Timex Philippines Toastmasters Hold Blog and Social Media Talk

"Hi guys, I'm Mark Monta and this afternoon, I will be talking about Basics, Basics on Blogging and Social Media" I started that Speaking engagement with more or less Twenty-three Timex Employees. Talking in front of people is not a new thing to me but last Thursday was different. I felt like I drank a galloon of coffee as I felt a sea of anxiety deep inside. Well, maybe it's because I know them and they know me. Third Quarter of last year, I was invited to talk in the First Southern Leyte Tourism Seminar. There were local Personalities and Senator Bongbong Marcos attended that event but it was easy and I mean I did very well. But last Thursday was different. I'm not sure why.

My Topic during the Talk

Mark Monta, www.FaceCebu.Net Author

Participants of Knowledge Cafe Brew Of The Month : BLOG

Anyways, Thanks to Timex Philippines Toastmasters for preparing everything. It's not a big Seminar but sharing my knowledge and experiences to my Officemates is a big accomplishment to me. I divided the session into two topics, Blog and Social Media. Even though the event was entitled as "Knowledge Cafe Brew of the Month : Blog ", I took the initiative to at least introduce some basics of Social Media and its good benefits to Start-ups or Businesses. Timex participants are very active and the interaction was indeed fruitful. I learned something from their inquiries and most importantly, they gained details and information from my short talk.

And oh, before I forgot, I also featured some of my Timex Friends' Blogs. Check them out below....

Moon Ray Lo of Traveler's Couch

Almera Baynos of Almera Talks

Hannah Suquib of  iJunader Cebu

Jacinth Suico of LaagPaMore

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Sing And Dance With Glee For Gold Competition

In an effort to provide a venue for creative self-expression, the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) organized the Glee for Gold as part of the celebration of the Mandaue Business Month 2015 and the Chamber’s 50th anniversary this year.

In partnership with the Cebu Provincial Government and Mandaue City Government, MCCI designed this chorale competition to give an opportunity for people of all ages to express themselves through singing and dancing and develop character through teamwork and discipline.

MCCI is now calling for submission of forms. The deadline is Aug. 20. The audition day is on Aug. 22 while the announcement of finalists is on Aug. 24. The Finals Night will be on Sept. 12.

The contest is open to all MCCI members and non-member companies, schools, organizations and Mandaue City barangays. Each team should have a minimum of eight members and a maximum of 16.

Participants will be judged according to originality, mastery and vocal quality, choreography, costume and audience impact.

Registration fees vary: P500 for Mandaue City barangays, P800 for schools and universities, P1,000 for MCCI member companies, and P2,500 for MCCI non-member companies.

Big prizes await the contestants since MCCI will be giving out P50,000 for the champion, P30,000 for the first placer and P20,000 for the second placer. All winners will get a trophy. The non-winning teams will get a consolation prize of P5,000.

For more details on contest mechanics, contact the MCCI Secretariat at (032) 343-3491 or (032) 236-8245 and look for Cyruz Honoridez. For updates, visit www.mandauechamber.org and like www.facebook.com/MCCi1965

Shakey's Restaurant Opens Biggest Branch in Visayas and Mindanao

Today, the biggest branch of Shakey's Restaurant in Visayas and Mindanao is already open here in Cebu. Situated at F. Cabahug Street, Mabolo, Cebu City, Shakey’s Cabahug is the sixth and largest store in Visayas, having the capacity to seat up to 52 tables, or a total of 140 persons. And because this is the biggest branch to come to Cebu, room for parking 21 vehicles has been allotted for the convenience of Guests so no time is wasted in getting the Good Times and Great Memories rolling.

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In addition, Guests can now book the largest Shakey’s function room in town, which seats up to 80 persons - this is a good venue to throw a Pizza Party to celebrate a latest milestones, or a little one’s birthday. Choose from the three new birthday party themes, namely Looney Tunes for the rambunctious tots, Hot Wheels for the grease monkeys, and Barbie for the little ladies in the family. But parties are not just for the little ones. Take your next business or corporate function to Shakey’s as well, or bring the family to watch the next big championship or playoff on one of the four wall mounted televisions. There is nothing we wouldn’t love to celebrate with our Guests.


Bring the family out for pizza night and enjoy your pick from the selection of 18 available flavors of World Famous Thin Crust Pizza. And don’t forget, no meal at Shakey’s is complete without the awesome twosome Chicken ‘N’ Mojos. Need a night of drinks with friends? We’ve got you covered with another feature, the Bar area. Order a round of cold brews for the boys, or pick from the slew of cocktails or wines for a ladies night of good fun!

Shakey’s is excited and deeply pleased to bring yet another branch closer to their Guests in Visayas, employing well trained friendly Cebu City locals, contributing to employment. Whether it’s to dine in, take out, celebrate or order a meal to come to you via the 254-7777 delivery hotline, come July 2015, doors will open wide to welcome Guests, both old and new.

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Monkey's Belly Bistro Bar Opens Outlet Outside Singapore, Introduces in Cebu

Specializing on Filipino Dishes with a Singaporean Twist, Monkey's Belly Bistro Bar opened its door to Cebuanos last June 19, 2015. This Bistro Bar is located at the ground floor of Capitol Square Building, Escario, Cebu City. When asked why Monkey's Belly? Samuel Chaw, the Owner/Manager and Chef, confirmed that it's combination of his favorite Cebu's Lechon Belly and the mother company in Singapore, Monkey's Forehead Pte Ltd. Thus, the name Monkey's Belly Bistro Bar came up.

Now, check these featured Dishes and Drinks that we actually recommend to our online friends to try when you visit the Bar.

Peanut Butter Burger
It is definitely the one and only peanut butter burger available in Cebu. " Peanut butter is a personal favourite of mine and I believed that it can be eaten with Anything. I started working with the Patty, adjusting the favour profile of it to make sure that it suits the local taste bud. It took me a week to perfect the peanut butter sauce and this is definitely worth a try."

Golden Aburi Brocolli
This is FaceCebu.Net's Favorite. It makes use of the traditional Japanese method of Salmon Aburi, which involves torching of the Salmon. It gives the Brocolli a light smokinesss, which adds flavours to a simple Bricolli. For the sauce, Monkey's Belly Bistro Bar did its own balsamic dressing, with a touch of Red Sugar.

Spring Wings
Known as "Har Cheong Gai" in Singapore, it is deep fried with prawn paste and a secret recipe, which they did not share.

S'Mores Cocktail
S'mores is actually a contraction of a phase 'Some More'. It is a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the US and recently the Canada, consisting of a roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two Graham cracker. S'mores Cocktail consists of waffle, marshmallow, chocolate ice cream/syrup and Graham Cracker.

Monkey's Special
This is Monkey's Belly Bistro Bar's Signature Drink - Chocolate and French Banana Puree blended into perfection. Served with Chocolated sticks, fried banana chips and more chocolate syrup

Monkey's Belly Bistro Bar is open from 5:00 PM - 2:00 AM, everyday from Monday to Sunday. You can also like their Facebook Page and send message for inquiries.

Starbucks Offers New Beverages, Coffee, Food and Introduces My Starbucks Rewards

It's time to quench your thirst with refreshing offerings from Starbucks Philippines. Starting July 28, Starbucks will bring in their latest products specifically on Beverages, Coffee and Food. In addition, Starbucks Philippines introduces "My Starbucks Rewards®" and luckily, Cebu Bloggers Society Bloggers were able to savour these sweet treats. Starbucks Lovers can fuel their adventure with SB's Coffee Blends and other Beverages until September 14, 2015 only. Here are some facts about these latest crazes.

BEVERAGES ( Tall – ₱ 165 Grande ₱ 175 Venti– ₱ 185 )


Decadent Mocha Frappuccino® is layered with golden crunchy honeycomb, whipped cream and chocolaty drizzle to create a multi-textured & well-balanced cool beverage treat.


This beverage combines smooth and creamy Frappuccino® together with citrusy and fragrant orange sauce made with real orange bits. This is then finished with whipped cream, crunchy honeycomb and a swirl of tangy orange drizzle.


The bright, crisp flavor and subtle complexity shine through beautifully to create a breezy, delicious and easy-to-drink cup.

Kati Kati* blend displays a great example of the art of blending and roasting in action. The beans from East Africa produce extraordinary coffees that are great over ice – Kenya brings body and distinctive citrus forward flavors, whilst Ethiopia coffee softens the blend and adds more complexity in flavor and aroma. The roast is dark enough to bring the acidity, body and flavor into an invigorating balance between citrus and spice notes from Kenya and the subtle floral aromas and crisp acidity from Ethiopia. *Kati-Kati – Swahili for “between”

This wonderful coffee takes its name from both the town and the wet mill that processed the coffee for Starbucks. It is comprised of coffees representing the Barichu Farmers Cooperative. The farms are located in Nyeri, a region known for its high quality coffee and where the cherries mature slowly, which translates in the cup to produce complex flavors. Traditional fully washed coffees are sun-dried for 2-3 weeks to allow the flavors to intensify producing a bright citrusy acidity with savory umami notes that are complex and lingering. The flavors of the coffee can be enjoyed whether hot or iced.

*AA is a classification of coffee grown in Kenya. All Kenyan coffee is graded after it is milled. Grades are assigned based on the screen size of the bean, not the quality.

Available only in Starbucks Reserve® stores:
 Starbucks Tomas Morato, Quezon City
 Starbucks 8 Forbes Town, Bonifacio Global City
 Starbucks Keyland Centre, Makati City
 Starbucks Central Square, Bonifacio Global City
 Starbucks Signa Residences, Makati City
 Starbucks Sapphire Bloc, Pasig City


MANGO FLOAT CAKE (₱ 140 (slice) ₱ 1,350 (whole) )
A light and moist sponge cake layered with chewy yet crispy meringue and mango creamy custard smothered with vanilla pistachio cream.

A chewy cookie with white chocolate chunks, dried blueberries, cranberries, strawberries and walnuts.

A banana and chocolate pastry spiced with vanilla and covered with sugar icing and drizzled with chocolate.

Chicken breast fillet, shiitake mushroom, Emmenthal cheese and pesto mayo sauce on flat Ciabatta bread.

Hearty tuna flakes, Emmenthal cheese and hardboiled egg on pumpernickel bread.


My Starbucks Rewards® is our loyalty program that will reward members in meaningful and exciting ways, beginning July 28, 2015. Customers with Starbucks Cards will continue to enjoy their current rewards plus new choices and benefits.

More Rewards Choices

Just by using a Starbucks Card to pay, customers will continue to earn Stars and receive the following rewards:
  • Any Grande handcrafted beverage with up to two (2) add-ons for every 12 Beverage Stars. Starbucks Reserve® brewed coffee may now be redeemed with 12 Beverage Stars.
  • Any 250g bag of whole bean coffee for every 10 Whole Bean Stars. Starbucks Reserve® whole bean coffee may now be redeemed with 10 Whole Bean Stars.
  • Any 12-pack Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew, 5-pack Starbucks VIA® Iced Coffee, or 4-pack Starbucks VIA® Latte for every 10 Starbucks VIA® Stars.

More Registration Benefits
  • Upon registration to a Starbucks Account, the member's account is updated with these benefits:
  • One-time complimentary Grande handcrafted beverage with up to two (2) add-ons.
  • Starbucks Reserve® brewed coffee may now be redeemed as registration drink.
  • Yearly complimentary slice of cake with a purchase of any handcrafted beverage on
  • their birthday.
  • Exclusive offers on items that they enjoy when they opt in to receive notifications from Starbucks Philippines.
  • Special invites to events or early access to new products.
  • Soon, members may conveniently reload their Starbucks Card through their Starbucks Account using a Visa or MasterCard Credit or Debit Card. This feature will be available within the following months. Stay tuned for more details.

How To Participate
Customers can join My Starbucks Rewards® by registering to a Starbucks Account at www.starbucks.ph/card. Customers who registered before July 28 are automatically included in the My Starbucks Rewards® program.

Visit www.starbucks.ph for full program details.

Yakitori Binchotan Opens Branch in Lightsite Parc Cebu

First off, Yakitori means "a Japanese dish of chicken pieces grilled on a skewer." [Wikipedia] Fortunately, A Restaurant has welcomed everybody to a Yakitori Haven here in Cebu. Yakitori Binchotan has opened its first restaurant located along Lightsite Parc AS Fortuna Street in Mandaue City


"We want to transport our guests to Sapporo and bring them as close as possible to the true Yakitori experience," said Francis Villaluz, Sr. Marketing Manager of Gerry's Group of Restaurants.

Gerry's Group has partnered with the original owners of Yakitori Binchotan - Chefs Yoshi Ishise, Tomio Hakada and Nori Suzuki for Yakitori Binchotan.

Chicken Teriyaki Salad

Tiger Roll

Chicken Shio and Tare

They are also responsible behind the success of noodle haven Ramen Sora, which is located beside Yakitori and Gerry's.

Yakitori Binchotan's recipes were passed on to Chef Nori by his grandfather who used to prepare them for his family during special occasions.

Chef Nori opened Yakitori Binchotan in Hokkaido, where he grew up, serving dishes using his grandfather's secret sauce, and grilled using Binchotan, a special kind of charcoal found only in Japan that brings out the taste of the skewered delight, usually Chicken.

Tsukune with Poached egg

Shiitake Mushroom with Ground Pork


"Binchotan packs so much heat and does not emit smoke, which allows the full flavor of the food to come out. The high heat from Binchotan helps to properly sear the meat keeping it juicy on the inside," says Villaluz.

Yakitori isn't as simple as putting meat or vegetable on a stick and grilling them. "There is so much discipline required in preparing this dish. The smell, the aroma of skewered dishes, and ultimately the taste makes all the difference," adds Chef Nori.

With its maiden branch Yakitori Binchotan is set to bring life to diners' tables with original dishes enjoyed in Hokkaido, the heart of Japan's culinary center.

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