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Probably one of the best travel-related news I heard these days is the current and upcoming renovations being done in our international airport here in Cebu.
On the 16th of this month, I had the chance to participate in an airport tour headed by Andrew Harrison, Chief Executive Advisor of GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation. We were briefed about the current and upcoming developments in Mactan Cebu International Airport.
Seeing the progress of the current renovation project made me feel more excited about the future of tourism and travel here in Cebu. One of the best highlights of the tour is the development of a new terminal (terminal 2) wherein Kenneth Cobonpue is the interior designer. Yes. You read it right. Kenneth Cobonpue, our very own Cebuano interior designer who is popular worldwide. See a sneak peek of how the new airport terminal would look like in the photo below.
Apology for low quality photo. This is from Andrew’s Power Point presentation.
Terminal 2 is expected to open in the Summer of 2018.
Top 17 Current and Future Changes in Mactan Cebu International Airport
If you travel often, for sure, you already noticed the current developments done in our airport but if you haven’t been to the airport in a long while, you’ll definitely be surprised how the current contractor (GMR-Megawide) is currently doing their task in enhancing the functionality and accessibility of our airport terminal.
Current Changes You Can Now See in our Airport
This 25-year project between the government and GMR-Megawide Airport Corporation (the contractor that won the bidding) aim to construct and manage new commercial facilities within the airport terminal. All new systems installed in the airport are part of ARINC CUPPS Systems. Current visible changes are the following.
1. All Airlines Now Operate Using One Platform
Unlike before wherein airline companies used each of their own system in processing the needs of their passengers, GMR-Megawide had installed vMUSE (a common check-in system for all airlines) last June of this year to make check-in process more efficient. Andrew emphasized that they don’t charge the airline companies for this major change.
2. New Flight Information Display System (AirVue)
This new flight information display system is designed to enhance the operational flow inside the airport. This helps passengers to keep on moving and help the airport increase their revenue opportunities through display advertising. Read more details about this system here.
3. New Domestic Departure Area
4. New Self Check-In Kiosk
All passengers of Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, PAL, and Cebu Pacific can now check-in themselves using this system (SelfServ – Common Use Self Service Check-in Sytem [CUSS]).
5. New White Taxi Boarding Bay at Arrivals Level
Aside from the toilet problems, one of the most annoying part of the airport before is the location of its taxi terminal. Now, the new white taxi boarding bay provides passengers a more comfortable and accessible place to get a taxi.
6. New Airport Medical Center
The passengers’ medical needs and services are now catered in the new clinic located near the airport’s Engineering Office. The new clinic also comes with a new fully equipped ambulance.
Upcoming Changes You Can Expect to See in our Airport
Aside from the gigantic changes that will be brought due to the development of a new terminal (terminal 2), here are first the things you can expect to change in the old terminal (terminal 1).
7. New Terminal Seating
This change is expected to be visible on September of this year.
8. Renovation Plan for Overall International Departures
9. New Plaza Premium International Lounge Interior
10. Airport Mobile Charging Stations
11. Newly Designed Washrooms/Toilets
At last! The long wait is almost over. Comfort rooms that are designed to provide comfort not discomfort.
12. Boarding Pass Validation with Automated Gate
Harrison said that our airport will be the very first in the country to implement this system. Expect to see this change on the 3rd week of August this year.
13. Baggage Reconciliation System
See the rest of the current and upcoming changes in our airport in the Power Point slide presentation I created below.
Disclaimer: The compiled info in this presentation are based from Andrew Harrison’s original Power Point slides.
Exciting Features of Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2
The thing that excites me the most is the development of our airport’s 2nd terminal. By just looking at the planned infrastructure, you can see that this one will be world-class. Andrew said that they want the new terminal to be at par with the best airports in the world but at the same time maintain a theme and air that is uniquely Cebuano.
Without further ado, this is how the Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2 will look like.
14. Boarding Gate Area
15. Baggage Reclaim Area
16. Check-In Area
17. Departure Lounge Retail Area
Check the details of this upcoming development in the Power Point presentation below.
As I mentioned already earlier in this blog post, Kenneth Cobonpue will do the interior design of Terminal 2. According to Harrison, the recent renovations and upcoming developments are expected to cost 17 to 19 billion pesos in the first 4 years of the project.
If you need more information about this current airport development project, you may visit the Mactan Cebu International Airport official website at www.mactancebuairport.com.
You can now order your favorite foods online through the #FoodPanda app. #FoodPandaCebu #Foods #Cebu
You can now order your favorite foods online through the #FoodPanda app. #FoodPandaCebu #Foods #Cebu http://ift.tt/1LH104a
CEBU INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL EXPO (CITE), the biggest and the most anticipated travel show in Visayas region, will once again open its doors at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Lahug on July 23-25, to gather thousands of trade visitors and travel enthusiasts in one place, Globa-link MP Events International Inc., (GLMP) is now its 6th year in organizing the annual event together with the Cebu Association of Tour Operators (CATO) and Cebu Tours and Travel Association (CTTA).
“We were honestly quite overwhelmed with the results that we got for the show last year,“ shared by Patrick Lawrence Tan, CEO of Global-Link MP, regarding CITE 2014. “Cebu has always been our top choice where a travel expo such as CITE could be held. We aim to offer the same exciting deals they do in the big travel show in Manila and make it accessible to the Cebu market. By holding CITE coinciding with Manufacturing Technology Cebu and Print Pack Plas Cebu 2015, greater opportunities for the city’s travel and tourism sector are opened.”
By the end of 2014, the Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 7 Central Visayas surpassed the expected visitor arrivals they initially set, from 3.8 million to 4.8 million, and they are hoping to do this again with 2015 dubbed as the “Visit Philippines Year.” This growth in tourist arrivals is set to create the inflow of investments and maximize business potential for many in the industry. The organizers also emphasized the importance of exploring for continuous development.
“Together with the DOT and our private sectors, initiatives like CITE will help us meet our targets for arrivals and revenue,” Marget Villarica, CITE Exhibit Chairman. “By partnering with GLMP, we are working towards the business approach of tourism through setting an ideal avenue which allows successful businessmen such as in the manufacturing and exports sectors to venture in the tourism industry.”
The newly elected CTTA President, Angelita Dy, shared that for the travel industry to reach its full potential, a lot of work still needs to be done. “We cannot stop despite of our achievements. We must continuously seek for growth, and our members are dedicated to enhance the overall competitiveness and efficiency for the industry stakeholders at CITE 2015,” she added further.
“Over the years, the show results for the regional International Travel Expo (ITE) series have been impressive, including the latest leg that we opened last year, the Manila ITE, which will once again be held as a special feature in the biggest hospitality souring event, the Hotel Suppliers Show 2015, happening on the last week of
September.” Tan noted.
CITE 2015 aims to continuously serve as the avenue for businesses to offer the best deals to consumers. This year features HUMA Island Resorts and Spa, one of Southeast Asia’s last frontiers, in the exotic and exciting tropical paradise of Palawan. Other participating companies include Alveo, Avis Philippines, Las Casas Filipinas, Boracay Regency, Casino Filipino, Cebu Tours and Travel Association, Cebu Association of Tour Operators, Citi, Constellation Travel Inc., Crown Regency Hotels & Resorts, Dakak, Destination Specialist, Grolier International Inc, Hotel Benilde, Philippine Retirement Authority, Rakso Travel, The Lake Hotel Tagaytay, Waterfront Hotels, and many more! Big discounts and big savings plus lot of exciting news await the visitors of the travel expo. Whether it’s for leisure or for business, this is surely one trade event that you wouldn’t want to miss!
The exhibit will be open from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm on July 23 – 24 and from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm on July 25. For information, contact Global-Link MP Events International, Inc. at tel. no. (02) 893-7973 | fax no. (O2) 550- 1148. Free entrance! Pre-register now at http://www.globallinkmp.com/2015-cebu-international-travel-expo/ until July 21.
Enjoying the view here in Subic. Still, nothing beats our bloody beaches in Bohol and Cebu. #Subic #beach #sea
Enjoying the view here in Subic. Still, nothing beats our bloody beaches in Bohol and Cebu. #Subic #beach #sea http://ift.tt/1EgyHVD
Last year's trophies
Last year, Avalon hosted the venue for the 6th Best Cebu Blogs Awards. This coming 7th of December, they will host again the venue for the awarding night of our 7th year of recognizing Cebu’s finest bloggers. We had a great awarding night in there last year and we look forward to a more fun and enjoyable event this December. Below are a few throwback photos of last year’s awarding night.
And below is a peek of the entrance to the venue inside the Avalon.
For this year’s awards, we have already wrapped up who the winners are. You can make a guess who they are by checking the finalist here.
SPONSORS and PARTNERS
This year’s awarding event is made possible by the following sponsors, donors, and partners.
Before I will end this post, I would like to mention the major effort exerted by Mark Monta (BCBA founder) to make this bloggers recognition event an official tradition every year. Also, to all my co-organizers, Geezelle Tapangan, Chanel Marie and Kevin Maglinte for all the efforts and support. Lastly, a special mention to our resident judge, Miss Nancy Cudis for the undying support. See you guys on the 7th next month. I’m excited to see all the winners. (:
I used to just gawk at PH Bakehouse’s creations via Facebook because they were only exclusively distributed near Cavite area before. Just lately, I was really surprised that the owners, Iris and Marcel Pulga, had officially opened their very first store here in Cebu. Project Happiness Bakehouse opened their door to Cebuano customers last Saturday (November 8). You can visit them at Arcada 5, Highway Tipolo, Mandaue City.
PH Bakehouse Creations
Project Happiness Bakehouse specializes in custom-made celebration cakes for all occasions and dessert buffets. One thing that I like the most with their cakes is the fondant decorations. Their Candy Crush themed fondant cake is really cool.
I haven’t bought a fondant cake from them yet but I had the chance to taste a few of their creations during their launching and tasting activity last Saturday. Below are a few of my favorite ones.
This one is definitely mouth-watering and very unforgettable. I mean there are other yummy chocolates in the buffet but this one sticks in my head because it is something that I don’t usually eat. I would really love to hoard these sweets and munch them while I’m working. (:
Chocolate Dipped Potato Chips
I’m not sure if that’s the actual name but I’m quite sure that’s how it should be described. This is another of their creation that I really, really love. I hope I can afford to hoard these yummies. Lols!
Dulce de Leche
In the photo, they may look like your average cup cakes, but once you taste them, you’ll definitely want for more. (:
These mini cup cakes are definitely yummy. I don’t really expect that they are that good. The raves from their customers in Facebook are definitely true.
More photos of their baked creations that I took last Saturday.
To see the rest of the baked creations, click here.
The pricing for each cake or baked goodies depends on the quantity of the customer’s order. A fondant cake (the size and decoration like of that one in the gallery above) is priced around Php5,000 to Php6,000. More information about their pricing here.
ORDER and DELIVERY
You may just fill up this order form or you can directly call/text PH Bakehouse through this # 0927.861.5008. If you are more comfortable via email, contact them at email@example.com, or if you are in Facebook, just send them a PM. Iris and Marcel do their best to reply within 24 hours.
Oops, I almost forgot. With me are Iris and Marcel Pulga during the launching of Project Happiness Bakehouse last November 8.
That was actually the first time I met Iris in person. We used to be online co-workers before, and we chatted a lot in Skype. Nice meeting you, ris. Congrats in opening your very own bakehouse.
Are you fond of reading blogs? Do you have a favorite blogger you want to be recognized? Then nominate him/her by filling in this nomination form.
The Best Cebu Blogs Awards has been recognizing Cebu’s finest bloggers in the past six years. Now, in its 7th year, BCBA continues to pool the best online writers in the Queen City of the South. Qualified nominees will compete for the Best Cebu Blogs by Niche for the following categories.
- Best Cebu Technology Blog
- Best Cebu Personal Blog
- Best Cebu Travel Blog
- Best Cebu Food Blog
- Best Cebu Fashion Blog
- Best Cebu Photo Blog
- Best Cebu Entertainment Blog
If you have questions or inquiries kindly contact the organizers via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parkmall continues in giving recognition to homegrown Cebuano talents by having VISPOP artists Earl Andrei Ornopia, Kenneth Corvera, Johnever Canlom, Jerika Teodorico as featured guests on October 17 and 18 for their month-long anniversary celebration . On October 24 and 25, BISROCK band The Agadiers will also jam with the mall goers. Earlier this month, the Quaruplee Band and violinist Adrian Niño Beltran had also performed.
Catch these local performers at the Atrium as Parkmall commemorate their 6 years of improving the lifestyles of Cebuanos.
Parkmall’s 6 Years of Celebrating Cebu Life
SKILLS Cebu Offers Guaranteed Employment for 500 Scholars after they’ll past their trainings.
The skills trainings are FREE because they have funds for 500 scholars but do not have the scholars/students.
SKILLS is offering FREE Construction related TESDA training for:
- Carpentry NC II
- Masonry NC II
- Reinforced Steel Bar Installation, NC I
- Scaffold Erection NC II
- Heavy Equipment Operation – Wheel Loader NCII
- Heavy Equipment Operation- Rough Terrain Crane NC II
- Heavy Equipment Operation- Tower Crane NCII
- Heavy Equipment Operation – Hydraulic Excavator NCII
- Heavy Equipment Operation – Road Roller NCII
- Heavy Equipment Operation – Bulldozer NCII
- Heavy Equipment Operation – Forklift NCII
- At least High School Level
- At least 18 years old
- Physically and mentally Fit
EMPLOYMENT IS ASSURED AFTER THE TRAINING. Kindly inform your friends and colleagues about this opportunity and advise applicants to visit SKILLS Campus, Gen Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City. Tel no. 234-6102.
Note: This is part 7 of my #TravelReview2013 photo-blog post series. Since I haven’t blog that much last year, I’m doing this series to feature all the travels I did on that year. And, because my brain is still not yet ready for lengthy word combats, let all the photos do the talking. (:
Note: This is part 3 of my #TravelReview2013 photo-blog post series. Since I haven’t blog that much last year, I’m doing this series to feature all the travels I did on that year. And, because my brain is still not yet ready for lengthy word combats, let all the photos do the talking. (:
BE Resort’s Deluxe Room Interior
Their beach front and the amazing lounge pods.
Amazing beach shots.
More about BE Resort at www.beresorts.com.
MUJI, an international Japanese lifestyle retail store, opened their first branch in Central Visayas on December 20, 2013. It is located at the New Wing of Ayala Center Cebu, Level 2. They offer unbranded yet high quality products and goods that are sold at reasonable prices.
Minimalism and Recycling
All MUJI’s products are manufactured and designed with minimalism and recycling in mind. From their complete line of household supplies, electronics, furniture, to cosmetics, apparels, food, travel and daily essentials, they focus more in creating functional products with simplistic packaging to reduce waste and help conserve the environment.
MUJI Store in Ayala Center Cebu
The overall design of their store is in synced with the company’s philosophy that promotes simplicity, green living, and sustainability.
Muji is simply the shorter version of Mujirushi (no brand) Ryohin (quality goods). The company officially opened its first store in 1983. The Muji store in Ayala Center Cebu is the very first branch they opened here in the Visayas region. At the present, they have 205 retail outlets operating all over the globe. Visit www.muji.net to check out their products online.
Do you know someone who writes online through a blog site? Do you have a favorite blogger you want to be recognized as one of Cebu’s finest? Then here’s your chance to help them get noticed. Nominate your favorite blog by filling up this form. This year’s contest mechanics and guidelines can be found here.
The Best Cebu Blogs Awards has been recognizing Cebu’s finest bloggers in the past five years. Now, in its sixth year, BCBA continues to pool the best online writers here in the Queen City of the South. Qualified nominees will compete for the Top 10 Famous Cebu Blogs and for the main competition – the Best Cebu Blogs by Niche for the following categories.
- Best Cebu Technology Blog
- Best Cebu Personal Blog
- Best Cebu Travel Blog
- Best Cebu Food Blog
- Best Cebu Fashion Blog
- Best Cebu Photo Blog
- Best Cebu Entertainment Blog
N.B.: That is the very question that keeps on popping in my head every time I pass by the area. Are these buildings being built in SRP can withstand major earthquakes like those that happened in Japan? For sure the architects and engineers who were assigned to plan the layout of these buildings took proper care in ensuring that they are constructing properties that can withstand major catastrophes (especially if they are built in an area wherein the foundation is threatened by water).
Still under construction – SM Seaside City Cebu Soon to Open at SRP
But, what are the risks people should know before they buy properties that are situated in reclamation areas? Below is a guest post by my fellow blogger, Todd Mayfield of Fearless Men, that discusses the risks and what people need to know before they buy any types of properties that are located in reclaimed lands. – EOD
The Risks of Buying or Developing Real Estate Properties In Relocation Sites Situated on Reclamation Areas
So you’re finally going to take the plunge and purchase your first home! Congratulations on one of the first major steps that every individual has fantasized about since they were a little kid! This very exciting time should be carefully thought out with precision planning on finances as well as location. After all, this is a very major step and once one has signed on the dotted line, it will take a lot of work to put it back on the market if things should not work out.
Whenever it comes to real estate the key to any successful investment is still location. From breathtaking views to coastal or mountain retreats, these are so serene and one dreams of never leaving this kind of environment. Tired of all the homes you’ve looked at and that for some reason all seem to look the same? Have you ever considered building one’s personal or business property on one’s own land? Many think that it is terribly expensive and out of reach but truthfully if one did their homework and researched land that may be available, one might find the deal of the century!
The risks of real estate development on relocation sites (especially in reclamation areas) are just like any other phases of growth. There are always pro’s and con’s to each real estate development but if one were deeply immersed with their project, and found skilled, resourceful and seasoned developers to assist in their project, one can almost certainly ensure a successful venture. There are tons of real estate firms that specialize in this particular industry. They are very aware of current laws and regulations that must take place before any type of construction can begin. Taking advantage of these very skilled professionals would be a wise investment in time and energy when it comes to a development of this size.
One of the first steps looking into purchasing or developing on relocation sites is the motive behind the initial move. If the property owner were just being relocated to another part of the country or state and did not have ample time to deal with these matters, safety issues are less likely a concern. If however there was a major natural disaster involved, one should look into whether the area is inhabitable or if it is at risk for more probable natural disasters.
According to California’s Association of Bay Area Governments, reclaimed lands are highly susceptible to soil liquefaction during earthquakes. This can increase the amount of damage that happens to buildings and infrastructures. The issue of subsidence is also being considered. This can happen due to soil compaction on filled land.
Looking into a successful relocation requires a steady stream of reliable resources. The first being properly planned and adequately funded projects that have everyday necessities like water, electricity, availability and ease of transportation, available markets, schools and health resources are all within reach. In general a resettlement manager can be the ‘go to’ person for directions and coordination of this multitude of a project. A seasoned task force is generally put together with different skill types and expertise so when the need should arise, there is no lag time for this kind of restructure. Some of these can contain relevant government and administrative lines and should work very closely with the designated task force.
About the Guest Author
Todd Mayfield is the co-founder at Fearless Men’s blog and writes about real estate investment here. He believes that manhood isn’t defined by pink vs. blue, being overtly sexual, how many chicks you get with, or being a total fool in public. He’s certain that manhood is defined by choices. Daily, weekly, yearly, over and over again. The choices to sharpen, refine, and grow. To Todd, manhood is taking responsibility and living with the consequences.
Today, December 8, 2012, the first World Blogathon will be happening from 1PM to 6PM at Andy Hotel, Mandaue City. This one of a kind event is spearheaded by Cebu Bloggers Society Inc.’s Outreach Committee chaired by Jaysee Pingkian, the main initiator of the activity. World Blogathon aims to highlight various advocacy-oriented organizations by letting their voices be heard through blogging and social media.
How to Join?
If you are a blogger and would like to join the activity today, you can still catch up by filling up this registration form. On the other hand, if you are like me who can’t attend the event but are willing to support the cause, you may blog about World Blogathon and share your post to your readers and network of friends.
More information about World Blogathon
To learn more about World Blogathon, you may visit the following pages.
Official Website: http://worldblogathon.org
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/312355638865859/
What is the Twitter Account of World Blogathon?
As of now the account is still being taken care of. For the mean time, you may use this hashtag #worldblogathon every time you tweet anything related to the activity.
How about Cebu Bloggers Society? How Can I join?
In the Queen City of the South, there’s only one award-giving body in blogging that consistently recognizes Cebuano and Cebu-based bloggers for five years now – the Best Cebu Blogs Awards. And, I’m very proud that I’m part of its core organizing team. The Best Cebu Blogs Awards has been pooling the best and finest bloggers in Cebu since 2008, and for this year, we are proud to present our top 30 qualified nominated blogs from various niches, authored by the finest Cebuano and Cebu-based bloggers. (These blogs are judged by some of the most respected names in the media and leaders of various online communities all over the country.)
The Awarding Night will be held this Sunday, December 9, 6 to 9PM at Insular Square Mandaue.
The Top 30 Qualified Nominees for BCBA 2012
- mynomadichabits.com by Gino Go (Travel & Personal)
- herbertkikoy.info by Herbert Kikoy (Personal & Technology)
- rockinerrol.blogspot.com by Jan Errol Duazo (Personal & Lifestyle)
- food-diary.net by Jeanne Miraflor (Personal & Food)
- babydesertwolf.blogspot.com by James Arnold Nogra (Technology, Events, & Entertainment)
- bigfoodforlife.blogspot.com by Joyceren Miyah Genibaña (Food & Personal)
- babeforfood.blogspot.com by Justinne Go (Food)
- finlust.blogspot.com by Rabsin Dela Cruz (Fashion & Lifestyle)
- aroundtheflexure.com by Ken Taarup (Personal, Events, & Entertainment)
- techbuzz.ph by Robert Mancelita Jr. (Technology)
- everythingcebu.com by Burt Lao (Travel & Lifestyle)
- thepausesbetween.wordpress.com by Jewey Ann Torrefranca (Personal & Travel)
- backpackingwithabook.com by Jona Branzuela Bering (Travel & Photoblog)
- laagannacebuana.me by Kareen Satorre (Travel & Lifestyle)
- instylecebu.com by Kristine Roa (Fashion & Lifestyle)
- lamikaayo.com by Marco Diala (Food)
- philippinestreetfashion.com by Marco Diala (Fashion & Lifestyle)
- marrylallwrite.com by Marryl Giela Erojo (Personal & Food)
- travelerscouch.blogspot.com by Moon Ray Lo (Travel)
- onethirdpoundpatty.com by Maria Patricia Rosario Zosa (Fashion & Lifestyle)
- iamalexa.biz by Alexa Martin (Personal, Lifestyle, & Fashion)
- foodiecraft.com by Mary Angeli Bas (Food)
- boyerz.tumblr.com by Brandon Gibson (Events & Entertainment)
- damselindopeness.blogspot.com by Carla Alferez (Personal, Lifestyle, & Fashion)
- from-seatosummit.blogspot.com by Cindy Solon (Personal & Travel)
- dumaraos.com by Daniel Dumaraos (Personal)
- cebuphotolog.blogspot.com by Gerrymie Tampus (Photoblog)
- istoryadista.blogspot.com by John Canonigo (Personal & Travel)
- kernelscorner.blogspot.com by John Ross Castano (Events & Entertainment)
- vergegamotan.com/blog by Verge Gamotan (Photoblog)
Sponsors and Partners
The 5th Best Cebu Blogs Awards will not be possible without the help of our sponsors and partners.
A Frugal Cebuana Blogger is a proud blog partner of BCBA 2012.
Note: This is a guest post from FoodInsurance.com.
Cebu has a rich and wonderful culture. The food is particularly appealing, as it has flavors that will appeal to everyone’s tastes. Whether you are looking for sweet, spicy, or salty foods, there is sure to be something for everyone in Cebu.
Two foods that are quite popular among the Cebuanos are their local chili pepper and their native vinegar. The chili peppers there are smaller than most, at no longer than an inch. Known as silis, they are impossible to eat alone, so they are used for flavoring dishes. It is common to squeeze their juice into sauces for an exquisite burst of flavor. The vinegar is made from the sap of the coconut trees, and is developed from the alcoholic drink called tuba. It is used to flavor nearly all of the dishes in Cebu.
Cebu Ngohiong Photo Credit: georgeparrilla
If you are looking for something quick to eat on your journeys in Cebu, look no further than the alluring street snacks. Some popular ones are the Chinese snack Cebu Ngohiong, which is a lumpia (a type of wrap) filled with meat and veggies, with spicy sauce on top. It is common to put pork in them. Another great street snack is Special Cuchinta, which is a sweet snack that is made with brown sugar, flour, lye, and has grated coconut on top. The cucumber relish and molded fruit gelatin are other common snacks in Cebu.
Cebu Cuchinta Photo Credit: bisayabulletin.com
Speaking of fruit, there are many wonderful dishes and treats which are made using the local fruit of Cebu. For a truly sweet treat, try a crunchy banana lollipop made with a banana, melted chocolate for a topping, peanut butter, shortening, and corn flakes cereal. A dish love by most pregnant women is the green mango salad. This has such diverse foods that seem to have conflicting flavors, but they are a great blend together. It consists of siling labuyo, red bell pepper, mango, green onions, shrimp, and patis. Melons are also quite popular on the island.
Green Mango Salad Photo Credit: anglaagan.wordpress.com
From the amazing restaurants serving local and International fair to the street vendors, you will not be at a loss for places in finding Cebuano foods. Even if you are far from Cebu, you can re-create the taste of Cebu in your own kitchen. Just do some recipe research online, and keep an open mind.
Note: This is a guest post by a fellow blogger, Carol Wilson.Tholon’s Top 100 List
This year, Tholons, a global outsourcing advisory firm, named Cebu number nine on its top 100 list of established outsourcing destinations. Cebu ranked higher than all other locations in the Philippines and most locations in India. Business process outsourcing has definitely become a huge part of the economy in Cebu and Cebu City in particular, and outsourcing in Cebu is only expected to grow over the next several years.
Foreign businesses are attracted to Cebu for a lot of reasons. Because the cost of living in the province is so low, businesses are able to save money when they hire Cebuano workers. Additionally, since Cebu is an IT and academic hub in the Philippines, Cebuano workers are appealing because many of them can perform complex business tasks. Businesses are also flocking to Cebu because most people who live there speak English and have a solid understanding of Western culture.
IBM, Canon, Hewlett-Packard, Infosys, Epson, Microsoft, Wipro, and Lexmark all currently outsource to Cebu, and the number of major companies who are realizing the value of working with Cebuano workers is steadily growing. There are presently more than a hundred businesses that provide outsourcing services in Cebu. Cebuano employees perform customer service and clerical duties as well as more complex tasks such as graphic design, programming, and medical billing and coding.
Tens of thousands of Cebuano citizens are now employed in the business process outsourcing industry. As new students graduate from Cebuano colleges each year, more and more highly educated and skilled young people sign up for work at outsourcing companies and continue to build the reputation of Cebu as a leading destination for business process outsourcing.
Unfortunately, Cebu does have some challenges to face before it can become the number one business process outsourcing destination, especially because the competition in many surrounding areas of Asia is fierce. Unfortunately, many businesses outsource to India because it is better known for its quality outsourcing companies than the Philippines. Additionally, occasional power outages in Cebu cause problems with the province’s ability to be productive and completely reliable. Cebu will have to work to continue to build its reputation as an outsourcing leader to make it to the top of the heap.
Outsourcing is definitely on the rise in Cebu, and it will continue to be on the rise. What’s uncertain is whether or not this lovely island in the Philippines will still be an outsourcing leader in ten years. Fortunately, Cebuano workers are talented and skilled enough to deliver the results businesses are looking for. So, the future seems bright for outsourcing companies in Cebu.
References: http://www.tholons.com/TholonsTop100/index.html http://outsourcing.ph/OutsourcingCebu.pdf http://www.welive2care.com/2009/07/17/business-process-outsourcing-industry-cebu/
About the Guest Author
Carol Wilson is a versatile guest blogger who primarily writes about global business trends and finance. When she’s not writing for sites like businessinsurance.org, she enjoys reading about politics and fashion.
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The film culture of the Philippines has been on the ascendancy for a generation, with auteurs like Lino Brocka, Mike de Leon, and later Lav Diaz both pushing the boundaries of artistic exploration and rediscovering the simple joys of mainstream genre movies as well. This healthy tension between arthouse aspirations and commercial entertainment continued to lend vitality to the scene. Now, in the 21st century, after many false starts, Cebuano film culture is truly blossoming, creating a counterforce to the dominance of Tagalog productions. Here are five of the most notable Cebuano films:
1. Bertoldo Ug Balodoy (dir. Piux Kabahar, 1938)
First, we must pay tribute to the one that started it all. The first film to be shot in Cebu in Visayan was this 1938 talkie, which starred among others Ben Zubiri, Iyo Karpo himself. Unfortunately, the fledgling regional industry was put on hold after only two completed films with the oubtreak of World War II. My web sources don’t indicate whether Bertoldo Ug Balodoy is still extant or if it’s a lost film — but a revival would be a project of great historical interest, should any Bisdak film buffs take it upon themselves to restore it.
Articles Mentioning this film:http://benjieordonez.blogspot.com/2005/01/visayan-film-industry-retrospective.html
2. Badlis sa kinabuhi (dir. Leroy Salvador, 1969)
Photo Credit: PelikulaATBP
After a successful decade in the 1950s, with over 80 films produced in Visayan, Cebuano cinema was dormant for much of the 1960s, until interest in local productions was revived by this film featuring Gloria Sevilla and Mat Ranillo Jr. Though director Leroy Salvador made most of his movies in Tagalog, this foray into Cebu is rightly credited with breathing life back into the local industry. Here you can watch a clip from the film — as you can see, it could use some audio and video restoration as well, but at least it’s in circulation. Badlis sa kinabuhi won Best Black and White Film at the 16th Asian Film Festival in Jakarta, and won FAMAS Awards for Best Actress and Best Child Actor, besides being nominated for three more.
3. Confessional (dir. Ruel Dahis Antipuesto and Jerrold Tarog, 2007)
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This part-Cebuano film boldly delves into the internal conflicts of culture and politics in the Philippines, following a Manila documentary filmmaker’s fictionalized journey to Cebu to film the Sinulog Festival. He becomes sidetracked into a more sinister story when veteran politican Lito Caliso (played by Publio Briones III) begins to open up to him about his past, unearthing some of the skeletons in society’s closet. This hard-hitting mockumentary practically swept the Cinema One Originals awards as well as the PMPC Star Awards, also picking up prizes at the Cinemanila International Film Festival and the Osian Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema in New Delhi.
4. Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria (dir. Remton Siega Zuasola, 2010)
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As he did in his acclaimed short film To Siomai Love, director Zuasola tells his story in real time using only one long take, a technical challenge that has been taken up by many filmmakers lately, most successfully in Alexander Sokurov’s Russian Ark. It can easily become a gimmick, but in Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria it suits the story, which is about a young lady deciding whether or not to leave her family to become a mail-order bride for a German man. Though sometimes, inevitably, the pace drags, this entry reaffirms the artistic ferment taking place in the Cebuano film world, and won Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, and Music at the Gawad Urian Awards, as well as the Jury Prize at the Cinema One Originals Film Festival and at Korea’s Junjeu Film Festival.
There are many more fantastic Cebuano films being produced that I didn’t have space for here. I know there are many fans out there of Isang Tanong, Isang Sagot…or maybe Panaghóy sa subâ: The Call of the River was more your style? What are your favorites?
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Nadia Jones is a freelance blogger who is passionate about Arts & Culture. She’s also a strong supporter of online learning by encouraging those ones who cannot study through traditional means by enrolling in accredited online colleges. She welcomes your comments at email@example.com.
Cebuanos love Chinese cuisines, the very reason why there are lots of Chinese restaurants that can be found in the city. Unfortunately, though there are many places to go to if you want to eat Chinese foods, there are just a very few that offer authentic Chinese dishes as most of them fall in the fast-food chain category.
My Newly Discovered Chinese Seafood Resto
Classy, warm, festive…these are the first three adjectives that came to mind when I stepped into Choi City, a Chinese seafood restaurant that offers authentic Cantonese cuisine. But, it’s not the ambiance that made a lasting impression on me – it’s the customer service and the VIP treatment, and of course the exquisite dishes that were meticulously prepared and served.
Authentic Cantonese Cuisine
In Cebu, there are only a very few restaurants that offer authentic Cantonese dishes. Choi City brings the popular Hongkong taste directly to the picky palates of Cebuanos. This is made possible by their four super chefs headed by Executive Chef Siu Bing and three others from famous restaurants in Hongkong and China.
What makes Cantonese stands out from the wide variety of Chinese foods out there? It’s on how this kind of foods are prepared and cooked. Cantonese cuisines are prepared properly using fresh ingredients. They are cooked through boiling, stir frying, steaming, charcoal grilling, and double boiling. Most often, Cantonese foods are cooked meticulously to retain its natural flavors and only a modest amount of seasonings is used to avoid intensifying the flavors of the ingredients.
Roast Layered Pork: My Personal Favorite
Though most of my friends love the Braised Abalone and Lobster, my picky palates and taste buds couldn’t help but fell in love with the Roast Layered Pork among all the dishes that were served on our table. It is roasted into perfection and is unforgettable because its meat is non-greasy yet juicy and tender, and it has a scrumptious crispy skin to die for. I’m not exaggerating, but I can dine there and just eat as many servings of the dish and I won’t even take a second look at other dishes. I’m such a pork lover. (: Check photos of our dinner here.
Choi City Offers Authentic Chinese Dishes at Affordable Prices
At first glance, you would never think that Choi City, despite having an ambiance of a high-class restaurant, is also offering affordable menu for Cebuanos who don’t want to spend too much. Though expensive seafood dishes are available for patrons who are seafood lovers, there are also additional options for those ones with limited budget.
What Other Cebuanos are saying?
Below is a testimonial video documenting what other Cebuanos are saying about Choi City.
Other than that, here are some actual testimonials from food bloggers all over Cebu.
… the Choi City version of the classic Shabu Shabu, infusing it with an exquisite, addictive secret broth that can leave you craving for more. – FoodBites.net
For sure, families and groups of friends could enjoy bonding time over a shabu-shabu buffet. Having a remarkable meal with your family or friends around you is the kind of thing that would help you make a great memory together. – EverythingCebu.com
The place may look like that of a high-end restaurant and so is the food but the price considering everything that I have mentioned, is actually affordable. According to the owners, the Choi City food served anywhere else tastes in the same way as in Cebu’s Choi branch. The management guaranteed that they welcome everyone and they serve everyone in the same way. – CebuMD.com
Visit Choi City at G/F South Arcade, Banilad Town Centre, Banilad Cebu City. They also accept bookings for meetings, conferences, and parties. Call 239-0800 or 239-0999. You can visit their Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/choicityseafood or follow their Twitter account @choi_city.
Photo Credit: www.everythingcebu.com, www.123people.com
I’ve heard lots of feedback from each of their loyal followers, yet who can really say which one performs better? These two well-known political figures who used to be “buddies” constantly bicker and throw all sorts of accusations at each other, which result to massive negative public impression towards them. But, which of the two performs better as a Cebu City Mayor – Tomas, who served us for 9 years or Rama, who has already served us for 2 years and is still the current Mayor of the city?
Participate now in our poll and make your choice. Our poll area is located at the left sidebar. Once you’re done voting, try to comment on this blog-post and share the reason/s why you chose Osmeña or Rama.
In the past, flip flops or slippers were considered as a poor man’s footwear, an exact opposite to the common trend nowadays. Slippers nowadays are already used as fashion accessories and famous people are commonly seen wearing them.
The Most Liked Brand of Slippers
One of the most popular brands of slippers that gain massive following of loyal customers from all walks of life is Havaianas, a brand of flip flops that originates from Brazil. Havaianas slippers are very durable and comfortable to wear. But, one thing that makes Havaianas unique from other brands is the fact that they give customers the freedom to customize their pair of slippers according to their style and preference.
Make Your Own Havaianas 2012 in Cebu
Here in Cebu, Make Your Own Havaianas is a yearly event that gives Cebuano Havaianicos the freedom to mix and match their preferred soles, straps and pins to create their own unique pair of flip flops.
Make Your Own Havaianas 2012 in Cebu is officially launched today at the Northwing Atrium of SM City and is available to the public until August 5 (Sunday).
A special launching was done yesterday and I got the chance to customize my own pair.
Installing my preferred pin and strap.
Once done customizing your pair, you can have your picture taken in the photo-booth section to document your effort of going out your way to have your custom-made flip flops.
My friend, Jolla posed for me as I’m fed up looking at myself in photos. Lol
Top Famous Celebrities Who Wear Havaianas
Image above shows a few famous celebrities who love to wear their pair of Havaianas. From left are Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively, Kate Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Ritchie, and Sienna Miller.
Head on to SM’s Northwing Atrium Center now and customized your own pair of Havaianas!
(This is a guest post by Ann Joy Perez)
This article will surely keep your gastronomic juices flowing. We will be tackling the top five most delightful delicacies here in Cebu that will literally make your mouths water. Most of the local delicacies posted here are also found in the nooks and crooks of department stores, hotels, resorts, supermarkets and groceries in other cities and provinces in the country. But there’s nothing that can beat the authentic ones from its very native origin, so make sure you have a bite yourself when you come here in Cebu.
CNT's Lechon| Photo Credit: www.onelorenzo.wordpress.com
A trip to Cebu is never complete without trying the original lechon. Lechons or roasted pigs are very famous in the Philippines, and the best ones are found in this city. Made with “secret” ingredients and spices, the flavorful Cebu lechons can stand out on its own even without Mang Tomas and additional condiments.
Lechon houses are proven to be profitable, as many locals and foreign tourists alike line up to the bountiful stores and diners offering lechon. They can be eaten as servings in a plate or ordered as a whole to bring home to family and friends in their respective hometowns.
You can also buy lechon parts chopped and weighed per kilogram in the most popular store found at the back of SM City Cebu. It is called the CNT’s Lechon, where a kilo is priced at around 400 to 450 pesos, while a medium-sized whole roasted pig is at 3500 pesos.
Chicharon| Photo Credit:www.eyp.ph
The chicharon is a sumptuous food entrée that is made up of crispy deep-fried pork skin. It is usually put as toppings in dishes like palabok, noodles and soups. Chicharon in Cebu comes with the natural, hot and salty flavors. Often, it is soaked in vinegar and chili to complement and even improve its tastiness.
Do not underestimate chicharon as it goes through a tedious process of cooking: deep fried, sun dried, oil drained, cooled and reheated three to four times! The finished product is packed as special and regular. The special variety consist of the puffed deep-fried pork skin having little strip of pork fat. Each bite is a piece of heaven. The regular kind is purely skin and is equally delicious.
3) Chorizo de Cebu
Chorizo| Photo Credit: www.eats.wowdavao.com
Cebu Chorizo might be deemed as the spitting image of the typical longaanisa (Filipino native sausages) but taste a bit different. Having a combination of sweet flavor and local spices, the chorizo contains more meat and lesser fat than the longaanisa. It is processed with a curing mix of salt, phosphate and chilled water. You can find that in most eating places in Cebu, the chorizo is grilled and served in a stick with three to four pieces and rice for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Otap| Photo Credit:www.365greatpinoystuff.wordpress.com
One of the trademarks of Cebu, the Otap is a crispy baked biscuit that is made up of eggs, flour, shortening, sugar and margarine. It has a unique flaxy texture, so have your other hand supporting the hand you use to hold the Otap piece to catch the falling flakes from the main body. Else, you’re sure to have a sweet-dusty floor. The taste is a fusion of sweetness and burnt flavor. You can find the best Otap in Shamrock branches near Colon and Fuente Osmena in Cebu and a store near the Lapu Lapu City Hall which near the Mactan International Airport.
5) Dried Danggit and Pusit
Dried Danggit and Pusit| Photo Credit: fildude.blogspot.com
Last but not least in the list are dried pusit (squid) and dangggit (salted fish) found in the Taboan Market. You will be shocked at how affordable they are here in Cebu as compared to those packed and sold in Manila. Here, the price is at 600 pesos per kilogram. As a great pasalubong, it can be packed in smaller bags—each at 100 grams is recommended, for your family and friends.
Besides the glorious attractions and tourist spots you can find here in Cebu, you will also get to enjoy our mouth-watering delicacies. The next time you’re traveling here, have fun while eating these tasty foods!
About the Guest Author
Ann Joy Perez is an alumna from Arellano University Philippines, a former Marketing Assistant and a 25 year old, single. She is into almost all types of Music especially love songs. She also loves playing basketball, video games,watching entertainment and films. Follow her in Tumblr.
This is a guest post by Lords Screwbero.
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Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or HIV-AIDS is caused due to the Human immune deficiency virus (HIV). AIDS is a life threatening disease and a challenge for the medical world across the globe. The number of AIDS cases reported in a year is increasing in some part of the world, and thus, many volunteer organizations and government are taking significant steps to ensure that people are aware about this deadly disease, the probable causes for it, and the ways to prevent it.
Cebu, Philippines is experiencing a noticeable spike in the AIDS cases since a few years. Nevertheless, Philippines is said to be a Low-HIV prevalence country compared to the statistics across the globe. However, Cebu city in Philippines stands at the second position out of the three most dreaded cities to have higher HIV-AIDS cases reported. Cebu follows Manila and is followed by Davao. Since the year 2011, Philippines has seen a 72% increase in AIDS cases in the year 2012.
According to the statistical data by the department of health (DOH), in the year 2010, country had reported total 4,424 AIDS victims starting from the year 1984. Out of these cases, total 835 cases were reported in the year 2009.
City Health Department’s (CHD) HIV/AIDS Detection Unit of the Cebu city has given the reports that till 2011, total 377 HIV/AIDS cases were reported in the Cebu city alone since 1989. Since, the disease has hit the country in 1980s, total 54 deaths have been reported in Cebu due to AIDS.
Means of Transmission of HIV/AIDS:
• Sexual Contact:
Sexual contact has been the most common cause for transmission of HIV virus. However, what is surprising is that the sexual contact leading to the transmission of the virus is not the heterosexual transmission, but rather homosexual and bisexual contacts. Men having sex with men (MSM) is the most common cause of HIV/AIDS transmission in Cebu city, as anal sex is more prone to the virus infection than heterosexual sex.
• Needle Sharing:
There is a high increase in the drug users and needle sharing for the injection of drugs. This is yet another reason for high number of HIV/AIDS victims in Cebu. Usually drug users group shares the same needle to inject the drugs and facilitates the spread of virus. As per surveillance reports conducted over 300 drug users, 159 were HIV positive. A percent of more than 50% of drug users being HIV positive or at higher risk of developing AIDS is epidemic.
• Mother to Child:
Although, this factor has not yet been significant with not much cases reported of virus transmission from a HIV positive mother to a child, but this reason should be concentrated too.
Steps to Control HIV/AIDS in Cebu:
Health authorities in Cebu have taken note of the alarming increase of HIV/AIDS cases over last year. Sweeping actions are required to fight against AIDS. The CHD is promoting its “ABCDE” program detailed as follows:
• A– Abstinence from sex
• B – Be faithful to your partner
• C – Incorporate use of Condom
• D – Do not use drugs nor share needles
• E – Early detection is the key
People with higher risk such as youth working at call centers with lucrative salaries and risky sexual behavior, MSM groups, the sex workers and drug users are being educated about safe sex, and about refraining from sharing needles to prevent the HIV virus from spreading.
Cebu has seen a growth in the number of HIV/AIDS cases since last few years and this increase is expected to grow further, as the city is highly urbanized city with total population over 4 million and an increasing number of sex workers. Cebu at a verge to be the city with highest HIV/AIDS victims in Philippines is carrying out measures to control this deadly disease. People need to be educated and motivated about safe sex and giving up drugs. This can drop the HIV/AIDS cases in the city.
This is a guest post by James Edlund.
Chicken pork is something which I don’t usually think of as a delicacy but in the Philippines, China, and Japan, it is certainly on top of the range stuff.
There is a wide variety of restaurants which serve this kind of dish especially in Philippines, and one which springs to mind almost immediately is the Jo’s Chicken Inato, which is really a beautiful place to sit and eat.
Jo’s Chicken Inato has everything offered by the beach-side terrace cafes on the Cebu Island — pork adobo, Anejo rum, even palms trees and very nice interior. Granted, the palm trees are plastic and the ocean is quite far away but everything is quite magical and truly beautiful.
I have the opportunity to sample their chicken pork with sauces and aromas which make the taste truly something special. Although this might not be to everyone’s taste, Jo’s Chicken Inato is definitely the place to go for if you want some good chicken pork adobo.
According to the Food Guide for Philippine restaurants, another good place to eat chicken pork adobo is Golden Cowrie Restaurant, located on one of the oldest streets in the Philippines. It has good chicken and pork adobo, sinigang, a sour soup with fish in it, and tinola.
Whether you are dining al fresco in summer or else indoors, the Golden Cowrie is always a popular choice where the food is good and the prices are reasonable. It is also a popular choice for tourists from different countries when visiting the Philippines.
The chicken pork adobo is basically braised pork and chicken in a tangy hot sauce which makes it pretty much a delicious dish.
The island of Cebu definitely offers a lot in terms of restaurants and places to go to, but the one I have recommended here is definitely something which you should try if you are into pork as well as chicken. Cebu has everything, from excellent cuisine to location and suchlike.
About the Guest Blogger:
James Edlund is a freelance writer and also works at PaperWritings.com – an online custom writing company.
Photo Credit: Original image file name Chicken-Pork-Adobo.jpg is used under the permission of the owner – Orville Quillao of ekusinero.com.