PHL physician receives int’l. clinician award

A CEBU-BASED physician was named recipient of the international clinician award during the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 24th annual scientific and clinical congress held recently in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Success is not measured by how many accolades one receives, but how complete one feels as a recognized endocrinologist being selected as this year’s recipient of the most prestigious International Clinician Award by the AACE,” said Dr. Gerry H. Tan. “I owe this recognition not only to my colleagues–especially my AACE-Philippines family, but most importantly to my patients who have taught me not only to become an astute compassionate clinician, but by being instrumental in molding me to be a better person, too.”

The international clinician award is given to an AACE member who is a clinical endocrinologist practicing outside of the United States in recognition of dedicated and compassionate care provided to patients with endocrine diseases. Recipients possess an exceptional knowledge and expertise in the field of clinical endocrinology and active advocacy AACE’s mission in both professional and public environments.

Dr. Tan practices in Cebu City.

In addition to his clinical practice, he finds time to teach medical students, endocrinology fellows and internal medicine residents at two major tertiary teaching institutions.

He speaks at various public venues about wellness, diabetes and endocrine disorders and writes a monthly column for the Philippines’ Food magazine.

After his internal medicine residency at New York Medical College, he performed his fellowship training in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at the Mayo Clinic Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota.


The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) represents more than 7,000 endocrinologists in the United States and abroad. AACE is the largest association of clinical endocrinologists in the world.

A majority of AACE members are certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, and concentrate on the treatment of patients with endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, growth hormone deficiency, cholesterol disorders, hypertension and obesity.

Visit the group’s official site at

MCIA moves white taxi boarding bay at arrival area

STARTING last Monday, May 18, the taxi boarding bays for white taxis have been transferred to the arrivals level of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. The current location for white taxi boarding bays is at the departures level of the airport.

The new white taxi boarding bay facility is located next to the domestic arrivals area of the airport.

GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC), the private company that operates the terminal operations of the airport under a public-private partnership, invested in the creation of the new white taxi boarding bay facility to facilitate the seamless flow when boarding the taxis.

The new location is more easily accessible to arriving passengers, as there is no longer a need to walk up to the departures level to board a white taxi.

The new white taxi boarding bay facility is able to accommodate the simultaneous boarding of up to 10 passengers at a time as compared to the boarding of one-taxi-at-a-time from the current location.

“The new white taxi boarding bay is a response to the needs of our passengers who deserve a more convenient way of boarding white taxis. With the creation of this facility, no taxi boarding will be permitted at the departures level,” said Andrew Acquaah-Harrison, GMCAC chief executive advisor.

In the past, arriving passengers seeking white taxis needed to cross the street from the arrivals level and go up the ramp to the departures level carrying along their luggage.

“With the new white taxi boarding bay facility we hope to improve the convenience of our passengers and visitors in line with the company’s vision to making Mactan-Cebu International Airport a customer-friendly and efficient gateway to their destination,” Harrison said.

Information on the changes to the white taxi boarding bay arrangements at the airport are being communicated through signage in the terminal and through newspaper adverts over the next few days to help familiarize passengers with the changes.

15 Subaybaktas workshop fellows named

THE University of San Carlos Cebuano Studies Center, with the sponsorship of the National Commission for Culture and Arts, announced the recipients of the 15 fellowships for the Subaybaktas Literary History Writing training workshop on June 18-20 at the Dingman Conference Room, University of San Carlos (downtown campus), Cebu City.

The fellows from Luzon are Kristian Sendon Cordero, Jasmine Nikki Paredes, John Iremil Teodoro and Francis Luis Torres.

The participants from the Visayas are Hannah Marie Aranas, Ian Rosales Casocot, Joanalyn Gabales, Grace Marie Lopez, Trizer Dale Mansueto, April Anne Moncada and Haidee Emmie Palapar.

The fellows from Mindanao are Adonis Ramos Enricuso, Rey Luis Montesclaros, Chanda Pearl Simeon and Cecilia Tangian.

The training workshop will bring together literary historians and scholars with research interests in the regions to discuss approaches to writing regional literary history.

Taking inspiration from National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera who challenged scholars to trace the various roots and routes of regional writing by foregrounding the eventfulness of specific texts and the textuality of dates and events, Subaybaktas endeavours to push the boundaries of the literary and emphasize the contingencies of history by mapping the ideas and imaginings of the regions through a variety of discourses.

The workshop will be led by Professor Emeritus Dr. Resil B. Mojares. Joining the roster of panelists/speakers are Dr. Erlinda Alburo, Prof. Merlie Alunan and Dr. Madrileña de la Cerna and Dr. Hope Sabanpan-Yu.

Camella launches incentive program for real estate brokers

Myra Lynn Gilig, Camella cluster head for Central Visayas (Sun.Star Foto/Jonolin Luab)

Myra Lynn Gilig, Camella cluster head for Central Visayas (Sun.Star Foto/Jonolin Luab)

ONE of the biggest real estate developers in the country, Camella has been providing quality homes to Filipinos.

With developments in Cebu such as the Azienda in Talisay City, Riverdale in Talamban, and Vittoria in Mactan, it comes as no surprise that they are at the top of their game.

Camella acknowledges that helping them stay on top are their real estate brokers and agents.

So it recently kicked off an incentive program for all real estate agents and brokers that will give them a chance to travel to Italy, Japan, or Singapore—three countries that have been inspiration for Camella developments Azienda, Riverdale, and Vittoria, respectively. All they have to do is reach their quota in both reservations and contracted sales for properties and projects in Cebu.

Camella has lined up a prizes and promos that will surely entice sellers to perform even better. They are also giving their sellers the chance to win gadgets and other prizes if they manage to bring prospective home buyers to the Camella office.

For more information on their developments and promos, visit their official website at (HVO)

Speedtalk presents Camp Amazing

EXPERIENCE something thoroughly unique this summer as Speedtalk Language Training Center, together with its Manila-based partner, Trainstation, offers Camp Amazing.

Trainstation is the foremost motivational marketing company in the country and the only training organization in the Philippines to be accredited by the International Trainers’ Academy of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. They specialize in delivering corporate trainings to some of the biggest organizations in the country and the Asia-Pacific region. Because of both Speedtalk’s and Trainstation’s thrust to deliver its effective trainings to the public, Camp Amazing, a public-run training series, was born. Camp Amazing will feature fun and interactive programs for both Kids and Adults. These programs aim to equip you with the resources to be the best version of yourself.

For Kids, Camp Amazing has lined up a Theater Workshop where children will learn to express themselves better, and build their confidence in an artfully amazing way. A Culminating Activity will cap off this program where participants will present a mini play in front of a large audience. Aside from this, a program on Public Speaking for kids will also be on offer, preparing kids to overcome the challenges in communicating in front of a group of people. All trainers, who have extensive professional theater backgrounds in Manila, are deliberately flown in to Cebu to offer this opportunity to Cebuano children.

For Adults, a Public Speaking program will equip you with tools on various speech techniques and making impactful connections. Book a seat in this training to learn to conquer your fear of speaking in public once and for all. Another very effective program on offer is Customer Service, which is designed to make every member of your team a source of pride and profit. Here, you will learn service imperatives based on modern global standards. Finally, a Leadership and Management Program helps you learn both Tact and Tactics to transform you into the finest leader there is.

Experience this rare opportunity now! All programs run between May 25 to 30, with varying schedules on offer. Inquire for your preferred schedule at Speedtalk Language Training Center, located at the 2nd Level of the Banilad Town Centre, Cebu. You can also visit their Facebook page ( for more information. Seats are limited per program to maximize training results. Bookings are on a first-come, first-served basis.

6th Philconstruct Visayas to be held in Cebu

WITH the development of tourism and BPO sectors in the Philippines come the growth of the building and construction sector, and an increase of public-private partnership projects as well.

In line with this, the Philconstruct Events, Exhibitions and Conferences Corporation (PEECC) and Cebu Contractors Association Inc. (CCA), together with the Philippine Constructors Association Inc. (PCA) and the Philippine Society of Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigerating Engineers (PSVARE) announced on May 21 that the 6th Philconstruct Visayas will be held in Cebu.

CCA president Peter Paul Dy, Jr. said that the building and construction sector plays a pivotal role in sustaining and improving the country’s economy.

Bernard Vonn Sia, chairman of the event, added that Philconstruct Visayas aims to create possible partnerships and business opportunities for both private companies and the local government.

The Philconstruct Visayas, along with HVAC/R Visayas, will be held on June 4 at the Pacific Grand Ballroom of Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. The back-to-back industry events will be open to visitors from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on its first two days and from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 6.

Wilcon Depot holds Mommy’s Bundles of Joy promo

IF there is one most tedious job in the world, it is being a mother. Her job does not have a time in and time out, certainly does not work the way normal work run. The duty continues day in and day out, and if 25 hours a day is even possible, surely, it will be as long as it is.

Without our moms, we won’t be here in this world. From the time they conceived us, their job remains and goes on as they work towards grooming us to be the best of who we are.

This May, we get the chance to pay our thanks and tribute to the most especial woman in the family. And Wilcon is here to make your gift hunting much easier and more reasonable. Mommy’s Bundles of Joy Promo gives you the chance to avail additional discounts on selected Houseware, Cookware, Furniture, Décor and Garden products from May 1 to 31, 2015.

Visit any Wilcon Depot and Home Essentials near you and browse our wide collection of products and find the one that suits your Mom’s taste the most.

Santacruzan set on May 23 in SM City Cebu

SM City Cebu together with Clothes for Life will hold the Santacruzan sa Sugbo on Saturday, May 23 at the Northwing Atrium.

The event will begin with a procession at 4 p.m. around the mall, going to the Northwing Atrium. The presentation of 28 Sagalas will then happen at 5:30 p.m.

This year’s Santacruzan sa Sugbo will feature lovely Cebuana personalities and beauty queens. Topping the list is Cebuana beauty titlist and Ms. Earth 2008 Karla Henry as Reina Emperatriz, Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 and Ms. Cebu 2009 Kris Tiffany Janson as Reina Elena, and Ms.Cebu 2015 Wynonah Buot as Reina Banderada.

The personalities will wear the creations of Cebu’s fashion designers – Albert Arriba, Alejandro Godinez, Axel Que, Barbie Alvez, Bernardo Flores, Bree Esplanada, Cary Santiago, Danny Booc, Dino Lloren, Ditas Rodriguez, Edwin Alba, Edward Castro, Elmer de Venancio, Hanz Coquilla, Harley Ruedas, Jun Escario, Marichu Tan, Maria Elena, Mel Maria, Philipp Tampus, Philip Rodriguez, Protacio Empaces, Jr.,Rey Humberto Villegas, Rei Escario, Ren Manabat, Roger Salazar, Wendell Quisido, and William Manahan.

Santacruzan is a popular religious festival held in many towns and cities throughout the Philippines as the highlight of the month-long celebration of Flores de Mayo during the month of May. It is usually celebrated with a parade of decorated floats and elaborately dressed characters, representing various aspects of the Virgin Mary and other figures. The festival was introduced to the country during the Spanish period and continues to be celebrated by Filipinos all over the world.

For event updates, check-out SM City Cebu (Official) on Facebook.

Julie’s Bakeshop opens its first branch in Canada

THE Philippines’ largest neighborhood bakeshop chain, Julie’s Bakeshop, has continued its reach to the global market with the opening of yet another international branch.

Last April 27, 2015, the first Julie’s Bakeshop was opened in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada operated by Filipino franchisee Eric Pecson and his Canadian wife Marla.

Before venturing into the Julie’s Bakeshop franchise, Eric has had over 15 years of experience in the Restaurant business, currently being the Area Developer of a major barbeque brand in Alberta as well as operating three franchises of a local food brand. A native of Balik Balik, Sampaloc, Manila, Eric has lived and worked in Canada with his wife and three children for the past 17 years. Being in the Food industry, he instantly saw great opportunity in bringing a highly recognizable Filipino brand to the captured market of over 30,000 overseas Filipinos residing in Canada. Now, Pinoys will feel right at home as they wake up to the familiar look and feel of the neighborhood bakeshop they’ve grown to love back home. And like icing on a cake, add the uplifting aroma of Julie’s old time favorite breads fresh and hot off the oven every hour and it will seem like they’re never far from home! This will definitely be a welcome treat from the usual fare found in most bakeshops.

The sizeable Filipino community in Alberta became the primary reason for choosing the location and on its opening week, the market has been very enthusiastic and genuinely accepting.

With the initial branch now fully operational, Julie’s has set its sights on further expansion around Alberta and perhaps other nearby provinces in Canada in the near future.

To date, Julie’s takes pride in bringing fresh and hot breads to over 100 million Filipinos across the country with close to 500 branches nationwide and counting. Now, we include a consumer base of Filipinos and Canadians who are sure to keep coming back for more.

Weekend buffet at Golden Prince

(Sun.Star Foto/Jonolin Luab)

(Sun.Star Foto/Jonolin Luab)

WEEKENDS are meant for grand feasting and one of the best places to do this is at Golden Prince Hotel and Suites with their weekend buffet.

Open on Fridays and Saturdays, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and located at the hotel lobby, Golden Prince prepares a grand buffet aptly named “Taste of Heaven.”

The buffet features a sushi area, a pasta station, a dessert table with an assortment of delectable mini cakes, and 10 main dishes. And Golden Prince doesn’t stop there with their expansive buffet spread. Spotlight dishes included in the buffet is a seafood spread with prawns, oysters, rock lobsters, crabs, fresh tuna and so much more.

Along with that, specials change every weekend, it can be turkey this weekend and roasted duck next weekend.

For the price of P420 net per person, it’s definitely a buffet worth checking out.

Golden Prince’s weekend buffet can accommodate up to 50 persons and special arrangements can be made ahead of time. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

With upcoming and ongoing renovations and extensions to the hotel, an even greater service can be expected at Golden Prince.

For inquiries and reservations, visit Golden Prince’s FB page: Golden Prince Hotel Cebu. (HVO)