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Marco Polo Sugbusog features Sugbo Mercado favorites

From the crunchy delicious lechon belly and grilled tuna panga of Kuzina Guadalupe to the must-try baked scallops of Seabu, top dishes of key vendors in Sugbo Mercado are now available in Cafe Marco as part of its Sugbusog Culinary Journey.

In this year’s edition of the annual food event, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu collaborated with Sugbu Mercado to make available favorite Cebuano dishes at the famed food market. These will be on top of the restaurant’s international buffet spread both for lunch and dinner. During dinner, however, a featured Sugbu Mercado vendor will prepare its specialty dishes or desserts.

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Quest Hotel gets festive for Sinulog 2020

As the Philippines’ grandest festival draws nearer, Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu launched a week-long series of colorful displays, enriching heritage activities, and gastronomic dining offers to celebrate Cebu’s Sinulog.

Throughout the week, Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu showcases the island’s rich heritage and strong Christian faith with a variety of installations. Starting January 13, guests are invited to visit a replica of the Magellan’s Cross Shrine at the lobby, housing a collection of images of the Señor Santo Niño, and the hotel’s very own visual rendition of the Child Jesus by Cebuano artist Anthony Fermin done during a live painting at the hotel’s opening in 2012.

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Faithful spread devotion in Sto. Niño exhibit at Ayala Center Cebu

More than 40 images of the Sto. Niño are on exhibit at Ayala Center Cebu in time for the celebration of the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City.

The display showcases curated images of the Child Jesus in different representations but mostly as the Sto. Niño de Cebu.

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Events Tech

YouTube, Smart hold first Creator Camp in Cebu

YouTube has partnered with Smart to bring Creator Camp to empower creators outside Luzon to take their content and career to the next level.

YouTube Creator Camp is a holistic acceleration program designed for budding creators in Visayas and Mindanao with at least 10,000 subscribers, providing them with educational, networking, and mobile data resources.

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Christmas shopping? Get the best deals during the 12.12 sale with your PayMaya!

Giving is always better than receiving, especially during the holiday season. As you complete your gift list for family and friends this upcoming 12.12 sale, take your shopping game to the next level and receive more perks and rewards when you give more to your loved ones with the help of PayMaya.

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Parklane hotel highlights Christmas meaning, essence in tree-lighting ceremony

Cebu Parklane International Hotel lights up a tree made out of old newspapers fashioned into autumn-colored leaves with the nativity scene as centerpiece to usher in the Christmas season.

Sugilanon sa Pasko-The Cebu Parklane Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is a retelling of how this most important of events came to be celebrated in the Philippines.

FESTIVE CHEER. (From left) Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, Parklane General Manager Cenelyn Manguilimotan, Mrs. Eugenia Ting, and President Basil Ting.
FESTIVE CHEER. (From left) Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, Parklane General Manager Cenelyn Manguilimotan, Mrs. Eugenia Ting, and President Basil Ting.

Basil Ting, hotel president, said Parklane is putting emphasis on the Christmas story to highlight its real meaning and essence.

Tree-lighting guests, which included Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, were treated to amazing performances by the Fidelis Choir and MDF Productions.

Christmas feast

The hotel also served a sumptuous feast that included its signature local dishes as well as delicacies from the town’s of Liloan, Asturias, Aloguinsan, Bogo, and Catmon.

Parklane continues to live up to its tradition of using recycled materials for its tree.

According to the hotel, “To many, a Christmas Tree is just a tree full of lights, trinkets and decorations. But for Parklane, behind the tree’s shimmer and glitter is a purpose and a reminder for us to nurture, sustain and preserve our environment.”

It also continues to assist children with cancer through fund-raising activities during the Christmas season.

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Quest Hotel celebrates Dazzling Days of Christmas

Holidaymakers are in for a season filled with excitement as Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu unveils The Dazzling Days of Christmas, a celebration highlighted by fun activities, impressive dining options, and heartwarming gift-giving opportunities for guests. It was unveiled at the hotel’s Bell-Ringing Ceremony last November 13.

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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lights up Tree of Hope, marks season of giving

True to the season’s spirit of giving, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lighted its Tree of Hope last Saturday, November 16, to provide the less fortunate with a brighter Christmas this year.

Guests can pin a Christmas ball along with their most fervent wish on the tree for only P200 per piece. Their donations will go a long way towards helping GMA Kapuso Foundation beneficiaries.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu General Manager Brian Connelly said the partnership with the foundation is now on its 10th year and the funds raised by the Tree of Hope have helped a lot of people.

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Chachago opens 2nd Cebu outlet in Oakridge, Mandaue

Taiwanese milk tea brand Chachago brought its bestseller drinks closer to Mandaue and neighboring communities with the opening of a branch at the Oakridge IT Center 1 along AS Fortuna St.

All throughout opening day on November 15, 2019, milk tea lovers flocked to the newest and second Chachago outlet in Cebu to order their favorite flavor and score a freebie.

To celebrate its grand opening, a customer who bought a drink received a complimentary medium-size Pearl Milk Tea with his or her order.

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Jessica Sanchez returns to Cebu for 1st major concert

American Idol singing sensation Jessica Sanchez is returning to Cebu with her first major concert here on November 29 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

Sanchez rose to prominence in her stint with American Idol, which included a dramatic save by the judges after she was nearly voted off. She was just 16, a petite singer with a soaring voice highlighted when she performed “And I am Telling You.” Her season culminated with a masterclass vocal calisthenics with Jennifer Holliday in the series finale, which many still litigate on YouTube that she should have won.

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New holiday rewards for Smart and SM customers

After its successful run last year, PLDT wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc (Smart) has partnered with The SM Store once again to give loyal customers some holiday rewards through the Scratch and Win promo.

Shoppers can conveniently top up their Smart, TNT, and Sun prepaid phones at The SM Store, SM Hypermarket, and other SM affiliates, to get a digital scratch card and get instant freebies. They can also join the raffle for a chance to win one of 800 top-of-the-line Bose speakers.

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Vibo Group lights up Christmas trees to mark start of festive season

The Vibo Group of Companies greets the start of the festive season with the lighting of not one but three Christmas trees, fireworks, music, and a sample of the sumptuous food now available in flagship establishment Cebu Grand Hotel.

Gerardo Borromeo, president, opened the event with a warm welcome for guests that included tenants of the different companies.

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Usher the Christmas season with Pinoy music in Ayala Center Cebu

Start your Christmas celebration with Pinoy music at Halu-Halong Pasko, on November 9, 7 p.m. at The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu. The hour-long event is free and open to all.

The show aims to usher in the festive holiday season and celebrate different forms of music and dance from folk, rock, pop, ethnic, R&B, and more.

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Super Crazy Sale at Landers Superstore on October 16-20

With less than 100 days before Christmas, it is time to get a headstart on your holiday shopping with Landers Superstore’s Super Crazy Sale from October 16 to 20, 2019, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Get exciting surprises, member-exclusive discounts of up to 50% and Buy 1 Get 1 deals on their selection of local and premium international goods plus discounts on food and drinks at their New York-style diner Landers Central and coffee shop Doppio.

Landers Superstore offers the true membership shopping experience with its wide range of products from grocery items to general merchandise. Members enjoy exclusive perks from fuel discounts of up to Php 9 per liter at Landers Caltex Gasoline Station; online grocery shopping at http://landers.ph with same day delivery; free haircut, shampoo and blow-dry at Federal Barbers; and lowest-priced medicines at Capital Care Pharmacy.

Landers Superstore Cebu Crazy Sale

Visit Landers Superstore Cebu to avail yourself of great finds and big savings. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram @LandersPH and their website landers.ph.

Landers Superstore Cebu is located at 23 Minore Park, Cardinal Rosales Ave. cor Pope John Paul II Ave, Cebu City and is open daily from 9am to 9pm.

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Cine Europa 22 celebrates Europe-Philippine ties, brings European films for free screening to 8 cities

To promote European culture and celebrate the link between Europe and the Philippines that started almost 500 years ago, Cine Europa 22 will visit 8 cities in the country up to November 2019 with 12 films for free screening.

The Cebu leg of the film festival started last Thursday, October 3, and will run up to Sunday, October 6 at Cinema 1 in SM City Cebu.

Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Jorge Moragas said the event becomes more important in light of the upcoming celebration of the first circumnavigation of the world where Cebu, in particular the island of Mactan, played a crucial role.

“It was a multinational expedition with sailors from almost all European countries—Spanish, German, Polish, French, Greek, and of course, Portuguese—that left Seville in Spain 500 years ago,” he added.

10,000 Kilometros

EU Delegation First Counsellor Rafael de Bustamante said Cebu is the first city visited by Cine Europa 22 outside of Manila. The group’s next stop is Iloilo City with the Dutch ambassador as key person.

He revealed that they have a system where an EU ambassador travels to a city where the film festival would be held and the opening movie would be from his country.

CINE EUROPA 22. EU Delegation First Counsellor Rafael de Bustamante, Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Jorge Moragas, SM Prime Holdings Inc. Vice President Marissa Fernan, a member of the delegation, Information Officer Robert Leon during the opening of Cine Europa 22 in SM City Cebu.

CINE EUROPA 22. EU Delegation First Counsellor Rafael de Bustamante, Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Jorge Moragas, SM Prime Holdings Inc. Vice President Marissa Fernan, a member of the delegation, Information Officer Robert Leon during the opening of Cine Europa 22 in SM City Cebu.

Ambassador Moragas said Spain picked Cebu, where they showed the multi-awarded Spanish movie 10,000 Kilometros and translated for English-language viewing as “Long Distance.”

While the movie doesn’t have a direct connection to the circumnavigation, it makes sense in the context of Spain and the Philippines because it touches on human relations and bridging the distance between peoples. The distance 10,000 kilometers is also more or less the distance between Spain and the Philippines, he added.

Cine Europa 22 films

For today, Saturday, Cinema One in SM City Cebu will show three European films, starting with Belgium’s Achter De Wolken (Behind the Clouds) at 2 p.m., Hungary’s Béúk (Happy New Year) at 4:30 pm, and De Marathon (The Marathon) by The Netherlands at 7 pm.

Behind the Clouds, with a PG rating, is a story about two lovers whose lives took different paths but met and fell in love again after 40 years.

Cine Europa 22 schedule

Happy New Year, on the other hand, is R-13 and tells of a group of friends that has been celebrating New Year’s Eve together for years. They agreed to play a game that started out playfully enough but quickly turned serious when secrets, lies, and betrayals that were kept secret came to light.

The Marathon (R-13) is about four out-of-shape men who trained for a marathon hoping to win money to pay off a tax debt.

Sunday’s screenings include: Teorie Tygra (The Tiger Theory, PG rating) of the Czech Republic at 2 pm, Tour de France (R-13) of France at 4:30 pm, and Mary Shelley (R-13) of the United Kingdom at 7:00 pm.

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Film screenings, workshops kick off Cebu International Film Festival 2019

Cebu’s filmmaking industry is young and fragmented and the Cebu International Film Festival (Cebu.IFF) is working to become the platform for showcasing and reviving love for local films.

Festival Director Peachy Fajatin said the Cebu film scene is growing but it’s in the early stages and divided into several small groups.

And while there are promising Cebuano filmmakers, many of them leave for Manila so they can practice their craft, added Cebu.IFF President Mel Allego.

Cebu International Film Festival (Cebu.IFF)

FILM FESTIVAL IN CEBU. Organizers of the Cebu International Film Festival (Cebu.IFF) hold a press conference on the event that will run from September 25 to 27. From left are Cebu.IFF President Mel Allego, Festival Director Peachy Fajatin, and Board Members Christelle Dychangco and Lilu Aliño.

One of the objectives of Cebu.IFF will be to encourage the creation of films with global reach, according to Board Member Lilu Aliño. She added that they continue to hold the festival to raise enthusiasm for filmmaking and improve the status of the industry.

Festival highlights

The Cebu International Film Festival 2019, which is the event’s 8th edition, will run from September 25-27 and takes on the theme “Celebrating 100 years of Philippine Cinema.”

Fajatin said they will be screening over 100 films that are competing under the full length and short feature categories for international and Philippine focus, animation, and student group.

This year, Cebu.IFF will introduce for the first time a pitching event that includes a workshop and pitch market where local filmmakers can find co-producers or funding for their films.

The workshops scheduled for September 25 are another festival highlight. These include the talk on “Setting up Your Animation Studio with No Capital” by Emot Amodia and “Film Storytelling and Animation Workshops: Ideas Into Action” by Crispo Mojica.

Cebu International Film Festival (Cebu.IFF)

Film screenings

Festival organizers urged Cebuanos to take advantage of free screenings of films submitted by filmmakers from 17 countries in the following venues: USC-SAFAD Theatre, St. Theresa’s College, and USC South Campus.

Aliño said one of the challenges of the local filmmaking industry is the lack of interest from the audience. She hoped that Cebuanos would make time to watch the full length, short feature, and animation film submissions by filmmakers from the US, Australia, Turkey, Russia, Japan, India, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Argentine, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, France, Germany, and the Philippines.

A special screening of Japanese Director Takuya Fukushima’s film “FLOATING” is also scheduled on September 25, 9 am-12 pm, at the USC-SAFAD Theatre.

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Kim Chiu diplomacy

It all started when Vladimir, our tour guide in Davao City, sang a Kim Chiu song over the bus PA system.

We were headed to our hotel from another full day of school visits and government courtesy calls. Traffic was terrible. To while away the gridlock, Vladimir asked everyone in the bus – students, teachers, and journalists from both the Philippines and China who are part of the Fujian Youth Exchange Program – to introduce themselves and answer a cliche beauty pageant question: if you were a fruit, what would you be and why?

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Eat, drink Italian at El Viento Restaurant & Pool Bar with La Dolce Vita

In celebration of Marco Polo’s 765th birthday, Marco Polo Plaza is throwing an Italian party at the El Viento Restaurant and Pool Bar.

Guest Chef Luca Genco

Guest Chef Luca Genco

From September 11 to 15, eat and drink Italian at the hotel’s poolside restaurant. The special event is done in collaboration with Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast. Together with the Marco Polo culinary team, Marco Polo will feature the delectable Italian culinary masterpieces of Chef Giuseppe Genco and Chef Luca Genco.

Enjoy traditional Sicilian comfort food and indulge in delicately prepared Italian pastas such as Spinach Ravioli, Rigatoni Pasta, Farfalle Seafood pasta, Penne Pesto Genovese and Italian Sausage Cannelloni. Hand-made and wood-fired cooked pizzas are a must-try together with different kinds of Sicilian Roasts. Of course, this fete would not be complete without a glass of Italian wine to complete the Italian experience.

PIZZA SLICING CEREMONY. Opening La Dolce Vita with a pizza-slicing ceremony are (from left) Marco Polo Plaza General Manager Brian Connelly and guest chefs Giuseppe Genco and Luca Genco.

PIZZA SLICING CEREMONY. Opening La Dolce Vita with a pizza-slicing ceremony are (from left) Marco Polo Plaza General Manager Brian Connelly and guest chefs Giuseppe Genco and Luca Genco.

The La Dolce Vita menu will be available at El Viento Restaurant & Pool Bar from September 11 to 15. For inquiries and reservations, call (032) 253-1111 or email [email protected]. For more updates, follow the hotel at facebook.com/marcopolocebu and instagram.com/marcopolocebu. (Press Release)

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Top deals on tours, experiences, airfare in Cebu leg of Klook Travel Fest 2019

Get ready for out-of-this-world deals on such popular attractions as Universal Studios Japan and Hong Kong Disnyland or activities like the Crazy Rich Asians tour in Singapore at the upcoming Klook Travel Fest 2019 on September 7-8, 2019 at SM City Cebu.

TRAVEL FESTIVAL. Klook market lead for the Philippines Michelle Cruz says the Klook Travel Fest 2019 on September 7-8 at SM City Cebu will be an exceptional two-day community-powered festival of music, food, and travel offers that include airfare promos through event partner Cebu Pacific and bookable activities in over 300 major destinations across the world.

TRAVEL FESTIVAL. Klook market lead for the Philippines Michelle Cruz says the Klook Travel Fest 2019 on September 7-8 at SM City Cebu will be an exceptional two-day community-powered festival of music, food, and travel offers that include airfare promos through event partner Cebu Pacific and bookable activities in over 300 major destinations across the world.

Klook promises an exceptional two-day community-powered festival of music, food, and travel offers that include airfare promos through event partner Cebu Pacific and bookable activities in over 300 major destinations across the world, said Michelle Cruz, the company’s market lead in the Philippines.

Cruz said they strive to bring travel experiences to customers through offline events, and the Klook Travel Fest 2019 will be held simultaneously in Manila and Cebu during the company’s anniversary month in September.

Klook Travel Fest Cebu

Exclusive Cebu Pacific sale

Cebuanos can also enjoy low fares through the Cebu Pacific sale happening exclusively during the Klook Travel Fest.

“We have always been a firm believer in making travel more accessible and affordable to every Juan,” said Cebu Pacific Corporate Communications Specialist Michelle Lim.

Cebu Pacific’s partnership with Klook allows the airline to go not only provide affordable flights to customers but provide them access as well to budget-friendly activities and attractions in their chosen destinations, she added.

EXCLUSIVE SALE. Cebu Pacific Corporate Communications Specialist Michelle Lim says the airline will be holding an exclusive sale during the event.

EXCLUSIVE SALE. Cebu Pacific Corporate Communications Specialist Michelle Lim says the airline will be holding an exclusive sale during the event.

Klook Travel Fest 2019

Klook is able to offer amazing deals on tours, attractions, and activities through its good relationship with its partners.

By making available a range of services, from airport transfers and wifi services to bookable activities, it has allowed tourists to go on hassle-free vacations.

To join the Klook Travel Fest 2019 in Cebu, sign up at https://www.klook.com/en-US/activity/26253-klook-travel-fest-ticket-cebu/ or check out the official FB page @klookph for more details.

PRESSCON . Klook head of partnerships for the Philippines Blessie Cruz opens the press conference to announce the Klook Travel Fest 2019.

KLOOK TRAVEL FEST PRESSCON. Klook head of partnerships for the Philippines Blessie Cruz opens the press conference to announce the Klook Travel Fest 2019.

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Big Bad Wolf Book Sale returns to Cebu with more books, bigger discounts

After a successful first run last year, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale 2019 will happen in Cebu this month with over a million brand-new English books priced down by 50 to 90 percent.

Book lovers and new readers will have time to search for their favorite titles and authors as the BBW Book Sale will be open 24 hours daily from Aug. 16-26, 2019 at the IEC Convention Center (IC3) in Cebu City and entrance is free.

The Big Bad Wolf is not just a book sale but an organization that advocates reading and English literacy, its founder Jacqueline Ng told media and bloggers during a press conference yesterday, August 2.

Big Bad Wolf 2019 Cebu

BACK TO CEBU. (From left) Gawad Kalinga representative Toby Florendo, Big Bad Wolf Books founder Jacqueline Ng, and Philippines Country Manager Narisa dela Peña discuss the upcoming return of the book sale to Cebu in a recent press conference.

“The Filipinos are readers and know the value and importance of books. There are other people out there who don’t. The Big Bad Wolf creates the market for books—the desire to know more, learn more—and aims to convert the non-reader,” she added.

VIP Day passes

Ng said the Cebu leg of the BBW Book Sale in 2018 welcomed over 200,000 visitors. She added there had been many requests for the Book Sale to return to Cebu since then and they were more than happy to oblige.

Organizers have identified August 15 as VIP Day and around 4,000 passes will be given out to the public through the BBW social media pages @bbwbooksphilippines on Facebook and @bbwbooksph on Instagram.

The BBW Book Sale 2019 in Cebu will carry various genres, including fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, and rare titles. It will be adding eight more titles to interactive books with augmented reality technology that range from fairy tales to educational, bringing the total to 12.

Big Bad Wolf 2019 Cebu

“We’ve been to many places in the Philippines these past two years from Manila, Cebu, Davao, and Pampanga. It has been amazing to see droves of people, young and old, come together for the love of books. It surely affirms that reading is a beloved hobby, very much alive, and an effective tool for learning,” Ng added.

Book buying behavior

Big Bad Wolf Books Philippines Country Manager Narisa dela Peña said one of her realizations in the Book Sale is that Filipinos prefer fiction books.

She said she noticed from the book sales held in Manila, Pampanga, Davao, and Cebu that people buy more works of fiction over other genres.

The Filipinos are readers and know the value and importance of books. There are other people out there who don’t. The Big Bad Wolf creates the market for books—the desire to know more, learn more—and aims to convert the non-reader

Jacqueline Ng, Big Bad Wolf founder

Ng said book buying behavior is different in the Philippines compared to other countries where BBW Books also hold sales. In Taiwan, a country with high disposable income but with limited English proficiency, parents invest on their kids and around 90 percent of titles sold are children’s books. It’s the same situation in the Book Sale’s biggest market, Indonesia, where 75-80 percent of books bought are for kids.

The ratio for adult and children’s books is 60-40 percent in the Philippines, according to Ng, who added that Filipinos love fiction and are also into such range of categories as history, religion, music, health and wellness.

Big Bad Wolf 2019 Cebu

Community partnership

As a way of giving back to the community, BBW Books continues its Red Readerhood Programme partnership with Gawad Kalinga through a donation of 500 books to the group. They also appeal to customers to take part in the advocacy by doing their own donation.

Gawad Kalinga (GK) representative Toby Florendo said they believe that everyone, regardless of status and age, has a right to learn. His group has the same goal as BBW Books and that is to unleash an individual’s potential.

Toby Florendo Gawad Kalinga during Big Bad Wolf 2019 Cebu

“Big Bad Wolf Books always makes sure to give back and help make a difference in every place they visit. We share in their advocacy and are grateful to have worked with them since their very first sale in the country. Dozens of partner communities around the country have benefitted in their work to promote literacy and education with both children and adults discovering the joys and benefits of reading as we believe reading is meant for all, regardless of their status,” Florendo added in a statement released during the press conference.

BBW Books is now on its 10th hear and has held book sales in such countries as Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. It held its first event in the Philippines in 2018, specifically in Manila in February, followed by Cebu in July, and Davao in November.

Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Cebu press conference

Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Cebu press conference
Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Cebu press conference
Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Cebu press conference
Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Cebu press conference
Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Cebu press conference
Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Cebu press conference
Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Cebu press conference
Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Cebu press conference
OVER A MILLION BOOKS. Big Bad Wolf Books Philippines Country Manager Narisa dela Peña, founder Jacqueline Ng, and Gawad Kalinga representative Toby Florendo.

OVER A MILLION BOOKS. Big Bad Wolf Books Philippines Country Manager Narisa dela Peña, founder Jacqueline Ng, and Gawad Kalinga representative Toby Florendo.