Lifestyle Travel

AirAsia starts Manila, Cebu flights to Taipei, offers promo fares from P888

AirAsia announced today, Sunday, that it will open direct flights to Taipei from Manila and Cebu starting next month.

To celebrate the opening of the new routes, the airline offers on promo fares for as low as P888 out of Cebu and P1,488 out of Manila to Taipei for tickets bought until October 16, 2016.

The three times weekly Cebu-Taipei service will start on November 25 while the daily Manila-Taipei service will begin on November 21 this year. Travel period for the Taipei seat sale is from November 25, 2016 for Cebu and November 21, 2016 for Manila up to March 25, 2017.

“In anticipation of the influx of tourists and travellers to Taipei following the recent easing of visa rules for Filipinos, we are thrilled to announce that AirAsia is launching direct flights to Taipei from our hubs in Manila and Cebu this November with promo fares now available online and through our partner travel agents nationwide,” Philippines AirAsia chief executive officer Dexter Comendador said in a statement.

Taiwan Night Market
NIGHT MARKETS. Taipei has many night markets that have food kiosks, movie theaters, video arcades, shops, and karaoke stores. (Creative Commons photo by Tomas Fano)

Taiwan travel visa

Taiwan has made it easier for Filipinos, along with citizens of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and India, to get a visa.

The Taiwan Economic Cultural Office (TECO) released a statement saying passport holders from the Philippines and several other countries are now eligible to apply online for a Taiwan travel authorization certificate free of charge.

The new policy applies as well to passport holders from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam and those who are permanent residents of Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Schengen Agreement signatories, United Kingdom, and United States or hold a visa or a resident card from one of these countries that is either valid or expired within 10 years from the date of expected arrival in Taiwan.

More Kuala Lumpur flights

Earlier, AirAsia announced that it will add one daily flight between Manila and Kuala Lumpur starting October 30 on top of its current twice daily flights and increase flight frequency between Cebu and Kuala Lumpur from three to four times weekly effective October 29.

“Cebu is an important hub for AirAsia and we are here to offer a reliable, award-winning, world-class service at low fares that every Cebuano deserves,”
Comendador added.

AirAsia will depart daily from Manila every 11:05 p.m and arrive in Taipei at 1:10 a.m. Return flight schedule is daily at 1:35-3:45 a.m.

The Cebu to Taipei flights is every Wednesday, from 6:35 to 9:25 a.m., and from 6:10 to 9:05 a.m. every Friday and Sunday. Return flights is 10:20 a.m.-1:10 p.m. every Wednesday, 10:10 a.m.-1:00 p.m. every Friday, and 10:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m. every Sunday.

Taipei attractions

New and returning visitors to Taipei can expect to experience warm local hospitality and enjoy some or all of its iconic attractions.

Here are the top destinations in or near Taipei:

Taipei 101. This is the icon of Taipei and the city’s most prominent centre. This ultra-modern structure has 101 floors of shopping heaven, conference venues, offices, restaurants, as well as outdoor and indoor observatories. The top of the tower offers a stunning and unobstructed view of Taipei.

Night markets. There is a plethora of night markets in Taipei but the most famous is the Shilin Night Market. Food lovers can scour the 539 food kiosks in the food court offering a wide selection of cuisine. Other attractions include movie theatres, video arcades, shops, and karaoke stores.

National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Built as a memorial to the former president of the Republic of China, the hall and square is now the hub for cultural events. Within the vicinity are the National Concert Hall and National Theatre, which had housed performances by Yo-yo Ma, Vienna Boys Choir, and even the late Luciano Pavarotti.

Taroko Gorge. Just a two-hour train ride from Taipei is the Taroko National Park, where the gorge is located. Taroko Gorge is known for its magnificent natural beauty and abundant supply of marble. Visitors can explore nature and many natural sights, including the Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto, and Buluowan Village.

Wufenpu. Shopaholics will wander happily around Taipei’s main wholesale garment market, which sells the latest fashion trends at bargain basement prices. The shops are open daily from morning to midnight, and haggling is a skill that will take you far when you are roaming the streets of Wufenpu.


Must-have for Pinoy sports fans: Havaianas + UAAP collection

Show your true colors in this UAAP season with the Limited Edition Havaianas + UAAP 2016 collection, which sport the colors and mascots of the participating universities.

People are going wild over this year’s ferocious designs – from tiger claw marks to the subtler but no less proud falcon wings.

As UAAP season 79 goes underway, old rivalries come into play. Who will dominate this year? The archer or the eagle?

Havaianas + UAAP 2016 collection
The pairs for UP, ADMU, ADU and DLSU.

Havaianas + UAAP 2016 collection

Whichever team you’re on, there’s no denying the thrill of witnessing yet another round of intense battles and momentous victories. Yup, it’s definitely that time of the year again, when students, alumni, and spectators alike, gather in the name of elite athleticism, honor, and good old fun.

Bring the spirit of the games with you in and out of the courts by slipping into these iconic pairs from Havaianas.

Havaianas + UAAP 2016 collection
The pairs for FEU, NU, UE, and UST.

The Limited Edition Havaianas + UAAP 2016 collection is available at All Flip Flops SM City Cebu. You can get 2 complimentary baller bands upon a single-receipt purchase of 2 regular-priced pairs, inclusive of at least 1 Havaianas + UAAP 2016 pair. This offer has been extended until October 31,

For more details about the collection, like Havaianas Philippines on Facebook and follow @havaianasphils on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. To shop online, visit (Press release)


Smart nominated as CSR company of the year

PLDT mobile unit Smart Communications is shortlisted by the prestigious Asia CEO Awards for the Corporate Social Responsibility Company of the Year.

The Asia CEO Awards recognizes outstanding leadership achievements by individuals and organizations in the Philippines. The CSR award is for the company with the best projects on environmental protection and awareness, livelihood, and youth development.

Winners will be announced in a ceremony on October 18 at the Marriott Hotel Manila.

Smart CSR’s 5 pillars

Smart’s CSR program draws its strength from partnerships with communities, and aims to use technology for development. It has five pillars, namely education, disaster preparedness and response, health, environment, and livelihood.

Among its programs is the Smart TechnoCart, which aims to improve the literacy of kindergarten students in public elementary schools through online and mobile educational resources.

Each donated TechnoCart is 2ftx2ft tall and contains 20 tablets for students as well as a laptop, projector, tablet, and pocket WiFi for the teacher. The tablets are preloaded with the Batibot mobile application, the country’s first app for kids in Filipino aligned with the kindergarten curriculum of the Department of Education.

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DIGITAL AID TO EDUCATION. Children from a remote community in Rizal see a laptop and other digital tools for the first time, after Smart donated a School-in-a-Bag to their school.

Improved students’ performance

Since June 2015, the TechnoCart has reached 30 schools with 246 classes and 6,173 students. Independent evaluation showed that the TechnoCart has helped improve students’ academic performance in various competencies.

Smart together with its employee volunteers have also been conducting tree-planting activities nationwide since 2003. Smart employees have planted more than 2 million seedlings and propagules for mangroves with the help of community stakeholders and volunteers from partner organizations.


Other activities aligned with Smart’s environmental pillar include reducing electricity consumption, recycling batteries, and exploring environmentally sound solutions like marketing materials made from stone and recycled paper.

Smart has also partnered with the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group, and USAID-ECOFISH for DALOY, an SMS hotline enabling concerned citizens to inform the police about maritime violations. It has generated 95,468 broadcast messages, and has resulted in 25 arrests and the seizure of more than 4,000 pieces of contraband worth nearly $135,000. (Press release)

Events Lifestyle

7 ways to support fight vs. breast cancer: Ayala Center Cebu shows you how

Ayala Center Cebu celebrates wellness this Pink October, now on on its 8th year, as it takes the first steps in promoting healthy living with “Think Pink, Live Pink.” The first mall to embrace the cause, Ayala Center Cebu is giving everyone a chance to help raise awareness and support hundreds of breast cancer patients nationwide this Pink October.

1) Have your car washed

Contribute to the pink cause by having your car washed at the Basement Parking this month. In partnership with NDG Valet Innovators & Specialists, a portion of every car wash during Pink October goes to the ICanServe Foundation. Coupons are available at the main mall concierge and start at P170 for compact cars with P70 out of each carwash fee going to the beneficiary.

2) Catch an exhibit

From October 1 to 15, revel in a showcase of pink apparel from Plains & Prints, a nationwide campaign in collaboration with Rhett Eala, Rajo Laurel, Randy Ortiz, Maureen Disini and Vania Romoff. Dedicated to help raise awareness and defeat breast cancer, “The Heart of Fashion Capsule Collection” is at Rotunda 2, fronting Marcella. From October 17 to 28 at Rotunda 1, The Department of Trade and Industry presents “Pink Exhibit”, a display of local handicrafts with 18 participating exhibitors for the benefit of ICanServe Foundation Inc.

Ayala Center Cebu Think Pink3) Try out a new treat

Get special discounts on the featured beverage or dessert in select restaurants from October 14 to 31, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. This campaign encourages partners to support the cause and help raise breast cancer awareness by adding a pink treat to their menu.

4) Get in the pink of health

On all Wednesdays and Fridays of October, join the Pink Zumba movement with the Cebu Zumba Instructors Network at the Terraces from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All proceeds of the P50 donation will go to ICanServe Foundation Inc. On Sunday, October 16, the annual Pink October Run will kick off at the Cebu Business Park at 5:30 a.m. Interested participants may register at the Think Pink desk located at the Active Zone near Krispy Kreme. Registration fee is P350 for the 3k, 6k and 12k distances. This is organized by The Philippine College of Surgeons – Cebu Eastern Visayas Chapter, and Philippine Society of General Surgeons Cebu – Eastern Visayas in cooperation with the ICanServe Foundation Inc., Rotary Club of Cebu Fuente, Rotaract Club of Cebu Fuente, Ayala Center Cebu, and Cebu Business Park. On Saturday, October 22, Crossfit Pintados, an all-in-one fitness center offering crossfit classes and mixed martial arts will hold a fitness competition that supports the breast cancer awareness campaign during mall hours at The Terraces. A part of their proceeds from the event will be donated to the ICanServe Foundation Inc.

5) Learn how to style a wig or donate your hair for a cause

Delight in a beauty and glamour workshop dedicated to people wearing wigs as Quota International of Cebu presents an afternoon of fun involving a talk on how to style your wigs with makeup artist and speaker Jessie Glova. Cancer survivors and wig owners are welcome to join the workshop on Thursday, October 20, 6 p.m. at The Gallery. The first 50 guests will receive a special giveaway. Bridges Salon will also be conducting free haircuts for those who wish to donate their hair to cancer survivors.

6) Get checked

Early detection is key. Together with its beneficiary, the ICanServe Foundation Inc., Ayala Center Cebu will be conducting the “Pink Check”, a breast-screening procedure and ob-gyne consultation for free at the Family Lounge on the 3rd level of the mall’s expansion on all Fridays of October from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

7) Celebrate Life

Learn more about health and good lifestyle changes at Cinema 1 on Saturday, October 29, 9:30 a.m. Before heading out to the forum, a Zumba session at 6 a.m. at The Terraces will take place. Apart from these events and activities, Ayala Center Cebu also held an informative talk on early detection and cancer prevention last October 1 at Cinema 1. The event was in partnership with the Philippine College of Surgeons, the ICanServe Foundation Inc., Rotary Club of Cebu Fuente, and Rotaract Club of Cebu Fuente. Join the Pink October movement to help in the fight against breast cancer at the region’s premier lifestyle destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. For the latest updates and promotions, like Ayala Center Cebu at and follow @AyalaCenterCebu on Twitter and Instagram. For more information, contact the Ayala Concierge hotline at 231-5342 to 44 local 324 or 266-2535. (Press release)

Business Tech

PH foodpanda chief promises to deliver

Online food delivery marketplace foodpanda is growing fast and gaining market share in Southeast Asia, a company official said.

“We’re growing faster than ever before, gaining more and more market share. I am very excited with Southeast Asia where we are growing in a very steady, stable position,” said Global chief executive officer Ralf Wenzel.

Since its launch in the Philippines last 2014, foodpanda has been steadily working to increase its numbers.

Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, foodpanda is an online food delivery marketplace that caters to both businesses and direct consumers.

Convenient food ordering

For partner restaurants, foodpanda brings brands closer to their audience via online and mobile technology intending to increase demand and boost sales while for customers, it offers convenient food ordering system from a variety of choices right at their fingertips. It caters more specifically to emerging markets like those of at Southeast Asia.

Wenzel said the online food delivery market presents a 50-billion dollar opportunity and is currently being utilized at just 1% to 2% of the total food delivery industry. “The vast majority of opportunity is still ahead of us. Food delivery is bigger than fashion and even travel. This could be the next big thing in the internet,” he said.

Foodpanda is continuously working to arm countries where they are present with not only operational requirements but also with competent, high-spirited individuals to carry out the goals and objectives of the brand.

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KEEPING MARKET DOMINANCE. Iacopo Rovere, Chief Executive Officer of foodpanda Philippines, says, “the main thrust at the moment is to switch the offline customers to online and introduce platforms to them on where and how they can have their food delivered.” (Contributed photo)

Gaining numbers in Philippines

All eyes are now on Philippines, which is gradually gaining significant numbers for the organization. In September of last year, Iacopo Rovere was appointed Chief Executive Officer of foodpanda Philippines. Rovere used to be the Global Operations Manager of foodpanda HQ in Germany before coming here.

“I love the sunny weather and the vivid colors of the countryside, but what I mostly enjoy here is the positive and enthusiastic attitude of the Filipinos,” said Iacopo.

When asked about his leadership style, Rovere said that while formalities and processes are relevant, he is 100% target-driven. Results and talent are what count for him the most, he said. He motivates his team by setting a good example and always striving for excellence. He is also very hands-on and doesn’t mind working shoulder to shoulder with every employee regardless of their role, the company said.

Keeping market dominance

With the competition getting tight year on year, foodpanda Philippines said it will exhaust all efforts to stay relevant and viable to retain their market dominance.

“The main thrust at the moment is to switch the offline customers to online and introduce platforms to them on where and how they can have their food delivered,” said Iacopo.

Foodpanda envisions itself to be the most convenient and fastest online food delivery service in the Philippines. “We target to deliver 99% of orders under 40 minutes by end-of-year, and expand to key cities over the following months,” he said. Foodpanda increased its total orders from the first to second quarter this year by over 30%. Their customer satisfaction rating also improved and is now over 90%.

Forging partnerships

Talking about the group’s strong suit, Iacopo is confident that foodpanda’s established number of restaurant partners nationwide, powerhouse ensemble of delivery operations cast, and increasing customer satisfaction rating will lead the brand to more successes in the coming years.

The brand’s efforts also include forging partnerships with major institutions from different industries to raise awareness like banks, clothing and lifestyle, telecommunications, and various media outfits.

“We are only at the beginning of our adventure here in the Philippines. As the awareness and relevance of our brand expands, recognition from the biggest players in the industry also starts to pour, like Jollibee which we recently launched on our platform. We must have been doing something right and this is very rewarding after all the effort our teams puts into our mission,” said the 28-year-old CEO. (Press Release)


Globe launches free eLibrary to benefit over 15 million public school students nationwide

Over a thousand educational e-books for K-12 learning will be made available to over 15 million public elementary and high school students and some 500,000 public school teachers nationwide beginning September 30 as part of the Global Filipino School (GFS) program of Globe Telecom.

The GFS Library launch coincides with the National Teachers Day celebration of the Department of Education (DepEd) at Ateneo de Manila University in Davao City where Globe is one of the participants.

“With the expansion of the Global Filipino Schools Program and awareness of the GFS Library around the country, public schools can more effectively make use of reading resources and promote digital learning to more students and teachers nationwide, particularly in schools where access to quality books is limited and usage of technology for learning is not maximized,” said Fernando Esguerra, Globe Director for Citizenship.

GFS Library
GFS LIBRARY. The website is a component of the Global Filipino School program, a long-term Globe educational initiative that seeks to transform public schools into centers of Information and Communications Technology excellence.

Free ebooks is a web-based platform that provides free and quick access to digital story books for children and young adults as well as textbooks on core subjects such as Math, Science, English, Filipino, Music, Arts, among others. The ebooks may be opened via their desktop, laptop or mobile device using any basic ebook reader.

The website is a component of the GFS program, a long-term Globe educational initiative that seeks to transform public schools into centers of Information and Communications Technology excellence and innovative teaching methods in order to set the stage for 21st Century Learning.

At the same time, Globe announces its partnership with schools in three Davao schools which will carry the GFS program. They are Catalunan Paqueno National High School in Davao City, Davao del Sur; Carmen National High School in Carmen, Davao del Norte; and Matti National High School in Digos City, Davao del Sur. This is in line with Globe Telecom’s ongoing activity to expand GFS to all 221 school divisions of the Department of Education (DepEd) nationwide within a five-year period.

Globe Ebooks
DIGITAL LIBRARY. The GFS library will offer over a thousand educational e-books for K-12 learning to over 15 million public elementary and high school students and some 500,000 public school teachers nationwide.


Under GFS, schools are provided with online connectivity to give homeroom teachers access to teaching and learning engagements available on the internet that will help further improve their craft and make learning fun and interesting for the students.

The schools are also given a Globe Digital Laboratory package containing netbooks/tablets, wifi devices, and a mobile cart with a built-in projector screen and workstation while teachers are trained on ICT education and project-based learning through the GFS Master Teachers Workshop and Online Coaching Course.

All schools under GFS are intended to become teacher training hubs and training partners of the DepEd Division Offices in conducting teaching workshops for neighboring schools of each division. The workshops include lessons on Digital Thumbprint Program cyber-wellness advocacy. DTP offers three exciting modules designed to increase students’ knowledge of digital citizenship and cyber safety by taking a critical look at their online behavior and helping them develop insights into the influences of the online world and the choices they are making.

Fun, interactive, interesting

Likewise, teachers in select schools are also trained in science through Globe and Mind Museum’s Science Wonder Workshop that is guaranteed to make classroom learning more fun, interactive, and interesting. The one-day workshop emphasizes the essential role of student participation, especially through experiments in teaching science. The teachers get a chance to practice doing hands-on science demonstrations which can be performed with readily available materials.

The activities are aided by The Mind Museum mobile app which contains guides to all experiments in the workshop as well as daily cool science thoughts to encourage curiosity. The app, which is open to all education technology platform, also gives teachers, students, and anyone interested in learning, access to over 250 museum exhibits anytime and anywhere.

It deals with a wide array of topics and questions especially relevant to those who do not have the time, means, or opportunity to visit the museum. It is the first educational museum app in the country and promises a rich multimedia experience to anyone who downloads it. (Press Release)

Business Tech

PLDT Home, Smart sign partnership with ABS-CBN for iWant TV

In a groundbreaking partnership, the country’s leading digital services providers PLDT Home and Smart Communications have teamed up with multimedia conglomerate ABS-CBN for iWant TV, the network’s streaming service for TV shows, movies and other exclusive digital content.

Under the partnership, PLDT Home and Smart subscribers will soon be able to use their prepaid load or postpaid account to binge-watch and catch up on their favorite ABS-CBN shows, blockbuster films and other top-rated content on on their computers or Smart TVs, or on the iWant TV app on their mobile phones and tablets.

Both PLDT Home and Smart will also soon roll out exciting offers to let millions of subscribers enjoy iWant TV content at their fingertips.

PARTNERSHIP. PLDT and Smart Chair Manny V. Pangilinan and ABS-CBN Chair Eugenio Gabby Lopez III lead the signing of the milestone partnership of PLDT Home and Smart Communications with ABS-CBN for iWant TV. Also in the photo are (from left) Oscar Reyes, FVP and Head of Home Business for PLDT; Ariel P. Fermin, EVP and Head of Consumer Business for PLDT and Smart; Carlo Katigbak, ABS-CBN President & CEO; and Rolando Valdueza, ABS-CBN Group CFO.

Expand digital content

Using iWant TV, subscribers may stream the past and current ABS-CBN shows like On the Wings of Love, Dolce Amore, Ang Probinsiyano and Til I Met You, as well as News and Current Affairs shows, among many others – anytime and anywhere.

This latest deal is set to further expand the widest breadth of digital content available to PLDT Home and Smart subscribers, as well as bolster the group’s thrust to deliver converged services that offer an unrivaled digital experience for Filipinos.

To get started with iWant TV, users can register for an account via or download the iWant TV app on their Android and iOS devices.

Community Tech

Smart calls for partners to bring digital learning to schools without electricity

Eleven-year-old Sheran Bueramo walks through hills and forests to go to school in Tanay Rizal in pursuit of his dream to be an engineer someday. Bueramo, however, hopes to succeed in a technology-driven world studying in a school without electricity.

Rawang Elementary School is just one of over 3,000 schools in the Philippines – which serves more than 1 million students – with no electricity. Many of its students have not seen, much more used, a television, computer, or tablet that could help enhance their learning.

This is why Smart Communications launched the School-in-a-Bag. This is a backpack containing a solar panel for electricity, a laptop, tablet, mobile phone, pocket WiFi with starter load, LED TV, and learning modules. Smart targets to donate School-in-a-Bag units to 10 schools in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao this year, and hopes to get people and groups to add to this number via sponsorships.

Forging partnerships

“We don’t want children in remote areas to be left behind. We want to help them gain access to the wealth of knowledge out there through digital learning tools. But we cannot do this alone,” said Smart public affairs senior manager Stephanie Orlino.

Each School-in-a-Bag costs P100,000. This already includes the devices, learning modules aligned with the K-12 curriculum, training for the teachers, and delivery of the unit. Each bag will benefit hundreds of students in its projected working life span of five years.

“We encourage companies, alumni associations, rotary clubs, local government units, and individuals to pitch in to give children in remote communities a fighting chance for a better future,” Orlino said. She said interested parties can send an email to [email protected] for more details.

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SCHOOL-IN-A-BAG. (From left) Smart public affairs supervisor Deivid Rioferio, Smart public affairs senior manager Stephanie Orlino, Smart public affairs head Mon Isberto, Rawang Elementary School’s former principal Arlene Catampatan, Rawang Elementary school student Sheran Bueramo, Department of Education Rizal Division’s Nico Aquino, DepEd Tanay district supervisor Imelda Asuncion, and DepEd external partnerships service director Dr. Margarita Consolacion Ballesteros.

Discovering a new world

When Smart donated a School-in-a-Bag to Rawang Elementary School last July, Bueramo said he and his classmates were both happy and excited.

“Malaki ang naitulong ng School-in-a-Bag sa amin. Kahit kami ay nasa kabundukan, kahit paano ay naibsan ang kawalan namin ng malay. Nakakakita na kami ng ibang dimensyon bukod sa puno at bato (The School-in-a-Bag helped us a lot. Even though we are in the mountains, somehow our lack of knowledge has lessened. We can now see other dimensions of this world aside from the trees and rocks that we are used to),” he said.

Maria Asuncion Tongohan, a kinder and grade one teacher, observed that the School-in-a-Bag gave students a deeper understanding of the lessons. “We can discuss the subjects more thoroughly with them because there’s a visual component in the lecture. Instead of us just talking or drawing on the blackboard, the videos make it more interesting for them — especially for the little kids who want to see colorful visuals.”

Former principal Arlene Catampatan said, “Our students are not just interested in learning, they are also more behaved because they are attentive when they see these new gadgets.” She said student attendance has also improved.

Bag of hope

Dr. Margarita Consolacion Ballesteros, external partnerships service director at the Department of Education, described the School-in-a-Bag as a “bag of hope.”

“It is a bag for the future of our Filipino kids. Kids in provinces need more than kalinga (care); they also need opportunities to escape poverty. We thank Smart for paving the way,” she said.

Smart public affairs head Mon Isberto said the School-in-a-Bag program is part of the company’s overall efforts to use technology for development. “We try to see how technology can be put in the service of different areas of social and economic development, like education, livelihood, health, and disaster preparedness and response.” (Press Release)


PLDT Gabay Guro continues to soar higher heights

Nine years ago, a small group of like-minded PLDT executives banded together over coffee for an advocacy for teachers. With a common dream of being a catalyst of change in the lives of teachers, Gabay Guro was born and became the CSR arm under the PLDT-Smart Foundation.

What transpired after that day revolutionized education-based advocacy efforts in many levels giving birth to a holistic approach that is anchored on the Gabay Guro pillars – Scholarships, Trainings, Housing and Educational Facilities, Livelihood Programs, Broadbanding and Computerization, and Teachers’ Tribute.

Champion excellence

Gabay Guro has championed excellence and paid tribute to teachers all over the country (and even nearby countries) by bringing attention to their heroic deeds and at the same time, providing them with the necessary tools to contribute to the change in the lives of their students and their families.

To this day, Gabay Guro managed to thrive on volunteerism – mostly among the ranks of the executives from PLDT and Smart.

Gabay Guro has over 1,100 scholars in various state colleges and universities nationwide. There are over 300 LET passers, 496 active scholars as of August, 2016 and a projected 167 graduates in 2017. Gabay Guro also celebrates the fact that 137 scholars graduated with honors – 112 cum laudes and 25 magna cum laudes. Gabay Guro has also partnered with local government units to further teacher education.

PLDT Gabay Guro

Training for teachers

The foundation has conducted trainings for over 16,000 teachers in the course of its nine years. Today, it runs eight training programs for teachers around the country namely: Teacher’s Treasure Chest; English Proficiency Training; Computer Literacy; Emotional Intelligence; Teacher’s Armor; Leadership Training; IT Sustainability and Literacy; and Unleashing Creativity in Teaching. At the same time, Gabay Guro answers to the needs of the times by doing grassroots anti-drugs trainings in schools.

Gabay Guro’s initiative on Broadband and Computerization has had great impact nationwide. All partner-schools were recipients of either computers/laptop or internet connections from PLDT or Smart.

Educational facilities

Knowing that shortage of educational facilities is a major problem area in the Philippine education system, Gabay Guro has taken the cudgels in the construction of classrooms in the provinces, mostly those that have been hit by debilitating calamities. There are over 40 classrooms constructed and donated already in the following provinces: Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Capiz.

Gabay Guro has grown to be the force that it is today. Whereas in the beginning, there were only a couple of thousand member-teachers under its stable. In 2016, it has 20,000-strong membership (and growing!) at its helm and has easily taken over the leadership, the one that sets the bar of service, in all education-related NGOs around the nation.

Nation builders

Ms. Chaye Revilla and the Gabay Guro team of visionaries with her in the foundation, were propelled by this belief: “our nation’s children depend on our nation’s teachers to lead them to the future. And this teachers’ month, Gabay Guro gives tribute to those who teach the next generation of nation-builders.”

The pinnacle of Gabay Guro’s celebration is embodied in the tribute event held every year at the MOA Arena. Year after year, the organizers leave no stone unturned ensuring that it is in Gabay Guro where teachers get to be treated like royalty. Generosity at its finest, raffle prizes have grown to be the staggering house and lot and vehicle showcases and livelihood opportunities that they are today in every Gabay Guro tribute event.

The Gabay Guro’s 9th Teacher’s Tribute this year, the biggest gathering of the country’s celebrities, will be held on Sept. 25 at the MOA Arena. Stellar names set to give the teachers the time of their lives are Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Gary Valenciano, Pops Fernandez, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Lea Salonga and megastar Sharon Cuneta and more surprise guests on the big day.

Entertainment, raffles

This is the day when teachers get to let their hair loose, meet the biggest celebrities, be treated to a whole day of entertainment and huge raffle prizes that include a house and lot and vehicles., to remind them of their invaluable presence in our lives.

This year’s event is made possible through the help of the following sponsors: Perry’s Group of Companies (for the house and lot), Foton for the (Gratour Van), Intel, Devant, Motorlandia (for the Honda and Suzuki motorcyles), Ropali, Penshoppe, National Bookstore, Enchanted Kingdom, Splash, Tempra, Flanax, Bonamine, Vivalyte, Mundipharma, Gardenia, Bic, Art Attack, Microsoft, Smart Bro, Ultera, Talk N Text and 51 Talk.

The PLDT Gabay Guro grand tribute event is exclusive to teachers. Admission is free. Follow Gabay Guro on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @PLDTGabayGuro or visit the Gabay Guro official website for more details. (Press release)


PLDT partners with Roku to launch new streaming service and player in PH

Leading Philippine telco and digital services provider PLDT has partnered with US-based Roku, the world’s leading video streaming platform, to bring the best entertainment to Filipinos right from their TV screens through access to over 3,500 viewing apps, including Netflix, YouTube, and HBO Now.

“We are seeing a growing demand for internet-delivered TV services in the country and there is no better partner for us to give Filipinos the world of entertainment than Roku which has the largest base of active streaming users in the world,” PLDT FVP and Head of HOME Operations Oscar Reyes Jr. said.

Roku has nine million active accounts in 10 countries, including the US, UK, and Australia. It also has more than twice the usage of Google Chromecast, according to independent surveys and Roku’s own tracker conducted in November 2015.

Powerful platform

“Roku’s powerful platform will be a strong complement to PLDT HOME’s current array of content from various providers that include iflix and Fox International Channels,” Reyes said.

PLDT HOME broadband subscribers currently enjoy subscription video on demand (SVOD) through their iflix accounts which include not just western but also Asian and local TV shows and films while the partnership with Fox also allowed live streaming and catch-up television of the various shows on Fox channels.

PLDT HOME has also been increasing the speed of its Fibr plans with the most recent upgrade reaching as fast as 1 Gbps to satisfy the growing appetite of subscribers for bandwidth heavy apps like video streaming.

The demand for internet TV in the world has grown dramatically in the past five years, with the fastest year-on-year growth of 73% registered in 2015 with one over-the-top (OTT) box now streaming 5.5 billion hours at the end of 2015.

Roku and PLDT
Digital services leader PLDT Home forges a breakthrough partnership with US-based TV streaming platform Roku to offer subscribers a new suite of entertainment options. With nine million active accounts worldwide, Roku is another valuable addition to PLDT Home’s growing portfolio of digital lifestyle applications including iflix and Fox International Channels. In the photo during the IBC Expo 2016, the world’s premier broadcast technology event in Amsterdam, are Roku Pay TV Vice President Andrew Ferrone and PLDT First Vice President and Home Operations Head Oscar Reyes, Jr.

Fast fiber, DSL

“In the past, operators first had to build or lease dedicated infrastructure in order to deliver TV services to the home, with streaming that is no longer the case. As a result, we see a lot of interest from all over the world for our Roku Powered program from both telecom and pay TV operators,” said Andrew Ferrone, vice president pay TV at Roku.

“With its fast fiber & DSL infrastructure, PLDT is in a perfect position to leverage the Roku streaming platform and quickly deploy a proven, low-cost, turn-key solution and launch an innovative TV service to its broadband customers,” he said.

According to recent surveys, video consumption via OTT boxes has been growing dramatically in the US and accounted for 58% of total views as of March last year from 44% the previous year and against 24% for PC and 17% for mobile devices.

“We foresee the Philippines eventually following this trend as more Filipinos’ viewing habits involve more and more video. The partnership with Roku is consistent with PLDT HOME’s objective of having the widest and best video portfolio in the Philippines,” said Reyes. (Press Release)


Argao to host dragon boat clinic, competition

An inter-barangay dragon boat clinic and competition organized by PrimaryHomes, Inc. and Argao Royal Palms Serviced Villas in collaboration with the municipality of Argao will be held in the town.

The 2nd Dragons in Argao: Dragon Boat Inter-barangay Clinic and Competition will take place on October 1, 2016, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Argao Royal Palms.

The 250-meter race course will have men and women participants from various regions in Visayas and Mindanao. They will be competing in Men’s Open, Mixed (men and women), and Local Barangay categories. Cash prizes, trophies and medals await the winners.

Argao dragon boat
PRESS CON. (From left) Primary Homes Marketing manager Michelle Cutang, Habagat Gruppo Dragon Boat Team coach Nonie Lopez, Go Active President Jerome Mil and Habagat dragon boat team manager Randy Su during the press conference to announce the event.

Argao fiesta

The event will also feature an all-women’s and PWD (persons with disabilities) races. Invitations were sent to teams in Cebu, Dumaguete, Bohol and Mindanao.

Performances by fire dancers and tribal drum beaters will cap the October 1 event.

A free dragon boat clinic and elimination race for competing teams from Argao’s coastal barangays will be held on September 24 and 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The two-day event is timed with the holding of the Argao fiesta.

The 1st to 3rd placers from the barangay categories will race on October 1.

The Habagat-Paramount Dragonboat team, headed by Randy Su and Coach Nonnie Lopez, will serve as the race technical committee. The event will be quarterbacked by Go Active Marketing and Events, Inc. or GAME Inc.

During the press conference to announce the event, Su said, “This sport is appropriate for Filipinos and especially now that we are considered as one of the top paddlers internationally. This sport doesn’t need height but what it needs is passion, that is why we should promote the growth of dragon boat in the Philippines.” (Press Release)

Food Lifestyle

Mooncakes at Marco Polo Plaza

Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with Marco Polo Plaza’s unique mooncake gift boxes.

Offered together with all the Marco Polo Hotels, these selection of unique mooncake gift boxes contain delectable and traditional mooncakes. Our elegant Osmanthus Gold Set is at P750 net with one piece of red bean with egg yolk and one piece of lotus seed. For our little VIP’s, the Piccolo mini mooncake box is perfect with three pieces of red bean with egg yolk and 3 pieces lotus seed. This is valued at P1,700 net.

Marco Polo Osmanthus Gold Set
Osmanthus Gold Set

Our unique mooncakes and gift boxes are ideal choices for enjoying at home with family or gifting to business partners and friends.

The Mooncake is a special kind of food famously sacrificed as an offering to the moon goddess Chang-E. The moon cakes differ in flavor according to the regions they were made from. They are round and they symbolize the reunion of family.

Marco Polo
Piccolo mini mooncake box

Nowadays, people give moon cakes as gifts to symbolize and demonstrate that they wish a long and happy life to the person who receives them. The Mid-Autumn festival also called as Moon Festival is popularly celebrated in China.

You may pre-order your mooncake set now! Call 253 1111 local 8249 or email [email protected]. You may also visit our local website at For real time updates, like our Facebook page at or follow us on Twitter at @5StarinCebu.

Events Lifestyle

SM City Consolacion packs 3-day sale with discounts, promos, prizes

Shop and enjoy 70 percent off on great finds at SM City Consolacion’s 3-day sale and get a chance to win a Suzuki Celerio.

The mallwide sale will run from September 16-18, 2016.

Get one raffle ticket for every P1,000 single or accumulated purchase from any mall establishment throughout the sale for a chance to win great prizes.

A customer gets double raffle coupons on the Saturday and Sunday of the sale period. Customers may download and present the SM mobile app to get two raffle coupons.

Raffle draw is on September 18, 10 p.m., at the Event Centre and deadline of submission of raffle stubs is at 9:45 p.m. of the same day.

SM Consolacion sale

Mystery Bag promo

The first 30 shoppers who can present a single or accumulated receipt worth P5,000 get a chance to go on a shopping spree by winning win gift certificates and other special items through the Mystery Bag promo.

They only need to present their receipt at the redemption area located near the backstage of the Event Centre during mall hours on September 17.

Free Jollibee yum

The first 100 customers within the 3-day sale period also get free snacks courtesy of Jollibee. They only need to claim their free Jollibee yum at the Event Centre.

Visit SM City Consolacion from September 16-18 to enjoy a shopping experience packed with promos and discounts.

The mall is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on September 16 and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on September 17 and 18, 2016. For event details and more updates, please call 2600132 or like SM City Consolacion (Official) on Facebook.


Community Entrepreneurship Tech

Teachers attend Smart-run technopreneurship training program in Cebu

Tagbilaran City in Bohol is gateway to such top tourism attractions as the Chocolate Hills and the white sand beaches of Panglao, but it is difficult and expensive to get around using the tricycles that are the most common means of transport.

Three faculty members of Holy Name University in Tagbilaran proposed an innovative solution to this mobility challenge – a localized booking system for tricycles – during the three-day SWEEPx: Technopreneurship Training for Teachers initiated by mobile leader Smart Communications.

The training, the third leg of which was recently held at the University of Cebu Banilad Campus, aims to inspire teachers to promote technology entrepreneurship among their students so the latter could use their academic learnings to solve problems in their communities.

The previous sessions were held in Cabanatuan and Davao. SWEEP is the longest-running collaboration between Smart and the academe which aims to raise the standards of engineering and IT education in the country.

Technopreneurship skills

The SWEEPx training taught participants the process of identifying a problem and solving it from a user’s perspective, and connected these skills with such entrepreneurship values as getting funding for and marketing their product.

“Technopreneurship is not just about learning how to do business to make a profit. It is also understanding the needs of the market. From the training, I learned practical business skills and strategic applications that I can impart to my students,” said Eduardo P. Mendoza Jr. of the University of San Carlos IT Department.

Several universities in Cebu and one each in the cities of Bacolod and Tagbilaran were represented in the technopreneurship seminar by faculty from their respective IT, Engineering, or Business Administration departments.

SWEEPx: Technopreneurship Training Cebu
TECHNOPRENEURSHIP TRAINING. Teachers from Cebu, Tagbilaran, and Bacolod complete a 3-day SWEEPx: Technopreneurship Training for Teachers initiated by mobile leader Smart Communications in Cebu. The training was held at the University of Cebu Banilad Campus. (Photo: Smart Communications)

Pitching workshop

SWEEPx participants underwent a pitching workshop handled by Tudlo Innovations Solutions, Inc. managing director Vince Loremia. He said his technology business that grew out of the need for emergency and disaster response solutions “started with what you had two days ago — an idea.”

From his pitching experience with investors, Loremia said he learned it is always best to start with a story than to present figures. He added that they should also be aware of the most common things that tech startup founders miss out on when talking to investors, such as demonstrating an understanding of the market, clearly presenting revenue projections, and showing a plan to mitigate big risks.

User experience

University of Cebu – Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue Campus faculty member Teodoro A. Avergonzad Jr. said one important thing he learned from the training was understanding the user experience or UX process and its role in creating great products.

Phil Smithson, On Off Group director, handled the training on the use of the UX process and its role in the creation of great products and having these tested with the people who will use them. The Dream Project founder Prim Paypon talked about how to identify social pains and problems.

For more information on SWEEP, please visit (Press Release)


Rustan’s to host LEGO Minifigures Speed Building Competition

The “Toy of the Century” stirs up another exciting challenge with the LEGO Minifigures Speed Building Competition on August 27, Saturday at the 3rd level of Rustan’s Cebu. All LEGO enthusiasts aged 7-9, 10-12 and 13-16 are invited to join.

Registration will be on the day of the event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the contest proper will start at 3 p.m. For each category, the fastest LEGO builder will receive selected LEGO sets while whoever builds the most number of complete and correct mini figures in 60 seconds will be determined the grand winner.


LEGO continues to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow, unleashing children’s capabilities and harnessing their potentials. Since its development by Ole Kirk Christiansen in 1949, the first LEGO brick prototype has been perfected over the years. It has been the basis of the entire LEGO fame and building system of today, delighting generations of children for the past 50 years.

Its simple form and interlocking principle offer kids and LEGO enthusiasts unlimited building possibilities to explore, experience, and express a world without limits.

The first LEGO Corner in Cebu is located at the 3rd Level of Rustan’s Ayala Center Cebu and offers a wider assortment of LEGO box sets and collections and the full Lego Play Experience with its own window dress up, interactive play table, dioramas and 3D figures, making it the go-to destination for all LEGO needs.

Keep up with the latest trends and updates through and on Instagram and Twitter at @RustansPH. (Press Release)

Community Tech

Smart makes Fortune magazine’s ‘Change the World’ list

Top international business magazine Fortune included Philippine mobile leader Smart Communications in its list of 50 companies around the world that are creating “important social impact.”

Smart placed 36th in Fortune’s second “Change the World” list, joining the ranks of global business giants like GlaxoSmithKline, Nike, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Unilever. Smart is the only Philippine company and the only telco on the list.

The annual rankings aim to showcase the power of companies to improve the human condition by making an important social or environmental impact through their business strategy and operations.

Address social problems

“The best businesses, of course, have always put purpose at the center of their strategies. But members of this new group realize that restoring public trust is essential to their long-term success. Increasingly, they are building intentional efforts to address social problems into the core of their business plans. It is these efforts that we highlight in our second annual Change the World list,” said Fortune Editor Alan Murray.

HANDS-ON TRAINING. Smart has been partnering with schools to provide hands-on training to engineering and IT students, helping them get ready for the ‘real world.’

Smart was particularly cited for its Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP), under which the company partners with colleges and universities to improve engineering and information technology education in the country. The program, which was launched in 2003, also aims to help schools produce industry-ready graduates and future technology entrepreneurs.

“We are honored to be included in this prestigious global list, and are happy that Fortune recognizes Filipinos’ efforts to use technology for development. We thank our partner-schools for working hand in hand with us to provide quality engineering and IT education to Filipino students. We hope that by doing so, we are encouraging and equipping them to create innovations that will improve the lives of our countrymen,” said Smart Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan.

Improve IT, engineering education

Under SWEEP, Smart provides schools with up-to-date telecommunications equipment, as well as hands-on trainings, seminars, and internships. Smart also sits in annual curriculum reviews to provide inputs on industry trends, helping schools ensure that their course offerings are relevant.

To date, more than 30,000 teachers and students from all over the Philippines have directly benefitted from trainings organized by Smart. About 1,000 students from partner-schools have been hired into Smart’s technology group.

Through the SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards, Smart encourages students to develop innovations that will help solve common problems.

Innovations platform for students

In 2004, Smart launched the SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards, a competition encouraging students to create mobile and digital innovations that will help solve common problems. Student teams whose entries are deemed to have market potential are offered seed funding, mentoring, and the runway to convert their school projects into actual commercial products. Schools of teams that make it to the finals, in turn, receive grants that they use to set up Innovations Centers.

So far, Smart has received more than 1,000 entries from schools in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Some of these student projects have been turned into actual commercial products. An example is TimeFree, a finalist in the 2010 SWEEP Awards, which is now a startup offering a virtual queuing solution to businesses and government agencies.

The Fortune citation is not the first time for SWEEP to be recognized by an international organization. In December 2012, the GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, published a case study citing SWEEP as an example of how operators could help address barriers in education.

Investment in education

“SWEEP has lasted for nine years,” the GSMA said then, “because it adds real value to both Smart and the partner schools, mainly through the investment in the continuing education program.”

It added, “Young people have many new ideas ranging from simple yet practical to holistic and elegant. The key to harnessing them is to provide a ‘playground’ where they can express and develop their ideas freely, working as partners to come up with tangible and viable applications or solutions.”

More information on SWEEP and on Smart’s other corporate social responsibility programs can be found in the Smart Communities Facebook page.

Business strategy with social impact

In assembling the “Change the World” list, Fortune partnered with consulting firm FSG, global organization platform Shared Value Initiative, and Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter to solicit and assess nominations.

A team of journalists from Fortune then conducted an investigation of each candidate. The final 50 were selected and ranked by Fortune editors.

The nominees were vetted and judged based on the following criteria – measurable social impact, business results, and degree of innovation. (Press release)



Rustan’s celebrates best of France, Italy, and Spain with Romancing the Mediterranean

Discover and explore cultures beyond the borders of the Philippines without having to leave the country as Rustan’s celebrates “Romancing the Mediterranean.”

Ongoing until August 31, the special showcase features the best of Spain, Italy and France and will take shoppers to the heart of the Mediterranean.

Feel the charm of the Mediterranean and get acquainted with the craftsmanship and design of Europe’s finest items featured along the halls of Rustan’s. From hand-sculptured porcelain and crystal accents for the home, to tailored apparel and beautiful accessories, the country’s leading luxury store offers a captivating selection of merchandise originating from the three cultural capitals. This August, Rustan’s has the perfect pieces to add a touch of excitement and romance to any one’s home and wardrobe.

Rustan's Romancing the Mediterranean
Lladro Flamenco Flair

Iconic pieces

Find something to adore from the land of love, France. Fill the home with passion using exquisite dinnerware from Bernardaud, and perhaps Lalique’s unique crystals. Fall in love with Clarin’s skincare products and classic scents from Chanel and Diptyque are sure to make women feel beautiful and desirable. Fit the latest shoes from Christian Louboutin, pick out a lovely tote from Longchamp or treat the men to versatile, go-to date outfits at Faconnable.

Pieces from Italy show true affection for impeccable design and quality crafts. Fendi’s handbags and accessories definitely create a fashion statement, while the collections of Oleg Cassini, Armani Jeans, and Marina Rinaldi make every day-wear feel like it is straight off the runway. A brand that embodies Italian heritage, Visconti has the perfect pens for gifting for any occasion. Refined taste is seen in other proud Italian names such as Greggio, and De Longhi, leaders in dinner and kitchenware.

Romancing the Mediterranean
Christian Louboutin

Iconic pieces that speak of perfection all hail from Spain. Experience the understated opulence of Loewe’s one of a kind bags and the stunning yet comfortable apparels from Pedro del Hierro and Adolfo Dominguez. For the home, Lladro and Nao seamlessly bring a touch of Spanish modernity and express adoration through exquisite figures.

Incredible prizes

Loyal patrons and customers will also get the chance to win incredible prizes. For every purchase from participating Mediterranean brands, earn a raffle coupon and get the chance to sail away to the crisp cerulean seas of the Mediterranean aboard Crystal Cruises. Another luxurious treat up for grabs is a 3D/2N love-filled stay at the newly opened 5-star hotel, Shangri-La at the Fort. Enjoy a free staycation with pampering treats at its renowned spa, and a hearty breakfast at the High Street Cafe.

Romancing the Mediterranean
Bernardaud Rivage Collection

Through “Romancing the Mediterranean,” be inspired and discover new ways to not only beautify your home, but transform your life.

For more information about Romancing the Mediterranean, visit Rustan’s located at Ayala Center Cebu. Know the latest trends at and @RustansPH on Instagram and Twitter. (Press Release)

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Romancing the Mediterranean
Lalique bowl.


Romancing the Mediterranean
Longchamp shoulder bag.


Romancing the Mediterranean
Modigliani dinnerware


Romancing the Mediterranean
T. LeClerc Palette Nude Ouverte

Phoneography Cebu celebrates 2nd year with exhibit, workshops

Phoneography Cebu, a group of mobile phone photographers, will be celebrating its 2nd year anniversary this month and will be launching the first-ever phone photography exhibit on August 21 to 28 at the Cyberzone of SM Seaside City Cebu. The exhibit will feature top photos curated by Cebu’s top photographers.

The opening ceremonies on August 21 will start at one in the afternoon with invited guests from the Department of Tourism and SM executives cutting the ceremonial ribbon. A short program will follow where winning phone photographers will be awarded after their month-long Subang Sugbo photo contest, which was announced on their Facebook page.

Phoneography Cebu
WORKSHOP. Top photojournalist Victor Kintanar gives a workshop to Phoneography Cebu members.

Photography workshops

Workshops on photography will follow with top Cebu photographers and fashion bloggers as resource persons. Albert Pedrosa, Alex Badayos, Victor Kintanar, Cebu fashion bloggers Doyskie and Marco, Mike Perez, Gerard Pareja and founders Crisanto Etorma and Noel Villaflor are some of the resource persons of the week-long workshops to be conducted after the opening and in the afternoon of August 23, 25 and 27 at the Cyberzone area.

Phoneography Cebu
PHOTO TIPS. Ace photographer Albert Pedrosa gives a workshop to members in Argao.

A mobile phone photo contest during the opening ceremonies will test the audience’s skills and artistic abilities in capturing photos using mobile phones. Cash prices and gift certificates will be given by the management of SM Seaside City Cebu for the top three best photos.

Phoneography Cebu invites all mobile phone enthusiasts to visit them and interact with other hobbyists. For a P500 registration, you will have you a souvenir t-shirt, stickers, workshop materials and other souvenir items. To join, please register at (Edik Dolotina, Phoneography Cebu)

Phoneography Cebu


Primer bodega sale offers bags, luggages, shoes, other items at up to 80%

Are you on the lookout for good buys? Get more than your money’s worth at the biggest and most exciting sale of premium brands of shoes, bags, luggage and apparel in the city.

The Primer Group of Companies will hold a Bodega Sale on August 25 to 28 at the Waterfront Cebu City and Casinos in Lahug, Cebu City.

FitFlop pairs on sale.
FitFlop pairs on sale.

Primer Group brands on sale

You can come in as early as 10 a.m. and enjoy shopping until 7 p.m. There is no entrance fee so bring your family and friends and catch great discounts up to 80% from Fitlfop, Flossy, Delsey, Tumi, JanSport, Columbia, Herschel, DC, The North Face, Hedgren, Quiksilver, Roxy, O’neill, Volcom and a lot more! Everything’s a steal.

Primer bodega sale.
JanSport bags.

This bodega sale doesn’t happen every year. The last bodega sale happened 6 years ago and who knows when will be the next on?

You may follow hashtags #PrimerBodegaSale and #BodegaSale2016 on Instagram and Facebook for more details. For inquiries, please call 412-3747. (Press Release)

Primer Bodega Sale


Manny and Pie Calayan open 1st clinic in Cebu at SM Seaside City

Manny and Pie Calayan clinic held a star-studded concert to announce the opening last July 3 of their clinic at SM Seaside City Cebu, the first branch outside Metro Manila and only one in the Visayas, the company said.

Held at the mall’s Mountain Wing atrium, the show was hosted by actress and television host Jackie Lou Blanco and celebrity host and performer John Nite. Asia’s Queen of Songs Pilita Corrales and the King of Acoustic Pop and Awit Awardee Nyoy Volante performed to the delight of mall-goers.

Guests who made special appearances included Anabelle Rama, Bianca Umali and Miguel Tanfelix, Plinky Recto, Princess Punzalan, and Pilar Pilapil, who all flew in to congratulate the couple dubbed as celebrity doctors to the stars. The couple was also interviewed by Boy Abunda.

Manny and Pie Calayan Clinic Cebu
STAR-STUDDED OPENING. The Manny and Pie Calayan Clinic opens at the 3rd Level of the Mountain Wing of SM Seaside City. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

Medical tourism destination

Present during the concert were guests from Cebu led by Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, Councilor Margarita Osmeña and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale.

“With Cebu being a medical tourism destination in the Philippines, it was the right time for us to bring our breakthrough brand of holistic and alternative dermatology, and cosmetic and aesthetic surgery to the Queen City of the South,” said Dr. Pie Calayan.

“We’re branching out to reach a wider market and to make more accessible to our Cebuano customers the excellent treatment and trademark service that the Manny and Pie Calayan brand has been known since we first started it 21 years ago. We fly to Cebu weekly to personally attend to our clients. ” Pie said.

Pie said that as part of their holistic approach, she does not merely address the evident dilemma, but examines the root cause of patients’ breakouts to provide them with the most appropriate treatment for their condition. Dr. Manny, on the other hand, advises patients on how they can maintain their post-surgical figures for sustainable results.

Manny and Pie Calayan Clinic brand

The company said in a press statement that it was Dr. Manny and Pie Calayan who made their titular brand what it is today, a renowned and well respected name in the dermatology and cosmetic surgery industry in the country.

For 21 years, The Manny and Pie Calayan Clinic continued to bring in the latest medical techniques and top-of-the-line equipment to clients, including some top celebrities.

The clinic also said that “with the proliferation of unauthorized and unaffiliated clinics in the Philippines and abroad operating under the Calayan brand that they built, the couple changed their long established Calayan Surgicentre brand name to Manny and Pie Calayan Clinic to add further distinction for the benefit of the public.”

The Manny and Pie Calayan Clinic is at the 3rd Level of the Mountain Wing, SM Seaside City. For more information, visit, Manny and Pie Calayan on Facebook, @MannyandPieCalayan on Twitter and Instagram or contact (032) 256-2879 and +639178214460 and see photos at #CtheDifference. (Press Release)