The Awesome Things: February 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

RCTV Un-Masks their New Shows for 2013

RCTV will continue to live its vision by giving the best and only one-stop infotainment for Cebu, and soon, the Country.
Existing shows that have continued to gain loyal viewers and new shows that will attract attention are set to unveil the channel’s mission this year led by Johann Young, Chairman of Mediaone Creative, Inc., Mike Solon and Lyndon Angan.

Here are some of the shows that we are bound to look forward to:

Road Test, an in-house produced motoring show and currently hosted by Paul Kiener will introduce a female host to fire up its second season. Fancy and road-hungry vehicles are set to appear on the show with more road safety and car maintenance trips for gas-pumping, adrenaline junkies.

RCTV Sports: Action En Route, a sports show under the RCTV Sports banner, is also paving way for another season with Patrick Rizarri.

An Irreplaceable You with Coach Katy, another in-house produces show which is set to start shooting this first quarter of the year, hosted by Australian-native life coach and author, Katy Bennett.

Make My Trip, a travel TV show, hosted and produced by Lyndon Angan seeks to bring more destinations off the beaten path to its audience to continue to promote local travel that focuses on adventure and outdoor travel.

RCTV’s roster of existing shows is Live Concert Series. An avenue for the music buffs to plug-in and let loose with the music of varied artists all over the country and up-close meet and greet with the music icons themselves. Hosted by Radio Jock Chassy Cottes, the show promises good times and good music.

Scene around Town is hosted by former Around Town VJs Marie Dinolan and Danielle Miranda. The community billboard show showcases Cebu in a whole new perspective with all its fresh twists from its segments.

You’re sure in for a treat with RCTV’s show iCook with AICA, for the ones who are looking to cook things up, sprinkled with culinary passion and excellence. The show invites everyone to take on a voyage of flavours and creations in the kitchen, hosted by Hazel Ypil.

Lex in the City, takes you to different kind of satisfaction when it comes to the subject of food. Former host of Around Town, Alexis Yap, will take us out on a food trip to Cebu’s go-to-spots. The show is set to start production in the later part of the first quarter.
With all the dazzling surprises this year is set to deliver, RCTV makes it utterly clear that there will be a keeping you glued in front of your television screens. Avid patrons are encouraged to continue interaction with the channel through their social media sites: Facebook and Twitter and one may also opt to subscribe to RCTV’s official YouTube channel to get the latest scoops.

And there’s more! Advertisers and our clients get ready! RCTV can now be seen in Davao at Sky Cable Channel 31 with Licensing Partnership with the Mindanao Travel Channel. Mr. Lyndon Angan, RCTV’s Managing Business Partner is announcing that the Boracay, Palawan, Baguio and Manila will soon be available this year.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Official Unveiling of The Mactan Newtown with President Aquino this February 20, 2013

The Mactan Newtown, the flagship mixed-use township development of real estate leader Megaworld, will be officially unveiled on Wednesday, February 20, by no less than the President Benigno S. Aquino III and Megaworld Chairman & CEO Andrew L. Tan. The ground breaking of the Two World Center will also take place on the same date which will house 2000 seats. BPO Office spaces in the 8 Newtown Boulevard is expected to be finished in 2-3 years time which will house 2,500 seats and total of 25,000 employees.

“Finally, the official unveiling of our first township in Central Visayas is happening this year. We will be honoured to present to President Aquino our ‘live-work-play’ township concept which Megaworld pioneered in the Philippines,” expresses Jericho Go, First Vice President, Megaworld.

President Aquino is expected to deliver a speech in the inaugural ceremonies which will then be followed by a tour of the township. First stop- The Five-Storey One World Center, the first BPO office tower which opened early this year.

Two BPO companies, EnfraUSA and Results manila, are among the first tenants to open for business in One World Center this April 2013 where EnfraUSA will be hiring about 600 employees.  Both companies are first-time locators in Cebu.

“We are expecting close to 2,000 employees to fill up One World Center’s facilities once the tenants start operating. Two to three more BPO companies are expected to open their offices in The Mactan Newtown this year. We have fully leased out this first office tower,” Go reveals.

Due to the growing demand of office spaces in the township, a second BPO tower will start construction this year. With a floor of 7,200 square meters, Two World Center is expected to house 2,000 more BPO employees. The tower’s ceremonial groundbreaking will also be held during the visit of President Aquino.

In two to three years, more office spaces will be available for lease as 8 Newtown Boulevard and Pacific World Tower will open for business. Both towers will be able to accommodate around 13,000 BPO seats.

“With the arrival of Megaworld’s tried-and-tested township formula to Cebu, The Mactan Newtown will be adding more jobs in the city. It will not only help boost tourism but even retirement options and the City’s economy. We are very excited and optimistic about this project as Cebuanos will have another landmark destination to look forward to,” shared Go.

On Investing with Mactan Newtown.

Mactan Newtown is an ideal place for you to spend or invest your money. Investing your money on Mactan Newtown will not only help grow your money but it’s also a world-class township where you can unwind, shop and to just relive the day. With the things around us getting more expensive, saving money is just not enough to make us financially secured as we may not be losing money but we’re also not growing it. But there is no investment without risks so where you invest your money must be taken with a grain of salt.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Pesto Recipe

photo credit: Stephanie Suter

Pesto is a sauce which originated in Genoa in the Liguria region of Nothern Italy. It's a perfect accompaniment for bread and pasta, among others. If you're planning to try out this Italian sauce then here's how:

Yield: 4 persons

  • 1    large bunch of Basil
  • 3    large garlic
  • 60  grams grated Parmesan cheese
  • 50  grams pinion
  • 10  ml Olive oil
  • salt


1 Rinse the Basil leaves, pat dry and chop them finely.

2 Peal the large garlic and crush them using a mortar and pestle.

3 Add the Parmesan and the pinion, crush them together with the garlic.

4 Add the olive oil and the salt, mix well.

5 Pour the pesto in a jar and use it within 24 hours.

6 Serve with your desired pasta or bread.

Harold's - A Premier Business Hotel

Harold's Hotel provides convenience for guests with business or leisure reasons in the city. It is located in the uptown area of Cebu City, about 30 minutes away from Mactan International Airport, the hotel is only 10 minutes away from financial districts, government offices, leading universities and colleges, and major shopping hubs.

Harolds boasts of its 5-star rooms with a 3-star price. They have 90 spacious and well-appointed guestrooms with 36 superior rooms (29 sqm.), 45 Deluxe rooms (38 sqm.), and 9 Executive suites with an area of 51 sqm. Their rooms are designed with the following amenities to provide comfort and convenience at its finest:
  • Memory foam beds
  • 32-inch LCD TV with international cable channels
  • Bidet toilet spray
  • Complimentary wired or wireless internet connection
  • Electronic Safe
  • Coffee or tea set-up
  • Hair dryer
  • iHome speaker system and alarm clock

The Hotel's H-Cafe serves local and international cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's also famed for its glass paneled windows which provide a sunny, bright atmosphere during the day and lights up the evening with its colorful display of lights (Open Daily from 6am - 10pm)

At The Highlights, on the roof deck, savor top-of-line dish selections and unwind with any drink from the beverage menu uniquely-concocted for the free-spirited. It's the perfect place for relaxing music and a view of the city after dusk. (Open daily from 5:30 pm- 2:00 am)

They also have a total of 32 square meters of meeting facilities. The Boardroom can accommodate 10 persons while the Emerald Ballroom has a high ceiling and is divisible into two (2) function rooms and can accommodate a total of 180 persons. Their function room is designed to cater meeting and banquet needs as well as tasteful lifestyle demands.

For secretarial services such as typing/encoding, fax, and photocopy, their personnel at the Front Desk will be happy to assist you.

The Hotel's Fitness Center presents modern equipment and a work-out space for clear-cut exercise moves. (Open daily from 6am-8pm)

Harold's Hotel
146 Gorordo Avenue,
Cebu City, Philippines
Contact:  (032) 505 8111

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Cebu Bloggers Society Inc. turns FIVE!

This coming February 15, 2013. The Cebu Bloggers Society Inc. will turn five years old where its members will celebrate the event through an "Appreciation Night" at The Harold's Hotel in Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City. With the theme, "ACTNow", which is also CBSI's theme for 2013, the night will give recognition to members and partners who made significant contributions to the lead-off blogging organization in Cebu.

CBSI was founded in 2008 incorporated as a non-profit organization under the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2010.

In five years time, the group successfully covered the US Election Watch in 2008, organized a computer literacy program in Pinamungahan, Cebu in 2010; Visayas Blogging Summit in November 2011; 1st Social Media Day in June 2012; and 1st World Blogathon in December 2012, to name a few.

CBSI is currently composed of 53 registered members - professional bloggers and hobbyist bloggers with different niches - lead by President Ruben Licera Jr. and Vice President Nancy Cudis (internal) and Bjornson Bernales (external). Together, they continue to promote Cebu through blogging and social media.

For more information about CBSi or how to join, please visit


Monday, February 4, 2013

Free HIV Testing in Cebu: "Check-In Ta Bai"

Viral Invasion has grown considerably high due to risky behavior and Individuals infected with HIV can be anyone. It can be the person sitting right next to you, a dear friend of yours, a  co-worker, or your loved ones. But, HIV transmission can be prevented if you know what your status is. Knowing your status is critical to your health and the well-being of your community.

So, are you in for a free, discreet and confidential HIV testing and counseling services? You just need to voluntarily register at their secured online registration form right here:

Once they have your details which they will handle with utmost prudence and privacy, they will provide you the details of their privy HIV testing.

This is a one day engagement only. So hurry! Get tested and jump start in living on a sexier wagon.

Check in ta bai this February 23,2013!

Live sexy. Get tested.

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Port at Waterfront Hotel Cebu

          Puri Mabano, Rosevie Taruc and Daisy Rubin at the Port Restuarant, Waterfront Hotel Cebu City

The Night was filled with smiles and laughter when we celebrated my good friend's birthday. Daisy Rubin treated us to The Port's eat-all-you-can dinner for P299. If you ever plan to celebrate your anniversary, birthdays, dinner with families. This is one of the places to be. I'm sure you would enjoy!

It was my first time to dine at The Port and we were not disappointed. Their food is really good. Their buffet showcases a wide variety of dishes - pasta, seafood, tsokolate, pica-pica, main courses, and there was even lechon. It's super sulit for your P299. Since, you get all of these yummy goodness that will fill you to the brim. We definitely got filled to the brim, need I say more?

Since it was Christmas when we went there, they have fairy lights hanged on the ceilings, staff wearing santa clause's costume, and other ornaments that would give a Christmas feel.

The atmosphere was also filled with blue lights that would give a relaxing feel to it with their nautical theme. They also did a good job on injected a cosy feel within us maybe it's also because of the music and the atmosphere. Their employees sported a sailor-like uniform, a wave-like accent was mounted on their wall and the place was loaded with people. 

We also requested that our birthday girl be serenaded with a song by the employees and they even gave us a lovely chiffon cake. aaah. That's sweet. Rosevie and I clapped in chorus with them and I sang a little. heheheh (I'm shy). So far, they did this whole birthday singing 3 times that night. Yes, we counted.

Daisy Rubin, The Birthday Girl at the Port Restaurant in Waterfront Hotel Cebu City. 

I know this blog post will not give justice to saying "thank you Daisy", for the friendship, the bonding, the laughter, sharing and support. Thank you for staying even in times when I'm not really in the mood to be ecstatic and when I'm a bit taciturn. That's just me. I get tired and dull too, sometimes. Again, thank you. I really enjoyed the bonding we've had together with Barbz and the rest of the gang as well like Carla and Shayne. I enjoyed the evening, the pizza, movie nights and disco at barbs dorm and I hope you did too. Merci beaucoup mon amie! I'll stop here, before you cringe out of my cheesiness. heheheh

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