Say ‘hello’ to a cozier J.Co at SM City Cebu, Christmas donut, and coffee treats

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A cozier dining experience awaits J.Co Donuts & Coffee Philippines customers at SM City Cebu as the favorite donut store launches its brand-new fresher look. The all-new J.Co branch now features a more spacious dining area that’s ready for 50 to 60 guests, minimalist fixtures and designs, and ambient lighting to […] The post Say ‘hello’ to a cozier J.Co at SM City Cebu, Christmas donut, and coffee treats appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerNov 24th, 2022

LTO-7 gives motorcycle riders Christmas treats instead of TOPs

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – Personnel of the Land Transportation Office in Central Visayas  (LTO-7) and the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) conducted a checkpoint and asked several motorcycle riders who were passing the vicinity of the Red Cliff at the Transcentral Highway on Sunday morning, December 13, to pull over. But instead of giving the nervous […] The post LTO-7 gives motorcycle riders Christmas treats instead of TOPs appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2020

Balamban Fiesta Cup: Good Shepherd-Toledo City battles AC Troopers/Eversure Catmon for the crown

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The cast of the much-awaited championship of the Balamban Fiesta Cup 2023 Inter-Commercial Basketball Tournament is finally complete. This was after Good Shepherd-Toledo City eked out a hard-earned win against Tuburan 360 Coffee, 90-85, on Tuesday evening, September 19, 2023, at the Exasperanza Binghay Memorial Sports Complex in Balamban, midwest Cebu......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2023

SC to release results of 2023 Bar exams before Christmas 

The Supreme Court disclosed that the results of the 2023 online Bar examinations will be released before Christmas while the oath-taking of new lawyers will be held before New Year. Yesterday, the three-day Bar exams started in 14 local testing centers (LTCs) nationwide. The SC said the last two days of the exams are on 20 and 24 of September. Associate Justice Ramon Paul L. Hernando, chairperson of the 2023 Bar exams committee, said: “For the longest time, Bar examinees have had to endure several months of perceived agony of waiting before the results of the professional licensure exams for future lawyers are released. “This year, however, following the examples of my recent predecessors as Bar Chair, the time spent by the examinees waiting in agony for the results of the exams will be cut short: my team and I are eyeing the release of the results of the 2023 Bar Examinations in early December before Christmas day. “Moreover, there will be simultaneous oath-taking and signing of the Roll of Attorneys in December also before Christmas day so that we will have our new batch of full-fledged lawyers before the year ends. “It will be an additional reason for those who will hurdle the Bar Exams to celebrate the Holiday Season.” Hernando added that as of 17 September, a total of 10,791, instead of 10,816 as earlier announced, will take the six-subject examinations spread over three days. The change in the number was a result of the withdrawal of 25 examinees who had earlier registered.  As in previous examinations, they may still withdraw from the exams after the first day. Hernando said the conduct of the examinations by the SC will be assisted by 2,571 Bar personnel deployed in the 14 LTCs. The SC headquarters for the exams is at the San Beda College Alabang in Muntinlupa City is the appointed SC headquarters for the exams. “The 2,571-strong 2023 Bar workforce—which includes court officials; judges; numerous personnel from the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the Sandiganbayan, the Court of Tax Appeals, and First-and Second-Level Courts; and volunteer lawyers in the government and private practice—are fully committed to ensuring the integrity and orderly process of this year’s Examinations,” Hernando said. Six core subjects are covered in the examinations—Political and Public International Law, 15 percent; Commercial and Taxation Laws, 20 percent; Labor Law and Social Legislation, 10 percent; Criminal Law, 10 percent; and Remedial Law, Legal and Judicial Ethics with Practical Exercises, 25 percent. The subjects yesterday were Political and Public International Law in the morning, and Commercial and Taxation Laws in the afternoon, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. On 20 September 2023, the subjects covered are Civil Law in the morning and Labor Law and Social Legislation in the afternoon. On 24 September 2023, Criminal Law and Remedial Law will be in the morning, and Legal and Judicial Ethics with Practical Exercises in the afternoon. In the National Capital Region, the LTCs are at the San Beda University, Manila; University of Santo Tomas, Manila; SBCA; University of the Philippines, Quezon City; Manila Adventist College, Pasay City; and University of the Philippines, Bonifacio Global City. In Luzon, the LTCs are at Saint Louis University in Baguio City; Cagayan State University, Tuguegarao City; and University of Nueva Caceres, Naga City. In the Visayas, the LTCs are at the University of San Jose-Recoletos in Cebu City, University of San Carlos also in Cebu City, and Dr. V. Orestes Romualdez Educational Foundation in Tacloban City. There are two LTCs in Mindanao—one at the Ateneo de Davao University in Davao City and the other at the Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City. Courts within the areas of the 14 LTCs will be closed on 20 September. Several local governments in the 14 LTCs have announced traffic rerouting in areas where the examinations will be held. During the three-day examinations, most of them have also banned the sale of liquor at certain times of the day. The post SC to release results of 2023 Bar exams before Christmas  appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2023

AC Troopers cruise past Tuburan to grab win No. 3 in Balamban hoop wars 

CEBU CITY, Philippines — AC Troopers/Eversure-Catmon emerged victorious against Tuburan 360 Coffee, 92-80, in the battle of the unbeaten teams Friday night, September 15, 2023, in the ongoing Balamban Fiesta Cup 2023 Inter-Commercial Basketball Tournament. The team’s victory, during their game held at the Exasperanza Binghay Memorial Sports Complex in Balamban town, cemented AC Troopers’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 16th, 2023

Piso sale!

Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ leading carrier, is giving every Juan an early Christmas gift as it brings back its trademark Piso Sale in time for the BER months. From 7 to 10 September, CEB travelers can book their flights to select domestic destinations including Bacolod, Cebu, Iloilo, Kalibo, and Laoag, and international destinations such as Ho Chi Minh City, Macau, Seoul, Singapore and Taipei for as low as P1 one-way base fare, exclusive of surcharges and other fees. The travel period will be from 1 April to 31 August 2024, allowing passengers to book ahead and score value-for-money fares. Aside from the Piso Sale, the airline is also offering a special 27-percent discount on CEB Transfers for all its routes serving Boracay, making travel to one of the world’s best island resorts much easier and more affordable. CEB currently flies to Boracay eight times daily from Manila, twice daily from Cebu, and six times weekly from Clark. CEB pioneered its trademark Piso Sale as early as 2004. Since then, many Filipinos have been able to fulfill their travel dreams and explore various local and international destinations through the airline’s signature promo. Passengers may use their existing Travel Funds to book flights and avail themselves of add-ons. CEB also offers multiple payment options, including payment centers, credit or debit cards and e-wallets. CEB currently flies to 35 domestic and 24 international destinations, spanning across Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. The post Piso sale! appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 9th, 2023

Coffee venture expands wings

Homegrown coffee producer Allegro Beverage Corporation, or ABC, will soon bring its brands to Palawan and Legazpi City in Albay to provide more of its imported, industry-preferred espresso machines, brewers, coffee beans, syrups, sauces, and teas. On Monday, ABC unveiled its new Mandaluyong headquarters while announcing its collaboration with UCC Japan, which owns a 65 percent share of UCC Philippines. In 2018, ABC entered a strategic alliance with UCC Japan, the 5th largest coffee company in the world, which now owns majority ABC stake. ABC chief executive officer Yasmin Vasquez said synergy with UCC sets them apart from competitors. “ABC is the only coffee distributor in the Philippines that is backed by a global brand. It is looking into expansion in terms of the types of products we carry, so we are covering it right now with traditional and fully automatic espresso machines. We have premium brewed coffee from Italy, freshly roasted by UCC for us,” she said. Vasquez said they are now selling espresso machines to those who want to have freshly brewed coffee in the comfort of their home, apart from the machines supplied to hotels and coffee shops. “We will try to bring in more home-use equipment and other products that we think meet our goal of being a holistic coffee provider in the country,” she stated. Vasquez said their products are not only seen in restaurants, coffee shops, and hotels in Metro Manila but also in provinces, including Cebu, Davao and Pampanga, while their dealers have branched out in Iloilo, Bohol, Quezon, Laguna, Cavite and in Pangasinan.   Synergy with UCC UCC is an integrated family-owned coffee business from plantations, roasting facilities, and product distribution to equipment maintenance services. “UCC Japan is involved in coffee equipment manufacturing in Japan, called Lucky Coffee Machine, as well as involved in coffee manufacturing, coffee shops, and education as it has its own Coffee Academy. On the other hand, UCC Philippines is into manufacturing and creating business-to-business programs and has another company that handles the coffee shops and another company that owns an academy. UCC Philippines is basically duplicating what UCC Japan has been doing,” UCC Philippines president and chief executive officer Hubert Young said. Young said UCC has been “very picky” with franchisees and does not just entertain those franchisees that have a lot of money to spend but do not have a passion for coffee. “Because at the end of the day, it’s the branding of the UCC that I am making sure maintained,” Young maintained. He said owning a franchise costs P16 million for a 150 square meters stand-alone coffee shop, with a break-even return of investments of five years maximum. The post Coffee venture expands wings appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 31st, 2023

Newest Foodie paradise Down South.

Food brings people together, but it is the discovery of decadent, sinful and mouthwatering dishes that really brings people more joy and satisfaction. The opening of Mercato Centrale at the Festival Mall Alabang allows food lovers to discover new favorites and savor a wide selection of treats from budding food entrepreneurs — from crispy bagnet and Vigan-style empanadas to takoyaki balls and tender, juicy steaks.   This newest foodie’s paradise in the south will run until 31 December. “Filinvest’s Festival Mall has always been very strong in supporting the growth of both businesses and communities. That’s why we are very happy to work with them,” said RJ Ledesma, co-founder of Mercato Centrale, the pioneer in outdoor food lifestyle market that was established in 2010. “We feel that the environment in Festival Mall is an ideal opportunity for us to continue our advocacy in supporting micro and small food enterprises.” [caption id="attachment_162735" align="aligncenter" width="2560"] Solid partnership (From left) Vanessa Ledesma, Mercato Centrale president; RJ Ledesma, Mercato Centrale co-founder; Mitch Dumlao, Filinvest Supermall Inc. first vice president and business unit head; and Denise Rae Lagayan, Filinvest Supermall Inc. senior assistant vice president. | Photograph by Vangie Baga Reyes for the Daily Tribune.[/caption]   “On our end, we are always on the lookout for new, exciting concepts that the Mercato Centrale brings,” shared Mitch Dumlao, first vice president and business unit head of Filinvest Supermall Inc. “They are one of those key components that the mall should have and, in this kind of concept, it really brings together many people and introduce new cuisines. In fact, some of the food that they are bringing in are very local that many people from the south do not know about. It’s like a whole new dining experience for our customers.” The 15 to 20 food booths offering varied cuisines (Korean, Japanese, Indian, Middle Eastern) are strategically set up at the mall’s Water Garden Park to keep diners close to nature and breathe in fresh air while enjoying their food. Once in a while, there will be performances and fireworks to entertain diners. [caption id="attachment_162738" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Popular Korean snacks.[/caption]   “It is also experiential,” explained Ledesma. “Aside from food, we have buskers to pump up the atmosphere. There will also be regular theme events, such as cultural celebration or special barbecue night or healthy food week, so that every time you visit us there’s always a different experience with food.” He added: “It is a time for revenge spending for everybody now. People spend their money in food, travel and shopping. What we want to leverage right now is that so many entrepreneurs were created during the pandemic. We are here to give them a venue and build a platform for them to showcase their products. There is an opportunity to grow as well.” Among the featured vendors are Royal Tea Shots (coffee, milk tea and fruit tea), Mamays Ihaw (grilled dishes), City of Drinks (fruit juices), Manang Joy Empanada (hot empanadas), Bagnet Patong (rice meals), Unkle Kimz and Grub Streat (Korean food), Steak Garrage (steaks), Grid Ion (shawarma and sausage) and Supreme Hungarian (sausages). There are also nonfood items available. [caption id="attachment_162736" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Grub Street food booth. | Photographs Courtesy of Mercato Centrale[/caption]   Mercato Centrale at Festival Mall Alabang is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursdays to Sundays. Filinvest’s Fora Mall Tagaytay will also host Mercato Centrale from 4 September to 31 March 2024. The post Newest Foodie paradise Down South. appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 26th, 2023

Coming home to a newly-improved Lanao del Sur

Marawi City is that one dreamy place that proves the Philippines has more to offer than meets the eye. [caption id="attachment_158168" align="aligncenter" width="525"] THE Islamic municipality of Tamparan has40 mosques.[/caption]   Imagine seeing the iconic and age-old Lake Lanao flanked by two majestic mountain ranges and the Grand Mosque, the great Islamic sanctuary of the nation. Prior to the pandemic, these were the lone attractions drawing visitors to the capital of Lanao del Sur. For those desiring a tourist experience, a mere half-day in Marawi gave you everything you needed. Times have changed, however. During a recent return to my beloved hometown, I found myself pleasantly taken aback by the exquisite accommodations I was provided at the newly established Ridge Hotel. This modern marvel boasts an array of state-of-the-art indulgences, a culinary haven curated by a gifted chef, a reliable and uninterrupted WiFi connection, elegant function rooms and staff composed entirely of graduates in the fields of tourism and hotel management, epitomizing maximum professionalism. My invitation to the momentous launch of the month-long celebration commemorating the 64th founding anniversary of Lanao del Sur, extended personally by the honorable Governor Datu Mamintal “Bombit” Alonto Adiong Jr., a longstanding friend, and his son, Vice Governor Mujam Adiong,  granted me a very endearing visit. The distinguished presence of Indonesian Ambassador Agus Widjojo as a special guest at the event further strengthened the shared kinship between the Philippines and Indonesia. Ambassador Widjojo noted that he felt a profound sense of belonging in the Philippines, given the shared commitment to the faith in Allah prevalent in the Muslim provinces of both nations. [caption id="attachment_158164" align="aligncenter" width="525"] indonesia Ambassador to the Philippines Agus Widjojo and Lanao Del Sur Governor Mamintal A. Adiong Jr.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_158166" align="aligncenter" width="525"] CHICKEN Satay with peanut sauce.PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF IG/ALTITUDECAFE22[/caption]   During this noteworthy occasion, the stunning performances of amateur talents and the captivating folk cultural ensemble known as Sining Kambayoka enraptured the audience. Their compelling Maranaw dances were accompanied by resonant melodies deriving from the kulintang ensemble. As the month unfolds, the province has laid out a comprehensive roster of events, including necessary medical outreach programs, magnetic agricultural exhibits, refreshing lake tours, a pivotal health summit and a scrumptious food festival, all to be held in the month of July.   Trip down heaven road Indeed, my favorite one, Heaven Road, echoes the preferences of both locals and visitors alike. Nestled atop a panoramic hill, this majestic thoroughfare is adorned with charming cafés that gracefully connect Mindanao State University to the provincial capitol. The place shows Marawi’s ability to reinvent itself, seamlessly integrating current trends with the preservation of its rich cultural heritage. A common sight along Heaven Road is that of baristas in their taqiyah, or men’s prayer caps, and servers adorned in hijabs, the traditional headscarves worn by women. In fact, Heaven Road has become an irresistible muse for countless vloggers, who capture spectacular vistas of the surrounding landscape. On sun-drenched days, the ethereal clouds nearly graze the towering mountains, while after rainfall, a mystical mist envelops the terrain, thus explaining its moniker, Heaven Road. Aptly referred to as the “Baguio of Mindanao,” this sanctuary is well-known for its delicate climate and awe-inspiring sights of verdant forests, visible through the coffee shop windows. Earlier this year, the renowned Cebu-based chain, Bo’s Coffee, inaugurated its grandest Philippine outlet, sprawling across 1,000 square meters at Heaven Road. In addition to serving its signature homegrown coffee blends and refreshing cold beverages, this establishment boasts a panoramic 360-degree view of Marawi City. The exquisite interiors harmoniously incorporate traditional Meranaw architectural elements, such as the resplendent okir patterns, meticulously painted in vibrant hues along the facade. Its deign motifs ingeniously pay homage to the distinctive malong patterns. Haven Coffee and Tea, an establishment owned by a visionary entrepreneur hailing from Iligan City, has garnered significant attention on the social media platforms of the youthful Meranaw populace. Meticulously prepared to embody an original concept while fervently supporting local products and talent, this haven offers an unparalleled culinary experience. Its collection of lattés, rice meals, flavorful plates of pasta, delectable sandwiches, and sweet cakes are nothing short of extraordinary. Haven Coffee and Tea skillfully capitalizes on its sprawling al fresco dining area, affording patrons dazzling sceneries of the mountains during the day, and enchanting city lights after dusk. It is not uncommon to witness outdoor seminars hosted beneath sleek tents, as companies seek solace in the tranquil ambiance. As night descends, visitors are presented with a choice between submerging themselves in the melodious performances of live acoustic bands and Meranaw pop singers or opting for a quieter corner, where they can internalize the symphony of chirping crickets. Cafe Sindaw, renowned for its exquisite beverages and coffee offerings, goes beyond mere refreshments, upholding a hard-and-fast adherence to excellence. This reputable establishment prides itself on maintaining an impeccable standing among cafe shops in the city. In addition to its premium culinary offerings, Cafe Sindaw boasts a collection of fashionable function rooms, ideal for hosting both formal and informal gatherings with an air of sophistication. Other esteemed cafés in the vicinity provide an extensive selection of milk teas, accompanied by delectable sinkers, as well as an assortment of cold beverages and delectable pastries. Altitude Café in Marawi City offers a captivating dining experience that combines elegance with Asian-inspired flavors. With a chic and contemporary interior, the spacious and well-lit dining area provides a serene ambiance for a casual brunch or stylish evening out. The menu showcases a fusion of Asian and Lanao Del Sur’s culinary traditions, skillfully prepared by gifted chefs. From rich stir-fries to exquisite pastas, each dish echoes a devotion to culinary distinction, using locally sourced ingredients to herald the unique flavors of Marawi. Additionally, the café’s soaring location provides breathtaking scenic sights of Marawi City’s landscapes, enhancing the overall dining experience. For those in search of treasured souvenirs, Sarimanok Road unveils a trove of shops offering exquisite Meranaw crafts, timeless antiques, and an array of dry goods. Moreover, a diverse range of eateries grace this avenue, expertly preparing tantalizing halal meals, capable of satiating the desires of non-Muslim visitors. Determined to maintain my early morning exercise routine, I embraced the opportunity to embark upon invigorating jogs around the MSU track oval. As I briskly traversed the circuit, I reveled in the crisp, refreshing weather and inhaled the pure, unpolluted air. During my leisurely moments, I sought solace in reconnecting with long-lost friends and cherished relatives. Observing the burgeoning prosperity and urbanity prevalent throughout the city filled me with an overwhelming sense of pride. Once accustomed to witnessing influential families accompanied by their entourage of armed enforcers, I was pleasantly surprised to encounter neatly attired security guards, and their radiant smiles as they graciously opened doors. Marawi City, now blossoming into a haven incorporating every aspect that tourists seek, effortlessly negates the need to venture into neighboring cities. Entrepreneurs, driven by an unwavering faith in Marawi City’s resurgence, continue to establish small businesses, actively extending employment opportunities to their less-fortunate kin. Young individuals, armed with a quality education, now opt to remain in Marawi, actively participating in the monumental task of rebuilding the economy. Likewise, healthcare professionals, driven by an unwavering commitment to serve their homeland, have chosen to dedicate their skills within the city’s borders, rather than seeking greener pastures abroad.   Going back to Tamparan During my journey, a valuable opportunity presented itself to reconnect with friends spanning different generations. Curiosity led me to venture into Tamparan, the sole Islamic municipality, merely a brief 30-minute ride from Marawi. To my awe, Tamparan revealed itself as a dynamic community, embellished with an impressive line of 40  mosques and inhabited by residents sporting their Islamic attire. The determined strength of their faith was palpable. I had the privilege of conducting an interview and was assured by one of the locals that exploring Tamparan is a safe endeavor, owing to the commendable leadership of Mayor Juhar Dimaporo Disomimba. Tamparan envisions itself as the agro-ecotourism and commercial center of Lanao del Sur. It aims to cultivate a community of God-loving and empowered citizens who thrive in a peaceful, resilient, safe and ecologically-balanced environment. This vision is supported by a progressive and transparent governance system that fosters growth and development. Representative Zia Alonto Adiong of Lanao del Sur eloquently encapsulates Marawi’s triumphant resurgence with an air of optimism, declaring, “Let us not only celebrate our past achievements but also embrace the boundless possibilities that lie ahead. The post Coming home to a newly-improved Lanao del Sur appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 15th, 2023

End callous practice

Airlines’ practice of excessive overbooking, as proven in previous seat sales with huge discounts that resulted in passengers being bumped off, carries stiff penalties if the aggrieved party is persistent enough. The Mandaue City regional trial court recently provided the precedent for complaints from the army of disgruntled flyers when it ordered Cebu Pacific Air to pay P500,000 in damages to Cebu 6th District provincial board member Glenn Soco who was bumped off his scheduled flight from Manila to Cebu. Mandaue City RTC Branch 55 Presiding Judge Ferdinand Rafanan ordered Cebu Pacific to pay moral damages of P200,000, exemplary damages of P200,000, and P100,000 in attorneys and litigation expenses. The catch for Soco is that it took 12 years before he received just compensation for his ordeal, which is a stretch that entailed legal expenses that many Filipinos cannot afford. The compensation may even be short of the amount spent to keep track of the case, including the lawyer’s fees. Soco’s case, however, will greatly contribute to halting the excesses of airline firms through the indiscriminate denial of the service promised to their clients. He sued the airline for “breach of the obligation to transport him,” which he claimed had caused him inconvenience, serious anxiety, physical suffering, and sleepless nights. In Soco’s recounting, he said that on 14 April 2011, he booked a Cebu-Manila roundtrip ticket on Flight 5J 574 going to Manila on 15 April 2011, and on Flight 5J 553 on 16 April 2011, at 10:10 a.m. for his return flight to Cebu. The local executive said his ticket for the flight was confirmed. For his return flight, he arrived at NAIA Terminal 3 and got in the queue for departing passengers. He showed his ticket to one of the ground crew to get his seat number, according to the particulars of the 13-page court decision dated 20 June 2023. Soco, however, was informed by the ground crew that he could not be accommodated on the flight and when he asked for an explanation when he got to the head of the line, the Cebu Pacific personnel could not provide a definite response. Passengers behind him were “egging him to step aside” so they could continue with the queue, according to the court ruling. The scene turned chaotic and caused Soco humiliation, “and he was allegedly able to capture it on his cellphone camera,” the court said. Due to the rebooking, Soco missed his board meetings as the owner of Mandaue Integrated Manpower Services Inc., Coffee Dream Company, and Powerline Human Resources Management Inc. A Cebu Pacific Air guest service manager was quoted in the court ruling as having confirmed that Soco was not able to board. The reason given was that “the system of the defendant airline showed full capacity and he could no longer be accommodated on the flight.” “In situations like this, the standard policy of the defendant airline is to look for other passengers who are willing to volunteer their seats in lieu of other passengers with confirmed tickets who could no longer be accommodated. Otherwise, the passenger will be offered an option to either take the subsequent flight or be given a refund,” the court said. Civil Aeronautics Board Economic Regulation 7 recognizes the practice of airline companies of overbooking that does not exceed 10 percent of the aircraft’s seating capacity. While overbooking is a globally accepted practice,  senators in a recent public hearing said systematic delays and cancellations are unacceptable, as well as the lack of appropriate mitigation services and crisis management personnel from the airlines who are supposed to handle complaints. What passengers get for their tribulation is more suffering from the complicated rebooking or refund procedure. The height of insensitivity of airlines is making customers talk to chatbots instead of customer service representatives to make their complaints. They can spend for robots but inconvenienced passengers are given chips and bottled water.   The post End callous practice appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2023

A provincial breakfast

For health, a doctor-friend advises we should drink more of our native pure chocolate beverage instead of coffee. My doctor-friend says current research shows drinking native pure cacao builds up stem cells, cells that, as I’m often confidentially told, are extending the shelf life of some of our more colorful geriatric politicians. But other than medical counsel for regenerating tired old bodies, his advice had me nostalgic for the laid-back charms of my hometown, Cebu City, in the 1960s and my childhood breakfasts. Back then, the multi-layered aroma of the frothy sikwate, Cebuano for native chocolate drink, wafting in the quiet dawn air was a sheer, inimitable pleasure. Prepared by my mother, the sikwate bubbled in a terracotta Grecian pitcher-shaped, charcoal-bottomed batidor sitting precariously on a single earthen stove, fired up by bakawan or mangrove wood. If I happened to be up at the crack of dawn, I would watch my mother vigorously palm-rolling the wooden long-handled bolonea to dissolve the pure cacao tableya and brown sugar in boiling water, to achieve the sikwate’s velvety smoothness and lip-smacking frothy glory. Once poured into large thick-walled glass tumblers — those working-class glasses often found in Chinese restaurants — the sikwate came served with generous servings of the Cebuano delicacy puto maya and succulent ripe mangoes. Itinerant vendors sold the banana leaf-wrapped, triangle-shaped puto maya, but the sweet mangoes came from the market, likely sourced from the city’s abundant mango groves in the Guadalupe district, now a distant memory. Puto maya is steamed sticky glutinous rice or malagkit. Cooked for an hour with coconut milk or gata, sugar, salt and ginger — fresh ginger juice gives the puto maya an added kick — the delicacy was scooped straight from the steamer and served on a plate when bought from the public market stalls. If puto maya wasn’t available, there was always my Lola Isang’s celebrated budbud. Lola Isang, my late paternal grandmother, had a singular way with heirloom budbud recipes, just as my late mother had with cakes, breads, tarts, pies, ensaimada, napoleons, and exquisite silvanas dusted with cashew bits. Budbud is simply sticky rice mixed with coconut milk, sugar and salt steamed over low heat, then hand-rolled to about five inches long and wrapped in banana leaf. Budbud is the simplest food in the Cebuano rice-cake universe, but if my Lola Isang felt fancy enough when she woke up at 3 a.m. to make them she would roll them together with diagonal violet strips like a barber’s pole, which I later found out wasn’t ube but was still malagkit, only colored. And if Lola Isang had some millet around, which in Cebu came in the form of kabog from Catmon town in Northern Cebu, she would make one of Cebu’s unique delicacies, budbud kabog. Kabog is Cebuano for bat and for the small-seeded cereal plant that grew wildly on Catmon’s mountainous terrain, so named because bats feasted on them. Kabog seeds are coarse and bland. But once pounded and cooked with coconut milk and sugar it amazingly transforms into budbud kabog, eagerly sought after by aficionados, mostly sabungeros. Yet, all these delicacies were merely breakfast starters. In 1960s Cebu City, Cebuanos had two official breakfasts: The light painit in the early morning hours and the much later heavy pamahaw. Pamahaw in other households, of course, would have the more familiar scrambled eggs and Brazilian corned beef, but I definitely remember eating with gusto ma-is for pamahaw. Ma-is is of course corn. But the corn here is not on the cob but well-milled corn grains steamed to the consistency of rice. Unfeasibly as corn now sounds as a staple, but tummy-filling ma-is was definitely pamahaw, especially if paired with dangit or little round bite-size Cebuano chorizos or the rich fishy flavor of ginamos or partially fermented bolinaw (anchovies), of which Jose Rizal once insisted to a Spanish historian that Filipino fermented fish dishes were neither stinky nor rotten. Email: The post A provincial breakfast appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 17th, 2023

Belmont Hotel Mactan: A home away from home

For many, a hotel is synonymous to comfort and relaxation, offering people luxurious amenities for a memorable and hassle-free stay. For Belmont Hotel Mactan, these experiences are taken to the next level as it extends incomparable services and first-rate amenities that not only embody class and elegance but also add convenience into the total hotel experience. Belmont Hotel Mactan in Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Cebu, is the third hotel to open under Megaworld Hotels and Resorts’ homegrown hotel chain in the country. Under its business and leisure or “bleisure” label, Belmont Hotel Mactan is also the second hotel (after Savoy Hotel) that sits on the 30-hectare The Mactan Newtown township. Yes, Megaworld’s townships have always been known as a city within a city that amazingly brings everything together — upscale condominiums, lifestyle malls, commercial establishments, office towers, banks, learning institutions and more — in one mixed-used development. That’s why Belmont Hotel Mactan guests in The Mactan Newtown, particularly the business travelers, are assured of this rare convenience because almost everything they need while staying at the hotel is within their reach. “Guests surely find it efficient to stay within the heart of a 30-hectare lifestyle and business hub of the township,” says Johnson Del Valle, Belmont Hotel Mactan general manager. [caption id="attachment_145632" align="aligncenter" width="525"] PHOTOGRAPH BY VANGIE BAGA-REYES | JOHNSON del Valle (left) Belmont Hotel Mactan general manager, and Harold Geronimo, Megaworld’s vice president for public relations and media affairs.[/caption] Home away from home The 20-story hotel is poised as a business travelers’ home away from home while staying in the beguiling island of Mactan. Located along Newtown Boulevard and just beside Savoy Hotel Mactan, Belmont Hotel Mactan features 550 guestrooms and suites with three room categories, namely, Junior Suite (50 sqm), Deluxe Premium (36 sqm) and Superior (26 sqm). It also has seven rooms dedicated for guests with special needs. [caption id="attachment_145629" align="aligncenter" width="525"] DELUXE Premier[/caption] All rooms are fully equipped with essential amenities, such as an in-room electronic safety box, wall-mounted TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, a minibar and wireless Internet connection. [caption id="attachment_145630" align="aligncenter" width="525"] BELMONT Café, the hotel’s all-day dining outlet offering Asian and Mediterranean dishes.[/caption] Interestingly, most units feature expansive views of the Magellan Bay and the Hilutungan Channel, a deep-water channel that separates Mactan Island from Olango Island. With regards to its location, guests arriving via Cebu International Airport will only take at least 15 minutes to reach the hotel. Del Valle says Belmont provides a logical choice for guests with a business mindset. “Since we opened, we host mainly guests who visit the area for business,” he shares. “The hotel features facilities built specifically for MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions), team-building, networking and corporate celebrations across our four available function rooms that can accommodate a maximum of capacity 120 guests down to 30 guests.” These function spaces are equipped with smart-control projectors and sound systems. “The Mactan Island is populated by hotels and resorts focusing heavily on leisure and wellness, so we are very excited to bring a new kind of hospitality experience through Belmont Hotel Mactan,” says Cleofe Albiso, managing director of Megaworld Hotels and Resorts. “Just like the first two Belmont Hotel properties in Newport City in Pasay and Boracay Newcoast in Aklan, Belmont Hotel Mactan will host guests who are in the area for both business and leisure.” She adds: “They can expect the usual topnotch amenities that enable rest and relaxation, but because we want to address the need for Mactan to be MICE-ready we have also built here facilities for business events. Coupled with the Megaworld brand of hospitality, we are very proud to say this kind of experience is something that cannot be found anywhere else on this side of Cebu.” Rich history Stepping inside the lobby, Belmont Hotel becomes a tribute to Cebu’s festive culture, landmarks, marine life, rich history as showcased through numerous art installations. For instance, colorful headdresses used in Cebu’s Sinulog are displayed in the walls of its all-day dining outlet, Belmont Café; Cebu’s finest handcrafted guitars in different sizes and colors are mounted in the chic hangout spot, Zabana Bar; and the room’s wall art paper features popular things Cebu is known for, from guitars to its delicacies, such as otap and puso (rice wrapped and boiled in woven coconut leaves). To relax and unwind, the central amenity area on the third floor has the swimming pool and kiddie pool, female and male wet and dry sauna, outdoor lounge with elevated deck, fitness center and viewing deck where guests can marvel at the beauty of the nearby sea and the rest of the township and the Mactan Island. In terms of food outlets, guests can also savor a variety of cuisines and delicacies from the hotel’s three food and beverage outlets. Belmont Café offers a wide variety of Asian and Mediterranean dishes, as well as other local delicacies. Just a few steps away from Belmont Café is the Zabana Bar, where guests can enjoy a selection of cocktails and refreshing beverages. [caption id="attachment_145635" align="aligncenter" width="525"] FITNESS center.[/caption] Over on the third floor is the Float Pool Bar, where guests can sample a variety of snacks and beverages as they lounge and take a refreshing plunge at the swimming pool. Belmont Hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the Mactan Newtown Beach, and about five-minute walk away from the Mactan Alfresco, a hawker-type dining destination. “While in the area, don’t forget to visit the notable tourist sites much like the Mactan Shrine where the iconic 20-meter statue of Lapu-Lapu stands or the Sto. Nino de Cebu Mactan Parish Church which is noted to be shaped like the Magellan’s hat,” shares Del Valle. Largest hotel operator With the opening of Belmont Hotel, alongside Savoy Hotel, Megaworld Hotels and Resorts now has a combined room keys of 1,100, the largest number of room keys in the entire Mactan Island. At the same time, it makes Megaworld the largest developer and operator in the entire Cebu province today. “Belmont means Beautiful Mountain in French,” says Harold Geronimo, Megaworld’s vice president for public relations and media affairs. “It was a name created by our chairman Dr. Andrew L. Tan when we launched the first Belmont Hotel in Newport City. He fell in love with the name. He just wanted to create a new brand for Megaworld Hotels and Resorts because the first brand that we introduced was Richmonde Hotel. The second brand was Belmont.” The first Belmont Hotel was opened in 2015 at Newport City in Pasay City. It was followed by Belmont Hotel Boracay. Soon, the fourth Belmont Hotel will open in Iloilo City. Geronimo adds that Belmont Hotel will complement the Savoy Hotel inside the township because the vision of Megaworld is to be able to expand its portfolio of hotels in Mactan Island. They want to cater to more business and leisure travelers. “When we open Savoy Hotel, we notice there has been a high demand for those types of travelers who want to do business meetings here, as well as families and tourists who are on vacation in Mactan Island. We want to cater to both that’s why we are adding more rooms.” Belmont Hotel is still in the process of coordinating with the Department of Tourism for the hotel-star rating. 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Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2023

SM pushes for eco-mobility, celebrates World Bike Day nationwide

The Philippines has made greater strides toward eco-mobility in the past two years, with the growth of bike ownership allowing more Pinoys to go out and use a bike. This has prompted SM Supermalls to build more bike-friendly spaces. In celebration of World Bike Day, SM Supermalls, together with its Corporate Social Responsibility arm SM Cares, is inviting cyclists of all ages to join the 2023 Bike Fest from 3 to 30 June. On 3 June, to celebrate World Bike Day at SM Mall of Asia, SM City Fairview, SM City Marikina, SM City Clark, SM City Sta. Rosa, SM Seaside City Cebu, and SM Lanang Premier, everyone is invited to join the community fun bike ride around the mall complex as part of SM Supermalls' advocacy of creating bike-friendly communities across the country. A Kiddie Bike Clinic will also take place at SM Mall of Asia, SM City Fairview and SM City Marikina. Kids aged 8 to 12 can learn and practice bike handling skills in a fun, safe and encouraging atmosphere, as well as learn about the value of bicycle safety. From 20 to 30 June, bike aficionados are in for a treat as various promos and deals are available online via the SM Deals and SM Malls Online apps, and on-ground in select malls. Tons of cool cycling gear, accessories, and merchandise will be up for grabs during this 10-day bicycle festival. On 27 June, bikers also get free weekend treats. As advocates of a cleaner and sustainable environment, SM also offers its Green Finds. Through the Green Finds badge, customers can easily find eco-friendly and sustainable products. Alongside SM retail affiliate brands, SM Green Finds offer products made from natural ingredients that are resourcefully made, promote local artisans and support community livelihood. Check out our pop-up shops at the SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Makati, SM City Marikina, SM City Bacolod, SM City Legazpi and SM Lanang. SM Cares is the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, responsible for initiatives that promote sustainability and the development of the community. SM Cares’ advocacies include programs for Women and Breastfeeding Mothers, Persons with Disabilities, Senior Citizens, and Children and Youth, as well as the Bike-Friendly SM initiative, in addition to its programs on the environment. Visit and or check out @smsupermalls and @officialsmcares on social media.   The post SM pushes for eco-mobility, celebrates World Bike Day nationwide appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 1st, 2023

8-year-old girl raped, slain by addict in Lucena City

LUCENA CITY — An 8-year-old girl was killed after she was raped by a rugby glue sniffer in a secluded spot on the outskirts of this city on Wednesday, May 31, police said in a report on Thursday, June 1, 2023. The father of the victim said he sent the girl to buy coffee in […] The post 8-year-old girl raped, slain by addict in Lucena City appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 1st, 2023

Matteo Guidicelli livens up GMA-7’s morning show ‘Unang Hirit’

"May karibal na si Atom Araullo sa GMA Public Affairs programs sa kaguwapuhan!" That's the talk in some circles since Thursday, 11 May, when it was announced that showbiz idol Matteo Guidecelli has officially joined GMA Public Affairs, the division where Araullo, Jessica Soho,  Mel Tiangco, Mike Enriquez, Cara David and Ivan Mayrina belong. [caption id="attachment_133078" align="aligncenter" width="1734"] PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF GMA-7 Matteo Guidicelli is now a Kapuso.[/caption] It's a division totally different from the network's entertainment TV, which puts up shows like the new Voltes V: The Legacy and Maria Clara at Ibarra. Guidecelli received a grand welcome during the contract-signing and media conference at Vertis Seda Hotel attended by top network executives. GMA Network Chairman and CEO Felipe Gozon welcomed Guidicelli through a video message. The network's Public Affairs produces the newsy morning show Unang Hirit which immediately absorbed Guidicelli as one of its hosts beginning last Monday, 15 May. The same division also produces the well-followed drama anthology Magpakailanman, hosted by Tiango. The division is all set to produce an action-drama primetime series dubbed Black Rider with Guidicelli, a champion car racer for some years before he entered showbiz, joining GMA 7-managed star Ruru Madrid as lead actor. Will the husband of superstar Sarah Geronimo have a chance to do documentaries like the ones Araullo has become famous and highly-esteemed for? Declared GMA Public Affairs' recent statement about their new asset (shared with Viva Artist Agency which still manages Guidicelli): "... And with GMA Public Affairs being the home of world-class and award-winning Filipino documentaries, Matteo will be part of a documentary special about nature." Added the GMA statement: "Viewers should also watch out for Matteo’s upcoming shows in GMA, including exciting projects with GMA Regional TV and Synergy."   First day Guidicelli is also slated to play with a team in Family Feud, the quiz show vibrantly hosted by Dingdong Dantes. It's not known yet who Guidicelli will recruit to his team. Would Viva Artists Agency allow Geronimo to join him in Family Feud? Geronimo is still a top Kapamilya star. On his first day in Unang Hirit, Guidicelli turned up in a casual get-up of light blue long-sleeves, white pants and white rubber shoes. His co-hosts welcomed him with what they called "start-up gift packs" ranging from an alarm clock and coffee flask to a motorcycle from Arnold Clavio (the brand must be one of the show's sponsors). The actor greeted the show's viewers in Filipino and in Cebuano, since he grew up in Cebu. He also greeted the love of his life who he said was watching the show even as they stayed up late Sunday night watching Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho. The new man on the house is also a well-known chef, and cooking breakfast for his co-hosts became his first task on the show. He jauntily revealed that at home he really does a lot of cooking "para lang sa asawa," whom he unfailingly greeted with “Hello, Love”. It's great and refreshing to watch a married, handsome and youthful man greeting his wife in the morning five days a week. Guidicelli is now 33, and Geronimo will be 35 in July this year. Let's wait and see how Guidicelli would turn up in the realm of documentaries. Will he just be a glamorous narrator-host or will he go out and get the stories himself? Would he be as daring and fearless as Araullo in his documentaries? Guidicelli has had military training with the Philippine Army. And he was a daring car racer, remember?   New public-service program Meanwhile, GMA Public Affairs now has a multi-platform public service program on Sundays, its first to be aired both on TV and on radio, plus other Kapuso platforms. Resibo: Walang Lusot Ang May Atraso is hosted by journo Emil Sumangi, who is a co-host of Kim Atienza and Patricia Tumulak on the daily news magazine show at 5:30 pm. Resibo is Sumangil's first solo TV program after several years of being a field reporter on GMA 7. It was launched on 7 May. The public is invited to reach out to Resibo for complaints and grievances via the hotline number 0917-7RESIBO, e-mail and its Facebook page. They can also visit GMA Action Center, Kapuso Center Building, GMA Network Drive, Diliman in Quezon City. Resibo: Walang Lusot ang May Atraso airs 5 p.m. on GMA, GTV, DZBB Super Radyo and GMA Public Affairs’ Facebook, YouTube and Tiktok livestream. The post Matteo Guidicelli livens up GMA-7’s morning show ‘Unang Hirit’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 16th, 2023

66 Injured, 2 Hit by Stray Bullets During the Christmas and New Year Celebration in CV: DOH

The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH 7) has reported 68 fireworks-related injuries in the region from December 21, 2022, to January 3, 2023. Cebu Province has the highest cases of fireworks injuries in the region with 27 injuries followed by Negros Oriental with 10. Meanwhile, Cebu City and Lapu-Lapu City both have 9 […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2023

Altar servers share a glimpse of hope on Christmas Day!

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Christmas is indeed the season of giving and forgiveness.  As we go ahead and celebrate this season with the hopes of being saved by the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ, let this simple photo remind you that, yes, our savior is here to heed our prayers.  Iñaque Shaquille Garlet, altar server […] The post Altar servers share a glimpse of hope on Christmas Day! appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 27th, 2022

Gale warning in Cebu prevails 2 days after Christmas, several sea trips still suspended

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The gale warning, which prohibits several sea vessels from sailing, remains in effect in Cebu and the entire Visayas on Tuesday, December 27, or two days after Christmas, authorities announced. Lt. Junior Grade Stephen Pagcaliwagan, district operations officer of the Philippine Coast Guard in Central Visayas (PCG-7), confirmed on Tuesday that […] The post Gale warning in Cebu prevails 2 days after Christmas, several sea trips still suspended appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 27th, 2022

It’s a ‘not-so-surprise’ Christmas present in Bukidnon!

CEBU CITY, Philippines — What would you do if you received a similar T-shirt that you wore during your exchange gift mayhem?  Jay Suon Rodrigo Cosina from Bukidnon shared a photo of his twin brother, Jaymark, holding up the T-shirt that he got from the exchange gifts, which was similar to the T-shirt that he […] The post It’s a ‘not-so-surprise’ Christmas present in Bukidnon! appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 27th, 2022

Alcantara: Man, who robbed gasoline station on Christmas Day, nabbed

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Police in Alcantara town in southern Cebu arrested the suspect in the robbery of a gasoline station in the town’s Barangay Poblacion on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2022. Police identified the suspect as Leonides Zamora, 50, a resident of Barangay Poblacion. He remains locked up at the detention facility of Alcantara […] The post Alcantara: Man, who robbed gasoline station on Christmas Day, nabbed appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 26th, 2022

LOOK: Kim Chiu, Xian Lim travel to Paris for Christmas

Celebrity couple Kim Chiu and Xian Lim rang in Christmas Day while on a flight to the City of Love, where they enjoyed the sights together for the holiday. The couple enjoyed gingerbread on their flight, saw the Eiffel tower up close and visited Disneyland Paris during their trip, as seen on Lim’s Instagram page […] The post LOOK: Kim Chiu, Xian Lim travel to Paris for Christmas appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 26th, 2022