WE just have to marvel at nature’s bounties by simply looking around us! Members of the Cebu Suiseki Society recently held an exhibit of stones and small rocks that resemble part of our everyday life. We were entranced by a stone that looked like a whale, and another shaped like a goldfish. And still another one shaped like a man’s head. We also saw a stone in the shape of a slipper, and another one in the shape of a whole loaf of bread. This particular collection belonged to Leody Tagorda.

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The Suiseki and the Bonsai societies had this joint exhibit and we ask ourselves: Will wonders ever cease? Amazing, indeed, for how man can dwarf trees, and how can stones "form" man?

We doff our hats to these innovative men and women who have the creativity and who care for nature’s riches!

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Make way for the first Russian Film Festival, which will be brought to Cebu by MosFilm and the Consulate of the Russian Federation in cooperation with Arts Council of Cebu Foundation Inc.

The venue will be Ayala Center Cebu’s Cinema One on March 26 and 27.

Here are the titles: The Star—March 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.; The Mirror—March 27 at 12 p.m.; The Vanished Empire—March 27 at 2:30 p.m.; Ward No. 6—March 27 at 5 p.m. and Agony—March 27 at 7 p.m. Films are with English subtitles, and admission is free.

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The buzz is out. Cebu Parklane International Hotel (CPIH) is welcoming one and all to its Lifestyle Plus Rewards program.

The grand launching was held at Basil’s Pool Bar, one particularly sultry evening. So the pool scene was a welcome come-on! The lifestyle kit contains a delectable collection of perks and freebies, be it for dining, accommodations or relaxation, and pampering. Consider these: Free overnights stay in an Executive Plus room (single or double) with buffet breakfast and free access to the Plus Club; overnight stay in a Parklane room (single or double) with buffet breakfast; Bean date brewed coffee with cookie (two coupons); free one platter of pica-pica at Muze Wine and Cigar lounge; free use of the Aquamarine Wellness and Fitness gym (four coupons); and free use of the swimming pool with one glass of iced-tea (six coupons).

Card privileges include 50 percent off when dining at Manuel’s restaurant for lunch or dinner buffet (two coupons). There is also a 20 percent off on the following: over-the-counter room rates; buffet meals at Manuel’s restaurant; swimming pool use; and gym membership. The following carries a 15 percent discount: laundry services, and business center services. You have a 10-percent discount on a la carte menu and beverages on all F&B outlets in the hotel. For a low price, you can luxuriously avail of all the amenities mentioned above, by getting the Lifestyle Plus Reward Card. Start to explore a world of infinite pampering by opening your doors to this irresistible card!

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Pals-Teens seminar will also be coming back this summer. On April 20 to 22 at Cebu Parklane International Hotel. To teenagers out there, this is your chance to avail yourselves of fabulous discounts on the seminar rates. Book now, as the seats are limited. Deadline is March 31.