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Top 17 Recent and Upcoming Changes in Mactan Cebu International Airport (PHOTOS)

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.

Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2 Departure Lounge Retail View

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

New Mactan Airport Cebu 2

New Mactan Airport Cebu 3

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)

New Mactan Airport Cebu 4

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

New Mactan Airport Cebu 5

4. New Self Check-In Kiosk

New Mactan Airport Cebu 6

New Mactan Airport Cebu 8

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

New Mactan Airport Cebu 9

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

New Mactan Airport Cebu 11

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 

Mactan Cebu Interntional Airport New Terminal Seating

 

This change is expected to be visible on September of this year.

8. Renovation Plan for Overall International Departures

Mactan Cebu International Airport Renovation Plan for Overall International Departures

 

9. New Plaza Premium International Lounge Interior

Mactan Cebu International Airport Plaza Premium International Lounge Interior

 

10. Airport Mobile Charging Stations

Mactan Cebu International Airport Mobile Charging Stations

 

11. Newly Designed Washrooms/Toilets

Mactan Cebu International Airport New Femaile Toilet

 

Mactan Cebu International Airport New Male Toilet

 

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

Mactan Cebu International Airport 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

Mactan Cebu International Airport 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

Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2 Boarding Gate View

 

15. Baggage Reclaim Area

Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2 Baggage Reclaim View

 

16. Check-In Area

Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2 Check In View

 

17. Departure Lounge Retail Area

Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2 Departure Lounge Retail View

 

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.

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Join Cebu International Travel Expo on July 23 to 25 (Press Release)

Cebu International Travel Expo 2015 Waterfront Hotel

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.

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Get 1/2 Dozen of Krispy Kreme Original Glaze for Only Php78

Calling all Krispy Kreme lovers!  In celebration of Krispy Kreme’s 78th birthday, they will be having a one-day promo tomorrow, July 13, wherein all KK lovers can buy 1/2 dozen of its original glaze doughnuts for only Php78.00.

Cebu Bloggers Society Celebrates Krispy Kreme 78th Birthday 5

You should show the KK crew that you installed your Krispy Kreme app in your smartphone (Android and iOS).

Cebu Bloggers Society Celebrates Krispy Kreme 78th Birthday 12

 

Those who don’t have Android or iOS on their phones can just take a screenshot of their promo on their Facebook fan page.  Each customer is entitled to buy 1 dozen honey glaze doughnuts under the promo.

Cebu Bloggers Celebrates Krispy Kreme’s 78th Birthday

Cebu Bloggers Society Celebrates Krispy Kreme 78th BirthdayPhoto Credit: Sinjin Pineda

Bloggers in Cebu celebrated in advance Krispy Kreme’s birthday at KK’s IT Park, Lahug branch last Friday.   Happy Birthday KK!

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The Six Trendiest Places to Live in Asia

If you’re looking to settle down, or to visit somewhere new and exciting on the continent, why not add Olaya, Galle and Medan to your list of possibilities.

From relaxing cafe cultures and world class cuisine, to watersports and beautiful architecture, these locations have a lot to offer.

Global property portal Lamudi has compiled a list of the six coolest places to live in Asia.

Medan, Indonesia

The Grand Mosque, Medan - Shutterstock

The biggest metropolis in Sumatera has captured true Indonesian character; historical influences still exist, side by side with the best that the modern world can offer – strong infrastructure in a metropolitan city.

It is home to a number of eye-catching buildings with Dutch-colonial architecture, including the Medan City Hall and the Great Mosque of Medan.

Obhur, Saudi Arabia

Obhur, Saudi Arabia - Flickr - Jun De Roxas

Located around 30 kilometers north of Jeddah, Obhur is an up-and-coming attraction in Saudi Arabia. The area is increasingly popular for locals and foreigners, and domestic and international businesses, as a result of the desirable facilities, infrastructure and activities available. The proximity to the Red Sea, and the abundance of luxury hotels and resorts surrounding the Obhur Creek, make the region a haven for national tourism.

Lahore, Pakistan

Lahore Fort, Lahore - Shutterstock

With amazing architecture dating back to the Mughal era, and gates of the walled city still standing, there is no shortage of sights in Lahore. The city is home to a number of cultural events, including the Festival of Lamps, and the Basant mela, to welcome spring. Lahore provides a mixture traditional and modern culture, where contemporary street food is served alongside traditional Pakistani dishes, and bazaars are found close by newly built malls.

Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle Fort, Galle - Shutterstock

Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has strong influence from both European and South Asian culture. The beautiful Dutch-colonial architecture is seen at its finest in the historic Galle Fort. However, this city is not simply a beautiful place to live; Galle is also a haven of shops, cafes, restaurants, and hotels, as well as offices for local and international companies.

Abdoun, Jordan

If you want to live in luxury and style, then Abdoun is the perfect place. Considered to be one of the most affluent areas of Amman, this district has an abundance of residential properties available for local and foreign residents. Abdoun is also home to some of Amman’s trendiest nightclubs, and Amman’s first mall, which makes the area an increasingly popular spot for the younger residents.

Cebu, Philippines

Fort San Pedro, Cebu - Shutterstock

If you are looking a relaxed way of life in a city that brings together urban and provincial life, then the island province of Cebu is the perfect location for you. The city is not only a center for trade, commerce and education, but also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines. Spend your weekends island-hopping or scuba diving, experiencing local cuisine or relaxing in Cebu’s lively bars.

These six destinations emerged as the top places to live and work based from interviews, popular searches and  Lamudi’s more than 900,000+ listings from 32 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Check out exciting properties in these locations and see the difference.

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UPelikula 2015 Calls Out Aspiring Film-makers and Video Producers

Do you love creating videos and films? Are you aspiring to become a film-maker? Then you might be interested to join UPelikula 2015, a film-making contest that is launched by UP Cebu’s Mass Communication program.

UPelikula 2015 calls out aspiring film-makers and video producers to join this year’s video production contest.  Prizes include Php10,000 (plus trophy and certificate) for the Grand Awardee and Php3,000.00 (plus trophy and certificate) to the Special Awardee.  Deadline for entries will be on March 25, 2015.  For submission inquiries contact entries.upelikula@gmail.com or you may contact the organizers via Twitter and Facebook.

What is UPelikula’s Mission?

UP Cebu’s Mass Communication program launches this year’s UPelikula themed “Lantawa, Paminawa, Pamati-a”.

On its fourth run, the Organizing Committee kept the doors wide open for anyone who aspires to be part of the film-making industry.

UPelikula is a video productions contest that aims to put the spotlight on talented amateurs and video artists who go often unnoticed by the general public. UPelikula hopes to be a stepping stone in bringing Filipino Art to the world.

The theme of this year’s UPelikula “Lantawa, Paminawa, Pamati-a” is a direct Cebuano translation of “See it, Hear it, Feel it.” Films are meant to be seen, heard, and felt, same way to the oppressed, marginalized and underprivileged.

This year’s UPelikula wants to have a purpose: to take time and notice the oppressed the same way we take time to appreciate films. The only way to develop is to face the problem, and to face the problem, we have to see, to listen, and to feel the demanding society around us.

Guidelines and Other Infos

To find out more about UPelikula 2015, kindly read the official guidelines below on how to join the contest.  Good luck!

UPelikula Film Making Contest 2015 copy

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CBSi 7th Anniversary: 7 Reasons to Celebrate! (Photos) #CBSi7

Cebu Bloggers Society Inc 7th Anniversary Marriott Hotel

Time flies so fast. Our beloved blogging organization will be celebrating its 7th year of founding this Sunday, February 15 at Marriott Hotel.  February 14 is the actual founding anniversary but we’ll celebrate it on the 15th for the obvious reason that everyone is busy during the former.

Cebu Bloggers Society 7 Years Ago

From its humble beginnings, CBSi has become a community that doesn’t only promote camaraderie within the blogging sphere but has also been inspiring its members to pursue careers in the online writing and marketing professions.

CBSi’s main vision is fueled by the passion to promote Cebu through blogging and encourage Cebuanos to know more about their native homeland.

Cebu Bloggers Society 7 years ago came into existence on Valentines Day.  I’m not sure if Mark Monta (the founder) has really nothing to do on that day (no date? lol) but thanks to him, CBSi was born and from there everything became history.

Cebu Bloggers Society Inc 7 Years Ago

This photo shows how we look like seven blogging years ago.  Everyone looks so young.  I mean what the heck, we really look like c^$###! Hehe!

7 Reasons Why I’m Celebrating

Cebu Bloggers Society is one of the main reasons of my big career change 5 years ago.  The organization enables me to meet many amazing people who have influenced in shaping my worldview when it comes earning money and doing business through the internet.

Without further ado, here are the top 7 reasons I’m celebrating.

1. Because I owe my very first news blogging coverage with CBSi.

US Election Coverage 2008 Cebu Bloggers Society

Seven years ago, I have no idea how to cover news via blogging. This photo was taken during US Election Watch 2008 wherein our group was invited as part of the new media.

2. I met a lot of interesting and amazing personalities through CBSi.

Cebu Bloggers Society DYAB Guesting 7 years ago

My active years in the organization were filled mostly with amazing and talented people.  This photo was seven years ago when we guested in a local radio tech program hosted by a prominent Cebuano journalist.

Cebu Bloggers Society Inc 7 Years Ago with Attorney Ethelbert Ouano 2

Uhmmn, yes. The guy beside me is an inspiration and one of the very few that I look up to.  He’s no other than Atty. Ethelbert Ouano.  There’s no dull moment when you are with this person.  He is CBSi irreplaceable legal adviser. (;

3. CBSi made me understand more the importance of gender equality.

Cebu Bloggers Society DYAB Guesting 7 years ago with Xerxes Bernades

The group is composed of diverse individuals from heterosexuals, homosexuals, bisexuals, and every thing in between.  Every one in the group wholeheartedly embraces and respects each fellow member disregarding gender preference.  And, this is what made me stick more to the group.

4. It was CBSi that helped me mend my broken heart. (LOL)

Cebu Bloggers Society 6 years ago at McBillys House

A group of cheerful people plus a bit of alcohol solved it all. Well, they have no idea why I got myself drunk. Lol! Photo above was taken 6 years ago at McBilly’s house.

5. CBSi helps me polish my skills in writing, blogging, and marketing.

Cebu Bloggers Society

During my active years in the group, I learned a lot of things that help me enhanced my skills more specifically in writing, blogging, and online marketing.  Photo above was taken during our monthly Board of Trustees and Committee meeting.

6. It was in CBSi that I learned how to loot for foods.  LOL!

Cebu Bloggers Society and Foods

We always get invited to food parties and you know, eating is always fun when you are with a group of people. I can’t count anymore how many times I overeat when I was with CBSi peeps. (:

7.  Because I experienced my very first SANDSTORM with CBSi.

Cebu Bloggers Society Sandstorm experience 2009 2

Our sandstorm experience in Sumilon Island way back 2009 is still very vivid in my mind.  When it hit us I thought I won’t survive and gonna die.  LOL!

I really have so many things to say but I still have a lot of pending work this week.  Will continue this list if I’ll get some “free time” next time.

Happy 7th Anniversary CBSi! Cheers to more years of blogging! Namaste!

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Avalon is this Year’s Venue Host for the 7th Best Cebu Blogs Awards

Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2013 Trophies

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.

The Avalon Cebu Hosts Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2014 - Entrance

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.

Gold Sponsors

Gold_Globe

Primary_Homes_Logo

Silver Sponsors

Silver_KK logo(10incheswidth)

Greenwich

Donor Sponsors

Donor_Starbucks_Philippines

Payag-Payag-Logo

Javders

Donor_Island Grill Express

Media Partners

cbsi_newlogo

tenminutes.ph

Official Photographer

Alvin Asayas Photography

Blog Partners

Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2014 Blog Partner - FaceCebu

Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2014 Blog Partner - cebufitnessblog

Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2014 Blog Partner - Empress Of Drac

Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2014 Blog Partner - Geemiz

Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2014 Blog Partner - The Gumshoes by Hannah Marie Suquib

Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2014 Blog Partner -  One Frozen Mind

The Organizers

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. (:

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Harmonis Residences – Affordable House and Lot for as low as 7K Plus/Month

Harmonis Residences Lagtang Talisay Cebu
Photo Credit: Harmonis Residences Facebook

Are you planning to buy a house and lot to be your future home, or perhaps as a property investment? Harmonis Residences is Citrineland Corporation’s very first residential subdivision project located at Lagtang, Talisay City, Cebu.  For at least Php7K  plus (the lowest monthly amortization either bank financing or PAG-IBIG) a month, you can now have the dream home you want.

Top 5 Reasons Why Harmonis Residences is Ideal For You

Aside from the fact that Harmonis’ target is the middle class market (thus the much affordable rates), this subdivision is also the very first residential project of Citrineland Corporation (known for their condominiums) and this means (according to one of their engineers) that all units are built with high quality materials.  Also, the concept and theme are well thought because Harmonis Residences will be used as a model for their future residential subdivision projects.  Below are the top reasons why you should check this new residential properties out.

1. Affordable Monthly Amortization Rates

For as low as Php7k plus amortization rate per month, you can now live in your very own house.  This estimated rate applies to their Myda (the middle units) house model.  See the rest of the sample monthly amortization rates computation below for the rest of the model houses. (Note: These are just estimates and may change without prior notice).

Harmonis Residences Talisay Cebu Monthly Amortization Rates2. Reasonable Equity Installment Payment Scheme

You can separately pay the equity for up to 24 months (this changes depending on the house type).  This is more convenient than paying for it along with the amortization in monthly basis.  After 24 months, you are free to transfer to your newly bought home.

3. Fully-Fitted Units Ready for Occupancy

Harmonis Residences Ground Floor Actual Model UnitActual photos of the interior of house unit model

Connections for water and electricity are already fitted and the only thing you need to is to install the services to start using them.  Lighting sockets, bathroom, kitchen counter and cabinets are also already installed and ready for use once you transfer.  The whole unit is ready for occupancy and all you need are your furniture.

4. Centrally Located

Harmonis Residences Lagtang Talisay Map

Photo Credit: Harmonis Residences Facebook

I went to the site on the 7th of November and it is indeed located near the main highway.  You can just walk from the highway to the subdivision area.  The subdivision is 5 minutes away from the following landmarks:

  •  St. Joseph Church,
  • Robinson’s Supermarket,
  • Wilcon Depot,
  • St. Scholastica Academy,
  • Gaisano Fiesta Mall,
  • Tabunoc Public Market,
  • Don Bosco Retreat House,
  • Talisay City Hall,
  • and Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints.

Another major thing that makes the location of this subdivision more exciting is the near completion of SM Seaside City construction in the South Road Properties (SRP).  You don’t need to go to SM Cebu anymore because a better and bigger SM City is currently being built near the area.  Also, you can just easily visit Cebu’s newest residential resort once all the construction are done at SRP.

5. Ideal for Family

Harmonis Residences Lagtang Talisay Cebu - Gazebo

Photo Credit: Harmonis Residences Facebook

Harmonis Residences Lagtang Talisay Cebu - Playground

Photo Credit: Harmonis Residences Facebook

Harmonis Residences was conceptualized with family living in mind.  The whole subdivision has 63 exclusively well-arranged residences with an Urban Asian design concept.  Amenities include  zen-inspired tri-level water podium, children’s playground, garden gazebo, and the Trellis.

House Model Units When Fully Furnished

I’ve got these photos from their Facebook page.  These are for illustration purposes only and are subject to change without prior notice.  Myda and Enya are 2-bedroom-1-bathroom-1-carport units while Yssa is 3-bedroom-2-bathrooms-1-carport unit. All units are 2-storey houses.

Mid Units aka Myda (Ground Floor)

Lot Area: 40-49 sq.m. | Floor Area: 47 sq.m.

Price: Php1,900,000.00

Myda - Harmonis Residences Talisay

End Units aka Enya (Ground Floor)

Lot Area: 56-85 sq.m. | Floor Area: 47 sq.m.

Price: Php2,000,000.00

Enya - Harmonis Residences Talisay

 

Single Attached Units aka Yssa (Ground Floor)

Lot area: 70-90 sq.m. | Floor area: 61 sq.m.

Price: Php3,000,000.00

Yssa - Harmonis Residences Talisay

Status

As of 13th of November, Harmonis Residences is still under construction.  Below is their updated site plan highlighting the units which are already sold with X marks.

Harmonis Residences Lagtang Talisay Cebu Sold Units as of November 13 2014

Lastly, below is a scanned 3D model of the whole subdivision, South-West perspective.

Harmonis Residences - Talisay, Cebu 3D

CONTACT

If you are interested to buy or to  know more about Harmonis Residences, kindly contact Kristine Gonzales, CPA  or Engr. Ronmar Gonzales through the following channels.

Kristine Gonzales, CPA

Mobile: 0922-771-0889

Email: kristinejimenez@gmail.com

Skype: kejgonzales

Engr. Ronmar Gonzales

Mobile: 0932-863-8160

Email: gonzalesronmar@yahoo.com

 

Last, last, last…don’t forget to tell them where you heard about Harmonis. (;

BONUS

Below are actual photos of the house models when I went there last 7th of November.  The 2nd group are photos taken by my cousin on the 8th.

 

Sources and References:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/CitrineLand-Corporation
http://www.flaminiaphilhomes.com/property-detail/767-harmonis-residences
http://cebuhomeph.weebly.com/harmonis-residences/harmonis-residences-in-tabunok-talisay-city-cebu
http://www.citrineland.com
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Project Happiness Bakehouse Opens in Cebu

Project Happiness Bakehouse Cebu

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.Project Happiness Bakehouse Candy Crush Fondant Cake

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.

Chili Chocolate - PH Bakehouse Cebu

Chili Chocolate

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.  (:

PH Bakehouse Cebu 3

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 - PH Bakehouse Cebu

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. (:

PH Bakehouse Cebu

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.

PRICING

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 phbakehouse@gmail.com, or if you are in Facebook, just send them a PM.  Iris and Marcel do their best to reply within 24 hours.

THE OWNERS

Oops, I almost forgot.  With me are Iris and Marcel Pulga during the launching of Project Happiness Bakehouse last November 8.

With Iris and Marcel - PH Bakehouse Cebu Owners

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.

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Parkmall Celebrates Cebu Talents

Parkmall Cebu Events

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

Parkmall Cebu 6th Anniversary

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SKILLS Cebu Offers Guaranteed Employment for 500 Scholars

SKILLS Cebu Offers Guaranteed Employment for 500 Scholars

Photo Credit: www.flickr.com/photos/matchfitskills
 

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

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. At least High School Level
  2. At least 18 years old
  3. 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.

 

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La BUSA Italian Restaurant & Bar, Newly Opened Hangout Place for Italian Food Lovers

La Busa Italian Restaurant Lahug near JYMall

Last night I went to La BUSA Italian Restaurant & Bar with my CBSi pals to check out the newly opened place.  We were entertained by Stefano Quaquarelli, the chef and owner of the resto.  We had a good time checking their menu while catching up with each other.

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La BUSA is located at the ground floor of  Tsai Hotel and Residences.  It is a few walks away from JY Square Mall in Lahug.

Highly Recommended Courses in the Menu

Chef Stefanno assured us that all foods in their menu are cooked from fresh ingredients.  He goes to the market daily to buy them.  I assume that the restaurant is a family business because he is running it along with his mom.  The two of them were quite busy in the kitchen when we arrived.

La Busa Italian Restaurant Cebu - Braciola Di Maiale Pan Seared Pork Chop with Saute Beans

Braciola Di Maiale Pan Seared Pork Chop with Saute Beans – definitely a must try.

La Busa Italian Restaurant Cebu - Lasagna Classic Italian Recipe

Lasagna Classic Italian Recipe – nothing can go wrong with this one.

Highly Recommended Desserts

All their desserts are super yummy.  Unfortunately, I haven’t tasted their Panna Cotta because they run out of ingredients. ):

La Busa Italian Restaurant Cebu - Tiramisu

Tiramisu

La Busa Italian Restaurant Cebu -  Cheesecake

Cheese Cake in a Glass

La Busa Italian Restaurant Cebu - Apple Pie

Apple Pie

The Interior

La Busa Italian Restaurant Lahug Cebu City

La Busa Italian Restaurant Cebu - Drink List

La Busa Italian Restaurant Cebu - Interior

Menu and Prices

Compared to other Italian restaurants, La BUSA has more reasonable prices and much much cheaper than Italiannis in Ayala Terraces.  Click image below to clearly see the menu.

La Busa Italian Restaurant Cebu - Menu with Prices

About Chef Stefano Quaquarelli

Chef Stefanno of La BUSA Italian Restaurant and Bar Lahug Cebu

Chef Stefanno has worked in various Italian restaurants in China such as La Bettola, La Bottega, Frantoi Celletti, and Gisa Italian Restaurant.  He started the pre-opening of La BUSA on July this year and looks forward for its official public launching soon.

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Help Victims of Childhood Abuse, Join Gaisano’s Fun Run on October 26, 2014

Gaisano Country Mall - Cebu Fun Run October 26, 2014

Run for your health and of course, for a Cause.   Gaisano Country Mall is organizing a fun run on October 26, 2014 to help children who are victims of abuse and cyber sex/pornography.  This is also to celebrate their 21st Anniversary.  All the proceeds of the activity will be given to C.U.R.E. Foundation, an organization that helps and rescues victims of child abuse.

How to Join?

Registration has already started last September 15 and still going on.  You can register at Gaisano Country Mall Customer Service Area or at Runner Ayala Center Cebu.  You can also RSVP through Facebook here.

How Much is the Registration Fee?

For newbies or those who are not into heavy running, 5K is highly recommended. Registration fee for that is Php350.00 only.  For advanced and more experienced runners, see details of registration fees below.

10K – Php450.00

15K – Php550.00

21K – Php650.00

Would You Run to Help the Abused Children?

If you will, then you are a solid evidence that there’s still hope in humanity.  JOIN NOW.

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WellCome – A Budget Hotel with a Rooftop Pool #TravelReview2013 (Photos)

Note: This is part 6 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. (:

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More about WellCome at www.wellcomehotel.com.

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BE Resorts Mactan Lapulapu Cebu #TravelReview2013 (Photos)

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

The Lobby.

Lime Cafe.

Their beach front and the amazing lounge pods.

Amazing beach shots.

Be Resort Mactan Lapulapu Cebu 21And the star of the event, Inday Liana Gail. (:

More about BE Resort at www.beresorts.com.

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Mt. Manghilao – Danao’s Highest Mountain Peak #TravelReview2013 (Photos)

Note: This is part 1 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. (:

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My pretty little sister enjoying the mountain view at the private rest house of Soulmate’s hubby.

Danao Mountain Peak 3

The view from the private rest house.

Danao Mountain Peak 4

The epic carabao pic. In the photo is my younger sister and Chiel, one of my close buddies. (:

Danao Mountain Peak 5

Nice skyline view.  This is the path leading to the private rest house.

Danao Mountain Peak 6

Another shot inside the forest.

Danao Mountain Peak 7

Simply amazing mountain view.

Danao Mountain Peak 8

Some of the people who celebrated mine and Soulmate’s birthday last year.  From left to right: Chiel, me, Soulmate, dude, manash.

Danao Mountain Peak 9

Jeepney ride with my dorky little sister and two of my friends.

Danao Mountain Peak 10

Meditating pose with the birthday girls: me and Soulmate.

Danao Mountain Peak

Sky, mountain, forest.

More info about Mt. Manghilao at www.danaocity.gov.ph/index.php/tourism/mt-manghilao.

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MUJI, a Brandless Japanese Store is now in Cebu

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

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MUJI Store Cebu Philippines - FashionMen’s and Ladies’ Garments

MUJI Store Cebu Philippines - FurnitureFurniture and Household Supplies

MUJI Store Cebu Philippines - KitchenKitchen Utensils

MUJI Store Cebu Philippines - Educational SuppliesPens, Notebooks and other Stationery Items

MUJI Store Cebu Philippines - FoodsSnacks, Sweets, Dried Fruits, Popcorn, Instant Drip Coffee and Tea

MUJI Store Cebu Philippines - CounterStore Counter

The overall design of their store is in synced with the company’s philosophy that promotes simplicity, green living, and sustainability.

About MUJI

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.

 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/muji.ph

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MUJI_PH

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Nominate Your Favorite Blogs for Best Cebu Blogs Awards 2013 #bcba2013

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

To help your favorite blog win a top spot, visit the Best Cebu Blogs Awards Fan Page to vote.   Learn more about BCBA by visiting this link.

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Lapu-lapu SuTukil Resto – A Big Rip Off! #ReviewTuesday

The day we returned here in Cebu from our Manila trip, dude and I already decided that we’ll eat at Sutukil.  The fact that I’ve already went to Sutukil (a seafood restaurant near Capitol) made me think that we’ll be dining at a nice restaurant with fresh and sumptuous seafood dishes in the menu.  But, the next thing that happened to our food trip in Lapu-lapu is contrary to what I was expecting.

The Foursquare Search

Since I have no idea where Sutukil is located in Lapu-lapu, I used Foursquare to search for its specific location.  I found out that it is located near Mactan Shrine.  Note: I had no idea that the one I found in Foursquare is not the restaurant that I was looking.

When we arrived at the place, I was a bit shocked because it was absolutely contrary to what I expected.  I was expecting the same Sutukil resto, the one we dined in a few years ago for my friend’s birthday celebration.

The moment we stepped out of the taxi, we were immediately mobbed by men, each of them was convincing us to choose their Sutukil resto.  Another man, offered us umbrella to avoid the heat of the sun.  I was like – is this a joke?  Are we lost?  And then the truth just sank in.  We were indeed at Sutukil but it is not the resto where I dined in a few years ago. ):

SuTuKil Restaurants in Lapu-lapu

The SuTuKil in Lapu-lapu is a cluster of locally-owned small restaurants that offer the famous Cebu dishes – Su (Sugba), Tu (Tuwa), Kil (Kilaw).  I was actually a bit disappointed when we arrived at the actual area.  While the the salesmen were busy convincing us to check each of the resto they represented, I can’t help but feel a sense of dread – something inside my head was telling me to leave and look for another place to eat.  But, before I can make a decision, my mouth had already spoken.  I’ve already told the “salesman” that we will be dining at their resto because it had a second floor and has a view by the beach.

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This is how the Sutukil restaurants look like.  The unfortunate thing is until now I still can’t recall the name of the  resto where we dined in.

Fredz Sutukil LapulapuPhoto Credit: Pierre Marius

 I tried to search for some photos online and I got this one.  Still, I’m not sure if this is the resto.  All I can remember is the cashier area that is decorated by seashells.   I only managed to take photos of the inside.  See pictures below.

SuTuKil Lapulapu

This is how the inside looks like.  We were going to the 2nd floor because we were being promised of a good lunch view there.

Lunch View SuTuKil Lapulapu

But it was not what I expected.  Though the place is airy and has a good view of the beach, it smells muddy and surrounded by hostile people and children begging for money from the guests.  But, all these downsides shouldn’t have mattered if the foods are good and if they are fairly priced.

The Rip Off Menu

Though this story may seem a bit sad but we actually have a very hearty lunch.  Part of our laugh trip were the unsuspecting Koreans (who also got ripped off big time – no idea how much they have paid but I’m quite sure the rate is higher than ours).  We were also serenaded by a group of in-house “band” who also asked for a payment for their 10-minute show.

Moving on, after having so much fun, criticizing our food and our lunch neighbors, we got the shock of our lives when the bill arrived.  The total cost of our lunch is Php1, 500 plus.  I can’t recall the exact total cost but that’s the very close estimate.  WTF!  I can’t believe I’ll be paying this amount over a 3-course menu and a side dish in a local restaurant situated in a shanty place, smelly muddy beach, hostile people all over the area, and worst, a facility that’s only at par with ordinary “Karenderya” (tiny restaurants in street corners).  Below are the photos of the foods that we ordered.

Mud Crab in Chilli Sauce Sutukil Lapulapu

This is Mud Crab in Chilli Sauce.  We only had four of this because I felt (when I ordered) the price for each crab is super expensive.

Mud Crab in Chilli Sauce 2 Sutukil Lapulapu

Though it tastes good, my friend commented that the sauce is purely made from ketchup.  The other two of my companions echoed the same opinion.

Grilled Fish Sutukil Lapulapu

There’s really nothing special with this grilled fish.  I have no fucking idea why it cost us a lot.  This is from the fish that I ordered.  The waiter/cook in the counter offered us that they will grill half of the fish and they will make a “tinula” of the other half.

Tinulang Isda Sutukil Lapulapu

This is the rip off Tinula that they served.  The head of the fish is like an omen that foretells our ominous fate. ):

Kinilaw na Gusu - Sutukil Lapulapu

The Kinilaw na Gusu which normally costs Php10 to 30 at local Karenderyas cost us a lot in this food trip.  How fucking great is that?  Because I get so agitated after looking at the receipt, I forgot to keep it after we exited from that bloody restaurant.  The only thing that I can’t forget is the additional payments they asked us for the cooking service – Mad Crab Chilli Sauce Cooking Fee, Fish Tinula Cooking Fee, and Grilled Fish Cooking Fee.  Each payment costs at least Php80.00 (that’s a chicken meal in KFC already!!!).

Normally, I really don’t complain about food prices if it is fairly priced.  Like those restaurants in IT Park and Ayala Terraces that offer good ambiance, service, and of course a menu that is jam-packed with sumptuous dishes.  But, this one I really can’t just let go.  The place is awful, the food is so-so, and the pricing is a BIG rip off!!! No wonder we were the only guests (except the Koreans) on that day.

Please, please, please.  For your own wallet and palate sake, avoid this Sutukil Restaurants near Mactan Shrine.  For affordable yet super delectable seafood dishes you can try AA BBQ and Neo-Neo.

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Are the Buildings Being Built in Cebu South Road Properties Can Withstand Earthquakes?

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.

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Lessons from the World Cities Summit 2012 in Singapore

Note: This guest post is written by Chrisley Ann Hinayas of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation.  Her article details the notes and observations of Ms. Evelyn Nacario-Castro, executive director of the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. during the recent World Cities Summit 2012, and her realizations on how much planning Cebu needs to embarks on its urban development.

Speakers for the keynote plenary “Trends and Opportunities―Urbanisation Forces in the Next 20 Years” during the World Cities Summit 2012 in Singapore last July 1-4 share insights on innovations and opportunities that are molding cities into sustainable centers of global networks, economic vitality, and talents pools.

Realizing the need to create integrated urban solutions for a sustainable economy, government leaders, ministers, industry experts, businessmen, and economists from all over the world recently spent several days together in Singapore.

From July 1 to 4, they gathered for the World Cities Summit (WCS) 2012—the third since 2008—to discuss how to address the challenges of cities with growing economies, including protecting the environment while giving quality of life to their residents.

Evelyn Nacario-Castro, executive director of the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center (EADSC) of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) attended the summit, joined in 12 sessions, and listened to 64 different resource persons.

“The summit was a venue to form new business partnerships and collaborations with other cities. It explored innovative and cost-effective solutions to the challenges of rapid urbanization among cities. Out of their policies and programs, cities could get an idea on how to respond to their own challenges,” Castro said.

WCS is an exclusive platform for government leaders and experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges by sharing integrated solutions and build new partnerships. This year’s theme is “Liveable and Sustainable Cities—Integrated Urban Solutions”.

As a country constantly in transformation, Singapore was considered the ideal host for the summit.

Castro noted that Singapore is a small city-state country or roughly two-thirds of Cebu but because of how the country was able to strategically plan ahead, it has transformed well its urban landscape to become one of the most livable cities in Asia.

Singapore, through its national land use planning and conservation authority, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), started its careful land use planning and good urban design in the 70s. It adopted a long term strategic planning approach to ensure sustainability in its physical development.

“From the start, the leaders already knew what they wanted to happen in the whole city-state. Their plans included creating spaces for industries, green spaces, and residential areas, which we could see now in Singapore,” Castro observed.

She added that cities, in general, are “locomotives of a nation”, saying that “competitive cities make a competitive country”. As focal point for and centers of opportunities as well as magnets for people to live in, cities must recognize that sustainable development is a local issue and urbanization must be by design and not by default.

“We must plan, plan, plan, leaving room for expansion with outlook towards the future. The future of humanity is in cities; therefore, we must build and invest for the long-term. Long-term investments have long-term consequences,” Castro shared her learning.

Sessions during the summit, featuring prominent speakers, also presented “universal” challenges of cities, such as urbanization and land use change, environment and climate change, growth in population, and over-stressed systems and over-loading of facilities, among others.

“Every city experiences what we are experiencing. It is a matter of how we respond to these challenges. These cities survived these challenges by playing their individual roles. City leaders should act as negotiators, collaborators, enablers, and integrators,” Castro pointed out.

City leaders shared similar responses, saying that leaders, to ensure competitiveness of cities, must plan and regulate development while finding, creating, and driving solutions that look beyond infrastructure.

“Benchmarking with other cities is also important. Their experiences serve as think tank and repository of information, which we can use for strategic and integrated planning for our own cities,” Castro said.

During the summit, New York City was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize. The prize recognizes those responsible for initiatives that display good governance and innovations in tackling the many urban challenges faced by cities to create vibrant, liveable and sustainable urban communities.

New York City was greatly affected after the 2001 World Trade Center bombing. Within a decade, it injected innovations to bring back the life of the city. One of these innovations is the complete change of streets.

Castro learned from New York City that streets are for multiple modes of transport.

“Streets are not just for cars. In smart growth, streets are not widened, rather spaces are optimized where people can walk, bike, and have open spaces. Good urban designing and planning have a big impact on public safety,” she noted.

(left to right) Evelyn Nacario-Castro, executive director of RAFI’s Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center (EADSC), joins Copenhagen Mayor Pia Allerslev and Consolacion, Cebu Mayor Teresa Alegado during the World Cities Summit 2012 in Singapore last July 1-4.

Nacario said that a change in mindset is the first step. Three things that should be kept in mind, she added, are the importance of a vision, planning, and a shift of new paradigm for development.

“We must plan, plan and plan,” she asserted again. “How ready our leaders are in carrying out these plans is one of the things we should consider. Our leaders should revisit existing policies,” she said.

Through the work of the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board (MCDCB) where RAFI anchors as the research, program and organizational development unit, the concept of smart growth has been introduced to leaders in Cebu to encourage comprehensive urban planning and development.

The MCDCB is composed of leaders from the government, the private sector, and civil society that takes the lead in the implementation of the Mega Cebu Project, which envisions a city-region for Cebu wherein cities and municipalities collaborate with each other towards urban development, sustainability, and livability, while maintaining geopolitical integrity.

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Cebu Grabs Again the Top 9 Spot for Tholon’s Best Outsourcing Destination

Note:  This is a guest post by a fellow blogger, Carol Wilson.

Screenshot from 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 Increasing Number of AIDS Victim in Cebu

This is a guest post by Lords Screwbero.

Photo Credit: thirty86.com

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 guest post is written by Lords Screwbero, a writer from www.thecorrect.com

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PR: CYCLE IN THE CITY A BTC FUN RIDE AND BIKEFEST

“The Cycle in the City, a BTC Fun Ride and Bikefest” is set to take place on June 16, Saturday, 2012.  It is open to all road bikers, mountain bikers, folding bikers, tandem bikers and BMX riders. Registration is only P150.  Participating riders will gather at the BTC grounds at 5:00AM and shall kick-off the 25-kilometer city-wide ride by 6:00AM.

“Cycle in the City, a BTC Fun Ride and Bikefest” is co-presented by Bikecology and endorsed by the Cebu City Sports Commission. It’s also made possible by Robinsons Supermarket, Nike Athletic Club, Gear Up Zone and Optical Adult & Child; with special thanks to Pancake House and Postrio.

This event is not a race. It is an occasion that aims to celebrate cycling and the bicycle culture, and most importantly, it  presents a unique opportunity for bicycles to take over the city streets, and for bicyclists of all shapes, sizes and ages to get together to celebrate and promote cycling as a way of life.

Registration is now on-going at BIKECOLOGY. For more information, call Bikecology at 416 19 29. Deadline for registration is on Friday, June 15, 2012.  Click route map below.

Banilad Town Center is a bike-friendly zone, one of the very few in Cebu. After the race, an unveiling of a bicycle parking area on BTC grounds await the riders and their family members as they return to BTC; plus prizes will also be given away. Special prizes will go to the rider who will be judged as Best in Fancy Attire, Youngest Biker and Oldest Biker; other fun categories are Biggest Group/Contingent, and Vintage Bike Award.

Enjoy the BTC style of living with a variety of shopping and dining options along the lifestyle strip to cater to your every need and whim. Banilad Town Centre is located  along Gov. Cuenco Ave. and is open from Monday to Sunday; for updates and more information contact Customer Service at (032) 345 32 60 – 61. For a list of stores, promotions and activities visit  www.baniladtowncentre.com.

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The Best Chicken Pork Adobo in Cebu

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.

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