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At approximately 2AM on Saturday (GMT +8:00), the world will supposedly end. Whether it is or isn’t factual, you’ve probably received your Christmas bonus and it’s high time you splurge on yourself and the people you love. Go out with a bang with the city’s hottest spots and their priciest instruments of inebriation.

At approximately 2AM on Saturday (GMT +8:00), the world will supposedly end. Whether it is or isn’t factual, you’ve probably received your Christmas bonus and it’s high time you splurge on yourself and the people you love. Go out with a bang with the city’s hottest spots and their priciest instruments of inebriation.

Elit by Stolichnaya from GILT

Stoli Elit is a noticeably smoother version of the original clear vodka produced by Stolichnaya. Its luxurious taste is perfect for the vodka connoisseur who enjoys sipping it well chilled or mixes it in “transparent” cocktails like the vodka martini.

Price: Php 7,500.00

GILT, Crossroads Mall, Gov. M. Cuenco Ave., Banilad, Cebu City, (032) 416 2342

The Balvenie Doublewood, single Malt scotch Whiskey from SCRAPYARD

A 12-year old single malt that gains its distinctive character from being matured in two woods, a traditional oak whisky cask and a Spanish oak sherry cask, with a complex spicy flavor which isn’t typical of most Scotches.

Price: Php 8,200.00

SCRAPYARD, The Henry, Paseo Saturnino, Banilad, Cebu City, (032) 520 8877

Johnnie Walker Blue Label from THE DISTILLERY

Enjoyed by the successful elite, representing high achievement and personal progress, Johnnie Walker Blue Label is an icon of prestige. It’s heavy texture and powerfully delightful burnt oak aroma lingers producing an anesthetically pleasing feeling close to that of euphoria.

Price: Php 9,000.00

The Distillery CebuCrossroads Mall, Gov. M. Cuenco Ave., Banilad, Cebu City, (032) 266 9064

Dom Peringon from THE PENTHOUSE

Live the high life in Hamptons’ spirit with a couple of bottles of Dom. Medium- bodied, subtle, and complex, the style of Champagne Dom Pérignon is marked by elegance, finesse, and perfect balance.

Price: Php 15,000.00

Penthouse, 3/f, CJRS Point, Asiatown IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City, (032) 238 0532 @penthouse_cebu

Opus one from TINDERBOX

The American royal of wine can be found in some of the world’s best restaurants and sometimes referred to as the Californian interpretation of a fine Bordeaux, deserving the accolade of ‘world class’.

Price: Php 21,570.00

Tinderbox, Archbishop Reyes Ave. Cor. Bauhinia Drive, Banilad, Cebu City, (032) 234 1682

450cl Grey Goose Cradled Bottle from THE LOFT: GREY GOOSE LOUNGE

Big news deserves a bigger bottle, 4.5L of the world’s number-one rated vodka to be exact. Since the spirit possesses any mixer, you’ll never run out of things to drink. Price:

Php 30,000.00

The Loft, 2/f CJRS Point, Asiatown IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City, (032) 238 0532, @theloftcebu

AsomBroso Vintage 11 year Aged Añejo Tequila from MAYA TAQUERIA AND TEQUILA BAR

With most tequila aged between a year and five, get smashed smashingly with the first and only 11-year añejo tequila to be sold in the world. Its golden hue and warming taste to the throat with an agave hint is harmoniously in sync with the initial amorous odors of butterscotch and caramel, and further along of honey and oak and a bit of cinnamon. If you get tipsy enough, you’ll forget about the price tag.

Price: Php 8,900.00/SHOT

MAYA Taqueria and Tequila Bar, Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City (032) 238 9552 | @mayacebu

If the Earth is still in tact tomorrow morning, pick out your best white ensembles for the evening.

  • photography JOSEPH ONG
  • styling SHARI QUIMBO

Originally published in the Zee Directory’s October 2012 Issue. Find the latest issue here.


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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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The Homes of Zee–Holiday Edition: Christmas House No. 3

Christmas House No. 3

Check out why this holiday home is on our list of 12 Cebu homes this season. offers a glimpse of Cebu’s holiday homes from far and wide. Please follow our series as we bring you a different home in the next few days!

Welcome to Christmas Home No. 3, where the season’s spirit is adorned in elegant white hues. This cozy abode is nestled near Cebu’s bustling IT Park, which radiates tradition and festive cheer. The homeowners, a delightful couple, eagerly await the arrival of their only daughter and her family from Manila.

As you enter this winter wonderland, a white Christmas tree takes center stage, adorned with glistening ornaments that shimmer in the soft glow of fairy lights. The white decor creates an atmosphere reminiscent of a snowy holiday retreat. Opting for a white-themed Christmas isn’t just a stylistic choice; it’s an invitation to embrace simplicity, purity, and serenity during the festive season. The neutral palette provides a canvas for creativity, allowing each ornament to stand out and making memories more vibrant. It offers modern living and timeless elegance, creating a perfect backdrop for family celebrations. Peek inside the magic of a white Christmas as this welcoming home awaits the joyous reunion of loved ones.

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