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.


AboitizLand breaks ground for Foressa Mountain Town

AboitizLand takes another step towards redefining outdoor living as it breaks ground for the first phase of the Balamban development Foressa Mountain Town.

Aside from the usual amenities of a residential development like a clubhouse and pool, future homeowners of the mountain resort community in the Cansomoroy highlands will have access to a forest reserve, caves, and rivers as well as hiking and bike trails.

“We envision Foressa as a different community altogether. We have developments in the city or by the beach but this will be the first ever in the country to be on a mountaintop,” said AboitizLand Business Unit Head Vivien Vicente-Limjoco during the groundbreaking held on August 29, 2018.

AboitizLand is only selling lots in Foressa with average cut of 400 square meters.

Foressa Mountain Town grounbreaking
FORESSA MOUNTAIN TOWN GROUNDBREAKING. (From left) Foressa Construction Project Director Marvin Gamboa, AboitizLand Assistant Vice President of Industrial Business Unit Roger Pesole, Provincial Board Member Alex Binghay, Cansomoroy Barangay Captain Rolando Bacalso, JC Rodriguez Construction Corp. President Jun Rodriguez, AboitizLand Residential Business Unit Head Vivien Vicente-Limjoco and Construction Management VP Honesto Medina break ground on the Foressa Mountain Town in Balamban.


Mountain development

First phase covers 51 hectares of the 250-hectare development and will have 242 available lots, according to Project Development Manager Jose Marie de la Paz.

It will include the construction of Foressa Lodge made up of a few cabins that can accommodate overnight stays for those who wish to experience living in the mountain resort community.

Limjoco said site development will happen for a period of 20 months, after which lot owners can start building their homes.

Foressa will have Asian-inspired homes and amenities, de la Paz added. Aside from the lodge, these will include a main pavilion and three-tiered pools.

Foressa Mountain Town
TIME CAPSULE. AboitizLand Residential Business Unit Head Vivien Vicente-Limjoco leads the laying down of the time capsule as part of the Foressa Mountain Town groundbreaking.


Vacation home

Since its launching in April 2017, Foressa Mountain Town has sold off several lots to nature lovers and those who are looking for a second home or vacation residence.

The development’s adventure park, Foressa Trails, has become popular with adventure seekers. They are attracted to three hiking trails that cater to all types of hikers and four bike trails with varying lengths and difficulties, as rated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).

Foressa Trails has played host to international obstacle races, trail runs, and motorbike event since it opened in October 2017.

AboitizLand’s residential development in Cansomoroy, Balamban can be reached by a 90-minute drive through the Transcentral Highway.


Foressa Mountain Town
MOUNTAIN RESORT. Future homeowners of the mountain resort community in the Cansomoroy highlands will have access to a forest reserve, caves, and rivers as well as hiking and bike trails.

Kimstaurant brings taste of Korea to Cebu

If you love Korean food, head to Kimstaurant at The Greenery in Cebu City and indulge yourself in authentic and delicious dishes from the Land of the Morning Calm.

From fall-off-the-bone tenderness and standout deliciousness of Beef Galbi Jjim or braised beef short ribs to the must-try Soy Sauce Chicken, a bonchon-style fried chicken made from a recipe perfected by Kimstaurant General Manager Peter Kim, the restaurant brings the flavors of Korea to Cebu.


Kimstaurant Cebu
SIDE DISHES and appetizers including kimchi.


Kimstaurant opened in Bacolod City in October 2010. Kim said he noticed that there were only a few Korean restaurants in the city and decided to put one up, “with the goal for it to be the best Korean restaurant in the city.”

Kimstaurant later became a go-to dining destination for Bacolod locals. Kim said in an interview that 90% of their customers are locals.

“I always focus on the locals, not the Koreans,” Kim said during a media preview yesterday in Kimstaurant. He said they import their ingredients from Korea, stressing that their dishes are authentic.

Apart from Beef Galbi Jjim and Soy Sauce Chicken, the other dishes that stood out in yesterday’s media preview were the Japchae, a mixed dish of boiled bean threads, stir-fried vegetables, and shredded meat and the Dolsot Bibimbap — sizzling stone pot rice mixed vegetables, beef, kotsujang (Korean chili paste), and egg.


Kimstaurant Cebu soy sauce chicken
SOY SAUCE CHICKEN. bonchon-style fried chicken made from a recipe perfected by Peter Kim, Kimstaurant’s general manager.


Those who are more adventurous can try the Yukhoe, which is a Korean style raw beef dish with egg. The menu lists this as Kim’s favorite.

Kimstaurant also offers a varied selection of Yakiniku, including Samgyupsal, Deji Galbi, and Kosal, which diners can eat all they can from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. These come with unlimited servings of side dishes and appetizers, including kimchi.

Kimstaurant is located on the Ground Floor of The Greenery, along Pope John Paul II Avenue, Cebu City. It is open from 11 am to 11 pm. You can call in reservations at +63 945 988 5541. For more information, visit their website at, or like them on Facebook at


More photos of media preview in Kimstaurant Cebu


Kimstaurant Cebu Japchae
JAPCHAE. Mixed dish of boiled bean threads, stir-fried vegetables, and shredded meat.


Kimstaurant Cebu Beef Galbi Jjim
BEEF GALBI JJIM or braised beef short ribs.


Kimstaurant Cebu Dolsot Bibimbap
DOLSOT BIBIMBAP is a dish of sizzling stone pot rice mixed vegetables, beef, kotsujang (Korean chili paste), and egg.


Kimstaurant Cebu raw beef
RAW BEEF. Yukhoe is a Korean style raw beef dish with egg and is a favorite of the restaurant’s General Manager Peter Kim.


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MEDIA PREVIEW. Kimstaurant held a media preview in its branch in Cebu.


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KIMCHI and other side dishes and appetizers.


Kimstaurant general manager Peter Kim
PETER KIM, the restaurant’s general manager, answers questions from journalists and bloggers during the media preview.


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KIMSTAURANT CEBU is open from 11 am to 11 pm.


Kimstaurant Cebu
KIMSTAURANT CEBU is located on the ground floor of The Greenery on Pope John Paul II Avenue in Cebu City.


Kimstaurant menu

(Note: this menu is valid as of article date, which is September 4, 2018. Please check with the restaurant.)
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Kimstaurant Cebu menu
Kimstaurant Cebu menu
Kimstaurant Cebu menu
Kimstaurant Cebu menu
Kimstaurant Cebu menu
Kimstaurant Cebu menu


World’s biggest book sale in Cebu from July 13 to July 23

The world’s biggest, baddest book sale arrives in Cebu to captivate Cebuano book lovers from July 13 July to July 23 at the IEC Convention Center, Cebu. Enjoy 24 hours of non-stop browsing of 1 million brand new English books, all at 60% to 80% off regular prices.

“In an aim to advocate English literacy, we are bringing a variety of books to Cebu across diverse genres including children’s books, literature, non-fiction, business books, biographies, cookbooks and more,” said Miguel Mercado, Head of Marketing of Big Bad Wolf Philippines. “Physical books are here to stay as they stimulate deep reading and engage readers more. We are really happy to bring the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale to Cebu as we want to make affordable books available to all,” Mercado added.

Part of the proceeds from the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale will benefit programs by Gawad Kalinga (GK).

“Gawad Kalinga believes in empowerment. Books and reading allow us to reach our potentials. The presence of Big Bad Wolf gives all communities – not just GK’s, not just Cebu’s – everywhere in the Visayas the opportunities we otherwise would not have. We would like to thank Big Bad Wolf for coming to Cebu and for making GK their partner,” shares Toby Florendo, Cebu Provincial Head of Gawad Kalinga.

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PRESS CONFERENCE. Gawad Kalinga Provincial Head Toby Florendo, Big Bad Wolf Philippines Marketing Head Miguel Mercado, and Marketing Manager Amelia Peng during the press conference to announce the Cebu leg of Big Bad Wolf book sale.


To all Cebuano book lovers, mark your calendars and get ready to grab your favorite titles at the Sale. No two visits are the same, so come hungry and ready to explore!

Selected invitees will also stand a chance to attend a special preview of the Sale on 12 July 2018, from 10:00am – 11:00pm, a day before the sale opens to the public. Eager readers can stand a chance to get their hands on these exclusive preview passes through Big Bad Wolf’s social media pages.

Big Bad Wolf Cebu
BIG BAD WOLF BOOK SALE. From July 13 to July 23, head to the IEC Convention Center, Cebu and enjoy 24 hours of non-stop browsing of 1 million brand new English books, all at 60% to 80% off regular prices.


Big Bad Wolf social media pages:



Community Tech

Cebuano kids, parents urged to download Kaalam learning app

Third grader Christine Sosas of Argao Central Elementary School recently discovered a fun mobile application that enables her to learn important lessons in her native Cebuano.

Sosas enjoyed exploring the Kaalam app, launched recently by PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications and its local partners in Cebu. The app, which can be downloaded for free from Google Play, features Cebuano culture and folklore. It also teaches kids to count, read, and write in Cebuano.

Sosas said her favorite feature is Magbasa na ta (Let us Read) which contains local stories. “Siyempre ang story, kay nindot gyud kaayo unya makakat on pud ka sa story (The stories are my favorite because they are very nice and you can learn lessons from them).”

Kaalam app launch
KAALAM LAUNCH. (From left) Smart Public Affairs Senior Manager Stephanie Orlino, CTU-Argao Campus Director Dr. Juanita Pinote, Smart Public Affairs Center Head Atty. Jane Paredes, Argao Mayor Stanley Caminero, and DepEd Regional Director for Region 7 Dr. Juliet Jeruta during the launch of Kaalam in Argao.


Moma Ortega, dean of the College of Computer Studies at University of Cebu-Banilad campus (UC Banilad), encouraged parents like her to download the app for their children. “The output is very good and it can help the kids. It is also timely for the K-12 program wherein we have the mother tongue-based lessons.”

UC Banilad is one of Smart’s partners for the Kaalam app. Other partners are the local government of Argao in Cebu, Department of Education (DepEd) in Cebu Province and Cebu City, and Cebu Technological University-Argao (CTU-Argao).

The Argao local government and CTU-Argao provided content for the app, which includes local folktale. This content was then digitized by UC Banilad students. Smart took care of app development.

Argao Mayor Stanley Caminero said the Kaalam app facilitates learning for kids using technology with which they are very familiar. “The app is a very effective way of trying to marry culture, heritage and infuse these in the learning environment of the children.”

During the recent launch of the app, Smart also turned over 10 tablets preloaded with Kaalam to the local government of Argao.

Smart Public Affairs Senior Manager Stephanie Orlino said the Kaalam app is part of Smart’s larger efforts to help develop literacy apps in different local languages. She said studies show that children learn better when they are taught using their mother tongue.

Smart and its partners have worked on apps in Arabic, Ilokano, and indigenous languages. For more information on Smart’s efforts to use technology for development, please visit the Smart Communities page on Facebook. (Press Release)


Morissette to hold homecoming concert on July 14

Morissette Amon, a native of Cebu, is holding a homecoming concert titled “Morissette Is Made” at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu on July 14 at 8 p.m. It is the first major solo concert of the Filipino pride in Cebu.

“It is a dream concert for me. I cannot wait to sing for my fellow Cebuanos.” says Morissette. The concert comes on the heels of her successful, sold- out concerts in Araneta Coliseum and Biñan City.

Morissette recently released her new single titled “Panaginip.” Her fans will hear her perform her new song as well as some favorite Cebuano songs.

Morissette Amon
CEBUANA SINGER Morissette Amon. (Photo from her Facebook page)

Touted as the most awaited concert of the year, “Morissette Is Made,” which will also have some special guests, is also a birthday concert of sorts for the lady singer who earned the moniker Asia’s Phoenix.

“Morissette Is Made” is directed by Paulo Valenciano with Adonis Tabanda as musical director.

The concert is produced by AEP- Aldueza Events Production of Glenn Aldueza and co- presented by Waterfront Hotel and Casino and Wish 107.5.

For tickets, please call 0916 230 0796 and 0915 535 3873 or visit Waterfront Hotel lobby, SM City Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu Concierge and Robinsons Cebu. You can also buy at (Press Release)

Business People

MVP is Asia’s telco CEO of the Year

PLDT and Smart Communications chief executive officer Manuel V. Pangilinan was named Telecom CEO of the Year at the Telecom Asia Awards ceremony held on June 26 in Singapore.

The Telecom Asia Awards is the region’s longest-running industry awards program, which seeks to recognize the continent’s premier service providers and telco executives. It is organized annually by Telecom Asia, the largest telecom publishing group in the region.

Also nominated for the award won by Pangilinan were Andrew Kwok of HGC Global Communications Limited, Bill Barney of Reliance Communications & Global Cloud Xchange, Chua Sock Koong of the Singtel Group, Dian Siswarini of XL Axiata, Ernest Cu of Globe Telecom, Vinod Kumar of Tata Communications, and Yang Jie of China Telecom.

Reinvent businesses

“I accept this award with caution and humility,” Pangilinan said. “I am very mindful that in this age of relentless disruption, each new day brings fresh challenges. If anything, this award serves as a reminder that we must keep striving to reinvent our businesses and improve the lives of our people.”

He added: “I must also thank my colleagues at PLDT and Smart for the great work they have done in transforming our network and creating new digital businesses for the group. In these times, collaboration is critical to success. This honor belongs to them as well, and I am proud to accept this on their behalf.”

Under Pangilinan’s leadership, PLDT and Smart have committed historic levels of resources to support network transformation. This year, capital expenditures are expected to reach P58 billion, and will likely stay at that level over the next two years, bringing the group’s total capex to nearly P260 billion since it embarked on its network and IT transformation programs in 2016.

Improved coverage

Aiming to bring world-class connectivity to Filipinos all over the country, Smart accelerated the deployment of Long Term Evolution (LTE), LTE-Advanced, and carrier aggregation technology by re-equipping cell sites with low-frequency and high-frequency bands for improved coverage, capacity, and speeds. Carrier aggregation is the capability of LTE-A to combine two or more radio frequency bands to deliver bigger bandwidth and faster data speeds.

Manny V. Pangilinan
MVP. PLDT and Smart Communications chief executive officer Manuel V. Pangilinan.

In the first quarter of 2018 alone, Smart installed more than 1,300 LTE base stations, raising the total count to more than 10,000. This year, Smart plans to double the number of LTE base stations on its network to about 17,700 and raise the number of LTE-equipped cell sites to 6,800.

The accelerated rollout has boosted revenues, with mobile data revenues jumping 21% to P6.5 billion in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2017. Data now accounts for 44% of the revenues of the wireless individual business.

Improvements in network

Third-party tests have also noted improvements on Smart’s network. Independent mobile analytics firm OpenSignal has cited Smart for having the Philippines’ fastest LTE network. Apart from winning the best in 4G LTE download speed award from OpenSignal, Smart was also cited for having the best overall download speed, best 4G latency performance, and best 3G latency performance.

Smart is also at the forefront of heralding fifth-generation wireless broadband technologies and services in the country, or 5G. Just last week, Smart, together with its technology partner Huawei Technologies Phils. Inc., successfully breached 5G speeds of over 14Gbps during a test held at the recently launched 5G TechnoLab, PLDT-Smart’s flagship facility for the research and development, standardization, and testing of 5G. (Press Release)

Feature Food

American favorites on the buffet menu in Marco Polo Plaza

To mark American Independence Day, iconic Cebu hotel Marco Polo Plaza has prepared a sumptuous spread of classic American dishes on top of its regular international buffet spread for lunch and dinner in Cafe Marco.

The latest of the hotel’s Culinary Journey, which highlights specific cuisines to time with a global celebration, will run from July 4 to 7.

At the Fried Bar, diners can get buffalo wings and potato mix fries. Those who want burgers can have their choice of beef, chicken, and lamb patties at the Burger Station. The café also has a Barbecue Corner and Mac and Cheese Bar.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu burger
BURGER. You have the choice of beef, chicken, and lamb patties.

Food choices

At the Carving Station, diners can have their fill of USDA grade roast beef, herb roast chicken, and a lot more options.

Cafe Marco also set up a DIY station for quesadillas, burritos, tacos, enchaladas, and nachos. A must-try is its chili con carne.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu apple pie


Leave room for desserts and get a slice of All American favorites apple and pecan pie. You should also try the delicious star spangled ice cream cake.

On July 7, a Saturday, you can bring your friends and family to the hotel and avail yourselves of the Star Spangled Celebration Lunch Buffet, which includes free use of the swimming pool.

World Chocolate Day

Also on July 7, Cafe Marco will mark World Chocolate Day with an array of chocolate goodies.

“The dessert buffet will be overflowing with these bitter-sweet confections that will surely satisfy your sweet tooth,” the hotel said in a press release.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu chili con carne


Cafe Marco will serve chocolate-infused dishes such as baked chocolate pasta, coffee and chili crusted barbeque back ribs with tablea sauce, dark chocolate corn tacos, chocolate salami, and many more.

Cafe Marco buffet rates are P1,230 nett per person for lunch and P1,520 nett per person for dinner.

For bookings and inquiries, you can email [email protected] or call Cebu: (+6332) 253 1111 or Manila at (+632) 887 1263.


More photos of Star Spangled Celebration at Cafe Marco


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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu dessert station


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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu baked fish


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TEX-MEX chicken chopped salad.


Marco Polo Plaza Cebu buffet


Marco Polo Plaza buffet


Marco Polo Plaza Cebu burger station
BURGER STATION. At the burger station, you have the choice of beef, chicken, and lamb patties.


Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Cafe Marco


Marco Polo Plaza Cebu buffet
UNTIL JULY 7. The Star Spangled Celebration in Cafe Marco will run until July 7.
Feature Food

Chicken, donuts, pizza, tempura, tacos all you can every Wednesday in June

Diners are in for a treat this June. Every Wednesday during the month, 8 brands that are part of the Max’s Group, Inc. will be offering All-You-Can sets for P349 per brand for 2 hours starting at 2 p.m. until closing time.

This is the first cross-branded promotion by the country’s biggest casual dining group, said Max’s Group Marketing Services Head Charlene Marie Sapina.

The Max’s Group All-You-Can Wednesdays promo will be available in more than 600 stores nationwide on June 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 2 pm until closing time. For 24-hour stores of Yellow Cab, its All-You-Can Pizza deal starts at 12 midnight. For other Yellow Cab outlets, the promo is available for the duration of its opening hours.

All-You-Can Wednesdays Max's Group
ALL-YOU-CAN WEDNESDAYS. Every Wednesday this June, get a dining treat in 6 Max’s Group brands with their all-you-can offerings.

Customers who sign up for the All-You-Can promo will be provided stickers for identification upon entry to the store. They will then have 2 hours to eat as much of the featured product as they could.

Senior Citizens or PWDs may choose to avail themselves either of the promotional discount or the 20% discount

The company said the cross-brand promotions allow them to “leverage their portfolio and store network to delight loyal customers.”

The different All-You-Can promos are:

Max's All-You-Can Chicken

Max’s All-You-Can Fried Chicken with 1 glass of Sago’t Gulaman

All-You-Can Pizza Yellow Cab
Yellow Cab’s All-You-Can Pizza in Hawaiian or #4 Cheese and Mountain Dew with 1 order of regular Salt & Pepper Hustlers

All-You-Can taco Pancake House
Pancake House’s All-You-Can Best Taco in Town and Iced Tea

All-You-Can Donuts
Krispy Kreme’s All-You-Can Original Glazed Doughnut and Signature Coffee

All-You-Can Sisig Dencio
Dencio’s All-You-Can Krispy Sisig (Regular) and Iced Tea

All-You-Can Tempura Teriyaki Boy
Teriyaki Boy’s All-You-Can Ebi Tempura and Iced Tea with 1 cup of Steamed Gohan

All-You-Can Sizzlin Steak
Sizzlin’ Steak’s All-You-Can Beef Belly Strips and Iced Tea with 1 cup of Plain Rice

All-You-Can Jamba Juice
Jamba Juice’s All-You-Can Banana Berry Smoothie with 1 Reusable Metal Straw.

Apart from the individual promos, the Max’s Group is also offering All-You-Can Bundles for barkadas and families. The packages start at P849.

The All-You-Can Bundles are:

  • Get Max’s 3 sets of All-You-Can Fried Chicken with 1 glass of Sago’t Gulaman + a free Plush Toy for P1,249
  • Yellow Cab’s 2 sets of All-You-Can Pizza in Hawaiian or #4 Cheese and Mountain Dew + 1 full order of Chicken Alfredo Pasta for P849
  • Pancake House’s 3 sets of All-You-Can Best Taco in Town and Iced Tea + 1 order of Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (Large) for P1,199
  • Krispy Kreme’s 3+1 All-You-Can Original Glazed Doughnut and Signature Coffee for P999
  • Dencio’s 3 sets of All-You-Can Krispy Sisig (Regular) and Iced Tea + 1 order of Hot & Spicy Tofulutan for P1,099
  • Teriyaki Boy’s 3 sets of All-You-Can Ebi Tempura and Iced Tea with 1 cup of Steamed Gohan for P999
  • Sizzlin’ Steak’s 3 sets of All-You-Can Beef Belly Strips and Iced Tea with 1 cup of Plain Rice + 1 order of Cheese Dip with Nachos for P999
  • Jamba Juice’s 3 sets of All-You-Can Banana Berry Smoothie with 1 Reusable Metal Straw for P999

All customers who avail themselves of an All-You-Cam officer will get Delivery Treat Vouchers. For Max’s, customers get a free Sizzling Tofu with a minimum delivery order of P1,500. For Yellow Cab, get a free Ice Cream for every order of Squad Stuff, Boom Bundles, or Hustle Bundles. Pancake House offers free 2-piece Classic Pancakes with a minimum delivery order of P800.

For Krispy Kreme, get a free box of 3 Original Glazed Doughnuts with a minimum delivery order of P1,000. Dencio’s offers free Lumpiang Shanghai with a minimum delivery order of P1,500. Get Teriyaki Boy’s 8-piece California Roll for free for every order of Kazoku Set Meal and for Sizzlin’ Steak, enjoy a free Cheese Dip with Nachos for every order of Platter of 3.

“Max’s Group’s very first All-You-Can promo is the result of a momentous synergy among MGI’s well-loved brands—all of which have become deeply ingrained in the lives of Filipinos,” Ariel Fermin, Group COO for Max’s Group, Inc. said in a press statement.

Events Lifestyle

Beatles, Motown, love songs featured in Love Rocks Cebu leg

Nobody in the world appreciates “It Might Be You” more than Filipinos, said singer and songwriter Stephen Bishop.

Bishop, an Oscar and Grammy nominee, will be performing tonight with Grammy nominee Bobby Wilson and Love Rocks host and performer J Michaels.

J Michaels said tonight’s show at the IC3 Convention Center in Cebu will have the artists perform top Beatles songs and love song favorites.

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LOVE ROCKS CEBU. (From left) Stephen Bishop, Bobby Wilson, and J Michaels. The 3 will perform in tonight’s Love Rocks concert at the IC3 Convention Center in Cebu. (Photo by Ian Javier)

Wilson said he will be performing Motown music as a tribute to his father, the legendary R&B singer Jackie Wilson. He will also sing one of the hits of Bruno Mars, with whom he performed with as part of The Love Notes group organized by Mars’ father.

Bishop, on the other hand, is expected to play his favorite hits “It Might Be You,” “Something New In My Life,” and “On and On.”

Love Rocks Cebu
PRESS CONFERENCE. J Michaels answers a question during a press conference for the concert held at The Pyramid in the IT Park. (Photo by Ian Javier)

During the short press conference held at The Pyramid in the IT Park, the artists said they love performing for Filipino audiences.

J Michaels said they are bringing in more artists, including Christopher Cross, in future concerts.

Food People

Chef Juanito takes charge as 1st Filipino executive chef of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

A chef who rose from the ranks now takes charge of the highly-regarded Marco Polo Plaza Cebu kitchen.

The hotel, which takes pride in being known as a leader in culinary excellence in Cebu, recently named Chef Juanito Abangan as its first Filipino executive chef. The promotion marks a major milestone for someone who discovered his love for cooking at a very young age.

Chef Juanito started with the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu kitchen in 2007 as Chef De Partie at the Pool Bar.

He later explored opportunities outside the hotel but came back in 2008 to serve as Junior Sous Chef during the opening of Blu Bar & Grill.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Executive Chef Juanito Abangan.

Passion for great food

He imbued his cooking with the passion for great food that saw him rising from the ranks, getting promoted to Sous Chef, Senior Sous Chef, Executive Sous Chef, and finally, the hotel’s first Filipino Executive Chef.

Chef Juanito discovered his love for cooking at a very young age. He began his culinary career in fine dining restaurants as a commis. His work ethic and culinary excellence paved the way for a career in 5-star resorts and hotels.

“Through the years, I have learned the value of teamwork, passion and continuous improvement from my past mentors” he said. Chef Juanito said his learnings from previous executive chefs and general managers he worked with in the industry contributed greatly to the success he now enjoys.

Kitchen team effort

Chef Juanito believes that effective communication is key when running the kitchen. He sees being a Cebuano as something that he can use to his advantage in working and communicating with his all-Filipino team of chefs. With hard work, passion and team effort, he believes that he can lead his Marco Polo team into achieving great success by continually creating wonderful dining experiences for hotel guests.

As Executive Chef, Chef Juanito oversees the hotel’s four dining venues, including the hotel’s signature restaurant – Café Marco, as well as Blu Bar & Grill, El Viento Restaurant & Pool Bar and Lobby Lounge. On top of it, he also oversees the hotel’s in-room dining and banquets and catering events ranging in size from small meetings to grandiose weddings and conventions.

Events Properties

Bamboo Bay kicks off summer with art exhibit, wellness talks

A refresher on easy to prepare health treats by Detox Bar founder Anne Dala, flower power art exhibit featuring local artists, and display of homeowner Debbie Degracia’s succulents collection kicked off the Summer Festival celebration at the Bamboo Bay Community.

The activities held last April 14 are just among the array of special offerings for this month and throughout May that serve to highlight Bamboo Bay’s advocacy for art, nature, wellness, and family, said Contempo Property Holdings, Inc. President Beverly Dayanan.

Bamboo Bay Community Flower Power Exhibit
FLOWER POWER. Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board 7 Director Ahmed Cuizon leads the opening of the Flower Power Exhibit at the Bamboo Bay Community.

The Flower Power Exhibit, which will run up to May 31, 2018, features a collection of art pieces by renowned Cebuano artists Celso Pepito, Fe Madrid, Vidal Alcoseba, Jr., Jose Yap Baguio, Jerson Calo, Edgar Carabio, Sofronio dela Cerna, and Joval Ponce. The exhibit is hosted at the Contempo Art Gallery and has support from Manila Art Frames.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 Director Ahmed Cuizon graced the opening of the exhibit.

Bamboo Bay Community
FOOD, WELLNESS. Detox Bar founder Anne Dala talks about eating right and wellness.

Wellness lifestyle

Ms. Dala, who is also a home chef and food revolution ambassador, held a demo on preparing nutritious and delectable summer drinks using common ingredients.

Festival guests learned how to make a banana shake more nutritious by adding kale and malunggay to the mix. Beetroot, which is a rich source of folate, can also add flavor and nutrients to your summer drinks.

Bamboo Bay Community Summer Festival
OPENING. Rochie Dayanan-Lumain, Contempo Properties, Inc. Sales and Marketing manager, welcomes guests to the Bamboo Bay Community Summer Festival opening.

Anne Dala’s demo puts focus on a unique feature of the Bamboo Bay Community, and that is the Edible Garden. It will soon supply the soon-to-open Community Store with vegetables and organic herbs.

Summer-long activities

Degracia brought her collection of succulent plants to the Summer Festival launch, and these were a big hit with visitors. She shared tips on how to properly care for succulents.

Bamboo Bay will play host as well to exciting activities for the month of May. Events lined up include the Flores de Mayo celebration. Special masses will be held every Saturday, and they will end with flower offerings for Mother Mary at the Bamboo Bay Chapel that is dedicated to Our Lady of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace.

Bamboo Bay Community Summer Festival
Celso Pepito with two of his works.

A Santacruzan procession around the community to be participated by homeowners and guests will cap off the summer-long celebration at Bamboo Bay, as it lives up to its aim to be a place for life’s best moments.

About Contempo, Bamboo Bay

The Bamboo Bay Community is three-tower condominium development of Contempo Property Holdings, Inc. (CPHI), a multi-billion-peso real estate development company with headquarters in Cebu City.

Bamboo Bay is Contempo’s flagship project located in Subangdaku, Mandaue City with a central core of resort amenities. It features innovations, green practices, and integration of green edible garden landscaping where the community is involved in growing its own food, and a total no-smoking policy so residents can have a haven of health and wellness.

Bamboo Bay Community Summer Festival
COLLECTION. Plants put on display by homeowner Debbie Degracia.

Each tower has units that come with garden spaces for homeowners to grow plants and herbs. Bamboo Bay broke ground for its third and last tower which will have 268 units last September 2015. It is scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.

Bamboo Bay Community Summer Festival
HEALTHY SMOOTHIE. Guests try out one of the smooties prepared as part of the eating well demonstration of Detox Bar founder Anne Dala.


Facebook Live of opening


Slide to talk with the reloaded Nokia 8110 4G

Reloading the legendary Nokia 8110, this 4G feature phone comes complete with the elegantly curved slider design. Giving you the chance to switch off, have fun and relax with the knowledge that all your smartphone essentials are there when you need them.

Nokia 8110 4G
NOKIA 8110 4G. The iconic phone will be available in Black and “Banana” Yellow starting May 14 and will retail for P3,990.

With a familiar and easy to use interface, the Nokia 8110 features intuitive tactile mechanics, with slide to answer and end calls, as well as an addictive helicopter-style spin on its axis. The Nokia 8110 delivers crystal-clear VoLTE calling and is perfect for anyone who wants an iconic 4G feature phone or a companion phone. With access to an app store, for favorites like Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Search, Facebook and Twitter, send and receive emails or import your contacts and sync your calendar with Outlook and Gmail.

Nokia 8110 4G
PORTABLE HOTSPOT. You can turn the LTE-enabled Nokia 8110 into a portable hotspot to share your connection with other devices.

To keep it running flawlessly, the Nokia 8110 features the Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform. With its Wi-Fi connection you can turn your Nokia 8110 into a portable hotspot to share your internet connection with other devices.

The Nokia 8110 4G will be available in Black and “Banana” Yellow starting May 14 and will retail for P3,990. (Press Release)


The Nokia 8110 4G


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. 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.

Photos of Sunberry Homes

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Sunberry Homes


Sunberry Homes


Sunberry Homes


Sunberry Homes


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) 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.


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 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

Hunat Sugbo race singlet


Hunat Sugbo 8 race route

Hunat Sugbo 8 race route


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 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

0915 873 8042 or 460 9078

0929 808 2954

Nalusuan Island
0929 844 6124

Oslob Whale Watching
0998 405 9923

Kawasan Falls
0949 622 9838

0999 506 0454 or 0939 345 1349

0999 450 5419 or 0919 363 1394

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


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 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:

Columbia Sportswear
New Balance
The North Face
World Traveller
Granite Gear
Timbuk 2
Outdoor Products
Mountain Hardwear

More photos of the Primer Group sale


Primer Group sale.
Huge discounts are offered for pairs of Sledgers.


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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

Events Lifestyle

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, 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:

P1,000 per person, comes with 2 bar drinks

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].

Sports Tech

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 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)