Philippine Airlines (PAL) has announced new routes from Cebu starting this month. During a press conference at Radisson Blu Cebu, PAL president/chief operating officer Stanley Ng shared: “Philippine Airlines hopes to build up Cebu as the Queen of Gateways, strategically positioned as the ideal gateway to the tourist islands and provincial economic centers of the Visayas and Mindanao, and beyond to Northern Luzon and Palawan.”

Last Dec. 1, the Cebu/Cotabato/Tawi Tawi flight took off. Targeted for Dec. 16 is the Cebu/Baguio route, and on Dec. 19, the Cebu/Borongan (Samar) route. As OIC PAL Express president Rabbi Ang puts it, “Our goal is to revitalize domestic travel and economic development by leveraging the strength of the Queen City of the South and enhancing it’s connectivity to all corners of the nation.”

Meanwhile the Cebu/Bangkok flights will resume on Dec. 9. Lucky winner of the grand raffle prize for Cebu/Bangkok was colleague Mila Espina who won a trip for two on Business Class.

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The newest beauty hub in town is the Belo Clinic Cebu of the Belo Medical Group founded by Cebu-born Dr. Vicki Belo. All of 500 square meters, the modern, luxurious and well-equipped beauty center is located at the ground floor of Taft Eastgate which is adjacent to the Cebu Business Park. It is the biggest Belo Clinic in the country.

Glamour and glitz marked the opening day affair with celebrity endorsers in attendance as well as a sprinkling of Metro Manila’s socialites who are faithful clients of the clinic. Gracious hosts were Dr. Vicki and husband Dr. Hayden Kho and their team of dermatologists and aestheticians.

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A new executive pastry chef lords over the bake shop of Golden Prince Hotel. Seasoned pastry chef Rodulfo Macaya Jr. was introduced to us (lifestyle writers) by president/chief executive officer Benny Que over a yummy dinner at the hotel’s Kabilin Lounge. But, of course, our dinner was capped off with sinfully delicious desserts by the master pastry chef who impressed us with a trio of mouthwatering sweets that lovely evening.

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Nest Home and Fabric Shop, a lifestyle and concept store, has a whole array of new stocks for Christmas. A brain child of ace fashion designer Philip Rodriguez, the boutique showcases Philippine-made products ranging from uniquely crafted home decor and furniture to fabrics and fashion accessories to religious articles and plants.

A new shopping place to visit!