Bowler dedicates win to late dad

AUI Padawan captured his second straight Bowler of the Month title in the BTA-Prima Monthly

Open Tournament in the Gaisano Bowlingplex, Banilad.

Padawan, 19, also won last May and dedicated his win to his late father Mauricio Padawan, who

died three years ago. He considers his father as his greatest influence in the sport of


He said he didn’t expect to win after a poor performance in the National Bowling Tour in

Bacolod last month.

“I wasn’t able to qualify for the masters during the NBT last month and this win was

unexpected. Perhaps, a visit to my father’s grave before competing gave me the boost to play

my best because I am dedicating my game today to him as we celebrate Fathers’ Day,” said


The win earned Padawan, who has been playing for 10 years and finished second in the Bevida

International Tournament, a spot in the Bowler of the Year tournament in December.

Yesterday, Padawan dropped 1,387 to beat Bede Ilano, who had 1,257. Luke Bolongan got 1,238

pinfalls for third and April winner Dante Calipay settled for fourth after scoring 1,227

pinfalls. Clarence Tiu got fifth place with 1,208.

Meanwhile, Ilano, who is a former BTA president, said they are planning to hold a BTA Open

before the year ends and they hope to attract bowlers from different clubs around the


“Bowling in Cebu is growing. We hope we can attract more bowlers and organize more

tournaments,” said Ilano. ISL


Surban bags 2nd

Ritchiel S. Chavez

Sun.Star Correspondent

DANAO City— After trailing in the first four laps, Indonesia’s national team rider

Bandi Sugito brok away in the fifth to snatch the cross-country men’s elite title in the UCI

sanctioned Asean MTB Cup in Barangay Manlayag-Patag.

Sugito, the silver medalist of 2013 Southeast Asean Games (Seag) in Myanmar, powered his way

over local and other foreign riders to finish the 25.2-kilometer race in 1 hour 34 minutes

and 6 seconds.

“In the fifth lap, I broke away from the pack. My teammate was leading in the first lap and I

was fourth in the other laps. It was very hot though but I manage to cope with that. The

route was very nice it can be compared to International tracks. I also appreciate the

competitive riders,” said Sugito.

Cebu’s pride Niño Surban finished second in 1:36:00, while Leopoldo Japetana Jr. got third


“With local and foreign riders in the Asean MTB Cup. He was (Surban) one of the very good

riders I’ve met in this region,” Sugito said of Surban.

Surban uplifted the home crowd when he finally joined the top three coming in to the fifth

lap before Sobito took the lead for good.

With the recent result, Surban will have his hands full in their next encounter in the

second leg of the Asean MTB Cup on Aug. 15 to 17 in Malaysia. Surban will try to bolster his

chance for the series overall men’s elite championship.

“Dili ko moingon nga mobalos ko niya sa Malaysia pero paningkamotan gyud nato na maayo ang

ako performance didto. Sauna mapildi man nako siya sa Asean MTB Championships pero karon nga

year layo nako niya. Maayo iyang training man gud,” said Surban.

The rest of the top five bikers were Butuan Cycle Line Extreme’s Cesar Lapaza Jr (1:36:35)

and Edwin Nacario Jr. (1:37:58).

In the men’s Master A, Team Ariana Specialized grabbed another medal with Oliver Portillano

taking the win in 54:34, just 13 seconds ahead of John Paul Laspinas of Groundzero Iloilo.

Multisports Adventure’s Jhomllodin Lucman finished in 56:03 for third place, while Reynante

Gabor came in at 57:55 for fourth place. Philippine Air Force bet Nilo Estaya clocked 59:16

to snatch fifth place.

Indonesia’s head coach Oki Raspati dominated the men’s Master B in 56:47. He beat Team Sea

Rider Dive Center’s bet Mark Narcavan (58:20) and Cannasia Cannodale’s Fraser Morrison

(1:00:39). Great Britain’s Kenneth Pownall (1:01:05) and Singaporean Kim Kwee Ng (1:03:40)

got the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.


Why San Antonio deserves to win NBA title



THE Finals has been nothing but the San Antonio Spurs show and we ought to be paying

attention to the clinic they have been putting on right now. What can this team teach us?

First – Loyalty pays dividends. The Spurs’ core of Coach Greg Popovich, Tim Duncan, Tony

Parker and Manu Ginobili has played together for 11 years and that has been one of the

biggest ingredients for their success. These guys know each other and trust each other out

there and that’s why it continues to keep working for their team.

For the second one, I’d let Coach Pop tell it to you(This was transcribed in a Sports

Illustrated article and was after their heart-breaking Game 6 defeat last year): “I know you

but if that’s the worst thing that ever happens to you, you’ll lead easy lives. You’ve got

jobs, you’ve got wives, you’ve got children. S--- will happen to you. It’s called life. Mark

this down as a tough one, but if it’s the toughest, then you’re lucky. So get over it and

let’s go play.” Motivation at its finest.

Another thing I’ve learned from the Spurs, which leads the NBA with the most number of

foreign players in their roster ,is that individual differences can be set aside for a common

goal. They may speak different languages and different cultures may come into play, making it

hard to understand each other but come game time, it doesn’t show on the court.

Fourth - You have to be ready whenever your number gets called. I don’t know how Pop does it

but whoever he puts in there always finds a way to contribute. A bigger role has been

demanded of Kawhi Leonard and he delivered. They needed Danny Green to be more than just the

spot-up shooter he was last year and he responded. Patty Mills will hit a timely three off

the bench for you too.

Watch every Spurs possession and you’d know right away what this last one is all about.

Marvel at how every player on the floor, from one to five, touches the ball and how fast it

moves around paving the way for the best available, high-percentage shot. Efficient. Magical.


San Antonio is doing everything right in basketball. They downright deserve the championship.


Sharks sink Vipers, 69-45

RYAN Edward Llanos scored 19 points, Archie Brian Batua added 13 and Ryan Penaranda had 10 to

lead Accenture Sharks to an upset victory over the defending champions Aegis Vipers, 69-45 in

the ongoing CSCC E-Leagues Season 10 at the City Sports Club-Cebu gym last Saturday.

The Sharks surprised Aegis with a 23-3 blitz in the opening quarter to break the spirits of

the defending champion, who were trailing by as much as 32 points at the halftime break, 46-


Kevin Clark Navaja was the lone Aegis player to score in double digit with 11.

Meanwhile, the SSI Warriors pulled the rug from under the Wipro Tigers, 79-70 win.

After forfeiting its first game in favor of Kyocera Frontiers, SSI picked its first win of

the season with Robert Espinoza scoring the game- high 27 points. Lawrence Agas and Rhett

Tomakin also had 17 and 14 points respectively.

Franz Martinez topscored for Wipro with 12 points and Reinario Salibay Jr. and Brian Deodoro

made 11 points each.

SupportSave Dragons, on the other hand, defeated Calltek Trojans, 59-53.

Nino Belande scored 25 points and Dave Villas added 14 to lead the Dragons to victory.

Brothers Jan Pierre and Mark Louise Gellez topscored for the debuting Trojans with 11 and 10

points, respectively.

Multi-titled Convergys 1 Wolves had a walk in the park victory over the debuting 24/7 Cagers

61-31. RCM


Mike Limpag

Fair play

WE CAN compete internationally in the youth levels, it’s only in the 16-Under age group that

we begin to lag.”

That was what Philippine Football Federation technical director Aries Caslib said during the

PFF Board of Governors meeting in Cebu in 2011, when he laid out the plans for the

development of grassroots football just weeks after the country’s consciousness was raised

because of the Miracle in Hanoi by the Azkals.

Caslib, who is also a former head coach of the men’s team, said that our players’ skills in

the 10 to 14-year-old levels is just the same with the rest of Southeast Asia but when they

turn 16, our football culture fails to give them that competitive edge to keep on improving.

To address that, the plan then was to give our best kids the same football atmosphere that

our neighbors grew up in--train them abroad.

One of the first youth teams to benefit under Azkals generation was the Boys 14 team, known

as the Little Azkals. After a month-long training in football-mad Italy, they flew to Japan

for and finished third in a six-nation tourney.

It was the first medal finish by a youth team in any level in years and a validation of the

argument that given the right support, our boys can compete at the right level.

And the Little Azkals didn’t disappoint, beating Brunei, 3-0, and Malaysia, 2-1, drawing

Singapore, 0-0, and losing to Indonesia, 2-0, and Japan, 4-0, to finish third in that

tournament behind Japan and Indonesia.

Now, another batch of young footballers are proving again that we can compete, and this time,

it’s not just in an invitational tournament but in the AFC Regional Championships for Asean

in Vietnam. The Girls 14-Under team, which has three Cebuanas and is coached by Let Dimzon,

made history the other day by making it all the way to the finals against Thailand.

Unless I’m wrong, I believe this is a the first time a youth team--boys or girls--made it all

the way to the finals of an international tournament.

The girls were set to face Thailand last night for the title, and whatever the result,

they’ve set the bar a year after finishing fourth last year.

The results shows how this team has improved. The girls routed Singapore, 6-0, beat Vietnam,

1-0, and blanked Cambodia, 5-0, to finish on top of their group. In the semis, they fought

from behind to oust Myanmar, 2-1, with Cebuana Itsuko Bacatan getting the first goal.

This team didn’t get the overseas stint that their Boys 14 counterpart of three years ago did

but they sure are winning more games.

Girls football in this country sometimes get overlooked, just as most sports involving girls,

but I hope this batch of players will change that. I hope, after the AFC U14 championship,

there’s a roadmap for this girls all the way to the SEA Games. Should they progress all the

way to the senior team, the players they beat now will be the same bunch of players they beat


What happens after they turn 16? Will the lack of local competitions lead to that dreaded

gap? I hope not and I hope the PFF has an answer for that.

This girls show how bright the future for Philippine women’s football is.


Editorial: Nourishing the elderly

LOLA Ching tried to avail herself of the P1,300 weekly grocery allocation senior citizens are entitled to a five-percent discount as set down by Republic Act (RA) 9994, or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010.

Her daughter asked the supermarket cashier why no discount was given for two bottles of cranberry juice and two boxes of prunes Lola Ching needed to aid her digestion and bowel movement.

The cashier said the senior citizen’s discount is only given for selected items, such as meat and eggs. At the age of 74, with diabetes affecting her kidneys and heart, a high-protein diet will do her more harm than good.

Tatay Bert, 80, lined up behind a senior citizen’s counter in a North Reclamation Area supermarket. Although he showed his identification card from the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (Osca), he did not have the purchase booklet required to avail himself of the senior citizen’s five-percent discount.

Tatay Bert went home without purchasing. He did not bring enough money for the coffee, sugar and milk. He said that for the past three years, the Osca office in Cebu City ran out of purchase booklets for basic necessities and prime commodities.

Affordable nutrition

An official of the Department of Health League of Licensed Nutritionist-Dietitians Inc. recommended a diet rich in vitamins; sufficient in fiber, protein and calcium; and low in sodium and sugar, reported the news website Rappler last June 3.

This recommended diet will not only keep the elderly nourished but also should be within their means: for breakfast, ¾ cup of rice, a slice of papaya and 1/3 cup of milk with sugar; for morning snack, one small boiled potato with margarine; for lunch, 1 ½ piece of matchbox-sized boiled chicken with malunggay, ¾ cup of rice and a serving of fruit; for afternoon snack, malunggay juice and four pieces of crackers; for dinner, 1 ½ piece of matchbox-sized grilled fish with tomatoes and a piece of banana; and for bedtime snack, 1/3 cup of milk and two small pieces of bread.

Yet it comes as no surprise that this recommended diet remains an ideal for many senior citizens. The same Rappler article includes the elderly in the disadvantaged sectors, with the National Statistics Coordination Board reporting a 15.8-percent poverty incidence among senior citizens. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recorded around a million elderly in poor households.

While old age reduces appetite, it also requires greater attention to nourishment with the onset of disease and infirmity. Yet, social realities make feeding the elderly a challenge.

Many senior citizens’ pensions support unemployed children and their families. Maintenance medicines drain pensioners’ funds. Despite age and disability, many elderly citizens continue to work to support themselves because they are abandoned or neglected by their children and relatives.

Bridging the gap

Very few of the elderly assert their right to a five-percent discount of basic necessities and prime commodities. The Joint Department of Trade and Industry-Department of Agriculture Administrative Order 10-02 defines basic necessities as rice, corn, bread (excluding pastries and cakes), fish and other marine products in fresh, dried and canned forms, fresh eggs, fresh and processed milk, fresh vegetables and root crops, coffee and coffee creamer, sugar, cooking oil, salt, laundry and detergent soap, firewood, charcoal, and candles.

The same administrative order covers the following as prime commodities: fresh fruits, flour, pork, beef and poultry meat in dried, processed and canned forms, dairy products, canned sardines and tuna, noodles, onions, garlic, geriatric diapers, herbicides, poultry, swine and cattle feeds, veterinary products for poultry, swine and cattle, nipa shingle, plyboard and construction nails, batteries, electrical supplies and light bulbs, and steel wire.

Often, the failure to ask for discounts stems from ignorance of RA 9994. In their errands, many of the elderly are unaccompanied and unassisted by a relative or caregiver. Filing a complaint or reporting business establishments that fail to honor RA 9994 is beyond the means of many senior citizens.

If he or she meets qualifications, a senior citizen can avail himself of a monthly pension of P500 from the DSWD’s Social Pension Program. However, the same Rappler article noted that one must be at least 77 years old to be a beneficiary of the Social Pension Program.

Prevailing biases that the old require less in life and must be cared for by their families blind many to the realities of the hidden hunger stalking the elderly.

Soup kitchens are traditionally organized as Christmas drives to benefit homes for the elderly. But looking around closely and with more sensitivity, we may realize the present and pressing hunger of the elderly among us.


Wenceslao: The making of a legend

Bong Wenceslao

Candid thoughts

HOW Mayor Rodrigo Duterte manages the peace in Davao City is the stuff of legend. However, how much of the perception is true and how much is a product of myth-making is still to be answered with certainty. Still, the praise Duterte is getting has gotten so pervasive, especially in this age of the social media, that some sectors want him to run the entire country.

The image of Duterte as an iron-fisted mayor was largely shaped in the initial years of his rule. His disdain for the criminal types was noted both in his talk and in his actions. This was strengthened with the killing of suspected criminals and the surfacing of the so-called Davao Death Squad, a development that the mayor obviously tolerated.

Upon this development was shaped the perception of Davao City as crime-free. Of course, that hinges much on the weird view that vigilante killings were no crime. The truth is murders like those would raise considerably the crime volume in any crime index. But this point did not seem to factor in the perception of the city as virtually crime-free.

It is in this context that the recent murder of businessman Richard King played out. King was shot by a man who didn’t even bother to cover his face while King was having dinner with his employees inside the building that he owns in Sobrecary St., Davao City last Thursday. It was a crime that reverberated from that city to Cebu because King is based here.

The circumstances surrounding his death showed how confident King was in Davao City’s peace and order situation. Or at least that was what Davao City Police Office Chief Vicente Danao Jr. thought. For one, King roamed that city without armed escorts.

“Diyan sa Cebu, allegedly marami siyang kasama. Dito wala siyang armed security personnel to protect him. Siguro very confident siya dito,” Danao said.

King’s Vital C building also doesn’t have security cameras and no blue guard was around to deter the gunman when he entered the structure. That though cannot solely be because of “confidence” but can also be because King, like many businessmen, was saving on operating costs. The importance of blue guards and security cameras only surfaces when crimes are committed and when such incidents are being investigated.

King, with due respect to his relatives, was no angel. Also, the scope of his business concerns is wide, straddling not only Cebu and Davao but also a few other provinces in the country. Thus, the police are able to come up with various angles on the killing, which is not exactly good because investigators favor the particular over the general in plotting motives.

The most recent development in the investigation is that the police have formed, again, a task force to look in to the killing. Special Investigation Task Group Richard King is composed of investigators from the two cities of Davao and Cebu.

This is important because there is this theory that the gunman may have followed King from Cebu to Davao. But if the killer is from Cebu, then that should be an insult for Duterte and Davao. It’s already bad that a killing was perpetrated there; it would be worse still if the killer was an outsider. It’s akin to an invasion.

A P500,000 reward has already been offered for information on the killer, with the P200,000 coming from the King family and the rest coming from Duterte. The mayor held a press conference after the killing and comforted King’s relatives. This means he is genuinely concerned with what happened.

The murder may be an isolated incident, but it somehow put a dent on the widely held perception about the peace and order situation in Davao City. This has proven that no matter the circumstance, a determined criminal can succeed in implementing his plan.



Nalzaro: A toothless tiger

Bobby Nalzaro


THE Commission on Audit (COA) is supposed to be the watchdog that keeps track of government funds. But it seems the agency has not lived up to one of its mandates, which is to stop graft and corruption, and appears to be a “toothless tiger.” Nagdako lang ang baba pero way ngipon.

COA has been coming out with audit reports questioning and disallowing government transactions, especially in various local government units, claiming most of these transactions were illegal.

Just recently, it ordered a town chief executive to recover the amount that it gave to its employees as bonus because it exceeded the allowable limit.

Food acquaintance

Jessica Servande Losorata

It’s a busy Tuesday at the restaurant and while garbed in his immaculate white suit, chef Frederic executes his daily grind of “executive chef duties” at the Radisson Blu Hotel. With only a Sunday off locked for leisure, the hands-on chef is tied to the kitchen for the rest of the week. Despite the schedule, he managed to sneak himself in at lunch and told stories about food, wet markets and goat cheese.

The French-Canadian bachelor who has traveled the globe with an established culinary portfolio of over 28 years corners you at your seat with gastronomic observations especially on the Philippine food scene.

Chef Frederic’s cooking stint began at his father’s restaurant in Quebec, Canada, where he was born. He was 12 years old then while Renaud Cyr was already a landmark chef, being the pioneer of the popular farm-to-table cooking in Canada. The young Frederic learned from the

senior Cyr and eventually was inspired to carve a niche in the culinary circuit.

Equipped with an education developed by international standards, Frederic polished his expertise by working in international, posh cruise ships and five star hotels. To name a few in his resume are La Compagnie Du Ponant, L’Austral, Orion Expedition Cruise, Silver Wind of Silver Sea Cruise, Spa Eastman, Thomas Henkelmann, Hilton Worldwide and Sofitel in Motreal and Manila.

Joining a month ago, he’s now settled down south as the latest addition to the renowned, young and dynamic culinary team of Cebu’s leading business hotel.

With the opportunity given to him on board, Frederick is confident of his infectious enthusiasm and kitchen alchemy in front lining the many projects proposed for Radisson’s Feria Restaurant.

“I envision a burst of flavors and new offerings to include Feria Studio where diners can take out items from our fare like cakes, pastries and our famous homemade ice cream,” he beamed.

Frederic is making sure he moves according to timetable especially in the next couple of days as he will be flying to Canada to shoot for a television show for three weeks.

For him, working in the Philippines is no different from other countries. Being employed internationally for years, he knows how it’s like to be dealing with foreigners. But to him, Filipinos might be deemed as exceptions considering their assorted influences, better communication skills and flexible personalities. These are attributes Frederic admires as comforting. Also, hailing from the countryside himself, he finds the environments of his hometown and Cebu more or less similar.

“The Philippines is in the middle of the road; a huge country with plenty of small islands with different cultures. One needs to travel the country slowly to know it. With this diversity, the Filipino cuisine is a cuisine to share—a fusion of kitchens, complicated, cultural, deep,” said Frederic, lauding the Philippines as a “foodish” nation—a distant yet interesting concept he described as non-existent in other parts of the world.

A fan of spicy flavors, Bicol express, sisig and sinigang among other local renditions, Frederic is fascinated by the street food culture in the country as well as the presence of wet markets around. How he giggles over a round of goat cheese wrapped in banana leaf! Actually, anywhere he goes, he checks out the fresh produce of local markets.

“It’s more fun in the market. It’s where you get the desire to do best,” he said, which sounded more of an encouragement to go fresh.

It takes a lot of effort to know someone. But sometimes, it’s easy if you get to a person through the stomach. And that’s how chef Frederic does it. He’s becoming familiar with the Philippines through food. Well, who else knows best about food but a chef.

“Food links people,” he quipped.


Digital art off the wall

CEBU CITY—Unique, promising and above all (which is becoming overrated) alive and thriving.

Much has been said about Cebu’s art scene. Of course, it’s a dynamic domain down here. Not to mention the never-ending arguments on ingenuity, fame and originality.

The local art sector might be sliced into different coteries but whether active in a circle or just being a loner painting in the basement, one thing’s common (and unfortunate) among Cebuano artists: They are deprived of proper exposure.

But you know that Cebu is replete with concerned players transforming initiatives into actions to toss local art (be it the traditional or the blooming digital) into the limelight. Not that it has never been exalted in the past (well, maybe not that highly exalted) but ah, such relief that the scene is headed upwards.

Homegrown graphic designe Edzel Rubite used to hit national galleries, exhibits and shows to browse, check and support what he’s always been passionate about—art (graphic art, for that matter), until the hunger to put the concept of gatherings (related to multimedia) into perspective back home led him to realize his own version.

Rubite had a dream to bridge the gap among co-players in the market; to standardize rules in the local multimedia world. What seemed to be a small initiative has morphed into a noise maker in the local digital art landscape.

In collaboration with co-graphic artists (and friends) Rainville Gemperoa, Anthony Aves and Roland Caballero, Rubite successfully mounted three independent fares of digital prints in Cebu with his brainchild project, Design Ubec. The first exhibit happened in 2012 followed by two other staging in 2013. The latest is the one running this year from May 24 to June 21 at Handuraw Pizza Café in Gorordo Ave. in Lahug, Cebu City.

Design Ubec points to all graphic design artists—students, professionals, free lancers, illustrators and the like. A parade of 21 printed pieces are displayed at the non-selling visual exhibet featuring Michele Liza Kaizer-Pelayre, Jude Crisostomo, Erick Mark Obispo.

Geraldine Sy, Nicolo Nimor, Ed Louie, Doyle See, Stephanie Tudtud, Karl Aguro, Van Kevin Opura and Patrick Mackay.

Rounding out the list are Aya Jugalbot, Francis Bitamor, Winston Cangsuco, Alwin Aves, Marc Abuan, Mark Deutsch and Johanna Velasco-Deutsch of Happy Garaje, Kat Bacasmas, Nikka Uminga, Aves and Rubite themselves.

From pop art to striking clothing designs, the four-week-long exhibit is a parallel flow of graphically delicious ideas served in a diversity of theme and careful details.

Design Ubec is lobbying for the celebration of Cebuano art, the unity of artists for an intimate graphic design chapter in Cebu, the progress of the craft and the establishment of the Queen City of the South as a Mecca for graphic design. The exhibitors, who hail from Cebu, Davao, Manila, Bacolod and even Malaysia were randomly scouted online by Rubite and were gathered accordingly into one big act, which is Design Ubec.

Equally abundant to Cebu’s history and culture is its ability to adapt to the needs of the future. The same can be seen in its art. The island has a good mix of traditional and contemporary or digital art, both being bullish in the international level. For the latter, worth mentioning are Nicebleed and Nimor who are remarkably suffusing waves all over the global digital field.

Although correlated when it comes to approaches, graphic design is still a separate dimension from that of traditional art—which is usually the more free and personal take. The former, per se, is more zeroed in on software-produced outputs such as illustrations, brands, logos, websites and billboards; the commercial aspect of the industry, that is. Simply, Design Ubec wanted to break barriers. JSL


Waterfront Hotel Group launches mobile app

FAMOUS for its exceptional world-class services, Waterfront Hotels and Casinos introduces a new level of Filipino hospitality by launching its very own mobile application that makes all of their guests' traveling needs possible right at their fingertips.

“We want to be part of this next big thing especially that the travel market is going mobile.

Our intention is to stay as close to the market place as possible, especially that even our local market favors online transactions” said Maria Socorro Cotelo, corporate planning director of Waterfront Cebu City Hotels and Casino (WCCHC).

Cotelo said that they are the first Filipino hospitality chain to introduce this innovation into their services. The app was developed by Cebuano developers.

With the mobile app, guests can book their hotel reservations faster and easier at any of the Waterfront Hotels whenever they want. It has maps and direction feature that helps guests easily locate Waterfront and its nearby landmarks. Guests can also give direct feedback for any of their concerns about their stay.

The coolest feature of the mobile app according to Glenn C. Gucor, WCCHC's group information technology manager, is that it will send push notification messages that alerts its users every time promotions and events are uploaded in Twitter and Facebook.

The Waterfront Hotels and Casinos mobile application is now available for free in Google Play and the App Store. (Marie Allysa M. Sicad, STC Mass Comm intern)


Gourmet Miles at Marco Polo Plaza

PHILIPPINE Airlines’ Mabuhay Miles ties up once again with Marco Polo Hotels as they bring back the Gourmet Miles promotion.

Experience the most rewarding journey as you continue to enjoy extra mileage while dining in style. This year, the newly opened Marco Polo Ortigas joins Marco Polo Plaza Cebu and Marco Polo Davao in this tie up.

Earn 300 Miles for a minimum bill of P3,500 net on a single guest check and 100 Miles for every succeeding P1,000 spent at the hotels’ participating food and beverage outlets.

In Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, you can earn Gourmet Miles at Café Marco, El Viento Restaurant and Pool Bar and Blu Bar & Grill.

When in Marco Polo Davao, avail of the promo at Café Marco, Lotus Court and Polo Bistro Restaurant. Marco Polo Ortigas joins the promotion this year and Gourmet Miles is now available at Café Pronto, Cucina, Lung Hin and Vu’s.

Let your meaningful journeys begin at Marco Polo Hotels.

This promotion is valid until Dec. 31, 2014 and cannot be availed in conjunction with other promotions or discount schemes.

For inquiries and reservations, visit www.marcopolohotels.com.


First Fitness Festival in Cebu

Ana Melissa Ortiz


WITH the 20th anniversary of Aboitizland, Inc. this year, Pueblo Verde celebrated this milestone with a Fitness Festival last May 31. This is part of the company’s year-long anniversary celebration.

Fitness Festival is the first of its kind in Cebu and in the country as Aboitizland partnered with Metabolic Fitness (Metafit) in bringing health and wellness to the people. Aboitizland has been holding a Metafit camp in The Persimmon for two years already. Being an established program for losing weight and getting fit, it was just the perfect partnership for Aboitizland.

The festival promotes healthy lifestyles while including fun fitness activities that can be enjoyed with family and friends. They had three different activities: the Metafit challenge, fitness run, and dance party. The run and the dance party were open to the public.

Participants only had to register and pay a nominal fee to join the run for 3K, 5K, and 10K. There was a fitness fair exhibit where fitness organizations and gyms offered deals on memberships.

Clifford Academia, commercial business unit manager of Aboitizland, Inc., said that the company’s commercial developments have placed wellbeing and health at the core, which is the reason they conceptualized the Fitness Festival.

“This is also a fitting compliment to the outlet brands that we have here,” Academia added.

The response of the public to the event has been good and a lot of people have expressed their interest in joining. With the success of the Fitness Festival, people can expect more fitness activities from Aboitizland.


Palm Grass: A Cebu heritage hotel

AN UPCOMING hotel in the heart of the Queen City of South is trying to revolutionize the industry and the Cebuano culture. Palm Grass is a Cebu heritage Hotel that continues the legacy of the rich Cebuano history.

Palm Grass launched its heritage awareness campaign at the Parian Museum together with the 116th anniversary of the plotting of the second stage of the 1898 Cebu revolution. They invited Cebuano historians to talk about the lush history of Cebu during the Spanish occupation.

Palm Grass was conceived out of the ordinary grasses that grow on idle lands. They are envisioning the greening of a heritage and ecologically-conscious Cebu.

The hotel will be located along Junquera St. in the downtown area of Cebu City. They are looking into giving back pride to the street that was named after Inocencio Junquera, a Spanish governor who was anti-friar.

“We want to reinvent the area, instead of making it known as a red light district,” Bebilou Espina, general manager of Palm Grass, said.

It will have a total of 82 rooms with seven floors. These rooms are named after Cebuano heroes and revolutionaries who were active in shaping the history of Cebu. It will house a historical gallery, mini library, function hall, coffee shop, roof-deck bar, a fitness gym, and a pond and garden as amenities.

Palm Grass is a development project of the Guivelondo-Blanco family as a tribute to their parents and to their family’s active participation in the Cebu revolution.

Aside from reliving the bravery of Cebuanos, Palm Grass also aims to promote the conservation of the environment by providing a greener hotel service. Palm Grass will be completed and opened to serve the public by the first quarter of 2015. (ADO)