Whether buying a gift for a friend afflicted with wanderlust or gearing up for your own adventure, Flight 001 in Ayala Center Cebu should be your first stop.
The store, which is located in the mall’s new wing, has most everything a traveler needs for any journey – from luggages to bags, from passport holders to travel organizers, from neck pillows to an inflatable foot rest.
Cebu Brewing Company (CBC), Cebu’s first craft brewery founded in 2013 is proud to announce the release of the country’s original pinoy pop, Loompie.
Based on a recently unearthed family recipe from the early 1900s, Loompie comes in many delicious tropical flavors highlighting the Philippines’ treasure trove of tropical fruits. Loompie comes in a large 420ml all-glass bottles, continuing the CBC tradition of environmentally focused, sustainable packaging corporate policy.
When it comes to keeping your drink hot or cold, nothing beats the performance of Hydro Flask. The insulated stainless steel flasks can keep your drinks cold up to 24 hours and your hot drinks steaming hot up to 6 hours.
The award-winning leader in high-performance insulated flasks is now in Cebu. The brand, which originates from Bend, Oregon, has opened a kiosk in SM Seaside Cebu.
The Hydro Flask kiosk offers high-performance insulated bottles that come in different sizes – ranging from 12 oz to 40 oz – and colors. The bottles feature TempShield technology, a double-wall vacuum insulation to lock in temperature. Hydro Flask bottles are easy to carry and travel-friendly.
With less than 100 days before Christmas, it is time to get a headstart on your holiday shopping with Landers Superstore’s Super Crazy Sale from October 16 to 20, 2019, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Get exciting surprises, member-exclusive discounts of up to 50% and Buy 1 Get 1 deals on their selection of local and premium international goods plus discounts on food and drinks at their New York-style diner Landers Central and coffee shop Doppio.
Landers Superstore offers the true membership shopping experience with its wide range of products from grocery items to general merchandise. Members enjoy exclusive perks from fuel discounts of up to Php 9 per liter at Landers Caltex Gasoline Station; online grocery shopping at http://landers.ph with same day delivery; free haircut, shampoo and blow-dry at Federal Barbers; and lowest-priced medicines at Capital Care Pharmacy.
To promote European culture and celebrate the link between Europe and the Philippines that started almost 500 years ago, Cine Europa 22 will visit 8 cities in the country up to November 2019 with 12 films for free screening.
The Cebu leg of the film festival started last Thursday, October 3, and will run up to Sunday, October 6 at Cinema 1 in SM City Cebu.
Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Jorge Moragas said the event becomes more important in light of the upcoming celebration of the first circumnavigation of the world where Cebu, in particular the island of Mactan, played a crucial role.
“It was a multinational expedition with sailors from almost all European countries—Spanish, German, Polish, French, Greek, and of course, Portuguese—that left Seville in Spain 500 years ago,” he added.
EU Delegation First Counsellor Rafael de Bustamante said Cebu is the first city visited by Cine Europa 22 outside of Manila. The group’s next stop is Iloilo City with the Dutch ambassador as key person.
He revealed that they have a system where an EU ambassador travels to a city where the film festival would be held and the opening movie would be from his country.
CINE EUROPA 22. EU Delegation First Counsellor Rafael de Bustamante, Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Jorge Moragas, SM Prime Holdings Inc. Vice President Marissa Fernan, a member of the delegation, Information Officer Robert Leon during the opening of Cine Europa 22 in SM City Cebu.
Ambassador Moragas said Spain picked Cebu, where they showed the multi-awarded Spanish movie 10,000 Kilometros and translated for English-language viewing as “Long Distance.”
While the movie doesn’t have a direct connection to the circumnavigation, it makes sense in the context of Spain and the Philippines because it touches on human relations and bridging the distance between peoples. The distance 10,000 kilometers is also more or less the distance between Spain and the Philippines, he added.
Cine Europa 22 films
For today, Saturday, Cinema One in SM City Cebu will show three European films, starting with Belgium’s Achter De Wolken (Behind the Clouds) at 2 p.m., Hungary’s Béúk (Happy New Year) at 4:30 pm, and De Marathon (The Marathon) by The Netherlands at 7 pm.
Behind the Clouds, with a PG rating, is a story about two lovers whose lives took different paths but met and fell in love again after 40 years.
Happy New Year, on the other hand, is R-13 and tells of a group of friends that has been celebrating New Year’s Eve together for years. They agreed to play a game that started out playfully enough but quickly turned serious when secrets, lies, and betrayals that were kept secret came to light.
The Marathon (R-13) is about four out-of-shape men who trained for a marathon hoping to win money to pay off a tax debt.
Sunday’s screenings include: Teorie Tygra (The Tiger Theory, PG rating) of the Czech Republic at 2 pm, Tour de France (R-13) of France at 4:30 pm, and Mary Shelley (R-13) of the United Kingdom at 7:00 pm.
Cebu’s filmmaking industry is young and fragmented and the Cebu International Film Festival (Cebu.IFF) is working to become the platform for showcasing and reviving love for local films.
Festival Director Peachy Fajatin said the Cebu film scene is growing but it’s in the early stages and divided into several small groups.
And while there are promising Cebuano filmmakers, many of them leave for Manila so they can practice their craft, added Cebu.IFF President Mel Allego.
FILM FESTIVAL IN CEBU. Organizers of the Cebu International Film Festival (Cebu.IFF) hold a press conference on the event that will run from September 25 to 27. From left are Cebu.IFF President Mel Allego, Festival Director Peachy Fajatin, and Board Members Christelle Dychangco and Lilu Aliño.
One of the objectives of Cebu.IFF will be to encourage the creation of films with global reach, according to Board Member Lilu Aliño. She added that they continue to hold the festival to raise enthusiasm for filmmaking and improve the status of the industry.
The Cebu International Film Festival 2019, which is the event’s 8th edition, will run from September 25-27 and takes on the theme “Celebrating 100 years of Philippine Cinema.”
Fajatin said they will be screening over 100 films that are competing under the full length and short feature categories for international and Philippine focus, animation, and student group.
This year, Cebu.IFF will introduce for the first time a pitching event that includes a workshop and pitch market where local filmmakers can find co-producers or funding for their films.
The workshops scheduled for September 25 are another festival highlight. These include the talk on “Setting up Your Animation Studio with No Capital” by Emot Amodia and “Film Storytelling and Animation Workshops: Ideas Into Action” by Crispo Mojica.
Festival organizers urged Cebuanos to take advantage of free screenings of films submitted by filmmakers from 17 countries in the following venues: USC-SAFAD Theatre, St. Theresa’s College, and USC South Campus.
Aliño said one of the challenges of the local filmmaking industry is the lack of interest from the audience. She hoped that Cebuanos would make time to watch the full length, short feature, and animation film submissions by filmmakers from the US, Australia, Turkey, Russia, Japan, India, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Argentine, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, France, Germany, and the Philippines.
A special screening of Japanese Director Takuya Fukushima’s film “FLOATING” is also scheduled on September 25, 9 am-12 pm, at the USC-SAFAD Theatre.
After a successful first run last year, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale 2019 will happen in Cebu this month with over a million brand-new English books priced down by 50 to 90 percent.
Book lovers and new readers will have time to search for their favorite titles and authors as the BBW Book Sale will be open 24 hours daily from Aug. 16-26, 2019 at the IEC Convention Center (IC3) in Cebu City and entrance is free.
The Big Bad Wolf is not just a book sale but an organization that advocates reading and English literacy, its founder Jacqueline Ng told media and bloggers during a press conference yesterday, August 2.
BACK TO CEBU. (From left) Gawad Kalinga representative Toby Florendo, Big Bad Wolf Books founder Jacqueline Ng, and Philippines Country Manager Narisa dela Peña discuss the upcoming return of the book sale to Cebu in a recent press conference.
“The Filipinos are readers and know the value and importance of books. There are other people out there who don’t. The Big Bad Wolf creates the market for books—the desire to know more, learn more—and aims to convert the non-reader,” she added.
VIP Day passes
Ng said the Cebu leg of the BBW Book Sale in 2018 welcomed over 200,000 visitors. She added there had been many requests for the Book Sale to return to Cebu since then and they were more than happy to oblige.
The BBW Book Sale 2019 in Cebu will carry various genres, including fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, and rare titles. It will be adding eight more titles to interactive books with augmented reality technology that range from fairy tales to educational, bringing the total to 12.
“We’ve been to many places in the Philippines these past two years from Manila, Cebu, Davao, and Pampanga. It has been amazing to see droves of people, young and old, come together for the love of books. It surely affirms that reading is a beloved hobby, very much alive, and an effective tool for learning,” Ng added.
Book buying behavior
Big Bad Wolf Books Philippines Country Manager Narisa dela Peña said one of her realizations in the Book Sale is that Filipinos prefer fiction books.
She said she noticed from the book sales held in Manila, Pampanga, Davao, and Cebu that people buy more works of fiction over other genres.
The Filipinos are readers and know the value and importance of books. There are other people out there who don’t. The Big Bad Wolf creates the market for books—the desire to know more, learn more—and aims to convert the non-reader
Jacqueline Ng, Big Bad Wolf founder
Ng said book buying behavior is different in the Philippines compared to other countries where BBW Books also hold sales. In Taiwan, a country with high disposable income but with limited English proficiency, parents invest on their kids and around 90 percent of titles sold are children’s books. It’s the same situation in the Book Sale’s biggest market, Indonesia, where 75-80 percent of books bought are for kids.
The ratio for adult and children’s books is 60-40 percent in the Philippines, according to Ng, who added that Filipinos love fiction and are also into such range of categories as history, religion, music, health and wellness.
As a way of giving back to the community, BBW Books continues its Red Readerhood Programme partnership with Gawad Kalinga through a donation of 500 books to the group. They also appeal to customers to take part in the advocacy by doing their own donation.
Gawad Kalinga (GK) representative Toby Florendo said they believe that everyone, regardless of status and age, has a right to learn. His group has the same goal as BBW Books and that is to unleash an individual’s potential.
“Big Bad Wolf Books always makes sure to give back and help make a difference in every place they visit. We share in their advocacy and are grateful to have worked with them since their very first sale in the country. Dozens of partner communities around the country have benefitted in their work to promote literacy and education with both children and adults discovering the joys and benefits of reading as we believe reading is meant for all, regardless of their status,” Florendo added in a statement released during the press conference.
BBW Books is now on its 10th hear and has held book sales in such countries as Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. It held its first event in the Philippines in 2018, specifically in Manila in February, followed by Cebu in July, and Davao in November.
Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Cebu press conference
OVER A MILLION BOOKS. Big Bad Wolf Books Philippines Country Manager Narisa dela Peña, founder Jacqueline Ng, and Gawad Kalinga representative Toby Florendo.
DC Shoes turned the Go Skateboarding Day 2019 in Cebu City into a spectacular celebration with a fun parade attended by celebrity riders Alexis Ramirez, Shaun Paul, Alex Lawton, and Cyril Jackson.
DC Philippines partnered with GRND Philippines and Stance PH as sponsor to give the Cebu skate scene an unforgettable Go Skateboarding Day yesterday, June 21,2019.
The day started with a skateboarding parade attended by sport enthusiasts in Cebu and other areas. Back in 2017, DC Shoes held the largest skateboarding parade and broke the Guinness World Record.
Friday’s epic event in Cebu began in the Fuente Osmeña Circle and ended in Plaza Independencia.
MEET AND GREET. Fans line up to have posters, skateboards, shirts, and other items signed by Alexis Ramirez, Shaun Paul, Alex Lawton, and Cyril Jackson.
Strong skateboarding community
Speaking at a fan event held later in the evening, Lawton noted the strong skateboarding community in Cebu and said he was happy that they showed up for the day’s activities.
Paul, who answered streets when asked about his favorite skate spot, added it was “pretty cool” seeing a lot of people skating on the road.
The group held a special Q&A and poster signing with fans. A few had their skateboards signed by the DC riders.
DC Skateboarding Competition
Today, June 22, the fun continues with exciting contests designed to challenge skaters to test their limits.
First off is the Game of Skate where a skater will do a trick that a competitor has to follow. A skater who performs a move that another skater can’t duplicate gets a point.
DC GOSKATEBOARDING DAY. (From left) Alexis Ramirez, Shaun Paul, Alex Lawton, and Cyril Jackson during the Meet and Greet event at the Ayala Center Cebu.
Another contest is the Longest Gap Challenge, which requires players to Ollie over 5 skateboards cleanly to get to the next round. A skateboard is added after every round and the one who jumps over the most skateboards win.
In the Highest Ollie, participants must Ollie or hippie jump over the bars cleanly to get to the next round. One bar is added after every round and the skater who can do the most number of bars wins.
Skateboarding demo with DC riders
Later in the day is the DC Amateur Competition and Pro Demo featuring DC riders Ramirez, Paul, Lawton, and Jackson. The group will showcase their skills and perform. skateboarding tricks.
The DC Amateur Competition will be the day’s main event and involves one minute runs for participants. Their performance will be judged on technicality, consistency, and creativity. Cash prize of P20,000 and a one-year contract with DC Philippines await the competition champion.
As a way of evolving dentistry by incorporating it with other fields of medicine and including it among its wellness brands, the Cebu Doctors University Hospital opened the CebuDoc Dental Institute with state-of-the-art facilities.
Aside from general dentistry, it also offers preventive and cosmetic dentistry, dental diagnostic laboratory services, orthodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry, TMD management, periodontics, dental implants, and oral maxillofacial surgery.
Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III, CebuDoc Group President and Chairman, said their newest facility seeks to change the perception exclusively associating dentists with teeth and cavity.
We are known to innovate. Whatever is new in the industry, we provide. Our center has a CBCT, digitized x-ray system, three dental chairs, and one operating room.
Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III, CebuDoc Group President and Chairman
The newly-built CebuDoc Dental Institute becomes part of the developing Wellness Complex situated in the Medical Arts Building 2 of Cebu Doctors University Hospital. It is the second facility that will comprise the Wellness Complex since it was introduced last year with the opening of the Center for Aesthetics and Laser.
Larrazabal added that the healthcare system in the CebuDoc Group has been continuously upgrading so it could provide holistic care and the dental healthcare system is part of this.
CebuDoc’s latest wellness brand is made up of the most reputable and top-caliber dentists, starting with CebuDoc Dental Institute Chair and College of Dentistry Dean Dr. Imelda P. Montuerto.
The multi-specialty institute, with its diagnostic laboratory services that include a dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) or what is commonly known as the CT scan for dentists, will have lower rates compared to other dental clinics, according to Montuerto.
“We are known to innovate. Whatever is new in the industry, we provide. Our center has a CBCT, digitized x-ray system, three dental chairs, and one operating room,” added Dr. Larrazabal.
He also intends the CebuDoc Dental Institute to further revolutionize the profession by offering a residency training program that will allow dentists to go into different specializations.
To help spread its wellness message in dental health, CebuDoc took in the Binibining Cebu 2018 queens as its wellness ambassadors. The partnership, said Dr. Larrazabal, is to reach out to more people and inspire them to take care not only of their dental health but total well-being.
The CebuDoc Dental Institute is committed to delivering high quality healthcare and working to ensure that its dental services will be available to everyone who needs them.
“Having healthy teeth can boost someone’s confidence especially in dealing with other people. It brings out the best of your personality and, for me, that is enough reason for people to take care of their teeth,” said Binibining Cebu 2018 Steffi Aberasturi.
Shared office spaces and more units for lifestyle outlets are just some of the new and exciting developments at Axis Entertainment Avenue on Vibo Place.
The Country Basket restaurant, which is known for its chicken dishes as well as breads and pastries, and an architectural showroom are set to open in May at a newly completed cluster expansion, said Axis General Manager Andre Allen Suarez.
Opening soon in another building cluster is a yoga studio and an eyelash extension facility.
Axis Entertainment Venue expansion plans
Axis General Manager Andre Allen Suarez says they plan to fill the new cluster building with a gym, spa or salon, convenience store or pharmacy and are currently looking for locators.
Suarez added that they will also add 11 units in a new two-storey building that’s currently being constructed after Burger King. This will increase the gross lease area of Axis by 28 percent.
The plan is to fill the new cluster building with a gym, spa or salon, convenience store or pharmacy and are currently looking for locators.
“We already have several restaurants. What we’re looking for now are activities for our customers. We’re listening to their needs,” Suarez explained.
He estimates the schedule of building completion to be around the end of 2019 or early 2020.
One other thing that is currently in development at Vibo Place is a shared office space that is intended for startups, entrepreneurs, and freelancers.
Suarez said they have converted what used to be a serviced apartment spanning 800 square meters into small office spaces that can fit a minimum of three to five people. An events space and a bar are two unique features of the new facility.
According to him, shared office locators will have the advantage of a strategic address in Cebu City.
Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu offers egg-citing holiday experiences for families to recharge, rejuvenate, and spend precious moments together during Easter. Located right at the heart of Cebu City, the three-star hotel is the perfect locale for a much-needed staycation with its delightful dining offers and impressive facilities.
For families seeking a quick getaway during the Holy Week, Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu offers the Easter Treat, a room package inclusive of Deluxe Room accommodation good for two adults and two children, access to swimming pool and fitness center, a complimentary beverage at the Pool Bar, and 20% discount on bar chow. The Easter Treat room package is offered at a special rate of P6,699 net for a 3D/2N stay and at P10,000 net for a 4D/3N stay. The package is valid for stays from April 13 to 21.
During their stay, families may dine indulgently with a Holy Week special, the Seafood Platter, available at the Pool Bar. Featuring a scrumptious combo of crabs, stuffed squid, grilled fish and mussels, the set menu is at P1,800 net per order and is good for three persons. The Seafood Platter is available throughout April.
On Easter Sunday, April 21, children can join a fun egg-venture at the Funny Bunny celebration in the hotel’s award-winning all-day dining restaurant Pusô Bistro & Bar. Children will have a soaring grand time as they hop and hunt for Easter eggs at the scenic 7th floor poolside and enjoy an Easterlicious children’s buffet. Activities include Bunny Face Paint, Egg Hunting & Matching, DIY Bunny Pancakes & Easter Waffles, and a storytelling session by The Tutoring Club Cebu.
Everyone is invited to wear their most creative bunny-inspired costume to the Funny Bunny program for a chance to win prizes from the hotel and The Tutoring Club Cebu. Registration is at P500 net per child, inclusive of children’s lunch buffet and activities. Registration starts at 10:30 am. Pusô Bistro & Bar’s Easter Lunch Buffet is at P700 net per adult.
Klook, the world’s leading booking platform for attractions, tours and activities is headed to the Queen City of the South this weekend for the Klook Invasion: Cebu Travel Sale on April 13 and 14, 2019 at the Activity Center, Ayala Center Cebu.
Here are five reasons to visit the sale:
Get big discounts on the ‘Big 5’ destinations
Enjoy major destination-wide markdowns to favorite Asian destinations. Get 15% discount on all Japan and Hong Kong activities, and 10% off on all Singapore, Taiwan and Korea activities.
Score hot deals to fun-filled attractions around the world
Get tickets for every member of the barkada or family to popular tourist spots with buy one take one deals on a wide array of must-see attractions such as Ocean Park Hong Kong and Lotte World in Korea. Travelers can also avail of buy two take one deals on tickets to Hong Kong Disneyland, Taipei 101 Observatory, Everland, Gardens by the Bay and Universal Studios Singapore.
Plan your dream holiday
Customize your trip with Klook’s assisted travel itinerary planning and booking service. Go through a checklist of activities per destination and book exciting attractions that suit every traveler’s hobbies and interests such as theme parks, museums and tours.
Join fun games and win exciting prizes
Drop by the different counters at the event and take part in on-site contests for a chance to win exclusive prizes. Cebu Pacific, their airline partner, is set to highlight 22 local connections and six international destinations flying direct from Cebu, including its newest route to Shanghai.
Get ready for a mobile-led and immersive experience
Browse and explore local and international destinations with travel-themed and interactive photo booths. Don’t forget to share your photos from the event online with the hashtag #KlookInvasionCebu. Admission is free when you show the Klook app on your mobile phone or handheld device. Register and get the electronic ticket in advance at https://www.klook.com/en-PH/activity/21352-klook-invasion-cebu/.
On April 18 to 21, take a break and come up to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu for an Eggstra Eggciting Easter. Loosen up and unwind with us by availing of our staycation package and take in the spectacular panoramic view of the mountain or the sea.
Eggstra Eggciting Stacay
Our room package starts at P4,700 net with breakfast buffet for two at Cebu’s Best Premium Buffet, Café Marco. This is also inclusive of late check-out up to 4:00pm and one complimentary access pass to the Easter Egg Hunt and Play Room on Easter Sunday. In-house guests can also avail themselves of a discounted rate for the access pass at P500 per additional child. Book your room now by emailing [email protected]. This is valid from April 18 to 22, 2019.
Easter Mass and an Eggciting Egg Hunt by Gymboree
On April 21, start your Easter Sunday with mass at 9:00 am at the Grand Ballroom to be followed by the Easter Egg Hunt by Gymboree by 10:00 am. Walk-in guests can also participate in the revelry for only P1,000 per child. This gives them access to the Easter Egg Hunt and the Play Room.
The Activity Play Room will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm where there will be fun activities such as pizza making, cupcakes and cake decorating, food carts, film showing arts and crafts and more.
In partnership with Ayala Malls, 22 Tango Records’ Songs of Summer comes back on its 5th year with a major expansion. This time around, you can catch your favorite homegrown artists in two separate venues. Aside from the usual Ayala Center Cebu setting, Songs of Summer has a new site at Central Bloc, IT Park.
Songs of Summer started out as an intimate weekly folk fest that now grew into a bigger music show that caters to a wider pool of music genres.
The music series runs from April 10 to May 25, with 20 different artists on the lineup.
Come watch the shows on Wednesdays at The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu on April 10, 17, 24, and May 1, 8,15, and 22.
Want more great music? Fill your weekends with the same energy by joining us on Saturdays at Central Bloc, IT Park on May 4, 11, 18, and 25.
Performing will be artists J Russ x DT, Mampor & Me, The Vast, Vincent Eco, Mary Anchit, Lourdes Maglinte, Oh Caraga, Intertwined, Route 83, Bethany, The Labrats, Jerika Teodorico, Mandaue Nights, Sepia Times, Thinking Chair, Duende, Wonggoys, Mother Folker, Ella Melendez, and Three Legged Men.
Drop by on these schedules and watch these artists play the night away.
Put together puto and sikwate, pancit palabok, lomi, binignit, banana cue, maja, camote crisps, as well as dinuguan and you have the staples of the afternoon merienda at Cafe Lorenzo in Cebu Grand Hotel.
The best news: it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet from 2:00-6:00 p.m. for only P275.
Jun Tantoy, Cebu Grand Hotel Food and Beverage Manager, said the merienda buffet is available from Monday to Saturday and includes drinks like the sikwate to pair with the puto, chilled juices, and coffee. Pastries and cookies are available, too.
On some days, the menu for the afternoon snacks may vary slightly, such as pancit guisado being served instead of palabok or sotanghon soup in lieu of lomi.
It’s also great that you get to enjoy your food in the hotel’s comfortable and spacious Cafe Lorenzo, which has more than enough tables to accommodate groups of friends and families.
The Tumi Spring 2019 collection celebrates the art of the Expedition. This season, TUMI embarks on a journey that not only inspires the color and print offerings of the new collections, but also speaks to TUMI’s journey as a brand.
“At TUMI, we are constantly elevating the travel experience. Our expedition and exploration are ongoing; we’ll never stop working to improve the lives and journeys of our customers,” said Victor Sanz, TUMI Creative Director.
TUMI remains focused on expanding its women’s category and delving further into the premium world, as well as exploring new techniques from a material standpoint, such as burnishing leather and working with carbon fiber. Additionally, Spring 2019 brings the relaunch of TUMI’s core collection, Alpha, by evolving its most celebrated features and incorporating technology to create the ultimate flexibility for the brand’s global citizens.
The new Alpha 3 collection is a celebration of everything TUMI stands for: design innovation, engineering, functionality, and performance. The relaunch moves the collection forward by elevating the core, adapting to the changing world and incorporating learnings over the past decade. With a cleaner, more refined aesthetic, Alpha 3 updates include an integrated USB Power Port added to each of the carry-on sizes, dual-access entry, modernized front face with protective rails, full access front pocket for increased functionality, a leather rain flap on bags and dual-coil security zippers.
The newest luggage style is the Tall 4 Wheel Duffel Packing Case which offers top and split case access and features four interior shoe panels. New bags include the Slim Backpack, a compact backpack designed for those with a lighter load, the Slim 3-Way Brief, a sleek business offering that can be carried as a backpack or a bag, and the Expandable Tote, a highly functional easy-to-carry men’s tote bag. The collection will be available in Black Ballistic, Black Leather and Anthracite with brown leather trim. Seasonal pattern Graphic Congo will also be available, adding a pop of color to select styles.
Inspired by automotive design, the Arrivé collection has been completely redesigned, crafted with ultra-modern functionality and luxe details such as magnetic zippers. The redesign features even more streamlined silhouettes, from carry-ons and packing cases to briefs, backpacks and more. Style meets technology with a new integrated, USB Power Port on each of the carry-on sizes. Dual-access entry with expansion is an elegant add, while integrated TSA lock allows for ultimate security for both front and main openings.
Additional updates include elevated hardware design with shiny nickel finish, subtle leather trim, front leather panel with embossed detail, new proprietary details including shock-absorbing backpack straps, side pockets with organic expansion, and integrated logo design. Key styles include International Dual Access 4 Wheeled Carry On, Barker Backpack, Larson Backpack, Beacon Brief, Hannover Slim Brief, Sadler Brief and Martin Sling. The collection will be available in Black, Pewter and Black Leather.
Purposeful, practical design that doesn’t compromise on style, the updated Voyageur collection brings you versatile and lightweight nylon backpacks, bags, and accessories for women. New on-trend smaller backpacks include the Sofia & the Witney, adding a fun element to the signature assortment. The Rivas Backpack comes back for spring, featuring an updated design and new customization with the innovative Personalization Kits.
Seasonal colors include Ultramarine with silver hardware and Sunset with gold hardware. Seasonal prints include African Floral Print, a design that recalls the continent’s abundant flora, and Congo Bright (bags) and Congo Multi (accessories) prints which feature bold, saturated colors bringing a fun pop of color and interest to the season.
Listen to spellbinding songs by local storytellers over coffee and delicious cakes on March 16 at 4 pm in The Good Farm Café in Mandaue City (check location).
In honor of International Women’s Month, 22 Tango Records has lined up a fresh batch of storytellers and poets that are ready to take listeners on a spellbinding journey, fueled by the sweet smell of coffee and cakes.
This latest Cuppa Folk features artists Lourdes Maglinte, JRuss & DT, The Labrats, and Mary Anchit, giving you songs that are drawn straight from the heart and played specially to feed your soul. Catch them on March 16 at 4pm at the JDN Square Building, 5th floor P Remedio St. Mandaue City.
This coffee series was organized to provide musicians and supporters alike a safe haven to connect, collect, and appreciate homegrown music. Because we feel that these songs are valuable, conscious listening is what’s encouraged from the listeners; thus, the #shhhhpolicy will be implemented as artists share their stories without the fear of opening up in front of an audience.
For more information and updates, follow 22 Tango Records on Facebook and Instagram. (Press Release)
World-class masterpiece M. Butterfly will be staged in SM Seaside Centerstage from March 14-17. The theater event of the year is presented by Tony and Grammy award winning producer Jhett Tolentino and FRONTROW Entertainment, the producer of highly-acclaimed independent films Bhoy Intsik and Bwaya.
The schedule of performances of M. Butterfly in Cebu City are as follows:
Producers decided to stage a national tour for M. Butterfly to bring the world-class masterpiece to those who did not have the opportunity to catch its 2018 Manila run. Before Cebu City, it was staged in Iloilo City and Dumaguete City.
Theater companies are rarely able to bring successful productions in Manila to other parts of the country of many challenges. Organizers said Jhett Tolentino and FRONTROW Entertainment are taking this bold step “to carry on their mission and advocacy in the performing arts and to further enhance audience development throughout the Philippine archipelago.”
This revival production of David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly is the winner of the 2018 Aliw Awards for Best Play, Best Actor and Best Director and got nominations for The Best Featured Actress in a Play.
The play tells the story of René Gallimard, a member of the French embassy in China. He meets and falls in love with Chinese opera star Song Liling, a woman whom he considers to be the embodiment of the perfect woman, Madame Butterfly.
Targeting audiences from ages 18 and older, the producers are hoping that this classic drama, inspired by Giaccomo Puccini’s opera ‘Madame Butterfly’, will likewise resonate to theater audiences from Luzon, Vizayas and Mindanao that “love, power and deception hold no boundaries.”
RS FRANCISCO, the 2018 Aliw Award Best Actor for M. Butterfly will reprise his iconic portrayal of Song Liling, the Chinese opera singer who is Gallimard’s object of affection and seduces him through his biases of the East then exploits their intimacy to collect classified information for agents of the Chinese Communist Party.
RS first essayed this role in May 1990 for Dulaang UP, opposite veteran actor, writer and critic Behn Cervantes. On its debut, M. Butterfly immediately rose to critical acclaim with packed houses and box office success in over 100 performances throughout the Philippines.
In the many years thereafter, RS Francisco’s theater credits in numerous productions and variety of roles continued to hone his craft as a complete artist. In films, his most awards include the SINAG MAYNILA Best Actor, the STAR AWARDS Movie Actor of the Year and the SUBIC BAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Best Actor.
When M. BUTTERFLY was revived recently on Broadway, RS had thought of bringing it to life once again to the new theater audiences of today. After all, this is the only ‘one’ role that continues to remain as closest to his heart.
To add a diverse twist to the M. Butterfly National Tour 2019, young actor AIRA IGARTA will step into the role of Song Liling as alternate in certain performances. As an original member of the Kurogo ensemble of the play’s 2018 Manila run, Aira is a stage and film actor from the Theatre Arts Program of UP Diliman where he took part in several Dulaang UP and Dulaang Labortoryo productions. Trained by the likes of Tony Fabella and Luther Perez, Aira was originally a dance and voice scholar at Quezon City Performing Arts Foundation (QCPADFI).
French actor OLIVIER BORTEN will essay the role of Rene Gallimard, a former French diplomat, who relates the story of his passionate, disastrous affair with Song Liling from his cell in a Paris prison, where he is serving a long sentence for treason.
Philippine theater royalty JENINE DESIDERIO, who among many other theater, film, television and recording credits, assumed the lead role as Kim in the West End’s original Miss Saigon, will portray Gallimard’s wife – Helga. The pair married as a matter of convenience; Helga’s father had diplomatic connections that helped Gallimard ascend in his career.
After 25 years of stage acting experience in the United Kingdom, Scottish NORM MCLEOD has stepped into the Philippine stage as Manuel Toulon, the French Ambassador to China who also happens to be the dominant and strong-willed superior of Gallimard at the embassy in Beijing. Toulon promotes Gallimard to vice-consul and charges him with collecting information to aid the American war in Vietnam.
Trilingual American actor LEE O’BRIAN will once more personify Marc, the sexually unapologetic best friend of Gallimard. He encourages Gallimard to take sexual advantage of the women around him without regard for their feelings or even their consent. Although M. Butterfly was Lee’s first theatrical endeavor, his acting skills have already been tried and tested in international films “Edsa Woolworth” and “Forgive Me Father”. O’Brian also portrays Sharpless in M. Butterfly for a brief time.
Portraying the different roles of Suzuki, Comrade Chin and Shu Fang is powerful and well-rounded artist MAYEN ESTAÑERO. Her impressive performance in the 2018 run of M. Butterfly landed her an Aliw Awards nomination for Best Featured Actress. Mayen’s previous theater credits include Dalanghita Production’s Corazon Negro, An Operetta as Maestra, Virgin Labfest’s Mula sa Kulimliman as Leila and Sugid Production’s Buwan at Baril as Asawa. Comrade Chin is a member of the Red Guards, a paramilitary arm of the Communist Party in China. Song communicates with Comrade Chin often, to pass on the classified information he gathers from Gallimard.
Twice a finalist as Best Actress for the Aliw Awards, MAYA ENCILA receives her third nomination as Best Featured Actress for her unique characterization of Renee and Pin-Up Girl in M. Butterfly. The stunning Arizona native plays a young, sexually liberated Danish woman with whom Gallimard has an affair. Renee’s boldness presents a stark contrast to Song’s modesty, which Gallimard finds both exciting and obnoxious. A true expert in performing arts, Maya has taken the stage countless times as Mary Lennox for The Secret Garden, as Belle for Repertory Philippines’ Beauty and the Beast musical and as Lara for Philippine Stagers’ KATIPS, to name a few.
Rising soprano star JASMIN SALVO will be the new Opera Singer for the national tour.
The members of the ensemble playing the role of Kurogo are as follows: PHEITH IENA BALLUG, ULLYSES BASA, SASA CABALQUINTO, FRANCO FERRER and JOHN PAUL ORTENERO.
The artistic team of M. Butterfly are as follows: Jhett Tolentino and RS Francisco (Producers), Ohm David (Set), Eric Pineda (Costume), John Batalla (Lighting), Jethro Joaquin (Sound), Joed Balsamo (Music) and Carissa Adea (Choreography).
The M. Butterfly National Tour 2019 will benefit 10 charitable institutions: Iloilo Prima Galaw, Philippine National Red Cross Iloilo Chapter, The Children of Cebu Foundation, Silliman University Culture and Arts Council, the Arts Council of Cebu Foundation, Halfway Home for the Boys and St. Louis University Culture and Arts Center.
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I particularly love the freebies offered by the Abaca Baking Company: getting your second frozen or hot coffee drink for only P50 or free and a complimentary boxed retail with your first two orders.
Nina Olalo, Events and Marketing Coordinator, said they wanted to reward diners with signature treats in The Abaca Group’s restaurants through a series of cool and distinct cards.
The promo cards come with fun scripts like “Have a brew-tiful day” and “I like you a latte” for the ABC coffee treats or “This is nacho ordinary snacks” for the mini nacho freebie at Red Lizard. There’s even “You & me pho’ever” for a free large pho with orders of P750 or more at Phat Pho.
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