Hai Shin Lou Cebu now open for dine-in

Hai Shin Lou Cebu is now open to serve dine-in guests. While takeout and delivery options are still available, guests who would like to have a safe and secure dine-in experience may now do so.

Bestsellers Menu

Order from our special menu featuring 30 of our bestselling dishes! This menu features the best of Hai Shin Lou Cebu’s appetizers, roasting, soup, seafood, fowl, beef, pork, vegetables, rice noodles, and fried rice.

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Ford Territory offers sleek, stylish ride with driver-assist technologies

  • Ford Territory sets new standard for small and mini-SUVs with its sleek and stylish design, impressive performance, and driver-assist technologies
  • The 5-seater small SUV leverages Ford’s global expertise in vehicle design, engineering, testing and manufacturing
  • A 1.5L EcoBoost engine mated to a CVT transmission powers the Ford Territory to deliver refinement and fuel efficiency, allowing customers to enjoy once-a-year scheduled service interval
  • The Ford Territory is equipped with Ford Co-Pilot360 – a suite of driver-assist technologies including Active Park Assist with parallel-parking and the segment-first perpendicular parking
  • The Ford-engineered and designed SUV is available in all Ford dealerships at an introductory retail price starting at P1,179,000
  • All customers purchasing the Ford Territory by September 15 will get free 3-year scheduled service plan

The Ford Territory combines a sleek and stylish look, impressive performance, and smart and safe technologies that offer a new driving experience to young professionals and starting families.

Developed by Ford Motor Company and its joint venture partner Jiangling Motors Corporation, the Ford Territory brings to life the Ford DNA in its design, engineering, and capability, following Ford’s highest global quality standards.

“The Ford Territory will boost our growing SUV lineup as a new product born out of Ford’s long-standing heritage and expertise in the utility segment,” said PK Umashankar, president and managing director, Ford Philippines. “We are confident that the Ford Territory will offer a new driving experience to Filipino customers as a modern, spacious and technologically-advanced SUV that delivers great value.”

Ford Philippines is offering the Ford Territory in Titanium+ and Trend variants, with a host of features and driver-assist technologies standard in both variants.

Ford DNA

Ford was deeply involved, through its Ford Design Studio in Melbourne, Australia, in the development of the Ford Territory’s contemporary appearance and look. The Ford DNA is evident in the exterior and interior, following the same design principles of Ford SUVs.

The Ford Territory has also been rigorously tested in its ride, handling and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels at Ford’s testing centers in Nanjing, China and at the Geelong Proving Grounds in Melbourne, Australia to ensure it meets Ford’s stringent engineering and quality standards. These tests also gave the Ford Territory a finely-tuned Ford suspension, which is set for exceptional ride comfort and refinement.

Meanwhile, the Ford Territory’s engine was closely designed with Ford engineers in Europe to further develop the EcoBoost concept, giving it great power and efficiency, along with lower maintenance requirements and costs.

Proven Performance

Powering the Ford Territory is a 1.5L EcoBoost engine mated to a CVT transmission with Sport mode that delivers 143PS and 225NM of torque, balancing power and fuel efficiency. With this powertrain, customers can enjoy lower service maintenance costs with a once-a-year scheduled service interval for a better ownership experience.

Functional Design, Inside Out

The Ford Territory boasts of an urban-ready design that easily stands out on the road. Standard across both variants are LED headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, LED tail lamps, auto on/off headlamps with follow me home feature, front and rear fog lamps, panoramic moonroof, rear spoiler, and roof rails.

Inside, the Ford Territory offers a premium and refined experience with perforated leather seat material, Smart Keyless Entry with Push Button Start, leather steering wheel with mounted controls, power door lock with central locking, speed sensing door locks, rear view mirror with auto-dimming and high-mount USB port, leather-covered center console with dual-lid opening, sunglass holder, 7 cup and bottle holders, and 12-volt power outlet that come standard in both variants.

Exclusive on the Titanium+ variant are 18” alloy wheels, gloss black with chrome inserts on the front grille, rain-sensing front windshield wipers, power folding mirrors, puddle lamps, and chrome exterior door handles.

Its interior, on the other hand, features heated and cooled front seats, a 10-inch fully-digital display instrument cluster with 3 selectable themes (Normal, Sport, and Fashion), tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, power windows with one touch up/down function on all windows, as well as ambient lighting with seven color options that complement every mood.

Smart and Safe Technologies

The Ford Territory is equipped with a selection of smart features that elevate the experience behind the wheel. Standard for both variants are the in-vehicle infotainment display powered by a 10-inch touchscreen with adjustable quad view, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, four USB ports and multiple speakers (8 for the Titanium+ variant and 6 for the Trend variant). Wireless charging comes exclusive to the Titanium+ variant.

Ford’s newest SUV also offers maximum safety for both drivers and passengers with the Ford Co-Pilot360, a suite of driver-assist technologies available in the Titanium+ variant that include Active Park Assist with parallel-parking and the segment-first perpendicular parking, 360 Degree Around View Monitor, Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Information System and Lane Departure Warning.

Available driver-assist technologies standard in both variants are Electronic Stability Control including ABS, EBD and Traction Control, Hill Launch Assist, six (6) airbags, rear parking sensors (front and rear parking sensors available on the Titanium+ variant), and Tire Pressure Monitoring System with individual tire pressure display. Both variants are also equipped with High Mount Stop Lamp and Child Seat ISOFIX Anchorage Points.

Availability and Pricing

The Ford Territory comes in six colors, including Ruby Red, Diffused Silver, and Panther Black for both variants, Star White for the Trend variant, and Crystal Pearl White and Moonstone Blue for the Titanium+ variant.

It was launched last month and is now available in Ford dealerships nationwide at an introductory retail price of PHP1,179,000 for the Trend variant and PHP1,299,000 for the Titanium+ variant.

As a launch offer, all customers purchasing the Ford Territory from August 14 to September 15, 2020 will get a free three-year scheduled service plan for a worry-free ownership experience.

In Cebu, get in touch with the Ford Dealership through General Sales Manager Ivy Castro at 0917 314 4090.

Toyota launches 2020 update of Toyota Vios

Sporting an improved modern design that debuts in the Philippines, leading car manufacturer Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has unveiled the 2020 update of its best-selling, locally made passenger car – the Toyota Vios.

The New Vios comes at the forefront of TMP’s drive to lead the resurgence of the local auto industry by responding to the Filipinos’ need for quality, efficient, and safe mode of transportation.

Introduced on July 25 in an online launch witnessed by thousands of viewers nationwide, the New Vios is expected to continue its streak as the Philippines top-selling car – a record it has been holding for more than a decade now.

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Shangri-La partners with local communities to produce reusable masks

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa has donated enough linen to make up to 10,000 reusable face masks for Cebu

The Shangri-La Group has partnered with Diversey, a leading global hygiene and cleaning company, and the Municipality of Cordova to provide vulnerable Cebu residents with reusable face masks, an item now mandatory when one is out in public in The Philippines.

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa joined Shangri-La hotels in Manila, Colombo, Hambantota, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Penang, Surabaya, Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok and Yangon to collectively donate 12,500 kg of used, clean bedsheets, duvet covers and pillowcases to local communities and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to be repurposed into half-a-million reusable fabric face masks.

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Marco Polo Cebu food faves now for pick-up at 20% off

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu is giving its patrons a delicious offer for July. When you order from the hotel’s Food Faves menu, they will give you a 20% discount on your total bill.

The Marco Polo Food Faves Menu offers over 30 of their bestselling items. It has signature ala carte items such as Classic Caesar Salad, Fish & Chips, Gourmet Burger, Classic Pizzas, even Quesadillas and Chimichanggas. Asian Specialties and classic favorites such as Bistek Tagalog, Lechon Kawali, Chicken Adobo, and Nasi Goring Kampong are also on the menu.

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Hai Shin Lou Cebu ready for pick-up, delivery

You can now enjoy the mouth-watering dishes of top Cebu restaurant Hai Shin Lou Cebu in the comfort of your home.

Order from a takeaway menu featuring 30 of their bestselling dishes. The takeaway menu features the best of their appetizers, roasting, soup, seafood, fowl, beef, pork, vegetables, rice noodles, and fried rice.

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Foreign students, travelers have best mobile experience with Smart-Club Cebu alliance

PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications and Club Cebu have teamed up to provide the best mobile connectivity experience to foreign students and travelers.

Club Cebu, a leading travel guide and Directory Company for tourists in the province, is bundling Smart SIM cards in its welcome for ESL (English As Second Language) learners.

Cebu is one of the top destinations in Asia for ESL students because of its highly skilled English teachers and less expensive school rates.

Mobile data

The availability of direct flights to other countries plus Cebu City’s proximity to beaches and other tourist destinations make the province an appealing choice for students seeking to learn the English language.

The bundled Smart Tourist SIMs are alloted 300MB data upon activation, and can get an additional 700MB when topped up with at least P30 load within three days. To further enjoy their mobile experience, Smart subscribers can avail of its data-packed prepaid bundles, including the newly enhanced Giga offers, simply by dialing *121# or *123# or texting the respective keyword to 9999.

PLEASANT EXPERIENCE. Alejandro Caeg, Smart Senior Vice President and Head of consumer business for customer development, talks during the signing of the company’s partnership with Club Cebu. Caeg said PLDT and Smart want foreign tourists studying in Cebu to have a pleasant experience by providing them with stable and fast mobile data connectivity.

PLEASANT EXPERIENCE. Alejandro Caeg, Smart Senior Vice President and Head of Consumer Business for Customer Development, talks during the signing of the company’s partnership with Club Cebu. Caeg said PLDT and Smart want foreign tourists studying in Cebu to have a pleasant experience by providing them with stable and fast mobile data connectivity.

With Giga Video+ 649, for instance, Smart Prepaid users can enjoy 8GB open access data and up to 1GB or one hour of video access to YouTube, iflix, iWant, NBA League Pass, and Cignal TV per day for 30 days, alongside unlimited texts to all networks and unlimited calls to Smart, TNT, and Sun.

Best online experience

“Though this partnership, students coming from Asia and all over the world will find it easier to stay online, as they continue to learn and explore the wonderful destinations in Cebu and other parts of the Philippines,” said PLDT-Smart senior vice president and consumer business market development head Oscar Reyes Jr.

With Smart, mobile users are assured of the best online experience. Ookla, the global leader in Internet testing and analysis, has recognized Smart as the fastest mobile data network in the Philippines for 2018. Smart has also consistently topped the Mobile Experience Awards of mobile industry analyst OpenSignal since 2017.

Canadian mobile data company Tutela, meanwhile, said in a recent study on the State of Mobile Networks in Southeast Asia that Smart users were twice as likely to experience “excellent” data connections, and Germany-based global benchmark leader P3 also cited Smart for offering the country’s best download speeds.

WELCOME KIT, TOURIST SIM. (From left) Patrick Tang, Smart Vice President and Head of Visayas-Mindanao Regional Marketing; Kecerin Hwang, Club Cebu Chief Editor; Alejandro Caeg, Smart Senior Vice President and Head of Consumer Business for Customer Development; and Hoyle Disuanco, Smart VisMin Regional Sales and Distribution Head during the signing of the agreement.

WELCOME KIT, TOURIST SIM. (From left) Patrick Tang, Smart Vice President and Head of Visayas-Mindanao Regional Marketing; Kecerin Hwang, Club Cebu Chief Editor; Alejandro Caeg, Smart Senior Vice President and Head of Consumer Business for Customer Development; and Hoyle Disuanco, Smart VisMin Regional Sales and Distribution Head during the signing of the agreement.

Stay in touch

“Our goal is to provide the essentials to our guests—these include mobile services and strong data connection, which they need not only to stay in touch back home and share their experiences online, but also to aid them in their studies. We know for a fact that PLDT and Smart are more than capable of providing these services to them,” said Kecerin Hwang, vice president of C&C Discovery and chief executive officer and editor of Club Cebu.

Under the partnership, Club Cebu student-members will also have a chance to win a trip to Boracay courtesy of Smart. All they have to do is share on their social media accounts their experiences in Cebu as an ESL student and a Smart subscriber. The mechanics of the contest will be announced soon.

Since 2011, Club Cebu has provided invaluable travel information and discounts to tourists visiting Cebu. The agency has partnered with hotels, resorts, malls, and other establishments to provide an enjoyable and hassle-free experience to travelers. It has also collaborated with top ESL schools to help guide foreign students on their journey to learning in the Philippines.

SaladStop! opens 2nd Cebu outlet at Oakridge

SaladStop! has opened its 15th branch in the Philippines and 2nd in Cebu at the Oakridge Business Park.

SaladStop! is the leading salad bar chain in Asia. It launched in Singapore in 2009. The chain serves a variety of farm-fresh salads and wraps with premium toppings and dressings as healthy alternatives to fast food.

EXCLUSIVE. Bring it 'Chon is exclusive to SaladStop! stores in Cebu.
EXCLUSIVE. Bring it ‘Chon is exclusive to SaladStop! stores in Cebu.

The chain’s “Eat Wide Awake” campaign emphasizes the importance of proper nutrition and diet as part of a global shift toward a healthier lifestyle. It wants to put an end to “pre-made culture” when it comes to food.

SaladStop! diners have the option to create their own salad or wrap with more than 50 fresh toppings and 18 homemade dressings. They can also order from the chain’s Signature or Classic selections. Other menu items include warm grain bowls, pastries, and all-natural fruit smoothies.

Bring it 'Chon wrap.
Bring it ‘Chon wrap.

During the press event, the chain introduced Bring It ‘Chon, a seasonal menu item made with romaine lettuce, quinoa, lechon, turnip, cherry tomatoes, ripe mango, pickled green papaya, fried garlic, and mango cilantro dressing. The item is exclusive to Cebu and will be available at its stores in Ayala Center Cebu and Oakridge only until June 12.

SaladStop! Oakridge is located at Oak Tree Drive 2 and is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

2ND BRANCH. The 2nd store of SaladStop! is located at Oak Tree Drive 2 in the Oakridge Business Park in Mandaue City.
2ND BRANCH. The 2nd store of SaladStop! is located at Oak Tree Drive 2 in the Oakridge Business Park in Mandaue City.

Want a perfect Valentine’s Day? Bring your date to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

What lovelier way to spend Valentine’s Day than celebrating it at Cebu City’s finest – Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

This Valentine season, Marco Polo Plaza is bringing back classic Valentine traditions with fancy dinners, long-stemmed roses, romantic music entertainment, and love letters!

On February 14, bring your date to Café Marco, El Viento or the Lobby Lounge and indulge in our special Valentine feast featuring our international dinner buffet spread at P1,999 net per person with free-flowing standard drinks and wines.

Valentine dinner
VALENTINE DINNER. Seared scallops make a delicious starter for the Valentine’s Dinner at Blu Bar and Grill.


You may also choose to experience romance at a thousand feet up at Blu Bar and Grill with your special someone. For P2,800 net per person, enjoy an exquisite six-course dinner or make it more extraordinary with a wine pairing at P3,500 net per person. Your date will get a complimentary long-stemmed rose along with a souvenir photo of this special occasion.

Stay in this season of love and take your love one to greater heights in a lavish getaway with “Dear Love.” Spend a night in a Deluxe Mountain View room from a rate of P5,200 net per room night inclusive of an indulgent breakfast buffet for two and a bottle of wine. Stay validity is from January 29 to February 15.

Blu Bar and Grill Valentine
Tomato and prawn bisque.


Celebrate Valentine’s with us and see how we exceed your expectations by making sure that everything is perfect. For inquiries and reservations, call 253-1111 or email [email protected]. Visit the website at www.marcopoloplazacebu.com.

MAIN COURSE. USDA Tenderloin Steak and Grilled Sea Bass are the main course for the Valentine’s Day dinner at Blu Bar and Grill.


Cebuano hotel expands to Bohol, breaks ground for Anda resort

A homegrown Cebuano hotel will bring its special brand of service to Bohol as it breaks ground for a two-level building in a recently acquired property in Anda that has been renamed to Parklane East Coast Resort and Spa.

The management of Cebu Parklane International Hotel plans to add 60 modern rooms to its Anda resort’s existing 11 villas.

Held recently in Candabong, Anda, Bohol, the groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Anda Mayor Angelina Simacio and Tourism Officer Rouvien de Guzman as well barangay officials and the local police.

Parklane executives present included Parklane President and Board of Director Basil Ting, General Manager Cenelyn Manguilimotan, Engineer Neil Rom, Architect Rodney Co, and Parklane East Coast Resort and Spa Manager Lucky Daven Lim.

Parklane East Coast Resort and Spa
Groundbreaking in Anda, Bohol. (Photo from Parklane Facebook page)

Ultra modern Anda, Bohol resort

Parklane’s beachside resort in Anda, Bohol is projected to be fully operational by the last quarter of 2019. Aside from the additional contemporary rooms, it will have five swimming pools and state of the art amenities for corporate events and destination weddings, botanical gardens and sanctuary, recreational facilities, and even a spa and massage center with views of the Bohol sea.

The resort will offer such aqua sports activities as scuba diving and snorkeling and island tours to ensure that guests get a unique and distinct tropical experience. They are also assured of consistent high quality service at Parklane East Coast Resort and Spa.

Cebu Parklane International Hotel has been known as a brand that strongly stands for Cebu.

Parklane East Coast Resort and Spa


Special brand of Parklane hospitality

Its Bohol counterpart, the Parklane East Coast Resort and Spa, will also proudly represent the province and its rich culture, scenic ecotourism sites, and the hospitality and service that is distinctly Bol-anon.

Parklane East Coast Resort and Spa is a new tourist destination that combines the magic of the sea and the unending natural beauty that characterizes the mystical town of Anda.

For bookings and inquiries, please call +63.928.762.8730 or send email to [email protected].

Wedding and debut exclusives at Marco Polo Cebu with One Sweet Day

Make your dream wedding and debut a reality on this One Sweet Day.

Before the “I do’s” and debuts, we are inviting all soon-to-be couples and debutantes to come up to Nivel Hills tomorrow, May 19, 2018, and be part of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s One Sweet Day: A Day of Wedding & Debut Exclusives.

Marco Polo One Sweet Day
Bridal Suite.

For One Sweet Day, book your wedding or debut with us and receive added perks on top of our well-crafted celebration packages. Enjoy a 20% discount on the celebration package price plus two more premium benefits from the following: complimentary bottles of wine, complimentary lechon, additional complimentary night’s stay before or after the event, a gift certificate for Chocolate Indulgence Spa treatment for two, in-room Champagne Breakfast during your hotel stay, waived clearing fee for your dessert buffet or an overnight stay with breakfast at Marco Polo Ortigas.

Marco Polo Cebu One Sweet Day
Champagne Breakfast.

This irresistible offer is only valid on May 19, 2018 with a reservation fee of P30,000 to be settled on that day. This promotion is valid only for new bookings and the wedding or debut must be in 2018 or 2019. The benefits of this promotion can only be availed upon confirmation and full payment six months before your celebration. Our Banquet Sales Team will be at your service from 9AM to 7PM to assist you in arranging your special day.

Sweet things can happen in one sweet day. Allow our team of professional event specialists to help you make your dream celebration come true. For more information, you can call (032) 253-1111 local 8109 or email [email protected]. For real time updates, like the Facebook page at facebook.com/marcopolocebu or follow on Twitter at @5StarInCebu.

Wedding Setup at the Grand Ballroom.

Cathay to fly Hong Kong-Davao City route 4 times weekly

The Cathay Pacific Group today announced that its regional airline, Cathay Dragon, will launch a four-times-weekly service to Davao City from October 28. The new route, the only non-stop flight between Hong Kong and Davao City, will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft.

The Cathay Pacific Group has served the Philippines since 1946, Cathay Pacific’s inaugural year of operations. Davao City will be its fourth destination in the country, complementing existing services to Manila, Cebu and Clark.

Cathay Pacific Country Manager Philippines Rob Bradshaw said the new services reflect the group’s commitment to growing its reach, providing customers with more choice and options when connecting through the airlines’ hub to over 200 destinations in its network.

Cathay Davao-Hong Kong
PREMIUM EXPERIENCE. Cathay Pacific Country Manager Philippines Rob Bradshaw, in announcing the new services in Davao, said that “with our renowned signature service and convenient schedule, customers will be assured of a premium experience when they travel with us.” The photo shows Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the country that is located in Davao.

“We have a rich and robust history of serving the Philippines and we are thrilled today to grow our presence to Davao, our fourth destination in the country,” he said. “With our renowned signature service and convenient schedule, customers will be assured of a premium experience when they travel with us. Through the efficient and passenger friendly Hong Kong hub, the world is now one step closer to our customers in Mindanao.”

The flight schedule for the Hong Kong – Davao City (DVO) service starting October 28, 2018 is as follows:

Flight No. KA347 / HKG – DVO / Departure 1235, Arrival 1550 / Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays
Flight No. KA348 / DVO – HKG / Departure 1650, Arrival 2000 / Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays

Already this year, the Cathay Pacific Group has launched services to Nanning, Jinan and Brussels. Other new routes to take-off in 2018 include Dublin (June) and Washington (September), as well as seasonal services to Copenhagen (May) and Cape Town (November). (Press Release)

Native keeps it lite with comfortable, beautiful footwear

A brand that hails from the future, by way of the past, Native emerged from the rainforests of Vancouver, British Columbia in 2009 with a mission to spread happiness and enLITEn lives with its impressive range of mondo-lite, crazy comfortable, totally accessible, easy-to-wear, and completely “Beast Free footwear.”

From its trademark 3D EVA material, Native has since altered the course of footwear evolution as it continues to yield a more dynamic line-up of 100% Beast Free and vegan-approved materials into its mix. The result is a constantly growing assortment of fresh Future Classics that offer up countless fun-loving and easy-going individuals a wide array of fun and humane footwear alternatives to slip into amid the chaos and weight of everyday existence!

Native shoes
NO ANIMALS HARMED. Beast Free has been an integral part of Native since its start. “Not a hair nor hide on any animal, anywhere, has been used in the creation of our product,” the company said.

But no matter what the next great invention comes out of Native’s secret lab, one thing stays true for the brand. And that is, to always Keep It Lite no matter what! As Native returns to introduce its latest offerings for the season, the brand affirms its commitment in making the world a brighter and lighter place with its longstanding Keep It Lite campaign.

More than just a way to define the Native’s superlative selection of liteweight footwear, the Keep It Lite campaign – which has always been Native’s mantra since day one – ultimately alludes to the brand’s dedication to create, design, and advocate ideas that make life a little more fun, a tad more conscious, and a whole lotta LITEr!

Native junkies can expect to find a heap of deLITEful surprises from their favorite brand this season. Among which is the Cherry Blossom collection which sees two of Native’s classic designs – the Jericho and the Verona – get a subtle and pretty update with delicate Sakura prints.

Native shoes
KEEPING IT LITE. Native says that through its “simple formula of innovation, originality, and the key ingredient — lite-ness — we’re spreading good shoes and better vibes to all corners of the globe.”

Sweet and dainty, the Cherry Blossom print of the footwear is guaranteed to instantly brighten up any ensemble. All that’s left to do is choose between the Jericho, with its quintessential sneaker-like silhouette sans the stuffiness of a typical rubber shoes or the Verona, an easy-to-wear slip on that offers unparalleled breathability and comfort for hours on end. But frankly speaking, whichever one you choose, you can never go wrong if you Keep It Lite with Native!

The Cherry Blossom collection is priced at P3,290 and available in Native stores (SM Mall of Asia, Glorietta 4, Robinson’s Place Manila, SM Megamall, TriNoma, SM North Edsa Annex, SM City Cebu, Centrio, SM City Davao) and Res|Toe|Run stores. (Press Release)

Jpark presents beach fun, yacht cruise, top DJs in Havana by the Sea party

Get ready to let loose as Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark hosts the hottest event of the season at Cebu’s newest party place Havana by the Sea.

The Groove Cruise All White Party brings together beach fun, luxury yachts, and top music DJs in one enjoyable celebration this August 19, 2017.

Move to the rhythm of eclectic beats mixed by popular DJs Dennis Garra, Raff, Maf, MC JL, Cathy Rock, Janice Dizon, and Maxe Perez in a night of drinks and dancing at top Cebu getaway Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark.

Havana by the Sea is an open-air restaurant and bar built along the shoreline that makes the most of Mactan’s spectacular coastal views.

Havana by the Sea

The second installment of the House-Kissed beach event showcases the newest Jpark destination Havana by the Sea, an open-air restaurant and bar built along the shoreline that makes the most of Mactan’s spectacular coastal views.

Check out Havana, go on yacht cruise along the Hilutungan Channel, or show off your dance moves on the beach at the House-Kissed Havana by the Sea Groove Cruise All White Party this August 19 at Jpark resort.

Party tickets

Event partners include y101 FM, Jokai Marine International Inc., Knottical Power, Mojitos, AirAsia, 97.9 Love Radio Cebu, 96.3WRock, Monster Radio Cebu and Magic 92.3 Cebu.

Ticket to this Cebu’s hottest party is only P500 for Regular Patron with One (1) standard drink, VIP Yacht (limited slots)P1,800 with unlimited pica-pica and cocktail drinks and consumable tables for VIP Silver P3,500, VIP Gold P5,000, VIP Platinum P8,500 and VVIP for only P10,000.

Get yours now! For more details and to reserve your tickets call 494-5555 and 494-5293 or go to www.jparkislandresort.com or our official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jparkislandresort/.

Cafe Marco serves a Sugbusog feast for Sinulog 2017

Have your fill of festival food this Sinulog 2017 as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Cafe Marco puts all your favorite Cebuano and Pinoy dishes in the buffet for Sugbusog: Padayon ang Kaon Year 10.

From the beef steak, Cebuano style, and halabos to escabeche na mayamaya and budbud kabog, a feast awaits you at Cafe Marco as it times its culinary event Sugbusog with the Sinulog de Cebu festivities.

Sugbusog Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
BLESSING. Sto. Niño relics are blessed at the hotel lobby.

The best of classic Cebuano cuisine, including humba and balbacua, street food, seafood, and other local classic dishes dear to your heart, will be available during lunch and dinner at the Cafe Marco buffet up to January 17, 2017.

Other yummy surprises await diners at the Cafe Marco buffet during the Sugbusog: Padayon ang Kaon Year 10 celebration.

Sugbusog, a decade-old tradition of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Cafe Marco, has thrived under the guidance of Cebu culinary guru Jessica Avila.

Sugbusog 2017 photos

Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Cebuano beef steak.


Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Budbud Kabog


Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Escabeche na mayamaya.


Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu


Hopia at Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu


Buko pie at Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Buko pie.


Adobo pate at Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu
Adobo pate at the Sugbusog Store.

General: The self-made man’s ultimate style guide

A self-made cosmopolitan man is a traditional gentleman and a man of action, and lifestyle store General has assembled a line of premium products to cater to his every need.

General offers an array of quality men’s products – including apparel, footwear, grooming, and accessory – that any discerning man with a penchant for style and adventure would truly appreciate.

We’re down to our last quarter of the year, and the fast approaching holiday season is the perfect time to take a breather and plan your transformation for the coming year.

After all, ‘tis the season to be jolly so think about what you really want as we all know you deserve it.

General Cebu men's products
QUALITY MEN’s PRODUCTS. The General store in Ayala Center Cebu offers an array of quality men’s products – including apparel, footwear, grooming, and accessory – that any discerning man with a penchant for style and adventure would truly appreciate.

Iconic lifestyle products

Here’s what the store has on offer for you.

General carries no less than a discerning selection of brands, not to mention well thought out in-store programs and campaigns. General is located at prime locations such as in Ayala Center Cebu – a must-visit shopping destination for the modern day Renaissance man.

Let us give you a closer look at some of the premium assemblage of products that best embodies every modern man’s penchant for a well lived life.


Inspired by the iconic Danish sailor Vitus Bering, the first European to discover Alaska and eventually honored by having the straits he crossed named after him. Also known as the Bering Strait, as well as a time zone we now call the Bering Time, the Bering brand blends minimalist Danish design and extraordinarily optimal materials to come up with watches that are inspired by the beauty of the arctic with its clear, streamlined forms, and pure elegance.

General Cebu Bering watches
BERING WATCHES. The brand blends minimalistic Danish design and extraordinarily optimal materials.

One among which is the Bering Slim Solar Watch, an environmentally friendly watch that has a power reserve. Capable of running for six to twelve months once fully charged, the watch is made of scratch resistant sapphire crystal, brushed stainless steel, and fine mesh or calf leather. Plus, it features a 3D look with its raised indices – making it stylish, elegant, and easy to read.

Red Wing Shoes

Founded in 1905 by a local shoe merchant, Red Wing Shoes are crafted with skill and precision by the most discerning shoe makers.

General Cebu Red Wing Shoes
RED WING SHOES. These pairs are crafted using premium leather and goes through 3 processes.

Each shoe goes through six processes of construction, including the cutting, fitting, bottoming, Goodyear welt construction, toe types, and finishing – all of which are meticulously accomplished by passionate experts.

Moreover, Red Wing Shoes are constructed using premium leather from its very own S.B. Foot Tanning Company and are available in round toe, moccasin toe, capped toe, and brogue toe.


Inspired by the life and times of Millican Dalton, a self-proclaimed “professor of adventure” who spent his daylight hours taking paying guests on rock climbing and mountaineering expeditions around the Lake District, Millican makes sustainable bags for the conscious traveller.

Setting the brand apart from other outdoor bag brands is its environmentally-conscious construction process as it makes use of organic cotton, recycled polyester, vegetable tanned leather, and stainless steel.

Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts with a heart for mother nature, Millican carries rucksacks, roll packs, and ruffle bags in capacities of 18L, 25L, 32L, and 40L. Millican also has casual silhouettes for casual everyday use.

General premium brands

Other brands found in General are Masterpiece bags, Lyle & Scott, Victorinox Apparel, Stance, Herschel, Dr. Martens, G-Star, Hex, Johnson and Murphy shoes, Rains, Raen, Swims, and Hedgren.

In its commitment to keep up-to-date with everchanging trends that are relevant to its clientele, General started the Curatorship among its in-store programs. An occasional invitation to individuals, brands, and icons to redesign the store’s interiors in accordance to their personal taste and style, the Curatorship represents General’s adaptive and insightful attribute.

General Cebu Herschel wallets.
Herschel wallets.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is a social event that goes hand in hand with the Curatorship program. The event primarily invites key influencers and VIP customers to come together and witness the inauguration of a store’s latest curatorship.

General Cebu Herschel bags
Herschel bags.

At General, find an array of lifestyle products that caters to men’s taste for quality and distinction. Whether it be for one’s self or for an equally cultivated gentleman, one is sure to discover brands that will suit his particular needs and preferences.

General is owned and operated by The Primer Group of Companies, Asia’s next retail giant.

About General

General is a pioneer concept store that brings forth the quintessential men’s lifestyle store to the Philippines. It is located in upscale Metro Manila in Bonifacio Global City, placing itself in the high end-contemporary radar of men’s fashion.

General seeks to capture the twin qualities of cleverness and distinction—standards that befit the self-made cosmopolitan man—with an exclusive selection of male-centric brands such as Lyle & Scott, Victorinox, Swims, and Laco.

General Cebu Masterpiece bags
Masterpiece bags.

The Curatorship

It spares no quarter in completing the male shopper’s experience with programs like The Curatorship. Through it, in-store themes and merchandise will change every so often to reflect a certain lifestyle that can serve as relevant style cues for men.

General sees itself maturing as the leading men’s lifestyle store beyond its local beginnings. It ventures to claim that title with a solid brand repertoire and sustained respect for the male intellect.

General Cebu Dr. Martens.
The iconic Dr. Martens.

About Primer Group of Companies

Established in the Philippines in 1985, the Primer Group of Companies is engaged in the retail and distribution of the world’s top and premium consumer brands in outdoor, travel, footwear, fashion, wellness and urban lifestyle. It has also established a solid ground in industrial products and services landscape, with companies in full-scale printing, air-conditioning and creative graphic design and services.

General Cebu Star Raw.
Star Raw items.

The company is aggressively expanding to become the leader in the global distribution and innovation of premium goods and services. Its retail authority alone has grown to over 150 premium brands, with over 500 free-standing stores worldwide.

Headquartered in Manila, Philippines, the Primer Group employs over 3,000 and has presence in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and the United Kingdom.

General Cebu Ayala Center Cebu
GENERAL IN CEBU. The lifestyle store is located in Ayala Center Cebu.

Marco Polo Cebu highlights special mushroom in culinary event ‘Weekend with Chanterelles’

One of the best edible mushrooms that used to exclusively grace the tables of nobility in 18th century France is the centerpiece ingredient in the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu culinary journey “A Weekend with Chanterelles.”

Discover Chanterelles, an orange or yellow meaty and funnel-shaped mushroom with a fruity aroma and mildly peppery taste, as it features in five special creations by Marco Polo Cebu executive chef Stefano Verrillo available at El Viento Restaurant and Pool Bar, Lobby Lounge, and Blu Bar & Grill.

A Weekend with Chanterelles is happening from October 13-16, 2016.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu A Weekend with Chanterelles

Chef Stefano shows off the versatility and rich flavor of the star ingredient in the following special dishes:

  • Warm Chanterelles salad with white balsamic dressing, crispy prosciutto, organically farmed greens and sprouts
  • Sautéed fresh Chanterelles mushrooms on grilled ciabatta toast with fresh oregano, garlic butter, and cream
  • Braised Veal Osso Buco with Chanterelles Risotto Vegetable Ragout and Gremolata
  • Beef tenderloin with fresh Chanterelles sauce, seasonal vegetables and chats potato
  • Chanterelles and Chicken Fricassee with homemade Pappardelle pasta and provolone cheese

Discover and enjoy Chanterelles, only at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. For table reservations and inquiries, please call Cebu at (63 32) 253 1111 local 8249 or Manila at (63 2) 887 1263 or email [email protected].

Kapampangan Food Festival at The Original Pino

Enjoy delicious Kapampangan dishes such as the Crispy Belly Kare-Kare, Rellenong Bangus or the Crispy Pansit Palabok among other culinary mainstays as The Original Pino holds a Kapampangan Food Festival beginning October 7.

Pampanga during Spanish colonial times became the capital of Philippine cuisine. It was a melting pot of Spanish, Mexican, Malay and even French influences that would go on to define what Filipino cuisine was to the rest of the world.

Celebrity chefs

Beginning October 7, The Original Pino brings back two of its celebrity chefs, Editha Singian and Sau Del Rosario, to treat Cebuanos to the distinct flavors of Pampanga.

Have your fill of Crispy Belly Kare-Kare with Macademia at the carving station. Delight in dishes such as Chicken Galantina Roulade, Rellenong Bangus, Morcon, Crispy Pansit Palabok and Bringhe. The Cold Station will serve Pako Salad with Salted Egg and Kesong Puti Kapampangan Ensalada: Hito Flakes, Buro, Mustaza, Green Mango Salad and Tamales.

Sapin-sapin (White Chocolate, Jackfruit, Corn, Ube), Halo-Halo, Tocino Del Cielo and Tibok Tibok will be served at the dessert station. Okoy will be prepared on-the-spot cooking and the featured soup will be Sinigang sa Bayabas Pork Ribs. In addition to those, you may also savor the Sisig Ni Sau and Kalderetang Bebe.

The Original Pino
KAPAMPANGAN FOOD. The Original Pino’s Joel Rama del Prado with celebrity chefs Sau Del Rosario and Editha Singian.

Best value-for-money resto

The Original Pino is still the best value-for-money restaurant in Cebu, open daily and serving buffet lunch for only P299 net and dinner buffet for only P399, both inclusive of orange juice, kangen water and bottomless iced tea. There are no hidden charges.

For reservations and inquiries, call us now. Our landline is (032) 5054840 or mobile (+63) 926 672 2007 (tap on numbers to call on your phone). We are located on Wilson Street, Lahug, Cebu City.

Original Pino brings you Chef Tatung’s ‘From Heart to Platter’ menu

Tinolang manok, kare-kare, and adobong pusit alongside The Original Pino’s popular dishes and delicacies are on the menu this week when Cebu’s best value-for-money restaurant presents the best of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao as prepared by renowned culinarian Chef Tatung.

“From Heart to Platter with Chef Tatung” begins August 24 at The Original Pino, where diners get to enjoy the cooking of one of the most sought after chefs in the Philippines on top of the restaurant’s popular menu.

Viewers of ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda know Chef Tatung as the resident chef and presenter of the cooking segment “Kwentong Kawali,” where he imparts his love and knowledge of Filipino cuisine.

The Original Pino
Sinuglaw and kilawin.

Filipino cuisine

A Manila-based Cebuano, he is well-known for his passion for Philippine cuisine and the restaurants which he founded, namely Tatung’s in Quezon City, Chef Tatung in Taguig, and Agos, which opens soon at the SM Mall of Asia. He was one of only two Filipinos who joined some of the best chefs in the world at the Madrid Fusion 2016.

His love for Filipino cooking finds fruition in his first book, “Philippine Cookery: From Heart to Platter,” which is currently on the National Bookstore Bestseller List.

Chef Tatung Original Pino
CHEF TATUNG. The Manila-based Cebuano is well-known for his passion for Philippine cuisine and the restaurants which he founded, namely Tatung’s in Quezon City, Chef Tatung in Taguig, and Agos, which opens soon at the SM Mall of Asia. He was one of only two Filipinos who joined some of the best chefs in the world at the Madrid Fusion 2016.

Here, he delves into the heart of his native cuisine by showing how to cook Filipino through basic cooking methods—steaming, grilling, sautéing, frying, curing, among many techniques.

Featured recipes

Featured are recipes perfected from Chef Tatung’s many years of research around the country. These include basics like tinolang manok, kare-kare, adobong pusit, as well as more unusual fare like bulanglang, piyanggang, and pinaupong manok sa asin.

Chef Tatung The Original Pino
Kinilaw na dilis.

Throughout, he explores important ingredients like vinegar, coconut, rice, as well as traditional kitchen tools like the palayok or claypot, and bamboo tubes used for boiling.

The Original Pino is open daily and serves buffet lunch for only P299 net and dinner buffet for only P399, both inclusive of orange juice, kangen water, and bottomless iced tea. There are no hidden charges.

For reservations and inquiries, call (032) 5054840 or (+63) 926 672 2007 (tap on numbers to call on your phone). The Original Pino is located on Wilson Street, Lahug, Cebu City.

The Original Pino Chef Tatung

Ipanema Summer Sunscream returns to Cebu

The country’s biggest summer music festival, the 2016 Ipanema Summer Sunscream, is taking place on May 21 in the Green Lagoon Park in Compostela, Cebu.

Top-billed in the event are Filipino rockstar Bamboo Mañalac, actress Bela Padilla, and international club DJs Jason Dewey (USA) and Danny Kay (UK).

Four of the country’s best bands, < S >andwich, Pedicab, Gracenote and Powerspoonz, are set to play during the event. Manila’s Katsy Lee and Tip Fucoy front the line-up of seventeen of the country’s best DJs.

Ipanema Summer Sunscream poster

Ipanema Summer Sunscream pool party

The Summer Sunscream signature pool party will kick off at 12:00 noon. The foam party will happen simultaneously with the evening concert.

Now on its 9th year, the event will also include two sports events, the Dip & Dash Aquathlon and Beach Volleyball Tournament, both presented by Rider Sandals.

The Rider Dip & Dash Aquathlon has categories for Elite (male and female), Age Group (male and female) and Kids (male and female) for full distance (2 km swim and 10 km run), half distance (1 km swim and 5 km run) and kids distance (500 m swim and 3 km run). Registration is open and available at Autofocus in Banawa, Gold’s Gym in J Centre Mall, Metrotiles in A.S. Fortuna, and Toni & Terry Altershop in Banilad. Those interested can register online on www.cornerstone8080events.com.


Beach volleyball

The Rider Beach Volleyball Tournament is a competition to watch as it will have 24 games played by 8 teams with CESAFI and two teams with the UAAP. The tournament will run on May 20 and 21.

The Ipanema Summer Sunscream has consistently packed a massive audience of up to 15,000. This year’s installment is expected to be no different.


Tickets to the 2016 Ipanema Summer Sunscream are available at the SM City Cebu Customer Service Counter, Ayala Center Cebu, Concierge Desk, KOA Tree House in Gorordo Avenue, Dong Juan (Guadalupe, Persimmon, Parkmall, Panagdait and Insular Square), Green Lagoon Park and the Compostela LGU. For reservations or more information on tickets, call Kyle at (0932) 101-3233 or Cara at (0998) 553-8105.

The 2016 Ipanema Summer Sunscream is presented by Ipanema and co-presented by Bioderm, Lecit-E, Omega Pro and Casino Ethyl Alcohol. Major Sponsors include San Miguel Beer, Bacardi, Nature’s Spring and Smart. Minor sponsors include Greenwich, SkyCable, Y101 and Home Radio. The sports events are presented by Rider Sandals while major sponsors include Omega Pro and Gold’s Gym.

The event is powered by KTM Entertainment, Cornerstone, The Right Access and Tiller Media. Special thanks go to MagikMoments, Drawingboard, Click and Smile Digital Photography and Leylam’s Shawarma. Magic 92.3 and Magic Nationwide are the official media partners, while Sleeves Shirt Depot is the official shirt printer. (Press Release)