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Cebu Business Month 2017: Tourism Summit

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In line with this year’s goal to bring local businesses ‘to the next level’, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), through Cebu Business Month (CBM), takes pride in putting together the annual Tourism Summit on June 16, 2017 at Cebu City Marriott Hotel.

This one-day forum will provide an avenue for tourism industry stakeholders to network, interact, discuss issues and concerns, as well as impart relevant information and best practices for the continuous growth, development and infusing leading-edge practices of the industry.

Sharing the stage is a select group of experts who will tackle various relevant tourism-related topics. This highly-esteemed line up will include:

• Usec. Alma Rita D. Jimenez, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary

• Mr. Manuel Louie Ferrer, President and Director of GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), developer of Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA)

• Mr. Anton Diaz, Founder of OUR AWESOME PLANET (recognized as one of the top food and travel blogs in the world) and recipient of DOT’s first Tourism Star Award for media for his valuable contribution in promoting Philippine cuisine and destinations through his blog

• Dr. Donald Patrick Lim, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Philippines, who also oversees five other businesses of his own, and is a management consultant for up and coming brands and businesses. Dr. Donald is one of the only 24 Certified Professional Marketers in the country.

• Mr. Jun Ventura, President and Editor of Eastgate Publishing Corporation, publisher of PAL’s Mabuhay magazine of 28 years; a recipient of 15 global and four local awards.

• Ms. Ma. Christina Aquitania “Princess” Galura, General Manager of Sunrise Events, Inc., the organizer and franchise holder of IM 70.3, Ironkids, XTERRA and 5i50 for Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand

• Mr. Angelo Verdan, General Manager of Cebu Port Authority

• Atty. Karen Gonzales, Acting Manager of our Business and Marketing Development Department, CEBU PORT AUTHORITY

• Ms. Amrei Dizon, GM & Creative Director VITALSTRATS CREATIVE SOLUTIONS

• Mr. Boboi Costas, Cebu Provincial Tourism Officer

• Mr. Suresh Pillay, Vice President of Operations for Golden Prince Hotel & Suites

• PSupt. Anthony Bagarino, Deputy Provincial Director for Administration, Cebu Provincial Police Office

• PCInsp. Randy Korret, Chief, Provincial Operation and Planning Branch, Cebu Provincial Police Office

This distinguished group of speakers will be joined by the CBM 2017 Overall Chairman, Mr. Charles Kenneth Co, and Tourism Chairman, Mr. Edwin Ortiz, who will be delivering their respective opening and keynote messages to the participants.

The event registration will start at exactly 8:00 AM, and the summit will officially open at 8:30 AM.

To take part in this prestigious event, interested participants may register via the following options:
• Online at www.cebubusinessmonth.net and www.cebubusinessmonth.com
• Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, through the CBM Secretariat at:
– (032) 232.1421 to 24 locals 107/108
– 0916.464.1747
cebuchamber@gmail.com | cebuchamber.cbmsecretariat@gmail.com

CCCI, through this year’s CBM organizing committee, is excited to bring together the metropolitan’s top and most promising tourism players in an event that continues to magnify this year’s banner theme: “STEP Up Cebu” (Stepping Up Technology, Entrepreneurship and Productivity for the Upliftment of Cebu)!

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Fiesta Señor and Sinulog 2018 Goes Digital

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Amid the digital era, organizers of the Sinulog festival have decided to tap social media to help deliver the message on the real essence of the celebration, which is the devotion and gratitude to the Holy Child Jesus, Sto. Niño.

Sinulog Foundation Inc. has launched the Sinulog 2018 app, where users can plot their own Sinulog route and schedule, as well as take a good look at various Sinulog activities, parade contingents, and the official route maps.

The app also enables the user to vote for this year’s Sinulog festival queen of their choice.

“One of the goals for the Sinulog 2018 is to bring back the essence of Sinulog to the Sto. Niño, especially to the younger generation who generally just wants to party,” said Stephanie Villarica, Sinulog Foundation Inc. Marketing and Promotions head.

In coordination with the social media teams of the Cebu Provincial Government and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the organizers are also exerting efforts in expanding social media presence.

Both government institutions will serve as reliable sources and will provide real-time updates during the celebration.

Aside from downloading the Sinulog 2018 app, Sinulog head secretariat Fr. Ric Anthony Reyes also encourages the public to download prayer apps.

Sinulog activities

Dubbed as “Kalingawan sa Plaza,” nightly activities are held at the Plaza Independencia for free. Fresh farm produce are also sold around the area.

The organizers also stressed that there will no longer be booths and Sinulog activities held along the Fuente Osmeña circle.

The Cebu City Government recently banned all parties and sale of liquor within 300 meters of the route.

www.cebu.gov.ph

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GCash to Raffle off 10 iPhone X for The SM Store Shoppers

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The SM Store shoppers nationwide are in for a treat as GCash mobile wallet is set to raffle off 10 iPhone X from February to April this year.

To qualify, existing and new GCash App users just need to pay their The SM Store purchases using the GCash scan to pay feature which all The SM Stores in the country started accepting last December. Each single receipt value of at least P500 is equal to one raffle entry. Promo is valid on a monthly basis from January 15 to April 15, 2018 per DTI-FTEB Permit No.0579 Series of 2018.

Distribution of prizes, draw schedules, and valid entries are as follows:

Spend Period

Jan 15 – Feb 15, 2018

Feb 16 – March 15, 2018

March 16 – April 15, 2018

Draw date

Feb 20, 2018

March 20, 2018

April 20, 2018

Number of iPhones

3

3

4

While monthly winners are no longer qualified for the succeeding raffle draws, others may still get a chance to win the following month by transacting using GCash scan to pay in The SM Store again.

The winners will be notified by GCash through registered mail, mobile number (SMS and phone call) for instructions on how to claim their prize. The announcement of raffle winners will also be done through the Official GCash Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/gcashofficial/) according to announcement schedule.

How to use GCash scan to pay:

  1. Download the GCash app on your smartphone and sign up, or update the GCash app to the latest version and login.
  2. Click “Pay QR” on the dashboard, then click “Scan QR Code” to access the QR scanner. You can also swipe left from the dashboard to access the scanner immediately.
  3. Scan to pay in The SM Store during payment
  4. Input the amount to be paid as stated by the merchant’s POS and frontliner
  5. Confirm the payment details of the transaction
  6. Upon success of payment, an sms will be received by the customer and the merchant front liner indicating that payment has been done.

Not yet a GCash subscriber? Register to GCash now by downloading the GCash App or by dialing *143#, select GCash and register.

Learn more about GCash by visiting www.gcash.com. Follow its social media channels: www.facebook.com/gcashofficial,www.twitter.com/gcashofficial, and www.instagram.com/gcashofficial.

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Calape’s ‘Fishyalan’ Opens in February

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In an effort to offer an alternative tour site to mall and resorts goers, the local government unit of Calape and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is set to open its ‘fishyalan’ next month.

Located at BFAR’s Central Visayas Multi-Species Nursery Demonstration and Training Center at Barangay Bentig, the ‘fishyalan’ is a unique place for visitors to hang out and learn new fisheries technology.

This way, BFAR can also better disseminate its advocacies, as well as information about its different programs and projects toward the development of the fisheries sector in the region.

Calape Information Officer Nicolas Sendrijas said when they open ‘fishyalan’ to the public, an entrance fee of P20/person will be collected.

The rate for children 12 years old below is P15, while rental for fishing gear with bait is P5 wherein visitors pay for the fish they catch.

They can opt to cook it there or they may bring it home.

Sendrijas, also the President of the Association of United Development Information Officers in Bohol (AUDIO-Bohol), held their first out-of-town Bisita Opisina and agency familiarization program hosted by LGU Calape at the Conference Room of BFAR’s Central Visayas Multi-Species Nursery Demonstration and Training Center on January 11.

The people’s organization, Bentig Farmers-Fishermen’s Association, is set to undergo a training on entrepreneurship to be conducted by the University of San Carlos (USC) Business Administration.

When operational and at the end of the fiscal year, the net income generated will be shared 50-50 between the PO and LGU Calape, according to Sendrijas.

As of now, worth P3 million of milkfish ( bangus, ) siganid (kitong) , pompano (talakitok) , tilapia, mangrove crab, and grouper (pugapo) have been stocked in the two fish ponds of fishyalan.

The Memorandum of Agreement for the operation of fishyalan was signed by Calape Mayor Nelson Yu and BFAR Regional Director Allan Poquita. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)

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Bikers Gear Up for Alicia’s Kinatkatay MTB Race 2018

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Mountain bike enthusiasts poised to test their endurance and skill on a cross country off-road trail can now prepare for the 2nd Alicia Mountain Bike Festival’s Kinatkatay sa Binabaje set on February 11, 2018.

Set to take to the 12-kilometer trail from the Alicia town hall to Cambaol, exit the dirt road to single track trails past the police camp to Binabaje and then back to the barangay roads and then to the starting line, this year’s endurance challenge is a part of Alicia’s Founding Anniversary activities.

Opened for amateur and professional mountain bike enthusiasts, Kinatkatay sa Binabaje’s 12-kilometer course is a mixture of flat back country roads, creek crossings, sloping ascents, and wicked uphill segments complete with loose rocks, sandy loam, and technical rampage quality descents that make the gruelling climb worth it, assured race organizers.

Although not that tough for professionals, organizers however cautioned that the trail is not for the weak of will.

After all, the course has climbing segments touted as one Bohol’s most challenging uphill climbs.

The top of the hills, however, offer a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of the towns of Alicia, Talibon, Ubay, Mabini and Candijay, and the Bohol Sea.

Set to rip the trails of The Alicia Panoramic Park (TAPP), Kinatkatay is the second in the XTERRA quality bike segment race held at the rolling hills of Cambaol where the trails get one to one of Bohol’s most panoramic top of the mountain sights.

TAPP is also the venue for the first TAPP Trail Run, which could be the first of the series of annual battle of wills and endurance among off road trail runners.

The first Kinatkatay sa Binabaje held last year attracted cross country and enduro mountain-bike enthusiasts from across the region, and this year organizers expect a larger group.

Interested bikers can contact organizers at Alicia Unfolds on Facebook for details. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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