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Wedding and debut exclusives at Marco Polo Cebu with One Sweet Day

Make your dream wedding and debut a reality on this One Sweet Day. Before the “I do’s” and debuts, we are inviting all soon-to-be couples and debutantes to come up…

Make your dream wedding and debut a reality on this One Sweet Day.

Before the “I do’s” and debuts, we are inviting all soon-to-be couples and debutantes to come up to Nivel Hills tomorrow, May 19, 2018, and be part of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s One Sweet Day: A Day of Wedding & Debut Exclusives.

Marco Polo One Sweet Day

Bridal Suite.

For One Sweet Day, book your wedding or debut with us and receive added perks on top of our well-crafted celebration packages. Enjoy a 20% discount on the celebration package price plus two more premium benefits from the following: complimentary bottles of wine, complimentary lechon, additional complimentary night’s stay before or after the event, a gift certificate for Chocolate Indulgence Spa treatment for two, in-room Champagne Breakfast during your hotel stay, waived clearing fee for your dessert buffet or an overnight stay with breakfast at Marco Polo Ortigas.

Marco Polo Cebu One Sweet Day

Champagne Breakfast.

This irresistible offer is only valid on May 19, 2018 with a reservation fee of P30,000 to be settled on that day. This promotion is valid only for new bookings and the wedding or debut must be in 2018 or 2019. The benefits of this promotion can only be availed upon confirmation and full payment six months before your celebration. Our Banquet Sales Team will be at your service from 9AM to 7PM to assist you in arranging your special day.

Sweet things can happen in one sweet day. Allow our team of professional event specialists to help you make your dream celebration come true. For more information, you can call (032) 253-1111 local 8109 or email [email protected]. For real time updates, like the Facebook page at facebook.com/marcopolocebu or follow on Twitter at @5StarInCebu.

Wedding Setup at the Grand Ballroom.

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Cashback, discounts, freebies at GCash Digital Weekend Cebu

Have you tried paying through GCash QR scan to pay? Head to the Cebu IT Park from May 18 to 20, use GCash QR to shop with merchants, and get…

Have you tried paying through GCash QR scan to pay? Head to the Cebu IT Park from May 18 to 20, use GCash QR to shop with merchants, and get exclusive discounts and freebies.

GCash QR is a system launched last year that allows you to quickly pay via scanning a QR Code at the counter. We wrote about the experience in using it here: With GCash Scan To Pay, transactions are quick, cashless.

If you still haven’t tried it, this weekend’s event will be a great venue to test the future of payments. During GCash Digital Weekend Cebu, get 50% cashback on your first transaction. You can get a stamp packet that allows you to win prizes as you complete the stamps by purchasing from GCash QR merchants.

The popular weekend food market and culinary destination Sugbo Mercado now also accepts GCash QR.

Gcash QR scan to pay Cebu Digital Weekend Cebu IT Park

 

Gcash QR scan to pay Cebu

 

Gcash QR Cebu

GCash QR is now accepted in Sugbo Mercado.

Gcash QR scan to pay Cebu

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CCCI forges partnerships for Cebu Business Month 2018

The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) will celebrate Cebu Business Month 2018 with public and private sector partners. CBM 2018 is organized by CCCI in partnership with the…

The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) will celebrate Cebu Business Month 2018 with public and private sector partners.

CBM 2018 is organized by CCCI in partnership with the Cebu Provincial Government, Cebu City Government, and several other partners.

CBM 2018 sponsor Waterfront

SPONSORSHIP. Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino General Manager Anders Hallden (center) during the ceremonial signing of the sponsorship contract for Cebu Business Month 2018. With Hallden are (from left) Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) Executive Director May Ybañez, CCCI President Antonio Chiu, CBM 2018 Chair Benny Que, and CBM 2018 Publicity and Ways and Means Chair Lilu Aliño.

Below is a complete list of CBM 2018 sponsors.

Event Partners

Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
Department of Tourism (DOT)
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)


Omnibus Co-Presenter

Cebu Holdings, Inc./Ayala Center Cebu
PLDT Enterprise/Voyager/Paymaya
Robinsons Land Corporation/Robinsons Galleria Cebu
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
Unionpay International Southeast Asia
Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino


Omnibus Platinum

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu


Omnibus Diamond

Cathay Pacific
Cebu Landmasters, Inc.
F2 Logistics Philippines, Inc.
Golden Prince Hotel and Suites
Lexmark Research and Development Corporation
Oriental Port and Allied Services Corporation
Philippine AirAsia
Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc.
The Insular Life Assurance Company, Ltd.


Omnibus

Treasure Island Industrial Corporation


Prime Partners

ABS-CBN
Alcordo International, Inc. (Alcordo Advertising)
Businessworld Publishing Corporation
GMA Network, Inc.
Manila Bulletin
Ocean Fast Ferries, Inc. (Oceanjet)
Skycable Pacific ATV


Media Partners

Brigada 93.1 News FM CEBU
Cebu Daily News
Expat Travel Lifestyle Phils.
Graphicstar Imaging Corporation
Greenworld LED Solutions, Inc.
InnoPub Media
Mynimo.com
NU107
Sonshine Radio
Sun.Star Publishing
The Freeman


CBM 2018 Specific Event Sponsors

Aboitiz Power Corp.
Bank of the Philippine Islands
BDO Unibank, Inc.
Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp.
Cebu Pacific Airlines
CT4 Philippines, Inc.
Eastern Communications
Global Business Power
GT Cosmetics Manufacturing, Inc.
Hyundai Cebu, Inc.
Ng Khai Development Corporation
Oakridge Business Park
Philippine Airlines
Seaoil Philippines
Security Bank Corporation
Tsuneishi Technical Services Philippines


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CBM 2018 schedule highlights innovations for business

Organized by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Cebu Business Month (CBM) was envisioned as the engine of Cebu’s growth towards global competitiveness. Now on its 22nd year,…

Organized by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Cebu Business Month (CBM) was envisioned as the engine of Cebu’s growth towards global competitiveness.

Now on its 22nd year, CBM 2018 banners the theme Innovate Cebu to underscore the importance of innovation in all aspects of business.

CBM is one of CCCI’s flagship projects. It is held yearly on the month of June.

Below is the full CBM 2018 schedule of activities:

June 1

Grand Opening Salvo
The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu


June 1-3

One Town, One Product Exhibit
Organizer: Department of Trade and Industry
Ayala Center Cebu


June 8

Cebu International Film Festival (Cebu.CIFF) Curtain Raised
Organizer: Cebu.CIFF
SM Seaside City


June 10-12

Lumba’g Laag sa Sugbo: A Race to Cebu’s Hidden Attractions
Organizer: CBM 2018
SM Seaside City to South of Cebu


June 14

Tourism Innovation Forum
Organizer: CBM 2018
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu


June 19-20

Innovation Summit
Organizer: CBM 2018
Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino


June 21

Business-in-Golf Tournament
Organizer: CBM 2018
Alta Vista Golf and Country Club


June 22

MSME Industry Educational Tour
Organizer: CBM 2018
Different Companies


June 23-24

Sugbo Entertainment Expo (SEE) Cebu
Organizer: Enigmaworkz
Robinsons Galleria Cebu


June 29

Grand Chamber Awards and Fellowship Night
Organizer: CBM 2018
Oakridge Pavilion

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Bamboo Bay kicks off summer with art exhibit, wellness talks

A refresher on easy to prepare health treats by Detox Bar founder Anne Dala, flower power art exhibit featuring local artists, and display of homeowner Debbie Degracia’s succulents collection kicked…

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

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

Bamboo Bay Community Flower Power Exhibit

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

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

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

Bamboo Bay Community

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

Wellness lifestyle

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

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

Bamboo Bay Community Summer Festival

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

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

Summer-long activities

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

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

Bamboo Bay Community Summer Festival

Celso Pepito with two of his works.

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

About Contempo, Bamboo Bay

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

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

Bamboo Bay Community Summer Festival

COLLECTION. Plants put on display by homeowner Debbie Degracia.

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

Bamboo Bay Community Summer Festival

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

 

Facebook Live of opening

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SM Home out to beautify condos in weekend event in Cebu

Condo living has become popular in Cebu and SM Home helps unit owners make the most of the lifestyle through a series of talks by design experts this weekend at…

Condo living has become popular in Cebu and SM Home helps unit owners make the most of the lifestyle through a series of talks by design experts this weekend at the Northwing Atrium of SM City Cebu.

Cebuano designers Maybelline Te, Hannah Lim, Janet Lo-Lee, and Kate Ngo will share tips on choosing colors and furniture or hiring design help as well as secrets to maximizing space and sprucing up a starter condominium during the SM Home Design Series: The Essentials of Condo Living from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this February 24 and 25.

SM Home Design Series

DESIGN IDEAS. SM Home assistant vice president for marketing Tom Castañeda at the Northwing Atrium where home vignettes have been set up to showcase condo interior design ideas.

One goal of this campaign is to show customers that everything they need for their homes is available at SM Home, said the brand’s assistant vice president for marketing Tom Castañeda.

SM Home Design Series

Since a lot of people who come into the store may be overwhelmed by all the available options especially because they don’t have design backgrounds, SM Home launched the Design Series last September in Makati and brings it to Cebu for the first time this weekend, he added.

SM Home Design Series: The Essentials of Condo Living

BEDROOM AND LIVING ROOM. The bedroom was designed by Hannah Lim, the living room by Maybelline Te.

The event’s theme highlights the growing popularity of condo living not just in Makati but also in Cebu.

“These days, it’s common to see condo sizes diminish in size. They’re getting tinier and tinier! And as developers offer less space, homeowners have to figure out how to best maximize their spaces, how they can avoid sacrificing some of their needs without feeling cooped up,” Castañeda said.

Condo living essentials

Castañeda said those who come to the SM Home Design Series: The Essentials of Condo Living at the Northwing Atrium either today or tomorrow, Sunday, can expect free talks from a powerhouse of Cebuano design talents, check out styled home vignettes that demonstrate great condo design, raffle prizes, and an additional 10 percent off on all items at the SM Home in both SM City Cebu and SM Seaside City braches from Feb. 22 to March 8, 2018.

“Since small condos demand creativity when it comes to optimizing space, SM Home has turned to design experts to help highlight ways people can do that in their own homes through a series of condo-like setups, as well as expert-led talks,” he said.

SM Home Design Series: The Essentials of Condo Living

KITCHEN, DINING. The kitchen was designed by Janet Lo, the dining by Kate Ngo.

Beyond the weekend, SM Home also has a visual display person who is trained on interior design and offers free consultation to prospective customers.

Cebuano talents who designed the home vignettes now displayed at the Northwing are Te for the living room, Lim for the bedroom, Lo-Lee for the kitchen, and Ngo for the dining area.

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Bedroom by Hannah Lim

Bedroom by Hannah Lim

A compact bedroom for a childless couple in their late thirties, interior designer Hannah Lim’s iteration of a husband and wife’s love for adventure are punches of refreshing pink and green, as well as rustic wood elements. Hannah Lim is the founder of HL Designs, a Cebu-based studio specializing in model units and common areas for real estate showrooms.

Dining Area by Kate Ngo

Dining Area by Kate Ngo

The furniture designer managed to apply depth to a limiting space. Instead of sticking to the basics, Kate injected drama to an otherwise fuss-free condo dining area by choosing a Scandinavian-inspired dining set which also complements the kitchen, amidst an overflow of leafy foliage and rose gold hang lights—an appetizing concoction of swanky and cozy.

 

Kitchen by Janet Lo-Lee

Kitchen by Janet Lo-Lee

A minimalist maven, the head designer of Janet Lo Lee Design Studio lends her signature style to her interpretation of a Scandinavian chic condo kitchen. An encompassing warm and inviting theme, the area intelligently makes use of space with streamlined, functional fixtures.

 

Living Room by Maybelline Te

Living Room by Maybelline Te

The layering of colors, textures and furniture is what makes Maybelline Te’s condo living room interpretation an exciting one. A designer and manufacturer of home furniture and accessories, Maybelline knows how to stir interest through the depth of decor elements—in this case, a blue tufted sofa bed atop a hot pink hairy rug, two differently-leveled coffee tables placed side by side, and the use of muted pinks and yellows that tempers a frivolous lounge area just right.

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Marco Polo Cebu marks Chinese New Year 2018 with traditional ceremony, food fest

Celebrating the Chinese New Year is tradition in Cebu, and no one does it better than Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. The hotel welcomed CNY 2018, the Year of the Earth…

Celebrating the Chinese New Year is tradition in Cebu, and no one does it better than Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

The hotel welcomed CNY 2018, the Year of the Earth Dog, with lion and dragon dances, eye dotting ceremony, Yee Sang Ceremony, firecrackers to ward off evil, coin toss, and a culinary celebration at Cafe Marco.

Cafe Marco serves up Chinese dishes in the food fest Culinary Impressions of China where diners can indulge in delectable creations for the Lunar New Year up until February 18.

Marco Polo Chinese New Year

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION. Guests prepare to hold the Prosperity Toss as part of the celebration at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

Prosperity toss

Former Philippine Ambassador to China Francisco L. Benedicto,  Cathay Pacific Marketing and Communications Supervisor Connie Cimafranca, and Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) president Melanie Ng were among the guests of honor.

They joined Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Brian Connelly in the eye dotting ceremony and the Prosperity Toss. It is said that the higher the toss, the better the luck.

On occasion of the Chinese New Year 2018 celebration, the hotel is giving away freebies for those who book a stay by February 28, 2018. They get to enjoy extra benefits, including breakfast for two plus early check in and late check out subject to availability, 30 percent discount on second room booking, and complimentary room upgrade for those staying for three consecutive nights or more.

More photos of the event

Marco Polo

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Former Philippine Ambassador to China Francisco L. Benedicto during the eye dotting ceremony.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Prosperity Toss.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Brian Connelly leads the lighting of firecrackers outside the hotel.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

A traditional dragon dance at the lobby.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Chili Beef Ribs

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Pan-seared fish in green curry coconut and tomato sauce.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Stir fried beef.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Sauteed scallops.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Mixed seafoods.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Crispy noodles and pork

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Chinese cold platter.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Chorizo Macau salad.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Mushroom and corn salad.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Spicy tofu salad.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Lychee cream puff.

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Air Juan to start flights soon from seaplane terminal in SRP, Cebu City

Top Philippine beach and island destinations like El Nido and Coron in Palawan, Gigantes in Iloilo, Panglao in Bohol, and Kalanggaman in Leyte will soon be minutes away with the…

Top Philippine beach and island destinations like El Nido and Coron in Palawan, Gigantes in Iloilo, Panglao in Bohol, and Kalanggaman in Leyte will soon be minutes away with the opening of Air Juan seaplane flights from Cebu.

Air Juan President John Gutierrez led the unveiling of the company’s seaplane terminal located at Filinvest’s South Road Properties on January 20, 2018. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña was the guest of honor during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

He said they plan to start flight services from the seaplane terminal to the country’s most beautiful destinations within the first quarter of the year. These also include such places as Sumilon in Oslob, Malapascua, Candijay in Anda, and Lakawon.

Air Juan Cebu

The Air Juan seaplane terminal at the SRP.

Air Juan flights

Air Juan seaplane services from Cebu will supplement landplane services started last June 2017. Beginning in the middle of last year, Air Juan opened scheduled flights from Mactan International Airport to Bantayan, Biliran, Maasin, Sipalay, Siquijor, and Tagbilaran.

Gutierrez said they will soon fly to Catbalogan as well. The Air Juan fleet consists of six Cessna Grand Caravans, four of which are amphibious.

He added that the landplane can carry a maximum of 12 passengers while the seaplane can have as many as nine.

Air Juan Cebu

LAUNCH. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña (center) was the guest of honor during yesterday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the Air Juan seaplane terminal at the SRP. (Photo from Air Juan Facebook page)

Competitive rates

Air Juan does not compete with other airline companies but with the country’s ferry service.

“Biliran is a five-hour boat ride but Air Juan reduces the travel time to 45 minutes,” according to Gutierrez.

He added that their landplane rates are competitive with ferry fares but seaplane flights are slightly more expensive. The average one-way fare from the Mactan, Cebu airport to Tagbilaran, for example, is from P1,500 to P2,500, while ferries charge around P800.

“We’re not a budget airline but the most convenient. You can’t put a price on a person’s time,” Gutierrez said, citing that they can do in around 20 minutes the four to five hours land travel to Kandaya Resort in Daanbantayan.

Air Juan Cebu

JUST MINUTES AWAY. Top beach and island destinations will soon be just minutes away from Cebu with the opening of Air Juan seaplane flights.

SRP seaplane terminal

Air Juan already has hubs in Manila, Cebu, and Puerto Princesa in Palawan. While Cebu services were started last year, Air Juan operated flights out of Palawan starting four years ago.

Gutierrez said they are targeting not just foreign guests but also locals for Air Juan land and sea flights.

The seaplane terminal in SRP will provide travellers with the most convenient way to island hop, he pointed. He promised that Air Juan scheduled flights will take off even with only one passenger.

Air Juan President John Gutierrez

CONVENIENT. “We’re not a budget airline but the most convenient. You can’t put a price on a person’s time,” Air Juan President John Gutierrez tells reporters and bloggers during yesterday’s event.

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USC Boys Class ‘78 marks 40th year, holds grand reunion

The University of San Carlos (USC) Boys Class ‘78 is throwing the grandest reunion, celebrating its 40th year on January 18 to 22, 2018. “High school is the best. It’s…

The University of San Carlos (USC) Boys Class ‘78 is throwing the grandest reunion, celebrating its 40th year on January 18 to 22, 2018.

“High school is the best. It’s when friendship is pure. There are no inhibitions.” This is how Mel Sarmiento, who volunteered to initiate the gathering, remembers their high school days.

Sarmiento took the role after Ed Pebenito, who organized the reunion for both 25th and 35th year, migrated to the US.

“The reunion was supposed to be every 10 years. So the next would have been on our 45th year or perhaps celebrate 50 years. But we’re not getting any younger. We thought why not celebrate our grand reunion while we’re still fit, can play and enjoy,” he said.

“We’re already at our retirable age. Sad to say that a good number of our batch are not with us anymore. It’s high time to enjoy life. We tried our best to work hard, to provide for our family. This (reunion) is also for us to de-stress,” added Sarmiento.

University of San Carlos (USC) Boys High Class '78

University of San Carlos (USC) Boys High Class ’78 led by Mel Sarmiento, Bebot Ruiz, Agul Espinosa, and Boogie Tuaño went on a mission and gathered fellow Carolinians in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of its preparations for their 40th Grand Reunion. With a theme “USC Boys High Class ’78 goes Retro @ 40”, the reunion will be held here in Cebu City on January 18 to 22, 2018.

The preparations

What is quite challenging with his task, admits Sarmiento, is gathering people as he has lost contact with some people while a few others are unresponsive.

And so the preparations started early. The first talk about their reunion plans happened in December 2016. “We opened a chatroom for our batch and from there we assigned committees. We named point persons per area,” Sarmiento said.

The organizing group also prioritized funding and checked their costing. They decided not to solicit and instead go for corporate sponsorship as they want to provide free tickets to the event and encourage attendees.

Sarmiento and three others even went to Las Vegas on a mission. The purpose of their visit was to encourage their batchmates already residing there to come home to Cebu and join their grand reunion.

Retro at 40

The theme for the Grand Reunion is “USC Boys Class ‘78 Goes Retro at 40”. It will be a five-day activity and some of the highlights to look forward to are Pinoy Olympics, Jamming Night, Feeding Program, Sportsfest with tennis, golf, billiard, table tennis and basketball tournaments.

Sarmiento said they expect 176 batchmates to attend their grand reunion. “We have batchmates coming from abroad, Luzon and other parts of the country. We want to maximize their stay here that is why we have outlined various activities for them to enjoy.”

For more details of the Grand Reunion, you may contact Steven Sasam of Green Concepts and Events at mobile +63.923.5223321 and +63.917.5787964. For activity schedules and latest updates, visit the official website of USC Boys High ‘78 at www.uscboyshigh78.wordpress.com or official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uscboyshigh78. (Press Release)

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Cebu Travel Catalogue International 2018: One-stop-shop for travel

Whether you’re planning a local trip or going to any country in the world, get great deals in airfare and tour packages to your chosen destination during the Cebu Travel…

Whether you’re planning a local trip or going to any country in the world, get great deals in airfare and tour packages to your chosen destination during the Cebu Travel Catalogue International (CTCI) 2018 from Jan. 26-28 at Ayala Center Cebu.

The Cebu Alliance of Tour Operation Specialists (CATOS) and Cebu Travel and Tours Association (CTTA) strengthened their alliance to bring about an exceptional three-day travel show that will serve as a one-stop-shop for travellers.

CATOS President Alice Queblatin said the cooperation between the two organizations have resulted in member agencies coming up with tour packages for inbound and outbound that are varied and affordable for the Cebu Travel Catalogue International.

“The expansion of the airport and opening of more routes by domestic and international airlines will make Cebu a top travel hub. With all these, we see the need to strengthen not just tourism products but also the collaboration among industry stakeholders. We want to make travel to and from Cebu a dynamic experience,” she added.

Cebu Travel Catalogue

TRAVEL DEALS. Organizers of the Cebu Travel Catalogue International old a press conference on the three-day travel show that will serve as a one-stop-shop for travellers.

Tour, airfare, cruise deals

Tour packages to any point in the globe, promo airfares for local and international destinations, and luxury cruise deals are among the products on offer during the travel fair, according to CTTA Auditor Aida Uy.

The different travel and tour agencies will also offer discounted supplemental services for visa and other travel needs.

Uy said that those who show up during the three-day event will get freebies and have a chance to win raffle prizes.

CATOS Vice President Marget Villarica said the Cebu Travel Catalogue International 2018 encourages Cebuanos to visit local places not just international destinations. The tourism offices of Central Luzon, Eastern Visayas, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Visaya, Bohol, and Davao will also be present to provide information on travel to their respective areas.

With more domestic carriers opening new routes, it has become easier and more convenient to go from Cebu to such places as Batanes, El Nido, and Catanduanes, added CTTA Secretary Cookie Chan.

Popular destinations

For international destinations, Chan added, places with cool temperatures are popular with Philippine travellers during the Holy Week and summer break.

Travellers can expect fantastic deals on springtime travel to South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan when they book during the three-day travel fair. Jeju, which doesn’t require a visa from Filipinos, is also popular and tour packages to this South Korean destination on chartered flights will also be on offer.

CTTA Public Relations Officer Sheila Colmenares, who gave a rundown on the different activities during CTCI 2018, said there will be stage activities and entertainment shows. The travel fair will formally open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the first day, January 26.

BPI cardholders get the added advantage of booking airfare and tour packages under a zero percent interest three-month installment plan, according to CTTA Vice President Baby Dy.

CTTA President Alan Carvajal urged Cebuanos to take advantage of the exceptional offers by planning their 2018 trips during the Cebu Travel Catalogue International 2018 from January 26-28 at Ayala Center Cebu.

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Mandani Bay Boardwalk offers best view of fluvial procession

The fluvial procession, when the miraculous image of the Sto. Niño is transported through the Mactan Channel, is a much-anticipated Sinulog event. This year, the procession will be held on…

The fluvial procession, when the miraculous image of the Sto. Niño is transported through the Mactan Channel, is a much-anticipated Sinulog event. This year, the procession will be held on Saturday, January 20.

One of the best places to view the annual event is at the Mandani Bay Boardwalk. Everyone is welcome to join the festivities at the Boardwalk. This is the third year that Mandani Bay is hosting the fluvial parade from the vantage point on the mainland, part of its participation in the Fiesta Señor and Sinulog celebrations.

Mandani Bay’s participation is also part of the City of Mandaue’s overall safety, security, and logistics program for the annual observance of the Feast of the Señor St. Niño.

Mandani Bay

MANDANI BAY. At the heart of the development is the Green Promenade, a wide tree-lined avenue that cuts through the centre of the property, lending the environment a refreshing spirit that encourages an active lifestyle amongst residents. The Boardwalk enables relaxation, evening walks and lounging to a spectacular view of the Mactan Channel.

Best view

The Mandani Bay development presents the best view of the galleon, which, this year, will be the Philippine Navy’s BRP Bagobo AT-293, bearing the image of the Holy Child and other seacraft, as it is an unobstructed stretch on the mainland bank of the Mactan Channel.

Gates open at 4:30 am. Sinulog street dancing, drum beaters and songs will engage guests as everyone waits for the procession to pass through.

Food will be available onsite. Concessionaires will have food booths serving a variety of meals and delicacies. Guests with invitations will be served breakfast.

The event at Mandani Bay will be aired live on Y101 with Jiggy Jr.’s Jiggy in the Morning.

Mandani Bay is Cebu’s most promising development. With a 500-meter water frontage facing the Mactan Channel, this world-class 20-hectare development has a stunning view of the coast and encompassing cityscape.

Premium mixed-use community

Built around a lifestyle of connectivity, this premium mixed-use community hosts a series of expansive podium blocks interconnected by footbridges. Residential towers rise from each of the podiums’ amenity roof decks, whilst street front retail thrives along the wide boulevards.

At the base, the buildings are also connected by a system of exclusive parking spaces weaving throughout the property. For strolling aboveground or driving and parking underground, Mandani Bay provides complete convenience allowing time for loftier pursuits.

At the heart of Mandani Bay is the Green Promenade, a wide tree-lined avenue that cuts through the centre of the property, lending the environment a refreshing spirit that encourages an active lifestyle amongst residents. The Boardwalk enables relaxation, evening walks and lounging to a spectacular view of the Mactan Channel.

Mandani Bay has set the bar for a new era of development in the Philippines. (Press Release)

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Islands Souvenirs highlights tribal fusion in Cut & Style Sinulog 2018 designs

Tribal fusion characterized by feathers and gems is this year’s theme for the Islands Souvenirs Cut & Style campaign as it returns for the sixth year with a new lineup…

Tribal fusion characterized by feathers and gems is this year’s theme for the Islands Souvenirs Cut & Style campaign as it returns for the sixth year with a new lineup of designs for your Sinulog 2018 #OOTDs.

Personalization and customization are still very much in trend, and this year’s styles and accessories are new and have never been used in the past, said Islands Group executive vice president Camille V. Aldeguer.

Islands Souvenirs launched its Cut & Style campaign last Friday, January 12, at the Northwing in SM City Cebu. It is one of the places where one can pick a Sinulog shirt from over a hundred designs plus embellishments like feathers, studs, and beads and have it cut and styled.

Sinulog Cut and Style

SINULOG CUT & STYLE. Islands Souvenirs incorporates tribal fusion characterized by feathers and gems in this year’s campaign.

Customers can also choose to paint their shirts with safe and washable festival dust for a more colorful Sinulog 2018 experience. The Cut & Style gives festival-goers tons of options to create an unforgettable Sinulog experience.

Cut & Style fashion show

Islands Souvenirs will hold the Cut & Style Grand Fashion Show on January 19, 2018 at the SM City Northwing featuring this year’s Cut & Style Ambassadors, Binibining Cebu Queens Apriel Smith, Samantha Ashley Lo, and Maria Gigante.

Sinulog Cut and Style locations

LOCATIONS. Islands Souvenirs Cut & Style is available in SM Northwing (shown in photo) and Islands Souvenirs stores in SM City Cebu upper ground floor, SM City Cebu Atrium, Robinsons Place Fuente, SM Seaside City, Sinulog Square (Magallanes St., across Magellan’s Cross).

Master couturier and fashion icon Cary Santiago will also feature his exclusive Cut & Style creations on the runway.

Celebrity siblings Donny and Hannah Pangilinan, plus other celebrity guests, and local Cebu celebrities will perform during the fashion event as a special treat.

Aside from Northwing, Cut & Style is also available in Islands Souvenirs stores in SM City Cebu upper ground floor, SM City Cebu Atrium, Robinsons Place Fuente, SM Seaside City, Sinulog Square (Magallanes St., across Magellan’s Cross).

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6TH YEAR. Islands Souvenirs Cut & Style campaign as it returns for the sixth year with a new lineup of designs for your Sinulog 2018 #OOTDs.

 

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TRIBAL FUSION. This year’s theme is tribal fusion characterized by feathers and gems.

 

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SINULOG #OOTD. The Cut & Style gives festival-goers tons of options to create an unforgettable Sinulog experience.

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Marco Polo Cebu hosts grand New Year’s Eve party

Ring in 2018 with great music and a delectable feast in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s “All That Glitters” New Year’s Eve countdown party at the Grand Balcony. Enjoy games, raffles,…

Ring in 2018 with great music and a delectable feast in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s “All That Glitters” New Year’s Eve countdown party at the Grand Balcony.

Enjoy games, raffles, and a fireworks display.

The hotel has prepared a grand New Year’s celebration featuring Deuce aka Patty Tiu, Cebu’s top DJs, and a pyrotechnic display.

The hotel has prepared a grand New Year’s celebration featuring Deuce aka Patty Tiu, Cebu’s top DJs, and a pyrotechnic display

Tickets are sold at the following prices:

Regular
P1,000 per person, comes with 2 bar drinks

VIP
P2,500, comes with free cocktail buffet and a selection of beers and juices

Grand VIP
P17,000, comes with a table at the VIP Lounge for 4 guests and free cocktail buffet, selection of beers and juices, and bottle of champagne

Guests also get a chance to win a Cebu Pacific Air round trip tickets from Cebu to Narita and Cebu to Taipei and other fabulous raffle prizes.

For ticket sales, call +63 32 2531111 or email [email protected].

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Marco Polo whips up holiday feast in Festive Buffet

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu unveiled in a special preview its Festive Buffet set for the Christmas season, and it is another level of delicious. Available from December 16-23 and 26-30,…

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu unveiled in a special preview its Festive Buffet set for the Christmas season, and it is another level of delicious.

Available from December 16-23 and 26-30, 2017 at Cafe Marco, the grand feast will include such holiday treats as prime beef, roast turkey, sugar glazed ham, English fruitcake, ensaymada, bibingka, pumpkin pie, black forest Christmas log, and assorted cookies.

Also in the menu are traditional Filipino fares like puto bumbong, macaroni salad, chicken relleno, and Filipino macaroons.

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Roast Turkey.

Festive Buffet rates

MyCebu.ph was among a group of media and bloggers invited to try out the Festive Buffet in a special preview of the culinary offering last December 5 at Cafe Marco.

The holiday season dishes included in the Festive Buffet are on top of Cafe Marco’s international spread.

Buffet rates start from P1,250 net per person during lunch and P1,540 net per person at dinner.

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Christmas ensaymada

Roast turkey

During the special preview, Marco Polo Plaza sous chef Luigi Mangubat showed how to properly carve up a roast turkey. He said that turkey has both red and white meat.

Red meat makes up the thigh and leg part while white meat can be found in the breast area.

Cafe Marco’s roast turkey comes with a special cranberry sauce and you can have it at home, too.

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Bibingka

Holiday favorites

Manna Alcaraz, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Communications Manager, said they now accept orders for USDA roast beef, roast turkey, pineapple glazed ham, and chicken relleno.

Why not complete your festive table at home with Marco Polo’s classic take on some of these holiday favorites?

  • USDA roast beef (7 kg) – P7,000
  • Roasted turkey (7 kg) with side dishes – P5,500
  • Pineapple glazed ham (4.5 kg) – P3,800
  • Chicken relleno – P2,500

Orders require a lead time of two days. For bookings and reservations, email [email protected] or call (032) 253-1111 local 8429.

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Cherry Christmas Ensaymada and Christmas Ensaymada

 

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Puto Bumbong.

 

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Macaroons.

 

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Fruit Cake.

 

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Chicken Relleno.

 

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Christmas Log.

 

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Marco Polo Plaza sous chef Luigi Mangubat shows how to properly carve up a roast turkey.

 

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CHRISTMAS SPREAD. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Festive Buffet set for the Christmas season is available from December 16-23 and 26-30 at Cafe Marco.

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NEST Home and Fabrique Shop highlights Filipino creativity in arts, craft

Handmade shoes and bags, beautiful art pillows, novelty fabric, fashion accessories, and home accents curated by renowned Cebuano fashion designer Philip Rodriguez are available in the NEST Home and Fabrique…

Handmade shoes and bags, beautiful art pillows, novelty fabric, fashion accessories, and home accents curated by renowned Cebuano fashion designer Philip Rodriguez are available in the NEST Home and Fabrique Shop.

The shop, which opened yesterday, is located on 38 Gorordo Avenue, beside Ramen Kamekichi.

NEST Home and Fabrique Shop

Door stoppers

“NEST is the ideal shopping destination or distinct gift items. It is a special collaboration of innovative artist-entrepreneurs where fashion meets home ware,” the company said in a statement.

In curating products for the shop, Rodriguez said he is on the lookout for “anything Filipino but very contemporary.”

Among the items sold in the shop are beautifully crafted furniture made of denim and driftwood and done by a group of women in northern Cebu.

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Beautiful art pillows

“We want more artisan crafts,” Rodriguez said, “to preserve our heritage.”

Also available in the store are accessories made of sea glass. “These are broken glass that you see it in the shoreline and they polish it and with the help of the Dutch government they train the women to turn it into jewelry accessories,” he said.

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OPENING. (From left) Patrice Uytengsu, Selina Romualdez, Vanessa Gaston, and Philip Rodriguez during the opening of NEST Home and Fabrique Shop.

The items, along with the artworks that are displayed, will be regularly updated.

“We will be regularly changing the theme. Every season there will be new personalities coming in whom we will highlight,” he said.

“NEST takes pride in promoting the integrity of Filipino creativity and supporting the advocacy of the Filipino artist by providing an accessible and fitting venue to showcase their works of art,” the company said.

NEST is open 11 am to 7 pm on Mondays to Saturdays. For more information, you can contact the shop at +6332 231 2590.

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SEA GLASS. This necklace is made from polished broken glass weathered by the sea and found on the shore.

 

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LOCATION. NEST Home and Fabrique Shop is located on 38 Gorordo Avenue, beside Ramen Kamekichi.

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Axis Entertainment Avenue lines up fun activities for holiday season

Axis Entertainment Avenue transforms into a Christmas Candy Land and celebrates the festive season with live bands, holiday bazaar, and weekend farmers’ market. Ian Martin Borromeo of Vibo Place said…

Axis Entertainment Avenue transforms into a Christmas Candy Land and celebrates the festive season with live bands, holiday bazaar, and weekend farmers’ market.

Ian Martin Borromeo of Vibo Place said they have lined up several fun activities in time for the holiday celebration because they want the best experiences in the best surroundings for their customers.

Axis Entertainment Avenue is part of the two-hectare development along Escario St. that was rebranded to Vibo Place from its old name of Cebu Capitol Commercial Complex Corp. The area also hosts Cebu Grand Hotel, The Apartelle, and and CAIAA Center.

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LAUNCHING. Ian Martin Borromeo (left) and Allen Andre B. Suarez during the launching of Christmas Candy Land at the Axis Entertainment Venue.

“We have live bands performing at the Axis Courtyard several times a week, a farmers’ market during the weekends, and holiday market where aspiring entrepreneurs get to display their wares,” he added during the Christmas Candy Land launch last November 30, 2017.

Christmas activities

The Christmas activities at Vibo Place are geared towards simple but joyful and meaningful celebrations, said marketing and leasing head Allen Andre B. Suarez.

He added that they were excited to offer more to customers, citing that new office spaces will be opened in Vibo Place and at a company-owned property just across the road in early 2018. Another plan for next year was to open residential spaces along Osmeña Boulevard in Cebu City.

Axis Vibo Place

This Christmas, guests can see large candy canes, giant lollipops, and peppermint candies spread throughout the place.

Axis Entertainment Avenue brims with good tidings for the Christmas season and guests can see over 50 large candy canes, giant lollipops, and peppermint candies spread throughout the place. The centerpiece decoration is the Gingerbread House, which is perfect for photos with families and friends.

As one of Cebu’s top dining and entertainment destinations, Axis Entertainment Avenue houses 22 tenants ranging from world-renowned brands to homegrown restaurants distributed among six clusters centered around the Axis Courtyard.

Axis Holiday Market

The Axis Holiday Market during the holiday season provides aspiring entrepreneurs and business-savvy professionals a venue to display their wares.

Axis Holiday Market

The Axis Holiday Market during the holiday season provides aspiring entrepreneurs and business-savvy professionals a venue to display their wares.

Axis has opened 24 slots, 13 of which have already been filled, for all manners of merchandise. Goods can range from clothes, perfumes, and accessories to various take-away dishes from all over the world.

A market slot with an area of 1.5 x 2m per costs only P2,000 per week and is open every Thursday-Sunday from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. Those interested in joining may reach out through the Axis Instagram and Facebook accounts, email [email protected], or call (032) 412-2316.

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Marco Polo Plaza marks season of giving with Christmas Tree of Hope

Amid joyful songs and graceful dances, Marco Polo Plaza lights up one of the most beautiful Christmas trees in Cebu to mark the beginning of the festive season. But this…

Amid joyful songs and graceful dances, Marco Polo Plaza lights up one of the most beautiful Christmas trees in Cebu to mark the beginning of the festive season.

But this isn’t just any ordinary holiday decoration; it is the Christmas Tree of Hope.

Marco Polo Tree of Hope

CHRISTMAS POEM. Marco Polo Plaza general manager Brian Connelly reads a Christmas poem to mark the lighting of the hotel’s Tree of Hope.

During this season of giving, the Tree of Hope accepts donations for underprivileged Filipinos through hotel partner GMA Kapuso Foundation.

Marco Polo Plaza General Manager Mr. Brian Connelly said during the lighting of the Christmas Tree of Hope last November 25, 2017 that it has given more than a million pesos to aid in such projects as Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan, Give a Gift Project, and Operation Bayanihan.

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One of the performances during the event.

Christmas Tree of Hope donations

Becoming part of this exemplary enterprise is easy. All you need to do is buy a Christmas ball for 200 pesos each and you get to hang it on the Tree of Hope with your good wishes, said Marco Polo Plaza Communications Manager Manna Alcazar.

The hotel has partnered with one of the world’s top airlines, Cathay Pacific, for Christmas 2017 so donors get a chance to win something for themselves when they donate to the Christmas Tree of Hope.

Those who buy two or more Christmas balls get a raffle ticket and a chance at the round trip flight to Hong Kong prize care of Cathay Pacific.

Performances by the Children’s Paradise Montessori Choir, Cebu Centre for Dance, Dreamcatchers, and GMA’s Migo Adecer entertained guests during the tree-lighting ceremony.

Tree of Hope

Marco Polo Plaza Tree of Hope

GMA 7 Cebu station manager Ann Marie Tan.

 

Connie Cimafranca of Cathay Pacific.

 

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Marco Polo Plaza Tree of Hope

 

Marco Polo Plaza Tree of Hope

 

Marco Polo Plaza Tree of Hope

DONATION. Buy a Christmas ball for 200 pesos each and you get to hang it on the Tree of Hope with your good wishes. If you buy 2 or more, you get a raffle ticket and a chance at the round-trip flight to Hong Kong prize care of Cathay Pacific.

 

Marco Polo Tree of Hope

The beautiful Tree of Hope dominates the Marco Polo Plaza lobby.

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Shangri-La’s Mactan lines up festive events in Yuletide Bliss

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu transforms into a whimsical oasis as it celebrates the Christmas holidays with a generous bundle of five-star dining experiences and exhilarating recreational fun in…

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu transforms into a whimsical oasis as it celebrates the Christmas holidays with a generous bundle of five-star dining experiences and exhilarating recreational fun in “Yuletide Bliss.”

The seaside resort brightens up for the festive season with adornments of blue and gold, seen nowhere more clearly than in the cluster of magical Christmas trees and hot air balloon decor in the lobby area.

Memorable moments await all guests, who are encouraged to share their holiday stories with the #AlwaysMerryHere tag.

Christmas is also the season of giving and Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa pays it forward with a generous donation to the completion of the Sustainable Garden of Children’s Haven Orphanage.

The resort also contributed to the orphanage in behalf of media guests who attended the tree-lighting ceremony held last November 24, 2017.

Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa Christmas

CHRISTMAS LIGHTING. Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza and Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa General Manager Rene Egle listen to Christmas carols during a performance held to mark the lighting of the resort’s Christmas Tree.

Christmas dinners

No celebration is ever complete without a feast, and Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa has lined up a variety of options for guests at its world class restaurants.

Tides will serve a world of flavors in a Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet at P2,650++ per person and a Christmas Day Dinner Buffet at P2,450++ per person. It includes free-flowing red, white, and sparkling wine, plus a meaningful serenade by a Christmas choir.

Italian restaurant Acqua and seafood al fresco Cowrie Cove will both have Christmas Eve set dinners available at P2,250++per person and P2,650++ per person, respectively. Both are four-course set menus inclusive of a celebratory glass of Prosecco.

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu tree lighting

#AlwaysMerryHere. Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu general manager Rene Egle welcomes guests to the resort’s tree lighting. The resort encouraged guests to share their holiday stories with the #AlwaysMerryHere tag.

Wine Bar offers a breezy seaside nightcap with Flair Tending Shows by its very own bar talents on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Christmas Day in a tropical wonderland is all about fun and even Santa gets in on the action. Instead of a sleigh, Santa Claus will come at 11 a.m. on Christmas Day in a thrilling parasail ride to the beachfront. He will visit the Adventure Zone gardens and Tides to greet guests.

CELEBRATION. Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa General Manager Rene Egle and Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza.

New Year feasts

The coming of the New Year brings with it its own tantalizing celebrations. Shangri-La’s Mactan welcomes 2018 with a combination of scrumptious food, free-flowing wine, and marvelous entertainment.

At Tides, there will be a New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet at P2,650++ per person and New Year’s Day Sparkling Dinner Buffet at P2,250++ per person. Both come with free-flowing wine and marvelous performances by a Flash Mob and Strolling Band.

As midnight draws near, guests may enjoy the night away in glamor and wonder at the Under the Stars Countdown Party. The event starts at 11 p.m. at The Marquee with door charge of P2,500 net per person. A spectacular fireworks follows at the beachfront.

Shangri-La's Mactan Yuletide Bliss

Festive activities

Early on January 1, the resort arranges a refreshing start for 2018 with the New Year’s Day Yoga from 7 a.m. at the beachfront. A fit and fabulous day continues in the afternoon through the New Year’s Day Aqua Aerobics at 4:30 p.m. at the Main Pool.

Other activities lined up for the festive season: holiday wellness package at CHI, The Spa; arts and crafts at Adventure Zone; Movie Under the Stars on Christmas Day; and 12 Days of Christmas Instagram contest for resort guests.

For inquiries and reservations, guests may call (63 32) 231 0288 or send an email to [email protected].

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Bestselling YA authors Jennifer Smith, Jasmine Warga sign books for Cebu fans

Young Adult (YA) author Jennifer Smith was at a queue in a convenience store when the inspiration for her latest book Windfall came in the form of a man with…

Young Adult (YA) author Jennifer Smith was at a queue in a convenience store when the inspiration for her latest book Windfall came in the form of a man with stocks of lottery tickets in his hand.

“I’ve always been interested in moments of change, that exact time when someone’s life changes. There’s not a better example of that than through winning the lottery,” she explained in an interview shortly before a book signing event at Ayala Center Cebu.

National Book Store brought another two bestselling authors, Smith and Jasmine Warga, to the Philippines. NBS hosted the book signing events for Smith and Warga last November 11 in Cebu and on November 12 at SM Aura Premier in Taguig.

Smith authored several bestselling young adult novels, including “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight,” “This Is What Happy Looks Like,” and “The Geography of You and Me.” Warga wrote such books as “My Heart and Other Black Holes” and “Here We Are Now.”

Jennifer Smith, Jasmine Warga

BOOK SIGNING. Jasmine Warga (left) and Jennifer Smith talk to Cebu journalists before their book signing session with fans in Ayala Center Cebu.

Young Adult book themes

Windfall, which was published in May 2017, revolves around a young woman, Alice, who buys a lottery ticket for her best friend Teddy. It ends up winning him the $140 million but the money soon creates a gap between them.

Warga’s new book Here We Are Now tackles the life of Taliah, who recently meets her biological father Julian. He asks her to go to Indiana with him to meet her dying grandfather. Taliah goes on a journey with her father, and soon learns he wasn’t the father she hoped for all these years.

Her other book My Heart and Other Black Holes touches on such topics as teen romance, mental health, suicide and has been translated into over 20 languages.

Warga said music, though she has no aptitude for it in the way that musicians have, is a common theme of her book because she considers it the closest thing to magic in this world.

Jennifer Smith, Jasmine Warga

IN CEBU. Jennifer Smith and Jasmine Warga sign books for fans during an event in Cebu.

Writing inspirations

Smith and Warga talked about how they became writers, their writing process, inspiration for their books, and favorite authors.

The two said they had a great experience and already tasted a variety of Filipino food. What they haven’t done yet but wanted to do was try the local Jollibee branch.

All of Smith’s and Warga’s books are available at several National Book Store branches in the Philippines.

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Japanese brand Miniso opens 1st store in Cebu

Quality products for a “very affordable price,” that’s what Miniso offers in its store, a company official said during the opening of its first branch in Cebu. Miniso opened in…

Quality products for a “very affordable price,” that’s what Miniso offers in its store, a company official said during the opening of its first branch in Cebu.

Miniso opened in SM City Cebu on November 3. The store has been packed with shoppers since then.

Filipinos have taken to the store brand and response has been very good, said Miniso Philippines Inc. president Michael Hong in an interview during the opening.

Miniso Cebu

ELECTRONICS like these headphones are a popular category in Miniso.

Miniso branches in Philippines

Hong said Filipinos are amazed with their product offerings. “Wow. A lot of wows. A lot of suprises,” he said.

The SM City Cebu branched is the 36th in the country. They opened in the Philippine in June 2016, said Hong. Miniso will be opening 10 more by yearend, he said.

Miniso Cebu

OPENING. Miniso and SM officials lead the opening of the store.

He said they’ve always wanted to open in Cebu, being a major city, but had to wait for space to be available. They will soon open in SM Consolacion and SM Seaside City.

Hong said they are also considering a store in Ayala Center Cebu.

Miniso Cebu

NOW IN CEBU. Miniso has opened in SM City Cebu. It will soon be in SM Consolacion and SM Seaside City.

Wide range of products

Miniso sells a wide range of items from gadgets, stationery, kitchenware, toys, bags, cosmetics, among its many categories.

“What’s important is the value for money. We offer good quality but at a very affordable price. It’s not cheap – it’s really the value for the money,” said Hong.

Miniso Cebu

MINISO pens.

He said Miniso is a Japanese brand and the Japanese take pride in quality control, he said.

“Good quality, unique style, trendy, reliable and low price. These are the features of Miniso’s products,” the company said in its website.

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Our stash of Miniso notebooks.

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