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Mall Rover: Trust RC Goldline with your cellphone, gadget needs

Whether for a major purchase like a high-end mobile phone or for smaller items like a fitness band, wireless earbuds, or even cell phone load, RC Goldline should be top on your list.

The homegrown company has branches in major malls throughout Cebu and have expanded outside the province.

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Japanese brand Miniso opens 1st store in Cebu

Quality products for a “very affordable price,” that’s what Miniso offers in its store, a company official said during the opening of its first branch in Cebu.

Miniso opened in SM City Cebu on November 3. The store has been packed with shoppers since then.

Filipinos have taken to the store brand and response has been very good, said Miniso Philippines Inc. president Michael Hong in an interview during the opening.

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ELECTRONICS like these headphones are a popular category in Miniso.

Miniso branches in Philippines

Hong said Filipinos are amazed with their product offerings. “Wow. A lot of wows. A lot of suprises,” he said.

The SM City Cebu branched is the 36th in the country. They opened in the Philippine in June 2016, said Hong. Miniso will be opening 10 more by yearend, he said.

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OPENING. Miniso and SM officials lead the opening of the store.

He said they’ve always wanted to open in Cebu, being a major city, but had to wait for space to be available. They will soon open in SM Consolacion and SM Seaside City.

Hong said they are also considering a store in Ayala Center Cebu.

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NOW IN CEBU. Miniso has opened in SM City Cebu. It will soon be in SM Consolacion and SM Seaside City.

Wide range of products

Miniso sells a wide range of items from gadgets, stationery, kitchenware, toys, bags, cosmetics, among its many categories.

“What’s important is the value for money. We offer good quality but at a very affordable price. It’s not cheap – it’s really the value for the money,” said Hong.

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MINISO pens.

He said Miniso is a Japanese brand and the Japanese take pride in quality control, he said.

“Good quality, unique style, trendy, reliable and low price. These are the features of Miniso’s products,” the company said in its website.

More photos of Miniso’s opening in Cebu

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Our stash of Miniso notebooks.


Uniqlo to open first store in Cebu on Friday

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.

“We don’t make regular fashion, we create lifewear,” he added during an interview shortly before the pre-opening party and sake ceremony at SM City Cebu’s The Northwing earlier today, Wednesday.

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FIRST OUTSIDE LUZON. The Uniqlo store in SM City Cebu is the 25th in the Philippines and first outside of Luzon.


The Cebu branch, opened under the clothing brand’s LifeWear concept, is at the first level of The Northwing. It spans 1,000 square meters and carries everyday wear like jeans, stylish leggings, dresses, and and shirts as well as Uniqlo’s unique and proprietary collections.

According to Kubota, the Cebu store is the 25th in the Philippines and first outside of Luzon. The target is to open eight to 10 more stores in the Visayas within the next five years.

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LIFEWEAR. Uniqlo doesn’t “make regular fashion, we create lifewear,” says Katsumi Kubota (above), the brand’s chief operating officer in the Philippines.


Uniqlo opening promos

For the Friday opening, Uniqlo is offering its fleece jackets for only P790, cropped leggings for women at P690, and men’s chino shorts at P790.

“After three years in the Philippines, we feel we have the fundamentals to open a branch in Cebu. We are in 16 countries and regions and we are welcomed anywhere we go. We are confident that our clothing line is suitable for Cebuanos,” said Kubota.

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VALUE, FASHION. More than value for money, Uniqlo clothes are made with emphasis on the Japanese traits of simplicity, quality, and longevity, said chief operating officer Katsumi Kubota.


A second Uniqlo store in Cebu will open when the SM Seaside City at the South Road Properties starts operations on November 27, 2015. He said they’ve already hired the personnel for both stores and all 140 of them are currently helping out at the SM City Cebu branch.

Uniqlo is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese retail holding company that designs, manufactures, and sells clothing under seven brands. Its other brands are Comptoir des Cotonniers, GU, Helmut Lang, J Brand, Princesse tam.tam, and Theory.


Cebu News Digest: March 30, 2015: Public urged: Do more beyond Earth Hour; 250T nurses ‘needed’ in Germany

Some government officials recommended actions that the public can do beyond last Saturday’s Earth Hour.

About 250,000 nurses are needed in Germany in the next five years, according to health care matching company Europe founder and chief executive officer Steffen Zoller.

Are you planning to buy a condo unit or thinking of investing in one?

Check out Eagles’ Nest by Primary Homes — a great option especially for students of Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu. The school has endorsed it as alternative living arrangement for its students. (Read more about the project here.)

Here are the top stories for today, March 21, 2015:

Here are the top stories for today:

‘Go beyond Earth Hour’

While the demand for electricity dropped by 34.67 megawatts (equivalent to nearly 15 percent of the power reserve for the entire Visayas yesterday) during Earth Hour last Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., government officials pointed out that it is time for all sectors to do more and go beyond Earth Hour.

“We should learn to understand that the Earth Hour is beyond symbolism. Earth Hour is about understanding the truth that this world will be left to the next generation. We should keep in mind that this planet is not ours, as we are only its stewards.” – Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella

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Cebu City and other local officials led by Mayor Michael Rama mark Saturday’s Earth Hour celebration at SM City Cebu. (Photo by Cebu City Tourism Commission executive director Cinbeth Orellano)

“In the 2015 global climate risk index, Cebu is not spared from the effects of climate change. It is important that we go beyond this Earth Hour.” – Councilor Nida Cabrera, chairperson of the Cebu City Council’s committee on environment

“We can make an Earth Hour each day, going beyond the one hour every last Saturday of March. This is our challenge as we face the negative impacts of climate change.” – Dr. Eddie Llamedo, public information officer of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7

They recommended the following:

• segregating trash at home
• using less water and power
• planting more trees, especially fruit-bearing and indigenous trees
• disaster preparedness
• relocating residents from no-build zones and vulnerable areas of the city, such as along rivers and other waterways.
• properly disposing of things that are harmful to human beings
• taking shorter showers to save water
• teaching children composting and proper waste segregation
• switching off unnecessary appliances
• converting all incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps

Job opportunities await nurses in Germany

With the high demand for nurses and health care workers in Germany due to the country’s aging population, fewer workers in the health sector, and the building of more hospitals, Europe founder and chief executive officer Steffen Zoller said Germany is eyeing the Philippines to help fill in the demand.

Even when the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency does not allow recruitment agencies in the Philippines to recruit Filipino nurses in Germany, employers in Germany can do direct hiring from the Philippines.

Also, when the Federal Republic if Germany entered into a bilateral agreement with the Philippines for a government-to-government placement system for Filipino workers’ temporary employment in Germany in March 2013, the foreign country opened its doors to Filipino medical professionals, especially nurses, who were previously banned from employment in Germany, in accordance with its laws.

To date, only 31 Filipino nurses have been brought to Germany. The foreign nation is looking at accommodating at least 500 Filipino nurses this year.

Other top Cebu News stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: Sta. Fe port able to accommodate more ships after damaged ramp gets fixed
Cebu Daily News: Disaster preparedness eyed for schools
Sun.Star Cebu: 11 nabbed in Naga, Bogo, Talisay raids
The Freeman: Don’t be swayed by ‘modernized ideas’
The Freeman: SRP eyes P58M in equipment

Cebu Business headlines:

Sun.Star Cebu: ‘Reasonable’ pay hike won’t impact BPO growth: Romulo
Sun.Star Cebu: Deca Homes developer installs fiber to the home infra
The Freeman: Palm Sunday spells extra income for lukay vendors
The Freeman: ECCP allocates P2 million for innovation center


Oven fresh pretzels at Auntie Anne’s in SM Cebu

They shape the dough right in front of your eyes into a symmetrical loop shaped like a knot and bake it in the oven while you wait.

As a result, you get your pretzels at Auntie Anne‘s in SM City Cebu fresh and hot. They’re crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and, in my case or at least the flavors I choose, sweet.

I used to ignore this pretzel shop before, but I was tempted to buy one just recently when I saw a member of the crew cut the dough and shape it into a pretzel before putting it in the oven.

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FRESH AND HOT. Auntie Anne’s in SM City Cebu serves fresh and hot pretzels while you wait.