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Vibo Group lights up Christmas trees to mark start of festive season

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.

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Business Feature Properties Travel

Savoy Hotel Mactan Newtown opens

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 entire Cebu.

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 International Airport.

“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.

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Food News

Calls to boycott Carcar lechon spread online

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:

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Business

Ayala Malls Central Bloc holds jobs fair

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.

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.

Ayala Malls Central Bloc jobs fair
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Events Food

Cheese, chocolates, meat and everything Swiss at Cafe Marco

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.

For inquiries and reservations, call 253 1111 or email [email protected]. For the latest updates, follow the hotel on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Cheese, chocolates, meat and everything Swiss at Cafe Marco

Swissness from A to Z Media Preview Photos

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Swissness from A to Z
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Marco Polo Cebu marks American Independence Day with food fest

Dine on unlimited American staples like burgers, barbecue, mac ‘n cheese, corn dogs, and nachos as Cafe Marco holds a Star-Spangled celebration for American Independence Day.

Binge on steak, barbecue pork ribs, chimichanga, fries, onion rings, and chips when you dine at Cafe Marco from today until July 7, 2019.

The stars and stripes and colors red and blue become the main theme of Cafe Marco interiors as well as the desserts as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu commemorates one of America’s biggest holidays.

Everything’s delicious but the barbecue ribs, bacon maple bar, and Irish whiskey cake are especially delectable.

Add a dip in the hotel’s Mango-shaped pool for a splashing party. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu combines food with a relaxing swim in its Dine N’ Dip promo.

Call +6332 253-1111 or email [email protected] for reservations and inquiries.

Stay tuned for updates on hotel activities and promotions by liking facebook.com/marcopolocebu and following Instagram.com/marcopolocebu.

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DC Shoes ramps up Go Skateboarding Day 2019 in Cebu with parade, meet and greet, contests

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.

Alexis Ramirez, Shaun Paul, Alex Lawton, and Cyril Jackson.

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.

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.

Skaters gotta skate and DC Philippines shake things up for Go Skateboarding Day. Like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dcshoes.ph and follow them on IG at instagram.com/dcshoes_philippines to know more about products and events.

Alexis Ramirez, Shaun Paul, Alex Lawton, and Cyril Jackson
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Food

TGI Fridays opens airport branch to cater to visitors, Mactan residents

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.

Brownie Obsession

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.

For more information, visit www.fridays.com.ph or follow TGI Fridays Philippines (Facebook) and @tgifridays (Instagram).

Photos of TGI Fridays Mactan opening

Hangover burger

HANGOVER BURGER. Beef patty, fried egg, caramelized onions, mayonnaise, melted cheese, bacon, brioche bun, crispy seasoned fries.

TGI Fridays pasta
TGI Fridays salad
TGI Fridays pork liempo

Pork liempo with garlic rice.

TGI Fridays Island Central Mall

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.

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.

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POSExLAVIE celebrates Pride Month every Friday of June

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.

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?

(Follow updates by clicking the hashtag #POSExLAVIE on Facebook and Instagram, or follow @lavieinthesky on both Instagram and Facebook for more details.)

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Professional photoshoot

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.

FACE CATEGORY WINNER Ashley from House of Ikils.

WINNERS. La Vie in the Sky CEO Louis Thevenin announces the winning group.

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.

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.

POSExLAVIE Moulin Rouge video recap

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Lunch break specials, dimsum parties, Chinese banquets and everything new at Hai Shin Lou Cebu

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.

Assorted dimsum

Culinary offerings

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.

Chinese banquets

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.

To request for the Chinese Banquet menu and other inquiries, email [email protected] or call (+63 32) 253 1111 local 8109.

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Harbour City Group marks 50 years of great dimsum

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.

HOMEGROWN FAVORITE

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.

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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.

To stay updated on their dining offers, like and follow @DingHowDimsum, @DingQuaQua, @HarbourCityDimsum, and @DimsumBreak on Facebook.

Share your dimsum experience on social media with the hashtag #HarbourCityAt50, #CebuDimsum, and #50YearsofGreatDimsum.

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The Mactan Newtown holds MANGAmazing weekend with Cebu Mangoes Festival

A festive street dance, mango picking activity, and a “mangopreneurs” bazaar will be among the highlights of the first full-scale Cebu Mangoes Festival at The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City from May 25-26, 2019.

Mangoes have been known as one of the trademarks of Cebu, which even used to have a Mango Avenue, and the two-day festivity celebrates the potential and success of this top island produce.

“We are happy to get this celebration underway here in Lapu-Lapu City as we pay tribute to the mangoes of Cebu that the world has come to love,” said Megaworld Cebu Properties, Inc. President Noli D. Hernandez. The Cebu Mangoes Festival is spearheaded by Megaworld Corporation in partnership with the Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Office.

Mango picking at Mactan Newtown

The Mactan Newtown is a special township that features a main avenue lined with 248 mango trees and it is inviting people to join the whole day fruit picking activity on the first day of the festival. They get their fruits straight from the tree and pay only 80 pesos for every kilo of mangoes picked.

LAUNCH. Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Officer (left) and Megaworld Cebu Properties, Inc. President Noli D. Hernandez lead the launching of the Cebu Mangoes Festival at The Mactan Newtown.
LAUNCH. Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Officer (left) and Megaworld Cebu Properties, Inc. President Noli D. Hernandez lead the launching of the Cebu Mangoes Festival at The Mactan Newtown.

Megaworld looks at highlighting what a place is known for when it builds communities and it has been the vision of company chairman Dr. Andrew L. Tan to showcase the mangoes of Cebu in the Lapu-Lapu City township development.

Hernandez said he associates mango picking with a celebration of summer because it was a popular activity while he was growing up. Megaworld wants Cebuanos to experience again the thrill and fun of picking mangoes.

Cebu Mangoes Festival activities

Tourists and guests will have their fill of mangoes during the two-day event. Lapu-Lapu City’s Kadaugan Dancers will open festivities with street dancing that will feature the official mango dance with an original soundtrack.

CEBU MANGOES FESTIVAL. Megaworld Cebu Properties, Inc. President Noli D. Hernandez (right) talks about the Mango Festival at The Mactan Newtown. With him is Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Officer.

Other activities they can look forward to include the:

Mango Bazaar

The Mactan Newtown will host small enterprises showcasing a wide variety of mango-related products.

Biggest mango sago unveiling

The festival aims to set a historic record by creating the world’s biggest mango sago.

MANGAmazing Concert

Both days will be capped off by concerts featuring live performances from Cebu’s most sought after talents and a grand fireworks display.

Agriculture products thrive side by side with urban development in Cebu, and this shows rich and diverse its economic sector is, said Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Officer Hembler Mendoza.

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Long layover, late night or early morning flight? Sleep, freshen up at Mactan Cebu Aerotel

If you need a place to freshen up, take a quick shower, or even a quick nap, head to Aerotel Cebu in Terminal 2 of the Mactan Cebu International Airport.

Aerotel Cebu offers travelers comfortable solo and double rooms to rest or refresh themselves by taking a shower. It is open 24 hours daily and people can check in anytime and stay by the hour.

Aerotel Cebu shower
SHOWER. Each room has a bathroom that has a hot shower.

Coffee, tea and some light snacks are also available in the Aerotel Cebu refreshment counter.

Aerotel Cebu is run by the Plaza Premium Group, the pioneer and industry leader in providing airport hospitality solutions around the world. Aerotel is its international airport transit hotel brand.

Convenience, comfort

Aerotel Cebu is the Plaza Premium Group’s 7th airport hotel opening after Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Rio de Janeiro, Kuala Lumpur and Guangzhou.

“We look forward to enhance the travel experience of the passengers with our service ethos of convenience, comfort, value and love and care when they travel through,” said Plaza Premium Group Founder and CEO Song Hoi-see.

Aerotel Cebu has 9 Solo rooms, which measure 7.2 square meters, and 2 Double Plus rooms, which measure 9.6 square meters.

All 11 rooms come with ensuite bathroom with hot showers and amenities, complimentary drinking water, towels, slippers, hairdryer, big-screen color TV with satellite TV and radio channels, complimentary Wi-Fi, centralized air-conditioning and complimentary coffee/tea making facilities. All rooms also come with a writing table and a USB charging port.

Aerotel Cebu
AEROTEL CEBU. Rest and freshen up in Aerotel Cebu located in Terminal 2 of Mactan Cebu International Airport.

Service Rates

Shower with amenities
1 hour walk-in P500

Solo Room
1 single bed with ensuite bathroom and shower
3 hours P1,500
6 hours P2,200
9 hours P2,800

Double Plus
2 single beds with ensuite bathroom and shower
6 hours P3,500
9 hours P4,500

For inquiries or reservations, contact: [email protected].

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AEROTEL CEBU is located in Terminal 2 of the Mactan Cebu International Airport.
AEROTEL CEBU is located in Terminal 2 of the Mactan Cebu International Airport.
Aerotel Cebu in Terminal 2 of the Mactan Cebu International Airport
AEROTEL CEBU has 11 rooms.
Aerotel Cebu in Terminal 2 of the Mactan Cebu International Airport
WRITING TABLE with power outlets for charging all your devices.
Aerotel Cebu in Terminal 2 of the Mactan Cebu International Airport
Complimentary snacks.
Aerotel Cebu in Terminal 2 of the Mactan Cebu International Airport
Free coffee and tea.
Aerotel Cebu in Terminal 2 of the Mactan Cebu International Airport
Freshen up by staying in Aerotel Cebu by the hour or availing yourself of a 1-hour walk-in shower for P500.
Aerotel Cebu in Terminal 2 of the Mactan Cebu International Airport
AEROTEL CEBU is the Plaza Premium Group’s 7th airport hotel opening after Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Rio de Janeiro, Kuala Lumpur and Guangzhou.
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Community

Regal Oliva elected new IBP Cebu City President

Lawyer Regal Oliva was elected today as the new Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Cebu City Chapter President.

Oliva, who previously served as vice president, expressed appreciation to the chapter for the election and said “the fact that I am unopposed speaks so much of the trust of the Chapter on the previous Board.”

Elected together with Oliva to compose the 24th Board of Officers are lawyers Michelle Mendez-Palmares as Vice President; Bernardino Amago IV as Secretary, Mark Anthony Gaviola as Treasurer, Dan delos Angeles as Auditor, and Elmer Mansanadez as PRO. Also elected as Chapter Directors are lawyers Mark Gregory Avila, Maricris Bathan-Lasco, Hazel Espina, Georgia Herrera and Christine Naranjo.

Regal Oliva IBP Cebu City Chapter President
NEW PRESIDENT. Regal Oliva is the new IBP Cebu City Chapter President.

 

“The new Board will continue uplifting the law profession and will innovate more services that will not only cater to the members of the chapter, but to the whole community as well.” Oliva said, “I am also very pleased that the IBP National Board has started to elevate Gender and Development (GAD) as a continuing advocacy, and I will make sure that the Board I will lead will conform to a more inclusive IBP and hopefully, a GAD–focused Supreme Court.”

Incoming Vice President Palmares said, “we are at a time where lawyers are placed in volatile situations and we need to make sure, as a Chapter, that the rule of law will always be upheld and preserved.”

IBP Cebu City Officers
NEW IBP CEBU CITY OFFICERS. (From left) Directors Hazel Espina and Maricris Bathan-Lasco, Vice President Michelle Mendez-Palmares, President Regal Oliva, Directors Christine Naranjo and Georgia Herrera, Auditor Dan delos Angeles and PRO Elmer Mansanadez.

 

The IBP is the official organization of all Philippine lawyers, whose names appear in the Roll of Attorneys of the Supreme Court. The IBP came into being when the Supreme Court created, on October 5, 1970, the Commission on Bar Integration which was tasked “not only to ascertain the advisability of integration of the Bar, but even more, to serve as a common vehicle of the Court and the Bar in fashioning a blueprint for integration and putting the same into actual operation.

The new board will begin their term on April 1, 2019. It will end on March 30, 2021.

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Food

Have a Sinulog feast with Sugbusog at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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Community Lifestyle

Santo Niño art exhibit opens in Bamboo Bay

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Bamboo Bay Sinulog exhibit
A painting by Jun Impas.

 

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

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

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

 

More photos of the Halad Kaniño exhibit opening

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Lifestyle

OPM icons to rock Cebu in 90s Storm concert

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

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

90s storm Cebu

 

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

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

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

 

Cooky Chua of Color It Red
Cooky Chua of Color It Red.

 

Meds Marfil of True Faith
Meds Marfil of True Faith

 

Paco Arespacochagga of Introvoys.
Paco Arespacochagga of Introvoys.

 

Wency Cornejo of After Image
Wency Cornejo of After Image

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Community

USC Museum head meets Hiroshima University counterparts

Dr. J. Eleazar R. Bersales, head curator of USC Museum (USCM), met with the director and assistant curators of Hiroshima University Museum (HUM) on Saturday, Nov. 17, to explore possible linkage between the two museums.

Dr. Toshihisa Asano, HUM director and HU professor of human geography, welcomed Dr. Bersales to the museum after which a tour was carried out led by Dr. Norio Shimizu, museum curator, assisted by Dr. Nao Ishikawa of the HU School of Letters, who acted as interpreter. Like USCM, HUM does not have its own building but occupies spaces at the HU College of Education with satellite museums spread in different college buildings on campus.

Dr. Bersales (third from right) outside the Hiroshima University Museum entrance with (L-R): Dr. Fujino, Dr. Shimizu, Dr. Liao, Mr. Sato, and HUM director Dr. Asano. (Photo by Dr. Nao Ishikawa)

 

One of these buildings is the Cultural Assets Center, a two-storey edifice adjacent to the museum that, according to HU archaeologist Dr. Tsugifumi Fujino, houses artifacts excavated in 32 sites within the university campus dating from the Paleolithic (about 30,000 years ago) to the post-war period. Dr. Fujino showed Dr. Bersales some of these artifacts at a mini-exhibition inside the Center.

After the tour, a meeting was held at the HUM curatorial office to determine possible areas of future cooperation between the two museums, with Dr. Bersales extending an invitation to the HUM director and curators to visit USCM soon.

Dr. Bersales’ visit is timed with the 4th Philippine Studies in Japan Conference, also being held at HU, where he will be presenting a paper. The meeting was arranged earlier by USC alumnus Dr. Lawrence Liao, professor of biology and environmental science at HU. Funding for this trip was made possible by a collaborative grant from The Japanese Foundation-Manila.

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Events

SM Seaside City Cebu marks start of Seaside Christmas with grand tree lighting, opening ceremony

A story of a dying village saved by a magical blue star with the help of an innocent child played out in the colorful costumes of underwater creatures marked the start of the Wonders of a Seaside Christmas at SM Seaside City Cebu.

The grand tree lighting ceremony and opening of sea-themed Christmas park last Saturday, November 10, started with a magical dance that developed into a powerful tale of destruction and redemption to the delight of guests, young and old alike. Beautiful music was provided by the University of Cebu Chorus.

The mall’s Christmas theme pays homage to its seaside location in the South Road Properties. It also highlights now more than ever the need to conserve and preserve Cebu’s marine resource.

SM Seaside City Christmas

Digital theater with immersive video

SM Seaside City Cebu unveiled a towering Christmas tree decorated with jellyfish and corals and complemented by a huge cake dome with a digital theater that tells the story of Ting, the Butanding, in immersive 360-degree video.

Stepping inside the cake dome is like diving deep underwater where you get to swim past corals and the sea anemone which serves as the home of the clownfish. As a narrator explains the world underwater, you see turtles, dolphins, and whale sharks glide by or overhead.

The best thing about this sea-rrific adventure is it’s absolutely free, though you may have to line up for your turn. Check out the video showing schedules below.

SM Seaside City Christmas

SM Seaside City Cebu Christmas events

SM Seaside City Cebu also lets you experience the best time of the year with the following fun-filled and exciting activities:

Santa Meet and Greet
Come and meet the merriest man of Christmas. Whisper your wishes to Santa Claus and you just might get them to come true — but only if you’re nice.
Every Wednesday until December 19. The last Meet and Greet with Santa is on December 25.
2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

SM Seaside City Christmas
Mallgoers have their photos taken with Santa.

The Wonders of Christmas: A Ballet Extravaganza
Enjoy Christmas stories acted out through the graceful movements of the dance. Witness dazzling performances by the Balletcenter Cebu.
November 14 | 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
November 15 | 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
November 28 | 6:30 p.m.
December 1 | 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

SM Seaside Christmas
IMMERSIVE SHOW. You shouldn’t miss The Great Butanding Show and its immersive video experience.

Ding: The Great Butanding Show
Meet Ding, the Great Butanding, inside the sweet and decadent Cake House Digital Theater.
Monday to Thursday | 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday to Sunday | 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

SM Seaside City Christmas

Ding, The Great Butanding show

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Lifestyle

Polaroid Originals opens first provincial hub in Cebu

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

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

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

OneStep 2 features

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

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

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

Polaroid OneStep2

 

The Original Never Left

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

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

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

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