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Come and Celebrate Fête de la Musique (World Music Day)

Alliance Francaise de Cebu celebrates World Music Day in Cebu.

10 years of music and celebration. 10 years of bringing people together. 10 years since Cebu joined the world in celebrating Fête de la Musique.

After a decade of success, event organizer Alliance Franciase de Cebu (AFC) is back with the continuous effort to spread music in the spirit of France’s ideals of liberty, equality and brotherhood. Along with co-presenters Marco Polo Plaza Hotel and Sugbo Mercado, they continue to reassure audiences of an extensive showcase of talents. With more dates and stages, more Cebuanos can come to their favorite spots and catch their favorite local bands play genres ranging from jazz and funk to rock and pop. 

This year, participants of Fête de la Musique 2017 will display their talents on 3 separate stages with a 2-day prequel event. The World Music Day celebration will kick off at Sugbo Mercado (Garden Bloc, IT Park) on June 16 and 17 at 7 p.m., and will feature acts such as Forgetful Bob, Jerika Teodorico, Paola San Diego and Uly Tenchavez, Foc Fashion, and Loop. 

The city will come alive with the Fête de la Musique 2017 main events on Friday, June 23 at 7 p.m. with simultaneous stages at La Vie Parisienne and Sugbo Mercado (Garden Bloc, IT Park). Local favorites Indangan will open the show at La Vie Parisienne (Gorordo) and will be joined by August Afternoon, Silingan in Felicity and Bethany, among others. Alternatively, Sugbo Mercado audiences can enjoy their food with a side of music from Juanita Romualdez, Aaron Domingo, Ivy Gallur & Mike Fegi, and many more. 

Fête de la Musique began in France on June 21, 1982. It has since spread across the globe with each event holding to the same simple set of principlees: each year on or around June 21st, musicians, both amateur and professional, are invited to perform on stages or streets. All musical styles are welcome, all musicians perform for free, and there are no entrance fees for audiences.

The event has, right from the beginning, struck a proper balance between supporting local established artists, and fiscovering new ones. For ten years, Fête de la Musique Cebu has attracted thousands of concert-goers, and hundreds of bands, ensembles and soloists, which performed on several stages and venues around the city. 

Fête de la Musique  2017 is proudly presented by Alliance francaise de Cebu, Sugbo Mercado and Marco Polo Plaza Hotel, in cooperation with A Space, and is sponsored by MLhuillier, La Vie Parisienne, Zee Lifestyle, MLhuillier Wine & Food, Cebu Beer Factory, La Maison Rose, World Pizza, Fitness Nation, ZeroThreeTwo, BaiTV, Cebu Daily News, The Freeman, Sunstar Cebu. 

For further information, contact Alliance Francaise de Cebu at (032) 232 1311.

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Trade in Your Old Watch and Save Big on a New Timepiece at The Watch Store

Watches are an essential part of any outfit, providing you with both style and functionality. But despite their timeless appeal, many people leave their old watches unused at home. If you have an old watch lying around or are considering an upgrade, The Watch Store has a special limited offer: bring in your old watch, and in return, you’ll get a new one at a discounted price!

As the official retailer of renowned international watch brands such as Tissot, Frederique Constant, Alpina, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, and Bering, The Watch Store offers a collection of watches that embodies refined quality, high performance, durability, and unparalleled precision. With a diverse range of designs, from classic sophistication to modern innovation, there’s always a watch tailored to capture your style for any occasion. This makes our watches an exceptional upgrade from your old watch and a valuable addition to your collection.

They accept all old watches, regardless of their brand, type, and condition. When you bring a Swiss watch brand, you’ll enjoy 35% off on a single watch purchase, 25% off for a Japanese brand, and 18% off for other brand or non-brand watches. These discounts apply only to selected watches.

So hurry, time is ticking! Don’t miss this chance to trade in your old watch exclusively at The Watch Store Cebu from June 13-17 and at Tempus Ayala Center Cebu from June 27-July 1, and take home a new timepiece for less than its original price!

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A Moving Feast: Cebu Food and Wine Festival 2024 Opens in NUSTAR Resort

by Kara Mae M. Noveda

Taste Cebu! That is how the invitation goes for the two-day opening salvo of this year’s Cebu Food and Wine Festival (CFWF) held at the NUSTAR Resort Cebu. When the doors opened in the plush ballrooms last June 1, more than a thousand guests were treated to a moving feast for all the senses. Setting this year’s festival apart, the CFWF board of organizers put on a multi-sensory approach. Bringing their vision board to life, the opening gala brought large-scale visuals to complement an array of innovative culinary creations. After all, we also taste with our eyes.

Meticulously prepared local-inspired dishes with overflowing wine and alcoholic drinks filled the three tasting zones: Wave, Peak, and Warmth–with each themed zone serving a taste of a distinct aspect of Cebuano food culture.

Beginning with the Wave Tasting Zone that capitalizes on the coastal freshness of the island of Cebu. The emblematic dishes in this zone are bakasi (saltwater eel) stuffed cornmeal topped with bakasi bones and local sea urchin & tarurot (this is sea urchin blended with deep-fried baby squid floss plated in a sea urchin shell). Chef David Thien and his team also served refreshing cold noodles.

Next, the Peak Tasting Zone highlights the mountainous area west and east of Cebu. From these farm-rich areas, you get good produce transformed into incredible base ingredients for memorable local dishes: manok Bisaya (local chicken) and everyone’s favorite, Cebu Lechon. Crowds flocked into the lechon station manned by Chef Sau del Rosario, known in the culinary world as “The Godfather of Philippine Cuisine.”

Finally, the Warmth Tasting Zone celebrates the exciting city life that Cebu also has to offer. Big cities are a melting pot of different cultures, so you’re right to expect fusion dishes in this zone. Samples of exciting hybrid dishes include the coconut wine-marinated conch shell sisig served in corn tortillas and Chef Lisa Revilla-Thien’s Hamachi salad.

The festival’s honored guest, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Garcia-Frasco, who walked with the media members for a preview, emphasizes the importance of gastronomy tourism. The DOT is keen on supporting programs that elevate the country’s culinary portfolio.

The Cebu Food and Wine Festival is a month-long June festival featuring over 60 pocket events spread in over 40 participating restaurants and 20 hotels.

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BVLGARI in Cebu

May 10 – Cebu City  |  Step inside a world of opulence where gold shimmers and diamonds sparkle. BVLGARI, the renowned Italian luxury brand, is celebrated for its exquisite gemstone jewelry, thin watches, perfumes, and leather goods. With a legacy dating back to 1884, BVLGARI has become synonymous with elegance and craftsmanship. The newest BVLGARI boutique opened last week at the sparkling The Mall at Nustar Resort and Casino, fast becoming the shopping destination for discerning consumers.

Eva Gullas, Jeffrey Hang, Jaja Chiongbian-Rama and Butch Carungay

Jeffrey Hang, BVLGARI’s Regional Marketing Director for South East Asia, flew in from Singapore to welcome guests. “We are happy to unveil BVLGARI to the Cebu market. This is the company’s 140th year, and BVLGARI celebrates this landmark with the Aeterna High Jewelry Collection in Rome this coming May 20, attended by all our global ambassadors like Zendaya and Black Pink” Jeffrey shares with us. The collection will be available in SE Asia later in the year and in the Philippines at the end of the year.

Leading the ribbon cutting was Joseph Muñoz (commercial director of Bulgari Philippines, Jeffry Hang (regional marketing director of Bulgari South East Asian operations, Pia Wurtzbach-Jauncey (Bulgari Ambasadress and Ms. Universe 2015), Allan Teo (chief operating officer of NUSTAR Resort and Casino and May Adolfo (mall director of NUSTAR Cebu).

Pia Wurtzbach-Jauncey, BVLGARI’s local Ambasadress and Ms. Universe 2015

Sheila Osmeña-Go and Jaja Chiongbian-Rama

Spotted at the event was Joseph Muñoz, Commercial Director of Bulgari Philippines escorting Pia Wurtzbach-Jauncey, BVLGARI’s local Ambasadress and Ms. Universe 2015, Allan Teo, Chief Operating Officer of NUSTAR Resort and Casino, Howard Go, Summit Media’s CEO and his wife, Cebuana Sheila Osmeña-Go as well as some of Cebu’s young fashionable set like Claudia Bezza Yeung, Marjay Ramirez, and Danessa Onglatco.

May Adolfo, Danessa Onglatco, Marjay Ramirez and Claudia Bezza-Yeung

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