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Delicacies, specialty items on sale at Sinulog Trade Fair in SM City Cebu

One of the best things about the Fiesta Señor is the opening early in January of the Sinulog Trade Fair where you get to buy Cebuano specialty products without needing…

One of the best things about the Fiesta Señor is the opening early in January of the Sinulog Trade Fair where you get to buy Cebuano specialty products without needing to travel far.

This year, the Sinulog Trade Fair in SM City Cebu features popular local products like ukulele and guitars; accessories and home furnishings made from seashell or wood; chicharon, torta, tableya, rosquillos, and other Cebuano delicacies; and even Pope Francis shirts.

Small enterprises from Tupi in South Cotabato, Zamboanga City, and Laguna are also selling their products at the fair.

Sto. Niño de Cebu icons of various sizes and designs are on sale in one of the stalls in the Sinulog Trade Fair in SM City Cebu. (Photo by Max Limpag)

Sto. Niño de Cebu icons of various sizes and designs are on sale in one of the stalls in the Sinulog Trade Fair in SM City Cebu. (Photo by Max Limpag)

In the rows of stalls, you’ll see guitars and ukulele from Lapu-Lapu City, accessories like bangles, charm bracelets, earrings, necklaces, handbags, clutches, and purses by handicraft enterprises; home furnishings made of shells, wood, or rattan from manufacturers in Banilad and Minglanilla in Cebu; native food like the torta and tableya from Argao, and chicharon from Chilen in Guadalupe.

Titay’s rosquillos and other pastries are also sold at the Sinulog Trade Fair, making it a good source of pasalubong or bring-home gifts from Cebu.

Opened a few days ago, the Sinulog Trade Fair will continue up to January 18 or later, if organizers decide to extend it.

SPICY, DARK CHOCOLATE. This product by the Kablon Farms in Tupi, South Cotabato is delicious! (Photo by Max Limpag)

SPICY, DARK CHOCOLATE. This product by the Kablon Farms in Tupi, South Cotabato is delicious! (Photo by Max Limpag)

We tried out the spicy dark chocolate from the Kablon Farms in Tupi, South Cotabato and bought some of the Arabica and Robusta coffee bean varieties harvested from Mt. Matutum. These were delicious.

At one stall, we discovered the yellow chicharon, a favorite childhood snack, that we used to buy for P1 a pack. Only, it costs P35 and came all the way from Laguna.

There are Pashmina scarves sold by a vendor from Zamboanga City.

SCARVES from Zamboanga City are among the items on sale at the fair. (Photo by Max Limpag)

SCARVES from Zamboanga City are among the items on sale at the fair. (Photo by Max Limpag)

Department of Trade and Industry 7 Director Asteria Caberte, in a newspaper report, said there are 46 exhibitors in the 2015 Sinulog Trade Fair. Of this number, she added, 34 are micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from Cebu while 12 come from Bohol, Baguio, Manila, Laguna, South Cotabato, and Davao.

The vendors, which occupy 56 stalls, sell at the lower ground floor of SM City Cebu.

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Sinulog fashion: Cut and style shirts at Islands Souvenirs or do it yourself

Sinulog Festival fashion is still all about the Cut and Style Sinulog shirts that have become popular over the last few years, especially during the Grand Parade when thousands dance…

Sinulog Festival fashion is still all about the Cut and Style Sinulog shirts that have become popular over the last few years, especially during the Grand Parade when thousands dance and party on Cebu City streets.

This early, Islands Souvenirs is already offering the Cut and Style service to customers who buy its Sinulog t-shirts.

Islands Souvenirs allows customers to choose their favorite cut and style design from a variety of options. You only need to pay P100 on top of the cost of the Sinulog shirt.

CUT AND STYLE. Islands Souvenirs offers various options to cut and style your Sinulog shirt. (Photo by Max Limpag)

CUT AND STYLE. Islands Souvenirs offers various options to cut and style your Sinulog shirt. (Photo by Max Limpag)

Cut and Style fashion show

Want to get a free pass to the Islands Souvenirs Cut and Style fashion show on January 16, 2015 at SM Northwing? Head on over to the Islands Souvenirs FB page for the contest mechanics. Celebrity stylist Liz Uy and fashion blogger Laureen Uy will be among the show’s guests.

Islands Souvenirs Cut & Style is available at the following areas: SM City Cebu Northwing, SM City Cebu (lower ground floor), Ayala Center Cebu, Islands Souvenirs Sinulog Square and Robinson’s Cybergate.‪

Islands Souvenirs Cut & Style

By paying an additional P100, you can have Islands Souvenirs staff cut and style your Sinulog shirts for you. They offer various cut and style designs. (Photo by Max Limpag)

DIY cut and style shirts

You may also choose to cut and style your Islands Souvenirs Sinulog shirts yourself. There are DIY projects for no less than 30 cut and style shirt designs over at Buzzfeed and 100 pins on Pinterest. The sites provide step-by-step instructions to sprucing up your shirts in time for the festive Sinulog Grand Parade celebration.

Doing it yourself lets you save P100. There’s also the added benefit of not too many people having the same cut and style design as your shirt.

Many designs take only a few hours at most to make. Simple or fancy, the designs are certainly eye-catching and let you show off those henna tattoos.

Islands Souvenirs Cut & Style

Islands Souvenirs Cut & Style is available at SM City Cebu Northwing, SM City Cebu (lower ground floor), Ayala Center Cebu, Islands Souvenirs Sinulog Square and Robinson’s Cybergate.‪ (Photo by Max Limpag)

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Mövenpick offers free sunset cruise for overnight guests

An overnight stay at the Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts-Cebu in Lapu-Lapu City comes with a free sunset cruise for local tourists. The promo is good up to the end of May,…

An overnight stay at the Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts-Cebu in Lapu-Lapu City comes with a free sunset cruise for local tourists.

The promo is good up to the end of May, said Mövenpick Assistant Director of Communications Joanna Cuenco.

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CMG footwear complements runway’s feminine looks

CELINE Mix Group (CMG) takes inspiration from the Spring 2011 runway by bringing the fresh and feminine into its footwear. Wooden clogs, strappy sandals, and sky-high wedges are making their…

CELINE Mix Group (CMG) takes inspiration from the Spring 2011 runway by bringing the fresh and feminine into its footwear.

Wooden clogs, strappy sandals, and sky-high wedges are making their way back into CMG’s closets to complement this season’s biggest looks: cropped 70’s sophisticated glamour to 60’s ladylike dresses that foster femininity and accentuate women’s curves.

Hong Kong brands Staccato, Oro Nero, Matthews, and Lewre take the spotlight at CMG stores to complete Spring 2011’s loungewear motif.

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Etam Cebu unveils 2011 lingerie collection

Imagine brassiere or lingerie in the sheerest lace or softest satin that you can wear with a blazer to the office or for a night out on town. Check out…

Etam Lingerie

Stylish and sexy brassiere and lingerie available at the Etam branch in Ayala Center Cebu.

Imagine brassiere or lingerie in the sheerest lace or softest satin that you can wear with a blazer to the office or for a night out on town. Check out a lacy black number that is the ultimate party dress or a blue off-shoulder piece that is the epitome of glamour and chic.

Europe’s number one lingerie brand, Etam, unveils at its Ayala Center Cebu branch its Spring/Summer 2011 collection, which carries pieces that “reflect the timeless class and sophistication found only in France.”

Etam lingerie offers style and function and is for the modern Filipina who is not afraid of mixing and matching her innerwear with outerwear, said Frank Briones of Thinline, Etam’s marketing partner.

Briones and Etam branch manager Kim Reyes presented on Thursday the brand’s swimwear and lingerie as well as loungewear and sleepwear collection that comes in simple and plain designs, playful and feminine forms, or elegant and sexy cuts.

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Plan your 2011 with any of 3 power planners

Get your 2011 planner with your coffee purchases, either at Starbucks or Bo’s. At any Starbucks stores in Cebu, customers are offered a sticker pamphlet that they must fill up…

Get your 2011 planner with your coffee purchases, either at Starbucks or Bo’s.

At any Starbucks stores in Cebu, customers are offered a sticker pamphlet that they must fill up to be able to redeem any one of three planner designs.

There are 17 sticker slots that need to be completed: nine from buying the Starbucks Christmas edition beverages such as Toffee Nut Latte, Peppermint Mocha, and Praline Mocha and the remaining eight from the store’s regular drinks.

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Branded clothes, shoes at SM’s Northwing

If a P3,495 dress doesn’t faze you, you’d feel right at home shopping in SM City-Cebu’s Northwing. The Northwing is home to brand shops selling imported clothes, shoes, bags, accessories…

If a P3,495 dress doesn’t faze you, you’d feel right at home shopping in SM City-Cebu’s Northwing.

The Northwing is home to brand shops selling imported clothes, shoes, bags, accessories like Mango, NafNaf, Onesimus, Montre, Aldo, F&X, Accessorize, Espada, Skinfood, Kipling, Osh Kosh B’Gosh, Traffic, Bayo, Promod, Regatta, and Levis, among others.

Bohemian bags in Accessorize sell from a little over a thousand pesos to P3,000 plus, scarves from P1,000 to P2,000 plus, bracelets and necklaces from P600 to P1,000 plus.

Accessorize products have the equivalent cost in Euro and British pound in their tags.

At Promod, an ensemble consisting of a summer dress, a cotton jacket, knee-high suede boots will make you poorer by P13,000.

Montre carries brands like Issey Miyake, which has a watch priced at around P20,000, and Tissot, with a silver sports timepiece costing P42,000.

Watches in another shop, also at the Northwing, range from P7,000 (Ann Klein) to P14,000 (Dior).

Aldo pumps sell at close to P5,000 and flats at P2,000 plus.

Kultura, a shop featuring Philippine products, sells breezy dresses for a surprisingly low price of around P500 each, though these can be had for P200 a piece at Tabo sa Banay.

Take a break from shopping by dining or relaxing at any of the restaurants and coffee shops in the zone. Gerry’s Grill, Laguna Garden, Tempura, Chikaan, Flavours of China, Bigby’s, La Mesa Grill, Cabalen, Leona’s, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and Starbucks have branches at Northwing.

SM City-Cebu opened the Northwing on November 30, 2007, dubbing it the “ultimate lifestyle center of Cebu.” The whole Northwing is Wi-Fi-enabled and offers free and unlimited Internet access. SM is 15-30 minutes away by taxi from any point in Cebu City.

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Fashion for less at Tabo sa Banay

Cebuanos love to bargain. In Cebu, bargain means Tabo sa Banay. Tabo is a Cebuano word for gathering or the verb to meet or to gather. Banay means family or…

Cebuanos love to bargain. In Cebu, bargain means Tabo sa Banay.

Tabo is a Cebuano word for gathering or the verb to meet or to gather. Banay means family or race. Tabo sa banay for the locals refer to a gathering of the community where selling and buying take place at affordable prices.

For a P500 blouse you get from the malls, you’d get at Tabo for P200 or even less.

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