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Top 3 exciting reasons why you shouldn’t miss SM City Consolacion sale

There are three big reasons not to miss SM City’s Consolacion’s 3-day sale. From September 14-16, SM will once again fill stacks with good finds at up to 70 percent…

There are three big reasons not to miss SM City’s Consolacion’s 3-day sale.

From September 14-16, SM will once again fill stacks with good finds at up to 70 percent off in prices. But what is it that makes this sale the biggest north of Cebu?

Here are the top three reasons:

1. Freebies for early birds

It always pays to come early and, in this case, SM City Consolacion will reward early shoppers with freebies that will satisfy morning cravings.

For the three days of sale, the first 100 shoppers to claim their raffle coupons in the redemption booth will each be given a Jollibee Yum burger, a Dunkin’ Donuts donut, and a glass of Greenwich iced tea. In addition to these treats, the first 50 shoppers will also receive World of Fun and Quantum game tokens.

You get more with your shopping as the mall’s establishments will also be giving away freebies and novelty prizes to the first 100 shoppers who can present a single receipt purchase worth 500 pesos. They’ve also gone digital with their QR Code promo “Yes You Scan” where 20 lucky shoppers can win up to 1000 pesos worth of SM GCs.

SM Consolacion Sale

2. Discounts upon discounts for cardholders

SM’s loyal cardholders are always treated like royalty with the exclusive discounts from affiliate stores: Ace Hardware, Miniso, SM Appliance, Surplus, Watsons and The SM Store.

On Friday, SM Prestige and BDO Rewards cardholders will enjoy additional 10 percent discount for the whole day. SM Advantage, SM Prestige and BDO Rewards cardholders get another exclusive 10 percent off for the first three hours on Saturday.

If they can’t make it on Saturday morning, SM City Consolacion extends the same 10 percent discount to SM Advantage, SM Prestige and BDO Rewards cardholders from 5-7 pm.

SM Consolacion

3. A chance to win a brand new Suzuki Celerio

The sweet icing on the cake will be the grand raffle prize, which is a brand new Suzuki Celerio. One lucky shopper gets to bring this fine ride home. To join, you simply present your receipts to the redemption booth. For every P1000 worth of purchases, the shopper gets one raffle coupon.

Those with the SM Mobile App get 2 extra coupons. On Saturday and Sunday, they get double coupons. Raffle draw is on September 16, 10 pm, at the Event Center.

Everyone’s a winner with huge discounts, prizes, and freebies at SM City Consolacion’s 3-Day Sale from September 14 to 16. Mall hours on September 14 and 16, Friday and Sunday, will be from 10 am-10 pm. Mall opens early at 9 am and closes 10 pm on Saturday, September 15.

Block your schedules, write down your shopping list, and be ready for non-stop shopping and entertainment. For details and more updates, please call 2600132 or like the official SM City Consolacion (Official) page on Facebook. (Press Release)

SM Consolacion Sale

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Access sites, apps for free and win prizes with freenet app

More than just an app by which you can access websites and apps for free, freenet is now a platform where users can win prizes and rewards. “Our freenet users…

More than just an app by which you can access websites and apps for free, freenet is now a platform where users can win prizes and rewards.

“Our freenet users get to enjoy free data access to our partner sites, while getting rewarded at the same time with points that they can redeem for items in the freenet shop. With the Dailygaya raffle promo, they get the chance to win more rewards. We’re happy to share this awesome digital experience to more Cebuanos,” said Dindo G. Marzan, managing director of hatch, the digital marketing technology arm of Voyager Innovations.

Marzan was in Cebu recently to share the update on freenet with local bloggers and journalists.

Freenet Cebu

FREENET. Dindo Marzan, Managing Director for hatch, marketing technology arm of Voyager Innovations, talks about freenet in a briefing with Cebu bloggers and journalists.

 

Digital campaigns

Freenet started as a way for people to access websites and apps like Facebook for free. It’s more than just free access now, Marzan said during the press conference.

He said companies like Lazada and BPI partner with their platform to mount digital campaigns. With BPI, for example, the bank saw an increase in mobile banking after a campaign for people to use its app with freenet, Marzan said.

The app now has 7 million users.

To reward its users, freenet is giving away prizes ranging from PayMaya credits, smartphones, to brand new motorcycles via its Dailygaya raffle promo. The promo runs until September 29. You can register until September 24.

Freenet Dailygaya prizes

There have already been 2 Cebuano winners in the promo, Marzan said.

To join, one only needs to install the freenet app and sign up for an account.

On Sundays, P2,000 worth of Sodexo GCs are up for grabs. On Mondays and Fridays, freenet will give away 10,000 freenet points that can be used to redeem airtime load, data packages, as well as gaming pins.

On Tuesdays, freenet gives away PayMaya credits while on Wednesdays, they will raffle off a Supreme 4K action cam. On Thursdays, users have a chance to win a Huawei Y6 2018. On Saturdays, freenet users get the chance to win 3 JBL FLIP speakers, a GoPro session, an iPhone 7+, a PS4, or a Yamaha SZ1.

Winners are announced daily on the freenet Facebook page.

Freenet Cebu

DAILYGAYA PROMO. From left, Kim Vargas, Senior Public Relations Officer for Voyager Innovations; Dindo Marzan, Managing Director for hatch, marketing technology arm of Voyager Innovations; Nick Wilwayco, Head of PR and Communications for Voyager Innovations, during the Cebu briefing on freenet.

 

Freenet concert

With freenet, those who shop on Lazada and transact via PayMaya can do so free of data charge. It also has Netzee Hour, which allows people to use certain sites for free on different hours of the day: post photos on Facebook from 7am to 8am, read tweets on Twitter at from 12pm to 1pm or play Mobile Legends and PUBG from 8pm to 10pm, the company said in a press release.

Members of the freenet community are also offered “missions” that allow them to earn points that can be redeemed for prepaid load, data packages, gaming pins and gift coupons. Users also get the chance to watch FREENIVERSAYA: A freenet concert on September 20 by redeeming a concert ticket inside the app using their points. The concert will have performances by artists like Bamboo, KZ Tandingan, Gloc9, Moira Dela Torre, Shanti Dope, Ben&Ben, and Hashtags.

Freenet can be downloaded by users of any network. Those in Smart, Sun, and TNT, however, get free access to apps and sites of top brands in the country including PayMaya, Lendr, Lazada, Philippine Star, and many more.

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Cebu Journeys 2018 showcases local destinations, products

Local delicacies and travel products in 20 Cebu towns and cities are showcased at the Cebu Provincial Capitol during the 3-day travel fair Cebu Journeys 2018. The fair closes tomorrow,…

Local delicacies and travel products in 20 Cebu towns and cities are showcased at the Cebu Provincial Capitol during the 3-day travel fair Cebu Journeys 2018. The fair closes tomorrow, August 30.

On display at the Capitol Social Hall are homemade rhums and jams from Samboan, Guilang’s tablea from Argao, cranberry juice from Santander, ground and roasted coffee beans from Tuburan, rice cakes and budbud from Asturias, podreda cookies from Oslob, cassava cookies from Tudela, and a wide range of specialty merchandise produced from abundant local resource.

Cebu Journeys Argao torta and tableya

Torta and tableya from Argao.

Travel made easier

There are such products as hablon from Argao, decorative pieces made using upcycled materials from Naga, baskets from Tabogon and San Remigio, woven mats from Pilar, soap and polvoron with goat milk as main ingredient from Bogo, and turmeric tea from Alegria.

Through Cebu Journeys 2018, which is initiated by the Cebu Provincial Tourism Office, travel to top local destinations has also been made easier.

Cebu Journeys Tuburan coffee.

Tuburan coffee.

Ever wanted to visit or go on a repeat trip to Camotes? You can get all the information you need from representatives of local government units that make up the Camotes Group of Islands present at the travel fair.

The town of Dalaguete offers a tour package that includes excursions to historical landmarks, cold spring and mountain, flower and strawberry farms, and vegetable market.

Cebu Journeys Cranberry juice from Santander

Cranberry juice from Santander

Town destinations

Oslob showcases island getaways to Sumilon, waterfalls experience, and whale shark adventure.

Aloguinsan offers the Bojo River Cruise with sumptuous lunch and snacks as well as handicraft demo.

Want a more adventurous tour? Alegria has you covered with its canyoneering experience.

Cebu Journeys Hablon from Argao.

Hablon from Argao.

South of Cebu, the Naga boardwalk is an experience that shouldn’t be missed. That’s not all it offers, though. It also has treks to Mt. Naupa and world class sports facilities that include an eight-lane Olympic size swimming pool.

The dive paradise that is Moalboal also offers beach and island hopping experiences as well as caving and heritage site visits.

Cebu Journeys 2018

OPENING. Cebu First Lady Jobel Davide and Department of Tourism Central Visayas Director Shalimar Tamano lead the opening of Cebu Journeys 2018 at the Capitol Social Hall.

Guests get a passport stamped with the 20 participating Cebu towns and cities. They will need to have all these signed by local government representatives. In the passport are three questions about Cebu that they must answer before they can submit it with their details to organizers for a chance to win great prizes.

Cebu Journeys 2018

MUSIC. Trixie Anne Alturas of Parklane with her colleagues perform during the event.

The event is sponsored by Smart Communications Inc.

Get all the details to top Cebu destinations and enjoy local delicacies while you’re at it when you check out the Cebu Journeys 2018 Travel Fair.

Cebu Journeys

THE CHEFS. These chefs of different Cebu hotels showcased Cebuano cuisine with a high-end twist. The chefs are June Fernandez of Parklane, Melba Pranza of Golden Prince, Deofrey Vistal of Radisson Blu, Coke Semblante of Radisson Blu, and Richard Hao of USJ-R.

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Get huge discounts in Ayala Center Cebu’s Midnight Madness Sale on August 31

Get ready for an all-nighter as the region’s premier lifestyle destination gives mallgoers great discounts of up to 70% off plus the chance to win exciting prizes at their midnight…

Get ready for an all-nighter as the region’s premier lifestyle destination gives mallgoers great discounts of up to 70% off plus the chance to win exciting prizes at their midnight sale on Friday, August 31.

Shop and dine to join the raffle. At stake are two 2 sleep bracelets, a massage chair, and a mattress and two pillows when you present a minimum receipt of P500, P1,000 and P1,500 respectively to the concierge near Vero Moda.

Rocksteddy

Redeeming of raffle coupons is until 12 midnight only on August 31. Gift items will also be given out every hour starting 8 p.m. until midnight.

On the same day, enjoy live music at The Terraces. Performing at 8 p.m. are the young students of the Brown Academy of Music. Rocksteddy will then perform live at 10 p.m. (Press Release)

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The Mactan Newtown holds grandest “Lechon Festival” in Cebu

Everyone agrees that the best lechon is found in the “Queen City of the South.” In the Philippines, no festival would be a complete celebration without the world-renowned lechon on…

Everyone agrees that the best lechon is found in the “Queen City of the South.”

In the Philippines, no festival would be a complete celebration without the world-renowned lechon on the table.

In celebration of this culinary pride, The Mactan Newtown, in partnership with the Lapu-Lapu City Government, is once again putting the spotlight on the world-famous Cebu lechon, along with the rich history, artistry, and skill that goes into preparing this celebrated dish, with its very own “Lechon Festival.”

Mactan Newtown Lechon Festival

 

From August 1 to August 12, foodies can indulge in the finest lechons right off the roasting pit of Cebu’s best lechon makers as The Mactan Newtown Lechon Festival showcases Cebu’s mouthwatering dish for tourists, guests, and locals.

“This annual gastronomic and cultural celebration is aimed at bringing awareness to small-scale and less commercialized lechon businesses. Apart from giving local businesses the platform to showcase their lechon products, we are also looking to raise the status of this great dish as a main pillar of food tourism in Cebu. Through this, we hope to grow Cebu’s reputation further as a top tourist attraction, while also becoming a catalyst for regional economic growth and more livelihood opportunities,” said Kevin Tan, Head of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls.

Lechon Festival Lapu-Lapu

LIVE ROASTING. Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Head Hembler Mendoza and Megaworld Lifestyle Mall Vice President and Head of Marketing and Business Development Tefel Pesigan-Valentino lead the live lechon roasting at The Mactan Newtown as part of the Lechon Festival.

 

Week-long ‘lechon’ festivities underway

Experience a dining celebration like no other at the 500-seater Mactan Alfresco where you can savor the best iterations of Cebu’s beloved pork dish. Sample the signature lechon varieties from Cebu’s best lechon-makers, including delicious arrays of lechon-themed dishes and lechon pairings.

Making this delicious gathering even more appetizing is The Mactan Newtown’s introduction of exclusive lechon deals throughout the week-long festival. From August 3 to 12, guests can avail themselves of a whopping price drop of P400 per kilo of lechon for a limited time only from all participating lechon sellers.

Lechon sisig by KKB Seafood.

Lechon sisig by KKB Seafood.

 

Festival goers can also immerse themselves through the entire lechon preparation process at Mactan Alfresco’s very own Lechon Pit. Here, they can witness how a lechon is prepared right before their very eyes—from seasoning to roasting at the coal pit, to portioning, and serving on their own plates.

The 30-hectare The Mactan Newtown of Megaworld is the country’s first “Live-Work-Play-Learn” lifestyle township with its own beachfront located in Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island, Cebu. For more information, visit www.megaworld-lifestylemalls.com or like The Mactan Newtown on Facebook or follow @mactannewtown_ on Instagram and Twitter. (Press Release)

Lechon Festival Mactan Newtown

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Big Bad Wolf joins Cebu LitFest

The Big Bad Wolf book sale is the talk of Cebu with over a million brand new books and over 20,000 titles on sale at 80% off regular prices. The…

The Big Bad Wolf book sale is the talk of Cebu with over a million brand new books and over 20,000 titles on sale at 80% off regular prices. The sale at the IEC Convention Center continues to draw massive crowds.

Behind Big Bad Wolf are its founders Andrew Yap and Jacqueline Ng. Cebuanos can get to know them more at the Cebu Literary Festival.

Scheduled to speak at 11 am on Sunday, July 22, at the Activity Center of Ayala Center Cebu, the leaders of the pack who brought the world’s biggest, baddest book sale to Cebu for the first time, will talk about their Big Bad Wolf Cebu journey, their Cebu experience, and how and why they started the movement in Malaysia in 2009.

BIG BAD WOLF book sale founders Jacqueline Ng and Andrew Yap.

BIG BAD WOLF book sale founders Jacqueline Ng and Andrew Yap.

Andrew and Jacqueline will also answer questions from the audience who want to know more about the Big Bad Wolf books. Joining them will be Miguel Mercado, marketing head of Big Bad Wolf Philippines.

The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is known for offering a wide selection of high-quality English books at huge discounts. Readers can expect to find bestsellers, novels, business books, art and design titles, cookbooks and a fantastic range of children’s books ranging from activity books, story books, and interactive books. Big Bad Wolf first arrived in the Philippines last February 16 to 25 in Manila, drawing huge crowds and sparked an online campaign from cities like Cebu and Davao.

Big Bad Wolf Cebu

UNTIL JULY 23. The Big Bad Wolf book sale in IEC Convention Center is open 24 hours daily until 11:59 pm on July 23.

Their advocacy to promote the love for reading and to make books more accessible to the masses ties in with Cebu Literary Festival’s aim to celebrate the written word.

The Cebu Literary Festival is an annual gathering of all things literary — talks, stories, books, spoken word, theatre, music, and poetry among others. Now on its fifth year, the CebuLitFest x KomiKet will be held for two days starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 21. This year’s featured names include Manix Abrera, Hulyen, Myke Obenieta, Merlie Alunan, Denver Torres, Gingging Dumdum, Larry Ypil, Resil Mojares, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Ian Rosales Casocot, and TEAM Magazine’s Phil De La Torre.

Join the hunt and discover bestselling books that have been restocked and new titles to devour at the IEC Convention Center. Bibliophiles have until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 23 to grab their favorite books at 60% – 80% off their regular prices. The sale is open 24 hours daily until the very last day and admission is free. (Press Release)

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World’s biggest book sale in Cebu from July 13 to July 23

The world’s biggest, baddest book sale arrives in Cebu to captivate Cebuano book lovers from July 13 July to July 23 at the IEC Convention Center, Cebu. Enjoy 24 hours…

The world’s biggest, baddest book sale arrives in Cebu to captivate Cebuano book lovers from July 13 July to July 23 at the IEC Convention Center, Cebu. Enjoy 24 hours of non-stop browsing of 1 million brand new English books, all at 60% to 80% off regular prices.

“In an aim to advocate English literacy, we are bringing a variety of books to Cebu across diverse genres including children’s books, literature, non-fiction, business books, biographies, cookbooks and more,” said Miguel Mercado, Head of Marketing of Big Bad Wolf Philippines. “Physical books are here to stay as they stimulate deep reading and engage readers more. We are really happy to bring the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale to Cebu as we want to make affordable books available to all,” Mercado added.

Part of the proceeds from the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale will benefit programs by Gawad Kalinga (GK).

“Gawad Kalinga believes in empowerment. Books and reading allow us to reach our potentials. The presence of Big Bad Wolf gives all communities – not just GK’s, not just Cebu’s – everywhere in the Visayas the opportunities we otherwise would not have. We would like to thank Big Bad Wolf for coming to Cebu and for making GK their partner,” shares Toby Florendo, Cebu Provincial Head of Gawad Kalinga.

Big Bad Wolf book sale Cebu

PRESS CONFERENCE. Gawad Kalinga Provincial Head Toby Florendo, Big Bad Wolf Philippines Marketing Head Miguel Mercado, and Marketing Manager Amelia Peng during the press conference to announce the Cebu leg of Big Bad Wolf book sale.

 

To all Cebuano book lovers, mark your calendars and get ready to grab your favorite titles at the Sale. No two visits are the same, so come hungry and ready to explore!

Selected invitees will also stand a chance to attend a special preview of the Sale on 12 July 2018, from 10:00am – 11:00pm, a day before the sale opens to the public. Eager readers can stand a chance to get their hands on these exclusive preview passes through Big Bad Wolf’s social media pages.

Big Bad Wolf Cebu

BIG BAD WOLF BOOK SALE. From July 13 to July 23, head to the IEC Convention Center, Cebu and enjoy 24 hours of non-stop browsing of 1 million brand new English books, all at 60% to 80% off regular prices.

 

Big Bad Wolf social media pages:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbwbooksphilippines/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbwbooksph

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AirAsia launches daily Cebu-Shanghai flights; Cebu told to be ready for influx of Chinese tourists

Cebu is the “perfect destination” for Chinese tourists because they are into diving and love the water and islands, said AirAsia China, North Asia President Kathleen Tan. AirAsia launched today…

Cebu is the “perfect destination” for Chinese tourists because they are into diving and love the water and islands, said AirAsia China, North Asia President Kathleen Tan.

AirAsia launched today its daily Cebu-Shanghai flights at the new Terminal 2 of Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA).

“Cebu has so much to offer. You have a rich culture and amazing, beautiful islands,” said Tan during the inaugural ceremonies. “The Chinese love to eat. Food is very important to them, and shopping.”

“Cebu,” Tan told those gathered at the event, “your city will never be the same again with China coming in.”

AirAsia Cebu-Shanghai

DAILY FLIGHTS TO SHANGHAI. AirAsia launches its daily flights to Shanghai with an inaugural at the newly-opened Terminal 2 of Mactan Cebu International Airport. Present during the event are (center stage, from left) AirAsia Philippines Chairperson Maan Hontiveros, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Antonio Chiu, Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, AirAsia China and North Asia President Kathleen Tan, Chinese Embassy Deputy Consul Wu Xiaomin, and AirAsia Philippines CEO Dexter Comendador.

 

Long-term growth

AirAsia Philippines CEO Capt. Dexter Comendador said the new terminal provides the airline “great capacity for long-term growth and expansion in Cebu as AirAsia’s hub.”

He said AirAsia now has 3 planes based in Cebu, which is the most outside Manila, ground equipment to support it, and about 200 employees.

“It’s a huge investment for us but we’re very happy that we did the right thing in connecting with China. It’s the largest market.” Comendador said.

 

AirAsia Shanghai-Cebu

MUCH TO OFFER. Cebu has much to offer to tourists based in China, said AirAsia China, North Asia President Kathleen Tan.

 

Market doing very well

He said they initially only wanted to divert passengers from Boracay, with the closure of the island in April, but “we found out that the market is working very well.”

“It’s a good problem for me,” Comendador said, “because when Boracay opens, I will need to find other planes to fly that route because I cannot, I will not, pull out the routes that we have established as alternate to Boracay.”

Tan described the development as “very exciting” because the airline has been able to connect “Cebu to a very important market. China is now ranked as one of the biggest outbound travel market in the world.”

Encouraging response

She described the initial response as very encouraging, with the inaugural flight from Shanghai to Cebu set to arrive past midnight at 99% of load capacity with 179 passengers.

Tan said forward sales also show good booking rates. She said they are aiming to have at least 80% load factor for the routes.

She said the Chinese “now have a big appetite for travel.” It is a “lifestyle commodity” especially for travelers from Shanghai.

She also said that she learned from Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Antonio Chiu that after they opened their routes to China, there have been Chinese business people who expressed interest in investing in Cebu.

AirAsia Cebu-Shanghai

CEBU IS READY. Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale said Cebu is ready for the influx of tourists from China with the new flights by AirAsia.

 

Young, independent travelers

Tan said many of their customers are those born in the 1980s and 1990s and they see more independent and young Chinese travelers. To engage them, she encouraged those in the industry to go digital, mobile, and social.

Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale welcomed the new routes as opportunities for Cebu to get more exposure to the Chinese market.

Magpale said that with the opening of Terminal 2, Cebu can accommodate more international flights.

AirAsia Shanghai-Cebu

EXPANSION. AirAsia Philippines CEO Capt. Dexter Comendador said the new Terminal 2 of MCIA provides the airline “great capacity for long-term growth and expansion in Cebu as AirAsia’s hub.”

 

Cebu is ready

“Cebu is really, really ready for more Chinese tourists,” she said during the event.

“With these added flights, we know that we will hit our 10 million mark for Cebu. We’ve asked the hotels, the resorts and they are really ready. The Provincial Government as well as the City Government are right behind the business community to make Cebu ready,” she added.

Chinese Embassy Deputy Consul Wu Xiaomin said that last year, the number of tourists from China to the Philippines increased 75%, the fastest growing among foreign markets.

“Tourism brings economic benefits both to the host country and the tourists’ home country,” he said. “I believe that improved relations between the Philippines and China is a key factor in the improved tourism market.”

 

AirAsia Cebu-Shanghai flights

The cake to mark the new flights.

 

Facebook Livestream of event

 

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3-day Grand Travel Bazaar offers top deals on airfare, travel packages

Tick off that elusive dream destination in your bucket list as the Grand Travel Bazaar opens today at The Gallery in Ayala Center Cebu with the best deals on plane…

Tick off that elusive dream destination in your bucket list as the Grand Travel Bazaar opens today at The Gallery in Ayala Center Cebu with the best deals on plane fares and tour packages.

Book flights with such premier airlines as Cathay Pacific, SilkAir, EVA Air, Korean Air, Turkish Airlines, and Philippine Airlines at super discounted rates.

The Grand Travel Bazaar, which brings together Cebu’s top travel agencies and their premier airline partners, is an exclusive sale for BPI Cardholders and allow them to enjoy real zero percent interest rate for 3 months installment payments.

Cebu Grand Travel Bazaar

ZERO PERCENT INTEREST. The Grand Travel Bazaar, which brings together Cebu’s top travel agencies and their premier airline partners, is an exclusive sale for BPI Cardholders and allow them to enjoy real zero percent interest rate for 3 months installment payments.

 

Longer installments are also available with a little add-on interest rate, said BPI Cards Visayas Regional Marketing Head Fe Emlyn Boltron-Aleonar. She said flights booked during the event already include travel insurance.

Cathay Pacific bestsellers

For the 3-day event up to Sunday, July 8, 2018, Cathay Pacific offers travel deals out of Cebu on economy class to Hong Kong for as low as USD185, to Narita, Osaka, Nagoya, Seoul, and Busan for as low as USD335, and to Taipei for as low as USD225.

Cathay Pacific District Sales and Marketing Manager Hazel Tagimacruz urged Cebuanos to take advantage of the really good deals offered up to Sunday.

North America destinations out of Cebu via Hong Kong start from USD695 while Australia flights start from USD460. Cathay Pacific fares to several European cities from Cebu are priced around USD700.

Cebu Grand Travel Bazaar

OPENING. Organizers cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the 3-day Grand Travel Bazaar in Ayala Center Cebu.

 

Extensive SilkAir network

Jake Jeow, SilkAir Country Manager, said they are offering discounted fare rates for economy, premium economy, and business class flights to more than 100 destinations in their network.

SilkAir flights to Singapore go for as low as USD168 for travel in 2018 and USD184 in 2019.

Promo fares to SilkAir’s Southeast Asian destinations like Phuket, Vientiane, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur is at USD237 for travel in 2018 and USD243 in 2019 for return trips.

Return flights to London, Frankfurt, Zurich, Barcelona, Paris, Dusseldorf, Munich, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Milan, Moscow, and Rome are at USD737 all-in for travel within 2018.

Grand Travel Bazaar Cebu

TRAVEL ESSENTIAL. Customers get discount coupons for Delsey products courtesy of the Primer Group.

 

More Europe destinations

Turkish Airlines joins the Grand Travel Bazaar with flights out of Manila to Europe and Asia.

Patricia Villagracia, airline sales executive, said they fly to more destinations in Europe and their extensive network even includes Belarus, Albania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, and other key European cities. Return fares on economy class range from USD600 to USD800. From Manila, flights to the Turkish Airlines hub in Istanbul is only about 12 hours with layover of 2-3 hours before proceeding to the final destinations.

 

Facebook Livestream of opening

 

International, local flights

EVA Air offers the lowest return flights to Taipei at USD200. Other airline destinations on sale include the US cities of Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Houston, and Chicago.

Direct return flights from Cebu to Narita, Osaka, Nagoya, and Incheon via Philippine Airlines go for as low as USD209. PAL’s Cebu-Bangkok round-trip fare is at USD149.

PAL is also offering discounted rates to 14 local destinations from Cebu, with one way-fares starting from P699.

Korean Air also joins the bazaar for the second year with flights to the West and East coasts going for as low as USD697 and USD789.

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Morissette to hold homecoming concert on July 14

Morissette Amon, a native of Cebu, is holding a homecoming concert titled “Morissette Is Made” at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu on July 14 at 8 p.m. It…

Morissette Amon, a native of Cebu, is holding a homecoming concert titled “Morissette Is Made” at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu on July 14 at 8 p.m. It is the first major solo concert of the Filipino pride in Cebu.

“It is a dream concert for me. I cannot wait to sing for my fellow Cebuanos.” says Morissette. The concert comes on the heels of her successful, sold- out concerts in Araneta Coliseum and Biñan City.

Morissette recently released her new single titled “Panaginip.” Her fans will hear her perform her new song as well as some favorite Cebuano songs.

Morissette Amon

CEBUANA SINGER Morissette Amon. (Photo from her Facebook page)

Touted as the most awaited concert of the year, “Morissette Is Made,” which will also have some special guests, is also a birthday concert of sorts for the lady singer who earned the moniker Asia’s Phoenix.

“Morissette Is Made” is directed by Paulo Valenciano with Adonis Tabanda as musical director.

The concert is produced by AEP- Aldueza Events Production of Glenn Aldueza and co- presented by Waterfront Hotel and Casino and Wish 107.5.

For tickets, please call 0916 230 0796 and 0915 535 3873 or visit Waterfront Hotel lobby, SM City Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu Concierge and Robinsons Cebu. You can also buy at www.ticketworld.com.ph. (Press Release)

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Beatles, Motown, love songs featured in Love Rocks Cebu leg

Nobody in the world appreciates “It Might Be You” more than Filipinos, said singer and songwriter Stephen Bishop. Bishop, an Oscar and Grammy nominee, will be performing tonight with Grammy…

Nobody in the world appreciates “It Might Be You” more than Filipinos, said singer and songwriter Stephen Bishop.

Bishop, an Oscar and Grammy nominee, will be performing tonight with Grammy nominee Bobby Wilson and Love Rocks host and performer J Michaels.

J Michaels said tonight’s show at the IC3 Convention Center in Cebu will have the artists perform top Beatles songs and love song favorites.

Love Rocks Cebu

LOVE ROCKS CEBU. (From left) Stephen Bishop, Bobby Wilson, and J Michaels. The 3 will perform in tonight’s Love Rocks concert at the IC3 Convention Center in Cebu. (Photo by Ian Javier)

Wilson said he will be performing Motown music as a tribute to his father, the legendary R&B singer Jackie Wilson. He will also sing one of the hits of Bruno Mars, with whom he performed with as part of The Love Notes group organized by Mars’ father.

Bishop, on the other hand, is expected to play his favorite hits “It Might Be You,” “Something New In My Life,” and “On and On.”

Love Rocks Cebu

PRESS CONFERENCE. J Michaels answers a question during a press conference for the concert held at The Pyramid in the IT Park. (Photo by Ian Javier)

During the short press conference held at The Pyramid in the IT Park, the artists said they love performing for Filipino audiences.

J Michaels said they are bringing in more artists, including Christopher Cross, in future concerts.

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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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