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What Bibliophiles are Reading at the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Cebu 2019

We talked to bibliophiles at the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Cebu 2019 and asked what’s in their carts!

by Raizza Alividao

Hold your carts, the infamous Big Bad Wolf (BBW) Book Sale finally returns to Cebu after its
huge success in 2018!

“Cebu has been petitioning for us to comeback since early this year. Actually, even when we
ended our Cebu [book sale] last year, we already received requests.” Jacqueline Ng, Founder of
BBW Book Sale, said.

The long wait is over and it’s time to take out your credit card or the cash you have saved up.
But with over a million of good books available in affordable prices, choosing which books to
purchase becomes a dilemma to every bibliophile. The massive collection of books ranges from
children’s books, fiction, non-fiction and premium books for all ages. If only you could take
them all!

Just like preparing for a battle, some readers thoroughly prepared a list of “must buy” before
going on a book hunt at the world’s biggest book sale. Here’s a tip! When looking for good
books to read, clicking around Goodreads, watching book review videos from your favorite
YouTuber, and browsing the bestsellers lists is your way to go.

Sheila Calog, a book worm who enjoyed collecting books since she was young, prefers
discovering new books and concepts rather than just having the popular ones. She took Fiction
books such as “Kumari: Goddess of Destiny”, “The Secret Life of Bees”, “The Witch of Salt and
Storm” and others. Also, she hoped to find books by Laini Taylor and Paulo Coelho.

“I gamble,” Sheila said. “In [Big Bad Wolf Book Sale], I like to get books with good synopsis and
obscure titles –titles you wouldn’t find anywhere else.” She added that she did the same at last
year’s book sale and it was worth it since she found unexpected amazing books.

A number of readers at the book sale flocked to the Young Adult section and grabbed books
from bestselling authors Rick Riordan, J.K Rowling, Stephen King and others. Carts had been
filled with novel series such as “The Maze Runner”, “Harry Potter”, “Percy Jackson and the
Olympians”, “Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard” and more. You can definitely tell that
fantasy books are well loved by Cebuano bibliophiles. For readers, fantasy novels serve as an
escape from reality, letting you experience something extraordinary. Who does not love
spectacular magical abilities and slaying monsters, right?

Sean Villacorta, a fantasy, crime, and science fiction enthusiast, picked up the books of Michael
Crichton, Dan Brown and Rick Riordan. His wide search focused on finding all books written by
them but unfortunately, only few were available.

“[It’s because of] childhood nostalgia. I’ve read [Rick Riordan’s] books before when I was young
so I bought it,” shared Sean when asked why he chose such books at the book sale. This
indicates that despite already knowing how the story goes, readers are willing to spend on
certain books they’re emotionally attached to.

It’s no wonder that the Romance fiction is one of the most popular genres. Whether you’re
happy being single or have already found your guy, romance novels won’t fail to excite and
captivate you. Readers loved swoon worthy reads from authors Nicholas Sparks, Rainbow
Rowell, Jane Green and others.

Readers are also checking out Arts and Photography, Reference books and others under non-
fiction but most especially, self-help books. A reader at the book sale even said it’s a must have
since this type of genre does well in motivating and inspiring you when you need it.
The books you’d want to read vary depending on your mood or own preference. However, if
you have no idea on which books to try, knowing other people’s favorites could be a big help.
We don’t know…you might surprise yourself and enjoy it as much as them.
Don’t waste the opportunity and get what you want at the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale 2019 at IEC
Convention Center, which will be open 24 hours throughout its 11-day run until August 26,
2019. Enjoy this perfect haven for book lovers and support BBW’s advocacy in spreading the
importance of reading.

“Reading is beyond knowledge and education. It’s all about inspiring, empowering and making
books accessible especially to those who needed it,” Jacqueline Ng emphasized during the
Preview Day of Big Bad Wolf Book Sale 2019 on August 15.


CEBU KALEIDO: A Night of Fashion and Celebration at Crimson Mactan Resort and Spa

Miranda Konstatinidou’s beautiful beach wear and jewellery worn by her guests at an intimate beach party at Crimson Resort in Mactan. Konplott is Miranda’s luxury fashion accessory brand sold in Europe, worn by fashion icons and celebrities (no, it’s not sold locally) while her exclusive beach wear in silk are fabric designed by her, are also sold in high end resorts around the world. Meanwhile, Crimson Resort in Mactan will officially close temporarily for a makeover as most of their beachfront villas were damaged heavily by last December.s super typhoon Odette. Here’s to a great reopening of Crimson in a few months. (photography by Steffen Billhardt)

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Largest Skechers Store in the Philippines 
Opens at Ayala Center Cebu

Skechers, The Comfort Technology Company™, is continuing its expansion in the Philippines with the opening of its largest store in the country at Ayala Center Cebu.

Following the recent opening of five (5) locations in Metro Manila and one (1) in North Luzon, the new Skechers store in the queen city of the south, Cebu City, is in the heart of the region’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination, and sets the global lifestyle brand up to deliver stylish and innovative footwear and apparel to more Filipinos in the Visayas.


“We are delighted to continue our expansion in the country with the opening of our largest store in the Philippines here at Ayala Center Cebu in Cebu City,” shared Skechers Philippines country manager Sue Pasustento. “With its prime location and an extensive offering of Skechers footwear, apparel and accessories, this store will be a showpiece for the brand and allow more Cebuanos to directly experience the comfort, style and innovation that defines Skechers around the world.”

Located on the 1st Floor of Ayala Center Cebu in Cebu City, the latest Skechers store in the Philippines features a mid-century modern style inspired design, opening the interior space to bring in the outdoors. The 3,400-square-foot store will offer a wide range of Skechers footwear, apparel and accessories including fashion product, lifestyle looks and Skechers Performance shoes for sport enthusiasts, including Skechers GO WALK, one of the brand’s best-selling categories.

Skechers’ offering is enhanced with the company’s signature comfort innovations—including its patented Skechers Arch Fit Technology™, Skechers Max Cushioning Technology™, Skechers Hyper Burst Technology™, Skechers Air-Cooled Memory Foam®, Skechers Relaxed Fit Technology™ and Skechers Stretch Fit Technology™.

Skechers’ wide selection of versatile and functional apparel, which include hoodies, jackets, sportswear and shirts, as well as socks, backpacks and hats, allows consumers to dress head-to-toe in active lifestyle looks. 

Established in 1992, Skechers’ reputation for style, innovation, quality, and comfort have helped the brand expand worldwide. In 2021, the company transitioned its operations in the Philippines, becoming a directly owned operations and expanding its capital investment in the country. Skechers now has five stores in Metro Manila and seven total retail destinations across the Philippines.


About Skechers USA Philippines, Inc. and Skechers USA, Inc.

Skechers USA Philippines, Inc. is operated by Skechers USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), The Comfort Technology Company based in Southern California. Skechers designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle and performance footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. The Company’s collections are available in over 180 countries and territories through department and specialty stores, and direct to consumers through digital stores and 4,308 Company- and third-party-owned physical retail stores. The Company manages its international business through a network of wholly-owned subsidiaries, joint venture partners, and distributors. For more information, please visit about.skechers.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Citizens of the World: CAMPAIGN 2KRAINE

Asmara Urban Resort and Lifestyle Village

Citizens of the World: CAMPAIGN 2KRAINE

By Eva Gullas

“We are all citizens of the world. What’s good for you, must be good for all. If you are lost, share a plate with a stranger… you will find who you are.”

-Jose Andres, renowned Spanish Chef and founder of World Central Kitchen


Chef José Andrés

Where there are humanitarian disasters, you will find the volunteers of World Central Kitchen.  In their midst will be local chefs, most of them inspired by its iconic founder, celebrity chef José Andrés. Founded in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in  2010, World Central Kitchen established its “chef network,” of global professional chefs. The vision was for a kind of “chefs without borders” program where volunteers would enact positive change by cooking using local knowledge and resources. Last year, they even came to the island of Siargao in response to an Instagram plea for help after typhoon Odette almost levelled this idyllic paradise. WCK sponsored 2 community kitchens for 2 months serving 250 to 500 meals per day in Siargao.

WCK at Siargao with volunteers, December 2021. (Photo courtesy of Ai-Ai Garcia)

Chef José Andrés was born in Spain where he honed his culinary skills at the eponymous El Bulli under Ferran Adria. By the time he moved to the US in 1991, he was well on his way to being part of the celebrity chefs, with his Bazaar restaurant at the then SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills a favorite hang-out for Hollywood stars. Michelin stars and James Beard awards followed closely. These days though, Jose Andres spends his time in kitchens all over the world while his top rated chain of restaurants in the US continue to thrive. There’s a Bazaar restaurant at Las Vegas and Miami, and if you happen to be in the area, check out their amazing servings – it’s worth the splurge especially since it is owned by this great humanitarian!

The Bazaar Restaurant in Miami

With the Ukraine invasion delivered to us in sharp details tru social media and TV, it’s hard to ignore. And so, it was a natural conversation to be able to do something about it even in a small way. On a full-moon evening a few days ago, joining us at a beachside home for dinner was Matthew Wood, the German singer guest of Miranda Konstantiniduo who is here for a few days to shoot his latest music video. Sated with a good meal by the sea, we idly discussed a fund raising event with Matthew. We have been so engrossed with local politics and a looming election in just 2 months, that it was refreshing to talk about something bigger than our small world. Butch Carungay, seated in front of me, took the idea to heart and by the following day, he had the graphics for the event, and a ready rolodex of possible donors for the silent auction. Getting on board the following night was Carlo Cordaro, who happily lent us the second level of Asmara Resort. To complement Matthew, Cebuana singer Doods Osmena also will belt out a few songs. An impressive list of items for the silent auction is being compiled by Butch, composed of overnight stays at top resorts, artworks and furniture pieces from named artists.  We will post a list on the day of event. 

German singer Matthew Wood

Asmara Urban Resort and Lifestyle Village

Ribbon designed by Butch Carungay for guests at the fund raising event

It is sponsored by Zee Publications Inc., in our first foray after having been dormant during the pandemic and typhoon Odette. Zee will soon be launching a new artsy printed magazine called Eatz Cebu! 

This Friday, March 25, at 6pm, we open the doors of Asmara Urban Resort (see map) for this fundraising where we hope you can join us by donating a minimum of $50 to the World Central Kitchen directly at https://wck.org/donate. It will be an evening of fun and fundraising, and entry is tru an email or digital receipt of your donation. 


On February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine. By February 25, 2022, Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen (WCK) was on the ground serving free wholesome meals to those fleeing the violence. Chef Andrés and his volunteers have already served more than one million meals to Ukrainian refugees, from basements, train stations, and shelters. Still, cooking and distributing food in a war zone comes with unique challenges. “We began operations…over two weeks ago inside Lviv,” says Andrés. “The last two days we saw some missiles falling down. So, the western side of Ukraine, that actually was a safe haven for many Ukrainians leaving war, is already kind of feeling like the war is getting closer.” For Andrés, it’s a humanitarian necessity and a call he answers. “The least we can do at World Central Kitchen is be next to them – making sure they will be fed every day.”


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