Logos Hope returns to Cebu in May

LOGOS Hope, the world’s largest floating book fair, is returning to Cebu after her last visit in 2012.

Cebu is the only second stop, after Kuching, since the vessel relaunched into active service again after being closed for a six-month technical upgrade project in the engine room. Crewmembers are geared up about visiting port cities again after the long hiatus.

Logos Hope will arrive in Cebu on May 5 and will be berthed at Malacañang sa Sugbo, Presidential berth until May 29.

Being the second visit to Cebu, the crew and staff look forward to welcoming many friends backs on board.

“We very much look forward to returning once one to Cebu,” said Captain Tom Dyer. “We always enjoy the warm welcome, the wonderful hospitality and the great food too!”

During its previous visit, over 115,000 people visited Logos Hope in Cebu.

As the final visit to Cebu during this tour of South East Asia, the crew and staff invite those who have not yet been able to visit to make the most of this opportunity.

Logos Hope’s on board book fair offers an expanded selection of over 5,000 different titles at affordable prices. They cover a range of subjects including science, sports, hobbies, cookery, arts, medicine, languages and philosophy. With children’s titles, academic texts, dictionaries, atlases and more, the book fair is something the whole family can enjoy.

The rest of the Visitor Experience Deck is also open for the public to explore.

From the welcome area, which introduces the vessel through a short movie and interactive displays, to the International Café, which has ice cream, drinks and snacks for sale, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Mv Logos Hope is operated by GBA Ships e.V., an international, charitable organization registered in Germany.

Since 1970, the organization has welcomed over 44 million visitors up the gangways in over 150 countries and territories around the world.

Mv Logos Hope will open to the public in Cebu from May 6-28, 2015. Opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (21:30 hours) on Tuesdays to Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sundays. The ship will be closed on Mondays.

Ticket cost is P20 per person; children under 13 years old enter for free, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Subaybaktas call for applications

THE Cebuano Studies Center (CSC), with the sponsorship of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, will conduct a training workshop in literary history writing on June 18-20, 2015.

Since the knowledge of the works of regional writers varies greatly with whatever resources are available to assess their historical significance, questions that have to do with writers’ roles, their influences, the audience and most specifically their texts will be discussed to gain a view of the diverse discourses regional writers instigated or were involved in.

The workshop will be led by literary historian and critic Dr. Resil B. Mojares, to be assisted by Hope Sabanpan-Yu, CSC director. The panelists for the workshop are Dr. Erlinda Alburo, Dr. Ambeth Ocampo and others.

The workshop will be of interest to scholars and researchers interested in the fields of literary history and other associated fields.

<strong>Financial aid</strong>

A limited amount of financial aid will be available. Preference for assistance will be given to those with a track record in writing literary criticism and history.

The workshop program consists of keynote lectures, presentations and panel discussions.

If one is interested in presenting at the workshop, just submit an abstract on or before April 15. Expect to be presenting to a panel of literary historians including academic participants.

Presenters of accepted abstracts are asked to speak 20 minutes, followed by a discussion with the panel and the audience with the supervision of a session chair.

Applications should include: title of proposed presentation, abstract (maximum 500 words), biographical information (short CV), contact information (e-mail, telephone and postal address).

Applications should be sent by the deadline on, Thursday, April 30, to cebuanostudies@gmail.com.

Since it may not be possible to include all submissions, the organizing committee will make a selection. Applicants will be notified if the paper is accepted by May 10.

For more information, email project coordinator Raphael Dean Polinar at cebuanostudies@gmail.com or raphaelpolinar@yahoo.com or call Laurinne Ganados at (032) 406-6079.

Grand Land supports Kadaugan sa Mactan

S a way of recognizing and supporting one of Cebu’s most important historical and cultural events, Grand Land Inc. (GLI), the real estate development arm of the Gaisano Grand Group of Companies, sponsored the Lapu-Lapu City Government’s 10-day celebration of “Kadaugan sa Mactan 2015 Festival.”

The festivities kicked off last April 17 in colorful ceremonies and will culminate with the re-enactment of the famous “Battle of Mactan” today, April 27.

GLI has put up a landscaped exhibit booth near the area where the re-enactment will be staged, joining the other reputable resort hotels and restaurants in Mactan Island that are also participating in the festival.

GLI property investment specialists will entertain queries from guests who might be interested about the company’s various projects:
the Grand Residences Towers in Banilad, the Amani Grand Resort Residences in Mactan and the Citi Homes in Mactan and Mandaue.

GLI invites everyone to come to the Mactan Liberty Shrine where the event is taking place and witness this fun-filled and enriching affair.

For more information about GLI and its projects, one may visit Grand Residences Showroom located on Banilad Road (near Crossroads) or call (032) 260-7777, 260-3230, 412-79999 or 090-64735888.

Bed, breakfast and butterbeer at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

YES, you read that right. We have Butterbeer at the Marco Polo Plaza and it comes with a luxurious room and sumptuous breakfast buffet!

Get that much needed mid-summer treat as Cebu City’s finest offers you this unique room package. From P4,888 net, stay and relax in a Mountain View room for two persons.

Wake up to a great morning where a feast awaits you at “Cebu’s Best Breakfast Buffet,” the Café Marco.

Of course, this comes with our special mid-summer treat – two mugs of chilled Butterbeer and a basket of our homestyle potato chips.

Popularized by the book and movie series Harry Potter, Butterbeer is a cold, creamy and frothy drink that has the rich flavor of butterscotch and caramel. Our team of expert baristas carefully concocted this drink so that guests can have the perfect Butterbeer experience. The crispy homestyle potato chips, with just the right amount of saltiness, is the perfect contrast to this extraordinary drink.

This room package is available from April 15 to May 15, 2015. This also includes access to the pool, gym and other hotel amenities. Other terms and conditions apply.

To book this room package, email resv.ceb@marcopolohotels.com with the subject title “Bed, Breakfast & Butterbeer Booking.” For more info, visit www.marcopoloplazacebu.com.

Cool treats for summer at Everest Ice Cream Haus

BEAT the heat this summer and cool down at this new ice cream parlor that’s more than ready to serve affordable and delightful treats for everyone to indulge in.

Everest Ice Cream Haus, the first ice cream parlor in the southern part of Cebu, ventures out on the concept of achieving the flavor of the road–he genuine Pinoy sorbetes taste. It also wants to assure customers that its high-grade quality ice cream are made with all natural and preservative-free ingredients.

With eight promising ice cream flavors and many more to come soon, Everest Ice Cream Haus takes pride in its rich and creamy best seller ice cream flavors of Durian, Blueberry, Chocolate and Cookies and Cream. Seasonal flavors like Guyabano and Malunggay will also be offered.

For as low as P30, you’re in for a three-scoop treat with flavors of your choice. Assorted toppings to choose from are also available for as low as P10.

Owners Myra and Eugenio Silawan were inspired to make other products with their ice cream such as halo-halo, banana split, ice cream sandwich, brownie cup with ice cream and many more.

Everest Ice Cream Haus also offers a tasty Humba rice meal and a variety of snacks that are available for those who would want to eat something before having dessert. An organic chicken meal will soon be added to the menu.

Ice cream in gallon and pint are available for take home or for orders during parties. Everest offers a delivery service as well as store pick-up.

This year, the ice cream parlor has planned a lot of exciting new products for customers to look forward to.

The Everest Ice Cream Haus is open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m from Mondays to Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. It is located
at the South Coast Center in Linao, Talisay City, Cebu.

For orders and inquiries, you can check out Everest Ice Cream Haus (Official) on Facebook for more details. (Alexandra Muñoz, STC Mass Comm intern)

Another ultimate food show from WOFEX Visayas

NOW on its ninth year, the World Food Expo (WOFEX) Visayas once again brought together different companies and businesses to give the Queen City of the South another edition of the ultimate food show experience last April 16 to 18 at the Cebu Trade Hall in SM City Cebu.

Dubbed as the country’s biggest and most effective food show, WOFEX Visayas gathered a comprehensive line-up of suppliers in the
food service industry, from food and beverages to machinery and equipment. WOFEX Visayas serves as a one-stop shop for buyers where they can find their needs for their businesses, big or small. Whether it’s ingredients, kitchen tools or equipment, visitors and potential buyers are sure to find everything under one roof with WOFEX as it is a food-focused expo.

“In WOFEX, you do not just source from suppliers. You also get the opportunity to learn from the trainings offered by the WOFEX University and you also get the chance to meet and network with buyers,” said Chari Zarcal, trade officer and project head for WOFEX Visayas.

This year, WOFEX Visayas leveled up with improved product presentation by the different suppliers. Year after year, WOFEX exhibitors have strived to give buyers a better experience with more food sampling and equipment demonstration.

Aside from the food expo, WOFEX Visayas also offered top notch training from industry experts through WOFEX University. Aside from the regular topics in restaurant management, hospitality and catering, this year featured a new addition to the course: digital and social marketing. WOFEX offered this new course, seeing how online media has become a potent tool in marketing and advertising for businesses.

For more information, you may visit the WOFEX website, www.wofex.com or their Facebook page,www.facebook.com/WOFEX. (Christian Jay Quilo, STC Mass Comm intern)

Japanese Specials at Café Fortuna

LET US hunt a ton of culinary treasures in the shores of Japan as Café Fortuna offers Japanese Specials from April to June.
Taste the flavors of Japan with assortedteppanyaki dishes such as pan grilled tuna, salmon, squid and prawn in teppanyaki sauce for only P450.

Guests may also try out Café Fortuna’s buta shiogaki (stir-fried thinly sliced pork belly with Japanese ginger sauce) for as low as P250.00 or their breaded prawn (deep fried prawn with tonkatsu sauce) for only P350.

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino is also home to nine other sublime dining outlets in the City of Cebu. It is also the premier venue for events and conventions in the country. Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino is located at Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City.

Search starts for Tatak UP Awards

THE search is on for Tatak UP Awards 2015.

Graduates from any campus within the University of the Philippines (UP) System who are based in Cebu are qualified to vie for this distinguished alumni awards.

From the time Tatak UP Awards was first launched in 2011, a total of 73 Cebu-based UP alumni have been given due recognition for exemplary accomplishments in various fields.

This year’s search is open for those in the field of (a) law, public service and governance, (b) social change and advocacy, (c) business and entrepreneurship, (d) art, design and culture, (e) science and medicine, (f) education, (g) science and technology, and (h) sports and athletics.

Nominations for the award shall be made by accomplishing and submitting three copies of the nomination forms. Other documents and papers that support the nominee’s achievements shall also be required.

The nomination forms and supporting documents may be submitted to Madrileña de la Cerna, search and awards committee, UP Press Office, AS Building, UP Cebu, Gorordo Ave., Cebu City, or email at tatakup2015@gmail.com or upaacebu@gmail.com.

The UP Alumni Association Cebu Chapter (UPAACC) will only receive complete and properly accomplished forms. Deadline for submission is on July 31, 2015.

Nominees will be evaluated based on their integrity, service orientation and leadership, as well as the impact of their work to the community.

UPAACC president Christine Ligtas-Salva said all alumni awardees are required to attend the awarding ceremonies during the Tatak UP Awards and grand alumni homecoming to be held sometime December 2015. Final date and venue will be announced later.

SM sets Labor Day job search

IN observance of Labor Day, SM malls will hold its biggest job fair in Cebu City and Consolacion town on May 1.

The event, in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment, Public Employment Service Office and local government units, is part of the malls’ corporate social responsibility to provide employment to the community where SM malls are located.

The annual job fair aims to salute the Pinoy working force and the newly graduates and assist as many people as possible to find employment.

More than 100 companies are expected to participate in the annual job fair in SM City Cebu and SM City Consolacion.

Jobseekers are enjoined to take advantage of this opportunity as SM malls will gather as many employers as possible to allow them to explore various employment opportunities, and even get hired on the spot.

Applicants are encouraged to bring their updated resume for reference of the employers.

Labor Day Job Fair happens at 10 a.m. at the Cebu Trade Hall in SM City Cebu and at the mall’s atrium in SM City Consolacion.

Philhealth 7 turns over P1M to Rotary Club

Donation. Philhealth 7 Regional Vice President William Chavez (left) hands over the P1M check to Pete Delantar, president of the Rotary Club of Cebu, as witnessed by PhilHealth Run 2015 committee members. (contributed foto)

Donation. Philhealth 7 Regional Vice President William Chavez (left) hands over the P1M check to Pete Delantar, president of the Rotary Club of Cebu, as witnessed by PhilHealth Run 2015 committee members. (contributed foto)

PHILHEALTH 7 recently turned over a total of P1,067,325.97 to the Gift of Life Project as the local beneficiary of its 2015 simultaneous nationwide run.

The Gift of Life Project of the Rotary Club of Cebu District 3860 assists underprivileged children in need of surgery for the correction of congenital heart defects and other similar illnesses.

Pete Delantar, president of the Rotary Club of Cebu District 3860, received the check from Philhealth Regional Vice President William Chavez during the fellowship meeting of the Rotarians held at the Cebu City Marriott Hotel.

The run-for-a-cause event held last Feb. 15 was the highlight of Philhealth’s 20th anniversary celebration, which took place in 13 different sites in the country.

At least 3,500 professional and amateur runners joined in the Cebu run, which was held on Sumilon Road, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City.