Top 10 Beautiful Christmas Trees Around Cebu

It's December! Can you feel the cold air outside your window pane? Or maybe experience the "happy stress" of the heavy traffic in the streets? Yes, Happiness is all around the corner and it's because the merriest season of the year is already playing in our ears. And what's Christmas without a Christmas Tree? Here in Cebu, Christmas Tree is a symbol of Christ, our life. Starting late of November, a lot of companies had initiated a various Christmas Tree lighting Ceremonies and it did attract Tourists and Locals. Let us show you why.



Now, check out this list of adorable Christmas Trees around Cebu. Hope you like it!

10. Ayala Center Cebu
Ayala-Center-Cebu-Christmas-Tree
We consider this a runner-up, Ayala Center Cebu's Symphony of Lights is a unique kind of Christmas Tree. Photo by MyCebu
9. Fuente Osmena Rotonda 
Fuente-Osmena-Rontonda-Christmas-Tree
Photo by Colinares Abelgas (Facebook)
 

8. SM Seaside City Cebu
SM Seaside City Cebu-Christmas-Tree.jpg
Photo by SM Seaside City Cebu Official

7. SM City Consolacion

SM City Consolacion Christmas Tree
SM City Consolacion
6. Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino

Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino Christmas tree
Credit to Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino official Page
5. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu's Tree of Hope
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu's Tree of Hope

4. Shagri-la Mactan Resort and Spa

Shagri-la Mactan Resort and Spa-Christmas-Tree
Five is right! (Photo by) Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa FB Page
3. Montebello Villa Hotel 

Montebello Villa Hotel Cebu Christmas Tree
So beautiful without lights! Photo Credit: Hershey Chua Bernz
Montebello Villa Hotel Christmas Tree Garden
Even more beautiful with lights! Photo Credit: Xavier Gonzalez Solis
2. Crown Regency Hotel and Towers

This is a rotating Christmas Tree in Crown Regency Hotel and Towers. (Photo credit from their facebook page)

1. Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu

Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
So beautiful, it doesn't need a light! (Photo credit) Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu Page
Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu Christmas Tree
Awesome!!!


Thursday, December 1, 2016
Posted by Cebu Blogger

Take Perfect Selfies With VIVO V5 Smartphone

What's perfect selfie? VIVO V5 delivers it perfectly! The Vivo V5 smartphone boasts Perfect Selfie capabilities with its high-quality front-facing camera, fast performance, and upgraded features that ensure great experiences for its users.

McCoy De Leon Will Devaughn Shamcey Supsup
McCoy de Leon takes a groufie with event hosts Will Devaughn and Shamcey Supsup, along with Vivo Club Ambassadors from various universities

The V5 embodies Vivo’s relentless pursuit of innovation, with technologies and functions that our consumers look for in their device. With the V5 and its industry-leading features, we continue to push the boundaries of a premium mid-range smartphone as we highlight Vivo’s high standards in smartphone design and feature,” said Vivo Philippines Vice President Hazel Bascon.

Premium mid-range elegance

The Vivo V5 sports an all-metal unibody shell back case that comes in champagne gold and rose gold colors. Up front, it features a 5.5-inch 1280x720 HD display clad in 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass for protection, giving the V5 an ideal premium feel in the hand. Performance wise, the Vivo V5 is equipped with a MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor running at 1.5GHz and paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage expandable via micro SD up to 128GB.
The V5 also features a front-facing fast fingerprint scanner capable of unlocking the smartphone in as fast as 0.2 seconds. It also features fast-charging technology to quickly top-up its 3,000mAh built-in battery.

Redefining the perfect selfie

The Vivo V5 features an innovation that is set to be the benchmark of future smartphones. It is equipped with a 20-megapixel Moonlight front-facing camera featuring a 1/2.78” Sony IMX376 camera sensor coupled with a 5P lens system and an aperture of f/2.0. It also comes with a front-facing soft-light flash that helps illuminate its subjects whenever they take a selfie, ensuring that its users can capture perfect selfies anytime and anywhere. Meanwhile, its rear camera boasts a 13-megapixel sensor that features phase-detect autofocus that will help users snap photos as they happen.

VIVO Local ambassadors
Vivo’s local ambassadors McCoy de Leon and Verniece Enciso pose with Vivo executives


Value-added benefits

Vivo’s V5 smartphone is also equipped with a 32-bit AK4376 digital to analog converter Hi-Fi chip, as well as a new iteration of its proprietary operating system, Funtouch OS 2.6, now based on Android’s 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system.

Scan QR Code to download soft copy of press release and event photos Among its new features is an improved version of Vivo’s take on multitasking, Smart Split 2.0, which allows users to view two apps side-by-side. Another feature is the Eye Protection Mode, which filters blue light from the screen to protect its users’ eyesights.

“With the launch of the Vivo V5, Vivo again sets the benchmark of a premium midrange smartphone with perfect selfie features that one would normally only see in flagship offers. Filipinos will once again have a capable and compelling smartphone choice, and one that can fulfill a wide range of roles in their everyday lives,” added Bascon.

VIVO Mark Cuevas
Vivo Product and Training Manager Mark Cuevas introduces the Vivo V5 by defining the “Perfect Selfie”


A Plus for the family

Vivo also revealed an upcoming device that is set to supplement the Vivo V5. The Vivo V5 Plus will feature a similar form factor as the V5 smartphone at 5.5 inches, but will feature a 1920x1080 display and 20-megapixel dual front-facing cameras that are set to enhance the perfect selfie experience of its users.

Vivo also announced Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry as part of the Vivo family. The two-time NBA MVP and Golden State Warriors point guard will serve as the new face of the Vivo V5, highlighting its perfect selfie capabilities alongside local influencers Mccoy de Leon and Verniece Enciso.

VIVO International Ambassador, Stephen Curry
VIVO International Ambassador, Stephen Curry

I’m really thankful for being part of the Vivo family and I’m looking forward to doing more activities with Vivo and its Filipino plans soon,” said Curry.

The Vivo V5 Plus will be coming soon on Philippine shores. Meanwhile, the Vivo V5 will be available in Vivo concept stores and major retailers nationwide for PHP 12,990. Consumers can also pre-order the V5 smartphone in major retailers starting November 23 to receive exclusive freebies including Vivo speakers, Vivo selfie stick, and a Vivo-branded phone stent.

** This article comes from a Press Release by Vivo Philippines.



Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Posted by Cebu Blogger

Best-tasting Chicken McDo and Fruity Pie in McShare Box

Christmas is for children, young and old. Sometimes, they love to dine at their favorite McDonald's store with their family and friends. Good news for everyone! McDonald’s offers the new McShare Box which contains the juicier Chicken, BFF Fries and the best Banana Pie. 

McDonald's McShare Box
McDonald's McShare Box
Choose between the McShare Box with 6-pc and 8-pc Chicken McDo to complement your tasty meals whether at the dining table or in your favorite McDonald’s restaurant. Ideal for groups of three or four persons, the McShare Box is also available in McShare Bundles wherein you can try Chicken McDo with rice, drinks, and the BFF Fries.

McDonald's Banana Pie
McDonald's Banana Pie


You can also cap off each meal time with the new Banana Pie, McDonald’s treat that is made with a  scrumptious mix of golden, flaky crust over sweet, creamy banana filling—truly a pie to make your day!

As you celebrate the season of sharing with the ones you love, have a McShare Box with the best-tasting Chicken McDo, and the new Banana Pie anytime, especially during dinner, at McDonald's stores nationwide. You can also grab them via Drive-Thru or McDelivery (86-2-36, www.mcdelivery.com.ph, or the McDo PH app).

Share your families’ favorite groufie enjoying the new McShare Box and and trying the new Banana Pie on Facebook, facebook.com/McDo.ph or tag @McDo_PH on Twitter or Instagram.

Monday, November 28, 2016
Posted by Cebu Blogger

Top 11 DIY Cookies During CBTL Giving Journal 2017 Launch

"Give love on Christmas day", there goes a famous line of a Christmas song. Indeed, the season of sharing is just around the corner! On November 5, 2016, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) launched the Giving Journal 2017 together with a number of Cebu Bloggers in their Robinsons Galleria branch. This Coffee Company's Giving Journal 2017 reminds us that life is not about what we amass for ourselves, but about how we can share our gifts, talents, and time with others.

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Giving Journal 2017
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Giving Journal 2017. Photo background credit : iluvcebu
The Cebu Bloggers Society Members during CBTL Giving Journal 2017 Launch
The Cebu Bloggers Society Members during CBTL Giving Journal 2017 Launch. Photo credit: TheCebuFanpage
MECHANICS of CBTL Giving Journal 2017

1. From October 22 onwards, customers can already begin their Giving Journey as the collecting of stamps for the 2017 Giving Journal commences in all The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® stores.
2. Each stamp card consists of 12 circles with corresponding purchased drink assignments.
3. All 12 stamps must be accumulated in one stamp card to claim the journal.
4. A box of CBTL™ capsules earns the customer two stamps, while any CBTL™ Single Serve Beverage System purchase automatically allows a customer to claim the 2017 Giving Journal.
5. Available in 4 colors—rose, purple, gray, and turquoise, the Giving Journal is a useful planner and a medium for generosity where you can begin writing the beautiful story of your own Giving Journey.

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Giving Journal 2017
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Giving Journal 2017
Unlike other Holiday Promos, CBTL's Giving Journal shares a gift of education to its beneficiary the Real LIFE Foundation since year 2011. By supporting their educational needs, you bring them one step closer to achieving their goals, enabling their dreams to take flight.


A photo posted by Francis Ryan (@narsisismo) on


During the Cebu Launch, Cebu Bloggers were requested to personally design CBTL cookies which will be donated to their beneficiary children. And here are our top picks of the customized designs!

11. These Christmas Trees and Snowmen! Simple but cute!

A photo posted by asheee ash (@asheee_ash) on



10. How about this butterfly design?

A photo posted by crystal marie cañete (@crysygypsy) on



9. Another snowman and Christmas Trees!




8. Waaaaa! Another Christmas Tree and Snowman!!!

A photo posted by @rjoanne25 on


7. How about this cutie Minion for Christmas?




6. A hopeful Cookie? Why not!




5. A snowflake with CBTL logo people?!




4. Hey cute owl!!!




3. These chics?


A photo posted by Louis Jay Manayon (@ljaymanayon) on

2. The Cebu Bloggers Society logo and a Christmas wreath?




1. And our top one! Edd's Santa Cookie!!!!


A photo posted by Edd Buenaviaje (@eddbuenaviaje) on


For more information about the 2017 Giving Journal, Visit http://www.coffeebean.com.ph/, LIKE The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® (Philippines) on Facebook, FOLLOW @CBTLPH @BREWPH on Instagram and Twitter, and SUBSCRIBE to brewyourbestyear.com.


Miss Universe 2016 Swimwear Presentation In Cebu

It's a Swimwear presentation and not competition! On January 2017, JPark Island Resort and Waterpark Cebu will host a one-day event of Miss Universe 2016, the swimsuit presentation. On a big Sinulog Festival week, Mr. Arthur Lo, the hotel's corporate liaison officer, affirmed that all candidates of Miss Universe 2016 will come to Cebu for a Swimsuit presentation which includes a Fashion Show that highlights Cebu's talents and designers.

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach in her swimsuit
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach in her swimsuit. Photos taken from the wire
Mr Lo also added that JPark will come only as a Venue and the rest of the program specifications will come from Miss Universe Organization. In regards to security of the Hotel and the candidates, Lo confirmed that they are on the progress of coordination with Local Government Units and other Security sectors that will help in the success of the anticipated event next year.



Justin Uy, Chairman and President of JPark Island Resort and Waterpark Cebu, said Cebu would be showcased as a premiere destination. "This is not solely for the company but we are doing this for Cebu to put the island on the map again and to erase negative remarks about us" he added. (Credit: Inquirer.net)

(By the way, it was not mentioned if reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach will come with all the candidates during the swimwear presentation. So, cross fingers and toes Cebuanos!)

SM City Consolacion Reveals "Castle Of Magic" Inspired Christmas Tree

The first weekend of November has been a colorful start of the most anticipated season of the year, the Yuletide Season. It is known to all that Filipinos always reserve a very long celebration for Christmas holiday most especially here in Cebu as we are doing it until the third week of January, during Sinulog Festival. That's why our favorite mall in the north, SM City Consolacion welcomed this Yuletide Season with a special treat to all kids and kids-at-heart as they lighted their Castle of Magic inspired Christmas Tree at the Events Center last Sunday, November 6.

Castle of Magic in SM City Consolacion
Castle of Magic in SM City Consolacion

Dancers during SM City Consolacion Christmas Tree Lighting
Dancers during SM City Consolacion Christmas Tree Lighting

Christmas is a season filled with colors, lights and a whole lot of happiness and this year we are adding a whimsical touch to the most awaited time of the year through our Castle of Magic,” said SM City Consolacion’s  Assistant Mall Manager, Estrella I. Wamilda.

SM City Consolacion Hallway Christmas Decor
SM City Consolacion Hallway Christmas Decor

The soldier and the ballerina
The soldier and the ballerina during SM City Consolacion Christmas Tree Lighting

The soldier and the ballerina
The soldier and the ballerina during SM City Consolacion Christmas Tree Lighting

The soldier and the ballerina
The soldier and the ballerina during SM City Consolacion Christmas Tree Lighting


The love story between a soldier and a ballerina unfolded before the eager eyes of the crowd as the highlight of this year’s theme. Led by marching toy soldiers and graceful ballerinas, the spectacle was a sight to behold as the Christmas tree lit with playful colors. Adding more flair to the magical set-up, scenic lights surrounding the Event Center and the elevator brightened the mall and brought about the Holiday spirit.

Dancers posing finale
Dancers posing finale

Dancers posing finale
Dancers posing finale

SM City Consolacion, along with SM Supermalls, continues to bring happiness in the magical season through the SM Cares’ Bears of Joy. “The Christmas celebration wouldn’t be complete without sharing the love this holiday. Let us continue to support SM Bears of Joy to make more children happy this Christmas,” explained Wamilda.

Soldiers Dancers during SM City Consolacion Christmas Tree Lighting
[T-B] Soldiers Dancers during SM City Consolacion Christmas Tree Lighting

Soldiers Dancers during SM City Consolacion Christmas Tree Lighting


For just Php 200, shoppers get to keep one bear and donate the other to the children from SM City Consolacion’s chosen charitable institution, Nangka Daycare center. The Bears of Joy booth is located at the Atrium, Ground Level of SM City Consolacion.

SM City Consolacion Christmas Tree
SM City Consolacion Christmas Tree

SM City Consolacion Christmas Tree
SM City Consolacion Christmas Tree

SM City Consolacion Christmas Tree
SM City Consolacion Christmas Tree

SM City Consolacion Christmas Tree
SM City Consolacion Christmas Tree

SM City Consolacion Christmas Tree
SM City Consolacion Christmas Tree
Experience a magical Christmas with your loved ones at SM City Consolacion. For inquiries, call the Marketing Department at 260-0136 or visit our social media accounts- SM City Consolacion (Official) for Facebook and @SMConsolacion on Twitter and Instagram.




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