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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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The Great Payday Sale boasts of a list of Internet connection plans and upgrading subscriptions to suit everyone! For three days only, specifically from April 27 – 29, you can come home with savings of up to 5,000 pesos as plans come with free Installation, free WiFi modems, and 1-month free subscription. Applying for a myDSL plan on these dates is also made easy – just present 1 valid I.D. There are likewise hot deals on speed boosts for Plan 1299 subscribers from 768Kbps to 1Mbps, and chances to upgrade current Plan 990 subscribers to 1299 for a 3x faster Internet experience and a free WiFi modem.
Block off April 27-29 on your calendars and visit over 300 PLDT Home booths or Great Payday Sale participating malls nationwide from Metro Manila all the way to Cebu, Iloilo, Baguio, Bacolod and Davao.
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In celebration of Arts Month in February, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) launched the exhibit, entitled “Visayan Verve: A Tribute to Bisaya Artists”, which will run from Feb. 17 to March 15 at the Casa Gorordo Museum.
The exhibit is initiated in partnership with the University of San Carlos-Cebuano Studies Center; Halad Museum; Alternative Contemporary Arts Studio; and the assistance of Cebuano artist Marvin Natural and the family of the late Martino Abellana.
It pays homage to exemplary Bisaya artists in six fields of art: Martino Abellana for painting; Napoleon Abueva for sculpture; Fernando Buyser for poetry; Pio Cabajar for cinema; Estelita Diola for dance; and Vicente Rubi for music.
“These artists represent innovation and faithfulness to tradition in the art forms they engaged in. Some of them were selected by virtue of their statuses as ‘masters’ of their crafts while the rest, for their substantial achievements which remain largely unrecognized. All of them have contributed not only to Bisaya but Filipino arts in general,” Dr. Jocelyn Gerra, executive director of the Culture and Heritage unit of RAFI, said.
The aim of the exhibit is not to proclaim the featured artists as the greatest or the most influential, but to present examples of what Bisaya artists have accomplished.
Florencio Moreño, curator of Casa Gorordo Museum, pointed out that it is one way of giving the public an opportunity to re-examine and appreciate the roots of their creativity, thereby, widen their perspectives on the potentials of contemporary Visayan-Filipino arts.
Visayan Verve is meant to kick off a series of exhibits on Bisaya arts that will be held every February in the next seven years. Each of the following exhibits will focus on one of the seven fields of art—architecture, cinema, dance, music, painting, literature, and sculpture.
Culture & Heritage is a focus area of RAFI, believing that a confident community begins with a strong sense of identity. Its other focus areas are Integrated Development, Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Citizenship, and Education.
Paintings and sculptures of contemporary Cebuano artists were featured in the art exhibit, dubbed Contemporary Cebu, which opened last Jan. 4 at the Cebu City Museum.
The exhibit, which is curated by JV Castro, is designed to bring national attention to contemporary Cebuano artists and their works. It is open to the public until Jan. 31.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, during the opening ceremonies, lauded the initiative undertaken to make the exhibit possible, saying it is a way to recognize Cebuano talents in visual arts as well as to promote the Cebu City Museum.
The Alternative Contemporary Art Studio, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), and The Grove by Rockwell, partnered together to launch this annual exhibit. The first exhibit was held in June 2011 in Manila at the Ateneo de Manila University and Picasso Boutique Hotel.
This year’s Contemporary Cebu art exhibit features the works of Palmy Pe-Tudtud, Marvin Natural, Kidlat of the Junks Collective, Karl Roque, Sio Montera, Ritchie Quijano, Vidal Alcoseba, and Tito Cuevas. Russ Ligtas will give Butoh performances on Jan. 12 and 13.
“It is an exhibition that features some of the finest artists we have in Cebu. All the works in the exhibit are done by Cebuano artists who specialize in contemporary works, meaning the portrayal of subjects are different. In a way, we want to promote Cebu in a different light,” Castro said.
Dennis “Sio” Montera, one of the participating artists shared the inspiration and stories behind his paintings.
“My art is more on expression of the things that have been relevant in my life—happiness, sadness, loss of loved one, any life experience. For me, the best way I can communicate or deal with my emotions is to paint. It is more likely the reflection of a current situation of my life. It’s like a diary, mirroring what is happening around me,” he said.
Alternative Contemporary Art Studio and RAFI have been partners since Contemporary Cebu’s inception in 2011. This year, they took in The Grove by Rockwell as a major partner. The other sponsors of the exhibit are the Cebu City Government, Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission of Cebu City, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Blue Shield Risk Management, Gothong Southern, Michelangelo Pizzeria, and Hola España.
“Contemporary Cebu is a good opportunity for introducing the Cebuano audience to contemporary arts and for them to be familiar who the Cebuano contemporary visual artists are,” said Dr. Jocelyn Gerra, executive director of Culture and Heritage of RAFI. (Hannah Reoma/Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. intern)
The Cebu Provincial Government and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) in partnership with the 52 towns and cities of Cebu will launch the “Search for the eGWEN Highway” at the Social Hall of the Cebu Provincial Capitol on Tuesday, January 25, at 10 a.m.
The search is a result of the province-wide implementation of the expanded Green and Wholesome Environment that Nurtures (eGWEN) Our Cebu Program, a five-year joint development program of the Cebu Province and RAFI that aims to make Cebu “an ideal place to live, work, play, invest, and do business.”
The Search for the eGWEN Highway is anchored on the eGWEN standards of cleanliness and sanitation; creativity, artistry and aesthetic impact; and appreciation, promotion and nurturing of culture and heritage.
The search, a sub-project of the eGWEN Our Cebu Program, intends to improve the physical set-up of towns and cities that reflect the distinct Cebuano culture and identity; improve Cebu’s physical landscape and ambiance being the gateway of the south; open opportunities for the constituents to participate in local governance; and contribute to the overall program vision of building model towns and cities.
Corresponding prizes will be given to deserving LGUs. The LGU that will win the eGWEN Highway Award will receive a cash incentive of Php 1 million while the Top 10 Private Residences, Top 10 Heritage Structures, and Top 10 Commercial Buildings will receive Php 100,000 each.
An additional Php 300,000 will be given to those that rank first in each of the three categories—Best Private Residence, Best Heritage Structure, and Best Commercial Building.
For the Best Private Residence category, the search will highlight houses along highways and major thoroughfares that reflect the unique Cebuano culture. The Best Heritage Structure must be clear of obstructions, well-maintained, and have proper design and content of signages. The Best Commercial Building promotes waste segregation, cleanliness, and greenness within its premises.
An extensive scorecard has been prepared and developed in cooperation with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the eGWEN Our Cebu Program Assessment team composed of the Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Environmental Management Bureau, Department of Education, Provincial Veterinary, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in the DENR and Cebu Province, and the Committee on Sites, Relics and Structures.
Assessments will be conducted twice a year by the eGWEN Our Cebu Program Assessment Team spearheaded by DPWH and DOT. RAFI will serve as the search’s technical secretariat.
Determination of winners is based on the results of two assessment rounds and the monitoring reports of the engineers of each engineering district.
The search will commence this year and winners will be awarded in August 2011 in time for the anniversary of the Cebu Province.
Red Box Karaoke Cebu adds sizzle to the 2011 Sinulog fever!
For the whole month of January great value twists to your hard-earned peso are there for the taking with Sunday and Monday ‘Dinner On Us’, a free dinner buffet for all guests who avail of the primetime package.
Ladies, come out on Tuesday for ‘Ladies’ Night’ where you can enter free of charge during primetime hours. Another primetime treat is ‘Beer All You Can’ on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For an additional P99 per head, guests can have unlimited local beers. That means you won’t get thirsty while you sing your hearts out!
And on Sinulog weekend, January 14, 15 and 16, from Friday to Sunday, primetime hours will be at P399 per head inclusive of a free dinner buffet and one (1) free drink—a choice of soft drinks, iced tea, bottled water, local beers, hot coffee or hot tea. With Red Box Karaoke Sinulog treats, Red Box is never out of your way or out of your budget!
Red Box Karaoke Cebu has twenty-one (21) generously-sized rooms including two party rooms with additional entertainment options available. Each is uniquely designed to look like no other KTV place in town. Contemporary, modern interiors contribute to a sonically engineered environment and the best song delivery system in the market today to make for an unforgettably happy experience.
Red Box is open Tuesdays-Saturdays 12 NOON to 4 AM and Sunday & Monday 12 NOON to 12 Midnight, and is located at G101, Garden Level of The Terraces (below the Active Zone, across the fountain) at the Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park. For inquiries on these red hot treats, please contact (032) 417 1675 or (0917) 6233397. Visit www.redbox.com.ph for more information.
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The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) holds a medical mission for the fire victims of Barangays Sambag Uno and Duljo Fatima, Cebu City whose properties were ravaged by a fire that hit the areas last Oct 4 and Nov. 1, respectively. Volunteer medical professionals gave fee check ups and consultations to the beneficiaries while RAFI employees distributed hygiene kits (inset).
The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) conducted a medical mission and relief distribution in Barangay Sambag Uno last Oct. 28 to assist the victims of the Oct. 4 fire that razed almost 90 houses and left more than 100 families homeless.
The medical mission served a total of 179 patients, 94 of whom are children. The fire victims were able to avail of the free medical consultations and medicines.
Dr. Edward delos Reyes, one of the volunteer doctors, found that the common illnesses are cough and colds for children and hypertension among the adults.
Ninety-four hygiene kits containing soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, and other hygiene essentials were also distributed to the families who were victims of the fire.
Around 200 hygiene kits were also distributed by RAFI last Nov. 23 for the families of Duljo Fatima who became victims of the fire that hit their barangay last Nov. 1. The fire burned down 80 houses, leaving almost 200 families homeless.
Medical mission and relief distribution for victims of calamities in Cebu City are among the community extension services of RAFI, through the collaborative efforts of the Office of Humanitarian Relations and Services, Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center, and Dolores Aboitiz Children’s Fund.
To continuously share the inspiring stories of the awardees and finalists of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Triennial Awards to the public, RAFI conducted a public exposure and post awards engagement program in Davao last Nov. 20-23.
The program was composed of the RAFI Triennial Awards Xchange Series 7, a face-to-face encounter between and among the awardees, finalists, and other participants to increase awareness and understanding of the advocacies of the laureates through learning visits; 3rd Circle of Laureates Conference, which gathers the laureates to consolidate and plan their initiatives in the next three years; and 2nd Leaders of Change Forum where the laureates showcased to the public the various programs and projects they have implemented.
The laureates and some youth scholars from RAFI visited the Institute of Primary Health Care, Maharlika Foundation, Philippine Eagle Foundation, Malagos Garden Resort, Mrs. Soledad Duterte, Boystown Davao, Visayan Forum Foundation Inc., and Mindanao Baptist Rural Life Center.
During their exclusive conference, the laureates drew up plans for their group, such as exploring more partnerships within and outside their circle and initiating a social movement.
The 2nd Leaders of Change Forum was held in Ateneo de Davao University where sessions on leadership, innovation, teamwork, team play, and engaging the successor generation were provided, bringing about awareness and inspiration from applied principles and approaches and paving the way for collaborating in future initiatives between the laureates and the different stakeholders in Mindanao.
Among the many individuals and institutions from the Circle of Laureates who participated in the public exposure and post awards engagement program include Upi, Maguindanao former mayor and incumbent vice mayor Ramon Piang Sr., Domingo Tadena, Brokenshire Integrated Health Ministries Inc., Institute of Primary Health Care, Glicerio P. Lucrecia, SOS Children’s Village Calbayog, and Edilberto Lantaca, Jr.
The RAFI Triennial Awards was created in 1996 to give recognition to individuals and institutions in the Visayas and Mindanao who make significant contributions to social development. It is one of the capabilities of RAFI in its comprehensive approach to elevating lives and communities.
For more information about the RAFI Triennial Awards, please contact Junette Dawn Baculfo at 418-7234 loc. 109.
Under a full moon, the participants walked from Cebu Business Park to Asiatown I.T. Park (AITP) where a short program was held.
Moonwalk was organized in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
The event registered 1,354 participants. RAFI estimated at least 300 more participants who came in late during the assembly time and who were already waiting at the venue for the program but failed to properly register.
Participants of Moonwalk came from different walks of life. They include cancer patients, cancer survivors, students, members of cancer support groups, representatives of private companies, representatives of local government units and government agencies, and members of gay rights groups.
“In this Moonwalk, we are not just walking. We are walking our way to wellness,” Ronald delos Reyes, program coordinator of the Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC) of RAFI, said.
Breast cancer, which is characterized by an abnormal growth of breast cells, is most common in women ages 30 to 59. It is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Cebuano women, based on the Cebu population-based Cancer Registry of RAFI.
From 1993 to 2007, EJACC recorded a total of 3,005 reported breast cancer cases in Metro Cebu. EJACC found a continuous increase of breast cancer incidence in Metro Cebu over the past 10 years, caused by lifestyle and health-related factors.
Delos Reyes urged women aged 20 and above to conduct monthly self-breast examination, preferably five to 10 days after their menstrual period. He also advised yearly clinical breast examination for women aged 40 and above and annual mammogram for women aged 50 or earlier for women who have family history of breast cancer.
“Breast cancer affects anyone, but we can do something about it,” he said.
During the program, Mary Ann Alcordo-Solomon, a breast cancer survivor and Cebu Coordinator of cancer support network I CAN SERVE Foundation said that all cancer support groups are one in promoting awareness on breast cancer to Cebuano women.
The major partner for Moonwalk was The Walk in AITP. The event was also supported by other various groups and institutions, including Ayala Center Cebu, AITP, Cebu Business Park, Department of Health-Center for Health Development Regional Office 7, Destiny Medical Fund, Cebu City Government, Cancer Care Network of Cebu, Rotary Club of Fuente, Rotaract Club of Cebu Fuente-Comm. based, Philippine Society of Medical Oncologists, Kahayag Network of Cancer Support Group, Cebu Cancer Fight, Cebu Breast Association, CAN with God, I CAN SERVE Foundation, and KALIPI Federation.
The Moonwalk is one of the programs under RAFI’s Integrated Development focus area, one of the five key areas in RAFI’s comprehensive approach to elevating lives and communities. Its other focus areas are Leadership & Citizenship, Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship, Culture & Heritage, and Education.
Existing Watchpad users must reserve slots at www.pldtwatchpad.com before November 8 to watch the Pacman-Margarito fight.
PACQUIAO and PLDT myDSL WatchPad: A Winning Tandem
On November 14 at 8 a.m., PLDT myDSL Watchpad subscribers will get to experience the blow-by-blow account of the much-awaited Pacquiao-Margarito World Super Welterweight Championship as it streams live from the U.S. with no commercial breaks.
Existing Watchpad users must make a reservation on www.pldtwatchpad.com before November 8 to watch Pacman’s legacy-defining fight. Current 1299, 2199 and high speed plan subscribers may reserve immediately using their existing username and password. An email will be sent once the reservation has been confirmed.
Plan 990 subscribers will need to upgrade to Plan 1299 within the reservation period to catch the live streaming and at the same time enjoy exciting upgrade offers like speeds of up to 768 kbps, free PLDT to PLDT NDD for one year and free 30 minutes worth of IDD calls*. A myDSL agent will be calling them to assist them in their plan upgrade and to experience live streaming free.
For myDSL subscribers who are not Watchpad users yet, simply make sure to register first and then reserve within the reservation period at www.pldtwatchpad.com absolutely free.
Streamed live on the WatchPad’s myView Channel, get a free front seat pass to this once-in-a-lifetime event right in the comforts of your own home and on your myDSL-powered PCs. WatchPad users can also catch past Pacquiao fights such as the Pacquiao vs. Clottey and Pacquiao vs. Cotto bouts on the MyView Channel.
WatchPad, PLDT myDSL’s latest innovation, is an exciting value-added service that allows PLDT myDSL subscribers to watch their favorite shows and television channels for free and in real time over the internet. Watchpad currently airs 19 channels: National Geographic, RCTV, CNBC, Splash, History Channel, BIO Channel, C&I, TBN, Living Asia, Smart Shopping, Channel V, PBO, Go, CNN, Cartoon Network, Bloomberg, Animax Mobile, Shakey’s V-League, and myView. For more information, log on to www.pldtwatchpad.com.
What makes your kids smile?
Chances are, the answer to this question doesn’t involve the latest gadgets or vacations in far-away, exotic places. More often than not, it is the simple things in life that puts a smile on their faces: a happy Sunday morning breakfast, a hug from mom and dad or even the feel of fine sand under their feet at the beach.
Smiles are the truest expression of happiness. To commemorate Smile Month this October, Havaianas, the world’s favorite flip-flops, is launching the “Design a Smile” campaign to spread cheer and share thousands of smiles with Filipino children. Havaianas is creating a venue for children to heal the broken smiles of other children who have cleft lip and cleft palate deformities.
A series of design contests from October 16 to November 14, “Design a Smile” will give children the chance to show the world their artistic talents and, at the same time, create better futures for the children of Operation Smile, a non-profit, volunteer medical organization that provides reconstructive surgery and healthcare to kids with facial deformities.
Children from 5 to 12 years of age can participate in “Design a Smile” to lend their creativity for a greater cause. All they have to do is come to any of the events, which will be held in major malls nationwide, and design the sole of a Havaianas pair based on the theme, “What makes you smile?” Prizes from Havaianas, My Masterpiece Movement, Polaroid, Faber-Castell, KidsSports, and Orange Juice await the winners.
The top winning entry will be produced by Havaianas in a future collection and will be sold nationwide for the benefit of Operation Smile. So, this October, let your kids share their creativity and help heal the smiles of their fellow children.
Design a Smile Schedule:
October 16 (Saturday) – Activity Center, Alabang Town Center
October 17 (Sunday) – Level 4 Exhibit Area, TriNoMa Mall
October 23 (Saturday) – The Gallery, Greenbelt 5
October 23 (Saturday) – Activity Center, North Wing, SM City Bacolod
October 24 (Sunday) – Lobby, Glorietta 4
October 24 (Sunday) – 3rd Floor, Chimes Specialty Store, Davao
October 29 (Friday) – Lower Ground Floor, SM City Iloilo
October 30 (Saturday) – Activity Pod 3, Bonifacio High Street
October 31 (Sunday) – Rotunda, Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro
November 6-7 (Saturday and Sunday) – Northwing, SM City Cebu
November 7 (Sunday) – Lower Ground Floor, SM Tarlac
November 7 (Sunday) – G/F Center Atrium, SM City Lipa
November 14 (Sunday) – G/F Event Center, SM City Naga
Visit www.havaianasphilippines.com/smile for more information on how to make kids smile.