Marco Polo Plaza lights up the Tree of Hope

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu kicked off the Festive Season last November 14 with an online tree lighting in partnership with GMA Regional TV.

“The last 14 years, we have celebrated our Tree Lighting every year as our way to signify the start of the Festive Season. This year is no different, despite the fact that there is a COVID pandemic. We will continue to be strong and resolved in celebrating these important days with this year’s theme, Christmas As Always,” said Marco Polo Plaza General Manager Brian Connelly during the online event.

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Visayan Electric sends team to help restore power in Albay

In the past week, linemen from the Visayan Electric Co. have been working tirelessly to help restore power in the province of Albay, which bore the brunt of the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year.

The Cebu-based electric distribution utility sent two teams comprising 11 linemen who arrived in the province on Tuesday, Nov. 10. They were deployed to the town of Tiwi, about 44 kilometers south of the province’s capital Legazpi, where its sister company AP Renewables Inc.’s (APRI) geothermal power plant is located.

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PLDT-Smart donates 10K SIMs to DepEd Cebu City

PLDT-Smart turned over 10,000 LTE SIM cards to the Department of Education Cebu City, the biggest ever donation to the academe in the region, as their way of supporting teachers and students in over 50 Junior and Senior High Schools under DepEd Cebu City in the “New Normal.”

The unprecedented crisis caused by the pandemic has pushed the academe to adapt to the new normal in education and conduct classes via online or modular delivery. The Smart SIM cards will allow students and teachers to go online and connect to the internet via Smart LTE.

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New normal celebrations at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

You deserve to celebrate your intimate events and milestones in a venue where safety, security, and service are a priority. Whether you are looking for an intimate celebration venue, a special package for our beloved frontliners, or simply a special place to get ready in, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu has curated packages that will suit your needs and the need of the times.

Intimate celebration packages

The hotel has three special packages for social events or weddings, putting in mind the restrictions that have been put in place by the DOT, IAFT, and LGU.

The Basic Package starts at P1,870 net per person. With Social Distancing, this is good for a minimum of 6 persons per table to a maximum of 8 persons per table. The package price is inclusive of a three-course set menu, one round of soda or iced tea, use of venue for 4 hours and other premium perks.

The Essential package is for a minimum of 30 persons, followed by the Exclusive package for a minimum of 50 persons. The premium perks range from complimentary wedding cake, overnight stay in a Deluxe Room, to 1 complimentary lechon, and more.

The offer is valid until June 30, 2021. Other terms and conditions apply.

Love on the Frontline

As our medical frontliners have said “Yes” to service, and again “Yes” to love and milestones, Marco Polo Plaza is saying “Yes” to celebrating them!

Frontliners who plan to get married or celebrate a special milestone will receive a special 20% discount on all the celebration packages, plus an additional complimentary premium perk offer on top of the package inclusions. This premium perk may be a gift certificate at El Viento Restaurant and Pool Bar, in-room Champagne Breakfast during the hotel stay, complimentary bottles of wine, or a waived clearing fee for lechon.

All they need to do is present valid identification to qualify for the package. This is valid until June 30, 2021. Other terms and conditions apply.

Get ready with Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

You deserve a touch of luxury on your special day! Book your dress up venue with Marco Polo and have this iconic hotel be the backdrop of your wedding photos.

The package rate starts at P10,000 net, inclusive of packed meals, use of function room for four hours, wifi, and access to public areas for photoshoot.

Event safety is a priority

With Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Biosecurity Protocols in place, guests are assured of heightened health and safety guidelines to provide the safest and best experience possible for all our guests and associates.

The hotel looks forward to celebrating life’s great moments with you.

To avail yourself of any of these packages or for inquiries and reservations, call 253 1111 or email [email protected] To be updated with all the offers, you can follow the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Facebook page at facebook.com/marcopolocebu.

Taiheiyo Japan approves ₱15B new production line in San Fernando, Cebu plant

A new cement facility worth ₱15 billion will replace the current production line at Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) in San Fernando, Cebu, the company announced today.

This after its mother company in Tokyo, Taiheiyo Cement Corporation (TCC), approved the project that will increase its capacity from 2,500 tons of clinker per day to 6,000 tons, or some three million tons of cement a year by mid-2024.

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MCIA implements use of Traze contact tracing app

GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) joins the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) in the implementation and usage of the contact tracing app, Traze, at Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA). The pilot testing for Traze began on October 28, 2020, at the MCIA, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Clark International Airport, Davao International Airport.

The use of the Traze app follows the direction of DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade to strengthen the government’s efforts against COVID-19 through intensive contact tracing especially in public transportation hubs.

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Cebu retailers ‘shine’ through pandemic, PLDT-Smart revives livelihood in communities

From small-time retailer to store owner, Shine Macapas has managed to shepherd her small business to success despite the pandemic.

A sari-sari store owner and Smart load retailer from Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City, Macapas’s business has been so good that she was inspired to extend a helping hand to loyal customers who are struggling through the health crisis. “I let them buy essential goods on credit. It may be a small thing, but I hope it helps ease their burden,” she says.

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Smart widens gap vs. competition on 4G Availability, wins Opensignal’s first 4G Coverage Experience Award

Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), wireless arm of the Philippines’ largest integrated telco PLDT, has once again surpassed competition in terms of 4G Availability, Video Experience and Download and Upload Speeds, according to the latest country report by third-party mobile analytics firm Opensignal.

The report, which covered July 1 to September 28, 2020 and independently analyzed over 1,186 million measurements from over 336,000 devices, also showed that Smart won Opensignal’s inaugural 4G Coverage Experience award–a measure of how mobile subscribers experience 4G coverage on an operator’s network. It analyzes the locations where customers of a network operator received a 4G signal relative to the locations visited by users of all network operators.

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Megaworld’s rental income recovers in Q3, up 13% QoQ

Company remains optimistic of ‘better days ahead’ as government intensifies efforts to revive the economy

Property giant Megaworld’s rental income grew 13% to P3.4-billion during the third quarter from P3-billion in the previous quarter as quarantine restrictions have been eased.

The company’s office rental business, under the Megaworld Premier Offices brand, continued its growth momentum during the quarter as it grew 6% to P2.96-billion from P2.80-billion in the previous quarter. Year-on-year, it grew 11% in this year’s third quarter from P2.68-billion during the same period last year, while during the first nine months of the year, it also grew 11% to P8.57-billion compared to P7.75-billion in the same period last year.

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DECODE 2020 to gather IT professionals, tech experts in 3-day virtual conference

Leading cybersecurity company Trend Micro is bringing together Information Technology (IT) industry experts from different parts of the globe to talk about the latest developments in the cyber world.

Dubbed DECODE, the premier cybersecurity conference in the Philippines is scheduled from November 10-12, 2020 and will be held virtually for the first time since its first staging in 2017.

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Taft Properties launches P10 billion development in Cebu

Real estate company Taft Property Venture Development Corp. announced today, Wednesday, that it is undertaking a high-rise development at a prime location in Cebu City.

Named Taft East Gate, the mixed-use residential community will feature four high-rise condominium towers with the added benefits of dining and retail outlets, said project development head Lydwena Eco.

It will rise along the corner of Pope John Paul and Cardinal Rosales avenues, one of the top prime areas in Cebu, she added.

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SAP celebrates 25 Years in the Philippines

SAP SE, a market leader in enterprise application software marks its milestone in the Philippines as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. For the past 25 years, SAP has helped more than 1,800 companies in the Philippines run better.

With its global expertise, as well as knowledge of the local market, SAP works across 25 industries. In the Philippines, about 72 percent of the top 50 Filipino corporations run SAP.

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GCash leads digital fintech revolution under new normal

GCash, the preferred mobile wallet in the Philippines, is leading the country’s shift into the new normal through digital financial technology, making it part of the lifestyle of many Filipinos.

GCash Marketing Manager Winsley Bangit said the pandemic has set the stage in cultivating new trends and behavioral changes in the Filipinos’ way of living that make way for increased adoption of fintech.

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Taft Properties highlights Comforts of Christmas in its premium homes

Taft Properties highlighted the comforts of hearth and home when it lighted up a set of Christmas trees on Friday, October 23, in anticipation of a joyful and hopeful season in spite of a global crisis.

Since the times call for keeping social circles small and staying put, Taft believes in the value of purposeful designs that provide the best living experience.

As the world counts down to the most magical time of the year, the company underscores the Comforts of Christmas that are present in every Taft home.

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CIB.O committees help chart industry growth in new normal times

From coming up with programs to ensure there are enough quality graduates from universities to promoting Cebu as a global IT-BPM hub, the different CIB.O committees presented strategies and other innovations to further develop the industry under new normal conditions.

Called the Strat 8 Super Committees of the Cebu IT-BPM Organization (CIB.O), the groups were formed to manage challenges and take advantage of opportunities brought to light by COVID-19, said Chairman Francis Monera in his opening remarks during the first ever virtual town hall event “Gearing Up for New Normal and Beyond” held on October 29, 2020.

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PLDT expands fiber network in first 9 months to 395,000 kilometers

Network capacity to carry 55 terabits per second, to increase by another 37 terabits per second

The country’s largest and only integrated telco PLDT announced that its fiber infrastructure has reached 395,000 kilometers as of end of September 2020 – the most extensive and advanced digital transport network in the country, supporting all the internet delivery platforms such as fiber fixed broadband, mobile data services via 4G and increasingly 5G, and carrier-grade WiFi.

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CCLEX more than halfway through; stay cable installation starts

Builders of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) have turned another corner in the construction of the P30-billion toll bridge, even amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The project’s progress stands at 61 percent.

Set to be a new landmark in the country, CCLEX will connect mainland Cebu from Cebu City to the Municipality of Cordova in Mactan Island.

The overall engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) progress of the project stands at 61 percent while construction progress alone is at 48 percent.

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PLDT and Smart help boost livelihood programs by Archdiocese of Cebu’s Caritas

The Archdiocese of Cebu’s Commission on Service- Cebu Caritas Inc. has partnered with the country’s largest and only integrated telco PLDT and its wireless unit Smart Communications, for their livelihood programs dubbed Balik-Uma and Demo Training Farm.

Balik-Uma and Demo Training Farm, pilot programs under Caritas’s Cebu Archdiocesan Integrated Farming Program, aim to promote organic farming for sustainable livelihood and food security to basic ecclesial communities, farmworkers, and residents amid and post-COVID-19 pandemic.

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Emperador’s global presence continues to expand across North America, Europe, China

Emperador Inc. – the world’s largest brandy company owning the iconic Emperador Brandy and Fundador Spanish Brandy de Jerez – continues its aggressive growth across North America and Europe during the first nine months of the year even as the global pandemic adversely hit most countries in these continents.

Fundador, Tres Cepas, and Emperador brands have been growing consistently, particularly in the United States, Canada, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and Greater China. In Spain, brands owned and produced under Grupo Emperador España S.A. continue to dominate the brandy market with 40% market share.

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CIB.O holds virtual meet to tackle industry growth, concerns in new normal

Cebu’s main IT-BPM organization CIB.O will hold its first virtual town hall meeting aimed at helping the industry adapt and thrive under new normal times.

Scheduled from 2:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 29, 2020, the “Gearing Up Towards New Normal and Beyond” event will tackle new trends in the business process management sector and digital education through such speakers as Leechiu Property Consultants, Inc. CEO David Leechiu and Xepto Digital Education Founder Dr. Paco Sandejas.

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