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Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa’s The Caring Tree

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa  launched The Caring Tree last 29 November 2018 with select guests to jumpstart the season’s celebrations.

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The Caring Tree

This year, Shangri-La Mactan has partnered with Care for the People Project, hoping to grant simple wishes of kids from the orphanage through their Caring Tree initiative.
You can make the children’s Christmas more festive with your donation. For every minimum amount you give, you get a Christmas ornament with a handwritten message from the kids. Donors are asked to write in their  personal notes for the kids, which will be hung on the Christmas tree.

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Let’s make the kids have an even more joyous one through our kindness and generosity by making their little wishes come true.

For inquiries, call Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa through phone number (032) 2310288, or email via mac@Shangri-la.com.

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Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa is the First Garmin-enabled Resort in the World

Cebu, Philippines, September 27, 2018 – Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu announces an exciting collaboration with Garmin Philippines, distributed by NAVCO Inc., on a brand-new initiative called “Shangri-La Mactan Stories” that will make Garmin VIRB cameras available for guests to use free of charge within the resort to help them capture their holidays in greater detail, enhancing an already multi-dimensional experiential journey.

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Garmin Virb

Garmin, a brand with a long heritage of specializing in adventure watches and multi-sports gadgets, is also known for its range of ultra-high-definition 4k action cameras, the Garmin VIRB. Lightweight, each with its own waterproof case, the cameras are capable of capturing every moment in crisp, clear detail. Features include a high-sensitivity microphone, 3-axis image stabilization, built-in sensors and GPS capture data, and voice control. Garmin products also allow quick social sharing, including livestreaming on YouTube and Facebook.

In addition to making these cameras available for use, the resort installed steel camera mounts in over 30 different locations all around the property, each chosen to maximize the best angles and most picturesque views possible.

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30 Garmin Virb mounts are strategically installed around the resort

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“We are proud to be the first fully Garmin-enabled resort in the world,” General Manager René D. Egle said of his latest groundbreaking initiative.

Guests can not only record their favorite holiday moments in high definition, they can also create memorably engaging videos of their own with the VIRB Edit desktop software, accessible through an editing station in the Entertainment Zone.

The easy-to-use program lets guests edit their raw files seamlessly, with varied options for: trimming video; incorporating music and transitions; and adding data overlays to indicate speed, height and distance, giving each video clip a high-quality finish and the slick appeal of professional design. Trained resort recreation staff are on hand to guide first-time users.

“We cannot think of a better partner than Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa,” said Ryan Tan, president of Garmin Philippines. “The resort has so much to offer, mirroring Garmin’s wide range of multi-sport and adventure products that enable guests to capture priceless moments during their stay.”
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In fact, the latest products in the Garmin Watch Collection, revealed during the launch of the partnership, integrate seamlessly with the activities within the resort: the Fenix 5 Plus, a multi-sport adventure watch; the Garmin Descent, the first and only dive watch equipped with GPS and complete multi-sport features; the vivoactive 3 Music, a lifestyle wellness smartwatch with built-in music and all-day stress tracking; the vivomove HR, a fashionable hybrid wellness smartwatch with the same all-day stress tracking feature; and the Approach S60, a full-color golf watch that integrates critical information and maps of over 40,000 golf course worldwide.

Lastly, to encourage guests to showcase their personal creativity and share their content on social platforms, the resort is launching the “Shangri-La Mactan Stories Awards”, a year-round competition in three categories: Inspirational, Action and Out of the Box.

Winners will be selected from all videos uploaded online with the resort’s geotag and #ShangriLaMactanxGarmin. Attractive prizes include stays at Shangri-La properties in three spectacular destinations – Tokyo, Paris and the Maldives – including roundtrip airfare on a premium carrier, as well as luxe island holidays at the resort itself and top-of-the-line Garmin cameras.

For inquiries and reservations, guests may get in touch with Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu at (63 32) 231 0288 or reservations.mac@shangri-la.com. For real-time updates, guests may log on to Facebook.com/shangrilamactan or follow @shangrilamactan on Instagram.

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Convergys YOUnified Hugyaw 2018 a Big Success

Convergys had a 6-week simultaneous celebration of teamwork and camaraderie through sports and talents throughout three of its biggest sites in Luzon and the Visayas. CVG Cebu had initiated a great thrust in bringing together its people and their family and friends together through Hugyaw, that it inspired the birth of Siklab and Sinadja, banking on the same blueprint for CVG sites in Metro Manila and Bacolod.

Nearly 9,000 attendees composed of Convergys Cebu employees, friends and families attended the culmination of YOUnified Hugyaw 2018. It was the conclusion of a 6-week series that brought the talents, teamwork, and fellowship of the company’s employees to the forefront, now over 12,000 people-strong in Cebu. The full-day event, now on its 6th year, was held at the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Lahug Campus. It kicked off with a massive “parade of colors” from the eight Convergys Cebu sites. It was followed by various activities such as the championship games of basketball and volleyball, other contests for Convergys employees’ family members, a Battle of the Bands, a song and dance competition, as well as a major performance from Convergys executive leaders. Winners from previous events such as the Queen of Hugyaw beauty pageant as well as Short Film Festival held earlier, were also present at the closing ceremony.
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“Congratulations to our team for another successful Hugyaw,” says Jojo Reyes, Convergys Group Vice President of Operations at the conclusion of the event. “This annual employee program is not only the largest BPO event in Cebu but also brings all our employees and their families together each year for the past 6 years. The strong teamwork demonstrated to make all this possible is proof of the unity and pride that are forged when we celebrate our people, their unique talents and skills and provide an avenue for them to have fun with their loved ones. Hugyaw has also become a great employee engagement initiative that is now being replicated in some of our other sites in Manila and Bacolod, altogether called ‘YOUnified’. Once again, I thank and congratulate the Convergys Cebu team for bringing out the best in one another here and in everything you do each day. I am proud to work alongside all of you,” he closes.

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SYKES back-to-back Supremacy Battle for Sports Fest and Family Day 2018

SYKES Philippines has once again gathered its employees yet not for work, but to have fun with their colleagues and families. Every year, it runs a Sports Fest and Family Day aimed at promoting camaraderie, unity among their people and supporting a healthier lifestyle.
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This year, the SYKES Sportsfest theme was “Supremacy” with its Manila event held last May 5, 2018 at the huge Ynares Sports Arena and the day after, it was Cebu’s turn to show what they’ve got.

And so SYKES rolled out the big question “Who Will Reign Supreme?” Here are some back-to-back exciting happenings of the 2018 SYKES Sports Fest and Family Day.

Cebu highlights
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It was a jampacked USP (University of the Southern Philippines) venue as thousands of SYKEsers joined Cebu Sports Fest and Family Day celebration that kicked off with a parade bannering RYBU Blue Lions, SG&A White Warriors, CSBU Red Transformers, DBBU Pink Panther, MLBU Green Stallions, JNBU Black Immortals, and AMBU Gold Eagles.

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Green Concepts and Events,( can we avoid mentioning our suppliers as trhis is not their paid ad which organized the Cebu leg of the annual event, prepped up a grand entrance for Sykes Cebu Head and Vice President for Area Operations & Shared Services John Sneed.

Aboard a military jeep, Sneed came in joined by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-Cebu and officially announced and declared open their Sports Fest and Family Day. The AFP-Cebu thereafter led a dozen an Army Dozen Exercise, which  consisted of 12 easy yet helpful exercises, that served as a warmup for the day’s activities.
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The crowd’s attention then shifted to beauties as the search for Ms. SYKES Cebu Sports Fest 2018 took over. Among the pretty ladies, Phoebe Joy Elbanbuena emerged as the winner.

After a little glam, Cebu SYKEsers’ skills, speed and abilities were put to test with the Boot Camp games like Bypassing Security: Decoding Cryptic Spy Messages and Obstacle Course Race.

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For the sports competitions, Sykes Cebu rallied for basketball, volleyball, table tennis, billiards, darts and DOTA.

Manila activities

In Manila, the Sykesers were also up for a whole day of fun activities with organizers coming up the first headdress competition dubbed “Crowning Glory”. It was a test of creativity with the teams having only recycled materials to use for the best headdress.

The Manila Sports Fest and Family Day was raining celebrities too. No less than Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Nicole Cordoves with UAAP and ABS-CBN Sports Anchor Martin Javier hosted the event.

Loud cheers greeted Jak Roberto who joined the revelry and delighted the crowd with a song number. In the later part of event, CCP Bobcats Cheerleading Team and the UST Yellow Jackets Drumline awed the audience with their heart-stopping stunts and more.

Sykes kids meantime enjoyed the inflatable area and there was a photo booth for every snap and selfie enthusiasts.

Other remarkable happenings during the Manila event were the lighting of the torch and the athlete’s oath-taking led by Director for Site Operations Red del Rosario. It was Senior Director for Support Services – APAC Shane Bates who officially declared their Sports Fest and Family Day open..

Sykes is a leading BPO (business process outsourcing) company in the country and among the first to put up a branch outside Manila . To date, it has employed over 15,000 talents and still growing nationwide.

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Five Teams for Juan for Fun 2016 Backpacker Challenge Announced

6th June 2016. Cebu Pacific Air announced the five lucky teams to compete at this year’s Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge. The chosen groups of three (3) college students or fresh graduates will be in for a surprise during the soon-to-be-announced send-off ceremony, where they’ll find out on where their team will be flying for a once in a lifetime adventure.

The five teams selected to take on the  #JuanForFun2016 challenges are: (1) #TeamPablo, (2) #JuanTeamPH, (3) #TeamWork, (4) #TeamTag and (5) #TeamPura. At stake is by far Juan for Fun‘s grandest prize yet: A travel-all-you-can pass to any Cebu Pacific Air domestic and international (short-haul) destination!

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Juan For Fun 2016 Adventure Coaches

Follow each team’s adventure by checking out the hashtag #JuanForFun2016 on Twitter and Instagram. And don’t forget to follow them on Facebook: @CebuPacificJFF for updates!

The Julie’s Chief Baker

THE JULIE’S CHIEF BAKER STUDENTS EDITION REALITY BAKING COMPETITION

 

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Julie’s Bakeshop brings you Julie’s Chief Baker Students Edition, a reality TV show featuring student bakers from various culinary schools in Cebu offering baking classes.  The Premier Season featuring 13 full episodes will air this February 2014 in the cities of Cebu, Dumaguete, Davao and General Santos on SkyCable.  The show aims to highlight the skills, creativity and ingenuity of the student bakers in coming up with new recipes, and their ability to adapt with their fellow student bakers and to the competition environment.  It also allows them the opportunity to learn from kitchen veterans and experience the thrill and excitement of being on a competitive reality TV show.

 

The Julie’s Chief Baker Show Students Edition is a first for the baking scene not just in Cebu but in the country.  It aims to generate awareness for the brand among a younger and more dynamic market.  Julie’s has long been a household name among homemakers since its inception over 30 years ago; now, it strives to take a foothold of the younger generation, bringing the brand closer to the student populace and ultimately bringing Julie’s breads top of mind when students consider a healthy snack, or “baon.”

 

Hosted by veteran radio personality, DJ JiggyCerna, the Julie’s Chief Baker show is sure to keep audiences glued as the kneading and baking pave the way for personalities to arise in the kitchen as the competition heats up.

 

The thrill then goes from the kitchen to the judging table where guest judges from Cebu’s culinary scene and social circles bring their appetites and discerning palates to the Chief Baker set and give their honest and colorful opinions to the aspiring bakers.  Weekly eliminations will give the competing teams a reason to always be a cut above the rest.

 

Weekly challenges include, but are not limited to the following recipes: breads with filling, healthy breads, fried breads, meat-filled breads, steamed breads, etc.  Of course, surprise ingredients can come in anytime during the season.

 

 

 

Apart from being awardedas the first Julie’s Chief Baker Students Edition winner, the winning school will be awarded a kitchen showcase valued at P 200,000.00.  The winning team will receive P60,000.00 and the coach receives P 20, 000.00.  All participants will alsoreceive gift packs and giveaways from Julie’s Bakeshop and its partners.

 

What’s more, those watching at home also get a chance to participate in the Home Partners Promo. For every P50.00 single purchase of Julie’s bread and Coke or Selecta products, a Home Partner is entitled to a raffle coupon. Simply complete the contact details and answer the “Home Partner Question of the Week” for a chance to be one of 5 lucky winners of P15,000.00 in cash in 2 raffle draws.

 

The participating schools also have a chance at an additional kitchen showcase worth P100,000.00. Students simply need to complete a student’s reward card that requires an accumulated P50.00 worth of Julie’s breads and Coke or Selecta products.  The school with the most number of completed student reward cards wins P100,000.00 worth of kitchen equipment for their HRM facilities; and students who participate in the promo also have a chance to be one of 10 winners of P10,000 cash plus a tablet.

 

The 13 competing schools vying for the Julie’s Chief Baker title are: Asian College of Technology, Benedicto College, Cebu Eastern College, Cebu Institute of Technology University, Cebu Mary Immaculate College Inc., Cebu Technological University Danao and San Francisco,Camotes, International School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Mandaue City College, St. Cecilia’s College, University of Cebu Lapu-LapuMandaue, University of Cebu METC SEACAST, andUniversity of Southern Philippines Foundation.

 

The excitement is real and the student teams are ready to mix and match and measure up to the most exciting baking show on local television.  Meet the student teams, their coaches and the judges this February on SkyCable’s Cebu Living Channel 35 for the premier episode of the Julie’s Chief Baker Student Edition show!                              

 

JULIE’S CHIEF BAKER PROGRAM SCHEDULE

DAY TIME REPLAY

MONDAY

7:30 am 1:00 pm
TUESDAY 10:00 am 2:00 pm
WEDNESDAY 7:30 am 3:00 pm
THURSDAY 10:00 am 4:00 pm
FRIDAY 7:30 am 6:00 pm
SATURDAY 9:00 am 7:00 pm
SUNDAY 9:00 am 4:00 pm

 

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

December 8, 2013, iLearners visited one of its adopted schools, Kaluangan Elementary School in Asturias Cebu for the Christmas Joys Program. 8AM as the members rendezvoused at SM City Cebu and loaded 150 Christmas Gift Packs in the van. At around 9:30 we via Transcentral Highway to Asturias Municipal Hall where we transferred the Christmas Packs to 4×4 vehicles provided by Asturias Mayor and Vice Mayor. 11:00AM, we started our 1 and a half hour ride to Kaluangan, driving up and down 5 mountains and crossing 4 rivers.

 

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

 

iLearners Inc. is a 6 year old non profit organization that aims to help, reach out and improve the quality of learning in the rural areas of Cebu. iLearners Christmas Joys Project is part of Phase 1 (3 phases) of tthe organization’s action plan in helping out the students in the rural baranggay of Cebu. Christmas Joys Project help us know more the community of where our adopted school is situated, get to interact more with the kids, establish a good relationship with the teachers and the parents. Currently iLearners have 3 adopted schools in Cebu with 600 students under the programs.

 

My brother Reymond and I, together with fellow iLearners Shai Retalla, Marco Diala, Lui Balbuena and Dave Feril were the volunteers for this leg of iLearners Christmas Joys. One of the awesome things about Kaluangan aside from the kids of our adopted school is the FRESH AIR. ^_^

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

Kaluangan may have been protected by the mountains from the strong winds brought by Super Typhoon Yolanda, but the flood caused threat and danger amongst its residence. Gladly no one was hurt. Big rocks and the river  itself were displaced due to the strong water current from the mountains during the typhoon as per the head teacher.

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

 

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

 

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

The kids of Kaluangan showed of their talents in dancing and singing. The kids also enjoyed playing educational games where they get rewarded with some goodies when they get the challenges right. The Christmas Packs and Snack packs were then distributed before the program was closed. See you next week for Caohagan Chirtsmas Joys 2013 with us iLearners and iLuvCebu.

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

 

 

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

Kaluangan Christmas Joys 2013 with iLearners

 

iLearners  together with iLuvCebu.com would like to thank ACRE Ballroom and JPNY Ballroom for the Christmas Packs and the food packs, Leslie Bontuyan for the toys and  Je Suis Maharet for the candies.

See pictures of Caohagan Leg of iLearners Christmas Joys here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/caohagan-christmas-joys-2013/

 

 

Bo’s Coffee Honors Filipino Coffee and Culture this Holiday Season

This holiday season, Bo’s Coffee, in partnership with social and cultural enterprise ANTHILL Fabric Gallery, provides coffee lovers with a delightful Christmas offering that carries Filipino pride. This homegrown brand has proudly launched its limited edition Coffee Origins Patch Tumblers, the perfect gift that blends Filipino culture and talent by showcasing the artistry of local weavers from indigenous communities all over the country.

Bo's Coffee Tumbler

Bo’s Coffee Tumbler

 

The beautiful limited edition tumblers feature a variety of fabrics from Sagada,Benguet, Mt. Matatum, Mt. Kitanglad, and Mt. Apo where Bo’s Coffee sources its 100% Arabica beans.

The featured fabrics in the tumblers include a variety of fabrics from Sagada, Bontoc, Kinan-ew, and Abra patterns representing the Cordillera Regions of Sagada and Benguet. In addition to that,the Abaca Pinanggabol made of abaca/hemp and woven by the Daraghuyan-Bukidnon tribe from Mt. Kitanglad adds an extra colorful twist to the entire design. Also includd is the famous T’nalak created by the dream weavers of South Cotabato, linking it to the origins of Mt. Apo and Mt. Matatum.

 

Bo's coffee 2

To avail of the tumblers, customers must collect 12 stickers on their Christmas Cheer Card at every minimum purchase of 250php at any Bo’s Coffee outlet. The tumblers are easily up for grabs by topping up cash after collecting 4-8 stickers. Everyone has until January 15, 2014 to collect their stickers. The limited edition Coffee Origin Patch Tumblers may be redeemed until March 2014.

The Coffee Origins Patch Tumblers features a tapestry of hues and patterns combined so intricately one cannot help but admire the skill of the artisans behind it. “The launch of our tumblers and our partnership with Anthill Fabric Gallery reflects our pride in homegrown talent and our vision of positively impacting people’s lives,” comments Bo’s Coffee CEO Steve Benitez. ” We encourage customers to be engaged and share Filipino pride in owning our Coffee Origins Tumbler by using the hashtag #BosCoffeeChristmas.

Flawless SkinCare Clinic Cebu: We are Guaranteed Hygienic

 

Flawless: We Are Guaranteed Hygienic

Think that all skin clinics are created equal? Think again.

If you’re a fan of treatments offered at skincare centers, chances are you’ve been to a few and thus know that—price points and interiors aside—they are far from being the same, especially so when we talk about the rituals done before, during and after treatments. Hygiene is of course an issue, and one that the country’s preferred clinic for face, body and medical services, Flawless, takes very seriously.

  

Flawless Guaranteed Hygienic

Flawless Guaranteed Hygienic

 

“We know that hygiene is key to avoiding infections and maintaining the overall wellness of the skin,” shares Rubby Sy, Flawless’ CEO. “Needless to say, you can’t give your patients beautiful skin without superior hygienic practices. For this reason, we’ve decided to further improve our sanitary practices to put them at par with hospitals.”

 Guaranteed Hygienic - Jasmine

From hand sanitizers that are strategically placed all over all its clinics (for everyone’s use)
to sterilized tools sealed in individual pouches, disposable headbands and towels stored in cabinets with UV lamp sterilizers, Flawless takes pride in employing the strictest sanitary protocols to ensure that each client that walks into their doors get the best service they deserve, in the safest environment that the company can provide.

Guaranteed Hygienic - Divine

Facial treatments and medical peeling are among the flagship treatments of the famed skincare center. According to Rubby Sy, Flawless boasts of its unique advantage of having a core of full-time doctors working as medical aesthetic professionals for the company. “Through them, we’re able to provide thorough consultation, personalized service, and top-notch treatment to our patients. The fact that our practitioners undergo continuous training and are experienced with the latest advancements in dermatological technologies further ensures that our patients get the care and treatment that they deserve.”

 Guaranteed Hygienic - Maxene

Aside from this, Flawless also employs the latest and most advanced dermatological machines including Fractional Needling Therapy Guns, LightSheer Diode Laser Hair Removal, and Velasmooth program, among others. “Our tagline says it all. We are powered by Skin Professionals that’s why every step we take—no matter how big or small—is based on the principle of integrating high levels of professional practices with medically-sound solutions. From our doctors, receptionists and aestheticians down to our doormen, everyone in the company works by and lives by this core principle of giving clients nothing but the best care,” Sy ends.

 

Flawless Skin Care Clinic Cebu is located at the 2nd level of SM City Cebu. Learn more about Flawless’ products and services by visiting www.flawless.com.ph.

Bangon Bohol

If there are two things that the world has to know about our beloved country then it’s that: one, that the Philippines is an awesome country  and two, we Filipinos stand up for each other like one big family. The recent 7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol and Cebu last October 15, 2013 is one of the strongest shake recorded in our country damaging both province’s beautiful historic churches, houses and infrastructures costing more than a billion pesos. But the disaster has again made our bond as Filipinos even stronger.

 

Boarded a fast craft at  2Go Terminal in Pier 4 Cebu to join a youth group in Tagbilaran in distributing relief goods to 3 (three) remote areas in Bohol and a destroyed church in support to the #BangonBohol Project. 8AM as Jen Vega of The Freeman and I arrived at Tagbilaran Port and  noticed very visible trails of the strong quake.

Tagbilaran Port, Bohol

Tagbilaran Port, Bohol | #BangonBohol

Tagbilaran Port, Bohol

Tagbilaran Port, Bohol | #BangonBohol

 

Tagbilaran Port, Bohol

Tagbilaran Port, Bohol | #BangonBohol

The city of Tagbilaran was lucky to incur minimal damage from the quake.  Now, most Boholanos from the city are back to their daily lives. Major groceries, hotels and resorts and food establishments are also back in business. Like Cebu, Tagbilaran is one of cities in the country sending help to the neighboring towns that is badly affected by the quake, even if  Tagbilaran was also a victim of the calamity.

 

#BangonBohol

#BangonBohol

 

After picking up the volunteers’ lunch and cases of water for the relief packs, we were set to go to our first stop, Hunan Buenavista Bohol.  The ride to our first destination was both shocking and heartbreaking. We saw so many houses that had toppled and tumbled down, government structures badly damaged, some of Bohol’s famous chocolate hills turned white as some of them eroded during the tremors and landslides sent boulders of rocks  and trees at the hill’s foot and roads.

Bangon Bohol

#BangonBohol

Bangon Bohol

#BangonBohol

Bangon Bohol

#BangonBohol

#BangonBohol

#BangonBohol

 

Bangon Bohol

#BangonBohol

 

Fear of staying inside their homes because of the aftershocks, many families are staying on improvised tents.  The tent town of Hunan Buenavista was our first stop.

Bangon Bohol

#BangonBohol

This kid they call Doy showed me the improvised  tent where he, his family and brother’s family sleeps. A total of 8 people sleeps inside the tent. Some tents even houses 3 (three) families or  12 people.

Bangon Bohol

#BangonBohol

 

It’s good to see that people get to smile after that scary ordeal.  One mother even narrated  her experience laughing . She mentioned that it was like a clip from a movie, as everything was shaking and in a swirling blur. And she was thankful to God that nobody from her family was hurt after what happened.

Bangon Bohol

#BangonBohol

The kids laughing as they’re playing under the sun somehow is an assuring sign of hope. That even this will pass and everyone will be able to stand again.

Bangon Bohol

#BangonBohol

Bangon Bohol

#BangonBohol

Bangon Bohol

#BangonBohol

After distributing relief packs to more than 400 families in Buenavista Bohol we then headed to our next stop, Napo and Kawayan Inabanga.

Bangon Bohol

A very thankful recipient of relief goods | #BangonBohol

 

Bangon Bohol

3 families share a tent in Buena Vista | #BangonBohol

 

Bangon Bohol

RC, Katrina, Amiel and Strucjet of Bohol distributing relief goods | #BangonBohol

 

Bangon Bohol

Jen Vega at the tent town of Buena Vista Bohol | #BangonBohol

 

Since it’s already late in the afternoon and we still have 3 stops on our itinerary, we had a quick distribution 0f relief goods in Napo and Kawayan Inabanga Bohol  to 100 families.  We then headed to the damaged Clarin Church to drop some boxes of canned goods and bar soaps. Then off to our last stop, Pangangan Calape. And since the bridge to Pangangan Calape was badly damaged and the bus carrying our relief goods can’t pass, we instead  turned the relief goods over to a person from the municipal office. A fulfilling day for us 12 volunteers, reaching out to more than 750 families affected by the earthquake.

Bangon Bohol

Allen Ceniza reading the list of Beneficiaries of our relief goods | #BangonBohol

Bangon Bohol

Very gleeful kids of Napo and Kawayan Inabangga| #BangonBohol

 

Bangon Bohol

Jen Vega | #BangonBohol

Clarin Church, Bohol

Clarin Church, Bohol / #BangonBohol

Bangon Bohol

Damaged bridge to Pangangan Calape |  #BangonBohol

 

The next day, we headed to the towns of Maribojoc and Loon Bohol to do an ocular on schools for a possible iLearners #BrighterFutureProject in Bohol.  Landslide, cracked roads and a destroyed Abatan bridge were among the sad sights along the way. An even more heartbreaking scene was seeing the wrecked Maribojoc and Loon Churches. Both Maribojoc Central and Loon South Central Schools were also badly damaged by the quake. An old watch tower in Loon wasn’t spared as well. The quake possibly moved the shoreline of Loon. As per a fisher folk we talked to, the water has receded and it stayed that way since the quake.

Bangon Bohol

#BangonBohol

Bangon Bohol

#BangonBohol

 

#BangonBohol

#BangonBohol

 

Bangon Bohol

#BangonBohol

 

Bangon Bohol

#BangonBohol

Bangon Bohol

#BangonBohol

#BangonBohol

#BangonBohol

Maribojoc Church | #BangonBohol

Maribojoc Church | #BangonBohol

 

Loon South Central | #BangonBohol

Loon South Central | #BangonBohol

#BangonBohol

Loon South Central  School Library | #BangonBohol

#BangonBohol

Loon South Central Library|  #BangonBohol

 

 

Loon Church Bohol | #BangonBohol

Loon Church Bohol | #BangonBohol

Loon Church Bohol | #BangonBohol

Loon Church Bohol | #BangonBohol

 

West Tower Bohol | #BangonBohol

Watch Tower Loon Bohol | #BangonBohol

West Tower Bohol | #BangonBohol

Shoreline of Loon  | #BangonBohol

 

Relief goods are still badly needed in so many areas of Bohol affected by the quake. You can bring your donations at the following Cebu drop off centers:

1. ABS CBN Complex Jagobiao Mandaue City Cebu

2. GMA Kapuso Foundation, GMA Complex, Nivel Hills, Lahug, Contact Anne Marie Tan at 2320353 or 2314829 for more information.

Rice, water, canned goods, blankets and clothes are badly needed. And refrain from giving noodles and other food that needs water to cook (aside from rice), for most badly affected areas are suffering from water shortage.

This recent calamity that hit Visayas left so many families homeless in the beautiful island of Bohol. You can help the province of Bohol rebuild what has been lost by visiting the awesome island. Why not book a weekend holiday with you and your family at great resorts of  Panglao. Enjoy a great fun holiday and be a #HumanitarianTourist at the same time! \m/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iLearners Paint Thy Future 2013

September 28, 2013. iLearners Inc.  with Wellpoint Cebu tied-up for Paint Thy Future Project, a program that has been part of iLearners mission vision since its birth in 2007 . Paint The Future is a minor renovation activity to improve and beautify the learning environment for the students and teacher of all adopted schools alike.
iLearners Paint Thy Future 2013

iLearners Paint Thy Future 2013

iLearners Paint Thy Future 2013

iLearners Paint Thy Future 2013

iLearners Paint Thy Future 2013

iLearners Paint Thy Future 2013

 

One of iLearners adopted schools,  Lunas Elementary was the beneficiary of  CVG’s WP Cebu Team. Sweat from labor was abandon, as the BPO volunteers painted away to help give a new shine to the old. Others participated and played fun parlor games with the students in the yard which involved; paper dances, singing contests, and other games of wit. iLearners Art Workshop was also done by Lunas’ Elementary Schools Grade 4 & 6. aThere was no time for anyone to be bored with all the painting, playing and painting which allowed everyone to meet, bond with one another and experience different things and lives even if just for a few hours. All in all this tie-up was a beautiful success and iLearners is looking with delight into future of more collaborations to fight illiteracy in the rural Cebu.

iLearners Art Workshop 2013

iLearners Art Workshop 2013

 

iLearners Art Workshop 2013

iLearners Art Workshop 2013

iLearners Art Workshop 2013

iLearners Art Workshop 2013

iLearners Art Workshop 2013

iLearners Art Workshop 2013

 

Text: Gloria Sommers (iLearners VP for Marketing)

Photos: Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje (iLearners President/Founder)

 

 

iLearners Literacy Day

September 8, 2013. iLearners Inc. is an organization dedicated to minimizing illiteracy in rural parts of Cebu celebrated world literacy day by gathering its members old and new to provide orientation for the new ones and discuss upcoming projects and fund raising plans for 2014 that would help elevate the literacy levels in their adopted rural schools.  International Literacy day was created by Unecso around four decades ago, with the goal to create a heightened sense awareness concerning literacy. It takes a celebration to appreciate what most take for granted which in this case is basic education. According to UNESCO statistics some 775 million adults up to this day are illiterate and about 60.7 million are not attending school.  iLearners Literacy Day is supported by Sun Cellular and Greenwich Pizza.

 

iLearners Literacy Day 2013

President Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje talks about the iLearners Phases – iLearners Literacy Day 2013

iLearners Literacy Day 2013

VP for Marketing Gloria Sommers-  iLearners Literacy Day 2013

 

iLearners is one of many Non-profit Organizations in Cebu that pushes its advocacy to adopt low-performing schools in the Philippines and can pride itself of preventing schools of closing by providing aid through the distribution of school supplies for all students before the beginning of each school year. Incumbent iLearners President Andrew Buenaviaje together with some friends recognized the need for action back in 2007 and founded this movement. Since then iLearners has gained more than 150 members & volunteers and consistently supported over 600 elementary school students from the three low performing schools in Cebu.  If you wish to help this Origanization of young professionals to cast the net wider donate at 2450179352 BDO SM City Cebu Northwing, 0009133-0749-93 BPI SM City Cebu or via paypal at Donation@iLearnersInc.org

 

iLearners Literacy Day 2013

iLearners Literacy Day 2013

iLearners Literacy Day 2013

iLearners Literacy Day 2013

iLearners Literacy Day 2013

iLearners Literacy Day 2013

 

Text by: Gloria Sommers (VP for Marketing, iLearners Inc.)

Photos: Reymond Buenaviaje (iLuvCebu.com)

 

Meridian – House of Contemporary Timekeeping

“Watches are more than just an accessory, living in a fast paced city, it helps me manage time better. And having a timepiece that”s chic, makes me more charming.” – Doyzkie Buenaviaje

“Being able to be on time is important so as with having the right watch. The right watch perks up my confidence, for somehow it shows my personality.” – Reymond Buenaviaje

“Great taste leaves a lasting impression and owning a great watch says a lot.” – Edd Buenaviaje

 

Today’s Timepieces

Today’s watches are no longer just time tellers but have become statements of personal style. Brand prestige and fantastic designs are the deciding factors why customers choose one watch over the other. Meridian at Ayala Center Cebu keeps these factors in mind it when comes to its mid to high priced selection for its fashionable clientele.

Designed by renowned retail and home design expert, Architect Gil Coscolluela, Meridian aims to offer customers a pristine, understated, and comfortable yet stylish shopping ambiance. Its clean, customer-friendly glass displays are reflective of each brand’s identity

Meridian features the latest collections from each of its brands. It offers such fashionable finds as Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss, Cross, Boss Orange, Juicy Couture, Police, and Esprit. Its design-detailed portfolio also includes unique names, such as:

Hugo Orange

Hugo Orange

Nixon

Nixon

 

Tomy Hilfiger

Tomy Hilfiger

Juicy Couture

Juicy Couture

Nixon, a true southern-Californian, specialty boardsport brand that puts forward custom designed timepieces for surfers, skaters, and creative types

Braun, a German-designed watch brand focused on the mantra that “Less is more”

Mondaine, an iconic minimalist brand since 1986 known for its patented designs inspired by the Official Swiss Railways clock

As well, Meridian offers such technical brands as:

Ingersoll, an American brand with classic German design with a long standing heritage since 1854. The brand offers fine automatic watches with complex movements and functions.

Zeppelin, a German brand equipped with Swiss quartz movements, whose classical designs take inspiration from the great airships of the 1900’s

From its name to its design to its careful brand selection, Meridian evokes relaxed luxury. Literally meaning the hour of day, Meridian celebrates time telling in an unpretentious yet understatedly elegant way.

Meridian is on Level 1 Paseo Wing of Ayala Center Cebu. For inquiries, call (032) 239 0588.

 

 

Waterfront Mactan’s New Hotel Manager

A seasoned hotelier who honed his skills in the field of front Office Operations from different international hotel chains in the country, Mr. Benhur Caballes is Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino‘s new Hotel Manager.

Mr. Benhur Caballes, Waterfront Mactan's New Hotel Manager

Mr. Benhur Caballes, Waterfront Mactan’s New Hotel Manager

 

He started his career in the hospitality industry at the former Westin Philippine Plaza. Found his passion in this business, he then joined Makati Shangri-La Hotel in 1996. Driven by his vision to excel, he filled in several positions in Front Office – Guest Services Associate, Service Leader and Assistant Front Office Manager. In 2007, he joined Alegre Beach Resort as Front Office Manager. During his short stint in the hotel resort, he played a vital role in improving the hotel room’s performance in terms of revenue.

 

 

Mr. Benhur Caballes, Waterfront Mactan's New Hotel Manager

Mr. Benhur Caballes, Waterfront Mactan’s New Hotel Manager

 

Downpour of opportunities came after he joined Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel as Front Office Manager in 2006. His exceptional performance paved way to appoint him as Hotel Manager of GHotel Manila by Waterfront. An advocate of innovation, Mr. Caballes led and represented the boutique hotel for three years, uplifting the services and incorporating the Waterfront standards to provide the best hotel experience to guests and patrons.

 

Benhur, as he is fondly known, enchanced his hotel management skills when he took up Managerial Core Competencies Program at Les Roches Ji Jiang International Hotel Management College in China.

 

He was appointed Resident Manager of Waterfront Manila Pavillion Hotel in April 2013, prior joining the Waterfront Mactan family.

 

“We tailor fit to your needs. With service and commitment, we provide memorable moments to our patrons and guests,”  Benhur Caballes.

 

With his notable attributes and leadership style, Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino will surely remain as one of the premier business hotels in the island.

 

Mr. Benhur Caballes, Waterfront Mactan's New Hotel Manager

Mr. Benhur Caballes, Waterfront Mactan’s New Hotel Manager

 

 Photos by Edd Buenaviaje

 

 

Greenwich Pizza Thins Cebu Launch

Greenwich officially launched their newest product in Cebu with Greenwich’s long time pizza endorser, John Lloyd Cruz at the Radisson Blu Hotel last September 6, 2013. JL was happy to tell us more about his love for the newest Greenwich offering and even ate slices of the pizza thins while he was talking about the new product. JL shares with us that Greenwich Pizza Thins are rich and flavorful, the crust is crispier and tastier topped with premium ingredients and are not oily and remains crispy from first to the last bite.

John Lloyd Cruz proudly talks about the Greenwich Pizza Thins

John Lloyd Cruz proudly talks about the Greenwich Pizza Thins

“We are constantly on the lookout on how we can satisfy the cravings of our customers,” shares Lulu De Castro, senior marketing manager for brand development. “The new Greenwich Pizza Thins is our answer to the requests of pizza enthusiasts who wish to savor our rich pizza toppings in a whole new way.”

Senior marketing manager for brand development Ms. Lulu De Castro with John Lloyd and Ms. Charo Balle del Mar

Senior marketing manager for brand development Ms. Lulu De Castro with John Lloyd and Ms. Charo Balle del Mar

 

And have you checked the new Greenwich TVC? Greenwich Pizza Thins to life is the new wave of Greenwich barkada who were also formally introduced during the launch via the Behind-the-Scenes of the commercial. They are sought-after Manila radio jock and TV personality Andi Manzano, popular Manila radio DJ and host Gino Quillamor, and model turned entrepreneur Marco Lobregat.

Greenwich Barkada

Greenwich Barkada

Greenwich Pizza Thins

Greenwich Pizza Thins

Discover your favorite Greenwich Pizza Thins available in Signature Special, Hawaiian, Pepperoni and All Meat starting at a P189 for double size pizza.

 

Greenwich Pizza Thins Launch

Greenwich Pizza Thins Launch

Text by: Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje | photos by Edd Buenaviaje

Dossantz at Madeleine

It’s a doughnut and a croissant! The hybrid pastry delight is now available at Madeleine Waterfront Lahug. Dossantz , are puff pastry doughnuts and are available in 4 flavors – Cinnamon, Vanilla with cream filling, Mango with fruit cream filling and Strawberry with strawberry compote filling. Get them at Madeleine from 6:00pm – 7:00PM. For pre -orders or reservations, call 032-232 6888 local 8629. Price: 80.00 -90.00 PHP

 

Dossantz

Dossantz

 

Dossantz

Dossantz

 

Dossantz

Dossantz

 

Dossantz

Dossantz

 

 

 

Face-Off 2013

Face-Off 2013 in Cebu

Text by: Doyzkie Buenaviaje | Photos by: Dr. Francis Xavier Solis

 

A source of world class designers, Cebu hosted the fifth Inquirer Lifestyle and Samsung’s fashion event at the Santa Maria Grand Ballroom of the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu last July 20, 2013.

 

21 top designers from Cebu and Manila presented their “Tomorrow’s Classic Today” bridal pieces. A bridal exhibit titled “Filipino Bridal Heritage” was also a highlight during the event. The exhibit featured wedding dresses worn by personalities like Christina Garcia Frasco who wore an Arcy Gayatin during her wedding day.

Cebuana Personality and Lilo-an's First Lady Christina Garcia Frasco with her wedding dress by Arcy Gayatin in the Background

Cebuana Personality and Lilo-an’s First Lady Christina Garcia Frasco with her wedding dress by Arcy Gayatin in the Background

 

Fiona Evangelista King with her Philip Rodriguez's wedding piece

Fiona Evangelista King with her Philip Rodriguez’s wedding piece

 

Face-off 2013 Fashion Show

 

Designer: Albert Andrada

Designer: Albert Andrada

 

Designer: Edwin Ao

Designer: Edwin Ao

Designer: Ivarluski Aseron

Designer: Ivarluski Aseron

 

Designer:Ivarluski Aseron

Designer: Vic Barba

 

Designer: Mike de la Rosa

Designer: Mike de la Rosa

Designer:Rhett Eala

Designer:Rhett Eala

 

 

Designer: Protacio Empaces

Designer: Protacio Empaces

 

Designer: Jun Escario

Designer: Jun Escario

 

Designer: Arcy Gayatin

Designer: Arcy Gayatin

 

Designer: Oj Hofer

Designer: Oj Hofer

Designer: Rajo Laurel

Designer: Rajo Laurel

 

Designer: Dino Lloren

Designer: Dino Lloren

 

Designer: William Manahan

Designer: William Manahan

 

Designer: Efren Ocampo

Designer: Efren Ocampo

 

Designer: Randy Ortiz

Designer: Randy Ortiz

 

Designer: James Reyes

Designer: James Reyes

 

Designer: Philip Rodriguez

Designer: Philip Rodriguez

 

 

Designer: Vania Romoff

Designer: Vania Romoff

 

Designer: Joey Samson

Designer: Joey Samson

 

Designer: Philip Tampus

Designer: Philip Tampus

 

 

Designer: Cary Santiago

Designer: Cary Santiago

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sipilyo Campaign with iLearners

Sipilyo Campaign

Sipilyo Campaign

July 21, 2013, iLearners Inc. did a follow up on #SipilyoCampaign we did last February 17. 2013  with Para sa mga Bata Citizens’ Network and PDA Cebu (Philippine Dental Association Cebu) at Lunas Elementary School in Calidngan Carcar.

 

Toothache is one of the  major reasons why students miss their classes and we at iLearners together with PDA-Cebu and PSMBCN  are doing a good effort in teaching the students of our adopted schools proper oral hygiene. Our volunteer dentists did fluoride treatment and tooth extractions.

Sipilyo Campaign

Sipilyo Campaign

Sipilyo Campaign

Sipilyo Campaign

iLearners Rommel, Reymond, Doyzkie and Emil with Philippine Dental Association’s Dra. Florespina A. Jeanjaquet, Dra. Jo Anne J. Ramirez and Dra. Irene C. Badilla during the recent #SipilyoCampaign at Lunas Elementary School.

Sipilyo Campaign

Sipilyo Campaign

 

Stephen, Rolly and Doyzkie give out Multivitamins from Unilab Philippines to preschoolers Sipilyo Campaign

Stephen, Rolly and Doyzkie give out Multivitamins from Unilab Philippines to preschoolers during the recent  Sipilyo Campaign

Dra. Jo Anne Ramirez teaching the pre schoolers on how  to properly  brush their teeth

Dra. Jo Anne Ramirez teaching the pre schoolers on how to properly brush their teeth

View more #SipilyoCampaign photos here: www.facebook.com/iLearners

To learn more about iLearners and on how to join the organization visit www.iLearnersInc.org

 

Meet Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa’s New Italian Chef

Chef Franco

Chef Franco

 

Adding more excitement to Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa’s stylish Italian Restaurant Acqua, Chef Gianfranco Pirrone, or Chef Franco, is infusing the traditional Italian favorites with fresh mediterranean influences, as well as introducing his own specialties.

A “creative perfectionist,” Chef Franco draws inspiration for new creations from ingredients on hand. He comes from the southern Italian region of Sicily, where he developed an appreciation for cooking with fresh, healthy ingredients. Growing up in a family of enthusiastic cooks, he quickly learned the family recipes and remembers that one of his very first lessons was mastering the subtle art of seasoning.

It is from these early lessons that Chef Franco developed his culinary philosophy. Chef Franco believes that no dish should be ordinary and the perfect balance of flavors should be achieved every time.

 

Some of his signature dishes that guests should try are the creamy Risotto con Gamberi Profumato Allo Zafferano (Arborio Rice with Saffron, Prawns and Parmesan) and the hearty Gamberoni Grigliati Alla Siciliana (Grilled Tiger Prawns in Chili-Garlic Sauce Served with Mixed Vegetables and Roasted Potatoes).

Gamberoni grigliati alla siciliana

Gamberoni grigliati alla siciliana

Risotto con gamberi

Risotto con gamberi

For inquiries and reservations, contact Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa Cebuon (63 – 32) 231 8224 or email fbreservations.mac@shangri-la.com.

 

We recently had the privilege of trying out Chef Franco’s awesome cooking, which we will be sharing real soon on our “Where to Dine” tab.

Chef Franc with iLuvCebu's Reymond and Doyzkie

Chef Franc with iLuvCebu’s Reymond and Doyzkie

 

iLearners Brighter Future Project 2013

On our 5th year of giving support to rural primary students in Cebu, iLearners Inc. continues it’s effort in fighting rural illiteracy. This school year, the organization reached out to more 530 students in 3 adopted rural schools namely Lunas Elementary School Carcar, Kaluangan Elementary School Asturias and Caohagan Elementary School Mactan.

 

Part of iLearners Phase 1 in eliminating rural illiteracy, Brighter Future Project is a yearly activity where we give out start up school supplies to the kids of our organization’s  adopted schools. Fun filled day awaits the kids of our adopted schools as we play fun games and give out prizes to the winners. Volunteers get to interact and get to know the kids under our support as well.

 

June 2, 9 and 16, iLearners Inc. visited Caohagan, Lunas and Kaluangan Elementary Schools respectively and gave out school supplies to our beloved kids under our support.

Caohagan Brighter Future Project 2013

Caohagan Brighter Future Project 2013

Caohagan Brighter Future Project 2013

Caohagan Brighter Future Project 2013

 

Lunas Brighter Future Project 2013

Lunas Brighter Future Project 2013

 

Lunas Brighter Future Project 2013

Lunas Brighter Future Project 2013

 

And the kids of Kaluangan Elementary School are very grateful for they did not just receive school supplies to jumpstart the school year but also a bottle of multivitamins, donated by Unilab  through the efforts of Third Team Media .

 

Kaluangan Brighter Future Project 2013

Kaluangan Brighter Future Project 2013

 

To those who are interested to know more about iLearners and become members, please visit our website at www.iLearnersInc.org.

View more photos of iLearners Brighter Future Project here: http://www.facebook.com/iLearners