Stakeholders continue to have a positive outlook for Cebu’s IT-BPM industry despite disruptions brought about by COVID-19 restrictions.
Representatives of business process management, telecommunications companies, the academe as well as industry professionals agreed during the recent town hall event organized by the Cebu IT-BPM Organization (CIB.O) that Cebu remains an ideal IT hub despite uncertainties created by the ongoing pandemic.
Anjo World is now ready to welcome guests with new normal measures in place for amusement tourism as it reopens today, September 11, 2020.
Cebu’s premier amusement park, operated by Belmont One, has officially resumed operations after being closed for months due to stringent community quarantine imposed at the height of the COVID-19 crisis. It will open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The park is located at the Belmont One Commercial Complex in Barangay Calajoan in Minglanilla town.
Spending time together while listening to entertaining and educational stories is becoming a nightly habit for parents and children following the eStorytelling Sessions of Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart).
Launched in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and The Storytelling Project, and aired live every 8:30pm on the Smart Communities Facebook page, this is Smart’s way of bringing the magic of stories into people’s home through technology.
The fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in the cities of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu received a much-needed boost from businessman Michael Gleissner.
Gleissner donated P2 million each to Cebu and Lapu-Lapu to help in the Covid-19 response of both cities, taking note of the active measures being undertaken by both local government units to control the disease and ease the burden on their constituents.
Joe Mercado, Gleissner’s representative in Cebu, turned over the donation of P2 million to Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella on May 6, 2020.
Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan received the P2 million for Lapu-Lapu City from Mercado in a separate turnover activity on May 7.
Assistance to Covid-19 response
In the case of Cebu City, Gleissner also gave his approval for the use of the Bigfoot property in the South Road Properties (SRP) as a quarantine facility.
The Cebu City Health Department reported a total of 1,660 Covid-19 cases as of May 12, with Barangay Mambaling having the highest number of residents suffering from the illness.
Lapu-Lapu City reported 42 Covid-19 positive cases as of May 11, with 15 recoveries and one death from the disease.
Gleissner’s companies are located in the cities of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu.
The leaders of the different business chambers in Cebu today asked government to add funds to its assistance program for workers and make its distribution equitable.
“Our productive sector deserves better treatment from the very government to whom they have regularly remitted their taxes,” said a joint statement signed by the business leaders.
The signatories of the statement released today are Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) President Felix Taguiam, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) President Steven Alain Yu, Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce President Francisco Benedicto, Mactan Export Processing Zone Chamber of Exporters and Manufacturers (MEPZCEM) President Santhana Krishnan Vaidiswaran, and Philippine Retailers Association (PRA) Cebu Chapter President Chester Lim.
To help workers furloughed by the community quarantine imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) released funds under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP).
Qualified beneficiaries of the program were each given P5,000.
But the CAMP only benefitted “17%, a pittance,” the business leaders said.
The statement quoted a DOLE press release that stated Central Visayas as having a budget of P150 million for CAMP for 31,618 workers from 1,403 companies in the region.
“The program fund allocation should have been set based on actual data or statistics available at DOLE so that it will be fair to everyone,” the leader said.
They said the decision to stop the program “would create confusion and emotional stress” among workers who are banking on the subsidy.
“Closing the program arbitrarily will be perceived as selective and run counter to its original objective of helping the marginalized workers,” they said.
Staying healthy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is just as important as following such public health measures as social distancing and frequent handwashing.
Good nutrition, exercise, and a nutraceutical like Pro-IG colostrum that makes use of the tested benefits of bovine colostrum against viral and bacterial infections are crucial in keeping the immune system in top condition.
Colostrum, the milky fluid produced by mothers before milk production begins, is referred to as the first food of life.
With such chocolate flavors as barako coffee, banana cue, and salabat, Manila Chocolatier has managed to create a world class product that pays homage to Filipino flavors.
Now available at the Kultural Filipino store in SM City Cebu, the chocolates also come in the delectable tastes of kalamansi, ube, Palawan honey, buko pandan, leche flan, mango, muscavado nougat, bukayo, pili nut, mango, buko pandan, panotsa caramel, jasmine tea, and even lambanog.
Take your Valentine’s date to a premium dining experience for lunch or dinner at the Oakridge Executive Club.
Make your Valentine’s Day memorable with great food in a venue that offers a spectacular view of the city.
The business lounge is offering a Wine & Dine Valentine’s Special that offers a 3-course menu for lunch at P1,395 and 4-course menu for dinner at P1,695. Both offerings include complimentary welcome drinks, a glass of wine, and a special Valentine’s gift.
The lounge also offers a special Little Valentine menu for kids to enjoy for lunch or dinner. The dish is spaghetti Bolognese and chicken fingers.
Valentine’s Day dinner guests will get to enjoy live jazz music.
The Valentine’s Day offering requires prior reservations. Those interested are asked to contact the Oakridge Executive Club at +63 917 811 6862 or +6332 354 3732.
Oakridge Executive Club is located at the 12th floor of the Oakridge IT Center 2 inside the Oakridge Business Park. Its pioneering business lounge concept offers guests comfort, convenience, and class that is distinctly Oakridge.
From the crunchy delicious lechon belly and grilled tuna panga of Kuzina Guadalupe to the must-try baked scallops of Seabu, top dishes of key vendors in Sugbo Mercado are now available in Cafe Marco as part of its Sugbusog Culinary Journey.
In this year’s edition of the annual food event, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu collaborated with Sugbu Mercado to make available favorite Cebuano dishes at the famed food market. These will be on top of the restaurant’s international buffet spread both for lunch and dinner. During dinner, however, a featured Sugbu Mercado vendor will prepare its specialty dishes or desserts.
The Vibo Group of Companies greets the start of the festive season with the lighting of not one but three Christmas trees, fireworks, music, and a sample of the sumptuous food now available in flagship establishment Cebu Grand Hotel.
Gerardo Borromeo, president, opened the event with a warm welcome for guests that included tenants of the different companies.
With its 547 guest rooms, Savoy Hotel Mactan Newtown is the biggest
hotel in terms of number of rooms in Mactan Island and the 2nd biggest in the
The 18-storey hotel officially opened today. The hotel targets
mostly business travelers and family vacationers because of its proximity to
the beach and resorts around Mactan, as well as the new Mactan-Cebu
“Savoy Hotel Mactan Newtown is just 15 minutes away from the
airport, which makes it a perfect choice for business travelers. Its location
also allows one to experience the beach and the township at the same time,
where restaurants, cafes, supermarket, spa, and other retail shops are just
within easy reach,” said Megaworld Hotel Managing Director Raymundo Melendres.
A recent report of how lechon vendors in Carcar City’s public market intimidated a customer into buying lechon spurred sharing online of horrible experiences with the vendors, with many calling for a boycott.
Many of those who shared their experiences, via comments and status updates on Facebook, centered on three main complaints:
With Ayala Malls Central Bloc set to open in the next few weeks, the mall and its tenants held a jobs fair in Ayala Center Cebu to sign up employees.
The jobs fair opened yesterday at the Activity Center of Ayala Center Cebu. Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella, who opened the fair, said it would provide much-needed work opportunities for Cebuanos. He asked the mall and its locators to prioritize Cebu City residents as a way to help uplift their lives.
The fair will end tomorrow, October 8.
CAREER FAIR OPENING. Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella leads the opening of the jobs fair to sign up workers for the Ayala Malls Central Bloc. With Labella are (from left) Ayala Malls VisMin Head Clavel Tongco, Ayala Center Cebu General Manager Bong Dy, and Ayala Malls Central Bloc Operations Manager Mabel Peñas. The career fair will be held from October 7 to 8 at the Activity Center of Ayala Center Cebu.
In opening the event, Labella said that Cebu City is booming and he hopes the opportunities can be spread among its residents.
The jobs fair makes available hundreds of openings for stores that will open in Ayala Malls Central Bloc at the IT Park. Job openings range from cashiers, engineers, plumbers, technicians, service crew, office workers, admin staff, among many others.
The jobs fair is conducted in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment, Public Employment Service Office, and the Department of Manpower Development and Placement of the Cebu City Government.
If you love cheese, sausages, chocolates, and everything Swiss, head to Cafe Marco in Marco Polo Plaza as the award-winning food outlet celebrates Swissness from A to Z.
The event is part of the hotel’s Culinary Journeys: a series of events held throughout the year to celebrate food and culture.
Until August 5, Cafe Marco will serve Swiss chocolates, raclette, cheese fondues and meats such as Alpine dried beef to Zurich-style sliced meat on top of its international buffet spread for lunch and dinner.
Cervelat and Emmentalier, Gherkins Salad with onion chives
Lunch buffet rate at Cafe Marco is P1,300 while dinner is P1,600.
The culinary event is held in celebration of Switzerland’s National Day on August 1.
“Cafe Marco will feature all things Swiss from appetizers to desserts alongside its international buffet spread,” Marco Polo said in a press release.
OPENING. Marco Polo Plaza General Manager Brian Connelly rings the bell to mark the opening of the media preview of Swissness from A to Z. With Connelly to lead the opening is Resident Manager Michaela Priesner.
As an added treat, guests who dine during the event will have a chance to win a special merchandise from Swiss brand Victorinox.
DC Shoes turned the Go Skateboarding Day 2019 in Cebu City into a spectacular celebration with a fun parade attended by celebrity riders Alexis Ramirez, Shaun Paul, Alex Lawton, and Cyril Jackson.
DC Philippines partnered with GRND Philippines and Stance PH as sponsor to give the Cebu skate scene an unforgettable Go Skateboarding Day yesterday, June 21,2019.
The day started with a skateboarding parade attended by sport enthusiasts in Cebu and other areas. Back in 2017, DC Shoes held the largest skateboarding parade and broke the Guinness World Record.
Friday’s epic event in Cebu began in the Fuente Osmeña Circle and ended in Plaza Independencia.
MEET AND GREET. Fans line up to have posters, skateboards, shirts, and other items signed by Alexis Ramirez, Shaun Paul, Alex Lawton, and Cyril Jackson.
Strong skateboarding community
Speaking at a fan event held later in the evening, Lawton noted the strong skateboarding community in Cebu and said he was happy that they showed up for the day’s activities.
Paul, who answered streets when asked about his favorite skate spot, added it was “pretty cool” seeing a lot of people skating on the road.
The group held a special Q&A and poster signing with fans. A few had their skateboards signed by the DC riders.
DC Skateboarding Competition
Today, June 22, the fun continues with exciting contests designed to challenge skaters to test their limits.
First off is the Game of Skate where a skater will do a trick that a competitor has to follow. A skater who performs a move that another skater can’t duplicate gets a point.
DC GOSKATEBOARDING DAY. (From left) Alexis Ramirez, Shaun Paul, Alex Lawton, and Cyril Jackson during the Meet and Greet event at the Ayala Center Cebu.
Another contest is the Longest Gap Challenge, which requires players to Ollie over 5 skateboards cleanly to get to the next round. A skateboard is added after every round and the one who jumps over the most skateboards win.
In the Highest Ollie, participants must Ollie or hippie jump over the bars cleanly to get to the next round. One bar is added after every round and the skater who can do the most number of bars wins.
Skateboarding demo with DC riders
Later in the day is the DC Amateur Competition and Pro Demo featuring DC riders Ramirez, Paul, Lawton, and Jackson. The group will showcase their skills and perform. skateboarding tricks.
The DC Amateur Competition will be the day’s main event and involves one minute runs for participants. Their performance will be judged on technicality, consistency, and creativity. Cash prize of P20,000 and a one-year contract with DC Philippines await the competition champion.
To cater to visitors arriving in or leaving Cebu via the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, TGI Fridays opened its third branch here and 26th nationwide at Island Central Mall in Lapu-Lapu City.
The newest TGI Fridays is just two minutes from the airport and was intended to cater to the tourist market as well as locals, said Director for Operations Kristine dela Cruz.
Its proximity to the airport and souvenir shops makes it a practical stop for guests that have just arrived in Cebu and those wanting a last-minute meal fix before their flights.
TGI Fridays menu
For people who are new to TGI Fridays, dela Cruz recommends their bestselling dishes that are glazed with Jack Daniels whiskey and these are the ribs, salmon, porkchop, and chicken. The steak can also be ordered with a side of Jack Daniels sauce, she added.
Other items to try include the classic chicken fingers—hand battered chicken tenders paired with a hefty helping of crispy seasoned fries and honey mustard dressing, cajun shrimp, and chicken pasta.
Dela Cruz said the resto’s salads come with special dressing made in-house. Also in the selection are such best-selling desserts as Oreo Madness, Brownie Obsession, and Salted Caramel Cheesecake.
Baby back ribs
Special lunch menu items
TGI Fridays also recently launched lunch menu sets that are below P400 and this is to change the mindset that their dishes are expensive, according to dela Cruz. These are available from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays.
Some people see the menu items as pricey but the servings are quite big, she added, citing that a salad order priced at P595 is already good for three to four people.
As a special treat, TGI Fridays is celebrating the Mactan branch with a 50% discount on any of its burgers on top of a minimum purchase of P1,000 on food and drinks. The offer is valid until June 30, 2019.
TGI Fridays newest branch is in Island Central Mall in Lapu-Lapu City.
NEAR THE AIRPORT. US Consul Agent Glenn Ivan Loop, Lapulapu City Tourism Chief Hembler Mendoza, & TGIFridays Director for Operations Krissy Dela Cruz are flanked by the managers and staff of the recently opened TGIFridays Mactan. The restaurant is located in Island Central Mactan; a convenient stop for inbound and outbound flyers.
The very first Netflix fan event of its kind celebrates Pride Month in the Philippines with a spectacular recreation of the hit series Pose at La Vie in the Sky every Friday of June.
Based on the award-winning series created by Ryan Murphy (Glee, Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story, and the movie Eat, Pray, Love), Pose enters the underground world of the 1980s Ballroom Scene where displaced gay men and women bonded together over fashion, walking the catwalk in a nightly themed extravaganza, and eventually found family. This scene gave birth to Madonna’s Vogue and Ru Paul’s now famous “the category is” line.
POSExLAVIE kicks off with Moulin Rouge Realness night! La Vie in the Sky CEO Louis Thevenin (fourth from left) is flanked by House of Ikils (Irvina, Ashley and Valeria), House of Femininity (Maki, Bee, and Khylie) and House of Masculinity (Fish, Choi and Chase, members of the first transman association in the Visayas and Mindanao, TEAM (Transman Equality and Awareness Movement). See you this Friday for another installment!
In Cebu, La Vie in the Sky brings the glamorous and colorful nightly party of Pose to life every 8 pm on Fridays. At least three Houses are asked to compete against each other to a pre-identified theme (for the first week, it was Moulin Rouge Realness).
A trio of celebrity judges raise their scores for three sub-categories (Face, Body and Walk), and an overall winning House is declared at the end of the evening to win a nightly prize of P10,000 in cash and gift cheques. Each weekly winner will advance to a Grand Pose-Off on June 28, 2019 for an ever bigger cash prize and gift cheques.
SPECIAL MENU. A special X-Pose menu is also available only on POSExLAVIE nights. One bottle of Prosecco, assorted terrines, mini caneles and pizza slices are served as a premium platter for only P490.
Interested participants (open to everyone of every persuasion, as long as you are a House of 3) may pre-register at the La Vie in the Sky Facebook account to avail yourself of free transportation to the venue. But on-site registration is welcome, should guests wish to experience the Ballroom Scene for themselves. In fact, New Light Photo has set up a mini-studio with accessories and costumes for a professional photoshoot on site for everyone to try out.
MAKI of House of Femininity walks for the sub category Walk, where the individual is judged on their strut on the catwalk.
A special X-Pose menu is also available only on POSExLAVIE nights. One bottle of Prosecco, assorted terrines, mini caneles and pizza slices are served as a premium platter for only P490.
The next Pose night is this Friday, June 14. And the category is…COCO CHANEL-ling, a tribute to the quintessential French fashion house’s founder. Care to strike a pose with us?
PERFECT SCORE! Moulin Rouge Realness judges (from left), ClickCebu’s Niza Marinas; Van Go, co-founder of the first transman association in the Visayas and Mindanao; Project Runway Philippines alum Mel Maria hand a rare perfect 10 across the board.
THE CAST OF POSExLAVIE’S first week: House of Ikils, House of Femininity and House of Masculinity with Kevin Lester, 1st Runner Up for Mister Gay World Philippines, judge Van Go, and host Jude Bacalso.
CHOI walks for House of Masculinity’s Body category, proudly representing the transman association.
TEAM (Transman Equality and Awareness Movement) poses at our mini studio.
HOST JUDE BACALSO welcomes Kevin Lester, 1st runner up of the Mister Gay World Philippines pageant.
Maki of House of Femininity strikes a pose at the mini-studio set up for the event. New Light Photo has set up a mini-studio with accessories and costumes for a professional photoshoot on site for everyone to try out.
FACE CATEGORY WINNER Ashley from House of Ikils.
WINNERS. La Vie in the Sky CEO Louis Thevenin announces the winning group.
CELEBRATION. La Vie in the Sky brings the glamorous and colorful nightly party of Pose to life every 8pm on Fridays. The very first Netflix fan event of its kind celebrates Pride Month in the Philippines.
From its succulent roast goose and soyed chicken to the xiomai and xiao long bao dishes, Hai Shin Lou at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu can always satisfy any craving for authentic Cantonese cuisine.
As it unveils exciting culinary promotions, dining at Hai Shin Lou Seafood King Cebu becomes even more exceptional.
Cebu’s world-class Cantonese restaurant offers lunch break specials, all you can eat dimsum, and Chinese banquets for big celebrations.
Turn your midday break into a feast of Hai Shin Lou’s best-selling dishes, with the curated set menu for groups of two to six that includes such favorites as spring rolls, white chicken, peppercorn squid, Yang Chow fried rice, and more. Lunch break specials are available from Mondays to Fridays, except for holidays.
Lunch break specials
If you’re craving dimsum, you’ll enjoy the dimsum lunch party from Mondays to Saturdays. It’s “All You Can Eat” dimsum from the restaurant’s dimsum menu at only P688+ per person. You can also opt for a 30 percent discount on Hai Shin Lou’s over 25 dimsum selections.
The dimsum creations are made even more scrumptious with the newest addition to the restaurant’s culinary team, Dimsum Chef Wong Hon Chau, who has 40 years of experience in several restaurants across Asia.
Chef Wong Hon Chau
The new dimsum chef has 40 years of experience in several restaurants across Asia.
Hai Shin Lou Cebu is open from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm for lunch and 6:00 to 10:30 pm for dinner daily. Call +63 32 234 8189 or email [email protected] for bookings and inquiries.
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s latest offering combines Hai Shin Lou’s delectable Cantonese cuisine with the hotel’s excellent service and top of the line banquet rooms.
Whether it’s to celebrate a wedding, anniversary, birthday, reunion, or corporate events, you can’t go wrong with the hotel’s Chinese Banquet packages covering a minimum of 50 to a maximum of 400 persons.
Chinese banquet setup
Choose from carefully curated menus prepared by Hai Shin Lou’s three Hong Kong chefs in charge of wok, dimsum, and roasting. From their kitchen to your banquet, you and your guests are assured of high quality dishes truly fit for the best of occasions.
Cebuanos were introduced to dimsum through Ding How on Colon Street in the 1960s and its steamed rice dish started out purely as a Cebu thing before it became a nationwide favorite.
As the group behind Cebu’s dimsum culture and such iconic restaurants as Ding How, Ding Qua Qua, Dimsum Break, and Harbour City celebrates its milestone 50th year, it’s offering big anniversary deals for dimsum lovers.
The Harbour City Group marks its golden anniversary this 2019, 50 years since it introduced dimsum cuisine in Cebu, with a series of events that pay tribute to its heritage and give thanks to the generations of Cebuanos who have patronized their food products.
DIMSUM EXHIBIT. These giant models of the Harbour City Group’s famous dishes are on exhibit in Cebu City malls to mark the company’s 50th year.
Dimsum dining experience
It was Henry Uytengsu who started the business, now passed on the third generation of the family in the same way that dimsum dining has cut across generations of Cebuano diners.
“My father Henry loved Chinese food and he loved to share this passion with everyone else,” said Harbour City Group Director Lorraine Uytengsu-Calisang. “A single branch led to another and then another, and now we have a whole stable of restaurant brands all serving traditional, authentic, and time-honored family recipes,” she added.
The Harbour City Group restaurants are known for its authentic and all-day dimsum dining experience, serving appetizing Chinese cuisine that has become a homegrown favorite and now shared across the nation.
The steamed fried rice or “steamed rice” is an iconic Cebu dish that originated in the kitchens of Ding How. The Shaomai, Spring Rolls, Steamed Hakao, and Beef Sate Noodles are other dining favorites.
The Harbour City Group restaurants are known for its authentic and all-day dimsum dining experience, serving appetizing Chinese cuisine that has become a homegrown favorite and now shared across the nation.
Tribute to heritage
In celebration of its milestone anniversary, it has lined up a series of events to pay tribute to its heritage, beginning with an Interactive 50th Year Exhibit tracing the group’s history from its humble beginnings in 1969 to its growth and development in the 21st century.
Featuring colorful and picturesque backdrops and life-sized models of the company’s famous dishes and icons, the exhibit will be in the following venues: Level 1 of Ayala Center Cebu up to June 14, Robinsons Galleria Cebu from June 16 to 29, and SM City Cebu from July 1 to 11.
“Celebrating our 50th year is a milestone not many companies get to celebrate,” said Harbour City Group Marketing Manager Steven Kokseng. He added that “this celebration is the perfect opportunity to show our gratitude to everyone who has helped bring us to where we are now.”
Deals for dimsum lovers
Big deals are in store for dimsum lovers throughout the year. They can purchase a limited edition celebratory tumbler for only P50 and get a free bluetooth speaker for a minimum order of P1,200 up until June 15.
Customers can also purchase dimsum favorites for only P50 from June 15-September 15, 2019. Customers can purchase, and order snack-sized noodles for P50 between 2-5 p.m. from July 1-September 30, 2019. Those celebrating their 50th birthdays get 50 percent discount on the bill if they dine in Ding Qua Qua and Harbour City anytime during the year.
“The entire year is filled with activities meant to be celebrated within the organization as well as activities intended to give back to generations or loyal customers,” Kokseng said.
Harbour City Group milestones
After Ding How, the company opened Ding Qua Qua in 1987 that later evolved to today’s Dimsum-All-You-Can experience. Sister brand Harbour City provides customers with the classic dimsum and tea house pushcart experience. In 1996, Dimsum Break was established to cater to the modern fast-paced lifestyle.
The Harbour City Dimsum House Co., Inc. operates Ding How, Ding Qua Qua, Harbour City, and Dimsum Break. It now has 35 restaurants nationwide, including Metro Cebu, Tagbilaran, Dumaguete, Ormoc, Tacloban, Iloilo, Cagayan, Butuan, General Santos, and Davao.