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Realme C1 ready for its first flash sale on December 5

Realme Philippines, the newest smartphone brand in the Philippines, recently unveiled its first smartphone in the country, the Realme C1. Designed to be the Philippines’ #RealEntryLevelKing, the C1 defies the…

Realme Philippines, the newest smartphone brand in the Philippines, recently unveiled its first smartphone in the country, the Realme C1. Designed to be the Philippines’ #RealEntryLevelKing, the C1 defies the expectations of affordable smartphones with its enticing performance, design and affordable price of P5,490 on Lazada this December 5, 12pm.

Realme C1 offers an Octa-Core Snapdragon 450 processor, 6.2” Full Notch Display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and a mega 4,230mAh battery on an entry level device. This created waves in the local smartphone scene due to its strong value proposition and competitive price, giving Filipinos the best experience in its price point.

Realme C1

Realme Philippines aims to elevate the confidence of e-commerce in the Philippines with Lazada Philippines. Through a special online flash sale on December 5, 2018, 12pm, the brand will offer the Realme C1 for a discounted price of P5,490 instead of the original price of P5,990.

“We encourage the Filipino consumers to experience today’s king in the entry level smartphone segment, the Realme C1. For P5,490 on Lazada this December 5th, 12NN, you can already experience a highly competitive smartphone for a lot less as compared to others,” said Jacky Chen, Chief Operations Officer of Realme Philippines.

Realme C1

Designed to last more than a day with its mega battery and shoot IG worthy shots using its Dual-Rear camera, you’ll have more ways to be creative in your social media feed and always ready to share.

Check out young achievers @dgrazon @janinamanipol and @appledavid in their posts in the upcoming days with the Realme C1 to see its full potential.

You may start adding the Realme C1 to your carts by visiting Realme’s official Lazada shop here. For more information about Realme Philippines and its products, you may follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. (Press Release)

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Room Eleven Recording Studio Turns 1

Room Eleven Recording Studio is turning one with an anniversary gig dubbed TRACK 01. It will be held at Draft Punk Brewers & Skewers on November 30 at 9 pm….

Room Eleven Recording Studio is turning one with an anniversary gig dubbed TRACK 01.

It will be held at Draft Punk Brewers & Skewers on November 30 at 9 pm. Celebrate this milestone with them at Draft Punk Brewers and Skewers with performances from The Vast, Thinking Chair, Sepia Times, Bottlerocket, DT & The Nooks and Mampor & Me.

In one year of operation, they were able to finish two full length albums: Kiss & Disappear by Vincent Eco and Miss Mary by Mary Anchit.

Room Eleven Studio

Kim Trinidad recording at Room Eleven Recording Studio

They were also able to work on the following singles: Way Blema by Wonggoys, 2 Cents by Lourdes Maglinte, Between by Kim Trinidad, and a few more singles released under Viva Records – Paghandom by Jude Pastor and Hahay by Melody Hodgson.

To make great music, you need rooms with proper acoustic treatment, industry-standard equipment, a creative environment, and a knowledgeable production team who can work with artists of any background. Room Eleven Recording Studio is a specialized facility for quality audio production that’s devoid of distractions and dedicated to professional development.

Room Eleven Studio

Room Eleven Studio Control Room

The team is headed by Studio Director and Music Producer, Cattski Espina. The rest of the team is comprised of Sound Engineers Justin Alfafara, Erwin Ray Batucan, Clarence Mongado and Aandy Valentine. Mongado and Valentine are also in-house musicians together with Admin Assistant Redd Layne Odilao.

Room Eleven Recording Studio is located at the 2nd Floor of Mango Square Mall Annex Building, General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City. You may reach them via [email protected] or (032) 383 2916 / 0905 562 21 37. (Press Release)

Room Eleven Studio

Room Eleven Studio Live Room

 

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Gary Granada to hold advanced songwriting workshop in Cebu

Musical legend Gary Granada will be in Cebu on December 8 for an advanced songwriting workshop. “What’s Wrong With Your Song?” is a diagnostic and practical songwriting workshop that will…

Musical legend Gary Granada will be in Cebu on December 8 for an advanced songwriting workshop.

“What’s Wrong With Your Song?” is a diagnostic and practical songwriting workshop that will be held at the Room Eleven Recording Studio on December 8 from 10am to 6pm. This workshop is recommended for non-beginners who have already written their own songs.

The workshop is run by 22 Tango Records together with Room Eleven Recording Studio.

Granada is a multi-awarded Filipino musician, composer, and singer-songwriter. He composed “Saranggola sa Ulan,” “Mabuti Pa Sila,” and “Kahit Konti,” among other Filipino classics. He has been making music for the past three decades and is known for writing songs with social relevance.

Gary Granada Cebu

 

One of the ways that 22 Tango Records cultivates homegrown music is through continuing informal music education. With this as an anchor in its ever-evolving vision, 22 Tango is excited to cap this year with this workshop by a legend.

The early bird participation fee is P1,800 per person and will be valid until November 24. By November 25 to December 8, the participation fee will be P2,000. Early bookings are recommended as there are only limited slots available. You may also do online registration, simply message 22 Tango Records on Facebook to get the form. Payments can be accepted through online bank transaction, Palawan Express, or direct payment at Room Eleven Studio.

For bookings and inquiries, email [email protected] or call (032) 383 2916.

Room Eleven Recording Studio is located at the Mango Square Annex Building, Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City.

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Sun brings together powerhouse Cebuano artists for ‘Para Nimo, Cebu’ in IT Park

Gear up for a one of a kind musical experience as Sun brings together powerhouse Cebuano artists for ‘Para Nimo, Cebu’, Ang Pinakalingaw Nga Concert, on November 23, Friday, at…

Gear up for a one of a kind musical experience as Sun brings together powerhouse Cebuano artists for ‘Para Nimo, Cebu’, Ang Pinakalingaw Nga Concert, on November 23, Friday, at the Garden Bloc, Cebu I.T. Park, Cebu City.

The event lines up Cebu’s homegrown artists including Mandaue Nights, Honeydrop, Three Legged Men, FOC Fashion, Sunday Sunday, Shiela and the Insects, and Silingan ni Felicity, as well as top Cebuano singers including Jacky Chang, Jewel Villaflores and Kurt Fick.

Also joining the fray are some of the country’s top artists including Unique Salonga, Clara Benin, and alternative rock bands Sandwich and Ang Bandang Shirley.

Sun ‘Para Nimo, Cebu’, Ang Pinakalingaw Nga Concert

 

Big celebration for ‘Sun Country’ Cebu

Organized in partnership with top vinyl distributor Satchmi, ‘Para Nimo, Cebu’ is Sun’s big way of celebrating its pinakapaspas nga (fastest) LTE network in Cebu, a known ‘Sun Country.’

Cebuanos can now experience Sun LTE through Sun’s best value data, calls and texts promos, including the new Sulit Surf Plus 20, which comes with 300MB open access data, unlimited text to all networks, and unlimited SUN, Smart and TNT calls valid for 2 days for only P20.

Complimentary tickets for Sun customers

As a big treat, loyal and new Sun customers in Cebu can get a complimentary pass to ‘Para Nimo, Cebu’ concert as well as enjoy fun and exciting activities at the event.

Sun customers can get 1 complimentary pass to ‘Para Nimo, Cebu’ concert by registering to Sulit Surf Plus 20. Sun subscribers can also score 3 or 5 complimentary passes by registering to Sulit Surf 99 or Sulit Surf 249, respectively.

 

 

Sun customers can load up and claim complimentary passes at designated areas, such as in Parkmall; Innodata in Mandaue City; Copytrade in Sanciangko cor. Osmena St in Cebu City; near Gaisano Grand Fiesta Mall Tabunok, and Across Super Metro Lapu Lapu.

On the other hand, new Sun customers can get a complimentary pass by first activating a new Sun LTE-ready SIM and registering to corresponding Sun’s Sulit Surf Plus packages.

Don’t miss your favorite Cebuano artists in one big music celebration! For more information, follow Sun Prepaid’s official accounts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SunCellPrepaid) and Twitter (@suncelldeals). (Press Release)

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Be ‘Merry & Bright’ as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lights up Tree of Hope

Help make people’s Christmas “Merry and Bright” and get the chance to win a round-trip to Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific by donating to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Tree of…

Help make people’s Christmas “Merry and Bright” and get the chance to win a round-trip to Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific by donating to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Tree of Hope.

Cebu City’s finest is inviting everyone to the lighting of the Tree of Hope on Saturday, November 17. The lighting of the Tree of Hope kicks off the Festive Season at the hotel with this year’s theme “Merry & Bright”.

Catch live performances from Cebu Center for Dance, GMA’s The Clash winner Golden Cañedo and finalists Anthony Rosaldo and Garrett Bolden. Have a photo taken with Mr. & Mrs. Claus as we count down together to the lighting of the Tree of Hope.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Tree of Hope

Marco Polo Plaza and GMA Kapuso Foundation have been partners for the past 9 years and a total of P1,344,181.57 in donations have already been raised. By donating to the Tree of Hope, you support various projects of GMA Kapuso Foundation such as the Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan Project, Give-A-Gift Project and many more.

By donating two or more Christmas balls, you can earn one raffle ticket for a chance to win a roundtrip ticket to Hong Kong care of Cathay Pacific.

Be part of this beautiful Christmas tradition and donate to the Tree of Hope for only P200 per Christmas ball from November 16 to January 6. All proceeds will be given to GMA Kapuso Foundation – one of the most accomplished non-government organizations in the Philippines whose mission is to uplift the lives of underprivileged Filipinos.

Join us as we light up our Tree of Hope and bring a Merry and Bright Christmas to one and all. Celebrate this Festive Season with your family and friends at Cebu City’s Finest – Marco Polo Plaza. (Press Release)

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Marco Polo offers great debut, wedding deals at Kasalan at Kotilyon 2018

Get great discounts on room accommodations, Cafe Marco buffet, spa treatments, and special banquet packages for debuts and weddings by visiting the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu booth at the Kasalan…

Get great discounts on room accommodations, Cafe Marco buffet, spa treatments, and special banquet packages for debuts and weddings by visiting the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu booth at the Kasalan at Kotilyon 2018 – A Wedding and Debut Expo at the Ayala Center Cebu.

The expo opens today and will run until November 18.

Stay in the comforts of the Marco Polo Deluxe Room with a starting rate of P3,900 for room only or opt to stay with a sumptuous breakfast buffet for two waiting for you at the Café Marco at P4,300. Experience the superb Cafe Marco international buffet spread at a discounted rate of P650 net for breakfast, P1,080 net for lunch and P1,180 net for dinner.

Unwind and relax with discounted spa treatments at the Wellness Zone with spa packages starting at P600 and choose from Hilot Massage, Foot Reflexology, Foot Spa, Facial and Dead Salt Sea Scrub & Massage.

Marco Polo Kasalan at Kotilyon 2018

Ideal as gifts are Value Vouchers for rooms, spa and restaurant use are also available at increments of P1,000. For every P4,000 net purchase of the Value Vouchers, get a complimentary P1,000 voucher.

Planning your wedding for 2018 or 2019? Avail yourself of a 10% discount on our debut and wedding packages and choose two from our exclusive offers such as additional complimentary one night stay before or after the wedding, gift certificate for a Chocolate Indulgence Spa treatment for two persons, in-room Champagne Breakfast during hotel stay or waived clearing fee for the dessert buffet. This is only valid for new bookings with an initial deposit of P30,000 during the fair or until Nov. 18, 2018.

Visit our booth at the lower ground floor of Ayala Center Cebu. For real time updates, like the Facebook page at facebook.com/marcopolocebu or follow on Twitter at @5StarInCebu. For more information, you can call (032) 253-1111 or visit www.marcopoloplazacebu.com. (Press Release)

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Basadours brings colorful tales, artful activities to Naga children

Basadours Inc. rolled out a series of storytelling sessions last October to the children of the City of Naga who were displaced from their homes due to a landslide. The…

Basadours Inc. rolled out a series of storytelling sessions last October to the children of the City of Naga who were displaced from their homes due to a landslide.

The month-long outreach project started on October 4 at the CEPOC Central Elementary School. The children listened in rapt attention as the Basadours animatedly read “Just Add Dirt” and “Bakawan” stories that teach the important values of cleanliness and environmental consciousness.

In the weeks that followed, Basadours visited other evacuation centers in Naga, including Central Elementary School on October 11, Naga National High School on October 13, and Enan Chiong Activity Center on October 20. Volunteer storytellers shared stories of hope and positive change in each stopover.

Basadours in Naga, Cebu

The month-long activity culminated on October 27 at the Naga Central School, where Basadours teamed up with three other organizations: Summerville (an annual summer workshop for children ages two to 13 years old), Kalinangan Youth Foundation (KALFI Lead), and Choose Tuesday. They brought the magic of storytelling as well as other engaging activities for children such as a play station, a coloring station, and an origami station.

Jo Belle Marabiles, executive director of Basadours, Inc., expressed her gratitude toward her companions and emphasized the power of storytelling among children.

“I thank my fellow Basadours for volunteering their time and effort for this endeavor in the true spirit of service and charity — giving their time, energy and pooling their resources for the children of Naga,” she said.

“Storytelling gives them something to think about. We aim to inspire them to hope for the better by reading and delivering children’s stories that will hopefully stay with them. We also hope that they live out the values from these stories or that they will love to read books as well,” added Marabiles.

Basadours in Naga, Cebu

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National Book Store’s Book Binge Bazaar comes to Cebu

National Book Store is bringing its Book Binge Bazaar to Cebu City for the first time. Thousands of books will be available for as low as P75 during the event….

National Book Store is bringing its Book Binge Bazaar to Cebu City for the first time. Thousands of books will be available for as low as P75 during the event. The bazaar will be held at Hall 1 and 2, Cebu Trade Hall, 3rd level, SM City Cebu, from 10 am to 9 pm on November 21, 22, and 25 and from 10 am to 10 pm on November 23 and 24.

Books will be available at five price points: P75, P125, P175, P275, and P375. The Book Binge Bazaar is the best place to stock up on great reads with its great prices. Fill your shelves with bestselling young adult titles like Rick Riordan’s The Heroes of Olympus and Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. Choose from a vast selection of fiction novels and inspiring reads.

Book Binge Bazaar Cebu

Surprise kids with My Little Pony storybooks and DK workbooks. Continue your self-improvement and lifelong learning with guidebooks on work, travel, fashion, health, fitness, and many other topics.

Admission is free. Join the discussion online and share your hauls by using the hashtag #BookBingeBazaar. Connect with National Book Store on social media – @nationalbookstore on Instagram and @nbsalert on Facebook and Twitter.

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PLDT, Smart fire up PH’s first 5G cell sites in Makati and Clark

Leading telecoms company and digital services provider PLDT and its wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have fired up the country’s first 5G cell sites in the Makati Central Business…

Leading telecoms company and digital services provider PLDT and its wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have fired up the country’s first 5G cell sites in the Makati Central Business District and at the Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ) in Pampanga.

PLDT and Smart on-aired the first 5G cell site at the PLDT headquarters in Makati City with technology partner Huawei, while it also activated the first 5G cell site at the Clark Smart 5G City in the CFZ with technology partner Ericsson. The 5G cell sites are 3GPP standard compliant and are the first to be activated in the Philippines.

 

Among top global operators

“I am happy to announce that PLDT and Smart just fired up the first 5G cell sites in the country, putting the company alongside the first-tier operators in the world to have deployed live 5G base stations. This is part of our commitment to bring the most advanced technologies to the country,” said PLDT and Smart chair and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan.

By firing up a 5G cell site in a central business district, PLDT and Smart are looking to pilot 5G solutions catered to densely populated areas.

“With 5G resources now in place, we are looking at developing 5G solutions and applications for central business district areas like Makati, which host a dense population of businesses, people and advanced devices,” said Ernesto R. Alberto, PLDT and Smart Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer.

This is in line with PLDT and Smart’s recently signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Clark Development Corp. to transform the CFZ into the country’s first Smart 5G City.

Powerful platform for solutions

“With 5G cell sites now live and on-air, we are now set to test 5G’s powerful platform to develop solutions such as autonomous vehicles, connected fleets, and smart buildings and factories, and be able to deliver 5G services to our customers soon,” said Joachim Horn, PLDT-Smart chief technology and information advisor.

According to Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT-Smart Senior Vice President for Network Planning and Engineering, Smart is continuously upgrading its network’s Core and Transport elements, including upgrading to fiber the backhaul connecting the network’s cell sites around the country and deploying 5G-ready equipment in its ongoing nationwide LTE roll-out. In the CFZ, PLDT and Smart are also ramping up the roll-out of LTE in key areas and equipping all of them with 5G facilities in the coming months.

“I would like to congratulate PLDT and Smart for this momentous occasion as they lay the foundation for the network infrastructure, to take it to the next level as it enables the country to fully realize its ambition toward a more digitalized economy. I am very happy to be part of this partnership as we enable 5G capability in Smart network today,” said Ericsson’s Nunzio Mirtillo, Market Area Head for South East Asia, Oceania and India.

According to Arthur Wang, director of Huawei Philippines’ PLDT group account: “We are happy to partner with PLDT and Smart in helping bring 5G to PLDT-Smart. Through this partnership, we hope to continue developing more innovations to deliver digital services to PLDT and Smart customers.”

Powered by PH’s most extensive fibver network

Armed with both fixed and wireless infrastructure powered by the country’s most extensive fiber network now at over 221,000 kilometers, PLDT and Smart are best positioned to deploy 5G in the country.

5G opens up exciting possibilities for Internet of Things (IoT) applications and smart cities for Filipinos, particularly for the transport sector, traffic management, manufacturing, airport and mall operations, logistics and warehousing, retail, customer support, and smart homes, among others.

Apart from ultra-high speeds, the key features of 5G include enhanced mobile broadband services, massive machine type communications, and ultra-reliable and low-latency communications. (Press Release)

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Mactan-Cebu International Airport named Asia-Pacific Medium Airport of the Year

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) was awarded the Asia-Pacific Medium Airport of the Year in the CAPA 2018 Asia Aviation Awards for Excellence. MCIA emerged top among airports with over…

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) was awarded the Asia-Pacific Medium Airport of the Year in the CAPA 2018 Asia Aviation Awards for Excellence.

MCIA emerged top among airports with over 10 million annual passengers. It was awarded for having been “the biggest standout strategically,” having “established itself as a strategic leader,” and having “done the most to advance the progress of the aviation industry.”

CAPA’s Aviation Awards for Excellence, held in Singapore on November 8, is regarded as the pre-eminent awards for strategic excellence in aviation. It rewards airlines and airports that are not only successful but have also provided industry leadership in adjusting to a new environment.

MCIA Terminal 2

MCIA was selected for the successful opening of Terminal 2, which provides ample capacity to support international growth and offers the best airport passenger experience in the Philippines. Terminal 2 lifts the airport’s capacity from 4.5 million to 12.5 million. The terminal took only three years to build with construction beginning less than a year after the airport was transferred to a new private sector consortium consisting of India’s GMR and the Philippines’ Megawide.

Mactan-Cebu International Airport

Terminal 2 of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

 

Following the successful privatization, MCIA won CAPA’s Asia Pacific small airport of the year category in 2016. Annual traffic reached 10 million passengers in 2017, putting MCIA in the medium airport category. Total passenger traffic at Cebu grew at a consistent 14% clip in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and has accelerated this year, reaching 26% in the first eight months of 2018.

MCIA’s international traffic has more than doubled since 2014, when the airport handled only 1.7 million international passengers. International traffic grew 29% in 2017 to 3.1 million, and is on pace to exceed 5 million this year following 65% growth through the first eight months.

MCIA network

All three main Philippine airline groups have been pursuing rapid expansion at Cebu, which they are now using as an alternative hub for transfer traffic. The airport also has attracted eight new foreign airlines over the last three years, and is currently served by 16 foreign carriers. MCIA’s network has expanded rapidly, and currently consists of 24 international and 16 domestic destinations.

“The opening of the new international terminal follows a highly successful privatization, positioning the airport for rapid growth and making MCIA a model for other airports in the Philippines and throughout Asia as potential PPP (Public Private Partnership) opportunities are evaluated,” said Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority General Manager Steve Dicdican.

At a time of industry upheaval, CAPA Aviation Awards winners are recognized for adopting strategies that offer new directions for others to take up. The CAPA Awards for Excellence are not driven by customer surveys or sponsorship. An independent panel of international judges researches the awards. (Press Release)

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National scientist Dr. Davide to speak in UP conference

Dr. Romulo Davide, the multi-awarded national scientist, will be the guest speaker in a scientific conference on Nov. 23 at the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) headquarters in…

Dr. Romulo Davide, the multi-awarded national scientist, will be the guest speaker in a scientific conference on Nov. 23 at the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna.

The scientific conference dubbed “Couldn’t AGRI More: Harvesting S & T Knowledge” will run from 9 a.m. to 12 at the Audio-Visual Room of UPOU.

It is organized by the Masters of Development Communication students under the DEVC 263 Class (Scientific and Technical Communication) of Dr. Joanne Serrano.

“We are honored to have Dr. Davide in this scientific conference where he will talk about the Farmer-Scientist Training Program or FSTP, an initiative that he carried out since 1994 to help farmers gain productive and sustainable yield,” said Alnard Pagulayan, DEVC 263 class coordinator.

Dr. Davide is a Ramon Magsaysay awardee in 2012.

He was recognized by the board of trustees for his “steadfast passion in placing the power and discipline of science in the hands of Filipino farmers, who have consequently multiplied their yields, created productive farming communities, and rediscovered the dignity of their labor.”

In 1994, he was awarded “Outstanding Agricultural Scientist” by the Department of Agriculture. He used his award money to launch the FSTP in his home village of Colawin in Argao, southern Cebu.

According to the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, Dr. Davide’s discovery of a nematode-trapping fungi led to the development of BIOCON, “the first Philippine biological control product” used against pests attacking vegetables, fruits, rice and other crops.

BIOCON has proven to be a practical substitute to expensive and toxic chemical nematicides.

Dr. Davide spent his childhood in the farmlands of Argao, which he considers as his first laboratory. He is the older brother of former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr.

From his years in the rural village, Dr. Davide learned about farming and the challenges faced by farmers which later proved to be advantageous in his pursuit to complete his Agriculture degree at UP Los Baños in 1957.

He later earned his M.Sc. in Plant Pathology from Oklahoma State University (1962) and his Ph.D. in Nematology-Plant Pathology from North Carolina State University (1965).

“Couldn’t AGRI More” is organized in partnership with San Miguel Corp. The conference is open to 20 limited slots to the public. For more details, please visit www.facebook.com/DevComTalks.

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Cebu City student council heads undergo workshop to improve leadership skills

Presidents and representatives of Cebu City’s Supreme Student Councils (SSC) underwent workshops and dialogues over timely social issues during the annual SSC Training and Election of Officers in Wellcome Hotel…

Presidents and representatives of Cebu City’s Supreme Student Councils (SSC) underwent workshops and dialogues over timely social issues during the annual SSC Training and Election of Officers in Wellcome Hotel last October 29 to 30.

Working with SSC officers is one of the flagship programs of the Cebu City Local Youth Development Office (CCLYDO) and the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of Cebu City.

The two-day summit embraced the theme, “Sugbuanon Student Leaders Gearing Towards a Better Tomorrow.”

The summit convened officers of student body organizations to solidify their roles as Cebuano youth leaders. It sought to make efficient the dissemination of training materials and good practices to organization members and make a lasting community impact.

Cebu City SSC Federation

Voice of the youth

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena initiated conversations with the SSC officers through “Talk to Tommy,” where Osmeña emphasized leadership as an important factor in amplifying the voice of the youth in bringing about positive social change.

Other speakers of the event include Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo, Alein Navares, Marco Romas and Magdalina Robinsons.

“Student leaders play crucial roles in our society because they will become inspirational and influential adult leaders. Their training, exposure and interaction as youth leaders will significantly contribution their brand of leadership in whatever field they choose to be involved in after school,” said Ruffolo, who delivered a talk on “Servant Leadership for Student Leaders.”

An important module covered during the summit was the Magna Carta for Students or more popularly known as the Student’s Rights and Welfare (STRAW) Bill. The STRAW Bill was discussed by Hendy Abendan.

Other modules covered during the two-day summit include policies on relevant issues such as the Anti-Discrimination Ordinance, youth and media, project management and servant leadership.

SSC Federation officials

Jowel Sollano of Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U) was elected president of the SSC Federation.

Niño Jan Miole of University of Cebu-Banilad (UC Banilad) and Andre Pepito of St. Theresa’s College (STC) were elected vice president and secretary respectively. Kylle Pulmones of University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), Adrian Aninon and Noel Mirambel of UC Main were chosen treasurer and focal persons.

“The coalition of these great young minds leads to the pursuit of change and the drive to contribute for the betterment of Cebu. This can only be realized if we function together with one heartbeat,” said Vice President-elect Niño Miole.

After the election, the SSC Federation discussed goals and potential projects by identifying relevant issues which are needed to be addressed.

In line with the Philippine Youth Development Plan, CCLYDO integrates proactive community involvement of the youth through the summit.

The summit aims to bridge gaps in knowledge and linkages. It also provides opportunities for training and immersion to promote unified action, especially among youth-serving organizations.

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CCCI recognized as most outstanding chamber in Visayas

For its key role in accelerating business growth in Cebu, the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) was awarded the Most Outstanding Chamber in the Visayas. The award was…

For its key role in accelerating business growth in Cebu, the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) was awarded the Most Outstanding Chamber in the Visayas.

The award was given by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) during its 44th Philippine Business Conference and Expo (PBC&E) last October 18 at the Manila Hotel.

CCCI outstanding chamber award

OUTSTANDING CHAMBER AWARD. President Rodrigo Duterte, assisted by PCCI Chairman George Barcelon and PCCI President Ma. Alegria Limjoco and other PCCI officers, hand the award for CCCI to President Antonio Chiu.

 

CCCI was cited for its exemplary leadership and dynamism, strong advocacy program, increased membership base, and effective delivery of services.

The award was handed over by President Rodrigo Duterte, along with PCCI officers.

CCCI special citation

SPECIAL CITATION. Receiving the award are CCCI President Antonio Chiu, Executive Director May Elizabeth Ybañez, and other CCCI staff.

 

CCCI was also given a special citation to recognize its pioneering efforts in education, training development and workforce capacity building by institutionalizing the establishment of the Assessment, Certification and Accreditation System (ACAS) unit.

The ACAS unit contributes to PCCI’s vision to empower our human resources by providing them with the skills, competencies, and qualifications that will lead to gainful employment or self-employment. (Press Release)

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Accenture recognized for future-proofing workforce with digital skills

MANILA – Accenture is the recipient of the Talent Development Program award from the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP). The award recognizes Accenture’s ongoing employee…

MANILA – Accenture is the recipient of the Talent Development Program award from the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP). The award recognizes Accenture’s ongoing employee training and learning initiatives for new and emerging technologies in the digital economy.

Accenture was commended for developing learning roadmaps that leverage digital platforms, mobile solutions, and collaboration tools to help employees upskill and reskill faster. Programs range from virtual learning and online learning boards to playhouses and innovation competitions. In addition, the association noted the importance of Accenture’s collaboration with industry and the academic community to foster an innovative culture among its employees.

Accenture was among the six top companies named under IBPAP’s Talent Development Program this year.

Accenture Talent Development Program award

AWARD. Accenture’s Human Resources Lead in the Philippines, Ira Reyes (center) received the Talent Development Program award from the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) during the recent IBPAP HR Summit. Accenture was recognized for developing learning and training programs that enabled employees to become conversant in new and emerging technologies and job-ready in the digital economy. With her are (from left) Aleth De Las Armas, IBPAP Talent Development High Impact Program Lead for Talent Attraction; Tata Medado, IBPAP Talent Development High Impact Program Lead for Industry-Academe Partnership and APC President; Cathy Ileto, IBPAP Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees and Head of Technical Working Group on Country Competitiveness; and Monchito Ibrahim, Undersecretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology.

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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu tops Cebu Goes Culinary 2018

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu reigned supreme in the recently concluded Cebu Goes Culinary 2018 held at SM Seaside Cebu. Cebu Goes Culinary happens every two years and the participants are…

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu reigned supreme in the recently concluded Cebu Goes Culinary 2018 held at SM Seaside Cebu.

Cebu Goes Culinary happens every two years and the participants are different hotels, schools and establishments that are members of HRRAC – Hotel Resort & Restaurant Association of Cebu.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Cebu Goes Culinary

HIGHEST AWARD. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu got a Gold with Distinction for Table Setting, which means all judges awarded them 100 points. Restaurant Supervisor Loren Paul Escalante said that his work was inspired by how his grandparents would do traditional dinner dates.

 

Bagging the Overall Champion award in the professional category, the hotel garnered medals and diplomas in 18 out of the 20 categories that they participated in.

The highest award of Gold with Distinction was given to the hotel’s team who participated in the category Table Setting. Restaurant Supervisor Loren Paul Escalante said that his work was inspired by how his grandparents would do traditional dinner dates. They are the only team in the entire competition (including in all the other categories) to have received Gold with Distinction, which means all judges awarded them 100 points.

“It feels amazing since it is so difficult to achieve a perfect score in Table Setting. The judges are very technical and traditional in terms of table appointments,” said Escalante.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Cebu goes Culinary

FOOD STYLING AND PHOTOGRAPHY. The hotel got a silver award for this entry.

 

Other categories that Marco Polo Plaza received awards are in the following – For gold: Entremetier, Happy Hour, Cocktail Mixing, Pralines and Baby Chocolate Cake. For silver: Modern Chef, Soup Bowl, Coffee Concoction, Plated Desserts, Food Styling & Photography, Creative Cake Deco, Flairtending, and Klasika Kulenarya. For Bronze: Pantry Chef, and finally for Diploma: Napkin Folding, Wedding Cake and Chef Wars.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Cebu Goes Culinary

OVERALL CHAMPION. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu was named overall champion in the professional category after its contingent got medals and diplomas in 18 of the 20 categories that it joined.

 

Marco Polo Plaza General Manager Brian Connelly shared a heart-warming message to the participants immediately after the awarding. He said, “Team, as you know I am not one for a loss of words. However, tonight I am struggling to find superlatives to describe my intense pride, sincere appreciation and professional respect for all of our associates who worked so hard to make this happen. A team is made of selfless individuals and leaders who together create a sum that is greater than the parts. Please allow me to extend my genuine heartfelt congratulations to all of those individuals who made today a hotel memory that will never be forgotten. After almost 30 years of being a General Manager, you have all made me the proudest I have ever been to be in a hotel team. Salamat.”

Marco Polo Plaza will feature some of the award-winning drinks and dishes at the hotel soon. (Press Release)

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Cebu Goes Culinary

CHEF WARS. The Marco Polo Plaza Cebu team in action.

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Golden Prince marks 12th year with unique Cebuano hospitality experience

Unique Cebuano hospitality and service from the heart continue to be the gold standard commitment of Golden Prince Hotel and Suites as it celebrates its 12th anniversary today. Leading to…

Unique Cebuano hospitality and service from the heart continue to be the gold standard commitment of Golden Prince Hotel and Suites as it celebrates its 12th anniversary today.

Leading to the milestone, Golden Prince Hotel and Suites has unveiled its newest offerings, starting with the refurbishment of its rooms in the first tower. Etched on its walls are life-changing Golden Moments that mark its mission to influence the world with the warmth of its Cebuano hospitality.

Golden Prince Hotel and Suites

The relaunching of the Kabilin Heritage Lounge is also another exciting event to look forward to. The relaunched lounge infuses the warmth and Old World Ilustrado mestizo family feels with Golden Prince’s authentic Cebuano culinary heritage served a la carte. Much sought-after by guests is the Filipino merienda buffet that runs from 2 pm until 6 pm. The hotel also added a private dining room for 20 persons.

Le’Mon Restaurant

Le’Mon Restaurant

 

Le’Mon Restaurant also implemented changes that further improved the outlet. The Cebuano Corner highlights Asian fusion and provides diners a deeper sense of culture and pride for our Cebuano culinary heritage. Local dishes like dinuldog, tinunu-ang monggos, prichon, lechon karahay and chicharon have long been delighting diners ever since it opened. The restaurant takes pride in changing its menu daily.

Lanai RestoBar

Lanai RestoBar

 

In Lanai RestoBar, the Wagyu Tower Burger and local cocktails provide a different sense of satisfaction. It is another proof that Cebuanos take food and beverage seriously.

Golden Prince Hotel and Suites always make sure that it provides guests with the best experience with a sense of Cebuano pride and authenticity.

Serenading us as we mark 12 years today are the UC Chorale and The Wonggoys.

Golden Prince Q Cafe

Q Cafe

 

Golden Prince Hotel and Suites is a 4-star property that highlights a unique Cebuano Royalty Experience. It has 159 spacious and modern Cebuano architectural rooms that are meticulously designed to ensure Cebuano Royalty treatment for guests.

Culinary fusion is also offered for a delightful gastronomical experience to all its diners. The hotel is located on Acacia Street corner Archbishop Reyes Avenue in Cebu City. (Press Release)

 

Golden Prince Hotel and Suites

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Cebu Pacific launches direct flights between Cebu and Macau

Cebu Pacific will begin operating direct flights from Cebu to Macau and vice-versa 4 times a week starting December 7. The flights are every Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The…

Cebu Pacific will begin operating direct flights from Cebu to Macau and vice-versa 4 times a week starting December 7.

The flights are every Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The flights leave Cebu at 6:50 pm, and arrive in Macau at 10:00 pm. The return flight leaves Macau at 10:45 pm and arrives in Cebu at 01:45 am the next day.

“Cebu Pacific is very proud to be the first to make this commercial connection available for everyJuan, banking on the opportunity to grow our other hubs outside of Manila. We believe that this new connection is not only an answer to our passengers’ demands, but will also stimulate both the trade and tourism aspects in both destinations as it makes available both passenger and cargo services,” said Atty. JR Mantaring, Cebu Pacific Vice President for Corporate Affairs.

Cebu Pacific Macau

 

Macau, with its prime location, allows it to serve as a gateway to Pearl River Delta, making it a perfect access point for business and leisure travelers alike. This connection gives passengers from the Visayas and Mindanao a more viable option to fly to and from the area.

Cebu Pacific currently owns majority of the connection between Philippines and Macau, holding over 50% of the capacity share as it now flies direct from three hubs—Cebu, Clark, and Manila.

To officially launch the beginning of this new route, CEB is offering an introductory, all-in seat sale of P999 until September 27, 2018, or until seats last. Travel period is from December 07, 2018 to March 30, 2019.

CEB also increased frequency of its flights from Cebu to Narita (Tokyo) from four times a week to daily, effective December 1, 2018. Direct flights to Hong Kong have also been added, from only seven times a week to 10 times weekly, beginning November 26, 2018. CEB, along with its wholly-owned subsidiary Cebgo, now operates direct flights to 21 domestic and five international destinations.

Aside from Cebu, CEB also operates flights out of six other strategically placed hubs in the Philippines: Manila, Clark, Kalibo, Iloilo, Davao and Cagayan de Oro. The airline’s extensive network covers over 100 routes across 26 international and 37 domestic destinations, spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA.

For bookings, visit www.cebupacificair.com. The latest seat sales can be found on CEB’s official Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) and Facebook pages. (Press Release)

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Experienced hospitality professional named Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s resident manager

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu recently welcomed Austrian national Michaela Priesner as resident manager of the hotel. As an experienced hospitality professional, Priesner has filled managerial positions for a number of…

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu recently welcomed Austrian national Michaela Priesner as resident manager of the hotel.

As an experienced hospitality professional, Priesner has filled managerial positions for a number of hospitality companies, including Kempinski Hotels, Anantara Hotels & Resorts, Rotana Hotels and Resorts, Aleenta Resorts & Spas in UAE, Austria and Thailand.

Michaela Priesner

“I wanted to work again in a business hotel while still being able to visit the beach every now and then and Cebu City could offer me both. I love the warmth, the smiles, and the hospitality of this city,” Ms. Priesner said on why she chose to work with the hotel.

Priesner studied at the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute finishing with a Hospitality diploma, and started her managerial career in Embassy Suites in Sharjah, UAE. She is an experienced, outgoing, customer-focused manager with a successful history of working in the leisure, travel and tourism industry.

Priesner said she is looking forward to get to know the community and the Cebuanos. “It’s an honor to be a part of this amazing team. Marco Polo is a true landmark in Cebu City,” she added.

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Have a Spanish fiesta in Marco Polo with Sabores de España

Discover Spain in the most delicious way possible by joining Sabores de España in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu from September 14 to 16. On these days, Gema Pido, Cebu’s authority…

Discover Spain in the most delicious way possible by joining Sabores de España in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu from September 14 to 16. On these days, Gema Pido, Cebu’s authority on Spanish cuisine, will lead the hotel’s team of culinary experts in preparing a delectable spread of Spanish dishes.

This culinary delight will feature Spanish specialties such as jamon serrano, paella, fabadas, lengua estofado, assorted tapas, and of course Café Marco’s very own Spanish sangrias.

Explore this distinctive cuisine that has influenced the Filipino cooking and eat your way through the sumptuous lineup of Spanish dishes together with Café Marco’s regular delicious spread of international cuisine.

For inquiries and reservations, call (032) 253-1111 or email [email protected].

Sabores de España Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

SPANISH INFLUENCE. Sabores de España will run from September 14 to 16 in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

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22 Tango Records releases Mary Anchit’s debut album

For her debut album, Mary Anchit sings about the people she encountered and the many forms of love in them. The album, Miss Mary, will be launched at 8 pm…

For her debut album, Mary Anchit sings about the people she encountered and the many forms of love in them. The album, Miss Mary, will be launched at 8 pm on September 8 via a show at Sugid, A SPACE Cebu.

The launch will be supported by homegrown acts J Russ X DT, The Vast, and Mandaue Nights.

As a singer-songwriter and full-time high school teacher, Anchit draws from outward experiences and weaves them together to form the 7-track foundations of Miss Mary. The album is produced by Cattski Espina and recorded, mixed, and mastered at Room Eleven Recording Studio.

Mary Anchit

Mary Anchit

Miss Mary will be released under 22 Tango Records and will be available on all digital streaming platforms. CDs will also be available for purchase.

“Mary Anchit is a wordsmith. Her non-commercial music is not capable of telling just one story. One song has four stories in it. She does not care that her music is not commercially appealing. She is not in the business of earning; only of living,” said Espina on the 3-year creative process of the album.

With her album, Anchit hopes to contribute to the vision of making Cebu a destination for music.

For inquiries and updates, follow Mary Anchit and 22 Tango Records on Facebook.

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