LONG before the creation of mobile editing apps such as Instagram and Camera360, there were photo shops, and users would have to go to these places to have their roll of film developed, edited and printed.
SHOW. While we continue to help those that were severely affected by super typhoon Yolanda, let us not also forget to celebrate the Yuletide season and share with the general public the spirit of Christmas. Celebrations and parties may not be that lavish anymore—they have to be toned down a bit—but at least the spirit of Christmas, which marks the birthday of Jesus, is still there despite the recent calamity that hit northern Cebu.
AS EARLY as the 1940s, a handful of Filipino artists already dabbled in the world of abstraction. Some learned it from studies abroad while some were introduced to it by the American teachers who ventured to local shores. More than 60 years have passed and abstract art remains an entity as enigmatic as ever.
CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and the Radisson Blu wants to celebrate it with you, with splendid feasts at unbeatable prices, for your holiday indulgences.
From Dec. 16 to 31, 2013, experience an upgraded buffet that includes a shellfish bar, angus roast beef and a heritage Filipino corner, at just P1,400 net per person on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and half the price, that’s P700, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
FOR a business to be considered successful, one should maintain innovative ideas with the ability and flexibility to adapt the trends of a certain generation. It should establish trust, honesty and integrity to its customers and maintain these core values decade over decade.
Colours Digital Foto is a home-grown example.
WHO has not dedicated a fair share of time to look for famous world traveler, Wally?
What started as a series of children’s books called “Where’s Wally?” which challenges readers to find Wally in illustrations that features dozens or more characters in different scenarios, went on to inspire a television show, comic strip, video games, and now, the latest holiday offering from Havaianas.
ACER Aspire V5-132-10192G50 brings productivity to a new realm. Its lower power consumption capability can deliver higher battery efficiency so users can conquer computing tasks with ease.
Packed with a potent Intel Celeron 1019Y processor, this affordably priced notebook is guaranteed to invigorate one’s everyday routine. Its 500 GB hard drive and 2GB of RAM offers a load of performance.
THERE are three things to consider when going for a “green” tree. It’s budget-friendly, helps the environment, and it entails bragging rights for having the most unique Christmas tree in the neighborhood. Talk about hitting three birds with one stone, yeah?
So before you throw out the used soda cans, beer bottles, old magazines and unused CDs—flex those creative muscles and think of how you can transform it to a pretty addition to your tree. No need to queue in department stores to grab a box of those sparkly balls or sticks, as you yourself can make one at home.
SAVED all the packaging from makeup and beauty purchases that were too cute to toss out? Instead of just leaving them unnoticed in a drawer, now’s the time to bring them out and let everyone appreciate how pretty they are.
Assuming you already have a Christmas tree waiting to be brought out of storage, use any small, pretty box from beauty stuff and tape a small loop of ribbon to the back.
JUST in case: a) everyone in the family is a sweet tooth and b) everyone is game for doing something funky with the Christmas tree, then here’s a suggestion.
Try tying up the old tree with lots and lots of candies. There are several to choose from out there in the market, and the colors and shapes are as varied as one can imagine. Assuming it’s wrapped up tight to avoid any “ant problems,” this should be a fun idea to try out. In fact this way, the children in the family get to help in setting down the tree this year—by eating all the decor!
FOR many, it’s not beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Dressing up the house for the Yuletide season doesn’t seem to matter when a gory episode just happened on this side of the universe. If this isn’t an unfortunate phase, nobody knows what is. But maybe setting up a tree or exchanging it for donations is a wise deviation for those who are still up for the holiday air.
Calling all skaters! Well, not really just skaters but anyone interested in skating stuff and some do-it-yourself ideas.
DUE to recent natural calamities and the destruction that they caused, many companies and families are giving up Christmas parties and holiday expenses. They are opting to give their budgets for these instead to calamity survivors, or would prefer a simpler Christmas in light of the tragedies.
Michelle: Somebody I know posted “taken” on her status. She received a lot of congratulatory messages; comments flooded her wall asking her about her new boyfriend, etc. Then she clarified that she was not “taken” to mean that she was already in a committed relationship but that she was actually taken for granted! That got some people laughing. It got me thinking that beneath the seeming humor, there was a slightly melancholic undertone. We can be taken for granted. We can also take other people, especially the ones we love, for granted.
I JUST finished reading a book, One Special Christmas by Irene Hannon. I enjoyed her work of fiction especially when she said “letting go is the only way to move forward. Without saying goodbye to the past, we can never say hello to the future.” She ended her novel with a word for the readers:
“May each of you experience the joy that comes from believing in the endless possibilities that keep life always new.” What a beautiful thought to prepare for Christmas Day.
Dr. Dana Ruiz-Sesante Cindy Ruiz Garaña, R.N.
PLACES with personality always deserve a visit or two. Tucked in the quiet residential area along Elizabeth Pond St. is a new coffee house that happens to have a lot of it, reflective of proprietor Sarah Javier’s very own imaginative persona, promising an experience uniquely enthralling.
IT'S back! People can indulge in eat-all-you-can oysters at Port Restaurant, but for a limited time only—until Dec. 31. It’s Port’s special Christmas treat for all its lunch customers.
Oysters are said to be aphrodisiacs. They are rich in amino acids and are high in zinc. Either way, they are excellent sources of iron, calcium and selenium, Vitamin A and Vitamin B12.
MY GENERATION can’t imagine how people in the 1900s or earlier coped without today’s convenience technology and gadgets for the living room, kitchen and for social interaction.
Grandpa Bianong used to regale us his grandchildren about how he had to fetch water from the water well pump in his parents’ backyard. He had to flex his muscles to draw his bathing water. When we heard this, we marveled at how much patience grandpapi (that’s how we called him) and his generation had.
SWEET and pretty clothes in sorbet colors and comfortable shapes feel young, feminine and romantic.
Designer Mara Dado created these pieces for a graduation fashion show of the Fashion Institute of Design and Arts Cebu. Mara and her mother, Angela, both completed a one-year fashion design course before they decided to open their own shop, Disegno Dado.
THE biggest celebrities in the American music scene were of course all on the red carpet for the American Music Awards (AMAs). Some sported their signature beauty looks, like Cristina Aguilera’s platinum blonde hair, and smokey eyes on Heidi Klum and Naya Rivera. Others, however, deviated from how we normally see them do up their faces. Here were a few who showed something different from their usual styles:
ALLOW me to greet the town of Oslob a happy, peaceful and meaningful fiesta celebration tomorrow. The event honors the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception.
It has been the town’s tradition to hold a separate observance apart from the universal celebration which falls on Dec. 8. Happy fiesta, Oslobanons!
CEBU welcomes the opening of the region’s first outlet shopping destination on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
The Outlets at Pueblo Verde is the newest commercial development in town, offering Great Deals, Great Finds” from top global brands like Nike, Levi’s, Dockers, Adidas, Converse, Timberland, Oakley, Reef and Giordano.
TURNING over the One Oasis units to homeowners is a step close to the fulfillment of Filinvest’s promise in giving Cebuanos a patch of green in the city. Last Nov. 23, Filinvest Land Inc. officially turned over the units of Building 3 to their owners.
One Oasis Cebu is a 10-building development on a 3.7-hectare property. It boasts of providing the homeowners a comfortable and serene community in the midst of the bustling city. Filinvest ensures that it is a low density community with 60 percent of the area converted to open spaces and resort-themed amenities.
ALTHOUGH health care in Cebu continues to make giant leaps forward, there is still a demand for independent diagnostic laboratories to help medical doctors make decisions on the proper care and treatment of their patients.
LifeLab Diagnostics recently opened its doors to help service this need.
THIS holiday season, K-Power International Institute offers big discounts for all of its services, in its kind effort to help alleviate the current difficult economic situation of most people badly affected by the recent natural calamities.
An IELTS-Australia accredited agent, K-Power offers kids/teens powertalk, which covers personality development, speech improvement, public speaking and language proficiency.
IT WAS a beautiful sunny day when we arrived in Ozamiz city. It felt so great to be sun-kissed in a place that I was visiting for the first time.
CEBU Centre for Dance is doing a ballet adaptation of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s beloved Broadway Musical, Into the Woods.
Playing the lead role of Cinderella is guest artist Kris-belle Mamangun, a very accomplished dancer and choreographer. She was former principal dancer of Ballet Philippines and has performed internationally in Disneyland and Cirque de Soleil.
THERE'S something cooking at the exclusive Radisson Blu Hotel’s Feria Restaurant where four topnotch chefs hold court.
Meet chef Marco Amarone from Italy, chef Lee Seung Joon from South Korea, chef Siu Man “Peter” Yeung from Hong Kong, or our very own chef Randy Origenes.
THE surplus of food supplies that you will find in several homes of victims of super typhoon Yolanda is a testimony of how people around the world responded to those in dire need of assistance.
IT'S QUITE a long way, about an hour and a half ride from Cebu City. But if you are in search of a totally different kind of experience, like being served authentic home-cooked German, Continental, or Italian dishes amidst lush greens and flora, you will not regret taking the trip.