Cupcakes and Style In Shangri-la Mactan Resort And Spa Mugna

Last weekend was filled with styles and tasty treats as Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa celebrated its latest installment of Mugnâ series in collaboration with award-winning Cebuano designer Neil Felipp at the Lobby Lounge. Aside from Cebu's pride, Felipp's collections, the event will also highlight on the chicly-designed cupcakes by the resort’s pastry team.

Cupcakes inspired by Neil Felipp's creations

Resident Manager, Gwen Dela Cruz, General Manager Rene Egle and Nelly Egle
Detailed metal craftsmanship utilizing locally-sourced materials, dabbed with a touch of ethereal elegance are iconic of Neil Felipp’s creations. The young designer began his journey at the University of the Philippines–Cebu, under the tutelage of Kenneth Cobonpue. He has since received accolades for his work, including at the Look of Style Awards 2014, for which he was sent to the United Kingdom for further studies.

[R-L] Cebu Bloggers Society Members, Lloyd Chua of LLoydandBehold, Sinjin Pineda of Libotero.com, Award-Winning Designer, Neil Felipp and Cebu Bloggers Society Founder, Mark Monta



During the event, Mugnâ featured the following collections: Medusa & Midas, Antoinette the Mad, and Halcyon. The elegant display of his work is complemented with a selection of cupcakes, craftily inspired with accents of his collections. The pastries were served at Lobby Lounge exclusively during the show together with refreshing beverages




For inquiries as guests, you may contact (63 32) 231 0288 or email fbreservations.mac@shangri-la.com. Please follow @shangrilamactan on Instagram or visit facebook.com/shangrilamactan.





Mini Palawan Of Cebu, Bojo River of Aloguinsan

Dubbed as "Mini Palawan of Cebu", Bojo River is the most visited tourist spot in the municipality of Aloguinsan. Situated in Midwest of Cebu, Bojo River is operated by Bojo Aloguinsan Eco-Tourism Association (BAETAS) who emerged as the winner of last year's Tourism InSPIRE Award for Best Community-based Tourism Initiative by Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). Together with other Travel and Style Bloggers of Cebu Bloggers Society, FaceCebu Author spent the weekend in this eco-friendly town in just less than 1,000 Pesos expense (each).



Bojo River Boardwalk. Photo by FaceCebu.Net



So why is it called Mini Palawan of Cebu? I asked some CBS Bloggers who experienced the River Cruise in Bojo and these are some amazing comments:

CBS Bloggers in Bojo River. Photo by SuperCebu.com
CBS Bloggers in the entrance going to Bojo River. Photo by SuperCebu.Com

"Bojo River is a reminiscence to Palawan's lofty rock formations surrounded by a clear and blue river." said CBS Style blogger, Lloyd Chua of lloydandbehold.com

"I don't necessarily have the luxury to travel all the time. So when I heard about Bojo River tagged as the mini Palawan of Cebu, I grabbed the opportunity to experience its Palawan-esque beauty through a 90-minute river cruise. It definitely did not disappoint.The lush greens of the mangroves, the clarity of the water and the rich flora and fauna of Bojo River seemingly mimicked the best of Palawan. Now, you don't have to spend much to get a glimpse of what the best island in the world (Palawan) has to offer. " said Philip Pinggoy of AlmostAblogger.com

CBS Bloggers ready to board. Photo by SuperCebu.com

CBS Bloggers (L-R) Philip Pinggoy of AlmostABlogger.com, FaceCebu.Net Author and Ian Limpangog of freedomwall.com
"It is tagged as mini palawan because aside from its rock formation similarity, you will get to enjoy the marine life by snorkeling and boat cruising. Bojo river also has 22 different mangrove species and 173 different residential birds." said SuperCebu.com Blogger, Guada Cuizon.

"It reminded me about El Nido's Big Lagoon where two verdant karst massifs form a spectacular passage. Both are testament to nature's stunning mix of complimenting colors and geography" said Ian Limpangog, freedomwall.net Blogger

Just like its meaning "River Ceiling", Bojo River indeed gives us a mini view of what it looks like to experience Palawan adventures. In the end of the less than an hour River Cruise is the horizon of Tañon Strait, which lies between the islands of Negros and Cebu. In this area of the cruise, you can see the beautiful Mt. Kanlaon of Negros with your naked eyes.

Siesta and Dip at Hermit's Cove



After Bojo River adventure, we then headed to the white sand spot of Aloguinsan, Hermit's Cove. Just like Bojo River, it is also managed by BAETAS which in fairness to the organization, they were able to maintain the beach in terms of cleanliness and tourists/visitors' management. There was an orientation before going down to the beach shore.  If you are going there solo, it's okay not to bring foods or baon since there is a mini-carenderia or store near the receiving area which you can buy foods and beverages. Note, you cannot bring alcoholic drinks inside the Beach premises. Generally, aside from the white sand (not fine) and clear blue water, Hermit's Cove suggests to Tourists to have chill session while enjoying your friends' company.

FaceCebu.Net Author

CebuFitnessBlog.com Author in Hermit's Cove


Hermit's Cove Receiving Area. Photo by SuperCebu.com

CBS Bloggers groufie. Photo by SuperCebu.com



HOW TO GO TO BOJO RIVER 
1. From Cebu South Bus Terminal, ride a bus bound to Aloguinsan Cebu. Fare : PHP 70-80.00
2. Asked the Driver or Conductor to drop at Aloguinsan Tourism Office
3. From Aloguinsan Tourism, pay your River Cruise and Hermit's Cove adventure/entrance.
Bojo River Cruice - PHP 400 which includes entrance, 1 hour and 30 minutes river cruise and swim.
Hermit's Cove - PHP 100 as entrance fee
4. From Aloguinsan Tourism Office, get a motorcycle going to Bojo River. PHP 20.00


Hermit's Cove's Entrance. Photo by LloydAndBehold
HOW TO GO TO HERMIT'S COVE
1. From Bojo Rive, grab a motorcycle or habal-habal going to Hermit's Cove. PHP 40.00



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Starbucks Launches Teavana Handcrafted Beverages and Full Leaf Tea Sachets

On September 14, take a sip on the modern twist of tea as Starbucks is launching Starbucks® TeavanaHandcrafted Beverages and Full Leaf Tea Sachets for the first time in the Philippines, as well as to other 6,200 Starbucks stores across the China / Asia Pacific region. This modern tea experience gives customers the opportunity to enjoy a range of unique iced and hot tea beverages with bold, layered flavors, handcrafted the way only Starbucks can, for the first time.



The launch of Starbucks® Teavana™ brings an entirely new tea occasion specifically developed for our customers in Asia, who increasingly want new and different tastes and experiences,” said John Culver, group president, Starbucks Global Retail. ”With Starbucks® Teavana™, we see a tremendous opportunity to leverage the company’s expertise in creating best-in-class retail experiences, handcrafting customized beverages, and sourcing the finest ingredients, to create a new, premium tea experience. Just as we’ve done for coffee, this is tea reimagined at Starbucks.

Fueled by innovation, the new individually handcrafted beverages are the result of an in-depth, creative exploration of flavor, culinary trends and premium ingredients by Starbucks industry-leading beverage innovation team, with the goal of bringing something new and unexpected to customers. These ingredients come to life as skilled baristas craft each beverage by hand and unleash a sophisticated, delicious flavor profile.

Tea is a $125 billion global category and is the second most consumed beverage in the world, second only to water. Starbucks is leveraging all of the company’s internal expertise, including knowledge in creating best-in-class retail experiences and handcrafted beverages, to create a new premium tea experience for customers. The launch of Starbucks® Teavana™ is the first time Starbucks has launched a brand on this scale since 2008 with the launch of Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew, and represents an important growth opportunity for the business.


Beginning today, Starbucks Philippines is offering three new Starbucks® Teavana™ Handcrafted Beverages:



Iced Shaken Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls
This refreshing beverage combines Starbucks® Teavana™ hibiscus tea and bursting pearls of real pomegranate juice for a tart kick of flavor.



Iced Shaken Black Tea with Ruby Grapefruit and Honey
Combines a traditional western black tea experience with a creative twist that is delicious iced with bites of pomelo fruit, grapefruit and honey for a touch of added sweetness.



Matcha & Espresso Fusion
Our fine Matcha powder layered with milk and Starbucks signature Espresso Roast creates a beautiful layered beverage and is an inventive combination of coffee and tea, to be enjoyed hot or iced.




DETAILS: Island Hopping in Isla Gigantes or Isla De Gigantes (Gigantes Islands)

In this "Social Media" Era, instant fame is so easy just like instant coffee. That's why if you're a backpacking or travel enthusiasts, with just a beautifully edited photo of a certain place, you'll be then eager to visit it. Even though a picture paints a thousand words, sometimes the picture does not look very good in person which fails your expectations but trust FaceCebu this time, Isla Gigantes or Isla De Gigantes is indeed stunning and beautiful which will exceed your anticipations. So what is the major activity in this famous island of Iloilo province? Island Hopping is the answer!




Timex Gang in famous Cabugao Islet

Isla Gigantes Contact Details:

For Accomodation, contact MJ's Beach Inn via 09989816812 and look for Paul
For Island Hopping and Tour: Contact Gigantes island Tours and Services
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Gigantesislandtour/
Website: www.gigantesisland.com
Contact Number: 09157595000
For Van Services (Iloilo City to Port/Vice Versa) : Contact Alog via 09103105624




1. Isla Gigantes North for Farola de Sibulac-Babac  (Lighthouse)










2. Chill in Galancia Sand Seashore






3. The Best Gigantes, Antonia Islet









4. Amazing Pulupandan Islet







5. Jacket-Jacket White Sand Islet




6. Famous Cabugao Gamay Islet Top View








 





7. Long stretch of White Sand by Bantigue Islet







8. Such white sand at Puting Baybay Islet










Here are some additional stops and spots:
1. Isla Gigantes Sunset





2. Saltwater Lagoon (Tanke), Isla de Gigantes Sur (which is not available for entry)

This is how it looks outside.

This is how it looks inside
How To Travel to Isla Gigantes From Cebu? (Recommended Guide)
1. From your fave Airlines, get a trip from Cebu to Iloilo International Airport
2. From the Airport, you may:
   a. Take a Van to SM City Cebu
   b. Take a Taxi to Tagbak Terminal
3. If you choose option "a" above, then you may:
   a. take a jeepney bound to Leganes and drop to Tagbak Terminal
   b. take a taxi to Tagbak Terminal
4. From Tagbak Terminal, get a bus bound to Estancia. 4 Hours Travel Time. PHP 185-200 fare.
5. Take a tricycle from Estancia Ceres Terminal to Estancia Feeder Port.
6. Public Boat is available in the port going to Isla Gigantes

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