Easter Hop-penings at Radisson Blu Cebu

eggStart and cap off the Holy Week with Radisson Blu Cebu’s Easter Hop-penings from March 27 to April 5, 2015.

Feast in an appetizing Easter Sunday lunch or dinner buffet at Feria at P1,650 net per person.

Sample well-loved international dishes such as slow roasted prime rib, salmon, sushi and sashimi, assorted dim sum and of course, everyone’s all-time favorite lechon, homemade ice cream, sweet treats at the dessert station and more.

Starting at P85 net only, Belgian chocolate Easter goodies specially crafted by Executive Pastry Chef Allan Barrios are also available at Feria for a more colorful festivity.

As part of Radisson Blu Cebu’s tradition every year, there will also be an Easter Egg Hunt for all your youngsters who thirst for adventure and fun. This year’s Easter Egg Hunt is made even extra special with Kids at the Blu, an exclusive membership club for kids.

At P500 net per child (three to 11 years old), let your kids enjoy all the Kids at the Blu activities for that day such as Easter egg and cupcake decorating, party inflatable and other exciting games from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Events Plaza.

Give your kids a chance to hop and hunt, and win a complimentary membership to Kids at the Blu by having them participate in the Easter Egg Hunt to find the golden egg.

Opt for a stay-cation and have your Easter Escapade at Radisson Blu Cebu for only P4,800 net per night. Experience a week of relaxation in a Superior Room with a buffet breakfast for two persons at Feria, a P500 food and beverage credit, a P500 Spa Esc credit and use of the pool and gym. Valid from March 27 to April 5, 2015.

Complete your Easter observance with an Easter Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.at the San Martin function room.

For more information, email reservations.cebu@radisson.com. Make your Easter celebration a family affair only at Radisson Blu Cebu. Visit our website at www.radissonblu.com/hotel-cebu for the best online deals.

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Easter Wonderland

The country’s only five-star water park resort, Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark, Cebu celebrates Easter Sunday.

Come and let your kids join the fun as your favorite vacation destination prepares something only for you, it is the Easter Wonderland 2015.

To experience a magical Easter Sunday, book your Easter holiday with us, rate starts at P6,500 nett per night with breakfast buffet and complimentary drinks that can be availed at any of our restaurants.

Program starts at 2 p.m. with an enthralling welcome dance number by Alice and the rest of the gang. Games like egg rolling, egg hunting, egg toss, pass the egg and catch the bunny will surely make your kids’ Sunday terrific. And not just that, it will be much more of a magical Sunday afternoon as we invite the best of the best magician in Cebu to show off his magic tricks.

Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark, Cebu has 556 spacious accommodations. Choose from the room categories – Deluxe and Suites.

Don’t miss the lunch buffet at P1,530 nett per person and dinner buffet at P1,770 nett per person. Only the best dining experience at The Abalone Buffet Restaurant.

The favorite Waterpark also has an exciting offer. Bring the fun together and spend time with your loved ones in the Waterpark. Pay P2,500 nett per adult and P1,500 nett for kids aged 12 and below inclusive of lunch buffet.

Enjoy a five-star getaway at Jpark Island where fun is just a splash away.

For room inquiries, send email to rsvn@ip-cebu.com. Alternatively, visit www.jparkislandresort.com or the jparkresort on Facebook.

An Easterrific day at the Waterfront

eggssCelebrate a fun-filled afternoon of Easterrific activities this Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino as they proudly holds “Easterrific Day at the Waterfront.”

From 2 to 4 in the afternoon, a bunch of fun and exciting games and surprises such as Choo Choo Train, Magic Show, Easter Egg Making, Bubble Show, Face Painting, Photo Booth, Easter Egg Hunt and so much more await you and your children at the hotel’s Lower Lobby Level which will be transformed into a paradise filled with human-sized cartoon character figurines that your kids will surely love.

Dine in any of their Food and Beverage outlets from March 23, 2015 to April 5, 2015 and get one free ticket for every single receipt with a minimum worth of P2,000. Tickets can also be bought individually for only P600 at the hotel’s Front Office. (One ticket is strictly for one child and one parent/guardian only.)
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, Philippines.

Stylissimo 2015

styleThe biggest and probably the best modeling workshop every summer just got even better.

The summer of 2015 promises to make a difference as Stylissimo Modeling Workshop looks fashionably forward to partner with some of the industry’s leading visionaries in fashion and beauty, and the ultimate lifestyle mall that is Ayala Center Cebu.

Spearheaded by the creative mind of Cebu’s AD Models , Dexter Alazas , who discovered many visible faces in the country’s modeling circuit like Ford Supermodel of the World Philippines winner Verns Buckley, male model icon Vince Canizares, Miss Intercontinental 2014 2nd runner up Kris Tiffany Janson and the newly crowned Bb Pilipinas Supranational 2015 Rogelie Catacutan.

The Stylissimo 12-Day Summer Workshops will kick off on Monday, April 6, 2015 with separate time slots for teens (every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Gallery of the expansion building ) and kids (Monday to Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Active Zone ). The weekly sessions will culminate with a grand fashion show on May 23 for Teen Modeling and May 24 for Kids Modeling, featuring Ayala Malls retail brands and some of Cebu’s local fashion names.

To register or for more information, visit the concierge at the mall or at the new expansion building.

Naga school gets computer equipment, lunch facility

Donation. Members of Kepco Women Society lead by Minok Kang (seventh from right) donate computer equipment and a lunch counter building to NPC-Colon Elementary School in the City of Naga, Cebu. School head Maribel Pantorilla (left) receives the donations in a ceremony at the school grounds. (Contributed Foto)

Donation. Members of Kepco Women Society lead by Minok Kang (seventh from right) donate computer equipment and a lunch counter building to NPC-Colon Elementary School in the City of Naga, Cebu. School head Maribel Pantorilla (left) receives the donations in a ceremony at the school grounds. (Contributed Foto)

A SCHOOL in the City of Naga, Cebu recently received 20 computer sets, eight printers and a lunch counter building from the Korea Electric Power Corp. (Kepco) Women Society.

Minok Kang, head of the Kepco Women Society, together with Kepco SPC Power Corp. (KSPC) president Chang Yong Cho and vice president Sang Kook Lee, led the turnover of the donated equipment and facility to the NPC-Colon Elementary School head Maribel Pantorilla last March 25 at the school grounds.

The ceremony was witnessed by the pupils of the school, who will benefit from the donations, especially in their computer learning as well as in their research and recreational activities.

The lunch counter building will provide a safe and comfortable eating place for the students.

At present, the school children, who reside in the mountainous sitios of Barangay Colon and have to bring their lunch to school, just eat in open spaces. The new building will also serve as a study area for them.

City of Naga Schools Division Superintendent Senen Paulin said that the school is lucky to be at the host community of KSPC’s 200-megawatt modern coal-fired power plant facility because of the company’s strong social development plan and corporate social responsibilities program.

KSPC has been a strong partner, not just of the barangay but by the whole City of Naga, in the different social development programs focused on health, environment, education and livelihood.

Gov’t workers housing coop sets assembly

CLOSE to 700 members of the Cebu City Government Employees Housing Cooperative (CCGEHC) are encouraged to attend its second general assembly on April 18 in the Metro Cebu Water District auditorium, from 8 a.m. until noon.

This year’s theme continues to banner the call for “Disenteng Panimalay; Serbisyong Tiunay.”

Seventy-five percent of Cebu City’s government employees do not own a house; they are either renting or living with relatives. This is what the Human Resource and Development Office discovered after a profiling of the city’s government employees conducted in 2013-2014.

With this concern, the employees organized a housing cooperative in 2013 named the Cebu City Government Employees Housing Cooperative (CCGEHC). It was registered with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) on Jan. 6, 2014, with Registration No. 9520-07023934. The creation of the CCGEHC has been considered a pioneering housing cooperative of government employees in Central Visayas.

The vision of the cooperative is to provide decent and affordable housing to the members who are Cebu City Government employees.

The first general assembly of CCGEHC was held last April 5, 2014 at the SP Social Hall that was mainly facilitated by the interim members of the core group led by Atty. Dominic Diño, Jed Ronald Filoteo, Atty. Collin Rosell and Adeodatus Caballes. During the first general assembly, 13 members of the board of directors were elected, with Diño as chairperson and Atty. Jerone Castillo as vice chairperson.

Smart backs global industry pact on humanitarian response

Connecting people during disasters. Smart, along with Axiata, Etisalat, and Ooredoo, sign the GSMA Humanitarian Connectivity Charter, as part of its commitment to provide communications support to its subscribers and responders during disasters.  Joining Smart’s chief wireless advisor and founder Orlando B. Vea (rightmost) are (from left) Dato’ Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim, managing director/president and group chief executive officer, Axiata Group; Dr. Nasser Marafih, chief executive officer of the Ooredoo Group; and GSMA director general Anne Bouverot. (Contributed Foto)

Connecting people during disasters. Smart, along with Axiata, Etisalat, and Ooredoo, sign the GSMA Humanitarian Connectivity Charter, as part of its commitment to provide communications support to its subscribers and responders during disasters. Joining Smart’s chief wireless advisor and founder Orlando B. Vea (rightmost) are (from left) Dato’ Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim, managing director/president and group chief executive officer, Axiata Group; Dr. Nasser Marafih, chief executive officer of the Ooredoo Group; and GSMA director general Anne Bouverot. (Contributed Foto)

SMART Communications Inc. (Smart) is supporting the GSMA Humanitarian Connectivity Charter, a landmark global telecommunications industry commitment to assist customers and responders before, during and after humanitarian emergencies.

Smart is one of the four founding signatories to the Humanitarian Connectivity Charter, along with Axiata, Etisalat and Ooredoo that collectively represent over one billion subscribers in 35 countries. The charter was signed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Through the charter, mobile network operators will commit to a common set of principles and work towards the adoption of initiatives focused on humanitarian connectivity to create a more coordinated and predictable response to disasters.

“As one of the founding signatories to the charter, Smart reiterates its commitment to support affected populations and responding entities especially during extraordinary events for preparedness and resiliency,” said Orlando B. Vea, chief wireless advisor and founder of Smart who signed the document along with the other signatories at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Smart is a strong advocate for disaster preparedness and emergency response, one of its community partnership pillars.

Under SafePH, its integrated disaster preparedness and response strategy, it is able to immediately deploy mobile satellite services; restore and reactivate the cellular network in record time; partner with the likes of Telecoms sans Frontieres, Vodafone Foundation, and Thuraya for interim network solutions; offer timely and relevant services; and roll out innovative mobile money solutions.

Last year, SafePh was recognized with the award for “Best Use of Mobile in Emergency or Humanitarian Situations” at the Global Mobile Awards held at 2014 Mobile World Congress.

“Mobile networks and the connectivity that they provide can be a lifeline for those affected by natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies,” said Anne Bouverot, GSMA director general, in a statement.

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, in a statement, said, “I congratulate the GSMA and its membership for developing this partnership with the humanitarian community, which will enable people affected by crises to gain access to vital communications.”

Darwin Flores, head of community partnerships at Smart, was among three workshop facilitators that included representatives from Vodafone Foundation and Ericsson Response during the Industry Consultation Workshop held during the global conference.

The charter is supported by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the UN Emergency Telecommunications Cluster, and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. It was created following two years of industry workshops and collaboration facilitated by the GSMA Disaster Response programme, in association with UN agencies, mobile operators, vendors and non-government organizations.

Around the Neighborhood

A collection of photos featuring various community activities of companies, government agencies and other institutions.

Fire prevention. In line with the observance of Fire Prevention Month, a basic safety seminar dubbed as “Learn Not To Burn” was organized by the Bureau of Fire Protection and JCI Metro Cebu Uptown last March 22 at the LT Trading Compound, Basak, Mandaue City. (Contributed Foto)

Fire prevention. In line with the observance of Fire Prevention Month, a basic safety seminar dubbed as “Learn Not To Burn” was organized by the Bureau of Fire Protection and JCI Metro Cebu Uptown last March 22 at the LT Trading Compound, Basak, Mandaue City. (Contributed Foto)

Waterworks. Mercury Drug Corp. remains true to its commitment to make communities affected by typhoon Yolanda healthier by turning over three potable water systems to communities that, for years, had to rely on communal deep wells for their water use. The project is in partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress and Madridejos Community Waterworks System (MCWS). It will benefit more than 300 households from Barangays Maalat, Pili and Kangkod in Madridejos, Bantayan Island, Cebu. Through Mercury Drug’s potable water system project, which aims to build a total of seven potable water systems in Bantayan Island, piping materials were provided to connect the MCWS main line to the households, bringing safe drinking water directly to the three interior barangays. Both level two and three potable water systems have been provided by the project. (Contributed Foto)

Waterworks. Mercury Drug Corp. remains true to its commitment to make communities affected by typhoon Yolanda healthier by turning over three potable water systems to communities that, for years, had to rely on communal deep wells for their water use. The project is in partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress and Madridejos Community Waterworks System (MCWS). It will benefit more than 300 households from Barangays Maalat, Pili and Kangkod in Madridejos, Bantayan Island, Cebu. Through Mercury Drug’s potable water system project, which aims to build a total of seven potable water systems in Bantayan Island, piping materials were provided to connect the MCWS main line to the households, bringing safe drinking water directly to the three interior barangays. Both level two and three potable water systems have been provided by the project. (Contributed Foto)

Aid. Dedon, an international furniture firm, distributed more than 200 blankets to the families in Barangay Paknaan, Mandaue City, who were displaced after a fire hit the area last March 14. Paknaan is within Dedon’s community in Mandaue. Shown in photo are the firm’s representatives May Aldemita and Flobelle Rebusa with a barangay official and DSWD representative. (Contributed Foto)

Aid. Dedon, an international furniture firm, distributed more than 200 blankets to the families in Barangay Paknaan, Mandaue City, who were displaced after a fire hit the area last March 14. Paknaan is within Dedon’s community in Mandaue. Shown in photo are the firm’s representatives May Aldemita and Flobelle Rebusa with a barangay official and DSWD representative. (Contributed Foto)

Job fair. An overseas job fair organized by the Public Employment Services Office-Cebu Province was held last March 15 at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol Building. The Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Cebu (in photo) was one of the national government agencies that attended to the needs of the jobseekers together with the National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. and the National Statistics Office. Jobseekers availed themselves of the prosecutor’s clearance, affidavit of loss and the other legal services. (Contributed Foto)

Job fair. An overseas job fair organized by the Public Employment Services Office-Cebu Province was held last March 15 at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol Building. The Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Cebu (in photo) was one of the national government agencies that attended to the needs of the jobseekers together with the National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. and the National Statistics Office. Jobseekers availed themselves of the prosecutor’s clearance, affidavit of loss and the other legal services. (Contributed Foto)

New Milestone. The Jica Study Team (JST) organized a two-day workshop on land use, transport and water-related issues last Jan. 27 and 28. Presentations and discussions included Metro Cebu’s urban spatial plan, transport infrastructure, traffic management, water supply development, and septage and storm water management. About 121 stakeholders from both the public and private sector attended the workshops. On Jan. 29, the Jica (Japan International Cooperation Agency) study steering committee, presided by Gov. Hilario Davide III, convened in the Cebu Province Dignitaries Lounge in the Capitol Building. JST’s Dr. Katsuhide Nagayama presented the updates of the study, including initial recommendations for the anchor and flagship projects as contained in the Interim 3 Report. Jica is currently undertaking the Roadmap Study for Sustainable Urban Development for the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board, which is anchored on and provides the broad framework for the Mega Cebu 2050 Vision. (Contributed Foto)

New Milestone. The Jica Study Team (JST) organized a two-day workshop on land use, transport and water-related issues last Jan. 27 and 28. Presentations and discussions included Metro Cebu’s urban spatial plan, transport infrastructure, traffic management, water supply development, and septage and storm water management. About 121 stakeholders from both the public and private sector attended the workshops. On Jan. 29, the Jica (Japan International Cooperation Agency) study steering committee, presided by Gov. Hilario Davide III, convened in the Cebu Province Dignitaries Lounge in the Capitol Building. JST’s Dr. Katsuhide Nagayama presented the updates of the study, including initial recommendations for the anchor and flagship projects as contained in the Interim 3 Report. Jica is currently undertaking the Roadmap Study for Sustainable Urban Development for the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board, which is anchored on and provides the broad framework for the Mega Cebu 2050 Vision. (Contributed Foto)

Veco turns over Naga school building

Unveiling of facility. Veco senior vice president Anton Perdices (third from left) and City of Naga Mayor Valdemar Chiong (second from right) lead the unveiling of the marker of the P1.8-million school building at the Cepoc Central School in Barangay Tinaan, Naga. Also in photo are ( from left) Cepoc school principal Myra Tanola, Department of Education Schools Division superintendent Senen Paulin and Tinaan Barangay Captain Teodoro Cantal Jr. (Contributed foto)

Unveiling of facility. Veco senior vice president Anton Perdices (third from left) and City of Naga Mayor Valdemar Chiong (second from right) lead the unveiling of the marker of the P1.8-million school building at the Cepoc Central School in Barangay Tinaan, Naga. Also in photo are ( from left) Cepoc school principal Myra Tanola, Department of Education Schools Division superintendent Senen Paulin and Tinaan Barangay Captain Teodoro Cantal Jr. (Contributed foto)

THE Visayan Electric Co. (Veco) unveiled and turned over another newly constructed single story, three-classroom school building in Cepoc Central School in Barangay Tinaan, City of Naga, Cebu.

Cepoc is the sixth recipient of Veco’s school rehabilitation project in a span of three years. The school has a student population of 767 students and 44 teachers.

A memorandum of agreement was entered into by Veco and the City Government of Naga last year for the reconstruction of the damaged school building. The power firm will shoulder 70 percent of the total project cost, which is P1.8 million, while the remaining 30 percent will be on the account of the City of Naga.

Education is a major thrust of Veco’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects. It has rewired a total of 842 classrooms in 29 schools and rehabilitated 42 school buildings in 17 schools in its franchise areas in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay and Naga, and the municipalities of Minglanilla, San Fernando, Consolacion and Liloan.

Naga City Mayor Valdemar Chiong thanked Veco for responding to their request to partner with the local government’s numerous projects, especially for the various public schools in the city.

Veco’s senior vice president Anton Perdices, for his part, said that for the power firm and the Aboitiz family, education is the most important.

“We promise that we will do the best we can to help the government realize its goal for the betterment of the country and education of the youth,” said Perdices.

Dante Luzon returns to his roots

Broadcaster Dante Luzon

Broadcaster Dante Luzon

VETERAN broadcast journalist, director, actor, singer and painter Dante Javelosa Luzon returned to his former broadcast network after 29 years.

A disc jockey and station manager of Manila Broadcasting Company’s dxBM-Fm in Davao City from 1986 to 1988, Luzon left the network to pursue a more challenging career on television. He joined ABS-CBN Davao in 1989 and became its TV Patrol’s main anchor.

Later in the same year, he was assigned in Cebu to anchor TV Patrol Central Visayas, a job he held on to until he became the assistant station manager for radio.

Luzon became ABS-CBN Dumaguete’s station manager in 2003.

In 2004, he won the coveted KBP Golden Dove Award as Most Outstanding TV Newscaster in the Regional Category for anchoring TV Patrol Dumaguete. He was assigned back in Davao in 2005 as news manager and eventually became the station manager until his early retirement from the giant network in 2007.

Feeling he still had what it takes to be a part of the media industry, Luzon accepted Cebu Catholic Television Network’s (CCTN) offer to be its creative and production consultant. His training on multi-tasking from ABS-CBN and Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) became handy as he put his hands on directing, editing, acting, hosting, singing, anchoring and voicing program plugs, documentaries and commercials.

After seven years with the CCTN, Luzon decided to quit. After carefully weighing his options, Luzon thought of going back to the medium that opened the door for him 41 years ago–radio.

“I had my most shining moments as a disc jockey at MBC. I was on FM but I had the rare opportunity to interact on-the-air with DZRH’s top anchors like Joe Taruc and Rey Langit” said Luzon.

After a series of negotiations with dyRC assistant station manager Ramil Paican and station manager Niño Padilla, Luzon is back at MBC. He is in-charge of dyRC’s production and takes care of the station’s program intros, station ID, plugs and other on-the-air requirements. He is now dyRC’s official voice.