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#LaBoracay 2015: Drink, Rave, Clean, Repeat

Every year, Boracay Island is threatened with a variety of issues that have taken a heavy toll on its environment.
Based on the records of the Department of Tourism (DOT), about 1.5 million tourists visited the island last year. This suggests that if every person can produce at least one kilo of trash, around 1,500 metric tons of garbage were accumulated last year. If not collected properly, this scenario can result in several environmental problems in the near future.

In a bid to create awareness and preserve the natural wonders of Boracay Island, Cause for a New Coast campaign was launched to encourage tourists and residents to be more responsible in cleaning up and protecting the Boracay coastline. Through this campaign, Cause for a New Coast volunteers will hold a clean-up initiative for this year’s much-anticipated Labor Day (LaBoracay) weekend event.

Cause for a New Coast: #LaBoracay 2015
According to DOT, LaBoracay is the busiest time of the year in the island. DOT estimates that there were about 50,000 tourists arrived from April 28 to May 4 last year. On May 1 alone, 10,431 tourists arrived in the island to celebrate Labor Day.
This year, DOT is anticipating around 80,000 tourists who will take part in non-stop beach partying events consisting of music concerts, sports events, bazaars, rave parties, and a lot more. Tons of garbage will be expected to be left after these events.
“This Cause for a New Coast campaign was initiated with the intent to help clean and restore the island paradise. Every year, thousands of visitors have left undetermined amount of garbage along the white beach, which gradually affect the natural surroundings, especially after LaBoracay,” says Saki Mirabueno, head of marketing for Boracay Newcoast, Global-Estate Resorts, Inc.

The clean-up initiative will take place from May 1 to 4. There will be multiple venues along the white beach, but the highlight of the event is scheduled on May 4 in which a clean-up activity at the beach will be conducted in the morning.

The clean-up drive will be attended by different volunteers from the local government of Malay, Aklan spearheaded by Glenn Sacapaño, Boracay Island Chief Operating Officer (BICOO) and Solid Waste Manager and other environmental groups in the island.

Partners include Sur Bar located in Station 1 and Epic Bar in Station 2, which volunteers will disseminate plastic bags to encourage partygoers to collect their trash in exchange for free drinks sponsored by the Emperador Distillers, Inc., the leading brandy manufacturer and distributor in the Philippines.

“We will be distributing trash bags on May 1 and May 2 starting at 10am to 6pm to partygoers and we will collect them on that same day at the partner bars in exchange for free drinks. We want them (partygoers) to participate in this one small act but significant solution to the littering problem during LaBoracay caused by parties and events,” says Mirabueno.

The Cause for a New Coast campaign was initiated by Megaworld, the country’s leader and pioneer in developing integrated urban townships, through its subsidiary Global-Estate Resorts, Inc. (GERI).

Megaworld’s GERI is the developer of Boracay Newcoast, which is a 150-hectare master-planned development project that is poised to become the next tourism hub in Boracay Island. The township also plans to institute various environmental initiatives to foster sustainable preservation of the island paradise.



Janine Taylor, June Alegrado, Jackie Lotzof, Frances Siao, Ina Ronquillo and Christine Pelaez

The NUSTAR Ballroom, a magnificent venue at the NUSTAR Resort and Casino in Cebu, sets the stage for last night’s first-ever NUSTAR Ball.

Black was the color of night at the Zee table.

Glamorous guests from Manila and Cebu converged at the NUSTAR Ballroom, an exquisite venue within the NUSTAR Resort and Casino in Cebu. The evening unfolded with a seated 5-course dinner. The opulent feast started with Beetroot Salmon Gravlax, adorned with caper berries, caviar, set with delicate edible flowers; and a main course of Compressed Pork Belly with Crackling Skin and Baby Scallops. Another highlight was the auction of coveted items like Dior and YSL handbags, a limited-edition Bulgari watch, and an exclusive 2-night stay in Nustar’s opulent 3-bedroom villa—complete with a private pool and a dedicated butler. The charity evening benefited the Cameleon Association, an NGO based in Iloilo City created in 1997 that developed a global approach to act on the causes and effects of sexual violence against children.

Nora Sol, Beth Go, Frances Siao and Marylou Ong

Ina Ronquillo, Maryanne Aboitiz and Jackie Lotzof

Designers Jun Escario and Philip Rodriguez

Philip Rodriguez with NUSTAR Malls two power ladies: May Adolfo and Joanna Salazar

Lana Osmeña with Mariquita Yeung

PJ Castillo and Kaye Abad with Cary Santiago

Drew Sarmiento with LV Manager Adrian Decuigan

Cary Santiago with Eva Gullas

Manila socialites Julie Boschi and Ching Cruz with June Alegrado

It was a night of elegance, luxury, and unforgettable memories as ladies in long gowns and gentlemen in black ties danced the night away.


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Flying Tiger Copenhagen Lands in Cebu

By Joanna Cuenco

June 13 – Cebu City | Danish lifestyle brand Flying Tiger Copenhagen has landed in Cebu, opening its first branch in the Philippines outside Metro Manila at the upper ground floor of SM Seaside City.  

Since its first store in Copenhagen in 1995, Flying Tiger has aimed to share products that not only look good, but make people feel good too. There’s something for everyone aged one to 100: toys, art materials, homeware, party supplies, workout gear, travel essentials, fashion accessories, and more. There will be fresh drops at the store every three to four weeks, so there’s always something exciting to look forward to and share with family and friends. 

Product designs range from minimalist and “aesthetic” to cute and kitschy. Find lifestyle essentials like food storage and home organizers, tea towels and toothbrush holders, to some awesome things you didn’t know you needed, like a handheld sewing machine and a beach chair for your phone. 

Even though the 200+ square meter space is fully stocked with hundreds of items, the store layout and neat display make it such a joy to look at all of the things and make the shopping experience easy and enjoyable. Flying Tiger believes a richer life does not cost a fortune, so items start at only P30, or even lower with some special promos.

The store opened with a traditional Danish cake-cutting ceremony with Jet Tan, Flying Tiger Copenhagen Store Operations Manager of APAC Region; Gladhys Rodriguez, Merchandising Manager of Flying Tiger Copenhagen Philippines; Billi Jin Esguerra-Perez, Marketing Manager of Flying Tiger Copenhagen Philippines; and JB Tan, Mall Manager of SM Seaside City Cebu. 

Zandra Len Salvador and Drew Sarmiento

Sarree Pimentel with Lian

Rizanne Tiongko, Joanna Cuenco and Anya Morrissey

Jen and Jas Sarmiento, Rere Dakay, Kirby Yu with Kayden

Jaja Chiongbian Rama with Sebi and Georgiana

Eleni Paray, Hazel Tirol and Mitchelle Lua

Flying Tiger is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Stores Specialists, Inc., the country’s largest specialty retailer that handles a network of 593 stores and 94 brands, including some of the  most recognized names in the world.

Facebook: @FlyingTigerCopenhagenPH

Instagram: @flyingtigerph

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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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