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The Key to Living Vibrantly in the City

For many travelers—local and foreign, business and leisure—finding a home away from home while visiting a new city is like opening a locked door with multiple unidentified keys; one achieves success almost always only through a frustrating process of trial and error. Leading international serviced residence owner-operator The Ascott Limited, in partnership with leading developer Cebu Landmasters Inc., cuts out all this hassle as it introduces Citadines Cebu City, the key to a life of contemporary urban vibrancy and homely convenience in the queen city of the south.

Standing on the site of the Base Line development area, Citadines Cebu City delivers a dynamic urban lifestyle and a cozy retreat. Residents may enjoy a morning jog around the rubberized track oval of the nearby Cebu City Sports Center, which is accessible 24/7, after a short stop by the famous Fuente Osmeña Circle, a witness to countless Sinulog celebrations and other social, even political, gatherings. In the afternoon residents may explore the city’s business and commercial districts, such as the Cebu Business Park, where they can shop and eat at Ayala  Center Cebu. For residents who want to have fun come evening, General Maxilom Avenue (famously called Mango Avenue), the city’s major entertainment area, is only a few steps away.

And when residents finally have their fill of Cebu’s rhythms for the day, Citadines Cebu City will always welcome them back with warmth and style that are true of the Visayas.             

Citadines Cebu City offers 180 units with three apartment types to choose from: studio, one-bedroom and loft. Residents need not leave the comfort of their chosen apartment for most of their daily needs as the property offers an excellent array of features and amenities, including full-serviced kitchens, launderette and wireless internet access. The recreational floor, which houses the fitness center and swimming pool, ensures the enjoyment and supports the active lifestyle of residents. Conference and meeting facilities that foster high levels of productivity are also available for business travelers.

“We see great interest in Cebu, especially among young professionals and business travelers who combine their business and leisure goals at the same time,” shares Daniel Wee, the Country General Manager for The Ascott Limited Philippines. “Citadines Cebu City is targeting young, independent travelers who are visiting Cebu and desire modern comforts, business connectivity and customized services.”

The opening of Citadines Cebu City is set to refine the hospitality scene in Cebu as it redefines vibrant living.

For more information and updates, visit www.citadines.com or follow Citadines Cebu Apart’Hotel on Facebook. 

Eats

Dining Out? This Restaurant in Busay Offers Modern Filipino Cuisine with a View

Balay sa Busay is a new modern-Filipino food destination that offers an unhindered view of the city landscape, providing a pleasurable dining experience.

Balay sa Busay is a new modern-Filipino food destination in Busay, Cebu which offers an unhindered view of the city landscape and ocean view with a cool breeze, providing a pleasurable dining experience.

Specializing in modern Filipino cuisine, Balay sa Busay serves our favorite comfort food, with a taste of home and a unique Cebuano touch. House specialties include Adobong Binisaya ni Bebe, Hamonada sa Among Bukid, and Paboritong Sisig Ni Tatay.

Other bestsellers are the Chickenillo, a tender roasted whole chicken so tender that it can be cut using a platito; Pomelo Salad with toasted coconut with calamansi dressing; Pochero Rice; Banana Cue Ala Mode with sugar-coated cardava topped with vanilla ice cream; and Shrimps in Buko.

Dining with a splendid view
Whether it’s a casual day out or a special celebration with family and friends, Balay sa Busay provides a much-desired breather for busy city folks.

The restaurant is inspired by old Filipino ancestral houses in the province with a perfect blend of old and new elements–a transitional style featuring traditional and modern furniture and fixtures. The spacious interiors give diners the option to dine in the air-conditioned room or open-air veranda which provides a panoramic view of Cebu.

Balay sa Busay has an air-conditioned function room for special occasions, private events, and meetings which can accommodate up to 50 guests and can be split into two and seat 25 each. An open area at the second floor is also available and can also accommodate up to 50 guests.

Balay sa Busay is located at Cebu Tops Road, Busay, Cebu City. It is open from Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Walk-ins and reservations are welcome.

For more information and updates, like and follow Balay Sa Busay on Facebook at @BalaySaBusay. For reservations, private meetings and events, call (032) 354 7169.

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This French-Filipino Family Home Perched Atop a Hill is a Beauty

Zee gives you an exclusive look at this family home owned by French businessman Gilles Pochiet and Filipina wife Cielito.

This story is taken from our archives. 
Originally published in the coffee table book, Inside Cebu.

French businessman Gilles Pochiet and his Filipina wife Cielito, with their three children, have made a home for themselves in the hills of Northtown Homes. When they started with it, they had a few items on their wish list: 

First, he wanted to indulge his passion for art and his penchant for a quiet, cultured lifestyle. Thus, the house had to provide ample and appropriate display space for a continually growing collection of contemporary art. Then the importance of family, best expressed through a close arrangement of family spaces, had to come into the picture, too. And yes, they also love to entertain friends at home. 

Their house, designed by Architect Ed Gallego, took over two years to construct and six months to furnish. Finished almost entirely in white and glass, the exterior of the house cleverly utilizes line, angle, and shape to achieve geometric elegance. It opens to the outdoors through full-length, clear-glass panels and retractable walls, permitting generous amounts of the incomparable tropical light to pour in. 

From the lounge and dining areas, one can enjoy pleasant views of the hills of Cebu. The minimalist theme is emphatic in the dining room, where the square table and the eight chairs around it are enhanced only by water flowing on a floor-to-ceiling stone façade. The sound of trickling water is the perfect accompaniment to life’s best moments. 

At first glance, the house may not seem family-oriented, but that is only at the ground level. The family bedrooms are located on the second floor—all with cleverly designed storage cabinets disguised as decorative framed walls. Each of the children’s rooms has its own carefully selected set of artworks, strongly indicating how their parents would love to pass on to them an appreciation for art. 

The guest pavilion, uniquely located at the poolside, is fully self-contained, and is actually a smaller version of the main building. It shows the importance that the owners place on privacy; they prefer intimate gatherings of their closest friends, where conversations flow over fine wine and good food. 

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The homeowners are totally dedicated to contemporary art. Their collection includes paintings by Ouattara, Lindstorm, and Maryan; carpets by Garouste and Bonetti; vases by Gaetano Pesce, and sculptural pieces by Ettore Sottsas. The white walls set off the artworks. The surprising combination of minimalist sophistication and design savvy is achieved throughout the house.

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Culture

A Pastel-Themed Afternoon High Tea with Kate Anzani

Zee takes you on a journey of elegance and beauty as we look into the fresh themes that Kate Anzani created for her Afternoon High Tea.

Zee takes you on a journey of elegance and sweetness with Kate Anzani’s latest themes for her Afternoon High Tea.

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