JULIE’S Bakeshop was recognized as SunStar’s Best of Cebu 2016: Best Bakery Chain last May 19. “We are honored to be recognized as one of the best bakery chains in the city,” said Raymond Fernandez, franchise business development manager. “Aside from having more than 400 branches in the Philippines, we also have a branch in Edmonton, Canada.” Photo shows from left, SunStar Cebu marketing head Bayani Garcia, Tita Julie and Fernandez.
CONSIDERED as one of the pioneers in digital advertising solutions in the Philippines, Inewvation International Corp. expands in the sVisayas, opening a showroom and service center in Cebu last June 1.
Since it was founded in 2011 in Manila, Inewvation has done over 1,000 installations in the Philippines alone, excluding its projects in Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Singapore—where the company expanded after receiving excellent reception. Read more
FWD continues to be one of the Philippines’ fastest growing insurers. The company’s total assets grew by 67 percent to P6.14 billion and total investments more than doubled to P5.09 billion compared with the previous year. FWD’s new business APE (Annual Premium Equivalent) grew by an impressive 53 percent over the prior year, increasing its individual life customer base to more than 20,000 at the end of 2016. With the launch of the e-commerce and corporate care channels late last year, FWD is now a true multi-channel business, consistent with its goal of reaching and servicing Filipino customers with innovative and relevant insurance solutions through the channel most convenient to them. “Whilst the first quarter of 2017 has continued with strong momentum for FWD, our mission remains the same: to be a challenger brand, drive innovation, and change the way Filipinos feel about insurance,” said FWD Philippines president Peter Grimes said.
GULF Oil Philippines launched the Bajaj DTS-i oil last May 26 at the Makati Shangri-La. Senior officials from Bajaj Auto Limited, Kawasaki Motors Corp. and Gulf Oil were present during the exciting event with Gulf Oil channel partners, their valued customers and presidents of Rouser Clubs. Bajaj Auto has expanded its range of genuine parts and accessories last year to include this new range of genuine oil. This oil is specially formulated to keep Bajaj Engines operating at peak performance for longer drain intervals in even the toughest conditions. This highly refined oil features new technology designed to ensure better protection against engine wear, corrosion and damage. “We feel proud to introduce Bajaj Genuine Oil as it would strengthen our range of premium motorcycle oils and enhance our rich legacy of quality, endurance and passion,” said Gulf Oil general manager Arvind Dargan.
IN celebration of its five years of operation in Cebu, Bubble Tea Station (BTS) has launched a new look that reflects its evolution from being a humble kiosk back in 2012 to being an active player in Cebu’s milk tea industry today.
Owner Meyan Lim Young said: “The old BTS brand represented a budding teeny-bopper who was very excited for all the possibilities coming her way. The new brand is a seasoned version of that girl. Still young and vibrant but with experience already.”
Also part of the anniversary celebration is its seal top designing contest. This is to give tribute to its customers’ support and make them feel like they are part of this milestone.
Bubble Tea Station currently has five branches. Three more branches in Cebu are set to open within the year.
BUBBLE TEA STATION BRANCHES
Banilad Town Center, Robinsons Galleria, UCMed, Ateneo de Cebu, Paseo Arcenas
/ CASSANDRA C. POCULAN
ONE of the biggest hotel chains in Japan is now in Cebu. Promising cleanliness and reliability at a reasonable rate, the Japanese-style business hotel at J Centre Mall is the first Toyoko Inn in the Philippines. Read more
SEEING that big class sizes can make it difficult for students to focus and learn, EC2 Excellence Academy developed an educational system that handles small class sizes and experiential methodology. “We wanted to create an educational system that’s small enough so that it won’t compromise the quality of our graduates,” said Ray Nobleza, EC2’s founding director. At EC2, the teacher-student ratio is 1:4 (one teacher for every four students) in preschool and 1:12 in elementary. Nobleza is the first to introduce Activity Fridays, an off-campus immersion integrated into the curriculum as a way for students to gain real life experiences outside the four walls of the classroom. The teachers and students will be going around Cebu visiting zoos, exhibits, museums, among others. EC2 offers a full academic program for Grades 1 to 6 with courses on programming and financial literacy, as well as supplemental programs for Math and Reading and in-campus tutorials for all subjects. Classes start on June 14. EC2 Excellence Academy is at Unit 4-6, E-Park, Tigbaw, Talamban, Cebu City. / CHRISTIAN B. QUILO
KNOWN for its 20 years of character- and value-driven education, Childlink Learning Center and Childlink High School Inc. are gearing up for another school year with the ongoing construction of a new building to cater to its growing number of students. Childlink covers the 11 principles of effective character education through its programs, theories and advocacies that not only refine the students academically but also instill in them the values they need. It has been awarded as the first School of Character in the Visayas by the Character Education Partnership. Childlink is also introducing its after-school care preschool program for two- to six-year-old children starting August. It is ideal for busy parents. / CASSANDRA C. POCULAN
TO commemorate this year’s anniversary of Philippine Independence, Palm Grass Hotel pays tribute to the revolutionary leader of the 1898 Tres de Abril uprising, Pantaleon Villegas, popularly known as “Leon Kilat,” through an art masterpiece.
Palm Grass, Cebu’s only heritage hotel, will celebrate the 119th Anniversary of Philippine Independence with the theme: “Kagawasan 1898: Kilat. Kulit. Kagawasan.” The highlight of the event is the unveiling of the Leon Kilat wooden sculpture on June 12, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Kapihan ni Lumaya. Read more
THE second quarterly draw of Jet Sales Corp.’s 50th anniversary raffle was held last May 17 at the ISLA LPG Cebu Operations Warehouse in Mandaue City.
The winners were Roely Morta, Lydia Abangan, Ritechell Penola, Milagros Matas and Jenette Angeli Tan. Each won a one-year supply of 11-kilogram Solane LPG.
The retail outlet or home delivery trade partner of each winner received a gift certificate worth P5,000 of LPG refills. More winners will be drawn on Aug. 17 and Nov. 17.