Drooling over PAL’s Promo

One of the best gifts I received when I was young was a round-trip PAL ticket from my uncle. It was such a huge blessing since a few months after, my school sent me to a summit in Tagaytay. I was able to bring my mom and spend more time with my father, who had been staying for a while there. PAL was just great. The seats were comfortable, the food A-okay, and the flight so smooth and steady.

The next time I traveled with PAL, we’re going home from a one-month stay in Manila, and the experience hardly changed.

So when I came across this PAL promo, I could not help but wish I’d have the chance to fly again with the airlines. If only their fares were more affordable.

Anyway, going back to the promo, I am just salivating at the chance of going to NY. Seriously, there are only two places I want to see in America: Boston and New York. There’s something so magical and spellbinding about the latter, especially during the winter. Rockefeller just comes alive!

I’d love to spend a good time in Central Park, head anywhere in Manhattan, try out their hole-in-the-wall restaurants, or shop at Fifth Avenue. Of course, I’ll spend my evenings in Time Square and watch plays.

PAL’s promo brings you to NY and to everything lovely about the city. You get to stay in Peninsula New York and watch Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. How’s that? And since this is labeled as NY Love Tour, it’s expected you get to bring a date while you tour around the enthralling city.

I know you’re eager now to know how to fall in love many times over with NY, so you better read more info in PAL’s website.

PLDT Launches Cebu WIFI Zones This Sinulog

It will surely be a MERRY Sinulog this year as everyone with WIFI-capable devices can now go online anytime they want.

PLDT is set to launch their WIFI Zones in the following areas:

  • Gen Maxilom Ave (Mango Ave) from Gorordo Ave to Fuente Osmena Circle
  • Fuente Osmena Circle
  • Osmena Blvd. from Fuente Osmena Circle to P. del Rosario St.
  • N. Bacalso Ave from Cebu Provincial South Bus Terminal to P. del Rosario St.
  • P. del Rosario St (covering USC) from Osmena Blvd to Sikatuna St.
  • Cebu Provincial Capitol
  • Plaza Independencia

Take note: these are all permanent locations. 

There will also be a temporary installation in Cebu City Hall covering Magellan’s Cross and Sto. Nino Basilica until January 16.

PLDT’s WIFI is a premium service where DSL and landline subscribers will be charged monthly with Php 150 and Php 300, respectively.

On January 15, though, it will be available to everyone for free!

All you have to do is to drop by a PLDT booth–there are many of them all over the Sinulog route–and register. You will be provided with your password.

Let your friends know where you are, show off those fun Sinulog photos in a flash, and even get to know more about Cebu’s culture this 2012 with PLDT’s WIFI.

For more information, visit http://www.pldtwifizone.com/home.html.

RAFI Observes Sinug Tradition on Jan. 16

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) invites the public to join in its activities in celebration of the Feast of the Señor Sto. Niño.

On. Jan. 16, at 10 a.m., a forum, “Sinug or Sinulog? A dance offering for Sto. Niño”, will be held at the Bryant George Plenary Hall, Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center, Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City.

The forum, which will feature Dr. Erlinda Alburo, aims to discuss and resolve the usage of the two popular linguistic references to the Cebuano dance and festival in honor of Señor Sto. Niño—the sinug and sinulog.

On the same day, at 3 p.m., the annual “Sinug sa Casa Gorordo” will be performed by Estelita “Nang Titang” Diola and her dancers.

Nang Titang, the keeper of the sinug dance and beat, has been doing the ritual since she was a child. It is believed that the sinug is the precursor of what may have been a remnant of an indigenous dance practiced by early Cebuanos.

The dancers will be wearing costumes that resemble the original outfits of the natives and the Spaniards.

Sinug sa Casa Gorordo is a house tradition of the Gorordo family that has been continued by RAFI as part of its commitment to preserve the house traditions in its original form.

These two activities on Jan. 16 intend to foster the awareness of Cebuano cultural heritage and history among the local and international community.

An exhibit of the sinug is also displayed at the prayer room of the Casa Gorordo Museum starting Jan. 10. The exhibit traces the rich history of the Sinulog before it became the huge festival it is today.

It will be open to the public until the end of January.

Culture & Heritage is a focus area of RAFI, believing that a confident community begins with a strong sense of identity. Its other focus areas are Integrated Development, Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Citizenship, and Education.

For more information on the activities on Jan. 16, please contact 418-7234 loc. 703 and look for Karl Hegel Damayo, or visit http://www.rafi.org.ph or http://www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph.

Contemporary Art Exhibit Showcases Cebuano Talents

The Contemporary Cebu art exhibit was formally opened last Jan. 4. The ribbon cutting was led by (L-R, foreground) Amaya Aboitiz, executive director of the Dolores Aboitiz Children’s Fund of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.; Cebu City Councilor Margarita Osmeña, vice-chair of the Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission of Cebu City; Massimo La Magna, over-all supervisor of Pizzeria Michelangelo; and Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama. (Inset) The exhibit’s curator, JV Castro (far left), introduced to the public the participating contemporary artists: (second from L-R) Marvin Chito Natural, Karl Roque Jr., Sio Montera, Tito Cuevas, Palmy Pe-Tudtud, and Ritchie Quijano. Not in the photo (inset) are Kidlat of the Junks Collective, Vidal Alcoseba, and Russ Ligtas who will give Butoh performances on Jan. 12 and 13.

Paintings and sculptures of contemporary Cebuano artists were featured in the art exhibit, dubbed Contemporary Cebu, which opened last Jan. 4 at the Cebu City Museum.


The exhibit, which is curated by JV Castro, is designed to bring national attention to contemporary Cebuano artists and their works. It is open to the public until Jan. 31.


Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, during the opening ceremonies, lauded the initiative undertaken to make the exhibit possible, saying it is a way to recognize Cebuano talents in visual arts as well as to promote the Cebu City Museum.


The Alternative Contemporary Art Studio, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), and The Grove by Rockwell, partnered together to launch this annual exhibit. The first exhibit was held in June 2011 in Manila at the Ateneo de Manila University and Picasso Boutique Hotel.


This year’s Contemporary Cebu art exhibit features the works of Palmy Pe-Tudtud, Marvin Natural, Kidlat of the Junks Collective, Karl Roque, Sio Montera, Ritchie Quijano, Vidal Alcoseba, and Tito Cuevas. Russ Ligtas will give Butoh performances on Jan. 12 and 13.


“It is an exhibition that features some of the finest artists we have in Cebu. All the works in the exhibit are done by Cebuano artists who specialize in contemporary works, meaning the portrayal of subjects are different. In a way, we want to promote Cebu in a different light,” Castro said.


Dennis “Sio” Montera, one of the participating artists shared the inspiration and stories behind his paintings.


“My art is more on expression of the things that have been relevant in my life—happiness, sadness, loss of loved one, any life experience. For me, the best way I can communicate or deal with my emotions is to paint. It is more likely the reflection of a current situation of my life. It’s like a diary, mirroring what is happening around me,” he said.


Alternative Contemporary Art Studio and RAFI have been partners since Contemporary Cebu’s inception in 2011. This year, they took in The Grove by Rockwell as a major partner. The other sponsors of the exhibit are the Cebu City Government, Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission of Cebu City, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Blue Shield Risk Management, Gothong Southern, Michelangelo Pizzeria, and Hola España.

“Contemporary Cebu is a good opportunity for introducing the Cebuano audience to contemporary arts and for them to be familiar who the Cebuano contemporary visual artists are,” said Dr. Jocelyn Gerra, executive director of Culture and Heritage of RAFI. (Hannah Reoma/Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. intern)

My Cebu, DOT, Smart Communications Launch Data Tagging and Guidebooks for Cebu Tourism Boost

MyCebu.Ph, in partnership with the Department of Tourism and Smart Communications, introduced three projects last December 20, 2011, at Café Elysa, Parian, Cebu City.


During her opening remarks, Atty. Maria Jane Paredes, Smart Communication’s senior manager for Public Affairs-VisMin, stressed that the partnership aims to provide everyone, especially tourists, easy access on information on the culture, history, and attractions of the province.


Data Tagging with QR Codes


A new technological process called data tagging was then presented to the press through a short heritage walk within Parian. Mrs. Marlen Limpag, one of the founders of MyCebu.Ph, demonstrated how QR codes attached on key landmarks such as the Heritage of Cebu Monument, Jesuit House of 1730, and Colon Obelisk can immediately connect smart phone and tablet users to a link that provides more data about them. To make the experience more dynamic, users may view not only text but also videos and photos. Landmark visitors can also share the link in their preferred social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as check in via Foursquare.


To properly view the webpage, the user simply needs to connect through WIFI or 3G and install a QR code reader.


The organizers plan, though, to expand data tagging to also include nature parks and other attractions all over the province, like Bugasok Falls in Argao and Moalboal’s beaches.


2 Guidebooks for Cebu
Besides data tagging, MyCebu.Ph also shared 2 new guidebooks that showcase Cebu in its finest.


A Guide to Sinulog 2012—which was first launched last December 19, 2011—provides in-depth information about Cebu’s most-awaited festival as well as a host of tips on what to do, where to go, and other activities everyone can look forward to during the festivity. The guide is absolutely for free and available for download in two versions: .epub and .mobi for Kindle users.


Its corresponding QR code that directs visitors to the main download page will also be displayed in public places such as shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, and Mactan Cebu International Airport.


Another Cebu guide is on the way and will be launched in early January 2012, in time for Sinulog. It will be available in Amazon for a nominal fee but will also be free to download in MyCebu.Ph’s website.


Sinulog is Cebu’s biggest festival, attracting droves of local and foreign tourists every year. Last 2011, more than 120,000 visitors came to watch the grand parade and participate in a long list of activities. To know what’s in store in Sinulog 2012, visit Sinulog Foundation.