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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Neri: People

IT was about 16 years ago when Navin Chellaram was assigned here as the Cebu manager of Cathay Pacific Airways. When he came for a visit a few weeks back, he found Cebu so changed and almost unrecognizable... all in the name of progress. Meanwhile Navin has gone up the corporate ladder and is now Cathay Pacific's general manager for Southeast Asia. More power, Navin! Lovely having lunch with you and talking about old times when we were with the Cebu City Tourism Commission.

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Col. Erik Miguel Espina, son of former Cebu Gov. and Sen. Rene Espina, received the Command Plaque of Distinction as Brigade Commander of the 1901st Ready Reserve Infantry Brigade which was named Outstanding Army Reservist Unit 2016. The ceremony was held at the Camp Riego de Dios in Tanza, Cavite, home of the Army Reserve Command. Guest of honor and speaker was Rear Admiral Ernesto Enriquez, Deputy Chief of Staff for Reservist and Retirees Affairs.

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The All Saints' Day weekend brought to town the Deen sisters—Norma "Mita" Escaño, Barbara "Nena" Gomez and Victoria "Baby" Sison. With brother Danny, they visited the graves of their dear departed loved ones, as well as made the rounds of the new places hereabouts. Baby found time to reconnect with her former school mates at St. Theresa's College.

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A beaming Rene Egle, general manager of Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa, led a happy group for a souvenir photo when he received the citation that the resort is one of only two properties in Central Visayas accredited as five-star by the Department of Tourism. The other one is in Bohol.

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Mr. Foodie, Mr. Chef, Restaurateur par excellence—these are the names Winglip Chang is associated with. Over lunch at Kuya J a moon ago, Winglip shared his plans of expanding the home-grown Kuya J nationwide and even abroad. Presently there is a total of 50 outlets in Cebu and Metro Manila.

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Some years back, well-known Manila Chef Gene Gonzalez talked of establishing a culinary school in Cebu. It has finally come with the opening of the Center for Asian Culinary Studies-Cebu in Gorordo Ave., Cebu City (behind QC Pavilion). The center offers two-month courses in cooking and baking.

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And talking of culinary matters, Judeline Murjani was the chief consultant of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu when it presented Khana, a celebration of Indian cuisine at Cafe Marco. The launching affair was fun and colorful with the Ceremony of Lights and dance presentations. Gracious lady of the hour was Marco Polo general manager Julie Najar.

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Notes

Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort will once again have its Parol lighting event to kick off the Pasko Sa Bluewater holiday festivities. Walk Among the Stars will unfold at the resort on Friday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m.

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Meanwhile on the same day, Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino is coming up with a party dubbed Enchanted to start the holiday mood in the hotel.

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Aboitiz Media Playnight will take place at the Niña Ballroom of Radisson Blu on Nov. 25. This is the traditional media treat that the Aboitiz group of companies host in celebration of Christmas.
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