Friday, October 23, 2015

Cebu City, Philippines all set to host the 51st International Eucharistic Congress January 2016

After stringent preparations from various sectors supported by the Local Government Units of Cebu, Cebu City Government, the Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu, various hospitality establishments in and around Cebu, the youth and the Cebuano faithful; the Queen City of the South is all set to host the 51st International Eucharistic Congress on January 24- 31, 2016. 

The International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) is an international gathering of clergy, religious and laity with the aim to promote awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church.  From its beginnings in 1881 in Lille, France the IEC has been celebrated almost every year around the world moving from country to country. The Philippines was fortunate to have hosted the 33rd IEC in Manila in 1937. For the 51st IEC, it will be held once again in the country with Cebu, Philippines as the chosen venue. 

Who is leading the IEC and How many are expected to come?

The Pontifical Committee on International Eucharistic Congress, headed by Archbishop Piero Marini is the one responsible for initiating and coordinating the IEC at the global level. The local committee in Cebu headed by Archbishop Jose S. Palma organizes and prepares for the Congress in 2016. This committe is supported by the National Committee which consists of the Permanent Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses of the CBCP chaired by Archbishop Romulo Valles along with the other commissions of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). 

The expected number of daily attendees to the Congress are around 15, 000 pilgrims. It is also projected that during the opening and closing Masses of the Congress, attendees could swell to a million. 

The Significance of IEC for Catholics in the Philippines and the world as a whole

The 51st IEC provides an opportunity for spiritual growth for all Catholics not only in the Philippines but abroad. The world will be watching and joining the event in prayer through video streaming in the IEC website and telecasts from the foreign media. 

Why Choose Cebu? 

The significance of IEC in Cebu is connected with the 9 year Novena for the 500th anniversary of the founding of Christianity in the Philippines. It was in Cebu that Christianity first came to our shores in 1521. The main venue for the 51st IEC will be the IEC Pavilion located in Pope John Paul II Avenue, Mabolo, Cebu City, Philippines. 

Preparations for Accommodations 

For the convenience of pilgrims and attendees to the 51st IEC,  the organizers has prepared an online booking and reservations system which consists of accredited hotels in Cebu and other hospitality establishments in and around the metro. For larger groups looking for accommodations, a directory of accredited Tour and Travel operators is also on hand to assist them. All of the establishments found in the booking system and directory have passed the standards set by the IEC committee. 

The IEC organizers have also asked people to open their homes to delegates and pilgrims. The IEC Home Stay Sub-Committee said it is still open to host families who would want to open their homes to delegates who cannot afford hotels or for those who want to immerse with Filipino families. Together with the Department of Tourism,  A seminar was held for IEC host families on hosting do’s and don’ts with topics ranging from proper behavior, suggested bed arrangements as well as dining etiquette. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Philippines largest bakeshop chain expands market reach and introduces innovative and tasty new products

Julie’s Bakeshop opens new branch in Canada

Julie’s Bakeshop opening, first store in Canada.The staff and crew of Julie’s Bakeshop in Canada with Mr. Raymund Fernandez (first from left), International Business Development Manager at Julie’s Franchise Corporation in the Philippines, and JBS franchisee in Canada, Mr. Eric Pecson(second from left).

April 27, 2015- the first Julie’s Bakeshop was opened in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada operated by Filipino franchisee Eric Pecson and his Canadian wife Marla. Before venturing into the Julie’s Bakeshop franchise, Eric has had over 15 years of experience in the Restaurant business, currently being the Area Developer of a major barbeque brand in Alberta as well as operating three franchises of a local food brand.

A native of Balik Balik, Sampaloc, Manila, Eric has lived and worked in Canada with his wife and three children for the past 17 years.  Being in the Food industry, he instantly saw great opportunity in bringing a highly recognizable Filipino brand to the captured market of over 30,000 overseas Filipinos residing in Canada.

Now, Pinoys will feel right at home as they wake up to the familiar look and feel of the neighborhood bakeshop they’ve grown to love back home. And like icing on a cake, add the uplifting aroma of Julie’s old time favorite breads fresh and hot off the oven every hour and it will seem like they’re never far from home!  This will definitely be a welcome treat from the usual fare found in most bakeshops.

The large Filipino community in Alberta became the primary reason for choosing the location and on its opening week, the market has been very enthusiastic and genuinely accepting.With the initial branch now fully operational, Julie’s has set its sights on further expansion around Alberta and perhaps other nearby provinces in Canada in the near future.

To date, Julie’s takes pride in bringing fresh and hot breads to over 100 million Filipinos across the country with close to 500 branches nationwide and counting.  Now, we include a consumer base of Filipinos and Canadians who are sure to keep coming back for more!

Delicious Coco Twirl and 3- in-1 Julie’s Kape     

Sink your teeth into Julie’s newest delectable surprise!  The all new Julie’s Coco Twirl is a milky- twirled bread filled with crispy sweetened coconut grits.  It’s a delicious balance of sweet-savory flavors you and your entire family can enjoy anytime of the day. 

Its soft, plump and milky dough is baked just right for a slight crunch on the outside, while velvety soft on the inside with a generous helping of crunchy coconut bits. Topped with a mild sugar glaze, one bite of the Coco Twirl will definitely get you hooked for more! 

It’s great for breakfast with your favorite Julie’s Kape, as “baon” for the kids at school, for your mid-day snack at the office or as “pasalubong” for the family at the end of a long day at work. 

With its richness in milk, margarine, and coconut grits, Coco Twirl is a unique balance of flavors that will keep you coming back for more!  The new Julie’s Coco Twirl is available in all Julie’s Bakeshop branches nationwide at P6.00 only.  Try one today!

There is no better way to start your day than waking up to the smell of freshly baked breads from your favorite Julie’s Bakeshop. How about adding a warm cup of coffee mixed just right with cream and sugar to kick start your morning? 

Yes, you read it right! Julie’s Bakeshop not only gives you freshly baked breads all day, they have added instant 3-in-1 Julie’s Kape at all Julie’s Bakeshop outlets nationwide and at your favorite sari-sari stores for only Php 5.00 SRP!

Whether coffee goes with your usual breakfast routine or you’re craving for a mid-day caffeine fix, pop into your nearest sari-sari store or head on to your neighborhood Julie’s bakeshop for a warm-me-up anytime! Great served chilled too! Just add some ice and your iced Julie’s Kape is good to go!

Now you can enjoy your favorite breads with a warm (or cold) cup of Julie’s Kape at any of over 500 Julie’s Bakeshop outlets nationwide and your favorite sari-sari store any time of the day!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tour Top Tourist Destinations and Dive with Car Rental and Cebu Tours

Whale Shark Watching at Oslob and Diving at Sumilon Island 

Take your family and friends to an amazing tour with Car Rental and Cebu Tours and experience the thrill of a lifetime as you swim / dive with the magnificent and gentle giants of the deep- Whale sharks in the town of Oslob in Southern Cebu or visit the famous dive sites of exotic Sumilon Island!

Diving Package for 3 Dives( Oslob and Sumilon Island) inclusive of lunch- Php 9,000.00 per person.

Snorkeling Package for Oslob and Sumilon Island inclusive of lunch- Php 6,000.00 per person.

Tour Cebu's Top Tourist Destinations and City Attractions  

At Car Rental & Cebu Tours, your travel plans are taken cared of with style, sensibility and comfort in mind. They're  you’re one- stop- shop travel and exploration specialist who will take you to the magnificent sites that the Queen City of the South is renowned for such as:

Magellan’s Cross 

Lapu- Lapu Shrine 

Taoist Temple 

Basilica Minore Del Sto. Niño 

Cebu Heritage Monument

Cebu Tops and so much more!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Wedding to remember in Cebu- Weddings at the Blu Bridal Fair by Radisson Blu Cebu

Brides- to- be, wedding planners and enthusiast will have something big to look forward to this coming June 13 and 14 as Cebu's premier weddings hotel Radisson Blu Cebu unveils the grandest bridal fair in town! 

Weddings at the Blu: A Bridal Fair will showcase 40 of the most sought after wedding suppliers exhibiting a wide array of choices that best fit your wedding needs and exquisite tastes. Plus, a 20% discount will be offered on all suppliers and SM City Gift Registry. Pocket events will also feature Radisson Blu Cebu's award-winning chefs, Executive Chef Roberto Kunitz and Executive Pastry Chef Allan Barrios. Celebrity skin care expert Dr. Vicki Belo of the Belo Medical Group will also grace the event. 

The event will also showcase a stunning collection from Cebu's well known designers such as Philip Rodriguez, Jun Escario, Mark Ty, Dexter Alazas and so much more!

Get the chance to avail of special Weddings at the Blu package which includes complimentary use of the function room, customized buffet prepared by the Executive Chef or a special lauriat menu by Chinese Master Chef Peter Yeung, sparkling wines and so much more. Added bonus will be a luxurious stay in an Executive Suite, a 2- hour full body spa treatment at Spa ESC, "waived corkage" and "your honeymoon on us" at Park Inn by Radisson in Davao, Pico Sands Hotel in Batangas or Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay. Get all of these perks for as low as Php 1,200 net per person for a minimum of 100 persons if you book your wedding at the bridal fair. Exciting raffle prizes are also up for grabs.

Save the dates, June 13 and 14 to get the best inspiration for your dream wedding with Radisson Blu Cebu at the SM City Cebu, Northwing Atrium. For inquiries, call (63 32) 402 9900 or email today. 

Weddings at the Blu: A Bridal Fair is brought to you by SM City Cebu, SM Gift Registry, Belo Medical Group, Stanz Catalan, Pink Flora, Pacific Audio Video Inc., Bacardi-Martini Philippines and Happy Living Philippines Corporation. Media partners SunStar Cebu, Cebu Daily News and The Freeman.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Cebu Buffet- The Top 5 Eat All You Can Restaurants in Cebu City

Staying in Cebu City and looking to try out the best treats in town?...Buffet restaurants quite abound the Queen City of the South and the ones on this list are certified standouts when it comes to hefty servings of sumptuous dishes and great value whether it be lunch or dinner. Take your pick from these choices and feast to your delight!

1. Feria Restaurant- Radisson Blu Cebu

True to its Roman connotation “Feria” for feast day Radisson Blu Cebu’s all day dining restaurant offers the widest selection of local and international dishes with spreads ranging from Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Asian, Indian plus a collection of the finest desserts. The restaurant is backed by the famous storied chefs- five great culinary masters from various corners of the globe so you can expect a truly gastronomic treat!

Opening Hours:  6:30 am- 10:30 pm 

Tel: (63 32) 402 9900

Location: Radisson Blu Cebu- Serging Osmeña Blvrd corner Juan Luna St. Cebu City

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2. Café Marco- Marco Polo Plaza

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s signature restaurant that’s on the A list of the city’s best buffet. Café Marco offers a variety of Filipino, Asian and International dishes along with the ambiance of dining with the lovely view of Cebu City in the background.

Opening Hours: 6:00 am- 10:00 pm

Tel: (63 32) 253 1111

Location:  Cebu Veteran’s Drive, Nivel Hills, Apas Cebu City 6000

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3. Grand Majestic Restaurant

Looking for a Chinese- Filipino inspired palette? This restaurant at the Grand Convention Center of Cebu offers a wide array of sumptuous dishes at unbelievable prices. Grand Majestic has branches at Arch. Reyes Ave., inside the Grand Convention Center, at Subangdaku, Mandaue City and at SM City Cebu.

Opening Hours:
11:00 am- 2:00 pm – Lunch
6:00 pm- 10:00 pm – Dinner 

Tel: (63 32) 231 5876 / (63 32) 231 9815 

Location: Grand Convention Center of Cebu, Arch. 
Reyes Ave. Cebu City 6000

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4. Port Seafood- Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino

As the name implies, it’s all about a fill of sizzling and exciting seafood at a bargain price with which Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino has been known for.

Opening Hours: 
11:00 am – 3:00 pm- Lunch
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm- Dinner
10:00 pm – 2:00 am- Late Nights

Tel: (63 32) 231 7441 / 516 6018

Location: Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, Salinas Drive, Lahug Cebu City

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5. Puso Bistro and Bar- Quest Hotel and Conference Center

A fairly large buffet spread, Quest Hotel’s Puso Restaurant offers diners an exciting treat (notably Japanese, Pasta Bar, Carving Station)  when it comes to having a feast at a surprisingly low price.  

Opening Hours:
11:30 am- 2:30 pm – Lunch
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm- Dinner

Tel: (63 32) 402 5999  

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cebu Weddings- The Best Wedding Venues in the Queen City of the South

Planning on having the most memorable event in your life at one of Cebu’s elegant venues? The queen city of the south is home to a variety of event venues which can accommodate different motifs, themes and number of guests.

Below is a list of unique and exciting venues that lets couples celebrate their wedding with style and sets the perfect mood with opulent packages and amenities.

1.  Alta Vista Golf and Country Club

Nestled atop Pardo Hills, Cebu City this magnificent golf course is the best place to tie the knot when it comes to green and nature inspired weddings and other special events. You will never go wrong with their elegant and spacious function rooms for big weddings and superb amenities along with a 360 degree breathtaking view of the city in the background.

Contact Details:

Alta Vista Golf and Country Club
Pardo Hills, Pardo 6000 Cebu City, Philippines
Tel: (63 32) 316 9960

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2. Radisson Blu Cebu

For couples looking for an elegant setting with spacious, flexible banquet and meeting facilities, this 5 star hotel in Cebu offers a unique getaway right in the heart of the city plus, successful events are insured with stylish themes, comprehensive audio visual services using only the latest equipment and innovative catering choices along with free high speed wireless internet.   

Contact Details:

Radisson Blu Cebu
Serging Osmeña Blvd corner Juan Luna Ave.
Cebu City 6000
Tel: (63 32) 402 9900

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3. Oakridge Pavilion

A first of its kind in Cebu, Oakridge Pavilion offers a large tent structure with high ceiling and carpeted floor that’s perfect for large weddings and other special events.
The tent structure is fully air conditioned and comes with internet access, a plaza  and large parking spaces.

Contact Details:

Oakridge Pavilion
880 A. S. Fortuna St., Banilad, Mandaue City Cebu
Tel: (63 32) 343 3820

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4. Cathedral Museum of Cebu
For couples looking for a wedding set in religious and classic elegance, then this place is the right way to go. Book and reserve the place in advance however for proper guidance to avoid disrupting the daily activities of the museum.

Contact Details:

Cathedral Museum of Cebu
P. Burgos St. Cebu City (Adjacent Cebu City Cathedral)
Tel: (63 32) 412 3455

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5. Fort San Pedro Cebu  

Another testament to Cebu’s rich colonial past, Fort San Pedro offer couples a unique ambiance set in a lush garden surrounded by rustic stone walls and relics from the Spanish era. The Fort can cater from small to large wedding receptions  

Contact Details:

Fort San Pedro
A.Pigafetta St., Cebu City (at the back of Plaza Independencia)
Tel: (63 32) 256 2284 / 416 7080

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6. Chateau de Busay Inn and Restaurant

Located in cebu’s scenic and peaceful transcentral highway, Chateu de Busay boasts of elegant wedding in a magnificent garden setting with the city lights in the background. This venue can well cater small to large wedding receptions.   

Contact Details:

Chateau de Busay Inn and Restaurant
Lower Busay Hills, Nivel Hills Cebu City
Tel: (63 32) 401 0564 / 231 2000

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7. Casino Español

For couples looking for a wedding with a Spanish flair, set with elegant interiors and stylish ambiance then this venue is the right choice.
From small to large wedding receptions, Casino Español comes equipped with various function rooms for every couple’s needs.

Contact Details:

Casino Español Cebu
107-109 V. Ranudo St. Cebu City 6000
Tel: (63 32) 253 1260 to 64

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