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How to party in Cebu II: When to party?

Zee Lifestyle contributing writer Rachel Arandilla guides you through when and where to best experience the Cebu party scene.

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How to party in Cebu

In the first part of this Cebu nightlife guide, Zee Lifestyle contributing writer Rachel Arandilla discussed the norms and what to expect when partying in Cebu. On the second and last part of the series, she guides you through when and where to best experience the Cebu party scene.

There seems to be an annual trend in the party scene in Cebu, with a high peak and low peak season—so tourists, plan your trip accordingly. The night scene is a bit dead during the summer school break, around April time, before it starts to pick up again during July when school season starts and tourists coming in. It gets even busier during ‘-ber’ months, peaking on December and January, before winding down again on February.

Sinulog in Cebu (Photo courtesy of Spectrum Philippines)

Sinulog in Cebu (Photo courtesy of Spectrum Philippines)

The best time to come to Cebu to party is during December to January, which is holiday season leading up to Sinulog season. Cebuanos are on ‘party mood’ during this time, as many balikbayans and overseas relatives come home during the holiday season. This means an endless string of christmas parties, reunions, homecomings, family parties, and more. Lechon, lechon, lechon. And plenty of Jose Mari Chan.

Sinulog is a different experience on its own that i would like to immortalize in a separate future blog post. But it’s definitely something one needs to experience, to get to know what Cebu party life and hospitality is all about. I met the best people and had the best experience every Sinulog!

Off-peak season is a bit trickier. Unlike major Asian cities like Bangkok, Hong Kong or Manila where something’s always happening every day of the week, Cebu City still has some sleepy days. Nightlife is pretty good on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Saturdays being the busiest time of the week.

Salsa Nights at Maya (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Salsa Nights at Maya (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

On Wednesdays, the most popular activity is Salsa Nights at MAYA, a Mexican restaurant of the Abaca Group in Crossroads, Banilad. Salsa night is every Wednesdays from 9PM to 12PM every Wednesdays. The crowd is hip and international, sharing the same love for latin music.

Expect things to get livelier during Fridays and Saturdays, where most of the key nightlife spots are alive and kicking!

 

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The Best Way to Donate to Charity Through GCash

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GCash introduces a program for advocacy that addresses different issues faced by society across different levels. GCash for Good is a pioneering corporate social responsibility program that encourages Filipinos to donate to non-government organizations for worthy advocacies such as education, environment, animal welfare and other social issues.

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Ney Villasenor – Vice President, GCash and Corporate Communications Group Head

“It all starts with your decision to do good,” says Reyner Villasenor, the VP for corporate communications. “GCash for Good is another big step to further develop the GCash app into a more socially relevant and sustainable platform that helps address issues across different levels,” he adds. With the launch of the GCash for Good Program, GCash invites NGO Partners from Cebu and nearby cities to join a community of doing good and giving back through the program.

“Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt) operates GCash as a springboard for donations to non-government organizations that champion various advocacies, thanks to its scale and innovative digital platform,” says Reyner. “With GCash for Good, GCash users can use the GCash app to donate to various groups to create an impact on society,” he adds.

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Mabel Niala, Head of Sustainability and External Affairs of Mynt

The GCash for Good program currently involves 35 NGOs, including UNDP, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, ECHOstore, Caritas Manila, WWF- Philippines, and more.

“The team at GCash really need to be commended for providing concerned citizens with a highly accountable platform to support the causes they are passionate about,” says Titon Mitra, county representative for UNDP. “I doesn’t matter how much one can afford to give- every peso to a good cause counts. GCash can be a powerful tool for direct citizen engagement and an important contribution to helping the Philippines to meet the Sustainable Development Goals,” he adds.

“I am calling all our NGO friends in Cebu and other nearby locales to join us as we spread the power of good through GCash,” says Reyner. Regulatory requirements are need to be completed by interested NGOs before becoming official GCash for Good partners to ensure the organizations are legitimate and the money donated cannot be abused.

“People now prefer to donate online, as this removes the hassle of having to go through long queues and processes, giving them more time to focus on their daily lives,” says Reyner during the launch of the GCash for Good program in Cebu. With that, partners of the program are happy that GCash has launched a program where people can be comfortable to donate their money.

“After a decade in development work supporting our social enterprises, I have seen the difficulties that non-government organizations face in mobilizing funding support for even the most worthy causes,” says Jeannie Javelosa, the director for ECHOsi Foundation, one of program’s current partner. “ I am excited to see what GCash for Good can do for the development community. With more Filipinos feeling comfortable about giving online, GCash for Good could be a game-changer,” she adds.

Reyner Villasenor stresses during the launch that through GCash, doing good is made easier and more efficient for people who wish to do so. “With GCash for Good, users will also have direct access to where their donations go. It showcases a more transparent and user-friendly interface for anyone to access,” Reyner says.

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Rotary Club Cebu Helps Children with CHD with a Run

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Rotary Club Cebu once again brings us the Citrineland Corporation Run for the Gift of Life last May 19, 2019, which is the third one ever since it was first introduced in the year 2016. This year’s run was held at 4:30 in the morning.

The Gift of Life program has been established for more than 10 years now with the goal of spreading awareness on indigent children from Visayas and Mindanao with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD). World-wide statistics show that 5 to 8 of every 1000 newborns are born with the defect and the 2015 Census poverty statistics shows that 1, 012 indigent children in the Visayas and Mindanao are annually born with CHDs. In order to improve these children’s quality of life or to prevent early death, they would need to undergo operation and finances from these families could be strained due to the high cost of maintenance medicine. Moreover, most local and regional public hospitals are not equipped for CHD-related pedia-cardio surgical procedures. Trained medical staff who are capable of undertaking the procedure are short as well.

Citrineland Corporation Run for the Gift of Life aims to address this problem through financially support the medical operations, equipments, and trainings of doctors geared towards the sole beneficiaries, the indigent children suffering from CHD. Through the years, they have also attracted active runners, people looking for avenue to relieve stress, and anyone who simply wanted to support the Gift of Life Program. Last year, the famous actress, Nadine Lustre cooperated with the program which generated a lot of interest and was recognized in both print and social media. Other than Nadine, may groups and people from near and far actively participated in the program, making enough donations to tend to almost 100 children with CHD for the year 2018 alone.

The program has been helping and supporting children with the disease, giving them hopes of a renewed life through reducing their medical costs. Over the years, Gift of Life had attracted national organizations to participate in the program. With last year’s event as a phenomenal success, 97 children with CHD have received heart surgeries and catheterization procedures for free from the funds raised during the run.

Gift of Life International has also been heavily supporting the program by deploying their medical staff to the Philippines in hopes of creating capable centers that can handle any kind of cardiovascular operations. Last year, 120 hospital staff were mentored including surgeons, doctors, nurses, hospital services staff, and maintenance staff. That being said, the program has helped treat more children in the past year than in the previous 11 years.

This year, the program once again have high hopes of treating more children with CHDs from Visayas and Mindanao. With over a thousand runners who participated in this years Run for the Gift of Life, it is no doubt that more children will be receiving the help that they need from the people and groups with good hearts who participated in the event.

Making a difference in this world is a difficult task for many people but Rotary Club Cebu have urged people to stand up and make that difference through participating in the Citrineland Corporation Run for the Gift of Life.

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Landers Cebu Turns Two

How do you celebrate turning two? With a 50% OFF sale, of course.

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Landers Superstore Cebu celebrates its 2nd anniversary with a super shopping experience for its members full of spectacular deals and fun activities from May 1 to May 5, 2019.

Indulge in 50% off on all Home, Doppio, and Dough & Co. items until May 5 and 50% discount on all fruits and vegetables in its fresh section on May 4. On Sunday, May 5, bring the kids for a fun and fantastic family day with their storytelling activity and The Greatest Musical Show at 4 p.m.  

Get 50% off on new memberships and renewal until May 15 exclusively at Landers Cebu. Aside from the convenient shopping experience and bargains on thousands of products Landers members get to experience true membership privileges that add value, give back and complement their everyday lifestyle from getting a free haircut, shampoo, and blowdry at Federal Barbers and the lowest-priced medicines in the market at Capital Care Pharmacy, and discounts of up to PHP 10 per liter when you gas up at the Landers Caltex gas station.

Join Landers Cebu’s 2nd Anniversary Celebration to enjoy five days of great finds, huge savings, and spectacular fun. Visit Landers Superstore on Facebook and Instagram @LandersPH and their website landers.ph.

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