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THIS time of year, hotels are usually abuzz with preparing for the holidays of Christmas and New Year. For Café Marco of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, the celebration is more immediate: Thanksgiving, which is tomorrow.

The Café will be open for two nights only, to serve a managed buffet of Thanksgiving favorites like roast turkey, roasted USDA beef, chicken relleno and the American tender sugarcane glazed ham. The dessert table will have maple pumpkin, apple and pecan pies, as well as Thanksgiving Harvest fruit cobbler topped with sweet cream biscuits.

Limited seats are available due to social distancing protocols, so it’s best to book a table in advance by calling (0321) 253-1111.

Radisson Blu Cebu will celebrate Thanksgiving Day tomorrow as it opens for a day only (it will also open for Christmas). Its acclaimed buffet restaurant, Feria, will be open for dinner from 8 to 10 p.m. for a feast of homemade pies, honey glazed ham and a traditional whole roasted turkey with all the savory trimmings, plus free-flowing iced tea, chilled juices and soda.

The hotel ensures a secure dining environment following a 20-step hygiene protocol that includes limited restaurant seating, social distancing measures, managed buffet service and increased frequency of cleaning and disinfection. For inquiries and reservations, call (032) 402-9900.

Feliz, a holiday journey at Seda Ayala Center Cebu, kicked off with a tree lighting ceremony virtually attended by Smile Train’s country director, Kimmy Faviano, with Ayala Hotels and Resorts Group director, Wilma Estaura, and Seda Ayala Center’s general manager, Gwen de la Cruz and the hotel’s management team.

Smile Train Philippines is an international charity organization focused on providing free cleft surgery and care for those in need. The hotel invites its guests and clients to buy holiday ornaments available at the hotel, the proceeds of which will go to Smile Train Philippines.

For Christmas Eve, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., Seda’s Misto restaurant will offer a Christmas feast complete with the traditional lechon belly, roasted herb crust salmon and other Christmas specialties. Holiday specials will also be served on Christmas day from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m.

The hotel’s New Year specials include an overnight stay for two in a deluxe room for P9,000 net, to include New Year’s Eve dinner for two, breakfast for two and cocktail countdown by the pool for two. It will also offer a New Year’s Eve managed buffet, as well as New Year’s day lunch which will feature beef tenderloin, mixed seafood, vegetable biryani and more holiday favorites. For inquiries, call (032) 411-5800.

We wanted to know the holiday events of Maayo Hotel in Mandaue, but we were told the hotel has permanently closed but will reopen soon as a hospital.


Good news for children and their moms and dads! Regalos de Cebu Inc., a sister company of Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI), recently opened The Little Gym Cebu City at Base Line Center. It is a sub-franchise and the fourth and newest branch in the Philippines, the first outside Manila.

It is an internationally recognized child development program with health and fitness activities for kids aged six months to 12 years. It is focused on developing the child’s cognitive and socio-emotional skills with gymnastics at its core.

It is currently offering “Zoomnastics” to help children keep moving and still have fun while staying at home. At the helm of this Cebu franchise are sisters-in-law Alana Soberano and Joie Soberano –Bergundthal, who are both moms. Alana, head of Regalos de Cebu’s franchises, is a mom of three children with CLI’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, Franco Soberano. Joie is a mom to a one-year-old with a second one on the way with her husband, Mathias Bergundthal.


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