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A Golden Decade of Gratitude with Golden Prince Hotel

In the hospitality industry where competition to be the best service provider available is intense, being able to celebrate a golden decade of consistently providing outstanding service fit for royalty calls for a real celebration. In this case, Golden Prince Hotel and Suites has every reason to be grateful.

Being the first and only hotel to provide a truly Cebuano Royalty Experience, Golden Prince Hotel and Suites kicks off their golden decade, aptly-titled Bulawanong Dekada, with a month-long series of enticing activities to honor its first decade!

Earlier this year, Golden Prince Hotel launched Tower 2 in the presence of the hotel’s President and many VIP guests. Since its humble beginnings in 2006 with only 57 rooms, it has grown to accommodate more than a thousand guests in its 159 brand new rooms while continually providing their guests the hotel’s trademark — warm Cebuano hospitality that makes its guests experience the lifestyle of royalty.

This month, this well-known Cebuano hotel marks their milestone anniversary of ten years, celebrating their glorious rise in Cebu’s hospitality industry.

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For their Bulawanong Dekada celebrations, the hotel introduces a variety of celebratory promotions, ranging from special accommodation packages, irresistible deals, and even to enticing competitions that truly showcase the talents of its Cebuano participants.

September kicked off with a Picture This! Photography Contest until September 8th, which was opened to and professional photographers alike. The event served as an opportunity for photographers to exhibit their craft and showcase the beauty of the golden hotel.

On September 9th, Golden Prince Hotel held the Speak Up! Speech Competition to showcase the talents of its participants in delivering eloquent speeches.

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Picture This! Golden Moment (Photograph of the Year) winner Jan Kirwin Chua showing his winning photograph. Also in the photo is Golden Prince Hotel staff who was featured in this very photograph!

 

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The participants of the Speak Up Speech Competition with the big bosses of Golden Prince Hotel.

On September 16th and 17th, the hotel held a series of workshops in partnership with the Golden Resource Academy for Career Enhancement (GRACE). Touted as the GRACE Communication Series, this two-day affair offered an opportunity for students and professionals alike to improve their communication skills.

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Speaker Mike Grogan in action as he talks about the world-class Filipino on Day 1 of the GRACE Communication Series

 

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Dr. Cristie Ann Delfin talks to participants on conquering their fears in public speaking on Day 2 of the GRACE Communication Series

And as if these activities weren’t enough, Golden Prince Hotel goes the extra mile to provide a venue for health & wellness activities, such as the Salamat Dok! Medical Mission, Badminton CompetitionZumba Fitness Party and Miracle Meeting (Healing Ministry) with Pastor Mark Hemans. These activities served as the hotel’s way of giving back to the people who helped them establish a reliable name in the local hospitality industry.

This September 30th, to culminate its tenth anniversary, Golden Prince Hotel and Suites will host a special evening of celebration and memorable performances from an upcoming local sensation, Stephanie and no less than Asia’s Queen of Songs, Ms. Pilita Corrales.

A bountiful amount of international cuisine will be served to the guests while being serenaded by the legend along with other stars during this memorable Night with Pilita Corrales!

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With all the events slated by the hotel in celebration of 10th Anniversary, it is indeed a Golden Decade worth celebrating with gratitude!

And oh, yes, tickets are still available for A Night with Pilita Corrales. For ticket reservations and inquiries, do call them at 230-1500 or 230-1555. Daghang salamat!

Experience Korea at Cebu City Korea Day 2016

It’s that time of the year again when all eyes are on the Cebu Korean community, most especially because October is known to be the season for all things Korean in the Philippines!

Now on its sixth year of showcasing various aspects of Korean culture and traditions to the Cebuano community, the Cebu Korean Association (Cebu Hanin Hue, Inc.) has joined forces once again with the Cebu City Government and SM City Cebu to bring this yearly treat to fans of Korean culture, food, art, music and more!

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The 6th Cebu City Korea Day will culminate on September 30, 2016 (Friday) 6:00PM onwards at the SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium. This unique cultural showcase will feature activities that encapsulate the beauty of both the Korean and Cebuano heritage. It will truly be a night to remember for everyone who will come and witness the event!

And as if that’s not enough, CKA has gone out of its way to make Cebuano KPop fans happy by inviting Double Eight, a 5-member Korean Pop boy group with HY Company and managed by M Entertainment in the Philippines, to entertain fans with their performances! They will be performing at the Cebu KPop Star Grand Finals on September 29 and on Cebu City Korean Day on September 30.

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The members of Double Eight. Photo courtesy of Mr. June Young Jung of M Entertainment.

Prior to the main event on September 30th, a series of activities will be held leading up to the grand culmination of the event, as follows:

KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL
September 29 – October 2, 2016
Venue: SM City Cebu Cinema 5

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2016 Korean Film Festival Schedule (from Korean Cultural Center PH)

KOREAN FOOD FESTIVAL
September 29 – October 2, 2016
Venue: SM City Cebu Open Parking (near V-Hire Terminal)

KOREAN CULTURE EXHIBIT
September 29 – October 2, 2016
Venue: SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium Hallway (2nd Floor)

CEBU KPOP STAR GRAND FINALS
September 29, 2016 (6:00PM)
Venue: SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium

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What are you waiting for? Better get your schedule booked for this weekend! With the increasingly growing number of Koreans visiting and residing in Cebu as well as the steadily rising number of Cebuano Hallyu (Korean wave) fans, this four-day festival is sure to draw an even larger crowd this 2016!

So, well, if you want to experience Korea at Cebu City Korea Day this September 30, you can begin by making plans with your chingu (friend) and agreeing to meet at the venue early. Trust me, you’ll thank the heavens you decided to go to the venue early because the crowd is going to be massive. I repeat, massive.

See you at Cebu City Korea Day! 세부시 한국의날에 만나요! ♥

(Third Team Media is Cebu Korean Association, Inc.’s Media Partner for Cebu City Korea Day 2016.)

What You Shouldn’t Miss From #HomeReady AboitizLand Home Fair

Trust us, you won’t regret visiting us at SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium this August 26-28, 2016 because everything you’ll ever need in your search for your dream home will be there for you to see.

In a couple of hours, the biggest Home Fair brought to you by AboitizLand will commence. This home fair is especially geared towards first-time homeowners, startup families and investors looking into making a prime investment that would surely be worth their money.

How about you? Are you #HomeReady?

This is AboitizLand, Inc.’s second home fair event for the #HomeReady event series – a home fair and one-stop shop for families and individuals who desire to make that next big step towards owning a home, getting an upgrade or investing in real estate. Banking on the huge success of their first #HomeReady event in April 2016, they will be hosting the event at the same venue — the SM City Cebu Northwing Atrium.

In its second home fair, the AboitizLand team is bringing in several activities that will help you become #HomeReady:

Of course, there will be an exhibit of all AboitizLand developments that cater to varying needs and purchase capacity:  houses and lots for young, start up families or those looking to move to a better home; and lots for those looking to invest in real estate or build a second home.  There are also condominium units for young, modern individuals who wish to live at the heart of the city and closer to both work and play.

The exhibit will include several AboitizLand projects located in Cebu:

But what would an event be if it doesn’t involve the whole family? The team also has several activities aside from the free consultations: live musical performances, Housey mascot meet-and greet, free sweets, and to top it off, amazing deals and discounts!

Watch the video below to see all that’s in store for you this August 26-28! Or better yet, you could give the Marketing Team a call 411-1620 for more information before heading off to #HomeReady. See you there!

Cebu Mall Hours for Holy Week 2016

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The Holy Week in the Philippines is marked with a lot of religious activities. In this light, establishments close their doors particularly on Maundy Thursday (March 24th) and Good Friday (March 25th).

Here in Cebu though, major malls have announced that they will remain open on Maundy Thursday and Black Saturday.

If you’re in Cebu and you have plans to hit the malls for some shopping food trip or just to get a bite to eat, take note of the following mall hours:

 

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Cebu Mall Hours for Holy Week 2016

 

Thursday, March 24

SM Supermalls, Robinsons Malls, Parkmall, and J Center Mall will be closed on Maundy Thursday.

Ayala Malls Cebu is open from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Pacific Mall Mandaue is open from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

 

Friday, March 25

All malls have announced that they will be closed on Good Friday.

 

Saturday, March 26

Most of the malls will open and will go back to their regular operation hours. Take note of the following schedules:

SM Supermalls (10:00 AM – 9:00 PM)

  • SM CITY CEBU
  • SM SEASIDE
  • SM CONSOLACION

Ayala Malls (10:00 AM – 9:00 PM)

Robinsons Malls (10:00 AM – 9:00 PM)

  • Robinsons Fuente
  • Robinsons Cybergate
  • Robinsons Galleria Cebu

Parkmall (12:00 NN – 9:00 PM)

J Center Mall (9:30 AM – 9:00 PM)

Pacific Mall Mandaue (9:00 AM – 9:00 PM)

 

Colonnade Mall, however, announced that they are still closed on a Black Saturday.

 

 

Meanwhile, The Outlets at Pueblo Verde in Lapu-Lapu City, have said that several of their stores are still open for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Check out their schedule, here:

Holy Week Schedule: The Outlets at Pueblo Verde

Holy Week Schedule: The Outlets at Pueblo Verde

 

All malls are back to normal operating hours on Easter Sunday.

 

Enjoy the Holy Week everyone!

26 Things to do on Facebook this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just one of the best. For some of my friends, and for a lot of people out there, they’d stay online to share on their social media accounts every single moment of their celebration. And why not?! Indulge your social media obsession on this day and maximize what the online world has available for you to take advantage of. Amirite?

And if you don’t mind, I’d share to you what my timeline would be filled with come February 14:

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1. Post the cheesiest messages for my crush. Customize this message to make it suitable for other social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

 

2. I may also try Tasty’s Do-It-Yourself chocolate chip cookies and post my baking progress on Facebook.

 

3. Talk about my loved ones in my statuses like there’s no tomorrow!

 

4. Reply with brilliant and romantic GIFs in Facebook chat.

 

5. Look for the best date spots in town using Facebook pages.

 

6. Head to the best romantic places in town (alone, huhu), check in on Facebook, and leave reviews on the FB pages of the places I’ll visit.

 

7. Follow the Hokage tips that my friend’s friend shared.

 

8. For the first time in my online life, respond to game requests and give them gifts just for today.

 

9. I’ll stop being a Jeje to not turn off my crush.

 

10. And just for today: Stop flooding my friends’ timeline with nonsense.

 

11. Stalk. Stalk. Stalk. I mean investigate crush’s wall.

 

12. Post a V selfie and write about love as caption.

 

13. Share every post in Marcelo Santos III’s page.

 

14. Or Senora Santibañez’s.

 

15. Use appropriate and popular hashtags ‘coz everybody knows making your own is lame.

 

16. Start reviewing my friend’s list and unfriending all people who are in a relationship. Yaz.

 

17. Make a comment on every post I see for no particular reason.

 

18. Type Amen to every post that Jesus asks for a like. And hopefully next Valentine’s I won’t be single anymore. C’mon, Jesus! I mean, please Jesus, please.

 

19. Pass chain messages. I mean, it’s a surefire way to avoid bad luck or bad relationships, right?

 

20. Start reading all text seryes in Facebook. At least now I can feel kilig-moments “for reals” and not only when I have to pee.

 

21. Post every hugot that I know. “Yun lang naman kasi ang alam mo. Perfect ka kasi. Akala ko ba matalino ka? Bakit hindi mo ako matutunang mahalin?” Pahk.

 

22. Or share cat posts. They are just so cute.

 

23. Show some love to my bet! Start campaigning for my presidential candidate and make myself socially-relevant.

 

24. Spam media pages with comments about why my candidate should win.

 

25. Wait a minute, it’s Sunday, so it’s a family day. I’ll spread some love to the #fambam. Love ya mom.

 

 

26. Or maybe, I should just deactivate my Facebook. #ForeverAlone

Get Lucky this Year of the Monkey!

All hail to the fire monkey!

This February 8, a fifth of the world’s population will welcome the Chinese New Year with family, food, firework displays and fortune consultations.

On the Chinese calendar, 2016 is assigned to the fire monkey, the adventurous and ambitious one among the zodiac animals.

The Chinese believe that people born in the Year of the Monkey are quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous. But contrary to common Filipino belief of getting lucky when your zodiac year comes around, it’s actually the opposite! *gasp*

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The zodiac animals are either closely related to ancient Chinese people’s daily lives, or have lucky meanings. The ox, horse, goat, rooster, pig, and dog are six of the main domestic animals raised by Chinese people. The other six animals: rat, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, and monkey are all loved by the Chinese people.

According to Chinese astrology, on your birth year, an unknown force comes out and offends the God of Age. Due to this, the God of Age will make sure that one will have bad luck on his zodiac birth year.

Before you throw yourself off the bridge, there is a way to break the curse! Block the bad luck from coming by wearing something red given by an elder (relative), such as socks, a neck cord, underwear, a waistband, a bracelet, or an anklet. Whew!

For a more comprehensive guide on getting lucky, check this infographic from travelguidechina.com:

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Now, on to the celebrations! May we all have a prosperous new year!

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The 12 Chinese Zodiac animals are in a fixed order according to Chinese Yin and Yang Theory and perceived attributes.

 

Sources:

Sabur, R., & Macphail, C. (2016, January 26). When is Chinese New Year 2016: Everything you need to know about the Year of the Monkey. Retrieved from The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/12072836/When-is-Chinese-New-Year.html

Van Hinsbergh, G. (2016, January 26). 10 Interesting Facts about Chinese New Year. Retrieved from China Highlights: http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/festivals/new-year-facts.htm

Wu, A. (2016, January 26). The Chinese Zodiac. Retrieved from China Highlights: http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/

Sinulog’s Invisible Hand

Nowadays, we have already realized the power of social media. From our experience, it can either make or break someone’s fortune, event, idea, or life. As we try to unfold its hidden strengths, we find that social media is one hell of a roller coaster.


This year and in the past years, photos and posts of people who are drunk during the Sinulog festival flooded various social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. We have seen some dreadful photos of teenagers lying on their own vomit and people who just went to sleep everywhere they want for they can’t even control themselves. Because of these posts, our government even imposed a stricter rules and regulations to be implemented to ensure everyone’s safety.

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Again, social media can either make or break us. During this time, some businesses have boomed to various opportunities being opened. Some students even earn just by posting some pictures of shirts that they sell. Mommies produce some delicacies, post some pictures on Facebook, and earn money from it.

I have also seen a post in Facebook about a man who offered free touring services to the most known historical spots in Cebu. And guess what did he use in publicizing this cause? Again it’s social media. Through social media, we are able to connect Cebu outside to the world. Through social media, we are able to let the world see the wonders that we can offer to them.

Indeed, social media opened a lot of opportunities during the most festive moment in Cebu. As long as we know how to use these properly, rest assured that Cebu be the most beautiful place this season.

Viva Pit Senor! 
#Sinulog2016

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7 Reasons Why Fork In The Road Is Your 2016 Food Trip DST

This has probably been one of the busiest years of our lives, but we’re far from done just yet. With Christmas over and the New Year just ’round corner, The Outlets at Pueblo Verde is bringing a strong year-end finish with  Fork in the Road – an all-new wing that will host a range of enticing food offerings!

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Fork in the Road restaurants are all Cebu homegrown restaurants that include the ff:

(1) Pigafetta feat. an Italian concept and named after one of the first European explorers who arrived in Cebu.

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(2) Big Flat Bread famous for its 30-inch pizza.

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(3) Zubuchon the widely hailed name in Cebu’s tastiest lechon.

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(4) Manggahan Restobar A new Cebuano fave that specializes in grilled meat & seafood dishes.

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(5) Choobi Choobi best known for its house specialty, Shrimp and Seafood in a Bag!

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(6) Kogi-Q sought for its all-you-can-eat yakiniku.

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And lastly, (7) Tea Kingdom A refreshing respite from the humidity of the islands where they serve organic milk tea drinks.

These fresh food options add to the current establishments at the complex: Bo’s Coffee, Calda Pizza, Black Pearl, Cherry’s Nutritional Value Juice and Smoothie Bar, Famous Belgian Waffle, and Baba’s.

With the launching of the new wing, additional outlet stores are also opening and these fave 8 are accounted for:

  1. Oakley Vault
  2. Onitsuka Tiger Outlet
  3. Asics Outlet
  4. Comfit
  5. Casio/G-Shock
  6. Fusion, which carries Keds and Merrell
  7. The Bench Depot outlet, which offers brands such as Cotton On, F&X, Celio, La Senza Aldo, Call It Sprint, New Look, Pedro, and Kashieca
  8. Red Tag by Rustans carrying the brands Armani Exchane, Reiss, Ralph Lauren Kids, Roots, Women’s Secret, DKNY, Diesel, A2, Castell, and Amazonas

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The Outlets’ second year of Everything on Sale, 365 Days a year is even more grander when they made that split into a fork!

Cheers to more food trips this 2016!

 

Cebu City Marriott Hotel Lights Up Their Christmas Tree!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… and  Cebu City Marriott Hotel certainly summoned the perfect look and feel of Christmas this year.

Last Nov 26, 2015, Cebu City Marriott Hotel welcomed the holiday season with their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The day isn’t complete without the sparkling lights, the dreamy music, the wonderful carollers, and of course, the star of the show, their massive Christmas tree!

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The massive and iconic Christmas tree currently towers over the hotel’s lobby area, greeting and casting holiday cheer to their guests that come and go. It is a beauty that shouldn’t be missed so I’d invite you to drop by their lobby if you’re in the area and witness the grandeur.

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The lighting of the Christmas tree was led by Ms. Ingrid Santamaria, the award-winning classical pianist, together with the Cebu City Marriott Hotel heads. It was a performance that lulls you to thoughts of Christmas Eve, family, and gift-giving.

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Photo Source: Cebu Marriott Hotel Facebook Page

Also, the best of performer group in town — the Celestial Voices Chorale and Ballet Center of Cebu together with the nation’s celebrated concert pianist – Ingrid Santamaria, executed fantastic performances which made the night more relaxing and memorable.

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Celestial Voices Chorale

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Photo Source: Cebu Marriott Hotel Facebook Page

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Photo Source: Cebu Marriott Hotel Facebook Page

Guests were at the lobby helping themselves with some refreshments served by the hotel crew. You should have been there, too!

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Visit the Cebu City Marriot Hotel today and witness the gigantic Christmas tree. Grab a photo or two, too! Have a merry #‎MarriottChristmas2015‬ ahead! 😀