Duros Land marks 10th year with new outlook for developments

Duros Group Chairman of the Board Rafaelito Barino and President Fe Barino at Liloan Golf, an international golf course their company is completing in Liloan.

On its 10th anniversary under a challenging pandemic year, Duros Land Properties reflects on the lessons of the past and envisions a future that will see a combination of high-end residences and leisure facilities for its vast landholdings in fast-growing Liloan. Duros Group Chairman of the Board Rafaelito Barino said the best comparison for what…

National scientist Dr. Davide to speak in UP conference

Dr. Romulo Davide, the multi-awarded national scientist, will be the guest speaker in a scientific conference on Nov. 23 at the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna. The scientific conference dubbed “Couldn’t AGRI More: Harvesting S & T Knowledge” will run from 9 a.m. to 12 at the Audio-Visual…

MVP is Asia’s telco CEO of the Year

PLDT and Smart Communications chief executive officer Manuel V. Pangilinan was named Telecom CEO of the Year at the Telecom Asia Awards ceremony held on June 26 in Singapore. The Telecom Asia Awards is the region’s longest-running industry awards program, which seeks to recognize the continent’s premier service providers and telco executives. It is organized…

Chef Juanito takes charge as 1st Filipino executive chef of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Executive Chef Juanito Abangan.

A chef who rose from the ranks now takes charge of the highly-regarded Marco Polo Plaza Cebu kitchen. The hotel, which takes pride in being known as a leader in culinary excellence in Cebu, recently named Chef Juanito Abangan as its first Filipino executive chef. The promotion marks a major milestone for someone who discovered…

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Philippine chocolate queen Raquel Choa shares life journey, passion

Raquel Choa shares her life story.

She didn’t know it then but Raquel Choa spent her childhood days in a place that shaped what she would become: Philippine chocolate queen and the amazing woman behind Ralfe Gourmet, The Chocolate Chamber (TCC), and just recently, Batirol. At a young age of seven, Choa went to live with her grandmas in a secluded…

International hotelier Brian Connelly to lead Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Brian Connelly.

Marco Polo Hotels has appointed international hotelier Brian Connelly as general manager of its deluxe urban resort hotel Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Connelly served various leadership roles spanning over 38 years with prominent hotels and resorts in Asia Pacific, Middle East and the United States, making him the ideal successor for Cebu’s hospitality landmark perched…

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.

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.

Cardinal Vidal recounts many roles as Cebu archbishop

Cardinal Vidal, Cebu archbishop emeritus, says Cebuanos are a special people.

He hadn’t wanted the task of overseeing the Catholic Church in Cebu but has come to love the Cebuanos. When Ricardo Cardinal Vidal was appointed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cebu in the 1980s, he begged off from the job. He hailed from Luzon and did not speak a single word of Bisaya and foresaw…

Jessie shares secrets to delicious Argao torta

At Jessie's, torta is baked in the hurno or clay oven and tuba (coconut wine) is used as leavening.

Baking the perfect Argao torta requires a confluence of several things, revealed one of the town’s top makers Jessie Magallones. The tuba (coconut wine) must be fresh and fermented just right so it is neither too sweet or sour. A clay oven or what Cebuanos call the “hurno” gives the best Argao torta results. Cooking…