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Accenture expands coding tutorial to 15 languages for Hour of Code 2018

For the fourth consecutive year, Accenture is teaming up with Code.org to support Hour of Code, a global educational movement that reaches over 100 million students through a one-hour introduction…

For the fourth consecutive year, Accenture is teaming up with Code.org to support Hour of Code, a global educational movement that reaches over 100 million students through a one-hour introduction to computer science. This year, in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week (December 3-9), Accenture is expanding its coding tutorial across 15 languages – English, Chinese, Dutch, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish and Vietnamese – to bring coding to more students around the world through lessons in their native languages.

Nearly 2,500 Accenture employees have committed to teach an hour of code at local events in their communities, helping to inspire more than 100,000 students around the world to learn coding and computer science skills.

Accenture Hour of Code

Accenture Philippines Country Managing Director Lito Tayag joins other company leaders in teaching students code as part of the global Hour of Code event.

 

“As disruptive technologies advance and have a growing impact on society, a significant skills gap is also growing – so much so that already millions of jobs requiring STEM skills are unfilled worldwide,” said Paul Daugherty, Accenture’s chief technology and innovation officer and “chief coder.”

“It is critical that we equip today’s students – tomorrow’s workforce – with not just these skills, but also an understanding of how they can harness creativity and innovation to improve the way the world works and lives,” Daugherty said.

Accenture is building on the success of last year’s launch of the Accenture Intelligent Space Exploration, a coding tutorial in which students discover how artificial intelligence (AI) techniques can be applied to teach a robot to explore a new planet – recognizing animals and plants, understanding a new language, and conversing with inhabitants. Approximately 110,000 individuals have participated in the tutorial since its debut.

“By learning to code, kids will grow up understanding how humans and technology work together—an important first lesson in preparing for the future,” said Jill Huntley, global managing director for corporate citizenship at Accenture. “Hour of Code is a fantastic opportunity for Accenture volunteers to help to build New Skills Now all over the world.”

Accenture’s global commitment to provide more opportunities for students to learn to code supports the company’s Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative, which addresses urgent workforce needs around the world—including preparing the next generation with the skills to work in the digital economy.

 

As part of this year’s Hour of Code collaboration, Accenture employees are developing and leading engaging activities around the world aimed at inspiring students in new ways. Among these activities include:

  • Marty Rodgers, senior managing director and local office managing director for Accenture in Metro Washington, D.C., is joining Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Kevin Rutherford, and 60 community organizations to launch #thecitythatcodes – a year dedicated to STEM education in Baltimore. The program kicks off with an hour of code taught to adults, by elementary school students.
  • In Texas, Accenture is hosting 200 students at NASA’s Space Center Houston, taking students out of the classroom and showing them first-hand what a future in computer science can look like.
  • In the Philippines, Accenture is organizing Hour of Code sessions for over 450 grade school students from public and private schools across its sites in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Ilocos. As part of its corporate citizenship commitment, Accenture in the Philippines is rallying its more than 50,000 employees to participate and volunteer in company-wide Hour of Code sessions set on December 5 as well as create their own coding events.

“We are excited to support Hour of Code once again as part of our corporate citizenship commitment to drive digital upskilling and equip our next generation of Filipino talent with coding skills. Through Hour of Code, we can help our students build a strong foundation for success in the digital age in a fun and creative way,” said Lito Tayag, country managing director, Accenture in the Philippines.

“Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science – it provides a critical foundation for success in any 21st-century career path – not just in ‘traditional’ IT, but also creative vocations – everything from graphic design to theater production,” said Hadi Partovi, co-founder and CEO of Code.org. “To-date, over 100 million students around the world have participated in Hour of Code. This is because organizations such as Accenture go above-and-beyond to advance our shared vision of equipping the youth of today with skills they’ll need in the future.”

To learn more or participate in Hour of Code visit www.accenture.com/HoC2018 or code.org. (Press Release)

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Anjo World theme park opens in Minglanilla today

Anjo World, Cebu’s most anticipated theme park opens to the public today at Belmont One, Calajoan, Minglanilla, Cebu. On its soft opening today, 7 of 12 rides will be ready…

Anjo World, Cebu’s most anticipated theme park opens to the public today at Belmont One, Calajoan, Minglanilla, Cebu.

On its soft opening today, 7 of 12 rides will be ready to give thrill and amusement to its guests. The park will also offer park snacks and treats with partner establishments. Set to open in the 1st Quarter of 2019 are the iconic and gravity-defying Spinning Roller Coaster, 200 feet Ferris Wheel, Boomerang, Hip Hop and Bumper Boats.

Hip Hop (Go Go Bouncer) Anjo Wold Cebu

Hip Hop (Go Go Bouncer)

 

Anjo World features thrill rides such as a 25-meter Drop Tower, Boomerang (Frisbee), Hip Hop (Go Go Bouncer), Space Shuttle and the Viking, to family and kiddie rides such as Mr. Cup (Teacups), Mr. Toad (Jumping Frog), London Taxi (Bumper Cars) and the Golden Carousel. Anjo World is definitely the perfect place to be with family, friends, and loved ones.

Located within the Belmont One Commercial Complex, it features different themed zones based on different continents of the world- Europe, Asia, America, Africa, all in one setting. Guests can talk a walk around the busy streets of Europe, be dazzled in the colorful streets of Asia, embark on an American escapade or go on a jungle adventure in Africa.

Golden Carousel Anjo World Cebu

Golden Carousel

 

Anjo World showcases various rides and attractions that are imported from accredited manufacturers abroad who are members of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) with ample parking spaces for more than 200 vehicles.

Over a million local, regional, and international visitors are estimated to visit the park in the first opening. Anjo World projects 3,000 park visitors per day and around 7.5 million visitors in the next five years. (Press Release)

Mr. Cup (Teacups) Anjo World

Mr. Cup (Teacups)

 

The Viking Anjo World

The Viking

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Have a Christmas feast at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Gather friends and family for a feast worthy of the season by heading to Cafe Marco at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Indulge in Christmas ham, roast turkey, chicken relleno, and…

Gather friends and family for a feast worthy of the season by heading to Cafe Marco at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

Indulge in Christmas ham, roast turkey, chicken relleno, and other holiday goodies on top of its sumptuous international buffet spread at lunch or dinner in Cafe Marco. The Festive Buffet is available from December 16 to 23 and December 26 to 30.

Roast turkey Cafe Marco

Roast turkey.

 

Rates for the buffet are P1,300 net per person for lunch and P1,600 net per person for dinner.

On December 24, Cafe Marco’s buffet is P1,300 net per person for lunch and P2,550 net per person. for dinner. Dinner is inclusive of free-flowing house wines,
local beer, chilled juices, and sodas. You can avail yourself of 20% discount on the buffet price from 10 pm to 12 am for a festive noche buena.

Christmas ham Cafe Marco

Christmas ham.

 

You can also celebrate an intimate Christmas evening with your loved ones at a thousand feet up on December 24 at Blu Bar & Grill, which will offer a festive 6-course set dinner with wine pairing at P4,700 net per person.

On Christmas Day, celebrate with your family and friends at Café Marco’s lunch buffet at P1,300 net per person and dinner buffet at P2,550 net per person with free-flowing house wines, local beer, chilled juices, and sodas.

 

Cafe Marco Assorted Christmas cookies and biscuits

Assorted Christmas cookies and biscuits.

 

Cafe Marco Glazed Fruit and Raisin Rolls

Glazed Fruit and Raisin Rolls

 

Christmas Log Cake

Christmas Log Cake

 

Chicken Relleno

Chicken Relleno

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Bo’s Coffee turns Capitol branch into tribute store

Bo’s Coffee, a brand known for its promotion of Filipino coffee, has opened its first tribute store in its hometown in Cebu. A tribute store, according to founder Steve Benitez,…

Bo’s Coffee, a brand known for its promotion of Filipino coffee, has opened its first tribute store in its hometown in Cebu.

A tribute store, according to founder Steve Benitez, is a flagship branch that offers people a new coffee experience. He said the concept took 3 years to plan and was meant to “showcase the best of what we offer.”

The company picked Bo’s Coffee Capitol branch – the first Bo’s outlet, explained Benitez – for its first tribute store because it is “about paying tribute to our roots here in Cebu.”

Bo's Coffee Capitol Steve Benitez

SHOWCASE THE BEST. Bo’s Coffee founder Steve Benitez discusses the concept behind the tribute store during opening of the first such branch – Bo’s Coffee Capitol.

 

Bo’s Coffee expansion

Benitez founded Bo’s Coffee in 1996 and has since expanded throughout the country. It recently expanded overseas by opening 5 stores in Qatar. Bo’s plans to have 200 stores and be present in 5 countries by 2020.

Central to the tribute store concept is the coffee bar. Specially trained baristas are able to prepare coffee using Philippine beans in various ways – from cold drip to pour over.

Cold drip coffee

COLD DRIP COFFEE. Potent brew that takes about 8 hours to prepare. This one you drink on ice.

 

“The tribute store is where you can experience the best coffee in the Philippines,” he said.

It serves coffee made from coffee beans handpicked in Sagada, Benguet; Mount Kitanglad in Bukidnon; Mount Matutum in South Cotabato; and Mount Apo.

Purple Midnight Bo's Coffee

PURPLE MIDNIGHT. Tasty iced tea with wild hibiscus and blue ternate. This you must try.

 

Bo’s coffee bar

“Our version of a perfect blend is not only the sensuous taste and aroma of Philippine coffee but also the overall presentation of Philippine culture – its indigenous and nearly forgotten products, Filipino music and artistry, and even Philippine-grown tea,” Benitez said in a press statement.

Apart from just preparing your drink, the baristas at the tribute store’s bar can interact with customers and talk coffee with them.

Benitez said they are trying out the concept here with the plan of replicating it in other areas such as Manila.

Bo's Coffee

COFFEE BAR. At the bar, you can order coffee made from Philippine beans and prepared various ways by specially trained baristas.

 

“We will continue to work on giving the best customer experience,” Benitez said.

The store also highlights products by social enterprises they partnered with. The interiors highlight the work of local artisans such as renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue.

Bo's Coffee Steve Benitez

BEST OF THE PHILIPPINES. Steve Benitez says the tribute store is the company’s way to “showcase the best of Philippine artistry and talent.”

 

“We want to showcase the best of Philippine artistry and talent in the most ambitious project we ever had. The tribute store will be the commemoration and statement of the brand’s promise that this homegrown brand will continue to pave empowerment to the communities we serve,” Benitez added.

Bo’s Capitol has 300 square meters of space and can seat up to 110 persons. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.

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Realme C1 ready for its first flash sale on December 5

Realme Philippines, the newest smartphone brand in the Philippines, recently unveiled its first smartphone in the country, the Realme C1. Designed to be the Philippines’ #RealEntryLevelKing, the C1 defies the…

Realme Philippines, the newest smartphone brand in the Philippines, recently unveiled its first smartphone in the country, the Realme C1. Designed to be the Philippines’ #RealEntryLevelKing, the C1 defies the expectations of affordable smartphones with its enticing performance, design and affordable price of P5,490 on Lazada this December 5, 12pm.

Realme C1 offers an Octa-Core Snapdragon 450 processor, 6.2” Full Notch Display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and a mega 4,230mAh battery on an entry level device. This created waves in the local smartphone scene due to its strong value proposition and competitive price, giving Filipinos the best experience in its price point.

Realme C1

Realme Philippines aims to elevate the confidence of e-commerce in the Philippines with Lazada Philippines. Through a special online flash sale on December 5, 2018, 12pm, the brand will offer the Realme C1 for a discounted price of P5,490 instead of the original price of P5,990.

“We encourage the Filipino consumers to experience today’s king in the entry level smartphone segment, the Realme C1. For P5,490 on Lazada this December 5th, 12NN, you can already experience a highly competitive smartphone for a lot less as compared to others,” said Jacky Chen, Chief Operations Officer of Realme Philippines.

Realme C1

Designed to last more than a day with its mega battery and shoot IG worthy shots using its Dual-Rear camera, you’ll have more ways to be creative in your social media feed and always ready to share.

Check out young achievers @dgrazon @janinamanipol and @appledavid in their posts in the upcoming days with the Realme C1 to see its full potential.

You may start adding the Realme C1 to your carts by visiting Realme’s official Lazada shop here. For more information about Realme Philippines and its products, you may follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. (Press Release)

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Looking for gift ideas? Check out Pop District Bazaar in Mandani Bay on December 10-11

Rather than giving your usual Christmas gifts, why not hand out artisanal products made by local small businesses this year? One of the best places to buy these products from…

Rather than giving your usual Christmas gifts, why not hand out artisanal products made by local small businesses this year? One of the best places to buy these products from will be the Pop District Bazaar on December 10 to 11 at The Tent, in Mandani Bay in Mandaue City.

Jayneil Enriquez, District Events Head of Marketing and Promotions, said Pop District Bazaar highlights small businesses in Cebu and offers them a venue to sell their products.

She said most of the locators are “lifestyle vendors” who sell garments, toys, and other fashion items. She said there are also vendors of men’s gear and locally crafted bags and shoes, including branded pairs made in Carcar.

Pop District Bazaar

PRESS CONFERENCE. Organizers talk to bloggers and reporters during the announcement of Pop District Bazaar.

 

One of the fashion locators is No Filter, a Cebu-based company whose products include NSFW (not safe for work) shirts with texts about sex.

“We sell parody and gag tees. We have statement tees that are bold enough to express the thoughts you are too afraid to say. We have no filter, we say what we want to say. If offended ka, wa mi labot,” No Filter says in a disclaimer near their items.

Enriquez said one locator imports hard-to-find cosmetics such as certain lines of lipsticks.

She said Pop District Bazaar will have 2 types of food vendors: outdoor tenants that cook a varied range of menu and food types and indoor tenants that offer packaged products.

SumTim Fishy

FOOD. These jars of delicious gourmet danggit are sold by SumTim Fishy, one of the locators of Pop District Bazaar.

 

Among the food locators is SumTim Fishy with its delicious jars of gourmet danggit. The small company named after the owner’s children was present during the press conference to display their products.

Other locators will be selling various pre-loved items.

Mitch Ledesma, District Events Head of Resource Mobilization and Sponsorship, said they expect more than 100 locators during the bazaar.

District Events General Manager Charmaine Ong De Leon said the idea behind the event is to support local businesses and give a venue for Cebuanos to see what they can offer.

District Events Head of Leasing Ruby Pansoy said the event supports online and startup businesses. She said the theme of the bazaar is “Polar Express.”

No Filter Cebu shirts

OFFENDED? “Wa mi labot,”says No Filter, a company that sells statement shirts that include text about sex.

 

Local music will also be highlighted during the event with the company’s partnership with FatBoys Production. Local and national “influencers” will also be made available for meet and greet during the event.

To make it easier for people to go to the venue, the company has partnered with Angkas, which assured them of priority for bookings from the venue. The company said they are also talking to MyBus to make it easier for attendees to go to and from the venue.

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Room Eleven Recording Studio Turns 1

Room Eleven Recording Studio is turning one with an anniversary gig dubbed TRACK 01. It will be held at Draft Punk Brewers & Skewers on November 30 at 9 pm….

Room Eleven Recording Studio is turning one with an anniversary gig dubbed TRACK 01.

It will be held at Draft Punk Brewers & Skewers on November 30 at 9 pm. Celebrate this milestone with them at Draft Punk Brewers and Skewers with performances from The Vast, Thinking Chair, Sepia Times, Bottlerocket, DT & The Nooks and Mampor & Me.

In one year of operation, they were able to finish two full length albums: Kiss & Disappear by Vincent Eco and Miss Mary by Mary Anchit.

Room Eleven Studio

Kim Trinidad recording at Room Eleven Recording Studio

They were also able to work on the following singles: Way Blema by Wonggoys, 2 Cents by Lourdes Maglinte, Between by Kim Trinidad, and a few more singles released under Viva Records – Paghandom by Jude Pastor and Hahay by Melody Hodgson.

To make great music, you need rooms with proper acoustic treatment, industry-standard equipment, a creative environment, and a knowledgeable production team who can work with artists of any background. Room Eleven Recording Studio is a specialized facility for quality audio production that’s devoid of distractions and dedicated to professional development.

Room Eleven Studio

Room Eleven Studio Control Room

The team is headed by Studio Director and Music Producer, Cattski Espina. The rest of the team is comprised of Sound Engineers Justin Alfafara, Erwin Ray Batucan, Clarence Mongado and Aandy Valentine. Mongado and Valentine are also in-house musicians together with Admin Assistant Redd Layne Odilao.

Room Eleven Recording Studio is located at the 2nd Floor of Mango Square Mall Annex Building, General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City. You may reach them via [email protected]om11.studio or (032) 383 2916 / 0905 562 21 37. (Press Release)

Room Eleven Studio

Room Eleven Studio Live Room

 

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Gary Granada to hold advanced songwriting workshop in Cebu

Musical legend Gary Granada will be in Cebu on December 8 for an advanced songwriting workshop. “What’s Wrong With Your Song?” is a diagnostic and practical songwriting workshop that will…

Musical legend Gary Granada will be in Cebu on December 8 for an advanced songwriting workshop.

“What’s Wrong With Your Song?” is a diagnostic and practical songwriting workshop that will be held at the Room Eleven Recording Studio on December 8 from 10am to 6pm. This workshop is recommended for non-beginners who have already written their own songs.

The workshop is run by 22 Tango Records together with Room Eleven Recording Studio.

Granada is a multi-awarded Filipino musician, composer, and singer-songwriter. He composed “Saranggola sa Ulan,” “Mabuti Pa Sila,” and “Kahit Konti,” among other Filipino classics. He has been making music for the past three decades and is known for writing songs with social relevance.

Gary Granada Cebu

 

One of the ways that 22 Tango Records cultivates homegrown music is through continuing informal music education. With this as an anchor in its ever-evolving vision, 22 Tango is excited to cap this year with this workshop by a legend.

The early bird participation fee is P1,800 per person and will be valid until November 24. By November 25 to December 8, the participation fee will be P2,000. Early bookings are recommended as there are only limited slots available. You may also do online registration, simply message 22 Tango Records on Facebook to get the form. Payments can be accepted through online bank transaction, Palawan Express, or direct payment at Room Eleven Studio.

For bookings and inquiries, email [email protected] or call (032) 383 2916.

Room Eleven Recording Studio is located at the Mango Square Annex Building, Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City.

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USC Museum head meets Hiroshima University counterparts

Dr. J. Eleazar R. Bersales, head curator of USC Museum (USCM), met with the director and assistant curators of Hiroshima University Museum (HUM) on Saturday, Nov. 17, to explore possible…

Dr. J. Eleazar R. Bersales, head curator of USC Museum (USCM), met with the director and assistant curators of Hiroshima University Museum (HUM) on Saturday, Nov. 17, to explore possible linkage between the two museums.

Dr. Toshihisa Asano, HUM director and HU professor of human geography, welcomed Dr. Bersales to the museum after which a tour was carried out led by Dr. Norio Shimizu, museum curator, assisted by Dr. Nao Ishikawa of the HU School of Letters, who acted as interpreter. Like USCM, HUM does not have its own building but occupies spaces at the HU College of Education with satellite museums spread in different college buildings on campus.

Dr. Bersales (third from right) outside the Hiroshima University Museum entrance with (L-R): Dr. Fujino, Dr. Shimizu, Dr. Liao, Mr. Sato, and HUM director Dr. Asano. (Photo by Dr. Nao Ishikawa)

 

One of these buildings is the Cultural Assets Center, a two-storey edifice adjacent to the museum that, according to HU archaeologist Dr. Tsugifumi Fujino, houses artifacts excavated in 32 sites within the university campus dating from the Paleolithic (about 30,000 years ago) to the post-war period. Dr. Fujino showed Dr. Bersales some of these artifacts at a mini-exhibition inside the Center.

After the tour, a meeting was held at the HUM curatorial office to determine possible areas of future cooperation between the two museums, with Dr. Bersales extending an invitation to the HUM director and curators to visit USCM soon.

Dr. Bersales’ visit is timed with the 4th Philippine Studies in Japan Conference, also being held at HU, where he will be presenting a paper. The meeting was arranged earlier by USC alumnus Dr. Lawrence Liao, professor of biology and environmental science at HU. Funding for this trip was made possible by a collaborative grant from The Japanese Foundation-Manila.

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Sun brings together powerhouse Cebuano artists for ‘Para Nimo, Cebu’ in IT Park

Gear up for a one of a kind musical experience as Sun brings together powerhouse Cebuano artists for ‘Para Nimo, Cebu’, Ang Pinakalingaw Nga Concert, on November 23, Friday, at…

Gear up for a one of a kind musical experience as Sun brings together powerhouse Cebuano artists for ‘Para Nimo, Cebu’, Ang Pinakalingaw Nga Concert, on November 23, Friday, at the Garden Bloc, Cebu I.T. Park, Cebu City.

The event lines up Cebu’s homegrown artists including Mandaue Nights, Honeydrop, Three Legged Men, FOC Fashion, Sunday Sunday, Shiela and the Insects, and Silingan ni Felicity, as well as top Cebuano singers including Jacky Chang, Jewel Villaflores and Kurt Fick.

Also joining the fray are some of the country’s top artists including Unique Salonga, Clara Benin, and alternative rock bands Sandwich and Ang Bandang Shirley.

Sun ‘Para Nimo, Cebu’, Ang Pinakalingaw Nga Concert

 

Big celebration for ‘Sun Country’ Cebu

Organized in partnership with top vinyl distributor Satchmi, ‘Para Nimo, Cebu’ is Sun’s big way of celebrating its pinakapaspas nga (fastest) LTE network in Cebu, a known ‘Sun Country.’

Cebuanos can now experience Sun LTE through Sun’s best value data, calls and texts promos, including the new Sulit Surf Plus 20, which comes with 300MB open access data, unlimited text to all networks, and unlimited SUN, Smart and TNT calls valid for 2 days for only P20.

Complimentary tickets for Sun customers

As a big treat, loyal and new Sun customers in Cebu can get a complimentary pass to ‘Para Nimo, Cebu’ concert as well as enjoy fun and exciting activities at the event.

Sun customers can get 1 complimentary pass to ‘Para Nimo, Cebu’ concert by registering to Sulit Surf Plus 20. Sun subscribers can also score 3 or 5 complimentary passes by registering to Sulit Surf 99 or Sulit Surf 249, respectively.

 

 

Sun customers can load up and claim complimentary passes at designated areas, such as in Parkmall; Innodata in Mandaue City; Copytrade in Sanciangko cor. Osmena St in Cebu City; near Gaisano Grand Fiesta Mall Tabunok, and Across Super Metro Lapu Lapu.

On the other hand, new Sun customers can get a complimentary pass by first activating a new Sun LTE-ready SIM and registering to corresponding Sun’s Sulit Surf Plus packages.

Don’t miss your favorite Cebuano artists in one big music celebration! For more information, follow Sun Prepaid’s official accounts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SunCellPrepaid) and Twitter (@suncelldeals). (Press Release)

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Be ‘Merry & Bright’ as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lights up Tree of Hope

Help make people’s Christmas “Merry and Bright” and get the chance to win a round-trip to Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific by donating to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Tree of…

Help make people’s Christmas “Merry and Bright” and get the chance to win a round-trip to Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific by donating to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Tree of Hope.

Cebu City’s finest is inviting everyone to the lighting of the Tree of Hope on Saturday, November 17. The lighting of the Tree of Hope kicks off the Festive Season at the hotel with this year’s theme “Merry & Bright”.

Catch live performances from Cebu Center for Dance, GMA’s The Clash winner Golden Cañedo and finalists Anthony Rosaldo and Garrett Bolden. Have a photo taken with Mr. & Mrs. Claus as we count down together to the lighting of the Tree of Hope.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Tree of Hope

Marco Polo Plaza and GMA Kapuso Foundation have been partners for the past 9 years and a total of P1,344,181.57 in donations have already been raised. By donating to the Tree of Hope, you support various projects of GMA Kapuso Foundation such as the Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan Project, Give-A-Gift Project and many more.

By donating two or more Christmas balls, you can earn one raffle ticket for a chance to win a roundtrip ticket to Hong Kong care of Cathay Pacific.

Be part of this beautiful Christmas tradition and donate to the Tree of Hope for only P200 per Christmas ball from November 16 to January 6. All proceeds will be given to GMA Kapuso Foundation – one of the most accomplished non-government organizations in the Philippines whose mission is to uplift the lives of underprivileged Filipinos.

Join us as we light up our Tree of Hope and bring a Merry and Bright Christmas to one and all. Celebrate this Festive Season with your family and friends at Cebu City’s Finest – Marco Polo Plaza. (Press Release)

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Marco Polo offers great debut, wedding deals at Kasalan at Kotilyon 2018

Get great discounts on room accommodations, Cafe Marco buffet, spa treatments, and special banquet packages for debuts and weddings by visiting the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu booth at the Kasalan…

Get great discounts on room accommodations, Cafe Marco buffet, spa treatments, and special banquet packages for debuts and weddings by visiting the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu booth at the Kasalan at Kotilyon 2018 – A Wedding and Debut Expo at the Ayala Center Cebu.

The expo opens today and will run until November 18.

Stay in the comforts of the Marco Polo Deluxe Room with a starting rate of P3,900 for room only or opt to stay with a sumptuous breakfast buffet for two waiting for you at the Café Marco at P4,300. Experience the superb Cafe Marco international buffet spread at a discounted rate of P650 net for breakfast, P1,080 net for lunch and P1,180 net for dinner.

Unwind and relax with discounted spa treatments at the Wellness Zone with spa packages starting at P600 and choose from Hilot Massage, Foot Reflexology, Foot Spa, Facial and Dead Salt Sea Scrub & Massage.

Marco Polo Kasalan at Kotilyon 2018

Ideal as gifts are Value Vouchers for rooms, spa and restaurant use are also available at increments of P1,000. For every P4,000 net purchase of the Value Vouchers, get a complimentary P1,000 voucher.

Planning your wedding for 2018 or 2019? Avail yourself of a 10% discount on our debut and wedding packages and choose two from our exclusive offers such as additional complimentary one night stay before or after the wedding, gift certificate for a Chocolate Indulgence Spa treatment for two persons, in-room Champagne Breakfast during hotel stay or waived clearing fee for the dessert buffet. This is only valid for new bookings with an initial deposit of P30,000 during the fair or until Nov. 18, 2018.

Visit our booth at the lower ground floor of Ayala Center Cebu. For real time updates, like the Facebook page at facebook.com/marcopolocebu or follow on Twitter at @5StarInCebu. For more information, you can call (032) 253-1111 or visit www.marcopoloplazacebu.com. (Press Release)

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Cebuano hotel expands to Bohol, breaks ground for Anda resort

A homegrown Cebuano hotel will bring its special brand of service to Bohol as it breaks ground for a two-level building in a recently acquired property in Anda that has…

A homegrown Cebuano hotel will bring its special brand of service to Bohol as it breaks ground for a two-level building in a recently acquired property in Anda that has been renamed to Parklane East Coast Resort and Spa.

The management of Cebu Parklane International Hotel plans to add 60 modern rooms to its Anda resort’s existing 11 villas.

Held recently in Candabong, Anda, Bohol, the groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Anda Mayor Angelina Simacio and Tourism Officer Rouvien de Guzman as well barangay officials and the local police.

Parklane executives present included Parklane President and Board of Director Basil Ting, General Manager Cenelyn Manguilimotan, Engineer Neil Rom, Architect Rodney Co, and Parklane East Coast Resort and Spa Manager Lucky Daven Lim.

Parklane East Coast Resort and Spa

Groundbreaking in Anda, Bohol. (Photo from Parklane Facebook page)

Ultra modern Anda, Bohol resort

Parklane’s beachside resort in Anda, Bohol is projected to be fully operational by the last quarter of 2019. Aside from the additional contemporary rooms, it will have five swimming pools and state of the art amenities for corporate events and destination weddings, botanical gardens and sanctuary, recreational facilities, and even a spa and massage center with views of the Bohol sea.

The resort will offer such aqua sports activities as scuba diving and snorkeling and island tours to ensure that guests get a unique and distinct tropical experience. They are also assured of consistent high quality service at Parklane East Coast Resort and Spa.

Cebu Parklane International Hotel has been known as a brand that strongly stands for Cebu.

Parklane East Coast Resort and Spa

 

Special brand of Parklane hospitality

Its Bohol counterpart, the Parklane East Coast Resort and Spa, will also proudly represent the province and its rich culture, scenic ecotourism sites, and the hospitality and service that is distinctly Bol-anon.

Parklane East Coast Resort and Spa is a new tourist destination that combines the magic of the sea and the unending natural beauty that characterizes the mystical town of Anda.

For bookings and inquiries, please call +63.928.762.8730 or send email to [email protected].

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Basadours brings colorful tales, artful activities to Naga children

Basadours Inc. rolled out a series of storytelling sessions last October to the children of the City of Naga who were displaced from their homes due to a landslide. The…

Basadours Inc. rolled out a series of storytelling sessions last October to the children of the City of Naga who were displaced from their homes due to a landslide.

The month-long outreach project started on October 4 at the CEPOC Central Elementary School. The children listened in rapt attention as the Basadours animatedly read “Just Add Dirt” and “Bakawan” stories that teach the important values of cleanliness and environmental consciousness.

In the weeks that followed, Basadours visited other evacuation centers in Naga, including Central Elementary School on October 11, Naga National High School on October 13, and Enan Chiong Activity Center on October 20. Volunteer storytellers shared stories of hope and positive change in each stopover.

Basadours in Naga, Cebu

The month-long activity culminated on October 27 at the Naga Central School, where Basadours teamed up with three other organizations: Summerville (an annual summer workshop for children ages two to 13 years old), Kalinangan Youth Foundation (KALFI Lead), and Choose Tuesday. They brought the magic of storytelling as well as other engaging activities for children such as a play station, a coloring station, and an origami station.

Jo Belle Marabiles, executive director of Basadours, Inc., expressed her gratitude toward her companions and emphasized the power of storytelling among children.

“I thank my fellow Basadours for volunteering their time and effort for this endeavor in the true spirit of service and charity — giving their time, energy and pooling their resources for the children of Naga,” she said.

“Storytelling gives them something to think about. We aim to inspire them to hope for the better by reading and delivering children’s stories that will hopefully stay with them. We also hope that they live out the values from these stories or that they will love to read books as well,” added Marabiles.

Basadours in Naga, Cebu

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National Book Store’s Book Binge Bazaar comes to Cebu

National Book Store is bringing its Book Binge Bazaar to Cebu City for the first time. Thousands of books will be available for as low as P75 during the event….

National Book Store is bringing its Book Binge Bazaar to Cebu City for the first time. Thousands of books will be available for as low as P75 during the event. The bazaar will be held at Hall 1 and 2, Cebu Trade Hall, 3rd level, SM City Cebu, from 10 am to 9 pm on November 21, 22, and 25 and from 10 am to 10 pm on November 23 and 24.

Books will be available at five price points: P75, P125, P175, P275, and P375. The Book Binge Bazaar is the best place to stock up on great reads with its great prices. Fill your shelves with bestselling young adult titles like Rick Riordan’s The Heroes of Olympus and Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. Choose from a vast selection of fiction novels and inspiring reads.

Book Binge Bazaar Cebu

Surprise kids with My Little Pony storybooks and DK workbooks. Continue your self-improvement and lifelong learning with guidebooks on work, travel, fashion, health, fitness, and many other topics.

Admission is free. Join the discussion online and share your hauls by using the hashtag #BookBingeBazaar. Connect with National Book Store on social media – @nationalbookstore on Instagram and @nbsalert on Facebook and Twitter.

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PLDT, Smart fire up PH’s first 5G cell sites in Makati and Clark

Leading telecoms company and digital services provider PLDT and its wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have fired up the country’s first 5G cell sites in the Makati Central Business…

Leading telecoms company and digital services provider PLDT and its wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have fired up the country’s first 5G cell sites in the Makati Central Business District and at the Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ) in Pampanga.

PLDT and Smart on-aired the first 5G cell site at the PLDT headquarters in Makati City with technology partner Huawei, while it also activated the first 5G cell site at the Clark Smart 5G City in the CFZ with technology partner Ericsson. The 5G cell sites are 3GPP standard compliant and are the first to be activated in the Philippines.

 

Among top global operators

“I am happy to announce that PLDT and Smart just fired up the first 5G cell sites in the country, putting the company alongside the first-tier operators in the world to have deployed live 5G base stations. This is part of our commitment to bring the most advanced technologies to the country,” said PLDT and Smart chair and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan.

By firing up a 5G cell site in a central business district, PLDT and Smart are looking to pilot 5G solutions catered to densely populated areas.

“With 5G resources now in place, we are looking at developing 5G solutions and applications for central business district areas like Makati, which host a dense population of businesses, people and advanced devices,” said Ernesto R. Alberto, PLDT and Smart Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer.

This is in line with PLDT and Smart’s recently signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Clark Development Corp. to transform the CFZ into the country’s first Smart 5G City.

Powerful platform for solutions

“With 5G cell sites now live and on-air, we are now set to test 5G’s powerful platform to develop solutions such as autonomous vehicles, connected fleets, and smart buildings and factories, and be able to deliver 5G services to our customers soon,” said Joachim Horn, PLDT-Smart chief technology and information advisor.

According to Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT-Smart Senior Vice President for Network Planning and Engineering, Smart is continuously upgrading its network’s Core and Transport elements, including upgrading to fiber the backhaul connecting the network’s cell sites around the country and deploying 5G-ready equipment in its ongoing nationwide LTE roll-out. In the CFZ, PLDT and Smart are also ramping up the roll-out of LTE in key areas and equipping all of them with 5G facilities in the coming months.

“I would like to congratulate PLDT and Smart for this momentous occasion as they lay the foundation for the network infrastructure, to take it to the next level as it enables the country to fully realize its ambition toward a more digitalized economy. I am very happy to be part of this partnership as we enable 5G capability in Smart network today,” said Ericsson’s Nunzio Mirtillo, Market Area Head for South East Asia, Oceania and India.

According to Arthur Wang, director of Huawei Philippines’ PLDT group account: “We are happy to partner with PLDT and Smart in helping bring 5G to PLDT-Smart. Through this partnership, we hope to continue developing more innovations to deliver digital services to PLDT and Smart customers.”

Powered by PH’s most extensive fibver network

Armed with both fixed and wireless infrastructure powered by the country’s most extensive fiber network now at over 221,000 kilometers, PLDT and Smart are best positioned to deploy 5G in the country.

5G opens up exciting possibilities for Internet of Things (IoT) applications and smart cities for Filipinos, particularly for the transport sector, traffic management, manufacturing, airport and mall operations, logistics and warehousing, retail, customer support, and smart homes, among others.

Apart from ultra-high speeds, the key features of 5G include enhanced mobile broadband services, massive machine type communications, and ultra-reliable and low-latency communications. (Press Release)

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SM Seaside City Cebu marks start of Seaside Christmas with grand tree lighting, opening ceremony

A story of a dying village saved by a magical blue star with the help of an innocent child played out in the colorful costumes of underwater creatures marked the…

A story of a dying village saved by a magical blue star with the help of an innocent child played out in the colorful costumes of underwater creatures marked the start of the Wonders of a Seaside Christmas at SM Seaside City Cebu.

The grand tree lighting ceremony and opening of sea-themed Christmas park last Saturday, November 10, started with a magical dance that developed into a powerful tale of destruction and redemption to the delight of guests, young and old alike. Beautiful music was provided by the University of Cebu Chorus.

The mall’s Christmas theme pays homage to its seaside location in the South Road Properties. It also highlights now more than ever the need to conserve and preserve Cebu’s marine resource.

SM Seaside City Christmas

Digital theater with immersive video

SM Seaside City Cebu unveiled a towering Christmas tree decorated with jellyfish and corals and complemented by a huge cake dome with a digital theater that tells the story of Ting, the Butanding, in immersive 360-degree video.

Stepping inside the cake dome is like diving deep underwater where you get to swim past corals and the sea anemone which serves as the home of the clownfish. As a narrator explains the world underwater, you see turtles, dolphins, and whale sharks glide by or overhead.

The best thing about this sea-rrific adventure is it’s absolutely free, though you may have to line up for your turn. Check out the video showing schedules below.

SM Seaside City Christmas

SM Seaside City Cebu Christmas events

SM Seaside City Cebu also lets you experience the best time of the year with the following fun-filled and exciting activities:

Santa Meet and Greet
Come and meet the merriest man of Christmas. Whisper your wishes to Santa Claus and you just might get them to come true — but only if you’re nice.
Every Wednesday until December 19. The last Meet and Greet with Santa is on December 25.
2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

SM Seaside City Christmas

Mallgoers have their photos taken with Santa.

The Wonders of Christmas: A Ballet Extravaganza
Enjoy Christmas stories acted out through the graceful movements of the dance. Witness dazzling performances by the Balletcenter Cebu.
November 14 | 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
November 15 | 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
November 28 | 6:30 p.m.
December 1 | 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

SM Seaside Christmas

IMMERSIVE SHOW. You shouldn’t miss The Great Butanding Show and its immersive video experience.

Ding: The Great Butanding Show
Meet Ding, the Great Butanding, inside the sweet and decadent Cake House Digital Theater.
Monday to Thursday | 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday to Sunday | 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

SM Seaside City Christmas

Ding, The Great Butanding show

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Mactan-Cebu International Airport named Asia-Pacific Medium Airport of the Year

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) was awarded the Asia-Pacific Medium Airport of the Year in the CAPA 2018 Asia Aviation Awards for Excellence. MCIA emerged top among airports with over…

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) was awarded the Asia-Pacific Medium Airport of the Year in the CAPA 2018 Asia Aviation Awards for Excellence.

MCIA emerged top among airports with over 10 million annual passengers. It was awarded for having been “the biggest standout strategically,” having “established itself as a strategic leader,” and having “done the most to advance the progress of the aviation industry.”

CAPA’s Aviation Awards for Excellence, held in Singapore on November 8, is regarded as the pre-eminent awards for strategic excellence in aviation. It rewards airlines and airports that are not only successful but have also provided industry leadership in adjusting to a new environment.

MCIA Terminal 2

MCIA was selected for the successful opening of Terminal 2, which provides ample capacity to support international growth and offers the best airport passenger experience in the Philippines. Terminal 2 lifts the airport’s capacity from 4.5 million to 12.5 million. The terminal took only three years to build with construction beginning less than a year after the airport was transferred to a new private sector consortium consisting of India’s GMR and the Philippines’ Megawide.

Mactan-Cebu International Airport

Terminal 2 of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

 

Following the successful privatization, MCIA won CAPA’s Asia Pacific small airport of the year category in 2016. Annual traffic reached 10 million passengers in 2017, putting MCIA in the medium airport category. Total passenger traffic at Cebu grew at a consistent 14% clip in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and has accelerated this year, reaching 26% in the first eight months of 2018.

MCIA’s international traffic has more than doubled since 2014, when the airport handled only 1.7 million international passengers. International traffic grew 29% in 2017 to 3.1 million, and is on pace to exceed 5 million this year following 65% growth through the first eight months.

MCIA network

All three main Philippine airline groups have been pursuing rapid expansion at Cebu, which they are now using as an alternative hub for transfer traffic. The airport also has attracted eight new foreign airlines over the last three years, and is currently served by 16 foreign carriers. MCIA’s network has expanded rapidly, and currently consists of 24 international and 16 domestic destinations.

“The opening of the new international terminal follows a highly successful privatization, positioning the airport for rapid growth and making MCIA a model for other airports in the Philippines and throughout Asia as potential PPP (Public Private Partnership) opportunities are evaluated,” said Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority General Manager Steve Dicdican.

At a time of industry upheaval, CAPA Aviation Awards winners are recognized for adopting strategies that offer new directions for others to take up. The CAPA Awards for Excellence are not driven by customer surveys or sponsorship. An independent panel of international judges researches the awards. (Press Release)

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Lauv to perform in Cebu as part of Asia Tour 2019

Independent singer, songwriter, producer, and pop visionary Lauv will return to Asia in May 2019 with a run of extensive dates throughout the region including a performance in Cebu on…

Independent singer, songwriter, producer, and pop visionary Lauv will return to Asia in May 2019 with a run of extensive dates throughout the region including a performance in Cebu on May 21.

Lauv is currently on a US headline tour and doing select dates opening for Ed Sheeran.

This will be Lauv’s third time returning to Asia, second run of headline dates after touring with Ed in the Fall of 2017.

The Philippine leg of the Lauv’s Asia Tour is produced by AEG Presents and Ovation Productions. Pre-sale of concert tickets starts Nov. 14 with general on-sale happening on Nov. 23.

Lauv has just released new single “There’s No Way” featuring Julia Michaels.

The single already has over 38 million streams and is featured on 32 Spotify New Music playlists. It has been added to the Hot Hits local Playlist across Spotify Asia and soaring up the local charts. The single has seen support from key international media, including MTV Global PUSH, Sirius Radio, Radio Disney, BBC Radio 1, Billboard, Rolling Stone, and countless others.

Lauv comes to Cebu in Philippine leg of Asian Tour 2019

The pair recently performed a stunning rendition of the single on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

This past summer, Lauv performed his hit single, “I Like Me Better,” on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, as well as the 2018 Teen Choice Awards and 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

The single reached the Top 10 of Top 40 US radio, and top 10 airplay hits around the globe including Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and more.

A highlight of his 2018 project “I met you when I was 18, ” the song recently went double platinum in the US, triple platinum in Australia, and platinum in multiple other markets. He has now surpassed well over 1 billion cumulative streams worldwide.

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Dairy Queen brings best selling ice cream to Cebu

Touted as one of the most delicious ice cream brands in the world, Dairy Queen begins serving its signature soft serve products to Cebuanos as it simultaneously opens its SM…

Touted as one of the most delicious ice cream brands in the world, Dairy Queen begins serving its signature soft serve products to Cebuanos as it simultaneously opens its SM City Cebu and Robinsons Cybergate branches today.

The Dairy Queen Cebu branches carry the bestselling Blizzard, which is soft serve ice cream mixed with such ingredients as fruit, chocolate chunks, cookie, and nuts, as well as ice cream cakes, ice cream sandwich, and dilly bar.

One of the unique features of the DQ Blizzard is it is served upside down and there are two reasons for this, according to Lorent Adrias, Chief Marketing Officer of Philippine Pizza, Inc. (PPI).

Dairy Queen Cebu

RED SPOON. Each serving of Dairy Queen comes with its iconic red spoon. A company official says customers have come to look at it as the “pathway to happiness.”

 

Served upside down

The brand wants to make the customer experience fun and at the same time show the quality of its ice cream, he added. Aside from Dairy Queen, PPI also holds the franchise for Pizza Hut and Taco Bell in the Philippines.

“Serving the Blizzard upside down is an affirmation of the quality of our ice cream. The thick and creamy consistency of the ice cream makes it possible,” Adrias also said.

Another Dairy Queen icon is the red spoon, which comes with every serving of soft serve ice cream. Customers have come to look at it as the “pathway to happiness,” he cited.

Dairy Queen Cebu

Dairy Queen’s ice cream sandwich.

 

Oldest franchise

Dairy Queen has been around for 78 years, making it the oldest franchise in the whole world, said the brand’s VP for Operations Erryl Ramos.

Including the two newly-opened branches in Cebu, DQ now has 108 stores all over the Philippines.

Ramos said during a media preview last night that he believes the opening sales for Cebu will surpass the highest store opening record held by SM City Clark.

Dairy Queen Cebu

CEBU BRANCHES. In Cebu, Dairy Queen is available in SM City Cebu (above) and Robinsons Cybergate.

 

Dairy Queen Cebu branches

The Dairy Queen Cebu stores are the first outside of Luzon, said Adrias, adding they decided to open here because the Cebuanos have been very active in asking for a DQ branch in Cebu on social media.

Adrian said they want Dairy Queen to be the Filipinos’ treat of choice for life’s little and big victories.

The SM City Cebu branch is located beside the newly renovated Pizza Hut restaurant. New Pizza Hut features include a different look, new menu, takeout window, and open kitchen. It can accommodate about a hundred customers.

Dairy Queen Cebu

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