Beyond beauty

By Cassandra C. Poculan

THE Calayan Medical Group champions the adage “Real beauty comes from within.” It believes that a woman’s body is more than just what people see on the outside. It is more than anything, a reflection of her soul.

Calayan-photos-1Headed by the family matriarch Dr. Josefina Calayan, the eponymous beauty and wellness clinic opened its Cebu branch last year in Oakridge Business Park along A.S. Fortuna St., Mandaue City. Spanning three generations of passionate doctors, the Calayan Medical Group continues to help Cebuanos look and feel beautiful from the outside in. Continue reading

AIM to host informational event in Cebu

asian-institute-mgt-june13ASIAN Institute of Management (AIM), one of the premiere business schools of Asia, is set to welcome Cebuanos to the AIM Information Session on Saturday, June 18, at 9:30 a.m., at the Cebu City Marriott Hotel.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about AIM and various masters programs the institute offers from Andy Chen, executive managing director of Recruitment and Admissions, and AIM President and Dean, Dr. Jikyeong Kang. Continue reading

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)

For inquiries, call: 09194656885 or 09494945024 (Junior), 09238179752 or 09987909354 (Dinah)

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

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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

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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