Havaianas channels the force with Star Wars-inspired footwear line

HAVAIANAS STAR WARS COLLECTION. The Star Wars-inspired line was launched last December 1 by Havaianas, the world’s favorite flip-flops brand, to provide the film’s adoring fans an out-of-this-world Christmas treat.

Havaianas joins the Star Wars journey with its Havaianas Star Wars collection featuring three flip-flop models for adult and children fans of the epic space adventure.

Tips to make the most of Zalora 12.12 Online Fever Sale

SHOP ONLINE EVEN WITHOUT A CREDIT CARD. With PayMaya, you can shop online in sites like Zalora even without a credit card.

With discounts of up to 80% on both international and local brands, Zalora’s biggest sale dubbed the 12.12 Online Fever will make your holiday shopping easier and much more affordable. Zalora 12.12 Online Fever offers exclusive deals only today, December 12.

Marks & Spencer opens bigger store in Ayala Center Cebu

BIGGER, BETTER. That’s what Marks & Spencer offers in its new 800-square meter store in Ayala Center Cebu.

British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) opened its new 800-square meter store in Ayala Center Cebu last night, December 3. The new store is located at the Level 1 of Paseo de Ciudad and carries a “fresh boutique concept,” the company said in a press statement.

Latest Etude House store in Cebu to introduce new concept

COSMETICS DEMO. A Korean makeup artist demonstrates the application of some Etude House products.

Etude House Philippines will open its first concept store in Cebu, at SM Seaside City, this December, a company executive said. Andrea Amado, Etude House Philippines president, said the Korean brand has created a new concept for its skin and makeup products and they decided to implement it first in Cebu, citing their big customer base here.

BPI Make the Best Happen campaign enables Pinoy life goals

GOALS OF CLIENTS. Joseph Sidney D. Quiambao, BPI's area business director for central and eastern Visayas, says that the bank recognize the unique needs of clients. He spoke during the Cebu launch of the Make the Best Happen campaign.

Taking into consideration the big interest of Filipinos on such things as travel, shopping, and fitness, BPI helps them focus on their life aspirations with its Make the Best Happen campaign.

Yolk Coffee and Breakfast offers festive menu for December

ALL-DAY BREAKFAST. That’s what Yolk Coffee and Breakfast serves. This month, the restaurant is offering delicious holiday-inspired courses for groups of two or more.

As the first day of Advent ushers in the Christmas season, Yolk Coffee and Breakfast makes December in Cebu even more festive with sumptuous meals complemented by light cocktails. Starting December 1 and all throughout the month, a set course for groups of two or more with starters, side and main dishes, plus desserts is available for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner and the hours in between.

Tony Moly brings Korean skincare, makeup products to Cebu

FLAWLESS SKIN. Tony Moly holds a product demonstration to showcase its makeup and skincare line. The Korean brand opened its first Cebu brand at the SM Seaside City.

Korean urban lifestyle beauty brand Tony Moly opened its first Cebu branch at SM Seaside City in the South Road Properties (SRP) to bring its top skincare and makeup products to Cebuanos.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lights up Tree of Hope to mark start of ‘Festive Season’

TREE OF HOPE. This Christmas tree now dominates the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lobby. The Tree of Hope is a partnership between the hotel and GMA Kapuso Foundation and hopes to raise funds to help the organization’s beneficiaries.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lit up last night, November 28, the Christmas tree that now dominates its expansive lobby to mark the start of the hotel’s annual “Festive Season” to celebrate the holidays.

Music Festival livens up Guadalupe fiesta celebration

Bigger and more entertaining events highlighted by a Music Festival are in store for this year’s feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Cebu City. PowerUbec Productions has lined up several activities to accompany the religious celebration of the Guadalupe fiesta next month, including a music fest featuring Cebu’s top talents on December 12, 2015.

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Food.ISH Food Festival serves local, international, even exotic cuisine

PAD THAI. Stir-fried by Banana Pancake Trail, a food stall run by a couple who love to backpack together, and served at the Food.ISH Food Festival for P95.

Couple BJ and JD Sulit learned how to make a mean pad thai while backpacking through Thailand and they’re sharing culinary learnings from their Southeast Asian travels at the ongoing Food.ISH Food Festival inside the Cebu Business Park.

Turning Wheels brews fine handcrafted beer in Cebu

CRAFT BEER. Turning Wheels craft beer are brewed in Cebu and can be bought in Irie Gastropubliko in Cebu IT Park or Room 801 of Cebu White Sands in Lapu-Lapu City or online.

Michael Nikkel of Turning Wheels Craft Brewery has big plans for craft beers in Cebu. Not only does he want to put up a taproom where people can drink beer and observe the brewing process, he intends to come up with home brew kits so people can learn to do it on their own.

Bigger, grander Parkmall non-stop sale awaits shoppers

PARKMALL’S NON-STOP SALE. This photo was taken during Parkmall’s 36-hour non-stop sale last year.

For the second straight year, Parkmall returns with the first and only 36-Hour Non-Stop Sale and makes it even grander. Catch hot celebrities and huge discounts of up to 80 percent in a non-stop extravaganza of shopping, dining, and entertainment that starts at 10 a.m. on November 14 and ends at 10 p.m. on November 15.

Cebu White Sands opens rooftop bar and resto Room 801

GREAT VIEW. Room 801 offers a panoramic view of Mactan Island and Metro Cebu. The rooftop bar and resto is located in Cebu White Sands.

On a clear starry evening, the next best thing to dinner and drinks with friends would be to have them up high at Room 801 of Cebu White Sands with the multi-colored night lights of the metropolis spread out as far as the eyes can see.

Smart, Airbnb partner to bring personal hospitality to hosts and guests in the Philippines

Smart subscribers will get as much as P2,500 discount when they book a stay in Airbnb.

Smart Communications (Smart), together with PLDT, and Voyager Innovations, recently announced a partnership with Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company. Together, the companies will offer a complete and convenient travel experience for Filipinos, no matter what their destination in the country and overseas.

Uniqlo to open first store in Cebu on Friday

CEBU OPENING. Uniqlo staff prepare for last night’s first shoppers as part of the pre-opening party. The store will open to the public on Friday, October 23.

Uniqlo, a global clothing retailer out of Tokyo, will open its first Cebu store in SM City Cebu this Friday, October 23, with special promos on several products. More than value for money, Uniqlo clothes are made with emphasis on the Japanese traits of simplicity, quality, and longevity, said Katsumi Kubota, the brand’s chief operating officer in the Philippines.

Marco Polo Hong Kong hotels offer new perks, packages for travelers

MARCO POLO HONGKONG. Philippine travelers staying at the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Gateway Hotel, and Prince Hotel get a complimentary service in the form of a handy smartphone that provides free calls within Hong Kong and to their country.

The Marco Polo hotels in Hong Kong consider the Philippines a key market and want to provide Filipinos their best stay in the cosmopolitan city with several new perks and offerings.

New Shangri-La Mactan GM to focus on quality customer service

NEW GM. Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa general manager Nicholas Smith talks to guests who attended his welcome party. (Contributed photo)

As new general manager Nicholas Smith takes over the helm at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, he intends to build on past achievements to ensure that visitors continue to have unique experiences. The new Shangri-La general manager, a seasoned hotelier, said the resort’s overall focus will continue to be customer service.