In the limelight


SATURDAY, May 25, will be the day of the Community Fashion Parade at The Gallery of Ayala Center Cebu, featuring Australian brands like Cotton On, Roxy, Quicksilver, Ever New and the local Cebu brand Anthill. The event is part of the celebration of the annual Philippines-Australia Friendship Day which will be held in our city this year.


It’s the mango season and the Cebu Mangoes Festival unfolds at Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City on May 25 and 26. A joint undertaking of Lapu-Lapu City, through its Tourism office, and Megaworld Cebu Properties Inc., the celebration of Cebu mangoes is expected to offer 10,000 kilos of mangoes (for sale from P80-P100 per kilo) from more than 200 trees in the Megaworld township. There will also be a Mango Bazaar where mango-related products will be highlighted.


Coming up for the weekend is “One Sweet Day at Marco Polo Plaza,” a two-day affair at the Grand Ballroom featuring wedding and debut exclusives. The celebration packages come with extra perks and privileges.


In line with its aim of providing an avenue for Cebuano artists to showcase their talent, Maayo Hotel in Mandaue hosted the art exhibit dubbed “Cebu: People, Places and Faces.” Organized by hardworking artist Celso Pepito of Art Portal Cebu, the art happening featured the works of 40 selected Cebuano artists.


Our Queen City (specifically Radisson Blu Cebu) was the venue of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) Annual Summit 2019. Pata is the biggest tourism organization in the world with 55 chapters counting as members airlines, hotels, resorts, travel agencies, tour operators, NGOs and universities offering tourism programs.

The Philippine chapter is headed by our good friend and fellow Cebuano Bob Zozobrado who has been re-elected as chairman for another two years. His biggest achievement as chairman on his first term was the creation of student chapters in the different universities in the country, thus paving the way for the students to get involved in tourism projects and events.

Theme of this year’s summit was “Sustainable Tourism.” Speakers included opinion leaders from both public and private sectors as well as leaders of tourism boards.


For its culminating activity, Speechcom Summer 2019 presented Talento Cebuano 2019 at Ayala Center Cebu’s Activity Center. Spearheaded by Speechcom International founded by doctor Mila Espina, Talento Cebuano is a special tribute given to a Cebuano or an adopted Cebuano for his/her special contribution to the community. The project is supported by the We Care and Allef foundations, the USJ-R Arts and Sciences and Masscom departments, and the Education Committee of Zonta Club of Cebu 1.

Three talented and exemplary Cebuanos were honored during the program. Lady lawyer Ria Lidia Espina was cited for her “Excellent Leadership in the Academic and Legal Profession.” As for Robby Alugar, he was recognized as a “Success Story for Creative PR and Marketing Initiatives.” Meanwhile, designer Dexter Alazas was acknowledged for “Creative Craftmanship with a purpose in merging Fashion Arts with the essence of the Cebuana.


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