF THE PHILIPPINES. Steve Benitez says the tribute store is the company’s way to “showcase the best of Philippine artistry and talent.”

 

“We want to showcase the best of Philippine artistry and talent in the most ambitious project we ever had. The tribute store will be the commemoration and statement of the brand’s promise that this homegrown brand will continue to pave empowerment to the communities we serve,” Benitez added.

Bo’s Capitol has 300 square meters of space and can seat up to 110 persons. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.

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Realme C1 ready for its first flash sale on December 5

Realme Philippines, the newest smartphone brand in the Philippines, recently unveiled its first smartphone in the country, the Realme C1. Designed to be the Philippines’ #RealEntryLevelKing, the C1 defies the…

Realme Philippines, the newest smartphone brand in the Philippines, recently unveiled its first smartphone in the country, the Realme C1. Designed to be the Philippines’ #RealEntryLevelKing, the C1 defies the expectations of affordable smartphones with its enticing performance, design and affordable price of P5,490 on Lazada this December 5, 12pm.

Realme C1 offers an Octa-Core Snapdragon 450 processor, 6.2” Full Notch Display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and a mega 4,230mAh battery on an entry level device. This created waves in the local smartphone scene due to its strong value proposition and competitive price, giving Filipinos the best experience in its price point.

Realme C1

Realme Philippines aims to elevate the confidence of e-commerce in the Philippines with Lazada Philippines. Through a special online flash sale on December 5, 2018, 12pm, the brand will offer the Realme C1 for a discounted price of P5,490 instead of the original price of P5,990.

“We encourage the Filipino consumers to experience today’s king in the entry level smartphone segment, the Realme C1. For P5,490 on Lazada this December 5th, 12NN, you can already experience a highly competitive smartphone for a lot less as compared to others,” said Jacky Chen, Chief Operations Officer of Realme Philippines.

Realme C1

Designed to last more than a day with its mega battery and shoot IG worthy shots using its Dual-Rear camera, you’ll have more ways to be creative in your social media feed and always ready to share.

Check out young achievers @dgrazon @janinamanipol and @appledavid in their posts in the upcoming days with the Realme C1 to see its full potential.

You may start adding the Realme C1 to your carts by visiting Realme’s official Lazada shop here. For more information about Realme Philippines and its products, you may follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. (Press Release)

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Looking for gift ideas? Check out Pop District Bazaar in Mandani Bay on December 10-11

Rather than giving your usual Christmas gifts, why not hand out artisanal products made by local small businesses this year? One of the best places to buy these products from…

Rather than giving your usual Christmas gifts, why not hand out artisanal products made by local small businesses this year? One of the best places to buy these products from will be the Pop District Bazaar on December 10 to 11 at The Tent, in Mandani Bay in Mandaue City.

Jayneil Enriquez, District Events Head of Marketing and Promotions, said Pop District Bazaar highlights small businesses in Cebu and offers them a venue to sell their products.

She said most of the locators are “lifestyle vendors” who sell garments, toys, and other fashion items. She said there are also vendors of men’s gear and locally crafted bags and shoes, including branded pairs made in Carcar.

Pop District Bazaar

PRESS CONFERENCE. Organizers talk to bloggers and reporters during the announcement of Pop District Bazaar.

 

One of the fashion locators is No Filter, a Cebu-based company whose products include NSFW (not safe for work) shirts with texts about sex.

“We sell parody and gag tees. We have statement tees that are bold enough to express the thoughts you are too afraid to say. We have no filter, we say what we want to say. If offended ka, wa mi labot,” No Filter says in a disclaimer near their items.

Enriquez said one locator imports hard-to-find cosmetics such as certain lines of lipsticks.

She said Pop District Bazaar will have 2 types of food vendors: outdoor tenants that cook a varied range of menu and food types and indoor tenants that offer packaged products.

SumTim Fishy

FOOD. These jars of delicious gourmet danggit are sold by SumTim Fishy, one of the locators of Pop District Bazaar.

 

Among the food locators is SumTim Fishy with its delicious jars of gourmet danggit. The small company named after the owner’s children was present during the press conference to display their products.

Other locators will be selling various pre-loved items.

Mitch Ledesma, District Events Head of Resource Mobilization and Sponsorship, said they expect more than 100 locators during the bazaar.

District Events General Manager Charmaine Ong De Leon said the idea behind the event is to support local businesses and give a venue for Cebuanos to see what they can offer.

District Events Head of Leasing Ruby Pansoy said the event supports online and startup businesses. She said the theme of the bazaar is “Polar Express.”

No Filter Cebu shirts

OFFENDED? “Wa mi labot,”says No Filter, a company that sells statement shirts that include text about sex.

 

Local music will also be highlighted during the event with the company’s partnership with FatBoys Production. Local and national “influencers” will also be made available for meet and greet during the event.

To make it easier for people to go to the venue, the company has partnered with Angkas, which assured them of priority for bookings from the venue. The company said they are also talking to MyBus to make it easier for attendees to go to and from the venue.

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