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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:
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:
All malls are back to normal operating hours on Easter Sunday.
Enjoy the Holy Week everyone!
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*
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:
Now, on to the celebrations! May we all have a prosperous new year!
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
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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!
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.
(2) Big Flat Bread famous for its 30-inch pizza.
(3) Zubuchon the widely hailed name in Cebu’s tastiest lechon.
(4) Manggahan Restobar A new Cebuano fave that specializes in grilled meat & seafood dishes.
(5) Choobi Choobi best known for its house specialty, Shrimp and Seafood in a Bag!
(6) Kogi-Q sought for its all-you-can-eat yakiniku.
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:
- Oakley Vault
- Onitsuka Tiger Outlet
- Asics Outlet
- Fusion, which carries Keds and Merrell
- 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
- Red Tag by Rustans carrying the brands Armani Exchane, Reiss, Ralph Lauren Kids, Roots, Women’s Secret, DKNY, Diesel, A2, Castell, and Amazonas
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!
If you have been following the #AlDub phenomenon, chances are, you already know that Yaya Dub’s Twitter got hijacked for a couple of hours by Anonymous Philippines.
What or who is/are Anonymous, really? Anon, as they are nicknamed, are hacktivists whose causes range from the promotion of free speech, unimpeded access to information, and transparency in government and corporate activities. The group has maintained that they did it for a cause.
So, who are the people behind Anonymous?
They are many and they are from all over the world. They go by the motto, “We are legion” and are fond of using the Guy Fawkes mask to brand themselves as part of the hacker group.
These masks were inspired by Alan Moore’s dystopian ‘V for Vendetta’, the 1988 graphic novel which is loosely based on the story of Guy Fawkes to protect their identity. Guy Fawkes is a member of the Gunpowder Plot, who was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords.
But these “kids” are not your average punks. The international collective of hackers had, over the years, done good for the world: taking down a white supremacist radio show host’s website, Project Chanology, exposing Chinese made cyber-attacks against the US, Operation DarkNet against child pornography, and Free Korea campaign urging Kim Jung On to resign. .
Our own PH based Anonymous group had achieved notoriety with their anti-China campaign against China’s occupation of Philippine territory.
Hackers are not all bad. But they can be, of course. Was Anon PH justified in hi jacking Maine’s account? Let’s hear it from these netizens:
What’s your opinion on online activism?
Looking for a relaxing yet elegant place to spend #TGIF nights? Well, aside from KTVs, disco bars and other luxurious clubs, a five star hotel is also worth a try. Cebu City Marriott Hotel should be one of your must go to destress corners, precisely because on Fridays and Saturdays, they’re serving their own unique blends of signature mojito drinks. Why not give it a shot? Pun not intended.
Aside from the luxury and comfort that the Cebu City Marriott Hotel offers, they take the word customer service seriously and kick it up a notch as you are made to feel at home by the warmest welcome given by their PR officer Mr. Nico Ivan Velasquez.
Last October 16, 2015 (Friday) we were given the chance to experience Marriot Hotel’s Mojito Night together with other Cebu bloggers. We were served with various exciting mojito mixes, particularly the Dragon Fruit, Strawberry and Guyabano mojitos.
Each drink has its distinct taste that surely would make you enjoy every single drop of it. The live band was a perfect complement for the night’s gathering.
The Dragon Fruit was the first drink we had. Its delightful albeit sour taste perfectly blended with the light touch of alcohol.
Then, we sampled the Strawberry mojito. It was sweet and very light, we couldn’t even tell that it had alcohol in it.
Lastly, we had the Guyabano. We expected it to be sour, but it wasn’t. Instead, it was sweet and tangy, and the alcohol taste came out quite strong. Nonetheless, it was pretty good.
“Learn from one passionate woman’s story in pursuing success from the corporate jungle to one of the world’s leading tourist island.”
Making a big decision is also taking a high degree of risk. It allows you to feel proactive — making things happen rather than waiting for them to happen to you. Success doesn’t come into one’s lap. SUCCESS, my dears, is pursued.
Valerie Geraldez, co-founder of family-run guesthouse Agos Boracay Rooms + Beds and a licensed real estate broker, was an account officer for the Aboitiz Power Corporation, before she decided to take the leap that would change not only her career, but her life in a 360 degrees turnabout.
Deciding to work for herself was one of the most important decisions that launched her eventual fate to success.
In her words, “leaving the ‘steady’ life of the corporate world to move to Boracay Island and to establish Agos Boracay together with her brother Micah competing with over 500 other properties,” was “unconventionally what I needed.”
Not only did they establish Agos and did it well, but she also passed the Real Estate Board early this year, adding yet another accomplishment to her prowess.
A Hollywood ending didn’t come easy to Valerie’s lap though. She had fought hard to stand firm by her decision of making it in the entrepreneurial world. She spent days and nights in developing strategies to market the business. She partnered with online and local travel agencies, bloggers, and enlisted the guesthouse in Tripadvisor. Her hard work didn’t fail her and soon enough, guest reviews started pouring in, topping the rankings in Tripadvisor and eventually winning Tripadvisor 2015 Traveler’s Choice award, making it to the Top 15 B&Bs/Inns in the Philippines and also receiving the Guest Review Award of Excellence from world leader online travel agency Booking.com. Word of mouth from fulfilled guests was and still is Agos Boracay’s biggest advertisement. All thanks to Valerie’s and her brother’s dogged efforts.
Starting something new is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle — it takes a lot of pieces and patience, but once you have enough in place, you begin to see the whole picture. Being relentless, professional, and driven in investing in herself and in the company 100% all throughout were the key pieces to Valerie’s entrepreneurial ride.
Putting up a business on your own is not an easy feat. Failure is never far behind sometimes looming on every step of the way. But success could just be trailing beside it all throughout! That’s why it is important to always put your trust where it should be – on yourself. But as a business owner, sometimes you can be your own worst enemy.
At the closing of my interview with Valerie, said confided that, “If I could only go back in time and undo all the mistakes and heartaches along my journey to success, I would be gentler with myself and relax a little.”
To protect and preserve our ecotourism sites, the Ecosystem Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) has develop a manual on visitors’ carrying capacity (CARCAP).
To give chances to the oppressed, marginalized and underprivileged is UPelikula 2015’s inspiration for this year’s film making competition.