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In One Year and Out the Other: The NYE 2016 Party Guide

You know what they say: How you bring in the New Year is how you live the rest of it. Make sure you start off 2016 on a good note—preferably with a flute of bubbly in one hand—with an epic party that will set the tone for your epic year ahead. Zee Lifestyle lists down the hottest New Year’s Eve happenings in town.

 

HAVANA NIGHTS
Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa

Experience Cuba’s magic as Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa rings in 2016 with an exhilarating celebration of music and cocktails. Head over to The Marquee for the countdown party you will never forget! Countdown party is complimentary for in-house guests, and priced at Php 2,000 nett per person, inclusive of free-flowing drinks and canapes.

Punta Engaño Road, Lapu-Lapu
6332. 231 8224 | website

WHITE MASQUERADE
Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu

Indulge and feast on holiday delicacies and celebrate amid a colorful fireworks display, live music from the hotel’s show band and musical dance performances. Choose between two venues—the main lobby and the Ibiza Beach Club conservatory—each of which offers a different variety of epicurean specialties. Gala dinner is priced at Php 7,500 nett per person.

Punta Engaño Road, Lapu-Lapu
6332. 492 7777 | website

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NEW YEAR’S COUNTDOWN PARTY
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Welcome the New Year with dinner at any of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s dining outlets and gain access to one of the biggest countdown parties in the city where you can enjoy a spectacular fireworks display, party favors, and food and drinks. Café Marco, Lobby Lounge and El Viento Restaurant & Pool Bar dinner buffet is priced at Php 2,200 nett per person; Grand Ballroom dinner buffet and set dinner with wine pairing at the Blu Bar & Grill is priced at Php 3,500 nett per person; countdown party alone is priced at Php 900 nett per person.

Nivel Hills, Lahug
6332. 253 1111 | website

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BLACK & GOLD
Radisson Blu Cebu

Revel in a night of elegance and luxury at the most lavish countdown party in the city. Toast to new beginnings with Metro Manila’s top show band, Soul Republiq. For Php 4,000 nett per person, enjoy a gastronomic fanfare at Feria and give cheer to the year that was with unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

S. Osmeña Blvd. cor. Juan Luna Ave
6332. 402 9900 | website

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FIERY RED
Cebu City Marriott Hotel

Enjoy a lavish international buffet, live entertainment and premium cocktails, then welcome a brand new year with loud cheers. Dinner only and party only at Php 1,900 nett per person, and dinner + party at Php 3,300 nett per person.

Cebu Business Park
6332. 411 5800 | website

 

Featured image: Fireworks by Morten Almqvist via Flickr.com

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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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