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Hablon de Cebu in Full Bloom

With the advocacy to revive the weaving industry in Cebu known as Hablon de Cebu, Dexter Alazas of Alazas Atelier, made a marriage out of his work and art. In collaboration with Junior Chamber of Industry’s (JCI) Zugbuana, the Fete de la Fleur fashion show brought not only elegance but also the pride of culture to the catwalk.

With the advocacy to revive the weaving industry in Cebu known as Hablon de Cebu, Dexter Alazas of Alazas Atelier, made a marriage out of his work and art. In collaboration with Junior Chamber of Industry’s (JCI) Zugbuana, the Fete de la Fleur fashion show brought not only elegance but also the pride of culture to the catwalk.

“The collection is called Hablonuevo, ‘cause it’s a new weave now. We’ve ventured on new colors and textures, as well as a whole new fabric and fiber blend,” Dexter muses.

JCI Zugbuana, an all-female leadership training organization dedicated to the development of business and civic leaders, take pride in their 2018 socio-civic development projects such as back to school outreach activities, health care, and this time, forwarding awareness for local fashion.

Gracing Ayala Center Cebu last May 19, 2018, the JCI “Zugs” as they would likely call themselves, showed the audience quite a great show with their own designs produced by Alazas and the “weaving warriors” of Argao, Cebu. The event was not all sashays and glamour, as it took part in raising awareness to revive the hablon de Cebu weaving industry and the essence of social entrepreneurship.

To bring back the livelihood of dozens of women weavers, the fashion show paves way for the reinvestment of profits to the hablon industry, which benefits not only the weavers, but also society and the rich Cebuano culture.

With some of them with their mini-me’s in tow, the JCI Zugbuanas strutted the runway with Alazas’ products complemented by also fellow Zugbuana, Jarra Angbetic’s jewelry collection. A melange of silk and satins suited the hablon collection which mirrored each of the Zugbuana’s character and style.

Inspired by views of feminism and women empowerment, the florals and pastel hues paved way for the contemporary image of the hablon weave. “The idea is to make the Hablon de Cebu a fabric of choice for gala nights”, adds Dexter. The runway bloomed like the garden was placed indoors with over a hundred flower displays by no less than Jaime Chua.

The fashion show was also a prelude to the ongoing campaign of promoting the local silk to be launched in Cebu in the coming years, shares the fashion designer. He adds that it is his 2020 mission-vision to cultivate this local material into a force to be reckoned with.

Dexter also expresses the need to get into fashion’s sustainable side, strutting the developments of slow and sustainable fashion using renewable and eco-friendly raw materials found in nature in his fashion lines.

Available for design stints, Alazas shares that the hablon design industry offers designing services if one wishes to take home a hablon piece themselves. Hoping that the event be developed annually, still showcasing Cebu’s local resources, weavers and design, Dexter shares the vision to take the hablon fashion to full bloom.

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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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