Lifestyle Travel

Flight 001: your first stop for travel gear, adventure essentials

Whether buying a gift for a friend afflicted with wanderlust or gearing up for your own adventure, Flight 001 in Ayala Center Cebu should be your first stop.

The store, which is located in the mall’s new wing, has most everything a traveler needs for any journey – from luggages to bags, from passport holders to travel organizers, from neck pillows to an inflatable foot rest.

Food Lifestyle

Cebu Grand Hotel serves afternoon merienda in all-you-can-eat buffet

Put together puto and sikwate, pancit palabok, lomi, binignit, banana cue, maja, camote crisps, as well as dinuguan and you have the staples of the afternoon merienda at Cafe Lorenzo in Cebu Grand Hotel.

The best news: it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet from 2:00-6:00 p.m. for only P275.

Cebu Grand Hotel merienda buffet
MERIENDA. Cebu Grand Hotel offers all-you-can-eat buffet from 2:00-6:00 p.m. for only P275.


Jun Tantoy, Cebu Grand Hotel Food and Beverage Manager, said the merienda buffet is available from Monday to Saturday and includes drinks like the sikwate to pair with the puto, chilled juices, and coffee. Pastries and cookies are available, too.

On some days, the menu for the afternoon snacks may vary slightly, such as pancit guisado being served instead of palabok or sotanghon soup in lieu of lomi.

It’s also great that you get to enjoy your food in the hotel’s comfortable and spacious Cafe Lorenzo, which has more than enough tables to accommodate groups of friends and families.

Cebu Grand Hotel merienda buffet


Lifestyle Travel

TUMI Spring 2019 collection celebrates art of Expedition

The Tumi Spring 2019 collection celebrates the art of the Expedition. This season, TUMI embarks on a journey that not only inspires the color and print offerings of the new collections, but also speaks to TUMI’s journey as a brand.

“At TUMI, we are constantly elevating the travel experience. Our expedition and exploration are ongoing; we’ll never stop working to improve the lives and journeys of our customers,” said Victor Sanz, TUMI Creative Director.

TUMI remains focused on expanding its women’s category and delving further into the premium world, as well as exploring new techniques from a material standpoint, such as burnishing leather and working with carbon fiber. Additionally, Spring 2019 brings the relaunch of TUMI’s core collection, Alpha, by evolving its most celebrated features and incorporating technology to create the ultimate flexibility for the brand’s global citizens.

TUMI Spring 2019
SPRING COLLECTION. The Tumi Spring 2019 collection celebrates the art of the Expedition. This season, TUMI embarks on a journey that not only inspires the color and print offerings of the new collections, but also speaks to TUMI’s journey as a brand.


The new Alpha 3 collection is a celebration of everything TUMI stands for: design innovation, engineering, functionality, and performance. The relaunch moves the collection forward by elevating the core, adapting to the changing world and incorporating learnings over the past decade. With a cleaner, more refined aesthetic, Alpha 3 updates include an integrated USB Power Port added to each of the carry-on sizes, dual-access entry, modernized front face with protective rails, full access front pocket for increased functionality, a leather rain flap on bags and dual-coil security zippers.

The newest luggage style is the Tall 4 Wheel Duffel Packing Case which offers top and split case access and features four interior shoe panels. New bags include the Slim Backpack, a compact backpack designed for those with a lighter load, the Slim 3-Way Brief, a sleek business offering that can be carried as a backpack or a bag, and the Expandable Tote, a highly functional easy-to-carry men’s tote bag. The collection will be available in Black Ballistic, Black Leather and Anthracite with brown leather trim. Seasonal pattern Graphic Congo will also be available, adding a pop of color to select styles.

TUMI Spring 2019 Arrivé
REDESIGNED. Inspired by automotive design, the Arrivé collection has been completely redesigned, crafted with ultra-modern functionality and luxe details such as magnetic zippers.


Inspired by automotive design, the Arrivé collection has been completely redesigned, crafted with ultra-modern functionality and luxe details such as magnetic zippers. The redesign features even more streamlined silhouettes, from carry-ons and packing cases to briefs, backpacks and more. Style meets technology with a new integrated, USB Power Port on each of the carry-on sizes. Dual-access entry with expansion is an elegant add, while integrated TSA lock allows for ultimate security for both front and main openings.

Additional updates include elevated hardware design with shiny nickel finish, subtle leather trim, front leather panel with embossed detail, new proprietary details including shock-absorbing backpack straps, side pockets with organic expansion, and integrated logo design. Key styles include International Dual Access 4 Wheeled Carry On, Barker Backpack, Larson Backpack, Beacon Brief, Hannover Slim Brief, Sadler Brief and Martin Sling. The collection will be available in Black, Pewter and Black Leather.

TUMI Spring 2019 Voyageur
FOR WOMEN. Purposeful, practical design that doesn’t compromise on style, the updated Voyageur collection brings you versatile and lightweight nylon backpacks, bags, and accessories for women.


Purposeful, practical design that doesn’t compromise on style, the updated Voyageur collection brings you versatile and lightweight nylon backpacks, bags, and accessories for women. New on-trend smaller backpacks include the Sofia & the Witney, adding a fun element to the signature assortment. The Rivas Backpack comes back for spring, featuring an updated design and new customization with the innovative Personalization Kits.

Seasonal colors include Ultramarine with silver hardware and Sunset with gold hardware. Seasonal prints include African Floral Print, a design that recalls the continent’s abundant flora, and Congo Bright (bags) and Congo Multi (accessories) prints which feature bold, saturated colors bringing a fun pop of color and interest to the season.

Lifestyle Tech

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 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.


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 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


Maayo Hotel buffet
Garlic butter mussels


Maayo Hotel buffet
Adobong nokus.


Maayo Hotel buffet
Roast beef in pepper sauce.


Maayo Hotel buffet


Maayo Hotel buffet



Maayo Hotel buffet
The tree at the lobby.


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 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.

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


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 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

Events Lifestyle Travel

Hong Kong Disneyland offers wicked fun with Disney Halloween Time 2018

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort presents the most wickedly fun celebration during Disney Halloween Time from September 13 to October 31, 2018. Halloween Town, where Jack Skellington and his mischievous friends from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” wreaked havoc, will be recreated at the all-new “Journey to Halloween Town” immersive walkthrough experience, challenging brave souls to face down the “Pumpkin King” and his friends.

Disney friends and villains are getting ready for wicked encounters with guests at Mickey’s Halloween Time Street Party and Halloween Time Festival Gardens. Duffy’s newest friend, Cookie, will also show off her first Halloween attire and join the party. At night, the park will be hauntingly fun, when Disney villains come out to join Villains Night Out! Chapter 3 and turn the park upside down.

In true Disney Halloween fashion, an extensive range of themed merchandise and food and beverage items will be available, along with spooky Halloween decor and fun-filled recreation activities across the resort’s three themed hotels, ensuring that all Pinoy guests can enjoy a “play, shop, dine, and stay” getaway at HKDL this autumn.

Reliving “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” at the all-new “Journey to Halloween Town”

“Pumpkin King” Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie from the stop-motion classic “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” will loom large at the Main Gate of the park to herald Disney Halloween Time 2018. Themed decorations will point the way to the brand-new walkthrough experience, “Journey to Halloween Town,” at The Pavilion.

Get ready for an unforgettable journey, filled with iconic music and scenes from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Venture into Dr. Finklestein’s Lab, where Jack Skellington’s friend Sally is desperate for guests’ help. Beware of the evil Oogie Boogie, out to trap guests in his lair. Brave guests are invited to find out if they have what it takes to tackle blood-curdling Halloween Town! And don’t miss the Jack Skellington and Friends Halloween Time Character Greeting.

Disney friends revel in the Halloween spirit all day long

Guests will experience the brighter side of Disney Halloween Time at Mickey’s Halloween Time Street Party. Every afternoon, Mickey, Minnie and Goofy will appear atop three giant Jack-o’-lantern whirlies with other Disney friends and a host of parade performers to greet guests and share the joy.

Guests should have their cameras ready to capture immersive Disney character greetings from day to night! Mickey, Minnie and the whole gang will be sporting their brand-new Halloween costumes – with a touch of regal purple – to embrace the spirit of the occasion. Duffy’s new friend, Cookie, will appear in her first Halloween outfit, marking her Halloween debut together with Duffy, ShellieMay, Gelatoni and StellaLou.

At Halloween Time Festival Gardens, Winnie the Pooh and other Disney friends, in their Halloween costumes, will greet guests for photos during the day. Young guests can also learn to make Jack Skellington-themed paper masks and then go trick-or-treating. After dark, the gardens will be taken over by Disney’s infamous baddies for some wicked fun for everyone.

Disney villains and spectacular shows add thrills to dark nights

The park atmosphere turns ominous as the sun goes down, when fearsome Disney villains come out in force to join Villains Night Out! Chapter 3. This year, Maleficent leads the malevolent Ursula, the Evil Queen and Jafar in the procession. They will be joined by Jack Skellington, Captain Hook, the Queen of Hearts and Cruella de Vil to cause merry mayhem as they march along Main Street, U.S.A. Do not miss the big finale, as Maleficent ends the show on a fiery high note.

Bringing a celebratory tone to the night time experience, guests can enjoy the vibrant and colorful “We Love Mickey!” Projection Show along Main Street, U.S.A. every evening! This surprise party pays tribute to Mickey Mouse’s major milestones and features his memorable classics, his full-color heyday, and a crazy kaleidoscope of Mickey in modern styles.

We Love Mickey Projection Show.
We Love Mickey Projection Show.

Spoiled for choice with extensive Halloween merchandise and F&B creations

A bumper line-up of close to 100 Halloween themed merchandise items, from apparel to accessories, toys and home décor, will keep guests busy hunting for favorite keepsakes. Limited-edition pins commemorating the 25th anniversary of “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” are definitely collectibles. The Duffy and Friends’ collection highlights their newest Halloween outfits, exclusive to HKDL. The reversible Tsum Tsum plush toys instantly change Disney friends into Halloween looks. The new HKDL-exclusive Boo collection introduces the fun of playing “peek-a-boo” to uncover a Disney character. Guests can also dress up as a family in the new apparel collection from the Mickey and Friends assortment.

More than 20 new Halloween-themed snacks and drinks will be introduced in the park and hotel restaurants. The Halloween Mickey Ring at Main Street Bakery will be sure to put anyone in the mood for Halloween, as will the new Sesame Egg Puff and Jack Marshmallow Vanilla Cookie, available at Outdoor Vending Carts. The Purple Myst and Green Devil Special Drink adds plenty of fizz to the occasion. At Crystal Lotus in the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, Jack’s Party dim sum set, featuring Jack’s Shrimp Dumpling, Crispy Pumpkin Scallop Puff and Mummy Vegetable Bun, looks almost too good to be devoured.

Why not take a breather from all the excitement and settle down for a character-themed Halloween set menu at Main Street Corner Cafe hosted by Coca-Cola? For a change of pace, enjoy a parent-child DIY cookie decoration activity while relaxing over a family buffet at Chef Mickey at Disney’s Hollywood Hotel.

Enjoy a complete Halloween resort vacation

Halloween fun extends to the resort hotels with a host of Halloween activities for hotel guests to enjoy. Young guests may unleash their creativity by making exclusive Disney handcrafts like tricky Jack door tag, learn to make towel Sally and tricky treaty candy bag. Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney Explorers Lodge will immerse young guests in challenging themed games.

All hotels will also be delightfully, frightfully decorated. Taking the magic up a notch, guests can enjoy the Halloween Wicked In-Room Overlay for HK$899 from September 13 onwards. The room decoration package includes amenities box, slippers, door sticker, a pumpkin hamper with candies, wicked hats, cookies, a plush toy plus priority admission pass to “Journey to Halloween Town” and Halloween Playtime exclusively for hotel guests for a complete Halloween resort vacation.

Magical experiences fill Hong Kong Disneyland day and night

Seasonal entertainment will continue at the resort for the rest of year as Mickey and friends will share Christmas carols for a heart-warming celebration of “A Disney Christmas” from November to January 1, 2019. Festive fun will be introduced as Christmas tree lighting and romantic snowfalls create magical experiences for guests.

A rich line-up of one-of-a-kind experiences fill the park with magic day and night. The transformation of Hong Kong Disneyland’s castle is fully underway. The brand-new live atmosphere stage show “Moana: A Homecoming Celebration” in Adventureland marked the celebration of the first exciting entertainment offering under HKDL’s multi-year expansion spanning from 2018 to 2023. Next year, an all-new attraction: “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!” the second Marvel ride-through experience at the resort – will debut as the park continues to expand its Marvel-themed area.

There is always something new to discover at HKDL, and guests from the Philippines are invited to visit the resort every season to experience Disney magic!


The Travel Club Trade-In Sale goes to Cebu, Davao

Donate an old luggage and get up to 40% discount on top brands, as The Travel Club presents its highly-anticipated Trade-In Sale for the very first time in Cebu and Davao from October 25-28, 2018.

The four-day event will happen in The Gallery at Ayala Center Cebu in Cebu and include the lineup of brands housed at The Travel Club: Delsey, Briggs and Riley, Traveler’s Choice, Victorinox, and World Traveler.

Established in 1992 as a premiere concept store that carries and impressive array of top-of-the-line products, The Travel Club is committed to making travel smooth and hassle-free.

Discount on travel gears

This season, it comes up with the Trade-In Sale as one way to connect with the travelling community.

Throughout the event, customers can donate their pre-loved luggage and bags in exchange for discounts of up to 40 percent on new travel gears.

In Davao, the sale will be held at The Travel Club store in Abreeza Mall.

For travelers with a penchant for adventure, The Travel Club also offers brands such as The North Face, Sea to Summit, Nalgene, and Eagle Creek.

To diversify its product range, the store also began carrying a range of lifestyle bags from brands like JanSport, Herschel, Granite Gear, Hedgren, Sakroots, and Healthy Back Bag. More than just a store, The Travel Club takes pride in providing travelers with insightful tips and helpful advice through store personnel who are adept in the field of travel.

Overseas Filipino workers

Apart from being a great opportunity to shop for new travel items, The Travel Club Trade-In Sale is also a chance for travelers to take part in a good cause. Teaming up with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the pre-loved items that will be turned-over to The Travel Club will be donated to the agency that looks after the welfare of overseas Filipino workers.

To avail of the exclusive discounts during The Travel Club Trade-In Sale, customers simply have to bring in their old luggage or bags such as business cases, laptop cases, messenger bags, shoulder bags, duffle bags, and backpacks.

The discounts will be on a one-to-one basis wherein one donated bag entails only one discount for a bag. Customers who will be bringing in items for trade-in can avail of special discounts on featured collections and items, which will range from 15% to up to 40% discount. However, the discount will be dependent on the item to be purchased and not on the traded-in item.

Discount voucher

Discounts are not valid in conjunction with any other ongoing store promotions and markdowns or on sale items. If a customer is unable to choose any item from the product selections at the venue, the sale number tags may be exchanged at the cashier for a 15% discount voucher valid in all The Travel Club branches nationwide. The voucher may be used until December 21, 2018 and cannot be converted into cash or exchanged for other items.

A one-stop shop for all kinds of travelers with varying needs and preferences, The Travel Club wants to ensure that everyone gets access to the best luggage and accessories to make their travel experiences comfortable and memorable.


TUMI introduces Women’s Fall Collection 2018

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

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

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

TUMI Voyageur Bryce Backpack
Voyageur Bryce Backpack


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

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

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

TUMI Voyageur Novelty Hagen Backpack - Black Camo
Voyageur Novelty Hagen Backpack – Black Camo


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

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

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


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

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

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

Here are the top three reasons:

1. Freebies for early birds

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

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

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

SM Consolacion Sale

2. Discounts upon discounts for cardholders

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

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

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

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3. A chance to win a brand new Suzuki Celerio

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

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

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

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

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Battle for ‘Supremacy’ in Sykes sportsfest, family day

SYKES Philippines once again gathered its employees not for work but for a fun day with colleagues and families.

Thousands of SYKEsers turned up for the celebration in Cebu that kicked off with a parade filled with the team banners of RYBU Blue Lions, SG&A White Warriors, CSBU Red Transformers, DBBU Pink Panther, MLBU Green Stallions, JNBU Black Immortals, and AMBU Gold Eagles.

The company’s annual Sports Fest and Family Day is aimed at promoting camaraderie, unity, and a healthier lifestyle among its employees.

This year’s SYKES Sportsfest theme is “Supremacy,” which fits with the company ideals to continue to push talents to become the leader in their respective crafts and fields, said Sykes Asia, Inc. Branding and Communications Director Cecile Venancio.

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Grand entrance for SYKES Cebu head

SYKES employees and their families packed the University of the Southern Philippines (USP), venue of the Cebu event last May 6, 2018. The Sportsfest and Family Day in Manila was held at the Ynares Sports Arena and happened in a day before the celebration in Cebu.

Organizers prepped a grand entrance for SYKES Cebu Head and Vice President for Area Operations & Shared Services John Sneed.

The SYKES executive arrived aboard a military jeep and was joined by soldiers from Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Cebu.

Immediately after Sneed opened the Sportsfest and Family Day, military officers led participants on an Army Dozen Exercise, which consisted of 12 easy yet helpful exercises that served as a warmup for the day’s activities.

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Grand entrance for SYKES Cebu Head and Vice President for Area Operations & Shared Services John Sneed.

Sykes sportsfest, family day highlights

Here are some highlights of the annual event:

  • Phoebe Joy Elbanbuena was picked as the Ms. SYKES Cebu Sportsfest 2018.
  • Cebu SYKEsers’ skills, speed, and abilities were put to the test with such Boot Camp games as Bypassing Security, Decoding Cryptic Spy Messages, and Obstacle Course Race.
  • Sports competitions included basketball, volleyball, table tennis, billiards, darts and DOTA.

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Celebrity guests in Manila

It was also a fun day in Manila for SYKEsers as teams vie for the grand award in the first ever headdress competition dubbed “Crowning Glory.”

With participants having only recycled materials, creating an entry was certainly a test of creativity.

Celebrities dropped in on the celebration. Loud cheers greeted Jak Roberto who joined the revelry and delighted the crowd with a song number. In the later part of the event, CCP Bobcats Cheerleading Team and the UST Yellow Jackets Drumline awed the audience with their heart-stopping stunts and more.

Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Nicole Cordoves with UAAP and ABS-CBN Sports Anchor Martin Javier hosted the event.

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Leading BPO company

Sykes kids meantime enjoyed the inflatable area and there was a photo booth for snap and selfie enthusiasts.

Other remarkable events that happened in Manila were the lighting of the torch and the oathtaking by athletes led by Director for Site Operations Red del Rosario.

SYKES is a leading BPO (business process outsourcing) company in the country and among the first to put up a branch outside Manila. To date, it has employed over 15,000 talents and is still growing nationwide.

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