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This year’s set of bachelors project a singular sophistication that is too charming to resist.

This year’s set of bachelors project a singular sophistication that is too charming to resist.

A lot has been said about men who are impeccably dressed. And with the emergence of debonair characters on our TV screens—from Mad Men’s 1960’s collection of dapper advertising honchos who deliver lines while dressed in tailored three-piece suits and even the occasional hat, to the sharp-tongued and equally sharply dressed Harvey Specter on lawyer drama Suits—it’s clear that there’s a lot more to say.

Of course, it’s never just the clothes that make the man. What creates the magnetic pull to someone well-dressed is more than just the pants-shirt-jacket combination; what grabs attention, and eventually keeps it, is an attitude that is as important an accessory as a classic watch or thoroughly shined leather shoes—demonstrating a confidence that stems from success in various ventures and a determination to get further ahead.

This month, Zee Lifestyle features the men that Cebu will soon be going mad for—and not just for their broad shoulders and how good they look in sunglasses. What makes them really attractive is the success in their respective career endeavors at a generally young age, the passionate drive to do more for themselves and the place they now call home, and easygoing personalities that get them on everyone’s radar. And though said personalities are accessories enough, they up the ante with sunglasses and watches from Rudy Project, and sharp apparel from Marithé + François Girbaud. Truly, these five fashionable gentlemen are confident, competent and dedicated to what they do; and let’s be honest, the good looks don’t hurt either.

 

VINCE LAMPERT

It may seem that the way Vince Lampert landed in Cebu 11 years ago was an act of serendipity. He started his career with DEDON during the summer of 2001 in Luneburg, Germany packing products for German customer deliveries, when his efficiency garnered the attention of the company’s owner who sent him out of Germany for work. As fate would have had it, the next 24 hours found Vince in Cebu, where his fondness for the weather, culture and people was reason enough to stay. Now, the 29-year-old is the managing director of DEDON Cebu Manufacturing. But his determination means there’s still more to come. “Big ambition, big plans!”

What is your career mantra?

“Give more, expect less.” Whether it is personal or career wise, when you give more of yourself, it will come back to you a thousand fold… I see it as a kind of “pass it forward.” You pass on your kindness; in hopes that that person passes on kindness to another person.

What is the best quality you can offer a woman?

Integrity, it’s the total package. A man with integrity not just shows sincere unconditional love but also encompasses pure respect, adoration and all other values that make you a “real man.”

When you look at your old photos, what was your “what was I thinking?!” moment, fashion-wise?

Flashy/sporty mode. I was fully into soccer and playing my sport, practicing three times a week and having weekend games and tournaments. Wearing jeans and a polo shirt at that time was impossible for me.

We’re all still kids inside. What makes your inner child come out?

We all have an inner child in us and sometimes we need to get in touch with [our inner child] to enjoy and appreciate what life truly brings. I remember this quote from George Bernard Shaw that says, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

JONATHAN KENNEDY

Jonathan Kennedy began his career working at the front office of the Montreal Canadiens, but he always knew that he eventually wanted to start his own business. After several small web business ventures, Jon, along with partners JP Bisson and Diana Quartin, landed in Cebu last year with Clicking Labs, a company that offers marketing services for companies who want to create a strong online presence. But more than building a successful business, Clicking Labs credits their success over the past year to finding the right people for the job, and are dedicated to creating an empowering and happy work environment. Of course, Jon’s roots in sports remain—he also runs www.asportinglife.co, where he highlights the creative side to sports.

What is your career mantra?

Helping others along their paths somehow helps you along yours.

What’s next for you?

The next step is to work hard on developing a culture of happy and motivated employees. The Zappos.com model is one that many employers can benefit from. They built a billion dollar company on the concept of happy employees and outstanding customer service. We want to become the best place to work in the Philippines while reaching impressive growth and sales figures.

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Do you agree?

Definitely. Nothing makes me happier than someone going out of their way to prepare a meal for me.

What’s your go-to aphrodisiac?

Sr. Pedro Lechon Manok

Which Mad Man are you?

Don Draper. I’m the creative problem solver, I love crisp white shirts and I’m somewhat of an online ad man.

JP BISSON

Jean-Patrick Bisson must have entrepreneurship in his blood—starting out with lemonade stands at an early age in Canada before moving on to starting a landscaping company with friends in high school and selling items from China through the classified ads. The internet proved to be a turning point, with the inception of Clicking Labs, which he founded with Jon Kennedy and Diana Quartin. The business led them to Cebu, and over the past year, Clicking Labs has progressed to a new office and a growing staff of 50. In his downtime, JP enjoys reading and getting massages, although one of the things he enjoys most about Cebu is having the beach just a short drive away.

What advice do you have for the Filipino people to get to where you are now?

Focus, guts and a willingness to go the extra mile. I’ve spoken to many brilliant Cebuanos who would make great entrepreneurs but they often lack the confidence or the family support to make the leap and be willing to fail.

Who is your idol, career-wise?

I admire many entrepreneurs but Steve Jobs is at the top of that list. He built a company from his garage, got fired, then came back and pulled the biggest turnaround in business history.

Are you single?

I have a girlfriend who’s also my business party. Crazy? Yeah I know.

What is the best quality you can offer a woman?

Understanding that women are meant to be loved, not understood.

What sports do you play?

I love hockey. We’ve even started a ball hockey game every Wednesday night at the Apas Barangay basketball court. [Shameless plug!] In Canada, I used to snowboard but it’s been a while now.

SAM GULLAS

At 27, Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr, or Samsam, began his career learning the business before becoming the assistant vice-president for administration and finance at the University of the Visayas. Upon the behest of his grandfather and father, he spent the early days of his career being transferred to various departments; now, he assists the university’s administrators in managing the school. He also manages the university’s basketball teams, and is the basketball and sports commissioner for Talisay City. But one thing that’s really important is family. In fact, his decision to run for public office in the 2013 elections was inspired by his grandfather, Eddie Gullas.

What advice do you have for the Filipino people to get to where you are now?

Always trust family. They will always know what is best for you. You may argue along the way, but at the end of the day, they will always have your best interests at heart.

A way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Do you agree?

Yes! I think it comes from my shortcomings as a cook as well. As I always say, the microwave was and always will be the best invention for a single man.

What sports do you play?

Basketball. I used to practice with the UV basketball teams everyday but since I got injured last November, I haven’t played basketball. But hopefully I’ll be back soon.

What is your opinion on politics in the country?

I think we are going in the right direction. Filipinos are passionate. I am very sure that if all of us are united towards one common goal, like how we are during a Pacquiao fight, the Philippines will surely move forward.

We’re all still kids inside, what makes you inner child come out?

It definitely comes out when I’m with my brothers and sisters. I may be the oldest in a bunch of five but when I’m with them, I basically act like the youngest.

GIO PUCCINI

Half Italian, half Columbian Gio Puccini’s stay in the Philippines began as a vacation in neighboring provinces when he landed a job with ePerformax Contact Centers & BPO in Manila. His extended stay allowed more vacation time and Cebu quickly became one of his favorite destinations, which made his appointment as program director at the ePerformax office in Cebu a welcome assignment. However, most people might know him better as Gio Salvador, the name he adapted while sharing the screen with Boy Abunda, Aiai De Las Alas, Eugene Domingo, John Lloyd Cruz, among others as a model, host and actor. Now at 26, Gio has settled into the Philippine lifestyle comfortably, although he believes working on the beach would be a great addition to his routine.

How did you reach where you are in your career?

Sticking to what I believe in and verbalizing what has been thoroughly thought out—whether it’s an idea or solution to address challenges, issues and opportunities—has helped catapult my career. When you work in a company like ePerformax that values its people and believes that everyone’s opinions matters, I encourage everyone to speak up.

What is your career mantra?

Work hard, play hard. Be productive, healthy and happy.

What do you look for in a woman?

Nothing is more beautiful than an intelligent woman. I also love one who is good at time management, and is able to take off to visit a new area at a whim.

When you look at your old photos, what was your “what was I thinking?!” moment, fashion-wise?

Wearing camo cargo shorts. I was a nerd in high school, so it’s okay.

What sports do you play?

I’ll play anything although I’m not a pro. I just joined the ePerformax soccer team. In high school, I played water polo, which was tons of fun. I also like hobie catamarans, surfing, pretty much anything in the water.

  • by Shari Quimbo
  • sittings editor Katsy Borromeo
  • production manager David Jones Cua
  • creative director Mikey Sanchez
  • production assistant Philip Lapinid IV
  • hair and make-up Gari Son and Jomer Arances
  • photographer Jan Gonzales
  • locale The Rhine Suite and La Gondola at The Waterfront Hotel and Casino Lahug

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EXCLUSIVE: Never Been Released Behind-the-Scenes photos of Zee Lifestyle’s Emerald Issue Cover Shoot

Photographer Jan Gonzales, Margie Lhuillier, June Alegrado, Kryz Uy, Mia Arcenas, Amparito Lhuillier and Alice Woolbright

We celebrate the strength and resilience of womanhood in this year’s Mother’s Day by looking back at these never been seen before behind-the-scenes shots of  Zee Lifestyle Magazine’s Emerald (20th Anniversary) Issue cover shoot featuring the “Leading Women” of Cebu.

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LEADING WOMEN

To celebrate the 20 beautiful years of Zee Lifestyle as the ultimate source of lifestyle news in Cebu, we handpicked 12 strong and stylish women of Cebu from every age group. These women show us that independently building one’s strength of character and living one’s passion knows no age. From the beginning, Zee has always been empowering women, providing the Cebuanas a platform to express their beauty and confidence, share their passions, engage in economic and political participation which yields to viewing women with equality and respect that we deserve.

photography Jan Gonzales
creative director Melo Esguerra
art director Doro Barandino
sittings editor Shari Quimbo
beauty director Romero Vergara
makeup Arnauld, Janice Barillo and Nicko dela Peña
hair Jessie Egos and Jake Arias
fashion styling Clint Potestas
production assistants Patty Taboada and Katrina Labra
locale Marco Polo Plaza Hotel Cebu

Twelve women, two sets and one afternoon. That is how the Zee Lifestyle team decided to celebrate the title’s 20th anniversary issue—with a challenge that, in some ways, is one of our biggest productions yet.

The idea came along when publisher Eva Gullas and editor-at-large Melo Esguerra were discussing a cover story that would best represent the magazine’s history. From commissioning artistic depictions on Cebu to playing with the anniversary’s emerald theme, no idea had stuck until Melo suggested putting a series of women who had already been on the cover of Zee, again on the cover all together.

Oj Hofer and Margot Osmeña

Kryz Uy

Coming up with the list of names, of course, was no small feat. Our covers from the last 20 years have included several strong personalities—from philanthropists and politicians, to actors, and names to soon watch out for, our pages have seen them all. The challenge, then, was to come up with a list of women who had been driving forces in their respective fields when they had first appeared on the cover, and remain as powerful players even today.

Amparito Lhuillier, Kryz Uy, Alice Woolbright, Margot Osmeña and June Alegrado all wearing MIRANDA KONSTANTINIDOU

Photographer Jan Gonzales and creative director Melo Esguerra

With input from editors, both past and present, we rounded up 12 women from different age groups, fields and industries, who are all strong and passionate at whatever it is they do—Amparito Lhuillier, who remains the doyenne of Cebu society as a picture of elegance and class with her continuing efforts in business and social causes; the always-stylish Marguerite Lhuillier, herself an example of sophistication in all her efforts, whether business or otherwise; Margot Osmeña, who as a Cebu City Councilor has spearheaded many urban projects directed for the betterment of living in the city; hospitality mavens June Alegrado and Alice Woolbright, who are deeply involved in the rise of their brands, Bluewater properties and Beverly Hotel, respectively; Christina Garcia Frasco, the current Lilo-an Mayor advocating impressively progressive efforts in the area; former model Fiona King, now a major player in homegrown real estate with projects like Bloq Residences; the fitness enthusiast Danessa Onglatco who has espoused wellness with the opening of Yogahub; restaurateur Carla Yeung-McKowen who is behind the city’s hottest dining outlet, The Pig & Palm; designer Mia Arcenas, whose signature resort wear and accessories are representative of Cebu’s laid back lifestyle; Kym Maitland-Smith, who juggles efforts in swimsuit design through SOLTI Activewear and is building awareness for the vegan lifestyle; and Kryz Uy, whose online presence was a strong one even before fashion blogs were on anyone’s radar.

Kymberly Maitland-Smith

Makeup Artist Romero Vergara, June Alegrado and Hair Stylist Jessie Egos

An impressive bunch, for sure. These women properly embody the characteristics that Zee Lifestyle looks for in one who makes the cover—beauty, yes, but also elegance coupled with individuality, and always a strong drive to succeed in whatever efforts they are directed.

This, it turns out, was the fitting tribute to the years Zee has been Cebu’s premier lifestyle bible, as well as a sign of the things forthcoming. Our 12 cover stars may have been on our pages before, but if their current efforts are any indication, our pages will continue to see more of them in the future. And as continuing purveyors of what Cebu has to offer, Zee Lifestyle will happily be seeing them in the years to come.

FROM LEFT Marguerite wears CARY SANTIAGO; June wears PHILIP RODRIGUEZ; Mia wears MIA ARCENAS; Kryz wears ELIZABETH HALLIE; Amparito wears MONIQUE LHUILLIER; Alice wears PHILIP RODRIGUEZ; Fiona wears VANIA ROMOFF; Margot wears PHILIP RODRIGUEZ; Danessa wears OJ HOFER; Carla wears ALICE+OLIVIA; Christina wears DINO LLOREN

(This article had already been published in Zee Lifestyle’s December 2016 Emerald Issue, “Leading Women” on pages 140-155.)

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La Liga Henerales: Shaping History Awareness Back Again in Cebu

La Liga Henerales is a community of young talents passionately promotes historical awareness through periodic costumes carefully researched for its authenticity and accuracy and promoted as well in events and schools.

Only few individuals before were into pursuit in this historical awareness project until the age of communication where internet is convenient in the palm of our hands through our gadgets. New information travel fast and data is retrievable, yet also possess a disadvantage with the plethora of different social media platforms carried by various makers as well. In a daily basis, historical backgrounds are unearthed making its trend until now as new discoveries are released, but the idea of these information being shown and shared is as close as not valuing or commemorating to its sources leaving this information just a trend.

There is a certain community of Cebuanos that are taking a quest to rewrite and restructure what was in the past, filling the gaps in facts with further research of variable sources that are made debatable but sticks to it true cause, to unveil the truths of our heritage and our origins, as Cebuanos and as Filipinos as well.

La Liga Henerales is a Cebu-based, non-profit organization composed of a group of talented, committed and respectable individuals from different walks of life, schools and profession whose primary aim is to promote both, Cebuano and filipino culture and heritage that was depicted before in pre-colonial and colonial eras via re-enactment with costumes vested in proper research and investigation to achieve authenticity. They also push their cause on schools and other social gatherings promoting and spreading awareness about our local, and national heroes that we look up to. With these said, they also portray a closer look of the lifestyle of the past to where they perform stories, perform forgotten dances and rituals and portray their individual roles, vital in the fight of our country’s future during those challenging times, and in honor to spread awareness of the lost practices we had in those times.

The Founder

Combining passion and education. Louis Villaflor re-enacts his way patriotism through his periodical costumes and expresses his love for Cebu and Philippines as a culture-centric country.

Louis Kenneth Villaflor, an entrepreneur and an avid history enthusiast and costumer, founded the group on the purpose of re-educating the youth about real local and national history, he saw the opportunity to combine his favourite hobbies which is costuming and story role-playing and the process to instill the historical awareness and value among the youth and in schools, along with a group of fellow enthusiasts who shares his passion about research and history, they took it among themselves to be purposeful in the advocacy in spreading historical awareness in schools or events by wearing periodically correct costumes and sharing the stories and its value to the youth.

Behind the Garments

With the its senior expertise of fashion design and a teacher of the field, his passion also of history caters also in his designs as he pushes through sustainable fashion and historical awareness combined.

Meet Rodney “Pee-Wee” Senining, who has been in the fashion industry since the late 90’s, strives  in concepts of avant-garde, innovation and cutting edge-fashion forward design. And also a teacher of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design of University of San Carlos, he had grown into research of books like the holy grail in the Library Resource Center and is always fascinated of the periodical times and how to preserve it; Hence, his interest had grown for the affinity of Periodical Costumes and Sustainable Fashion.

 Being part of the group La Liga Henerales, he was tasked to instantly be their mentor for the young talents and as the organization is still new and developing with limited funds, resourcefulness and research were done to come up with a good output of photo shoot and was quite proud of it and still promise on the next editions of pieces to be more historically accurate. Even as teacher for Fashion Design in SAFAD, his expertise comes hand in hand with the members as he helps them do research as well. His passion and interest somehow led him with enough knowledge to key the insights of the significant periods and historical backgrounds of it.

Historical Awareness in Cebu

The strength and progress of a country is anchored on how well they know and honor its history. The means of historical awareness in Cebu is almost non-existent among the Cebuanos, although we push forward in tourism and promote beauty through sceneries and other aspects of culture yet never commemorate deeply on historical icons such as our other local heroes, and ancient cultures as well that is almost been forgotten in an urban Cebu. Nevertheless, as long as communities’ like La Liga Henerales are now evolving in a learning state by real discovery by multiple resources, this will always reflect of how we appreciate love, patriotism and honor to our country and would look forward to progress.

 

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After the Razzmatazz and Razzle-dazzle: Post-Sinulog Thoughts

by Chrissy Grey Resaba

Buntings of red and yellow were removed from post to post. Streets were cleared and cleaned. Fireworks displays were faded in the sky. Beats of #prititit and tunes of tourism-booster Cebu tracks were being put to archive once again.

Contingents from different parts of Cebu and Central Visayas had gone back home. Party people had gone sober while some are still recovering. Traffic has gone back to normal. Businesses, as well, has gone back to normal.

However, all the fun and loud chants, smooth grooves, and frenzied choreographies are still replaying from the memory banks of the people who celebrated Sinulog 2020. The queen of all festivals in the Philippines has left again another mark of cultural and festive nostalgia to the people from all parts of the world and Cebuanos alike.

After all the razzmatazz and razzle-dazzle, let’s get to know what are these IG and FB personalities’ #PostSinulogThoughts about celebrating the newly-culminated Sinulog 2020 and how did they differentiate it to last year’s.

 

Eva Patalinjug

Eva Psychee Patalinjug, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2018 @evapatalinjug

I celebrated my Sinulog with my boyfriend and some of my close friends, we decided to choose a place where it’s not very crowded where we can see the whole Cebu, talk, and chill the night away. We went to Verified Lounge – Cebu’s newest premier sky lounge – located at the rooftop of the Avenir Building. It was something new for me as the night was calm as I was away from the busy streets of Cebu. It’s definitely one way of enjoying such festivities.

 

Kim Covert

Kim Covert @kimcovert

The Sinulog celebration this year has been one of the most memorable events in my life. Not only was I invited to perform a few of my own songs during the weekend’s festivities but I also turned over my Binibining Cebu Tourism crown to my successor. Last year, I was busy with work and was not able to completely grasp the events. This year’s festival was more organized which is a great success for Cebu. Many have flown in and had spent time with their families in the “Pit Senyor” spirit, others have enjoyed spending time off with friends and colleagues. It was a great way for me to start my New Year and close my Cebu chapter before I leave to the US in a week.

 

Alem Garcia

Alem Garcia @thealemgarcia

Well pretty much, I was still busy doing shows and events for Sinulog. But what made it different this year was the religious celebration made me believe even more that Sto. Niño is indeed miraculous and that He is meant to be celebrated. Even though you are successful in your chosen field, furthermore, everything will be meaningless if you do not have the faith.

Philip Pingoy

 

Philip Pingoy @almostablogger

We all have a Sinulog story to tell. It may be a story of losing faith and finding hope. But what is important is our devotion to the Holy Child Jesus (Señor. Sto. Niño). This year, my Sinulog experience was very different since I am already based in the United Kingdom. Thanks to the internet I was still able to watch the mass and all the festivities in Cebu. I am in UK because I prayed to Sto. Niño. So, let us not forget the reason we celebrate Sinulog and let us continue to share to the rest of the world why Sinulog is the grandest festival in the Philippines. Pit Senyor everyone! I hope you had a good one!

 

Lyssa Amor

Lyssa Amor @lyssaamor

Sinulog celebrates Filipinos’ acceptance of Christianity. This year, I celebrated Sinulog by hearing the word of God. I went to church which I do every Sinulog but the difference now is that I am not in Cebu. It’s my first time to celebrate Sinulog away from home because I’m currently in Japan. Although I didn’t dance the traditional Sinulog dance this year, I wasn’t able to watch the fireworks in Ayala, and didn’t spend time with my friends in Mango and IT Park. Snr. Sto. Niño will always be in my heart and I am forever grateful that our ancestors accepted Christianity and we continue to embrace it up until today.

 

Kevin Geniston @kgeniston

Sinulog will always be a highlight for me as a Cebuano. This year has been fulfilling as I was able to brave the crowd in the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu three times to attend the novena mass which had also become like bonding time with my family, daughter, friends and loved ones. I ended the celebration of the Sinulog festivities with a bit of the usual partying and/or clubbing.

Carlo Olano

Carlo Andrew Olano @kalamicebu

My Sinulog this year was a great mix of religious and secular activities. I was able to go to the church and somehow witnessed the Traslacion and the fluvial procession. I also went to many side events like parties, mall events, and fireworks exhibitions. Sinulog 2020 had a fantastic balance of fun, faith, and festivities.

 

Danna Bacolod

Danna Bacolod @dannabacolod

This is the second time I spent Sinulog with Cebu Pacific. We had series of events prepared during its entire week and participated the grand parade by having a float last Sunday. I always feel excited to join Sinulog Grand Parade and see a lot of people celebrating their own way of Sinulog along the streets of Cebu. Guess it’s safe to say that I had so much fun. Even if this was work-related, I didn’t feel like I’m actually working as it was always joyful doing events like these.

 

Nimo Scheming

Nimo Hideki @nimo_scheming

You prolly knew this already but, Sinulog 2020 was by far the most phenomenal Sinulog experience: more laidback than the previous years’. The music in every corner of the streets were still there to help you let loose and enjoy the experience. The surge of people had tested you both mentally and physically. But it was an experience you cannot miss like mingling with people from different walks of life and shouting out “Pit Senyor” to everyone. Summing up my Sinulog experience, I was able to get crazy and enjoy all aspects of the fest.

 

Michael Rey

Michael Rey @michaelsomewhere

I had the most relaxed Sinulog experience this year. I did not party and preferred to witness the grand parade instead. I do think that this year’s celebration was more colorful and much safer as establishments strictly abided the rules imposed by the Cebu City Government. I was also amazed at how the festival of fashion here in Cebu has evolved throughout the years.

Now, how about you? What are your #PostSinulogThoughts this Prititit 2020? Viva Pit Senyor!

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