Serna: Bonel Balingit: entrepreneur

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By Roger Serna

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Thursday, December 27, 2012


SINCE this is the last time we’ll “see” each other for the year 2012, let me take this chance to give you my wish for a peaceful and prosperous new year to all people of good will—to everyone that is.

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While the year 2012 was on its way out, some companies did not waste the last remaining days doing nonsense or nothing at all. Many used the last days of the old year in giving and sharing good tidings to their own employees.

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Yes, if they want to give happiness to others, the people who make them reach their objectives should not be taken for granted or, worse, forgotten.

Johnie and Flor Lim of Body and Sole Massage & Spa spent the early afternoon until late night with their therapists and other employees. A buffet table was set up for everyone to savor the carefully chosen items on the menu.

The traditional exchanging of gifts or the manito-manita followed in which everyone expressed glee at the sight of the gift coming his or her way, with the giver armed with a sincere, ear-to-ear smile.

It is not a wonder, therefore, why the Lim couple remains close to the heart of the employees and their business ever-flourishing for the past 10 years.

During the party, everyone wished them another 10 years of togetherness and good business.

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Cebu Holdings Inc. (CHI) threw its Christmas party at the Loft and since the place is equipped with a sound system, it entices the guests to invade and sweat it out on the dance floor, most of the games conceptualized by the CHI people involved dancing.

Of course, the party would not be complete without the much-awaited raffles with exciting prizes at stake.

Surprisingly, this paper’s photographers, Ruel Rosello, Alan Cuizon and Alex Badayos, won the top three major prizes composed of an electronic tablet, a TV with a Wii software, and a theater system. Lucky guys.

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The Agri-Meds cluster bested the five other clusters with a savvy interpretation of an excerpt from Sister Act at the Provincial Capitol Christmas party, running home with the major prize of P35,000. The Executives grabbed the second place worth P30,000 with its own portrayal of scenes from the classic The Sound of Music.

Meanwhile, the Financiers ran home with the third prize worth P25,000. The other clusters (Legislators, Builders and Service Planners) received participation prizes of P10,000 each with their winning versions of the West Side Story, Mamma Mia and Hairspray, respectively.

We hope, by this time, everything is back to normal and things are running smoothly.

If not, that would be every Cebuano’s wish for the New Year, I guess.

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Basketball “giant” turned-comedian Bonel Balingit has a new preoccupation these days; that is, trying his hand at entrepreneurship by partnering with Oswald Foppa to come up with the Little Italy Gelato Laboratory, a small ice cream stall at the Park Mall.

San Roque Parish priest, Fr. Rolyn Vics CM, blessed the cute establishment. The guests were one in praising the ice cream with its different flavors that were served that day.

Oswald, an Italian, says that the ingredients were imported from Italy but the fruits were purchased locally. Oswald is all praises for the country and Cebu itself, which he describes as a place where fruits are very abundant.

Honey is used as sweetener for the ice cream flavors. Little Italy prides itself with the slogan “Your health is in your hands.”

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Multi-awarded movie director Brilliante Mendoza met the Cebu entertainment media when he breezed into town to promote his new masterpiece, Thy Womb, which is one of the the entries to the Metro Manila Film Festival this year.

The movie opened on Dec. 25 and has the country’s only superstar Nora Aunor, Bembol Roco, Lovie Poe and Mercedes Cabral in its cast. The movie has already received many awards in various film festivals abroad.

It is expected to also be among the strong contenders not only in the festival and in the coming awards season.

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Beauty authority Jun Esma insists the layered look is still very much in and in-demand among beauty conscious men and women. The hairstyle is better worn with hair coloring, be it highlight, streak or the entire crowning glory itself to achieve an eye-catching effect in itself. Jun says the trend will still continue until the middle of the new year.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 28, 2012.

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