Roger Serna

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After only a few blinks, we find January gone with all the fun and revelry that went with it. Now comes February with its own brand of entertainment in tow. With the day of hearts happening within the month, the activities seem to gravitate toward that particular date (Feb. 14, need we remind you?) and with a few revolving near it.

Ballet Philippines’ Masterworks had its gala presentation at the SM City Cebu Theater One yesterday at 8 p.m. Today, the students’ matinee will be held at 3 p.m. at the same venue.

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Meanwhile, happening also today and just a few hundred meters away is the Musicfest 2010 event, which features American Idol winner Kris Allen with the Boyce Avenue and Jabb Awoc Keez. They will be doing their gig at the North Open Parking 2 area of SM City Cebu. With American Idol gathering such a huge following since its initial season until now, expect the Cebu followers to troop to the area.


So far, those who are planning to make their celebration of love day extra special only have the concert “King & Queen of Hearts” in mind. This features David Pomeranz and Divine Diva Zsa Zsa Padilla on Valentine’s Day eve, Feb. 13, at the Pacific Ballroom of the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino. Showtime is at 8:30 p.m.


Many things have already been written, heard and seen about the now globally famous dancing inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, but perhaps only a little about the man who conceptualized it all, the man who revolutionized the word ‘rehabilitation’ and brought it to another plane, to a higher level.

I’m referring to Capitol consultant on security and jail matters, Byron Garcia. Despite what his detractors say, Byron rightfully deserves all the accolades that come his way because of what he has done for the inmates’ rehabilitation and morale.

Take a bow, Byron!


The northern town of Catmon will celebrate its annual fiesta with cultural activities to go with the religious rites and practices.

The Community Rural Bank of Catmon (Cebu) Inc. in partnership with the Passionist Sisters School will bring Catmonanons and guests on a tour to the different continents around the globe tomorrow, Feb. 6, at the town’s cultural and sports center.

A disco with the CHS Audiotech sound system and live bands led by the Invasion Band will follow. A very minimal entrance fee will be charged.


The top-rating talent show, Showtime, had its live shoot at Cebu City Sports Center, as announced, early this week.

I thought of dropping by in one of the scheduled dates and just staying for a few minutes. Never did I realize that the entire activity will be held in the open air with everyone, from the contestants, the hosts, the judges and the audience, exposed to the elements but it actually happened.

Surprisingly, those who chose to watch the entire proceedings (and be caught by the roving cameras in the process and have the chance to have their faces aired nationwide and worldwide) were enjoying everything.

For sure, many people are nursing sunburns these days—unless they were careful enough to apply sun block before trooping to the venue. The experience was worthwhile nonetheless.


The Cebu press obviously enjoyed exchanging pleasantries with the beauteous Magdayao sister team of Sheila, Sharon (a.k.a. Vina Morales) and Shaina at the formal opening of Ystilo Salon last week. The fourth sibling, Sheryl, has been tied down by family affairs and was not able to come.

The Cebu stargazers also gathered near and across the entrance of the salon, which is located at the third level of SM City Cebu near the bowling center.

The sisters were so accommodating with Vina and Sheila articulating their answers to questions in fluent Cebuano.

Shaina can understand but can only speak a sprinkling of Cebuano. The salon is the 37th branch and the first in Cebu.

The sisters might open two more branches within the year. Keep posted.