Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:21 p.m.

EVERYBODY seems to be in a mad dash to meet the last minute preparation for the Christmas’ Eve tonight. I’m quite sure the same bountiful preparation for the New Year’s Eve is bound to happen, which will be a week from now.

These two occasions have the incomparable atmosphere of excitement and anticipation, even panic, as most of us consider them as the happiest season of the year sharing our love and kindness with practically everyone.

Surviving the nuts in the family tree

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:20 p.m.

THERE will always be nuts in the family tree. And unless you have the guts to totally ignore them, you are left with no choice but to spend Christmas with the psychologically impaired members of your bloodline. I don’t mean the relatives you think are crazy. I am talking about relatives who actually have personality disorders.

I think that the key to surviving the nuts in the family is to understand their nutty flavor. There are three types of personality disorders, dearies: suspicious, emotional and impulsive, and the anxious.

New holiday collections

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 10:07 p.m.

THE four housebrands of The SM Store joined forces recently as they introduced season's latest shoes and bags collections that never faily impress tasteful fashion taste of the Dabawenyos.

Rina Bugayong, assistant vice president for marketing of SM Shoes and Bags, said the five housebrands have already been gaining grounds in the city, which are targeted at all target markets.

Modern fitness gym opens

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 07:00 p.m.

THE Mindanao Civic Center (MCC) sports complex in the Municipality of Tubod, Lanao del Norte, is now equip with a state-of-the-art fitness gym.

Lyndon Calica, Lanao del Norte Provincial Information Officer said the state-of-the-art gymnasium was inaugurated last week.

Hot chocolate to linger over

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 06:26 p.m.

MANY OF US will choose to stay in tonight for Christmas Eve, or be at relatives’ homes while waiting for Noche Buena.

It’s a great time to loaf around the house and bond with the family. While catching up with stories or settling in for Christmas movie marathons, wouldn’t it be nice to have something hot and comforting to sip on? Wrap your hands around mugs of these holiday-appropriate beverages. They’re rich, indulgent and easy to make at home.

Noche Buena

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 06:25 p.m.

The Noche Buena (good night) tradition is one heritage from the Spanish, Catholic culture that the Philippines continues to enjoy even today. Reflecting upon it, you will see two important elements: the high value placed on the family and its unity and the Spanish idea of what is buena. Plus, it tells of a culture that celebrates what is good (that is, food) with the family on Christmas Eve. Mathematically, family + food = the good night.

The PAL party

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 06:24 p.m.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) invited people from the travel trade, media friends, program partners and its million-milers to a reception at the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu, for the launch of its Cebu-Osaka and Cebu-Nagoya flights. Frontliners were Harry Inoferio, PAL officer in charge - Phil. sales and area head for Visayas sales Chris Lebumfacil. Flying in from Manila with Harry were Ria Domingo, PAL officer in charge / vice president of marketing, and Ma. Cielo Villaluna, PAL manager of external communications, who acted as program host.

Miss Earth comes Home

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 06:23 p.m.

The past couple of weeks have been hectic yet rewarding for 20-year old Cebuana Jamie Herrell. Now, after her coronation as Miss Earth 2014, Jamie returns home to Cebu geared up to spend the holidays with her family and friends.

Heart Evangelista to wear Monique Lhuillier wedding dress

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 06:22 p.m.

Actress Heart Evangelista will don a Monique Lhuillier gown on her wedding day.

Heart shared on Instagram some photos of her recent fitting at Lhuillier’s atelier in Los Angeles, California.

John Prats, Isabel Oli to wed in May

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 06:22 p.m.

Showbiz couple John Prats and Isabel Oli will exchange wedding vows in May at the actor’s family farm in Balete, Batangas.

Isabel said they chose May to avoid the rainy season, which normally starts in June. As for the place, the actress said the farm fits their rustic wedding theme.

Welcome 2015 at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 06:21 p.m.

Be part of the grandest New Year’s celebration in Cebu City as Marco Polo Plaza welcomes 2015 with a stunning celebration!

Treat yourself to a night of great live entertainment at the Gala Dinner held at the Grand Ballroom as one of the country’s most sought after bands, The Bloomfields, from Manila, will bring back the richness of the 60s and 80s rock music.

Lumina by Edison Lamps opens in Mandaue

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 06:20 p.m.

Houses can now be lit up bright as Lumina by Edison Lamps opened its second branch on December 8, 2014.

The family-run business traces its roots from an electrical store in downtown Cebu that was started in 1962 by the family’s matriarch. Their product line expanded and started to include lights. In 2000, they ventured into modern lamps and opened their store in Capitol. From then on, they have continuously expanded their product portfolio.

Francis Libiran for Havaianas

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 06:20 p.m.

It has been more than 15 years since Francis Libiran shifted from the pragmatism and rigorousness of architecture to the fluidity and expression of fashion design. Since then, he has laid claim to a place on the international stage, dressing supermodels, celebrities and beauty queens like Tyra Banks, Anne Curtis, and Megan Young.

Johndorf introduces P200M Portville Davao

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 06:19 p.m.

A developer that started in northern Mindanao 25 years ago and flourished in Cebu over the past decade has introduced its first project in the Davao City, Portville Davao.

Johndorf Ventures Corp. (JVC) invested P200 million in the 2.7-hectare property in Barangay Sasa in that city that will become a community of 374 middle-class two-storey affordable townhomes.

Discover shabu-shabu at KingOne

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 06:18 p.m.

This Christmas season, enjoy an affordable eat-all-you-can shabu-shabu dining experience with the whole family at KingOne Rotary Hotpot.

KingOne, dubbed as the number one shabu-shabu restaurant in Manila, recently opened its third and largest branch in City Time Square Mall, Mandaue City, Cebu.

Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino gets Agoda.com’s 2014 Gold Circle award

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 06:18 p.m.

Agoda.com,one of Asia’s leading hotel booking sites and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), has announced the winners of its prestigious 2014 Gold Circle Awards, given to accommodations around the world that embody the best qualities of the online hospitality industry.

Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino is among the 1,025 properties all over the world to receive the 2014 Gold Circle awards of Agoda.com.

Penong’s opens in Colon

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 06:17 p.m.

Penong's is making waves and enticing customers with its good food and famous BBQ chicken as it opened a branch along Colon Street. A brand hailing all the way from Davao, Penong's Colon caters to the busy district of the downtown area, targeting students, workers and the many shoppers that frequent the area.

Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015 goes to UP Cebu

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 06:16 p.m.

As one of Southeast Asia's most visited tourist destinations for both leisure and business, the Tourism Malaysia is proud to present MyFEST 2015 Tour and Road Show.

Targeting local travel agencies and other tourism industry professionals, MyFEST 2015 has also reached out to universities such as Centro Escolar University to promote the beauty and rich cultural diversity of Malaysia.

A quiet corner on Christmas

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 01:19 p.m.

ALTHOUGH she died 25 years ago, Patience Strong, remains a much loved and very popular versifier.

For more than 40 years her simple and homely words touched the hearts of millions with her poems published in newspapers and magazines around the world. Today her verses are still regularly published.

Traveling on holidays

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 01:18 p.m.

IF YOU are traveling this holiday season, these are few of the important reminders you should keep for your own sanity. Unless you want to curse yourself for being misinformed about how to make your trip hassle-free, then stop reading and get a taxi.

Last Friday, I have started my 20-day trip to the outskirts of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia with a flight to Manila. This was one of the few instances that I would opt to trade my precious bed and pull off early to be at the airport ahead of time.

The spirit of giving

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 01:18 p.m.

TWO days to go and it’s Christmas day!

Maybe by now, your Christmas trees have gifts and most of us have finished buying gifts for our family, close friends, colleagues and godchildren.

Good soil means good crops

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 01:17 p.m.

IMPROVING soil for vegetable gardening is easy. As long as you remember to put back what you take out, your vegetable garden will be productive and provide you with plenty of fresh and delicious produce.

Most of us would like to grow bigger, better and healthier fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, our farmlands this time are often highly weathered and impoverished in plant nutrients, organic matter and water retentive capacity. The result? We have vegetables that are not always as good as we often like them to be.

Of The Old Breed

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 01:44 a.m.

WHEN Charles Antony Larsen Cepeda, Charlie to family and friends, launches an exhibit of his photographs at the Lim Ket Kai mall on December 23, he will be showcasing a portfolio that is more than 60 years in the making.

It could be a wonderful world during Christmas

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 01:42 a.m.

CHRISTMAS is traditionally a time of many seasons: forgiveness, generosity, reunion, etc... It is also the season when, in the process of gift-giving, the social inequality among the different social classes are somehow acutely being broken temporarily as those with the resources make active attempts of reaching out for the deprived, homeless and poverty-laden.

Communing through art

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 06:17 p.m.

IN celebration of the 15th anniversary of the University of San Carlos’ painting program, the school unveiled its Creative Hub Art Gallery located inside the College of Architecture and Fine Arts building last Dec. 9.

The ‘colors’ of Christmas

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 06:14 p.m.

It was a blast of sparkling Christmas colors when Zonta 1 celebrated its holiday seasons at the Molave room of Cebu Country Club. The Zontians displayed their talents in singing, dancing and acting. Let the photos speak for themselves.

Stakeholders’ Christmas cheers

Audiovisual: A ballad called ‘Christmas’

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 06:13 p.m.

I have been a big fan of that voice for about 20 years.

We started playing Jose Mari Chan’s Christmas album at home on a cassette tape; then it evolved into a CD; now we click a playlist on YouTube, the track order sometimes off. But it doesn’t matter. Overall, it’s the candid writing and pleasant melodies—that sound giving off a rhyme and rhythm undoubtedly ‘70s-esque (the singer/songwriter era)—that gets to me every time.

Sun.Star Bacolod celebrates 6th anniversary

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 03:15 p.m.

SUDDENLY we were like kids again. Bringing candy canes and sweets and wearing vibrant costumes the colors of candies. Welcome to Candyland!

Our function hall at Palmas del Mar Resort Conference Hotel explodes in fabulous candy colors as Sun.Star Bacolod celebrates its 6th anniversary and Christmas party.

Christmas in a glass

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 03:14 p.m.

LIKE The Sound of Music, my kitchen is alive with the sounds and smells of Christmas preparations. This year I'm aiming not to be stressed out so I'm making as many of the treats as early as possible. The stress of cooking will reflect in the food. If you relax and enjoy it, the food will feel relaxed and be enjoyed.

Christmas cookies and, of course, the cake are all ready. Our traditional Christmas pudding - laced with lashings of old Jamaica rum - which has been maturing for over 12 months, is ready to be steamed again on Christmas Day for a few hours and then served piping hot and flaming with brandy and served with brandy butter.

Affordable U.S. goods at Leandra Reese’s Boutique

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 09:32 p.m.

A LOT of brands from the United States have really been gaining grounds in the Philippine market. According to a number of friends who are into branded bags and apparels, it really pays to invest on great brands to enjoy real value for your money.

With this, a lot of U.S. brands have decided to open their shops in the country, even in Davao City. Well, we can’t blame them since they definitely have a lot of patrons here.

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