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MDF Productions Opens A Haven For Passion

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MDF Productions brings us a place where everyone can freely express themselves through their passion as they open The Core last March 31, 2019 at FLC Center, Cebu, which the very first community space for arts that is built in Cebu.

The Core is a community space that is created to cater to everyone who is looking for an avenue to release their passion. They aim to encourage people to release their energy into doing what they love in a place where they can feel comfortable. “If they were to come in for dancing because it’s what they love to do, please come in and let yourself go, relax and express yourself here,” says Margo Frasco, the founder of MDF Productions and The Core.

The space is not only limited for dancing but it is for anything that anyone’s heart may desire. It can be for physical activities such as martial arts or it can be a space where people can exhibit their passion, may it be through holding seminars or an exhibition of artistic creations such as paintings and more. “It’s literally open to anyone who’d love to use the space,” Margo proudly says. “You can definitely come here to express a topic or a subject that you know you can teach to other people like painting or a gallery. It is basically about how you can express yourself towards a certain passion or idea,” she adds.

The Core also offers classes such as zumba, yoga, meditation and pop jazz that you can attend in very affordable rates. “There are ways where you stretch your body in the right way and there are also ways where you can hurt your body not even thinking that you are doing it the wrong way,” Margo explains. “Just to keep it safe for everyone, we wanted to get certified teachers that can teach on our space,” she adds.

That being said, The Core’s main feature is their sprung floor that made with rebonded foam and basket weave that is designed for the safety of those who wishes to utilize the space for physical activities. “The reason we have that is because when you dance or any kind of movement or activity, it always goes to your feet,” Margo explains. Other than the safety, the space is designed with mirrors for rehearsals. They also have black painted walls and curtain to cover the mirrors to transform the place into an intimate area for conferences and workshops or even poetry nights.

“When I moved in here in 2010. They asked me to direct a theatre production and it was difficult to find a place to rehearse that actors can be comfortable. Back then, I thought it would be nice to have your own place that could cater to anyone. So when the idea came to me, we pushed through,” says Margo when asked about how she came up with the idea of creating a community space for talents.

The founder wanted to create a space where everyone is free to express themselves and sure enough, she was able to provide us that. “Even in dancing and karate, you have to strengthen your core which is your stomach. Any kind of movement, anything that we do in life, it all starts in our hearts, which is our core,” says Margo. “The reason that we call it Core is because for me you really need to strengthen the inside first before you can express yourself,” she adds.

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Make Mom Feel Special With These 5 Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

What are you giving to Mom?

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While we should always celebrate and appreciate our mothers (and mother figures), Mother’s Day is an opportunity for us to go the extra mile. The day is fast-approaching; in fact, it’s only a few days away. 

If you haven’t decided what to get her yet, we’ve got you covered. Aside from the material things, don’t forget to treat her out to a nice meal, too! 

Anne Klein Women’s Watch and Bracelet Set

Nothing says elegant like a good watch. On her special day, it is only fitting that we give Mom timeless gifts like the Anne Klein Women’s Watch and Bracelet Set to remind her how precious she is.

This Embroidered Dress from Lotus

Growing up, Mom has always been our style coach and inspiration. Easy to style and accessorize, this Boho-chic Lotus Embroidered Dress is the perfect gift that captures both fashion and comfort for a fashionista mother who likes to look good and feel great at the same time.

PANDORA’s Mother Day Collection

Celebrating emotional connections, the PANDORA Mother’s Day 2019 collection contemplates motherly love in all its form. From biological bonds to modern-day sisterhoods and maternal figures, a new kinship grows – unconditional and true – on symbolic new jewellery designs inspired by the fabric of love. 

A Pair of Champion Keds x Kate Spade Sneakers

For the moms who love a lot of sparkle. You can get a FREE limited edition tote bag from Keds for every single-receipt purchase of regular priced merchandise with P3,995. This treat is available UNTIL MAY 12. 

…Or, these Chic Original Tri-Tone Sperry Boat Shoes

Sperry’s beloved Authentic Original boat shoe gets a chic update in the new Plush collection. This Authentic Original Plush Tritone shoe features the best of Sperry’s iconic style: hand-sewn nubuck uppers, comfortable fit, and Wave-siping non-slip outsoles. Plus, this Authentic Original Plush is 40% lighter with cool colour ways to choose from.

What are you giving to Mom?

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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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Inside Cebu: The Velavana

In the 22 years that Zee has been around, countless homes have made it to our glossy pages, and as we turned digital, on our screen—but there’s nothing quite like the Velavana, a whimsical bahay kubo crafted from bamboo. 

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Velvana Cebu Facade - Zee Lifestyle Cebu

The facade of the Velavana. Photo by Oliver Echevarria

 
In the 22 years that Zee has been around, countless homes have made it to our glossy pages, and as we turned digital, on our screen—but there’s nothing quite like the Velavana, a whimsical bahay kubo crafted from bamboo. 
 
Literally translating to “cube house”, the bahay kubo often serves as an icon of Philippine culture, and is mostly found in rural areas. It’s seen in many artworks that depict bayanihan, a Filipino value that refers to communal unity or a joint effort to achieve an objective, where a group of people are seen carrying the bahay kubo to transport it to a new location.
 
There aren’t many of these houses left standing in the urban sprawl of Cebu City; concrete is the preferred material for building properties, and contemporary architecture takes the lead. Although, that’s not to say that the bahay kubo is outdated in any way, as its architectural principles gave way to many houses and buildings that rose after the pre-colonial era, and even until now. 
 
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The open area and high-ceilinged foyer easily allows the breeze to pass through. Photo by Oliver Echevarria

 
The Velavana proves that the bahay kubo is a beautiful remnant of the past. Its location makes it doubly precious—built atop a hill in Cebu’s most exclusive gated community, the Velavana sprawls across a half hectare property surrounded by native foliage such as trees of banana, coconut, and bamboo—the last one doesn’t come as a surprise, seeing as Velavana is a combination of the Sanskrit words vela and vana, which mean “bamboo” and “house”, respectively.  
 
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In the foyer, lamps made from rattan and bamboo hang overhead. Photo by Oliver Echevarria

 
Its owner, whose identity we shall keep under wraps for their requested privacy, built Velavana for them and their family to hang out. For them, it’s the best venue to relax and unwind.
 
“The design was visioned in my brain, executed by two carpenters,” they share. “[It] Did challenge my artistic skills to the test. The end result… [is] Pure joy in my unicorn—rare and highly-valued— hideaway.”
 
Velvana Cebu Stairs - Zee Lifestyle Cebu

Before entering the house, guests must take off their shoe use the handwoven slippers at the entrance. Photo by Oliver Echevarria

 
When you step inside, its chic and airy interiors might throw you in for a loop. Nearly everything is made from organic materials—the furniture, the tables, the hanging lamps, the decor. In the foyer, bamboo vases filled with large glossy leaves of the philodendron and bright white orchids sit atop a glass table with intricately-woven wooden legs. 
 
Velvana Cebu Dining Area - Zee Lifestyle Cebu

Velvana’s open air dining area. Photo by Oliver Echevarria

 
To the right is the open-air dining area, with the table and chairs woven from rattan. The same material is used to weave the charger plates and napkin holders, adding a native touch to the table settings. 
 
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Photo by Oliver Echevarria

 
Right in the center of the table lie a variety of Filipino elements. Green tundan (a variety of banana found all over the Philippines), along with white orchids, sungka boards and succulents are lined up to keep with the rustic theme. Hanging above the table are a swanky mishmash of white bougainvillea, ferns, leaves, more orchids, and succulents in terrariums. 
 
Velvana Cebu Living Area - Zee Lifestyle Cebu

The living area makes for the ideal place for a nightcap. Photo by Oliver Echevarria

 

On the left of the foyer is a living area, filled with the similarly-themed furniture. Clean white linen furbishing are offset by the woven elements, and greenery liven up the space. Sitting on the couch here gives you an unobstructed view of the city skyline, up until the sea surrounding the island. Everything about the Velavana screams serenity and relaxation, as if you’re on a retreat in tropical paradise. 

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