Pantone announced that Classic Blue is the color of the year for 2020. Color experts say that this enduring blue hue instills calmness and confidence, highlighting one’s desire for a dependable and stable foundation as we usher in the new year.
KDG Interior’s Principal Interior Designer Peaches De Guzman-Grey said that classic blue is very interesting because it symbolizes many things and gives an impression of stability and honesty which can be associated with many objects.
One of the biggest independent bands in the world – Boyce Avenue, are returning to Cebu for a one-night Valentine’s Day concert on February 14 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel – Grand Ballroom. This time, they will be joined by two of today’s most streamed local artists in the Philippines – December Avenue and I Belong To The Zoo.
Giving is always better than receiving, especially during the holiday season. As you complete your gift list for family and friends this upcoming 12.12 sale, take your shopping game to the next level and receive more perks and rewards when you give more to your loved ones with the help of PayMaya.
Is this the beginning of a new sisterhood between this year’s Miss Universe ladies?
Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados is now in Atlanta, Georgia in the US for this year’s prestigious Miss Universe competition. While the pageant is the much-awaited opportunity every year for a number of the world’s top ladies to show what they’ve got, for the candidates themselves, it’s also a chance to make new friends.
The song “Give Love On Christmas Day” talks about trying to find a present that is better than anything you get from a store.
At Bo’s Coffee, the holidays are all about “Give Love,” as coffee lovers can find ways to show love for others in different forms and ways.
The Filipino-owned chain of coffee shops recently launched its holiday campaign, which urges people to spend time with loved ones over through get-togethers, celebrations over a sumptuous feast, and gift giving.
American Idol singing sensation Jessica Sanchez is returning to Cebu with her first major concert here on November 29 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.
Sanchez rose to prominence in her stint with American Idol, which included a dramatic save by the judges after she was nearly voted off. She was just 16, a petite singer with a soaring voice highlighted when she performed “And I am Telling You.” Her season culminated with a masterclass vocal calisthenics with Jennifer Holliday in the series finale, which many still litigate on YouTube that she should have won.
The Vibo Group of Companies greets the start of the festive season with the lighting of not one but three Christmas trees, fireworks, music, and a sample of the sumptuous food now available in flagship establishment Cebu Grand Hotel.
Gerardo Borromeo, president, opened the event with a warm welcome for guests that included tenants of the different companies.
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.