This is how the French express welcome. And this is also how the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino’s (WCCHC) resident manager Carlo Sainz warmly welcomed all guests into the cavernous Pacific Grand Ballroom, which had been decked with dazzling lights with the familiar Eiffel Tower majestically lording it over the stage area. Oh lala, all roads led to Paris "in the summer when it sizzles" (remember the song I Love Paris?).

The occasion was just as spectacular: Waterfront Hotels (Cebu City and Airport Hotel Mactan) and Casino were jointly honoring their 2013 Top Accounts with an appreciation party.

Here are the valued travel agencies, corporations and organizations that have displayed their loyalty in bookings and events with both hotels.

Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino’s Top Travel Accounts: Yoohan Travel and Tours, Hana Tours, Nubeeda Tour, MT ARS Dream, Friendship Tours. Top Corporate Accounts: PAL Express, Cebu Microelectronics Inc, SDV Phils., Tsuneishi Heavy Industries and Muramoto Audio Visual Inc.

Top Online Travel Agency, Agoda; WCCHC’s Top Travel Accounts: H.I.S. (Phils) Travel Corporation, Attic Tours, ARS Dream, Friendship Tours, Philippine Travel Factory.

Top Corporate Accounts: Samaritan’s Purse, Wipro Cebu, Kepco SPC Power Corp., Teletech Customer Care and SSI Phils.

Special Awards for 2013: Top Event Producer: ALA Promotions; Top Convention: PhilSuTech; Top Concert Producer: TSE Live Inc. and Top Wedding Planner Rica Paez of Fames Wedding. Top Online Travel Agency: Agoda and Expedia.

Finally, special awards for both hotels: Daemyung Corp., Pagcor-Cebu and Pagcor-Mactan.

The French summer treat didn’t end there. There were exotic Parisian dishes, desserts and an endless flow of select French wines! Congratulations all!


Speaking of France, there’s a French film fest starting today at 1 p.m. at the Ayala Center Cebu Cinema. Admission is free.

It is brought to film-loving Cebuanos by the Alliance Francaise de Cebu in collaboration with Ayala Center Cebu, the French Embassy and Institut Francais, together with sponsors: La Vie Parisienne, Bargain, Healthy Icy, World Pizza, La Maison Rose, M. Lhuillier supermarket, and wine and food.

This 19th edition of the French film fest will be for two days, June 19 and 20. It will feature four Retrospective movies. From drama to comedy, romance and history, the movies will surely entertain, with top French film directors and English subtitles.