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Why you should celebrate the holidays at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

This holiday season we find ourselves home at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu as they open their doors (and kitchen!) with treats and gifts.

Sure, nothing beats opening gifts by our Christmas Tree, or grandma’s Christmas Lasagna. But sometimes when the usual tradition gets a little repetitive and the family getting smaller and smaller each year, as cousins and relatives move abroad, a change of scenery would be great to spice up the holidays. This holiday season we find our second home at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu as they open their doors (and most importantly, their kitchen) with gifts, treats and special promotions just in time to celebrate the festivities with the family.

 

The Tree of Hope

Cebu media gathered around the hotel's Tree of Hope

Cebu media gathered around the hotel’s Tree of Hope

In Marco Polo Plaza, the lighting up of the Tree of Hope signifies the beginning of the Festive Season. But more than that, this Christmas tradition also signifies the beginning of the season for giving.

Donate to the Tree of Hope for only Php 200 per Christmas ball from November 20, 2016 to January 2, 2017. All proceeds will be given to GMA Kapuso Foundation – one of the most accomplished non-government organizations in the Philippines whose mission is to uplift the lives of underprivileged Filipinos.

Christmas Ensaimadas

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Marco Polo’s now-famous holiday ensaimada returns this festive season (Photo by Patty Taboada/Zee Lifestyle)

The hotel’s limited edition Christmas Ensaimadas are back for the Festive Season! This rich, lush pastry combines the best of the classic fruitcake with the signature ensaimadas. Enjoy its nutty-fruity taste as it is generously sprinkled with cashews, dates, dried fruits and an overload of cheddar cheese. For only Php 130 net per piece, bring them home or give them away as gifts! They come in boxes of three and six.

Room Packages

Staycations at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Staycations at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Come home to Marco Polo Plaza from December 1-29, 2016 and avail of the Christmas Surprise room package. Starting at Php 4,850 net, this special yuletide package is inclusive of buffet breakfast for two. You will also enjoy a box of three ensaimadas to take home to your loved ones. A portion of the room rate will be donated to the GMA Kapuso Foundation.

On December 31, rates begin at Php 16,000 net inclusive of buffet breakfast, two tickets to the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at the Grand Ballroom and Countdown Party with a spectacular fireworks display at the Grand Balcony.

Festive Buffet

Turkey (Photo by Patty Taboada/Zee Lifestyle)

Turkey – a delicious holiday addition to Cafe Marco’s international buffet spread. (Photo by Patty Taboada/Zee Lifestyle)

The chicken relleno makes a comeback this year (Photo by Patty Taboada/Zee Lifestyle)

The chicken relleno makes a comeback this year (Photo by Patty Taboada/Zee Lifestyle)

What's Christmas without ham? (Photo by Patty Taboada/Zee Lifestyle)

What’s Christmas without ham? (Photo by Patty Taboada/Zee Lifestyle)

Have magical gatherings as Marco Polo Plaza prepares one grand holiday feast for you and your loved ones. Whether at Café Marco, Lobby Lounge or El Viento, enjoy festive season favorites such as Christmas ham, prime beef, chicken relleno and more on top of the regular international buffet spread.

From December 16-23, and 26-30, feast on Café Marco lunch buffet at Php 1,150 net per person and dinner buffet at Php 1,440 net per person.

On the 24th of December, dine on Café Marco’s lunch buffet at Php 1,150 net per person and dinner buffet at Php 2,200 net per person. Dinner is inclusive of free-flowing house wines, local beer, chilled juices and sodas.

You may also choose to spend an intimate Christmas evening with your loved ones on the 24th of December a thousand feet above sea level. Blu Bar and Grill offers a festive set dinner with wine pairing at Php 3,500 net per person.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be spreading Christmas cheer in all dining venues during Christmas Eve dinner followed by Christmas Eve Mass at the Grand Balcony at 10pm.

Enjoy 20% off on Café Marco Buffet price on the 24th of December from 10pm onwards and enjoy Noche Buena with the family!

Finally, celebrate Christmas day with your family and friends at Café Marco’s lunch and dinner buffet at Php 2,200 net per person with free-flowing house wines, local beer, chilled juices and sodas.

Chef’s Christmas Store

Desserts among other things you can purchase at the Chef's Christmas Store (Photo by Patty Taboada/Zee Lifestyle)

Desserts among other things you can purchase at the Chef’s Christmas Store (Photo by Patty Taboada/Zee Lifestyle)

How about a visit to Chef’s Christmas store located beside Café Marco? From November 20 to January 2, bring home something from the Marco Polo Plaza kitchen such as homemade jams, Christmas pudding, festive cookies, chocolate Santa Claus and so much more! You may also pre-order our special whole Christmas turkey for 5,000 net or our original glazed Christmas ham for Php 3,800 net. Christmas shopping at Nivel Hills just got more exciting! (with PR)

MARCO POLO PLAZA CEBU
Cebu Veterans Drive, Nivel Hills
6332. 253 1111 | website | Facebook

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Citizens of the World: CAMPAIGN 2KRAINE

Asmara Urban Resort and Lifestyle Village

Citizens of the World: CAMPAIGN 2KRAINE

By Eva Gullas

“We are all citizens of the world. What’s good for you, must be good for all. If you are lost, share a plate with a stranger… you will find who you are.”

-Jose Andres, renowned Spanish Chef and founder of World Central Kitchen

 

Chef José Andrés

Where there are humanitarian disasters, you will find the volunteers of World Central Kitchen.  In their midst will be local chefs, most of them inspired by its iconic founder, celebrity chef José Andrés. Founded in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in  2010, World Central Kitchen established its “chef network,” of global professional chefs. The vision was for a kind of “chefs without borders” program where volunteers would enact positive change by cooking using local knowledge and resources. Last year, they even came to the island of Siargao in response to an Instagram plea for help after typhoon Odette almost levelled this idyllic paradise. WCK sponsored 2 community kitchens for 2 months serving 250 to 500 meals per day in Siargao.

WCK at Siargao with volunteers, December 2021. (Photo courtesy of Ai-Ai Garcia)

Chef José Andrés was born in Spain where he honed his culinary skills at the eponymous El Bulli under Ferran Adria. By the time he moved to the US in 1991, he was well on his way to being part of the celebrity chefs, with his Bazaar restaurant at the then SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills a favorite hang-out for Hollywood stars. Michelin stars and James Beard awards followed closely. These days though, Jose Andres spends his time in kitchens all over the world while his top rated chain of restaurants in the US continue to thrive. There’s a Bazaar restaurant at Las Vegas and Miami, and if you happen to be in the area, check out their amazing servings – it’s worth the splurge especially since it is owned by this great humanitarian!

The Bazaar Restaurant in Miami

With the Ukraine invasion delivered to us in sharp details tru social media and TV, it’s hard to ignore. And so, it was a natural conversation to be able to do something about it even in a small way. On a full-moon evening a few days ago, joining us at a beachside home for dinner was Matthew Wood, the German singer guest of Miranda Konstantiniduo who is here for a few days to shoot his latest music video. Sated with a good meal by the sea, we idly discussed a fund raising event with Matthew. We have been so engrossed with local politics and a looming election in just 2 months, that it was refreshing to talk about something bigger than our small world. Butch Carungay, seated in front of me, took the idea to heart and by the following day, he had the graphics for the event, and a ready rolodex of possible donors for the silent auction. Getting on board the following night was Carlo Cordaro, who happily lent us the second level of Asmara Resort. To complement Matthew, Cebuana singer Doods Osmena also will belt out a few songs. An impressive list of items for the silent auction is being compiled by Butch, composed of overnight stays at top resorts, artworks and furniture pieces from named artists.  We will post a list on the day of event. 

German singer Matthew Wood

Asmara Urban Resort and Lifestyle Village

Ribbon designed by Butch Carungay for guests at the fund raising event

It is sponsored by Zee Publications Inc., in our first foray after having been dormant during the pandemic and typhoon Odette. Zee will soon be launching a new artsy printed magazine called Eatz Cebu! 

This Friday, March 25, at 6pm, we open the doors of Asmara Urban Resort (see map) for this fundraising where we hope you can join us by donating a minimum of $50 to the World Central Kitchen directly at https://wck.org/donate. It will be an evening of fun and fundraising, and entry is tru an email or digital receipt of your donation. 

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On February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine. By February 25, 2022, Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen (WCK) was on the ground serving free wholesome meals to those fleeing the violence. Chef Andrés and his volunteers have already served more than one million meals to Ukrainian refugees, from basements, train stations, and shelters. Still, cooking and distributing food in a war zone comes with unique challenges. “We began operations…over two weeks ago inside Lviv,” says Andrés. “The last two days we saw some missiles falling down. So, the western side of Ukraine, that actually was a safe haven for many Ukrainians leaving war, is already kind of feeling like the war is getting closer.” For Andrés, it’s a humanitarian necessity and a call he answers. “The least we can do at World Central Kitchen is be next to them – making sure they will be fed every day.”

SOURCE: MSNBC

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Take a Closer Look at the Stunning Couture Wedding Dresses of The Brides At Triton Fashion Show

photography by Ephraim Basbas

The wedding industry, together with twenty of Cebu’s leading as well as emerging fashion designers just made a glorious comeback in one magnificent fashion show, The Brides at Triton last March 12, 2022 at the Triton Grand Ballroom of the only 5-star premier resort & water park in the Philippines, Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark Cebu, in partnership with Danny Villarante, Emi Ayag and Cary Santiago.

Let’s take a closer look at the exquisite bridal couture dresses showcased at the fashion show:

Anthony Romoff

Anthony Romoff

Arnu Poe Camay

Arnu Poe Camay

Cary Santiago

Cary Santiago

Cary Santiago

Cary Santiago

Dexter Alazas

Dexter Alazas

Dino Lloren

Dino Lloren

Edwin Alba

Edwin Alba

Edwin Ao

Edwin Ao

Edwin Ao

Hanz Coquilla

Hanz Coquilla

Harley Ruedas

Harley Ruedas

Jun Escario

Jun Escario

Marichu Tan

Marichu Tan

Mel Maria

Mel Maria

Mike Yapching

Mike Yapching

A tribute was made for Philip Rodriguez’ 40th year in the fashion industry

Philip Rodriguez

Philip Rodriguez

Philipp Tampus

Philipp Tampus

Protacio

Protacio

Rei Escario

Rei Escario

Ronald Enrico

Ronald Enrico

Valerie Alvez

Valerie Alvez

Wendell Quisido

Wendell Quisido

 

 

 

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Inside Scoops at Cebu Art Week 2021

Post-Art Affair

By Emcee Go

On a rainy evening last Thursday, the first ever The Visayas Art Fair opened with fanfare, attended by art collectors, political personalities headed by Governor Gwen Garcia and Mayor Mike Rama, and big a crowd of Cebuanos.  The well attended 4-day event at the Montebello Hotel was an initiative of the Cebu Design Week (CDW) Inc., in collaboration with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, the Sacred Heart School for Boys Batch 1985 Foundation and the Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation.

Ronald Ventura’s obra was the opening wall of the exhibit.

Celebrated artist Ronald Ventura at the Cuevas Retrospective.

A separate hall was created purposely to house art galleries from Cebu, Manila and Bacolod. Qube Gallery headlined with an impressive body of work by Cebuano artist Anton Quisumbing and Sio Montera.  Quisumbing, noted for his metallic sculpture of churches, showed his latest collection with flat renditions of his otherwise 3D works, a series of architecturally defined lines that evoke his many churches.  On one side of Qube was a booth with paintings done by UP Fine Arts students while on the other side stood a huge painting done by Bacolod-based Charlie Co, titled Lukbo (reportedly priced at 4M). Project Orange, the Bacolod based collective, was well represented, as well as from Manila, among them Metro Gallery where a Dino Gabito painting of a monotone drape was sold early on.  Brisk sales were done as art lovers mingled with a surge of curious crowd who were there mainly for their IG feeds.

A trio of masters (left to right): landscapes by Fernando Amorsolo, Martino Abellana and Romulo Galicano from a private collection

Across the hall beyond the main driveway, in the central lobby, quietly facing the food stall of Tinderbox and Chocolates, a display wall featuring a Fernando Amorsolo, Martino Abellana and Romulo Galicano stood unguarded behind a large canvas of Ronald Ventura. Collectively, these 4 painting would be the Mona Lisa of the exhibit.  The elusive Mr. Ventura famously sold an artwork titled “Party Animal” at Christie’s Live Auction in Hong Kong for a cool 120 million pesos recently.

Melo Esguerra, Laurie Boquiren, Qube Gallery’s Mariz Holopainen and Charlie Co against Charlie’s red clown painting.

Late in the afternoon, an open auction of art pieces was going on — with jaw dropping figures of several zeros casually being thrown around, including another Gabito canvas that allegedly banged for 2M. Looking at the auction list, one wag was prompted to comment — I don’t know any of these art collectors, all names with 2 or 3 letters!

Congressman Toff de Venecia, architect Buck Sia, Esperanza Garcia and Butch Carungay

Other activities were on hand. The finalists of Miss Cebu 2022 were presented during a fashion show that featured the locally woven hablon creations of Dexter Alazas.  Another fashion show by FIDA students got rained on and had to transfer indoors. Both were staged to perhaps attract the otherwise uninclined art audience, a laudable enough reason. Seen downing several goblets of celebratory Moët was CDW’s Butch Carungay, together with Congressman Toff de Venecia who was on hand to talk about his creative industry initiatives in Congress, and Isa Garcia, perhaps eyeing more artwork for her dad Winston Garcia’s old masters.

The last, and best attraction of the Cebu Art Fair, at least in the opinion of this magazine, was the impressive pavilion housing the Tito Cuevas retrospective.  The modernist Cebuano artist operated for many decades at his humble home near the Cebu Capitol. Cuevas passed away in 2012. This would be the first time his body of work is displayed, and the scope and breath of his genius is impressive, largely undiscovered except to his avid collectors. In this exhibit, 2 paintings of  self portrait was a fun and irreverent play of colors and multiple heads with different expressions, part of the artist collection now belonging to his family. The 36 x 36 canvases are currently priced at P990,000. A large part of the Cuevas exhibit is owned by art-lover Michael Dino and his wife Christine.  Dino has been buying the Cuevas for some time, and now his more than 20 artworks anchors this retrospective.  “This is his last work and remains unfinished”, Christine Dino explained when asked why the huge splash of orange and yellow canvas was in prominent position.

Noted art collector Michael Dino and wife Christine has been collecting Cuevas for a long time.

Michael Dino is in a unique position to pull off this feat.  As the Presidential Advisor in Cebu, he has at his disposal the many government agencies needed to help.  Add to that his genuine love of collecting art, and access to the city’s only estate hotel, Montebello. “It was a collective effort,” he answered when we congratulated him. “Have you seen the wall of our next project,” he further tells us.  This would be CICAD, the exciting new chapter of Michael Dino’s passion with art. But that would have to be another story.

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