SM City Cebu

My favorite all-time tambayan, suroyanan, hideaway. This is one of the reasons why I flunked some of my subjects in school! Haha, okay enough with the blame game. More »

Lapu-Lapu Shrine in Mactan

I and my friends went to Lapu-Lapu Shrine in Mactan, Cebu. Location and map of the Lapu-Lapu Shrine, just below this page. More »

Breakfast at Apurado

I had to try out Apurado. I don’t usually eat at malls because of the prices. I had to do it, so I can have something to write about in this blog. Haha. More »

 

Marketing Officer job at OLX, formerly Sulit

OLX is looking for a Marketing Officer for its Cebu City office.

OLX.ph, formerly Sulit.com.ph is the leading classified ads portal and most visited website in the Philippines.

Send in your application to recruitment@olx.ph

olx job cebu

Pier One Bar and Grill Cebu

Pier One Grill Mandaue Cebu

This is a September 2010 photo of Pier One Bar and Grill Mandaue Branch I misplaced somewhere.

This Pier One branch is located specifically in Park Mall. I have not tried this branch, but I did twice in Bonifacio High in Taguig City, Metro Manila.

When you plan of eating here, be sure to prepare 300 pesos for one person.

Pier One’s address and contact number:
Parkmall
168 Ouano Avenue, North Reclamation Area, Mandaue
Cebu, Philippines

(+63 32) 422-8686

Azkals is Coming to Cebu to play against Singapore

Soccer Cebu

This will the chance for the Cebuanos and from nearby cities and towns to watch the Philippine National Football Team or better known as the Azkals.

It will be the first time for the national team to play an official international friendly game besides Manila and Bacolod.

Ticket prices:
VIP tickets: P2,000
Red bleachers: P800
White: P600
Blue at P400
Yellow: P400
Pink: P200
Green: P200
The CFA is also planning to install 600 portable bleachers priced at P1,000.

Will you watch?

Dong Juan

Dong Juan is a restaurant that offers affordable but very lami mostly Filipino dish.

The photo below is their Guadalupe branch.

Dong Juan Guadalupe

This is their business hours, but I only got this from their Facebook page.

Mon: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tue: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Wed: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am – 12:00 am
Fri: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Sun: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm

For more information and orders you can call them with this number: (032) 256-1796.

SM City Cebu

Wow, SM City Cebu! My favorite all-time tambayan, suroyanan, hideaway. This is one of the reasons why I flunked some of my subjects in school! Haha, okay enough with the blame game.

SM Cebu City
At the vehicle entrance, in the jeepney parking area.

SM City Cebu opened in November of 1993. After its opening,other malls such as Gaisano Country Mall and other older department stores in Colon had lost its  popularity amongst Cebuanos.

SM Cebu City
At the topmost floor.

SM City Cebu is the first SM mall branch outside of Metro Manila.

SM Cebu City
Overlooking at the ground floor or basement.

Currently, the fourth largest mall in the Philippines.

SM Cebu City
Going up to the top floor.

SM Cebu City
At the bowling center, located in the top floor.

SM Cebu City
Shot in the first level.

SM Cebu City
On the left is the spiral stairs, located in the middle of SM City.

Franco

A Manila based friend of mine in Facebook posted photos of a band, then the name of the band written on the description hit me – Franco. My memory brought me back about a decade, I remember there used to be a “grunge sound” Cebu based band whose singer’s voice I admired. It was named Frank, and the singer’s name was still vivid in my mind – Franco.

My friend obviously liked this band based on his comments on Facebook. Then I searched about the band, it gets majority of good reviews, in Youtube, most of the comments are positive.

Listen to Franco’s “Next Train Out”.

To know more about the band, visit EverythingCebu, it has a short article about Franco.

David Cook Live in Cebu

Cebuanos will now have a chance to see David Cook live on stage at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu on July 15, 2012!

David Cook was the grand winner of American Idol season 7.

David Cook concert Cebu City

Ticket prices:
SVIP: P4,000
VIP: P3,500
Gold: P,3000
Silver: P2,000
Bronze: P1,000
SP Balcony: P1,500
Balcony: P700

Tickets can be bought at Ayala Center Cebu and SM City Cebu. For ticket reservations call (032) 514 3500 or (032) 2326888.

Acting Audition for an Indie Film

Bisaya ba ka na kabalo mag Cebuano, ug dream nimo mag artista? Then grab this chance to act for an independent film!

I got this notice from my former officemate who’s into producing indie films.

WHO: Cebuano speaking ACTORS – WITH or WITHOUT EXPERIENCE – who are willing to act for our independent feature length movie.

WHAT: OPEN ACTING AUDITIONS for a feature length INDIE FILM.

WHEN: JULY 6 (Fri) 1pm to 6pm
JULY 7 (Sat) 10am to 6pm

WHERE: 2nd Floor, Kul’s Restaurant, The Strip – Capitol Site (beside Bo’s Coffee, across The Boulevard)

BRING: Only your talent 🙂

Look for:
Beverly Tañedo 0920.970.7907
Grace Lina 0916.247.0325

NOTE: For interested FILM CREW, you can drop by anytime and leave your CV or EMAIL to BIOPICFILM@GMAIL.COM

Or visit the Facebook event page for more inquiries.

Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu

The building that Radisson Blue Hotel now stands was basically finished more than a decade ago. It was idle for many years for a number reasons.

First reason I heard was the building is not structurally safe. The structure is too heavy for the lot.

Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu City

Then, I read in the news, it was because of the financial crisis that hit Asia back in the late 1990s.

I also read that SM Investments could not find suitable partner to manage a hotel with 5 star hotel expertise.

Radisson Blue Hotel Cebu City
Radisson Blue is considered to be the first 5-star hotel in Cebu City.

This hotel has 400 rooms and suites.

Radisson Blue Hotel Cebu City
Radisson Blu is located just beside SM City Cebu.

Contact information:
Serging Osmeña Boulevard
corner Juan Luna Avenue
Cebu City, Philippines 6000

Tel: +63 (32) 402 9900
Tel: +63 (32) 505 1700
Fax: +63 (32) 402 9999
E-mail: reservations.cebu@radisson.com

Bus proposal for Cebu gains Support

Bus Rapid Transport Cebu City
Integrated Transport Planning Managing Director Colin Brader shows the flow of traffic around Fuente Osmeña once the Bus Rapid Transport system is in place. (Arni Aclao)

CEBU CITY — The Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system for this city is on its last two months of consultation before the feasibility study will be completed.

Colin Brader, the urban planner from Integrated Transport Planning, the consultancy firm for the BRT, told the Movement for Livable Cebu (MLC) that Osmeña Blvd. is the most feasible area for the system.

Brader made a presentation with MLC on Tuesday, following the group’s request that V. Rama be made the major street where the BRT will pass through.

Joel Lee of MLC explained that Osmeña Blvd. is a heritage and showcase area for Cebu City and that a mass transport system may destroy its view.

He cited as example the possibility that the view of the Capitol building facade might be blocked.

Destination
Brader showed MLC and a couple of other youth groups the difference between V. Rama and Osmeña Blvd. and the advantages of the latter.

For one, about 2,800 vehicles pass through Osmeña Blvd. compared to V. Rama’s 1,300. The latter is mostly residential while the former is more commercial.

MLC believes that because V. Rama is more of a residential area, then a good number of people will be serviced by the bus.

Brader, though, explained that it is not just about the starting point but also about the destination.

“The significance of Osmeña Blvd. is that it is a major destination,” he said.

The area also has the support of the barangay officials of Sambag I, Sambag II, Santa Cruz, San Antonio, Capitol Site and Camputhaw.

After consulting with MLC last Tuesday and the persons with disabilities last Monday, Brader and BRT point person Maricon Encabo of the Cebu City Government are set to consult the 14 barangays that will benefit from the project.

Brader said that so far, there has been no opposition to the program.

Downtown
Another important reason why Osmeña Blvd. is a better option, he said, is that using it for the BRT can help revitalize the downtown area, with Citilink as the ferry point. People will get down at Citilink and ride jeepneys to the downtown area.

The BRT is planned to start in Bulacao through N. Bacalso then turn to Osmeña Blvd., pass through Escario St. and go straight to Talamban.

As the feasibility study is expected to be concluded by August, a detailed design is expected to begin in October, to be completed in May.

The detailed design will provide the specifics of the BRT system like the road network, stops and intervals.

Proponents are aiming for an October 2013 start, and if all goes according to plan, the system may be operational by 2015.

Brader is just thankful that even if the political climate in Cebu City is heating up, the BRT system was never affected.

Brader started working on the BRT when Tomas Osmeña (now Cebu City, south district congressman) was mayor of the city three years ago. Now, he finds himself in close contact with Mayor Michael Rama or his representative for the smooth implementation of the project.

Future
Brader said that Osmeña Blvd. also has wider roads compared to V. Rama and has a better transition road going to Escario St. compared to V. Rama’s M. Velez St.

Lee also asked how the project will affect the sidewalks along Osmeña Blvd. that have been improved by the Beautiful Cebu Movement Foundation Inc.

Brader did not totally discount V. Rama, saying, “Maybe it will be a good route in the future.”

By July, the BRT will have an exhibition in major malls in Cebu City so that regular people, those not attached to any organizations, can make their sentiments known on the BRT system.

Lee was satisfied with the explanation of Brader and commented that the BRT is a good project for Cebu City.

He also commended the massive consultation done by the Brader’s firm in coordination with the Cebu City Government, comparing it to the flyover projects that did not go through public consultation. (JGA/Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 20, 2012.