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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


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)

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CEBU KALEIDO: A Night of Fashion and Celebration at Crimson Mactan Resort and Spa

Miranda Konstatinidou’s beautiful beach wear and jewellery worn by her guests at an intimate beach party at Crimson Resort in Mactan. Konplott is Miranda’s luxury fashion accessory brand sold in Europe, worn by fashion icons and celebrities (no, it’s not sold locally) while her exclusive beach wear in silk are fabric designed by her, are also sold in high end resorts around the world. Meanwhile, Crimson Resort in Mactan will officially close temporarily for a makeover as most of their beachfront villas were damaged heavily by last December.s super typhoon Odette. Here’s to a great reopening of Crimson in a few months. (photography by Steffen Billhardt)

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Largest Skechers Store in the Philippines 
Opens at Ayala Center Cebu

Skechers, The Comfort Technology Company™, is continuing its expansion in the Philippines with the opening of its largest store in the country at Ayala Center Cebu.

Following the recent opening of five (5) locations in Metro Manila and one (1) in North Luzon, the new Skechers store in the queen city of the south, Cebu City, is in the heart of the region’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination, and sets the global lifestyle brand up to deliver stylish and innovative footwear and apparel to more Filipinos in the Visayas.


“We are delighted to continue our expansion in the country with the opening of our largest store in the Philippines here at Ayala Center Cebu in Cebu City,” shared Skechers Philippines country manager Sue Pasustento. “With its prime location and an extensive offering of Skechers footwear, apparel and accessories, this store will be a showpiece for the brand and allow more Cebuanos to directly experience the comfort, style and innovation that defines Skechers around the world.”

Located on the 1st Floor of Ayala Center Cebu in Cebu City, the latest Skechers store in the Philippines features a mid-century modern style inspired design, opening the interior space to bring in the outdoors. The 3,400-square-foot store will offer a wide range of Skechers footwear, apparel and accessories including fashion product, lifestyle looks and Skechers Performance shoes for sport enthusiasts, including Skechers GO WALK, one of the brand’s best-selling categories.

Skechers’ offering is enhanced with the company’s signature comfort innovations—including its patented Skechers Arch Fit Technology™, Skechers Max Cushioning Technology™, Skechers Hyper Burst Technology™, Skechers Air-Cooled Memory Foam®, Skechers Relaxed Fit Technology™ and Skechers Stretch Fit Technology™.

Skechers’ wide selection of versatile and functional apparel, which include hoodies, jackets, sportswear and shirts, as well as socks, backpacks and hats, allows consumers to dress head-to-toe in active lifestyle looks. 

Established in 1992, Skechers’ reputation for style, innovation, quality, and comfort have helped the brand expand worldwide. In 2021, the company transitioned its operations in the Philippines, becoming a directly owned operations and expanding its capital investment in the country. Skechers now has five stores in Metro Manila and seven total retail destinations across the Philippines.


About Skechers USA Philippines, Inc. and Skechers USA, Inc.

Skechers USA Philippines, Inc. is operated by Skechers USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), The Comfort Technology Company based in Southern California. Skechers designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle and performance footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. The Company’s collections are available in over 180 countries and territories through department and specialty stores, and direct to consumers through digital stores and 4,308 Company- and third-party-owned physical retail stores. The Company manages its international business through a network of wholly-owned subsidiaries, joint venture partners, and distributors. For more information, please visit about.skechers.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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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. 


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.”


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