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Here’s your fortune for the Year of the Fire Rooster

Admit it: You want to know how 2017 will be for you. See your forecasts on career, health, finances and romance in this comprehensive list.

It’s only been a few days after Sinulog, yet the festive season in Cebu shows no signs of slowing down, as the city gears up for yet another one of its major celebrations of the year—Chinese New Year 2017. 

Besides all the traditions we know and love (Fireworks! Prosperity toss!), one thing we always tend to do around this time is to check on your forecasts for the year ahead. Find your animal sign in the list below, and see how 2017 will be for you in terms of career, health, finances, and romance.

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CNY-RatRAT

1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Carpe diem! Resourcefulness will give way to opportunities such as a promotion, although take caution: A hectic schedule will burn Rats out. Rats are also discouraged from taking out loans or gambling, but having a 2017 wedding will be good for them.

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CNY-OxOX

1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
2017 would be a good time to pursue a relationship or even get married, but be wary about dwelling on emotional weaknesses. Starting a business would also be good this year, as it’s the year you’ll bounce back to good finances.

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CNY-TigerTIGER

1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
There’ll be hardships this year, but overall 2017 seems promising. Chances in romance are strong, but now is not the time to take financial risks and buy things impulsively to avoid serious financial losses.

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CNY-RabbitRABBIT

1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
All the single rabbits, 2017 is your year to find the right one. When it comes to people though, not everything is smooth sailing. Exercise caution when dealing with people about finances, as relatives or friends borrowing money this year will not repay the debt.

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CNY-DragonDRAGON

1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Career will soar for Dragons this year. Your superiors will take notice of your abilities which will pay off, but it’s starting your own business that will bring the most luck to your wealth. Watch out, though: Health could pose a problem.

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MARCO POLO HOTELS

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With properties in the cities of Cebu, Davao, Manila, Beijing, Changzhou, Chengdu, Foshan, Jinjiang, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Wuhan and Hong Kong, it’s only fitting for Niccolo and Marco Polo Hotels to have unbelievable offers in time for Chinese New Year.

From now until February 12, guests will enjoy extra benefits including breakfast for two and guaranteed early check-in and late check-out, as well as a 50% discount on a second room booking during the same booking period. Those staying more than three consecutive nights will also be automatically upgraded to the next room category. Click this link to avail of this promo.

MARCO POLO PLAZA CEBU
Cebu Veterans Drive, Nivel Hills
6332. 253 1111 | Facebook

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CNY-SnakeSNAKE

1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
Snakes will be extremely lucky in the romance department, however they are encouraged to take things slow. Conversely, it’s an unlucky year for Snakes wealth-wise, especially if you tend to spend beyond your means.

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CNY-HorseHORSE

1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
2017 will be quite challenging for Horses. Conflicts are on the horizon when it comes to romance, finances will suffer and health issues will arise, while bad luck with career can be avoided by staying in the same job.

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CNY-SheepSHEEP

1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
There will be an abundance of opportunities in careers and relationships. There’s a possible financial crisis on the rise, but keeping a tight budget will allow Sheeps to survive. Take it easy, though: Being stressed at work will affect your health.

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CNY-MonkeyMONKEY

1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Starting a family would be a great move for Monkeys in 2017, as personal relationships will have harmony, and income and work will be stable. This will be quite the busy year, so expect some minor health issues, but nothing that relaxing won’t help.

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RADISSON BLU CEBU

Assorted Dim Sum

Just in time for Chinese New Year, Radisson Blu Cebu recently introduced its new Chinese chef Steve Ang who will be preparing his signature dishes for Feria’s lunch and dinner buffets on January 28. 

Indulge in the extensive Chinese station featuring the traditional prosperity salmon salad Yee Sang, as well as specialties like the beef cube tenderloin in pepper sauce with garlic flakes and braised mushroom in crispy pork knuckle. These will be served alongside regular favorites such as dim sum and assorted seafood. 

Feria’s buffet on January 28 will be at PHP 980 net per person.

RADISSON BLU CEBU
S. Osmena Blvd. cor. Juan Luna Ave, North Reclamation
6332. 402 9900 | Facebook

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CNY-RoosterROOSTER

1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Roosters are going to be extremely moody this year, with an emotional crisis looming. It’s best to put off weddings until the next year. Also, plan out expenses carefully to avoid bad luck, and be careful to avoid accidents from motor vehicles and extreme sports.

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CNY-DogDOG

1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
Dogs are in for a great financial breakthrough in 2017. They’ll also be lucky in relationships, but anxiety and depression might affect this significantly. Career-oriented dogs will see an increase in work responsibilities, but will also have significant work developments.

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CNY-PigBOAR

1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
Romance is set to be challenging for boars, as is career – growth opportunities in the work place will be hard to come by. Boars will also be prone to physical weakness, and are advised to be extra-careful in making major financial decisions.

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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

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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. 

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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.”

SOURCE: MSNBC

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