SWU celebrates 70th founding anniversary

SWU 70th Founding Anniversary Exhibit in Ayala Center Cebu mall. (SUNSTAR FOTO/ARNI ACLAO)

Past meets future. With the coming of its new owners, Southwestern University (SWU) kicked off its 70th Founding Anniversary.

In celebration of their septuagennial milestone, a mini-exhibit filled with pictures of the past highlighting the university’s history, was launched last May 6 at the 2nd level Ayala Center Cebu.

Among the witnesses were Southwestern’s VP Operations Albert Gamboa, VP Academics Gatieh Nacario, VP Student life Gilbert Braganza, VP Legal Atty. Godwin Manginsay, deans and other officials. Continue reading

Jaynet Oceanview Resort Soft Opening

Oceanview ResortSUMMER is never complete without beach outing, family is not united without bonding, escapades are not worthwhile without activities, food and resting place, practicality is not attain without discounts well then, try the Jaynet Oceanview Resort, Granada, Boljoon Cebu, an alternative venue for summer escapades and related stuffs contact us for discounted booking and pleasure. (Contributed by: Jofe Marie Maurillo-Garvez)

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16th Women′s Congress

16th Women′s CongressGATHERING OF WOMEN. A pose for a cause from Vice Governor Agnes A. Magpale, (Chair PWC), Mrs. Ma. Lourdes M. Kriekenbeek (Past National President, Inner Wheel Clubs), and Jofe Marie Maurillo-Garvez (Reasearch Assistant for Administration, CIT University) during the recent 16th Women′s Congress at Capitol Social Hall with the theme: Kapakanan ni Juana, Isali sa Agenda. (Contributed Photo)

AIDA Cruises starts caravan, brings crew members’ family together


AIDA Cruises, the leading cruise line and one of the top employers in Germany, in cooperation with Magsaysay Maritime Corporation (MMC), kicked-off its Visayas Career Caravan in Cebu City last January 30, which aimed to provide seagoing career opportunities to qualified applicants.

The caravan was spearheaded by Imke Mecke, AIDA Cruises’ senior manager for recruitment. Out of the many pre-selected candidates with sound experiences in the international hotel industry, 39 passed the final screening. The hired candidates are now preparing for AIDA-specific trainings at the Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts’ Manila campus. Continue reading

People’s choice: Golden Cowrie Resto

goldencowrieWHERE it’s always a feast, homegrown restaurant and dining institution Golden Cowrie won People’s Choice for Best Filipino Restaurant and Best Crispy Pata in Cebu in this year’s Sun.Star Best of Cebu Awards.

Known for its classic Filipino cuisine with a touch of nostalgia in every bite, Golden Cowrie provides a memorable dining experience with familiar and flavorful dishes reminiscent of home-cooked meals and is on every Cebuano’s list of restaurants to go to when entertaining local and foreign guests and celebrating special occasions or everyday moments.

A standout in its delectable menu is its Crispy Pata, which also received an accolade as the People’s Choice for Best Crispy Pata. Its deep fried pig leg is succulent on the inside and crisp on the outside served with savory sawsawan that provides the perfect blend of flavors befitting the acclaim.

“We at Golden Cowrie are grateful to Sun.Star Cebu for these accolades, and more to the generations of diners who continue to grow and support us over the years. We share this recognition with everyone who has made Golden Cowrie a part of every festive tradition,” Golden Cowrie general manager Kenneth Kokseng said.

Sun.Star Weekend’s Best of Cebu is a way of celebrating the best that Cebu has to offer. In its People’s Choice category, the selection began with a Facebook post on the different accounts of the publication soliciting nominations for certain categories. The nominees were then collated and shortlisted.

With the recent renovation of Golden Cowrie’s main Lahug branch, the Filipino restaurant offers a new and exciting dining experience to its patrons who, over the years, have developed a more discerning palate. Revamped by Cebu’s celebrated interior designer Hannah Lim, the total transformation features bigger function rooms, brighter lighting and modern interiors that pay tribute to Cebuano creativity.

Wilcon announces 2016 projects

THE Wilcon Suppliers’ Thanksgiving Dinner was held last Dec. 3 at Megatent in Libis, Quezon City. Hosted by Issa Litton, the appreciation dinner was attended by more than 500 Wilcon suppliers and partners.

During the event, Wilcon president and chief executive officer William Belo and senior executive vice president and chief operating officer Rosemarie Ong talked about Wilcon’s plans for 2016 and the company’s preparations for its fast-approaching 40th anniversary in 2017.

Ong announced a lineup of events such as the second leg of the Wilcon Cup to be held at Tagaytay Highlands and a simultaneous block screening to be done in key cities and the launch of the second Wilcon do-it-yourself book.

Meanwhile, Belo shared that they are gunning to open four new branches—Bacoor, Cavite; Sta. Rosa, Laguna; Bacolod and Cagayan de Oro. “We are certain that this is going to be a big year for us as we near our 40th year in the business,” Belo said.

“We are the leader in homebuilding and construction. It is seen not only in our stores, but in the way we implement projects, and how we always go big in concepts to give only the best kind of product offerings and services to our clients,” Ong added.

Colours, Nikon team up for workshop

PHOTOGRAPHY skills are acquired through practice and proper mentorship.

Nikon and Colours have a lot in store for aspiring photographers and hobbyists this year. The Nikon Service Center in Cebu is already under construction and expected to be fully operational this month. The service center will have a training room where they can conduct the Nikon School program to be facilitated by Nikon professionals.

The Nikon School Course gives new owners of Nikon DSLRs (ThinkDharma units) an opportunity to learn more about camera controls and basic operations. Nikon owners can avail themselves of the workshop for free once they present the unit’s official receipt along with the original Philippine warranty card from ThinkDharma Inc.

Nikon users can also take advantage of the different workshops to be facilitated by Nikon experts. This course offers landscape and food photography courses for advanced users. Advanced workshops have corresponding fees for training materials.

Colours, being the official retailer for Nikon cameras, will help interested shoppers on which camera models are eligible. The latest Nikon units are available in Colours.

OLX rolls off Biliba campaign


Olx ambassadors. From left, Cebuano personalities Blinky de Leon, Phoebe Fernandez, Toni Pino-Oca, Doyzkie Buenaviaje and OLX’s Regina Aguilar.

OLX Philippines launched its flagship project for 2016, the “Biliba!” campaign, last Jan. 7.

Biliba is a Cebuano expression of admiration for something done well. Aiming to further promote buying and selling of second hand items in Cebu, OLX Philippines rolled out this localized version of the national “Naks, Naman!” campaign which started last November.

Highlighted in the campaign are the wins at life or “bilib moments” in buying and selling through the OLX mobile application. “We want to feature the joys in small practical solutions that create a big impact in simple yet fulfilling experiences,” said OLX Philippines senior marketing manager-Cebu Regina Aguilar.

Four Cebuano personalities who are real-life OLX users were introduced as brand ambassadors.

TV hosts Blinky de Leon and Phoebe Fernandez bought their dream cars from OLX sellers. Cebu’s renowned lifestyle blogger Doyzkie Buenaviaje earned a huge chunk of his travel fund from selling his old laptop on OLX. Mom and fashion blogger Toni Pino-Oca sold her daughter’s used stroller which helped both her and the buyer. Their OLX Bilib Moments were reenacted and featured in a series of videos on the OLX Philippines YouTube channel.

“We hope that our Biliba videos will push more people not only to use OLX but also inspire and cheer them on to be resourceful, practical and smart in life,” added Aguilar. CCP

Edukasyon.ph, ISCAHM sign MOA for better access to culinary education

SOCIAL enterprise Edukasyon.ph and the International School for Culinary Arts and Hotel Management (ISCAHM) have joined forces to create an online education information service to give students in the National Capital Region better access to culinary and hotel management education.

EdukasyonEdukasyon.ph founder Henry Motte-Muñoz and ISCAHM co-founder Chef Norbert Gandler inked the agreement on January 18 at the ISCAHM main campus in Quezon City. Continue reading

‘Outdoor mecca connecting family, friends’

photo gardenbloc Garden Bloc. The owners of establishments and the mind behind the Garden Bloc. (Sun.Star Foto/Jonolin Luab)

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Garden Bloc. The owners of establishments and the mind behind the Garden Bloc. (Sun.Star Foto/Jonolin Luab)

The Garden Bloc, Cebu I.T. Park’s newest hangout hub and outdoor events venue was launched last Dec. 11 in an event dubbed “A Night at the Garden.”

The three-hectare open space was envisioned to be a place where people on-the-go can escape their busy work life and connect with family and friends while surrounded by nature.

The blessing of the park was officiated by Msgr. Roberto “Boy” Alesna. A program which featured performances depicting the four elements of nature was held afterward. The switch-on ceremony followed and was participated by Cebu Holdings Inc.’s business development manager Romulo Alajid, marketing division manager Catrina Martinez, business development manager Nori Saito and business development supervisor Gwen Sala.

As trees around the area lit up, The Social’s Kevin Moss, Sugbo Mercardo Food Market’s JP Chiongbian and Nino Bascon, Pages Holdings Inc.’s Bunny Pages, Yakski’s Barbecue’s Alvin Roxas and TaKo Mexican-Korean Fusion Food Truck’s Johann Bontuyan—executives behind the food concepts found at the Garden Bloc—took to the stage to unveil the commemorative marque.

“The Garden Bloc answers the growing need for more open spaces and parks, especially in a very urban and bustling environment such as the Cebu I.T. Park, which is home to 70 percent of the island’s information technology and business process outsourcing (BPO) companies. To complement the vibrancy of Cebu I.T. Park and to add more value to those working and living here, the Garden Bloc not only provides new entertainment and dining options but more importantly, a more balanced lifestyle in a much-needed relaxing, open-air setting surrounded with greens,” said Martinez.

A variety of food finds were around the park that night. A Holiday Haven lifestyle bazaar that showcased Christmas gift items and unique discoveries was set up at the area’s Central Green. There was also an outdoor concert featuring 22 Tango artists—Mother Folker (a.k.a. Cattski), Ella Melendez, Vincent Eco, Ivy Gallur and Mike Fegi with a surprise performance by Kurt Fick.

The Central Green, a 5,000-square-meter events area, can host a range of events from garden, outdoor and wellness activities to bazaars and concerts.

In the pipeline are Yakski’s Barbecue opening, The Social’s new bar concept and a dining concept from Pages Holdings Inc.

Cebu I.T. Park is a vibrant 27-hectare master planned development and is the preferred destination for many global BPOs, employing close to 50,000 workers. It is located in the heart of the city and is home to many dining establishments. Cebu I.T. Park’s Garden Block will complement and add even more variety to the already vibrant streets of the estate. CCP with PR