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Spend The Weekend With These Chinese New Year Treats

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Whether you’re celebrating the Chinese New Year or not, we have a few treats for you today so you’ll have more reasons to celebrate the weekend. From airplane tickets out of town to fun events within the city– we’re excited to share it with you.

Philippine Airlines’ daily promos within the country are still ongoing and here are two of the destinations we’d wish to go:

CEBU to SIARGAO – P1,088

Ever since the movie Siargao hit the screens, people were talking non-stop about it. Other than surfing, other activities like visiting the Bucas Grande cave or snorkeling in Mapupungko Pool are worth the travel promo– I mean, look at that crystal clear water!

Mapupungko Pool | Photo by Journey Era

CEBU to PUERTO PRINCESA – P988

Don’t wait for summer to visit Puerto Princesa, now’s your chance to explore the majestic place of El Nido. And it wouldn’t be complete if you don’t go for an adventure in the Underground River or Honday Bay. After that, you can go grab yourself halo-halo from Noki Nocs Savory House [which we heard was the best halo-halo in the world!].

Underground River | Photo from New7Wonders of Nature

In addition to that, Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu’s Forward March promo is up for grabs. Here are the package rates:

  • Deluxe Atrium View -PHP 7,000 nett
  • Deluxe Peninsula View – PHP 7,800 nett
  • Suite King Atrium View -PHP 9,500 nett
The promo can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child (11 years below) with complimentary breakfast. The booking period is between Feb 18 to 28, 2018 and you must stay there between Mar 5 to 25, 2018. This proposal to relax and chill is offered to local residents and foreigners with Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR). 
 
Speaking of relaxing and chilling, Reiki teacher from Manila is coming to Cebu over the weekend.  Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Workshops will be held in The Gassho Center between this Saturday and Sunday. 
 
 
 
Although it is contradictory to the Chinese culture, we’re encouraging you to give this out a try. One of the workshops they will hold is called Past Life Healing: Unleashing the Power and Magic Within. This is all about the wisdom and growth the soul and releasing the gifts you have within yourself.
 
To top it off, Radisson Blu will be celebrating the Year of the Dog with a prosperous banquet at Feria. This feast is an abundant spread of authentic Chinese cuisine prepared by Chinese Chef Aik Liang Tan. The dinner starts at 6PM-10:30PM.
 
 
 
Love what we put up for you? We’re just reminding you that it’s going to be a long weekend and we might as well make it a prosperous one. Gǒunián dàjí! [That’s ‘Lots of luck this Dog Year!’ in Mandarin]
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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. Zee.ph 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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