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Millican roll pack: the backpack for travelers, digital nomads

With enough room for a laptop, tablet, phones, portable drives, voice recorder, tripod, selfie stick, pocket WiFi, power cord extension, numerous data cables and several paper notebooks, the Millican roll…

With enough room for a laptop, tablet, phones, portable drives, voice recorder, tripod, selfie stick, pocket WiFi, power cord extension, numerous data cables and several paper notebooks, the Millican roll pack is the backpack for travelers and digital nomads.

I got a 25-liter Maverick roll pack during a sale by the Primer Group, the exclusive distributor of the brand in the country, and it is one of the best purchases I’ve ever had. I’ve used the Millican bag exclusively for weeks and can say that it is the best backpack that I’ve had in the decades of carrying one.

I’ve gone through all the usual brands – Hawk (my go-to brand for years), The North Face, Jansport, and Case Logic – but nothing comes close to Millican in utility, durability, and style.

For one, I finally have a bag that can fit all the stuff I carry around for work or leisure.

Millican MAvericks rollpack

TRAVEL, WORK FROM ANYWHERE. The Millican 25-liter Maverick roll pack has room enough to carry all the things I need to work from anywhere.

 

Hidden laptop sleeve

The Millican has a hidden laptop sleeve at the back panel that’s perfect for my 13-inch Macbook Air. With its padded protection, I don’t need a separate laptop sleeve like I did with the other bags. The hidden pocket can hold a notebook of up to 15 inches. It is also lined with “100% waterproof recycled polyester,” according to the company.

There’s a separate hidden key pocket that can fit an iPad mini or a smaller Android tablet. It’s also perfect for phones and other gadgets.

The Maverick has a large front external pocket that can hold notebooks, phones, pocket WiFi, business cards, and even the 20,000mAh that powers my devices throughout the day. Behind this is an open pocket that is perfect for maps, brochures, or notebooks for easy access and inserts.

Millican rollpack

LAPTOP SLEEVE. The Maverick backpack has a hidden laptop sleeve at the back lined waterproof recycled polyester.

 

Holder for tripod, walking stick

It has 2 large side pockets that can hold a flask, more notebooks or other knickknacks. One side pocket has a holder for tripods or walking stick.

Inside the bag are several more pockets to fit even more things that you need to carry around. These pockets can fit clipboards, notebooks, and other important documents.

The roll top lid opening makes access to the stuff that you need easy. It also makes the backpack adjust to the amount of stuff you carry around. With the Maverick, I finally feel I have more room than things to stuff into it. With previous backpacks, I’d often have to carry a separate messenger bag to carry things that wouldn’t fit for longer trips or coverages that require use of more equipment.

Millican backpack

TO THE BEACH. Millican bags are “made to last” and provide “a protective barrier to keep the wet weather out,” the company said.

 

Made to last

Millican bags, the company said in its website, “are made to last.” Its outer fabric is made of Bionic Cotton Canvas, a company exclusive that is 38% cotton, 57% recycled polyester, 5% HT polyester and impregnated with a paraffin wax and a C6 DWR or durable water resistant coating.

“This creates a protective barrier to keep the wet weather out. Your bag will continue to repel water droplets as long as the fabric is kept clean and nourished every few years with a protective treatment,” the company said.

All Maverick bags use aluminum buckles “tough enough to withstand an average force of around 122 kgf (kilogram force). The aluminium is anodized, which provides a weather resistant surface without tarnishing, and the anodized trims we use are non-toxic and contain no nickel.”

Kindred spirits

If the backpack feels it was made for traveling it is because it was made by hardcore travelers.

Millican was started by Jorrit and Nicky, who met while traveling in the early 90s on the border of Ecuador and Peru. They traveled together for 2 years before returning to regular life in the UK.

“It wasn’t long before we slipped into regular life. Jobs, family, a house and a routine out in the suburbs. But there was always a flicker of light, an ember that never quite went out,” they said on their website.

Millican Maverick backpack

LARGE POCKETS. Millican’s Maverick backpack has large external pockets, including 2 in both sides large enough to carry a 600ml flask. One side pocket has an attachment to carry around a tripod and walking stick.

 

“Then one story changed our lives for good. The true story of Millican Dalton, a maverick from the 1900s who swapped his existence in London for an extraordinary life of adventure in the mountains of the Lake District.”

The co-founders said Dalton inspired them to take a leap of faith and follow their own path.

“In homage to Millican Dalton, who was known to make his own clothing and rucksacks, we decided to name our company after him. His teachings still influence our decisions today,” they said.

In Cebu, Millican bags are available in GRIND and Bratpack.

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Get P75 cashback when you shop with GCash QR in National Book Store branches

Shopping for bags, paper, notebooks, pencils, and all other school items at the National Book Store is a yearly back-to-school ritual. This year, shopping is even better because everything you…

Shopping for bags, paper, notebooks, pencils, and all other school items at the National Book Store is a yearly back-to-school ritual.

This year, shopping is even better because everything you need for school are made available at all National Bookstore branches. Head to any of the over 230 branches nationwide and you’ll find Back-to-School Zones – areas where basic school supplies, uniforms, shoes, bags, and more are grouped together for a quick, easy, and convenient shopping experience.

National Bookstore also launched the 2018 Grand Back to School Fair in select mall locations.

GCash National Book Store

“National Book Store is one of the most recognizable names in the Philippines, and being able to extend GCash’s reach to Filipinos is a big step for us in encouraging more and more people to have a better shopping experience. In recognition of their 75thyear, we are happy to support National Bookstore’s Back-to-school program by offering a 75 pesos Cashback with GCash QR for a minimum spend of 300 pesos at any National Bookstore nationwide,” said Anthony Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Mynt, which operates GCash.

To use the scan to pay feature, Globe users must download the GCash app on their smartphones and update to the latest version of it before registering an account. Get P50 when you use referral code “NBBTOS” upon registration.With over 12,000 GCash partner outlets nationwide, including Globe Stores, SM Business Centers, Puregold branches, Robinsons Business Centers, 7-Eleven Cliqq kiosks, and TouchPay kiosks, shoppers can easily fund their GCash wallets.

Visit www.gcashpromos.com/gcash-national-bookstore-75-cashback to learn more. (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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Native keeps it lite with comfortable, beautiful footwear

A brand that hails from the future, by way of the past, Native emerged from the rainforests of Vancouver, British Columbia in 2009 with a mission to spread happiness and…

A brand that hails from the future, by way of the past, Native emerged from the rainforests of Vancouver, British Columbia in 2009 with a mission to spread happiness and enLITEn lives with its impressive range of mondo-lite, crazy comfortable, totally accessible, easy-to-wear, and completely “Beast Free footwear.”

From its trademark 3D EVA material, Native has since altered the course of footwear evolution as it continues to yield a more dynamic line-up of 100% Beast Free and vegan-approved materials into its mix. The result is a constantly growing assortment of fresh Future Classics that offer up countless fun-loving and easy-going individuals a wide array of fun and humane footwear alternatives to slip into amid the chaos and weight of everyday existence!

Native shoes

NO ANIMALS HARMED. Beast Free has been an integral part of Native since its start. “Not a hair nor hide on any animal, anywhere, has been used in the creation of our product,” the company said.

But no matter what the next great invention comes out of Native’s secret lab, one thing stays true for the brand. And that is, to always Keep It Lite no matter what! As Native returns to introduce its latest offerings for the season, the brand affirms its commitment in making the world a brighter and lighter place with its longstanding Keep It Lite campaign.

More than just a way to define the Native’s superlative selection of liteweight footwear, the Keep It Lite campaign – which has always been Native’s mantra since day one – ultimately alludes to the brand’s dedication to create, design, and advocate ideas that make life a little more fun, a tad more conscious, and a whole lotta LITEr!

Native junkies can expect to find a heap of deLITEful surprises from their favorite brand this season. Among which is the Cherry Blossom collection which sees two of Native’s classic designs – the Jericho and the Verona – get a subtle and pretty update with delicate Sakura prints.

Native shoes

KEEPING IT LITE. Native says that through its “simple formula of innovation, originality, and the key ingredient — lite-ness — we’re spreading good shoes and better vibes to all corners of the globe.”

Sweet and dainty, the Cherry Blossom print of the footwear is guaranteed to instantly brighten up any ensemble. All that’s left to do is choose between the Jericho, with its quintessential sneaker-like silhouette sans the stuffiness of a typical rubber shoes or the Verona, an easy-to-wear slip on that offers unparalleled breathability and comfort for hours on end. But frankly speaking, whichever one you choose, you can never go wrong if you Keep It Lite with Native!

The Cherry Blossom collection is priced at P3,290 and available in Native stores (SM Mall of Asia, Glorietta 4, Robinson’s Place Manila, SM Megamall, TriNoma, SM North Edsa Annex, SM City Cebu, Centrio, SM City Davao) and Res|Toe|Run stores. (Press Release)

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Big discounts, exciting deals in 3-day SM Seaside sale

Get huge discounts on top brands like Cath Kidston, Guess, Ziya, Clinique, Sperry, Florsheim Kids USA, Onesimus, Mizuno, All Flip-Flops and other stylish finds at The Great Seaside Sale on…

Get huge discounts on top brands like Cath Kidston, Guess, Ziya, Clinique, Sperry, Florsheim Kids USA, Onesimus, Mizuno, All Flip-Flops and other stylish finds at The Great Seaside Sale on April 13, 14, and 15.

Alberto, Pabder, Arrow, Pacsafe, Urbanize, and Dickies are offering up to 70 percent off on selected items during the three-day sale at SM Seaside City Cebu.

Top shops like Izod, Van Heusen, Oro Italia, Saturday Dress, Islands Souvenirs, Terranova, Calliope, Mango, Gold Creation, Hush Puppies, Time Depot, Onesimus, Primadonna, Ziya, Oro China, The Face Shop are offering half the price off on certain products and pieces.

Other great deals: lip bundling promo at MAC Cosmetics; discounts by Geox, Seiko, Levi’s, Sperry, Parfois, M. Lhuillier Jewellers, Unisilver, Hannah’s, St. Paul’s, Perfect Secret, Onitsuka Tiger, Eye Society, and ME&U; buy one, get one on all items at Yves Rocher; save and spend promo at Forever 21.

Enjoy big markdowns when you shop during The Great Seaside Sale and get a chance to bring home a brand new Suzuki Celerio during the grand raffle draw at 10 p.m. on April 15.

More deals for Advantage, Prestige, BDO Rewards members

SM Advantage, SM Prestige and BDO Rewards members enjoy exclusive deals when they shop at The SM Store and other participating SM affiliate stores:

Prestige Friday

There’s an extra 10 percent off for SM Prestige and BDO Rewards Diamond members when they shop at The SM Store, Ace Hardware, Our Home, Kultura, Toy Kingdom, Surplus Shop, Uniqlo, Forever 21, SM Appliance Center, Sports Central, Crocs, Levi’s, Miniso, and The Baby Company for the whole day of April 13.

SMAC Saturday

SM Advantage, SM Prestige, BDO Rewards members also get 10 percent off on top of sale discounts from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday when they shop at The SM Store, Ace Hardware, Our Home, Kultura, Toy Kingdom, Surplus Shop, Uniqlo, Forever 21, SM Appliance Center, Sports Central, Crocs, Levi’s, Miniso, and The Baby Company.

Sunday Special

SM Advantage, SM Prestige, BDO Rewards members get an additional 10 percent discount when they shop from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday at The SM Store, Ace Hardware, Kultura, Levi’s, Miniso, Sports Central, and Surplus Shop.

Free, discounted rides to SM Seaside City

Thinking of using Grab to get to SM Seaside City sale? Get P50 off on your ride by using the promo code SMSEASIDE50.

There will also be free MyBus rides to SM Seaside City at hourly intervals from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at the following routes:

Fuente Osmeña-V. Rama-N. Bacalso-SM Seaside City
Pick-up and drop-off at BDO Fuente and SM Seaside City and pick-up only at V. Rama Skywalk (USC South Campus) and N. Bacalso Ave. Skywalk (Salazar Institute of Technology)

Fuente Osmeña-Banawa-Labangon-N. Bacalso-SM Seaside City Cebu
Pick-up and drop-off points at BDO Fuente and SM Seaside City; pick-up only at Petron Gas Station and Paseo Arcenas along R. Duterte St., Katipunan St. Skywalk near Labangon Elementary School, N. Bacalso Ave. Skywalk near Salazar Institute of Technology; drop-off only at N. Bacalso Ave. Skywalk along B. Aranas Extension and V. Rama Ave. Skywalk near USC South Campus.

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Ian in 3 Acts in Cebu

Versatile actor Ian Veneracion will show another side of him to Cebuanos this coming April 21. Ian will be staging a concert dubbed “Ian in 3 Acts” at the Waterfront…

Versatile actor Ian Veneracion will show another side of him to Cebuanos this coming April 21. Ian will be staging a concert dubbed “Ian in 3 Acts” at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

Ian Veneracion Cebu concert

Ian in 3 Acts is on April 21 at 8pm, featuring LA Santos and special guests. Tickets are available in Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino and SM Customer Service counters. For ticket inquiries, call 232-6888 or 0915 535 3873. (Press Release)

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Eggciting Easter at Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu

Families are in for magical fun and delectable delights at Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu on Easter Sunday, April 1, as the hotel sets a fairytale-themed celebration called Eggciting…

Families are in for magical fun and delectable delights at Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu on Easter Sunday, April 1, as the hotel sets a fairytale-themed celebration called Eggciting Easter.

Eggciting Easter will feature a variety of children’s activities including face-painting, a magic show, balloon twisting, DIY cupcake art and film showing inside Pusô Bistro & Bar. It will culminate with an egg hunt at the breezy and open-air 7th-floor poolside. Children’s activities will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is at P500 net per child inclusive of lunch buffet.

Everyone in the family will likewise enjoy indulging in Pusô Bistro & Bar’s Easterrific Feast, a holiday spread featuring hearty mains, Easter-inspired pastries and desserts, homemade pasta, fresh salads, sumptuous barbecues and more. Easterrific Feast is available for lunch at P700 net per person and for dinner at P850 net per person.

On top of the spread, guests may also raise a toast to the day’s celebration with Cheers to Easter. On the day there will be a Wine & Beer Buffet available at P500++ per person and Free-Flowing Sparkling Wine and Mimosa at P450++ per person.

It is an extremely ‘eggciting’ celebration at Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu on Easter Sunday. For inquiries or reservations, guests may call +6332 402 5999 or follow Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu and Pusô Bistro & Bar on Facebook and Instagram. (Press Release)

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2TinCans holds musical theater workshop for summer

School’s out, it’s showtime! Develop your child’s imagination and self-confidence in a summer to remember. The 2TinCans Theatre Lab, the educational and professionalization arm of homegrown production house 2TinCans Philippines,…

School’s out, it’s showtime! Develop your child’s imagination and self-confidence in a summer to remember. The 2TinCans Theatre Lab, the educational and professionalization arm of homegrown production house 2TinCans Philippines, will be launching a series of Summer Musical Theatre Workshops beginning in April.

Taught by theater artists led by 2TinCans’ producing artistic director Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson, the month-long workshops will instill habits of self-discipline through body movement, vocal workout, storytelling, and drama improvisation.

2TinCans

2TINCANS. Clockwise from left, Davelyn Cuenco, Zyradee Ramos, Sharlene Racoma, Dion Cecilio, Christian Niño Luy, Benjun Yu, Alem Garcia, Dave Feril, Dan Michael Sindajan, Chiqui Cañete, Shiella Pestaño Gemperoa, Joer Gallur, Vincent Gaton, Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson, Tiffany Neri, Laurie Grace Tul-id, and Charlene Virlouvet.

Thrice a week, in two-and-a-half-hour sessions, students are put through their paces in all aspects of musical theatre, including acting, dancing, and singing. The workshops culminate in the students’ very own stage performances of Broadway classics and contemporary showtunes. From lights to sound to stage management, every aspect of these productions is run by a professional team of experienced theatre specialists.

2TinCans Summer Musical Theatre Workshops

2TinCans Theater Lab’s Summer Musical Theatre Workshops are not only about performance, but about supporting and encouraging students. They provide a safe and supportive environment for people to exchange ideas, express themselves and, most importantly, be themselves.

The workshops will be held at the Cube Wing Atrium of SM Seaside City Cebu, and at the UV New School of Art & Design (UVNS) in Banilad.

Workshops at SM Seaside City Cebu are open to kids. Dates are from April 17 to May 6, May 8 to May 27, May 29 to June 17, and June 19 to July 8. At UVNS, the first batch kicks off on May 7 to June 1, followed by subsequent batches on June 4 to June 29, and July 2 to 27. Besides children, UVNS will also be offering workshops for teenagers and adults.

2TINCANS THEATER

TEACHING ARTISTS. Shiella Pestaño Gemperoa, Laurie Grace Tul-id, producing artistic director Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson, Charlene Virlouvet, Vincent Gaton, and Joer Gallur will be handling theater lessons during the summer workshops.

2TinCans Theatre Lab is also set to offer theater courses to senior high students at UVNS starting August 2018.

Reserve your slots now! Enroll by calling +6332 516 2802 or +63 917 896 2181 or e-mailing [email protected]. For more information and updates, visit the 2TinCans Philippines website at http://www.2tincans.ph, like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/2tincansphils, and follow on Instagram at @2tincansph. (Press Release)

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Ayala Center Cebu lines up craft, music, fitness activities for #SummerAtAyala

The school break promises to be a fun time for families as Ayala Center Cebu launches a plethora of activities to turn it into one #HappyColorfulSummer. Cebu’s premier destination for…

The school break promises to be a fun time for families as Ayala Center Cebu launches a plethora of activities to turn it into one #HappyColorfulSummer.

Cebu’s premier destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment has scheduled a lineup of entertaining pursuits for the whole family throughout the sunniest season of the year.

These include a range of play and learn activities for kids, fitness sessions, weekend fun events, and music fests.

Ayala Center Cebu summer

LAUNCHING. Celeste “Bong” Dy, Ayala Center Cebu general manager, talks about #SummerAtAyala during the launch.

Celeste “Bong” Dy, Ayala Center Cebu general manager, led the #SummerAtAyala launch where guests experienced a little of the enjoyable times ahead through craft flower assembling and a smoothie-making competition courtesy of Mooshi.

Kids’ workshops, play activities

The mall will offer voice, dance, painting, arts and crafts, sewing, and taekwondo lessons from April to May in the kids’ workshops. Children can also look forward to fun times at Bounce N Play Gleeful Moppets, My Little Craft Corner, Jumping Clay, Creative Minds, Hoverball, and KPUP Spritely Gym and Party Racer Go Carts. Kids who complete certain designated activities will get a premium prize.

Ayala Center Cebu summer 2018

CONTEST. Ayala Center Cebu held a smoothie-making competition courtesy of Mooshi to mark the launch of #SummerAtAyala.

For weekends, the mall will showcase marching bands and live mannequins, balloon twister and photobooth, bubble show, magic show, face painting and sticker tattoos.

Staying in shape will also be easier in the summer with Ayala Center Cebu’s zumba and capoeira classes as well as fitness bootcamp.

Nightly entertainment will come in the form of good music by local talents. It will be folk music every Wednesday from 8:00-10:00 p.m. at the Garden Area, and ACCoustic Sessions every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Level 2.

Ayala Center Cebu summer

CRAFT, SMOOTHIE. The launch included craft flower assembly and healthy refreshments from Mooshi.

 

Ayala Center Cebu summer

AYALA CENTER CEBU. The Ayala Center Cebu team led by general manager Celeste “Bong” Dy hosted the launch party for the mall’s summer activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shoes, bags, apparel at up to 70% off in Primer Group sale

A pair of Sledgers sold at P1,200 from the original price of P7,990 and a 25-liter Millican roll pack sold at P2,990 from P9,990 are among the great finds in…

A pair of Sledgers sold at P1,200 from the original price of P7,990 and a 25-liter Millican roll pack sold at P2,990 from P9,990 are among the great finds in a 3-day sale by the Primer Group at the Robinsons Galleria.

The Primer Group of Companies, the leading distributor of the world’s premium retail brands, is holding a sale from March 23 to 25 at the atrium of Robinsons Galleria.

ON SALE: Running and hiking shoes from Columbia, The North Face, and Salomon.

From shoes to casual and outdoor bags, the sale offers great finds at huge discounts.

Among the brands on sale are:

Fitflop
Columbia Sportswear
Sledgers
Kickers
DC
Hurley
O’Neill
Billabong
Volcom
Roxy
Quiksilver
Adidas
New Balance
Puma
Saucony
JanSport
The North Face
prAna
World Traveller
Granite Gear
Timbuk 2
Outdoor Products
Columbia
Kickers
Salomon
Flossy
Kickers
Mountain Hardwear
Sledgers

More photos of the Primer Group sale

 

Primer Group sale.

Huge discounts are offered for pairs of Sledgers.

 

Primer Group sale

 

 

Primer Sale

TRAVEL BAG. This Millican roll bag is sold at P2,990 from P9990.

 

Laptop bag Primer Sale

 

Primer Group Sale

From P7,990, this pair of Sledgers is sold at P1,200.

 

Primer Group Sale

 

Primer Group sale

 

Primer Group Sale

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Let’s Summer with Havaianas on national Flip-Flops Day

This year, Havaianas goes beyond looking at summer as just a season where people go to the beach and escape to the most exciting adventures. More than that, it’s transforming…

This year, Havaianas goes beyond looking at summer as just a season where people go to the beach and escape to the most exciting adventures. More than that, it’s transforming summer into an action word, as in “Let’s Summer,” which is the brand’s campaign message. Look at it as an invitation to enjoy the greatest and most fun things that the “coolest” season of the year (irony fully intended!) can offer.

Havaianas Let's Summer

Let Havaianas kick off the “summer-ing” with National Flip-Flops Day, happening on March 3. Join in welcoming the happiest and sunniest season of the year with a day that’s full of offers and treats. Get ready for a major flip-flop haul because Havaianas is giving away a cannot-miss 20% discount on all regular-priced pairs storewide, nationwide, and even sitewide at www.havaianas.ph (plus FREE shipping!) for just one day.

Save the date and make sure to head to selected stores early to cop the limited Havaianas Summer Kit, which is available from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. only. To score one, just purchase at least P1,500 worth of Havaianas pairs on March 3 and get the kit for P399. It contains summer-themed temporary tattoos, a dry bag, and a water-resistant travel pouch. It’s a no-brainer: All of these are a must-have for the summer.

Havaianas Let's Summer

But, wait! Havaianas promises more surprises in the coming weekends. The fun continues until March 18 with discounts on women’s sandals, and Aftersport collection on different weekends of the month. At the same time, awesome promos on the Havaianas beach ball, dry bag, and water-resistant travel pouch will be up for grabs at the online store. As the saying goes, “good things come to those who wait,” so stay tuned on when exactly these will happen.

In the meantime, slip into a comfy pair, head over to All Flip-Flops and selected retailers nationwide, and #LetsSummer with Havaianas on March 3 for National Flip-Flops Day! For more info, follow the fun online at Havaianas Philippines in Facebook, and @havaianasphils in Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #NationalFlipFlopsDayPH. (Press Release)

Havaianas Let's Summer

 

Havaianas Let's Summer

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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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Hello Summer 2018 offers exclusive room promos, raffle prizes

With summer just around the corner, Crimson Resort & Spa, Mactan together with Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu greet the season with an exciting kick-off event for the Hello…

With summer just around the corner, Crimson Resort & Spa, Mactan together with Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu greet the season with an exciting kick-off event for the Hello Summer campaign launch on February 28 at the Garden Bloc of Cebu I.T. Park. A countrywide initiative of Chroma Hospitality Inc., Hello Summer presents jaw-dropping room offers exclusive for the season topped off with amazing raffle prizes.

The Hello Summer launch in Cebu is a celebration of the best that the metro has to offer. It begins with a motorcade at 4 p.m. and going through the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Talisay, with a stopover at the new Il Corso Mall at the South Road Properties.

Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu

Crimzone Pirate Show, booth displays

The event’s highlights include a preview of the well-loved Crimzone Pirate Show with a jam-packed play area for young ones to take part in; a selection of homegrown food stalls; dance performances; and raffle games. It culminates with an exhilarating set by DJ Neil Retro of Oqtagon starting 9 p.m. until midnight.

From afternoon until evening, there are spectacular booth displays, giveaways and event support by the following sponsors: One Oasis Cebu, San Remo Oasis, Air Asia, Island Souvenirs, iShow Cebu, Il Corso, Supernova Summer Collection, Cebu Holdings Inc., and Park Social. The motorcade will also have the special participation of Mercedes-Benz, Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Club Philippines and V-Max Owners Group Inc.

Open to the public

As the event is open to the public, all summer aficionados, travel adventurers and food lovers are invited to join in the fun and revelry. Interested guests may directly visit the official event page Hello Summer on Facebook to know more details about the activity. Pre-registration is not required and everyone is invited to freely join and party the afternoon and evening away.

Crimson Resort & Spa, Mactan

HELLO SUMMER. The Hello Summer campaign will be launched on February 28 at the Garden Bloc of Cebu I.T. Park. A countrywide initiative of Chroma Hospitality Inc., Hello Summer presents jaw-dropping room offers exclusive for the season topped off with amazing raffle prizes.

It is truly a summer to remember with Crimson Resort & Spa, Mactan and Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu as the season is greeted with an exciting celebration filled with goodies, games and more for everyone to enjoy. For inquiries on the event launch, guests may get in touch with Crimson Resort & Spa, Mactan at (63 32) 401 999 or Quest Hotel & Conference Center – Cebu at (63 32) 402 5999.

Chroma Hospitality, Inc. is owned by Filinvest Hospitality Corporation. It is the management company behind Crimson Hotel Filinvest, Manila, Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan in Cebu, Quest Hotel and Conference Center in Cebu City and Quest Hotel and Conference Center in Clark, Pampanga and the highly anticipated Crimson Resort and Spa Boracay set to open in 2017. (Press Release)

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SM Home Design Series to be held in Cebu

Cebu condos are in for a do-over—the SM Home Design Series: The Essentials of Condo Living breaks away from Manila to host its well-received series of talks in the South’s…

Cebu condos are in for a do-over—the SM Home Design Series: The Essentials of Condo Living breaks away from Manila to host its well-received series of talks in the South’s busiest and brightest metropolis. SM Home invites Cebuanos to “Complete Your Home with SM Home” by featuring talented local designers to give in-depth, useful talks in maximizing and beautifying their modern condominium life.

The Northwing Atrium of SM City Cebu will host this leg of the SM Home Design Series, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 24 and 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is a feast for all design-loving senses, because apart from the prepared talks, guests can view styled home vignettes—living room, kitchen, bedroom and dining room—decorated using SM Home pieces by the featured Cebuano designers themselves.

Each SM Home Design Series talk is meant to answer the most pressing decor and design issues of a starter condo owner.

Sessions

Philippine Institute of Interior Design Cebu Chapter member Ryan James Mantuhac, ID will help discerning condo owners decide whether to hire professional help with his talk, “Should I Hire An Interior Designer?” at 11 a.m.

At 12 noon, Janet Lo Lee, head designer of her eponymous Cebu-based studio will instruct guests on how to make good use of limited condo space in her talk Space Planning 101. Janet, known for her sophisticated and minimalist design specializes in residential, commercial and renovation projects.

SM Home invites Cebuanos to “Complete Your Home with SM Home” by featuring talented local designers to give in-depth, useful talks in maximizing and beautifying their modern condominium life.

At 1 p.m. Maybelline Te, interior and furniture designer and manufacturer, will give a talk about Finding and Perfecting Your Design Style. Suitable for first-time home decorators, the talk will impart wisdom on refining a homeowner’s design taste.

An interior designer specializing in the staging of model units and common areas for real estate developers, Hannah C. Lim, ID of HL Designs will discuss Space Saving Tips and Tricks, aimed to reveal secrets on keeping a condo spartan yet stylish. Her talk will start at 2 p.m.

A furniture designer and maker will help guests furnish the condo of their dreams with the talk Scale Away: Choosing Furniture for Small Spaces at 3 p.m. Kate Ngo, a specialist in wood furniture with a Master’s degree in design and craftsmanship will highlight the importance of scale, space and choosing fixtures that fit just right.

Finally, at 4 p.m., copywriter and advertising professor Carla Adlawan teams up with Boysen Paints for the day’s final talk, In Living Color: How to Infuse Personality Into Your Home with Paint & Color, giving guests an educated view on which shades to splash their homes with.

Registration for the event will start at 10 a.m., while all styled vignettes from the SM Home Design Series: The Essentials of Condo Living will remain at the SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium till March 8. The weekend event is a one-of-a-kind experience condo living enthusiasts will love attending. (Press Release)

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Sakroots celebrates free-spirited global girl on the go with unique products

From backpacks, mini bags, convertible bags, crossbodies, satchels, shoulder bags, totes, and carry-alls, Sakroots’ wide array of lifestyle products encourage women to pursue the best in life. Sakroots was introduced…

From backpacks, mini bags, convertible bags, crossbodies, satchels, shoulder bags, totes, and carry-alls, Sakroots’ wide array of lifestyle products encourage women to pursue the best in life.

Sakroots was introduced in 2009 as a free-spirited American brand that not only delivers fresh and unique artist-driven products but also takes part in a social mission to support various nature-related charities.

Sakroots was borne out of a desire to promote authenticity and individuality among young women.

Life of passion, peace, harmony

Today, Sakroots continues to inspire women to lead a life of passion, peace, and harmony through its authentic and empowering range of products. From its first-ever “Peace Print” collection with a Paris-born graffiti artist, Sakroots’ archive now features a wide selection of beautiful, vibrant, and meaningful patterns by various artists from around the globe.

Whether one is into fashion, music, art, or travel, the diverse assortment of bag shapes and prints by Sakroots all serve to reflect one’s unique sense of style and personality. Choose from Sakroots’ exciting pool of artist patterns that are each tied to a nature and wildlife conservation charity.

A neon safari dream come true, the Wild Life print by Niki Pilkington supports the Wild Life Conservation Society. Taking inspiration from ikat designs and the image of the American Indian war horse, the fierce and whimsical Brave Beauti print by Barbara Ignatiev supports Horses Healing Humans.

Sakroots basic crossbody

Basic Crossbody in Lilac Flower Power.

Influenced by both Tribal Americana and Aztec themes, the Spirit Desert print by Valentina Ramos is vibrant and teeming with life. The Spirit Desert print supports the Wild at Heart organization. Stimulating and colorful as can be, the One World print by Diane Barcelowsky represents the idea that we all share one world and are united by our collective desire for peace. The One World print supports the Elephant Nature Park.

Sakroots prints

Also breathing life to Sakroots’ roster of prints are Olivia Schoeff’s Xen Garden, which supports the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, Joshua Davis’ Flower Power, which supports the North American Butterfly Association, and lastly, the Sakroots’ signature Peace Print, which supports the Earth Day Network, the largest civic observance in the world.

Sakroots believes that a life led by purpose is a life worth living. With its assortment of products that each bear mindful designs that are crafted from the heart, Sakroots seeks to be a part of the meaningful journeys of its wearers.

Sakroots is available in all Bratpack and Ladybag stores nationwide and at select The Travel Club stores and shopping website, Zalora.

To get to know more about Sakroots, check out www.sakroots.com/our-story/ and follow Sakroots Philippines Facebook and Instagram accounts. (Press Release)

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TAGA Your Origin shirts make fun, quirky Sinulog 2018 #OOTDs

Show pride of place in your Sinulog Festival 2018 street fashion by wearing customizable shirts that celebrate your origin courtesy of new online shop TAGA. Taga asa ka? Taga Opon?…

Show pride of place in your Sinulog Festival 2018 street fashion by wearing customizable shirts that celebrate your origin courtesy of new online shop TAGA.

Taga asa ka? Taga Opon? Taga Mandaue? Let TAGA Your Origin shirts declare your hometown roots; they come in trendy, fun, and unique designs.

A brainchild of friends Maureen Eliot and Noreen Mondragon Tormis, the TAGA shirts provide people the opportunity to be proud of their origin by wearing it.

TAGA Your Origin

TAGA Your Origin co-founders Maureen Eliot (left) and Noreen Mondragon Tormis along with collaborator Carlo Rodriguez of LiliLa, which provided the accessories.

Another goal of the brand is to create quality clothing that connects people, through an apparel that makes a statement and initiates conversation.

Customizable Sinulog shirts

The shirts are of good quality cotton and perfect for Cebu’s tropical weather. They are sold at P348 each and come with a beautiful bag as packaging.

TAGA Sinulog shirts come with either a bracelet, dreamcatcher, or headdress through a collaboration with Carlo Rodriguez of LiliLa, which is the source of the accessories.

TAGA Your Origin

PRIDE OF PLACE. TAGA Your Origin sells shirts that show pride of place. All the shirts are sold at P348 and come with a beautiful bag as packaging. The Sinulog shirt comes with either a bracelet, dreamcatcher, or headdress.

Available in both men’s and women’s styles and a variety of colors, the shirts can be ordered via the brand’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TAGAyourorigin.

Interested buyers may also email them at [email protected]. Follow TAGA on Twitter and Instagram @taga_yourorigin for more info and updates.

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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).

More photos of Sinulog Cut & Style Launch

Sinulog Cut & Style

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.

 

Sinulog Cut & Style

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

 

Sinulog Cut & Style

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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JanSport releases holiday accessories, small packs

This holiday season, it’s the small things that count. JanSport has released its newest line of accessories and small packs for everyday essentials and it definitely packs a punch. JanSport’s…

This holiday season, it’s the small things that count. JanSport has released its newest line of accessories and small packs for everyday essentials and it definitely packs a punch.

JanSport’s Lil break and Right Pouch are nifty small packs to keep your accessories organized while on the go. Be it coins, cards, a charger, earphones, and other items, you won’t have to sweat the small stuff.

Jansport pouch

If you love organization, the JanSport burrito is the one for you. This quirky accessory securely stores electronic cords, a powerbrick, and other daily essentials and it folds up perfectly to fit inside your backpack.

The JanSport Hippyland fanny pack allows for everything you need to be within close reach and leave you hands-free for the more important stuff. This handy waist pack will be by your side wherever you go!

Small and light, the JanSport Half Pint Mini backpack is the perfect throw-on-and-go miniature pack for those no-nonsense, on-the-go adventures you’re raring to scratch off your bucket list.

Jansport Half-Pint

JanSport Half Pint Mini

It’s a backpack, it’s a cross-body, and it’s the Indio. And it may very well be the hybrid essential you need for all your OOTDs.

Take only what you need, do only what you love, with the Weekender crossbody bag. This small but sturdy sidekick holds your essentials in one main compartment with an exterior stash pocket, giving you one less thing to worry about.

Jansport Indio

JanSport Indio

Check the full collection at JanSport Store and select BratPack, The Travel Club, The SM Stores nationwide or follow us on Facebook and Instagram: JanSport Philippines. (Press Release)

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Feel the force with Havaianas Star Wars collection

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi hitting theaters soon, the Force is strong among fans of this longtime global phenomenon. Havaianas, the world’s favorite brand of flip flops, joins the…

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi hitting theaters soon, the Force is strong among fans of this longtime global phenomenon.

Havaianas, the world’s favorite brand of flip flops, joins the excitement of the latest Star Wars chapter with the unveiling of its latest Star Wars collection.

Feel the Force with 4 must-have designs inspired by the saga’s most well-loved characters: A printed beige pair with green straps that calls to mind Master Yoda, a fun graphic print on a rust-colored sole for Chewbacca, Darth Vader’s armor on a distinct black-and-red pair, and the unmistakable details of R2-D2 in a blue-and-white one.

Havaianas Star Wars Collection

Master Yoda

 

Havaianas Star Wars Collection

Darth Vader

 

Havaianas Star Wars Collection

R2D2

 

Havaianas Star Wars Collection

Chewbacca

There’s no need to head into a galaxy far, far away to get these flip-flops! In Cebu, the Havaianas Star Wars collection is available at All Flip Flops in Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu, SM Seaside City Cebu, and SM Consolacion; Rustan’s, and Robinsons Galleria.

To get the latest Havaianas updates and promos, visit their website at www.havaianas.com and follow @havaianasphils on Instagram and Twitter, and HavaianasPhilippines on Facebook. (Press Release)

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