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Pag-Ibig recognizes Sunberry Homes with 3 awards

Dynamic and proactive mass housing developer Sunberry Homes, Inc. reaped three awards from the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or Pag-Ibig. It received an Award of Recognition as the No….

Dynamic and proactive mass housing developer Sunberry Homes, Inc. reaped three awards from the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or Pag-Ibig.

It received an Award of Recognition as the No. 9 Housing Developer in the Visayas in terms of Takeout Loan Value for the year 2017.

Sunberry Award

AWARDS CEREMONY. Shown during the awarding are (from left) Sunberry Homes President and CEO Beverly Dayanan, Pag-Ibig Fund CEO Acmad Rizaldy Moti and Jane Gocuan, Senior VP, Visayas Lending Group Head of DBP as partner bank.

Sunberry also received two special citations for the Highest Performing Loans Ratio and the award for the Highest Performing Accounts Ratio among top housing developers in the Visayas.

Pag-Ibig Fund CEO Acmad Rizaldy Moti handed the awards in ceremonies held on March 9, 2018 at the Cebu Grand Convention Center.

Sunberry Awards

3 AWARDS. Sunberry Homes Inc. President and CEO Beverly Dayanan (center) and the Sunberry Homes Team receive 3 awards from Pag-Ibig Fund, represented by Cebu HBC Loans Management and Recovery Department Manager Anthony Maglunsod.

Quality projects

The award is also Pag-Ibig Fund’s expression of thanks for the company’s invaluable trust and support in the government agency’s housing programs by delivering quality loans.

The recognition that Sunberry Homes received is very significant for the company as it reflects the trust of buyers in the quality of company projects and handling of accounts and the overwhelming support of HDMF, said President and CEO Beverly Dayanan.

Sunberry Award

LOOKING BRIGHT AND PROUD. The Sunberry documentation team led by Admin Manager Jojie Tajanlangit and Sunberry Homes President and CEO Beverly Dayanan with Fermin A. Sta. Teresa Jr., Pag-Ibig Fund OIC-Senior Vice President.

“Sunberry Homes will continue to shine with bright and sustainable projects for families as we remain committed to answer the growing demand for affordable living to serve the needs of our fellow Filipinos,” she added.

About Sunberry Homes

Established in 2015, Sunberry Homes, Inc. is envisioned to create vibrant communities and nurture the lives of individuals and Filipino families aspiring to live in affordable and sustainable homes. The company upholds the values of integrity and responsibility towards its partners and customers through service-oriented and solutions-driven employees. Sunberry Homes, Inc. is an affiliate of multi-awarded company, Contempo Property Holdings, Inc.

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Don’t cancel BRT but pursue LRT: Cebu chamber; group warns: Cebu in a crisis

The economic benefits of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system are clear and canceling it is “not the right thing to do,” the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI)…

The economic benefits of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system are clear and canceling it is “not the right thing to do,” the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) said in a statement today.

What government can do is to make road widening an integral component of the project, CCCI said.

The organization issued the press statement after reports came out that the Department of Transportation recommended to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez that the BRT project be cancelled.

Urgent need for mass transport

In the letter, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Presidential Adviser for the Visayas Michael Dino government will come up with “a replacement project superior to the BRT.”

“Cebu urgently needs a mass transport system today. It has already reached choke point with traffic congestion affecting all sectors of society,” CCCI said.

“It took more than 10 years for the BRT to go through its approval process not to mention countless time and resources spent in the process. The economists have computed a very high Economic Internal Rate of Return (EIRR) for the BRT at 53% meaning that the economic benefits are very clear. The project is ready to take off,” CCCI said.

Cebu BRT station

A proposed BRT station.

BRT, LRT will complement each other

“While BRT is a short-term solution ready for implementation, LRT which will benefit a bigger volume of commuters over a wider area of Cebu should be actively pursued today for implementation within the shortest time possible to support the high growth of Cebu. LRT and BRT will complement each other.”

“Cebu is in a crisis situation. Cebu Chamber would like to enjoin all sectors of society to set aside political differences and work together to solve the traffic problems in order to achieve our common desire to have a Cebu where quality family life and business shall flourish,” CCCI said.

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Parklane running event Hunat Sugbu returns for 8th year

Cebu Parklane International Hotel will hold the 8th edition of its yearly running event Hunat Sugbu on June 24, 2018. Hunat Sugbu, otherwise known as Dagan Para ni Maning, is…

Cebu Parklane International Hotel will hold the 8th edition of its yearly running event Hunat Sugbu on June 24, 2018.

Hunat Sugbu, otherwise known as Dagan Para ni Maning, is a commemorative run organized by the hotel in honor of its late president, Mr. Manuel G. Ting.

First organized in May 15, 2011, the run serves as a tribute to Mr. Ting and one of the company’s major corporate social responsibility projects at the same time. Proceeds of the run will be donated to a medical mission in partnership with Jesu Christi.

Hunat Sugbu 8 will start and end at The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu. It will have four distance categories: 3k, 6k, 12k, 21k. Joel Baring serves as race director.

HUNAT SUGBO 8. Nicanor Nacorda, Hunat Sugbo chairman, talks about the annual run by Cebu Parklane International Hotel. With him during the press conference are Parklane General Manager Cenelyn Manguilimotan and race director Joel Baring.

Giveaways, raffle prizes

A scrumptious meal as well as giveaways and raffle items await all runners at the finish line. Water stations will be manned by the different departments of Cebu Parklane International Hotel to assure adequate hydration for all runners.

Race medals.

For a more effective and fast paced result for the runners, Parklane will use timing chips for the 12K and 21K categories. The chip will be distributed upon registration.

Throughout the years, the number of runners joining Hunat Sugbu has increased. As of 2017, Parklane registered a record 2,000 participants. It is targeting 2,200 runnings for this year.

Registration is now ongoing at the Parklane lobby. For more details, check out www.facebook.com/HunatSugbu.

Hunat Sugbo race singlet

 

Hunat Sugbo 8 race route

Hunat Sugbo 8 race route

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Traveling in Cebu? Here are important phone contacts

Whether you are headed to any of its white sand beaches, majestic waterfalls, or historic places, Cebu has a lot to offer. It is an exciting and safe place to…

Whether you are headed to any of its white sand beaches, majestic waterfalls, or historic places, Cebu has a lot to offer. It is an exciting and safe place to visit.

In case you encounter problems and need to contact a tourism officer or the police, here are important phone numbers for your reference. These numbers will be included in the next update of Cebu Guide, which is part of the Digital Tourism collaboration among SMART Communications, InnoPub Media, and various local government agencies. The numbers were provided by the Cebu Provincial Tourism Office.

Tourism Destinations / Tourism Police / Other Offices

Provincial Tourism Office
0932 194 4363 or 253 5642

Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Headquarters
0928 832 3434 or 0928 832 3162

Bantayan
0915 873 8042 or 460 9078

Canyoneering
0929 808 2954

Nalusuan Island
0929 844 6124

Oslob Whale Watching
0998 405 9923

Kawasan Falls
0949 622 9838

Moalboal
0999 506 0454 or 0939 345 1349

Santander
0999 450 5419 or 0919 363 1394

Daanbantayan
0916 423 3121 or 437 7271

Santa Fe
0927 983 2497 or 438 9054

Malapascua Island
0995 609 2279

Camotes Island
0949 939 8830 or 0909 316 4069

Cebu Province Hospitals

Cebu Provincial Hospital-Balamban
260 0543 or 333 2273

Cebu Provincial Hospital-Bogo City
434 9080 or 251 2760

Cebu Provincial Hospital-Carcar City
487 8120 or 487 8334 or 487 8952

Cebu Provincial Hospital-Danao City
262 0816 or 200 3323

Badian District Hospital
475 9046 or 475 5592

Bantayan District Hospital
460 9031 or 460 9034 or 352 5231 or 460 9330

Barili District Hospital
470 9026

Isidro C. Kintanar Memorial Hospital-Argao
485 6507 or 506 508

Ricardo L. Maningo Memorial Hospital-Camotes
497 0243 or 497 0243 or 514 3327

Daanbantayan District Hospital
437 5525 or 437 8143 or 437 8061

Mariano J. Cuenco Memorial Hospital-Malabuyoc
477 8883 or 478 2018

Minglanilla District Hospital
490 0900 or 490 0979

Oslob District Hospital
481 9986 or 481 9985

Jose Ma. Borromeo Memorial Hospital-Pinamungajan
468 9264 or 468 9239

Juan B. Dosado Memorial Hospital-Sogod
431 9080

Tuburan District Hospital
463 9515 or 463 9515

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Shoes, bags, apparel at up to 70% off in Primer Group sale

A pair of Sledgers sold at P1,200 from the original price of P7,990 and a 25-liter Millican roll pack sold at P2,990 from P9,990 are among the great finds in…

A pair of Sledgers sold at P1,200 from the original price of P7,990 and a 25-liter Millican roll pack sold at P2,990 from P9,990 are among the great finds in a 3-day sale by the Primer Group at the Robinsons Galleria.

The Primer Group of Companies, the leading distributor of the world’s premium retail brands, is holding a sale from March 23 to 25 at the atrium of Robinsons Galleria.

ON SALE: Running and hiking shoes from Columbia, The North Face, and Salomon.

From shoes to casual and outdoor bags, the sale offers great finds at huge discounts.

Among the brands on sale are:

Fitflop
Columbia Sportswear
Sledgers
Kickers
DC
Hurley
O’Neill
Billabong
Volcom
Roxy
Quiksilver
Adidas
New Balance
Puma
Saucony
JanSport
The North Face
prAna
World Traveller
Granite Gear
Timbuk 2
Outdoor Products
Columbia
Kickers
Salomon
Flossy
Kickers
Mountain Hardwear
Sledgers

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Primer Group sale.

Huge discounts are offered for pairs of Sledgers.

 

Primer Group sale

 

 

Primer Sale

TRAVEL BAG. This Millican roll bag is sold at P2,990 from P9990.

 

Laptop bag Primer Sale

 

Primer Group Sale

From P7,990, this pair of Sledgers is sold at P1,200.

 

Primer Group Sale

 

Primer Group sale

 

Primer Group Sale

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Marco Polo Cebu hosts grand New Year’s Eve party

Ring in 2018 with great music and a delectable feast in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s “All That Glitters” New Year’s Eve countdown party at the Grand Balcony. Enjoy games, raffles,…

Ring in 2018 with great music and a delectable feast in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s “All That Glitters” New Year’s Eve countdown party at the Grand Balcony.

Enjoy games, raffles, and a fireworks display.

The hotel has prepared a grand New Year’s celebration featuring Deuce aka Patty Tiu, Cebu’s top DJs, and a pyrotechnic display.

The hotel has prepared a grand New Year’s celebration featuring Deuce aka Patty Tiu, Cebu’s top DJs, and a pyrotechnic display

Tickets are sold at the following prices:

Regular
P1,000 per person, comes with 2 bar drinks

VIP
P2,500, comes with free cocktail buffet and a selection of beers and juices

Grand VIP
P17,000, comes with a table at the VIP Lounge for 4 guests and free cocktail buffet, selection of beers and juices, and bottle of champagne

Guests also get a chance to win a Cebu Pacific Air round trip tickets from Cebu to Narita and Cebu to Taipei and other fabulous raffle prizes.

For ticket sales, call +63 32 2531111 or email [email protected].

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This Christmas, New Year, give the gift of fitness with Fitbit

Whether as a reward for yourself for a great year or a gift to loved ones, Fitbit watches are the perfect fitness giveaway. Start your Christmas shopping by checking out…

Whether as a reward for yourself for a great year or a gift to loved ones, Fitbit watches are the perfect fitness giveaway. Start your Christmas shopping by checking out activity trackers from Fitbit, the leading global wearables brand.

With the Flex 2, Alta HR and Charge 2 trackers, your loved ones will surely get moving, stay active and achieve their fitness goals in no time. A key component of Fitbit is its gamification of meeting fitness goals with badges and a community feature to track workouts of group members and post these on a leaderboard of friends and colleagues.

Flex it out

Fitbit Flex 2

Fitbit Flex 2

Perfect for those who like to hit the gym and head out for a swim, the Fitbit Flex 2 is Fitbit’s slimmest tracker.

The Fitbit Flex 2 (P5,490) is Fitbit’s first-ever swim-proof fitness wristband that also offers alternative accessories like bands, metal bangles and pendants (in gold, rose gold and silver), allowing you to wear this activity tracker as a stand-out accessory.

Have it Alta

Fitbit Alta HR

Fitbit Alta HR

Fan-favorite Fitbit Alta recently got a makeover in the form of Fitbit Alta HR (8,490.00). Perfect for fashionistas who are just beginning to find their fit, the world’s slimmest wrist-based, continuous heart rate tracking device. Alta HR comes in interchangeable leather and metal accessory bands perfect for meetings, soirees or holiday functions. This stylish band is also available in special edition gunmetal and rose gold bands.

Charge up your life

For those who want to take their fitness goals to the next level, Fitbit offers the Fitbit Charge 2 (P8,490). In addition to PurePulse heart rate tracking, the Fitbit Charge 2 features connected GPS so you can track your running routes. It is equipped with a larger display for an enhanced exercise experience that include new health and fitness tools, smart notifications you need most, and interchangeable bands that easily let you go from a workout to a night out.

Fitbit Charge 2

Fitbit Charge 2

One of the Fitbit Charge 2’s amazing features is “Relax,” offering personalized, deep-breathing sessions that calm your mind and body. No matter how busy or stressed out you are, Fitbit’s “Relax” feature will help put you at ease. The Fitbit Charge 2 also helps you better understand your fitness level and improve over time with a personalized “Cardio Fitness Score.”

This feature-packed tracker is available in special edition lavender and gunmetal.

Check out Fitbit at Philippine retailers Digital Walker, Beyond the Box, select Toby’s stores, iBOOK, Ambassador, Timeline, iCenter, Mobile1, iGadget World, Globe and The Inbox Stores.
Follow Fitbit Philippines on Facebook and Instagram, and visit the Fitbit website for more details. (Press Release)

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HMR launches special Visa credit card in partnership with Union Bank

HMR Philippines, Inc. has tied up with Union Bank to launch a co-brand Visa credit card that offers exclusive promos, exciting rewards, and cashback deals to shoppers. What’s even sweeter?…

HMR Philippines, Inc. has tied up with Union Bank to launch a co-brand Visa credit card that offers exclusive promos, exciting rewards, and cashback deals to shoppers.

What’s even sweeter? Union Bank waives annual fees for life for approved applications submitted by January 15, 2018.

Union Bank First Vice President Ana Aboitiz Delgado said during the special Visa card launch last December 1 that HMR is a recent addition to the over 60 companies that have co-brand arrangements with the bank.

HMR Unionbank Visa card

Union Bank First Vice President Ana Aboitiz Delgado (6th from left) leads the launching of the special co-brand Visa card for HMR.

Customer loyalty

The special HMR card will allow shoppers to enjoy 0.5 percent cashback on all retail spend anywhere as well as exclusive deals and promotions at HMR Trading Haus outlets.

Delgado added that the co-brand card is aimed at helping HMR enhance customer loyalty. It is accepted anywhere in the world where Visa is honored, and every P200 retail spend is equivalent to one reward point.

HMR credit card perks

The partnership with Union Bank will allow HMR to offer more to shoppers, according to HMR Philippines, Inc. chief executive officer (CEO) Sam Powell.

Customers with the special HMR Visa card will get 5 percent off on selected HMR items.

Special perks for Union Bank credit card holders during the launch include 50 percent off on gazebo tents, coolers, and director’s chairs. In addition, a 24-piece Wilmington dinner plate set was given free to customers with purchases worth P15,000. HMR also gave away an Aptus 32” tv as raffle prize for credit card applicants last December 1.

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Give the FitFlop gift of comfort and style for superwomen in your life

Looking for the right kind of gift for superwomen this holiday season? Give them the gift of comfort and style. Internationally recognized as a comfort footwear brand, FitFlop’s scientific research…

Looking for the right kind of gift for superwomen this holiday season? Give them the gift of comfort and style.

Internationally recognized as a comfort footwear brand, FitFlop’s scientific research into the position of the foot and how it affects the alignment of the body is second to none. While comfort-based biomechanics remains a priority, FitFlop believes there’s no need to compromise on style to enjoy comfort. FitFlop creates wardrobe essentials for women too busy for uncomfortable shoes.

Uberknit high-top sneaker

Space-Age Metallics

As FitFlop introduces metallic detailing, you will not only feel comfortable but you sure are on trend. Check out the Uberknit high-top sneaker and ballerina updated in pewter, rose gold and black metallic.

Channelling all things metallics, the Superballerina with sequins are graceful, low-cut, feather-light ballerinas smothered in shimmering sequins, on slimline SupercomFF midsoles.

Uberknit high top sneaker

The Superskate slip-on mule, a key shoe style of the season, is offered in buttery leather with The Uberknit high top sneakers and ballerina bow are our most exciting, not to mention best looking.

With unbeatable ergonomics, superlightweight, midsoles, breathable stretch uppers, and stretchy decorative laces, they’re so good, you may start every day getting dressed feet first.

FitFlop Uberkniy

Uberknit Superballerina

Fitflop is available in Fitflop stores in SM City Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu and ResToeRun. (Press Release)

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NEST Home and Fabrique Shop highlights Filipino creativity in arts, craft

Handmade shoes and bags, beautiful art pillows, novelty fabric, fashion accessories, and home accents curated by renowned Cebuano fashion designer Philip Rodriguez are available in the NEST Home and Fabrique…

Handmade shoes and bags, beautiful art pillows, novelty fabric, fashion accessories, and home accents curated by renowned Cebuano fashion designer Philip Rodriguez are available in the NEST Home and Fabrique Shop.

The shop, which opened yesterday, is located on 38 Gorordo Avenue, beside Ramen Kamekichi.

NEST Home and Fabrique Shop

Door stoppers

“NEST is the ideal shopping destination or distinct gift items. It is a special collaboration of innovative artist-entrepreneurs where fashion meets home ware,” the company said in a statement.

In curating products for the shop, Rodriguez said he is on the lookout for “anything Filipino but very contemporary.”

Among the items sold in the shop are beautifully crafted furniture made of denim and driftwood and done by a group of women in northern Cebu.

NEST Home and Fabrique Shop

Beautiful art pillows

“We want more artisan crafts,” Rodriguez said, “to preserve our heritage.”

Also available in the store are accessories made of sea glass. “These are broken glass that you see it in the shoreline and they polish it and with the help of the Dutch government they train the women to turn it into jewelry accessories,” he said.

NEST Home and Fabrique Shop

OPENING. (From left) Patrice Uytengsu, Selina Romualdez, Vanessa Gaston, and Philip Rodriguez during the opening of NEST Home and Fabrique Shop.

The items, along with the artworks that are displayed, will be regularly updated.

“We will be regularly changing the theme. Every season there will be new personalities coming in whom we will highlight,” he said.

“NEST takes pride in promoting the integrity of Filipino creativity and supporting the advocacy of the Filipino artist by providing an accessible and fitting venue to showcase their works of art,” the company said.

NEST is open 11 am to 7 pm on Mondays to Saturdays. For more information, you can contact the shop at +6332 231 2590.

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NEST Home and Fabrique Shop

SEA GLASS. This necklace is made from polished broken glass weathered by the sea and found on the shore.

 

NEST Home and Fabrique Shop

 

NEST Home and Fabrique Shop

 

NEST Home and Fabrique Shop

 

 

NEST Home and Fabrique Shop

 

NEST Home and Fabrique Shop

LOCATION. NEST Home and Fabrique Shop is located on 38 Gorordo Avenue, beside Ramen Kamekichi.

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Golden Prince Hotel and Suites relaunches Q Cafe with new look, more menu offerings

Q Cafe at Golden Prince Hotel and Suites strengthens existing recipes and adds more choices, as it refreshes the brand look with a miniature cup of coffee infused with a…

Q Cafe at Golden Prince Hotel and Suites strengthens existing recipes and adds more choices, as it refreshes the brand look with a miniature cup of coffee infused with a golden aroma.

“Relaunching the Q Cafe is part of efforts to step up our game through constant improvement of our services and amenities, especially now that Golden Prince Hotel has been awarded a 4-star status,” said Vice President for Corporate Communications Aaron Que.

Q Cafe Golden Prince Hotel

New menu offerings

Positioned as a trendy neighborhood cafe outlet, Q Cafe now serves meals in addition to the regular offerings of pastries, sandwiches, pasta and beverages like frapponillas and fresh fruit shakes. Other new additions to the menu include assorted cupcakes and various pies.

Under pasta, Q Cafe already carries bolognese, carbonara, and aglio olio.

Q Cafe, which is open 24 hours from Monday to Sunday, also now offers breakfast items and has brought back that well-loved Filipino specialty pochero in the menu.

QCafe at Golden Prince Hotel

RELAUNCH. Vice President for Corporate Communications Aaron Que talks about the relaunching of Q Cafe at Golden Prince Hotel and Suites.

Q Cafe bestsellers

All-time favorites like the ube and cheese ensaimada, whole cakes or slices, and the five seasons halo-halo have been retained. Que said the five seasons stand for the top five halo-halo ingredients: ube, leche flan, nangka, mango, and buko.

The new and improved menu retains as well the signature specialty coffee.

According to Que, Q Cafe’s new brand look signifies their dedication to creating the perfect coffee shop experience for customers.

QCafe at Golden Prince Hotel

Pochero

Season offerings

Perfect for home and office parties are the Christmas party-to-go packages that offer such selections as beef salpicao, fish fillet in sweet and sour, crispy fried chicken, beef caldereta, special bam-i, orange country ribs, chow pat chin, spaghetti bolognese, aglio olio, fried rice, and fruit salad.

At the end of every weekday, Q Cafe celebrates with Frapponilla Friday, when the espresso-based ice blended drinks only cost P100 per order.

QCafe Golden Prince Hotel

On Frapponilla Friday, the espresso-based ice blended drinks only cost P100 per order.

Another sweet offering: You get a free cup of freshly brewed coffee for every purchase of a slice of cake priced at only P120.

Q Cafe is located at the ground floor of Golden Prince Hotel (Tower 2) at Acacia Street corner Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City.

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QCafe Golden Prince Hotel

 

QCafe Golden Prince Hotel

 

QCafe Golden Prince Hotel

 

QCafe Golden Prince Hotel

 

QCafe Golden Prince Hotel

 

QCafe at Golden Prince Hotel & Suites

 

QCafe at Golden Prince Hotel & Suites

 

QCafe at Golden Prince Hotel & Suites

 

QCafe at Golden Prince Hotel & Suites

 

QCafe at Golden Prince Hotel & Suites

 

QCafe at Golden Prince Hotel & Suites

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Axis Entertainment Avenue lines up fun activities for holiday season

Axis Entertainment Avenue transforms into a Christmas Candy Land and celebrates the festive season with live bands, holiday bazaar, and weekend farmers’ market. Ian Martin Borromeo of Vibo Place said…

Axis Entertainment Avenue transforms into a Christmas Candy Land and celebrates the festive season with live bands, holiday bazaar, and weekend farmers’ market.

Ian Martin Borromeo of Vibo Place said they have lined up several fun activities in time for the holiday celebration because they want the best experiences in the best surroundings for their customers.

Axis Entertainment Avenue is part of the two-hectare development along Escario St. that was rebranded to Vibo Place from its old name of Cebu Capitol Commercial Complex Corp. The area also hosts Cebu Grand Hotel, The Apartelle, and and CAIAA Center.

Axis Vibo Place Christmas

LAUNCHING. Ian Martin Borromeo (left) and Allen Andre B. Suarez during the launching of Christmas Candy Land at the Axis Entertainment Venue.

“We have live bands performing at the Axis Courtyard several times a week, a farmers’ market during the weekends, and holiday market where aspiring entrepreneurs get to display their wares,” he added during the Christmas Candy Land launch last November 30, 2017.

Christmas activities

The Christmas activities at Vibo Place are geared towards simple but joyful and meaningful celebrations, said marketing and leasing head Allen Andre B. Suarez.

He added that they were excited to offer more to customers, citing that new office spaces will be opened in Vibo Place and at a company-owned property just across the road in early 2018. Another plan for next year was to open residential spaces along Osmeña Boulevard in Cebu City.

Axis Vibo Place

This Christmas, guests can see large candy canes, giant lollipops, and peppermint candies spread throughout the place.

Axis Entertainment Avenue brims with good tidings for the Christmas season and guests can see over 50 large candy canes, giant lollipops, and peppermint candies spread throughout the place. The centerpiece decoration is the Gingerbread House, which is perfect for photos with families and friends.

As one of Cebu’s top dining and entertainment destinations, Axis Entertainment Avenue houses 22 tenants ranging from world-renowned brands to homegrown restaurants distributed among six clusters centered around the Axis Courtyard.

Axis Holiday Market

The Axis Holiday Market during the holiday season provides aspiring entrepreneurs and business-savvy professionals a venue to display their wares.

Axis Holiday Market

The Axis Holiday Market during the holiday season provides aspiring entrepreneurs and business-savvy professionals a venue to display their wares.

Axis has opened 24 slots, 13 of which have already been filled, for all manners of merchandise. Goods can range from clothes, perfumes, and accessories to various take-away dishes from all over the world.

A market slot with an area of 1.5 x 2m per costs only P2,000 per week and is open every Thursday-Sunday from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. Those interested in joining may reach out through the Axis Instagram and Facebook accounts, email [email protected], or call (032) 412-2316.

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Rustan’s, HSBC offer exciting prizes in Christmas promo

Round-trip business class tickets for 2 to destinations such as London, New Zealand, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, New York, and Sydney are among the exclusive prizes offered by the Rustan’s Extraordinary…

Round-trip business class tickets for 2 to destinations such as London, New Zealand, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, New York, and Sydney are among the exclusive prizes offered by the Rustan’s Extraordinary Christmas Promo.

The promos are a partnership between Rustan Group of Companies (RGOC) and Hongkong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC). It offer 165 exciting prizes.

Rustan's, HSBC Christmas promo

Samsonite Luggage Set

Those who wanderlust will rejoice, as travel tickets from Philippine Airlines are up for grabs. Six lucky winners will be chosen to receive Business Class Tickets for two to the most amazing destinations:

  • Round-trip Business Class tickets for two to London
  • Round-trip Business Class tickets for two to Auckland, New Zealand
  • Round-trip Business Class tickets for two to Kuala Lumpur
  • Round-trip Business Class tickets for two to Bangkok
  • Round-trip Business Class tickets for two to New York (exclusive to HSBC Cardholders)
  • Round-trip Business Class tickets for two to Sydney (exclusive to HSBC Cardholders)

Aside from the grand prizes, 165 luxurious picks and gifts are up for grabs when you shop from fragrances to jewels, luggage and pampering treatments from across the RGOC stores.

Rustan's, HSBC Christmas promo

Sentry Safe

Win exciting items from Samsonite, Ascot Chang, Swarovski, Bvlgari, Hermès Fragrances, Bergamo, Sentry Safe, Jewelmer, Tumi, Lego, Dooney & Bourke, Rayban and Kipling. Not forgetting gift sets from Rustan’s the Beauty Source, La Prairie, Estee Lauder, Burt’s Bees, Rustan’s Home, Rustan’s Children and Royal Duty Free, and vouchers from Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, Rustan’s Flower Shop, Sta. Elena Properties and Starbucks Coffee.

Grocery partners such as Rustan’s Supermarket and Shopwise are also giving away impressive shopping sprees. For the top prizes, look forward becoming one of five winners of P65,000 shopping sprees from Rustan’s Department Store, while one winner will be credited P65,000 on their HSBC Credit Card.

For the first time ever, Rustan’s features an online/electronic system for customers to enter raffle entries for the whole RGOC group. Rustan’s Extraordinary Christmas promo is open to all customers shopping at any of the participating RGOC stores.

Burt’s Bees Gift Set

Joining the raffle is simple! Earn e-raffle codes and enter the raffle entries online through www.rustanspromo.com. One e-raffle code is given for every P3,000 single-receipt purchase from Rustan’s Department Stores, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Adora and participating brands from Stores Specialists, Inc., while one e-raffle code is given for every P1,000 single-receipt purchase from Rustan’s Supermarket, Marketplace by Rustan’s, TWG, Oliviers & Co., SaladStop!, Royal Duty Free Subic, and Rustan’s Flower Shop. To triple chances of winning, use an HSBC credit card to earn x3 raffle codes.

Shop until Christmas Eve (December 24) and upload the codes until December 31, 2017, end of day at 12MN. Winners will be drawn via Electronic Raffle Draw on January 10, 2018, and will be notified via registered mail.

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Another exciting upgrade this Christmas, Rustan’s opens its Christmas Registry, making the gifting season the best – and the most convenient – one yet.

From Christmas to every special occasion throughout the year, give and receive the most heartfelt and desired gifts through the Rustan’s Gift Registry. Make important events and occasions even more memorable with the help of the most preferred consultants from the Rustan’s Christmas Registry.

For more information, visit www.rustans.com.ph or follow @RustansPH on Instagram and /RustansPH on Facebook. (Press Release)

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Cebu Link Joint Venture issued Notice of Award for Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway

The Cebu Link Joint Venture (CLJV) has been issued the Notice of Award for the “Design and Build” contract of the 8.5-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX), the much-anticipated bridge project…

The Cebu Link Joint Venture (CLJV) has been issued the Notice of Award for the “Design and Build” contract of the 8.5-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX), the much-anticipated bridge project that will connect Cebu City to the Municipality of Cordova in the island of Mactan.

CLJV is a joint venture of Spain-based Acciona Construccion S. A., and Philippine-based First Balfour Inc. and D. M. Consunji Inc., all of which have proven track records in major infrastructure projects.

Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC) issued the Notice of Award to CLJV on November 23, 2017 at an agreed contract amount of P22.6 billion.

CCLEX will have two lanes in each direction and will feature the main navigation span bridge, along with viaduct approach bridges, a causeway, roadway and toll facilities.

CCLEC is a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC), the toll road arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), a publicly-listed infrastructure holding company. MPTC is the largest toll road concessionaire and operator in the Philippines that has now expanded its business in other Asean countries namely, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. The CCLEX is the first of MPTC’s envisioned toll road expansion projects in Visayas and Mindanao.

Acciona’s Ruben Camba, representing the CLJV, said: “We are delighted to be part of this landmark project. We have put together a very experienced team, and are looking forward to working closely together with the customer to deliver a new toll bridge that will benefit both local communities and the Philippines.”

“We are very confident that we can deliver a quality state-of-the-art bridge that will provide not just travel efficiency but also drive economic growth and productivity in the entire Visayas region, and improve the overall welfare of the Cebuanos,” said CCLEC President and General Manager Allan Alfon.

“We are happy to be given this opportunity to bring to Cebu and share with the Cebuanos and the people in the Visayas in general, our company’s expertise in building and operating world-class highways and bridges to create more opportunities and spur economic growth,” MPTC President Rodrigo Franco said.

The CCLEX will give Cordova direct access to Cebu City and is envisioned to decongest the traffic in the two existing bridges between Mactan and Cebu.

CCLEC will build, operate and maintain the toll bridge through a joint venture agreement with the local governments of Cebu City and Cordova Municipality.

CCLEX will have two lanes in each direction and will feature the main navigation span bridge, along with viaduct approach bridges, a causeway, roadway and toll facilities. The span of the bridge allows for shipping traffic and the link is expected to serve at least 40,000 vehicles daily. It will give Cordova direct access to Cebu City and is envisioned to decongest the traffic in the two existing bridges between Mactan and Cebu.

President Rodrigo Duterte led the groundbreaking for the project in Cordova, Cebu last March 2, 2017. (Press Release)

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Detox Bar health drinks, food now in TONIQ Juice Bar

Health drinks, cold-pressed juices, vegan smoothies, and whole foods by the Detox Bar will be available in TONIQ Juice Bar. The Detox Bar and TONIQ Juice Bar not only want…

Health drinks, cold-pressed juices, vegan smoothies, and whole foods by the Detox Bar will be available in TONIQ Juice Bar.

The Detox Bar and TONIQ Juice Bar not only want to offer better food choices but also help educate and promote lifestyle change as a way to wellness and environmental well-being.

TONIQ Juice Bar is located at the 4th floor of Ayala Center Cebu and at the upper ground floor of SM City Cebu. Orders may also be made at online delivery service via Food Panda.

Detox Bar Cebu TONIQ

TONIQ Juice Bar is located at the 4th floor of Ayala Center Cebu and at the upper ground floor of SM City Cebu. Orders may also be made at online delivery service via Food Panda.

“Partnering with TONIQ team provides better opportunity for me to realize my vision of the company in extending opportunities to the farmers and everyone in the company to the local community. This is my commitment that in every product and service that we offer resonates my uncompromising advocacy towards health and the environment,” said Anne Dala, the founder and owner of The Detox Bar.

Through the partnership, TONIQ will soon become an all naturally-farmed and locally produced health and wellness place that will serve a unique variety of crafted health drinks and plant-based food which will be affordable and accessible to everyone, the company said.

TONIQ will offer The Detox Bar’s comprehensive healthy menu from breakfast to dinner such as Superbowl Breakfast, Oats Champorado with Cacao Nibs, various Rice Bowl options, organic salads, pasta, pizza, soup, wraps and sandwiches, and desserts.

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HEALTH DRINKS. The Detox Bar’s products are now available at TONIQ.

Starting November 25, aside from The Detox Bar’s signature plant-based meals and brewed health drinks, its flagship product “3-day Detox Program” for natural healing and weight-loss will be also available in TONIQ Outlets.

“These products are 100% all-natural which is guaranteed safe and healthy for people of all ages. Even kids would love our detox juices and meals. Aside from that, I conduct wellness coaching and cooking demos with my clients for me to be able to help them assess their health needs too,” Dala said.

Dala shares her knowledge in integrative nutrition through Food Revolution, an international movement that aims to combat malnutrition and obesity. She also expanded her services by providing customized diet-plan packed meals through her Real-food Delivery for busy people who have no time in preparing good food.

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ADVOCACY. The Detox Bar owner and founder Anne Dala says their products “are 100% all-natural which is guaranteed safe and healthy for people of all ages.”

“God intended to create fruits and vegetables for our consumption and this isn’t only limited to filling and satisfying our tummies but more than anything, to heal us naturally as well,” Anne remarked.

To learn more, Like Detox Bar-Cebu and TONIQPH on Facebook. You may also contact them at (6332) 2547864, 09985893356, or 09171580984 or [email protected].

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Shangri-La’s Mactan lines up festive events in Yuletide Bliss

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu transforms into a whimsical oasis as it celebrates the Christmas holidays with a generous bundle of five-star dining experiences and exhilarating recreational fun in…

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu transforms into a whimsical oasis as it celebrates the Christmas holidays with a generous bundle of five-star dining experiences and exhilarating recreational fun in “Yuletide Bliss.”

The seaside resort brightens up for the festive season with adornments of blue and gold, seen nowhere more clearly than in the cluster of magical Christmas trees and hot air balloon decor in the lobby area.

Memorable moments await all guests, who are encouraged to share their holiday stories with the #AlwaysMerryHere tag.

Christmas is also the season of giving and Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa pays it forward with a generous donation to the completion of the Sustainable Garden of Children’s Haven Orphanage.

The resort also contributed to the orphanage in behalf of media guests who attended the tree-lighting ceremony held last November 24, 2017.

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTING. Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza and Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa General Manager Rene Egle listen to Christmas carols during a performance held to mark the lighting of the resort’s Christmas Tree.

Christmas dinners

No celebration is ever complete without a feast, and Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa has lined up a variety of options for guests at its world class restaurants.

Tides will serve a world of flavors in a Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet at P2,650++ per person and a Christmas Day Dinner Buffet at P2,450++ per person. It includes free-flowing red, white, and sparkling wine, plus a meaningful serenade by a Christmas choir.

Italian restaurant Acqua and seafood al fresco Cowrie Cove will both have Christmas Eve set dinners available at P2,250++per person and P2,650++ per person, respectively. Both are four-course set menus inclusive of a celebratory glass of Prosecco.

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu tree lighting

#AlwaysMerryHere. Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu general manager Rene Egle welcomes guests to the resort’s tree lighting. The resort encouraged guests to share their holiday stories with the #AlwaysMerryHere tag.

Wine Bar offers a breezy seaside nightcap with Flair Tending Shows by its very own bar talents on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Christmas Day in a tropical wonderland is all about fun and even Santa gets in on the action. Instead of a sleigh, Santa Claus will come at 11 a.m. on Christmas Day in a thrilling parasail ride to the beachfront. He will visit the Adventure Zone gardens and Tides to greet guests.

CELEBRATION. Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa General Manager Rene Egle and Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza.

New Year feasts

The coming of the New Year brings with it its own tantalizing celebrations. Shangri-La’s Mactan welcomes 2018 with a combination of scrumptious food, free-flowing wine, and marvelous entertainment.

At Tides, there will be a New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet at P2,650++ per person and New Year’s Day Sparkling Dinner Buffet at P2,250++ per person. Both come with free-flowing wine and marvelous performances by a Flash Mob and Strolling Band.

As midnight draws near, guests may enjoy the night away in glamor and wonder at the Under the Stars Countdown Party. The event starts at 11 p.m. at The Marquee with door charge of P2,500 net per person. A spectacular fireworks follows at the beachfront.

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Festive activities

Early on January 1, the resort arranges a refreshing start for 2018 with the New Year’s Day Yoga from 7 a.m. at the beachfront. A fit and fabulous day continues in the afternoon through the New Year’s Day Aqua Aerobics at 4:30 p.m. at the Main Pool.

Other activities lined up for the festive season: holiday wellness package at CHI, The Spa; arts and crafts at Adventure Zone; Movie Under the Stars on Christmas Day; and 12 Days of Christmas Instagram contest for resort guests.

For inquiries and reservations, guests may call (63 32) 231 0288 or send an email to [email protected].

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Global Cebu forges scoreless draw with FC Manila Sparks

Global Cebu again turned to keeper Patrick Deyto for a scoreless draw against a determined FC Manila Sparks in their Philippines Football League match at the Cebu City Sports Center…

Global Cebu again turned to keeper Patrick Deyto for a scoreless draw against a determined FC Manila Sparks in their Philippines Football League match at the Cebu City Sports Center last Saturday.

Manila still leads the league with 41 points. Global Cebu is second with 34.

Manila had the best chance of the game when Australian attacker Tahj Minniecon latched on to a Curt Dizon ball and fired low to the left of Patrick Deyto. The Azkal read it perfectly and redirected the ball to safety.

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FC Manila Sparks still leads the Philippines Football League with 41 points. Global Cebu is second with 34. (Photo by Albert Flores)

The second half began with a steady rain that made conditions on the natural grass turf even dicier. Meralco’s Alvin Sarmiento had a massive chance for an opener but he shot straight at Deyto from the right flank in the 56th minute.

Seven minutes later Minniecon produced a dazzling run into the defense of Global but he shot wide as Global’s defense scrambled back.

Minutes later substitute Misagh Bahadoran was booked after an altercation with Sarmiento.

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RUFO Sanchez tries to curl in an attempt at the FC Manila Sparks goal. (Photo by Albert Flores)

Global surged forward in the endgame and came close with two set pieces late in the match but the Manila defense of Milan Nikolic, Joaco Cañas and Lee Jeong Min held. The goalless draw is the third in seven league matches at CCSC.

“The usual fast transition of Global was evident in the last twenty minutes and we had a hard time managing it,” admitted Manila coach Aris Caslib.

The former Azkals mentor also lauded the 4,850-strong home crowd in the Queen City.

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Global Cebu keeper Patrick Deyto makes another save to keep the game a draw. (Photo by Albert Flores)

“There were a lot of kids watching, which is good because the effect of this will be long-term.”

Cebu coach Akbar Nawas was effusive in his praise for Deyto, who earned Man Of The Match honors.

“He has saved us a lot throughout the season,” said the Singaporean.

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RAIN. The second half began with a steady rain that made conditions on the natural grass turf more difficult.

“Both teams played it safe,” said the keeper. “It’s hard to take risks in this kind of game.”

New Meralco signing David Fornea (also known as David Pusing), got his PFL debut when he checked in for Connor Tacagni in the last ten minutes.

Tyler Matas kept alive his incredible streak of playing every single minute of the season with another 90 minute shift. He has played 28.5 hours of football this season.

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Bloodied, blurred Milan Melindo batters Hekki Budler to keep belt

With cuts in both eyes and unable to see in one, Milan Melindo soldiered on to beat a game Hekki Budler to keep his IBF junior flyweight crown in the…

With cuts in both eyes and unable to see in one, Milan Melindo soldiered on to beat a game Hekki Budler to keep his IBF junior flyweight crown in the main event of Pinoy Pride 42 at the Watefront Hotel and Casino.

Melindo, who admitted in the post-fight press con that he had blurry vision in one eye due to the blood oozing from a cut, won on two judges’ scorecards, 117-110 and 115-112, while the third judge had it 115-113 for the South African.

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Milan Melindo parries an attack by Hekki Budler during the main event of Pinoy Pride 42. (Photo by Albert Flores)

Melindo improved to 37-2 with 13 KOs, while Budler dropped to 31-2.

In the undercard, a lackluster Jason Pagara earned a split draw with late-replacement James Onyango. Pagara, who looked sluggish and was back-pedaling in the latter rounds, is now 40-2-1, while Onyango is now 23-11-1.

Pagara scored two knockdowns early in the fight but in the latter rounds, it was the Kenyan who had Pagara’s number, making the ALA fighter look slow as he connected at will.

Milan Melindo-Hekki Budler

Milan Melindo admitted he had blurry vision in one eye due to blood from a cut. (Photo by Albert Flores)

One judge saw it 114-113 for Onyango, while another had it 115-113 for Pagara. The third judge saw it an even 114-114.

On the other hand, Zorro Sultan scored the biggest win of the night, beating two-time champion Joehn Reil Casimero by majority decision in their IBF junior bantamweight eliminator. Sultan controlled the fight from the fourth round as Casimero resorted to looking for a one-punch knockout win.

Sultan won 117-111, 116-112, 115-113, to improve to 13-3, while Casimero dropped to 24-3.

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LOOKING FOR A KNOCKOUT. Zorro Sultan (left) beat two-time champion Joehn Reil Casimero. Manager Sammy Gello-ani said Casimero did not follow his corner’s instructions and “reverted to his old self of looking for a one-punch knockout.” (Photo by Albert Flores)

“The instruction of the corner wasn’t followed and he reverted to his old self of looking for a one-punch knockout,” said Casimero’s manager Sammy Gello-ani. “But this could be a blessing in disguise also for Casimero because all of the champions are avoiding him.”

With the win, Sultan will now become the mandatory challenger of IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas.

 

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New majority seen in Cebu City Council with resignation of Abella

There will be a new majority again at the Cebu City Council after the appointment by President Duterte of Councilor Hanz Abella as a commissioner with the National Labor Relations…

There will be a new majority again at the Cebu City Council after the appointment by President Duterte of Councilor Hanz Abella as a commissioner with the National Labor Relations Commission, according to members of the opposition Barug Team Rama.

Under the law, Barug Team Rama will nominate his replacement since Abella ran with the group in the last elections, Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia said yesterday.

Garcia said the Local Government Code states that in cases of a vacancy at the city council of a highly urbanized city like Cebu City, the president will appoint a replacement who will come from the same party as that of the official who caused the vacancy.

Raymond Garcia, Joel Garganera

NEW MAJORITY. Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia (left) with partymate Joel Garganera at the City Hall. Barug Team Rama is expected to regain council majority after Councilor Hanz Abella resigns to assume as a commissioner of the National Labor Relations Commission. (Photo from Councilor Garcia’s FB page)

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña described Abella’s resignation as bad for the city.

Barug Team Rama was the majority party at the council after last year’s election until Councilors Abella, Dave Tumulak and Jerry Guardo defected to the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BO-PK).

Councilor Margarita Osmeña described the development as “a disadvantage politically.”

“But the disadvantage may only be today or tomorrow. You win some, you lose some but after you lose, you win,” she said in a Sun.Star Cebu report.

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4-day work week? House approves measure to let companies offer option

The House of Representatives has approved on 3rd and final reading a bill that would allow companies to designate for employees a 4-day work week. House Bill 6152 will amend…

The House of Representatives has approved on 3rd and final reading a bill that would allow companies to designate for employees a 4-day work week.

House Bill 6152 will amend the Labor Code to allow companies to increase the workday from 8 hours to 10 or 12 hours. It will then allow companies to shorten the work week to 4 days.

The current Labor Code requires workers to work 40 to 48 hours for 5 to 6 days a week.

Baguio City Rep. Mark Go

Baguio City Rep. Mark Go. (Photo taken from official Facebook page)

“These arrangements give employers and employees flexibility in fixing hours of work compatible with business requirements and the employees’ need for a balanced work-life,” Baguio City Rep. Mark Go, one of the authors of the bill, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The workday arrangement remains optional for companies.

When asked whether working 12 hours a day for 4 days won’t be tiring, Go told Rappler, “You have rest day for 3 days. That’s the advantage. You work 4 days but you are given 3 days rest days. So that will reinvigorate already the people working for companies.”

For the measure to become a law, however, it needs to have a counterpart legislation in the Senate.

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