Australian start-up partners with DOT to promote Philippines as premier wedding destination

WePlanr has partnered with the Department of Tourism (DOT) Philippines in Australia through a year-long social media competition for couples across Australia and New Zealand who have gotten married in the Philippines.

WePlanr is a Filipino wedding start-up based in Australia.

Dubbed #ThrowbackWeddingOfTheYear, the competition aims to promote the Philippines as a premier destination of choice for Aussie and Kiwi couples seeking beautiful, tropical wedding destinations – and to promote the fact that the Philippines is also home to many talented local wedding suppliers.

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Marco Polo Plaza lights up the Tree of Hope

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu kicked off the Festive Season last November 14 with an online tree lighting in partnership with GMA Regional TV.

“The last 14 years, we have celebrated our Tree Lighting every year as our way to signify the start of the Festive Season. This year is no different, despite the fact that there is a COVID pandemic. We will continue to be strong and resolved in celebrating these important days with this year’s theme, Christmas As Always,” said Marco Polo Plaza General Manager Brian Connelly during the online event.

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New normal celebrations at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

You deserve to celebrate your intimate events and milestones in a venue where safety, security, and service are a priority. Whether you are looking for an intimate celebration venue, a special package for our beloved frontliners, or simply a special place to get ready in, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu has curated packages that will suit your needs and the need of the times.

Intimate celebration packages

The hotel has three special packages for social events or weddings, putting in mind the restrictions that have been put in place by the DOT, IAFT, and LGU.

The Basic Package starts at P1,870 net per person. With Social Distancing, this is good for a minimum of 6 persons per table to a maximum of 8 persons per table. The package price is inclusive of a three-course set menu, one round of soda or iced tea, use of venue for 4 hours and other premium perks.

The Essential package is for a minimum of 30 persons, followed by the Exclusive package for a minimum of 50 persons. The premium perks range from complimentary wedding cake, overnight stay in a Deluxe Room, to 1 complimentary lechon, and more.

The offer is valid until June 30, 2021. Other terms and conditions apply.

Love on the Frontline

As our medical frontliners have said “Yes” to service, and again “Yes” to love and milestones, Marco Polo Plaza is saying “Yes” to celebrating them!

Frontliners who plan to get married or celebrate a special milestone will receive a special 20% discount on all the celebration packages, plus an additional complimentary premium perk offer on top of the package inclusions. This premium perk may be a gift certificate at El Viento Restaurant and Pool Bar, in-room Champagne Breakfast during the hotel stay, complimentary bottles of wine, or a waived clearing fee for lechon.

All they need to do is present valid identification to qualify for the package. This is valid until June 30, 2021. Other terms and conditions apply.

Get ready with Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

You deserve a touch of luxury on your special day! Book your dress up venue with Marco Polo and have this iconic hotel be the backdrop of your wedding photos.

The package rate starts at P10,000 net, inclusive of packed meals, use of function room for four hours, wifi, and access to public areas for photoshoot.

Event safety is a priority

With Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Biosecurity Protocols in place, guests are assured of heightened health and safety guidelines to provide the safest and best experience possible for all our guests and associates.

The hotel looks forward to celebrating life’s great moments with you.

To avail yourself of any of these packages or for inquiries and reservations, call 253 1111 or email [email protected] To be updated with all the offers, you can follow the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Facebook page at facebook.com/marcopolocebu.

DECODE 2020 to gather IT professionals, tech experts in 3-day virtual conference

Leading cybersecurity company Trend Micro is bringing together Information Technology (IT) industry experts from different parts of the globe to talk about the latest developments in the cyber world.

Dubbed DECODE, the premier cybersecurity conference in the Philippines is scheduled from November 10-12, 2020 and will be held virtually for the first time since its first staging in 2017.

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IT-BPM stakeholders discuss solutions to pandemic challenges

Stakeholders continue to have a positive outlook for Cebu’s IT-BPM industry despite disruptions brought about by COVID-19 restrictions.

Representatives of business process management, telecommunications companies, the academe as well as industry professionals agreed during the recent town hall event organized by the Cebu IT-BPM Organization (CIB.O) that Cebu remains an ideal IT hub despite uncertainties created by the ongoing pandemic.

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CIB.O holds virtual meet to tackle industry growth, concerns in new normal

Cebu’s main IT-BPM organization CIB.O will hold its first virtual town hall meeting aimed at helping the industry adapt and thrive under new normal times.

Scheduled from 2:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 29, 2020, the “Gearing Up Towards New Normal and Beyond” event will tackle new trends in the business process management sector and digital education through such speakers as Leechiu Property Consultants, Inc. CEO David Leechiu and Xepto Digital Education Founder Dr. Paco Sandejas.

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Cebu Ocean Park offers first underwater dining experience for Valentine’s night only

This year, love is in the water.

Lovebirds in search of a novel romantic dinner date can look forward to Cebu’s first underwater dining experience, Depths of Love by Cebu Ocean Park.

Bask in the wonder and watch the graceful eagle rays swim by as you enjoy gastronomic delights inspired by local coastal flavors.

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Marco Polo Sugbusog features Sugbo Mercado favorites

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

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

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Quest Hotel gets festive for Sinulog 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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YouTube, Smart hold first Creator Camp in Cebu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas feast

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

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

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

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

Quest Hotel celebrates Dazzling Days of Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

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Chachago opens 2nd Cebu outlet in Oakridge, Mandaue

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

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

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

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Jessica Sanchez returns to Cebu for 1st major concert

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

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

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New holiday rewards for Smart and SM customers

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

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

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

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

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

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Usher the Christmas season with Pinoy music in Ayala Center Cebu

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

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

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