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    Filipino-Asian Fusion Resto Opens in Regatta Square

    By James Murillo Elaco

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY –  A new culinary gem to its vibrant food scene, Project A Restaurant nestles in the heart of Regatta Square, Pueblo IT Park, promising a unique dining experience with its innovative Filipino-Asian fusion cuisine.

    The project A’s name is derived from something heartfelt: the initials of all his children whose names all commence with letter ‘A’. With this point of personalization, a warm and friendly environment is set for patrons to embark on an unrivaled culinary voyage.

    Project A Restaurant’s signature dish: Eli’s Pancit, a flavorful noodle sensation, and peanut butter smoothie and latte, perfect for satisfying both sweet and savory cravings.

    The first distinct feature about this restaurant is its dynamic menu which changes every quarter to represent Asia’s different tastes. Ranging from fiery seasoning that typifies Thai dishes to mild scents associated with Japanese cookery, Project A has gathered a selection of foods that illustrate the rich culinary heritage of Asia meant to indulge their clients’ taste buds.

    Project A also provides additional services to enhance customer experience while dining. For instance there is free parking for up-to thirty vehicles hence making it easy for customers to drive into the place where they can find it stress-free. Additionally one may make a table reservation using Project A’s Facebook and Instagram pages where contacts are always given thus facilitating easy communication especially for tech-savvy individuals.

    Sip and savor perfection with Project A Restaurant’s exquisite coffee creations, brewed to elevate your dining experience to new heights.

    This is not only because it has free Wi-Fi for first hour but also because they offer an opportunity where guests can share snapshots of what they have ordered or enjoy streaming music. For those who want to hold special events like birthdays, Project A accommodates private functions ensuring each gathering remains unforgettable and customized.

    Their signature dishes include Eli’s Pancit, a mouth-watering noodle containing various flavors and peanut butter smoothie and latte which cater both sweet toothed and savory fans.

    Experience culinary magic at Project A Restaurant’s open kitchen, where transparency meets tantalizing flavors.

    One of the unique things about Project A Restaurant is its open kitchen concept, inviting diners to witness the culinary magic firsthand. Here, guests can watch the cooking process unfold and observe the meticulous cleanliness maintained in the preparation of each dish, fostering a sense of transparency and trust.

    Opening hours from 6 am to 12 midnight make Project A an ideal place for breakfast-loving early birds and as well as for night owls midnight snacks. (JME/OB)

    Bagong Pilipinas Serbisyo Fair to bring over P286-M worth of services, aid to CDO

    By Recthie T. Paculba, PIA-10

    CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA) — Boosting efforts to implement an all-inclusive plan for economic and social transformation, the Bagong Pilipinas Serbisyo Fair (BPSF), to be led by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., is set to launch here on May 16–17, bringing over P286 million worth of services and aid, including P180 million in cash assistance, to over 30,000 families, farmers, and fisherfolk who are greatly affected by the pandemic.

    “This is not the end of the Bagong Pilipinas Serbisyo Fair because, in the succeeding days, magpadayon ang pagbubo og ayuda ug programa dinhi sa Cagayan de Oro hangtud matapos ang tuig (aid and programs will continue to pour here in Cagayan de Oro until the end of the year). So, this is just the beginning,” said Deputy Secretary General Sofonias “Ponyong” Gabonada of the House of Representatives during the BPSF press conference on May 15. 

    The 17th leg of the fair throughout the country will be held at multiple venues, including the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) Gym, Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras Memorial Hall, West Central Elementary School, and Pimentel Convention Center.

    Over 213 services from 38 participating national government agencies will be offered, encompassing social, health, agricultural, livelihood, educational, and other essential services. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will handle the payout to over 26,000 individual AICS beneficiaries across Cagayan de Oro City, amounting to P168 million.

    Dako kaayo nga garbo sa atong syudad nga ma-host ang not just the president of our republic but also the House of Representatives. Kung atong hunahunaon, muabot og 35,000–40,000 Kagay-anons ang maserbisyohan ani nga event in just two days, so grabe gyud kaayo ni nga blessings para sa atoa,” said Cagayan de Oro City First District Rep. Lordan Suan, who also serves as the event’s local host.

    (It is our city’s great pride to host not just the president of our republic but also the House of Representatives. If we think about it, 35,000–40,000 Kagay-anons will be served at this event in just two days, so this is really a great blessing for us.)

    One of the fair’s highlights is the Cash Assistance and Rice Distribution (CARD) Program, which targets 3,000 beneficiaries and provides P2,000 in cash and 25kg of premium rice per beneficiary. House Speaker Martin Romualdez will also distribute 200,000 kilograms of rice to identified beneficiaries, reinforcing his commitment to aid amid rising rice prices. The CARD Program will take place at the West Central Elementary School Gym on May 16.

    The Start-up, Investments, Business Opportunities, and Livelihood (SIBOL) Program, which will support 3,000 micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) business owners with P5,000 in financial assistance and 5kg of rice each, will take place at the West Central Elementary School Gym on May 17.

    In terms of assistance to learners, 2,000 tertiary and vocational education students will receive P2,000 every six months, as well as additional scholarships through the Integrated Scholarships and Incentives Programme (ISIP).

    To further provide the public with a deeper understanding and appreciation of nationalism and nation-building among Filipinos, BPSF will also highlight the Unlad Pinas Program and Pagkakaisa Concert, which is a free concert at the Pelaez Sports Complex on May 17 and is expected to draw a crowd of at least 10,000 people.

    With over 41 confirmed district and party-list representatives across all regions, the BPSF Cagayan de Oro leg is a significant event, highlighting the government’s commitment to bringing essential services directly to the people. (RTP/PIA-10)

    NUSTAR to host grand opening weekend of Cebu Food and Wine Festival 2024

    Themed “Taste Cebu,” the Cebu Food and Wine Festival 2024 is set to delight all senses and celebrate the rich culinary heritage of Cebu this whole month of June. This multisensory gastronomic experience will showcase the best of Cebu’s produce, people, and places.

    Spread across Metro Cebu and Mactan Island, the month-long festival will host over 60 pocket events, featuring over 40 restaurants, 20 hotels, 27 national chefs, and 10 mixologists. The grand opening weekend, taking place at NUSTAR Resort Cebu on June 1-2, 2024, will offer attendees a chance to indulge in immersive tasting zones, action stations by renowned chefs, and world-class entertainment.

    Joining the opening weekend are esteemed industry experts and suppliers, who will be demonstrating the golden standards of gastronomy. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the diverse landscapes of Cebu through three distinct tasting zones: Wave, Peak, and Warmth, each representing different facets of Cebuano culture and cuisine.

    The Wave Tasting Zone captures the freshness of coastal living with delectable offerings such as Cordova’s bakasi bonbons (saltwater eel and potato cakes).

    Meanwhile, the Peak Tasting Zone offers the comforting embrace of the mountains through dishes like Cebu City’s tuslob buwa and chicken proven arancini (pandan rice stuffed with pig’s brain, served with crispy chicken proventriculus).

    Finally, the Warmth Tasting Zone presents Cebu’s pulsating nightlife through dishes like Borbon’s tuba-marinated saang sisig tacos (coconut wine-marinated conch shell sisig served in corn tortillas with local chilies and red onions).

    Among the featured chefs are Chef Sau del Rosario, renowned as “The Godfather of Philippine Cuisine” for his mastery of Kapampangan dishes; Chef David Thien, a luminary in the culinary world who has left an indelible mark on the Michelin scene with his innovative approach to French cuisine infused with Asian flavors; and Chef Lisa Revilla-Thien, a highly acclaimed chef formerly at the helm of The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar in Singapore by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges. 

    Attendees can look forward to cocktail hour during the opening program, as well as an exclusive press conference with Department of Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco, a media preview, and a showcase of Cebu’s delicacies. The official opening ceremony will be led by Frasco and other dignitaries.

    Tickets for the event are available for purchase, with an early bird discount of 10% offered until May 10, 2024. Prices for a one-day pass are Php2,000 for food only and Php3,500 for food and beverage. NUSTAR Rewards Club members can also avail event passes through points redemption.

    Experience Cebu’s vibrant food scene firsthand at the Taste Cebu: Food and Wine Festival 2024, which is hosted in cooperation with IQOS and Vino Enoteca.

    For more information and ticket inquiries, please contact NUSTAR via email at events@nustar.com.ph or via mobile number 0999 995 7512. In addition, patrons can also purchase tickets online through https://premier.ticketworld.com.ph/.

    MangKiko’s Cacao joins International Food Expo 2024

    MANGKIKO’s Cacao: A Taste of Tradition.
    It started in the year 2019, as they discovered a unique take on chocolate tableya.

    Through various innovations we have then be able to formulate new products made from their locally-sourced cacao beans, starting from tableya up until they had ice creams in decadent cacao flavors and even a brandy cocktail.
    MangKiko’s Cacao is more than just chocolate; it’s a journey into Filipino flavors.

    They begin with pure, locally-sourced cacao beans from Claveria and Bukidnon and then transform them into a range of delightful treats.
    International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines 2024, the biggest international trade exhibition for food and ingredients in the country, took place on May 10 to 12 at the World Trade Center, showcasing export-ready quality products from hundreds of exhibitors and key players in the food community, most especially innovative homegrown products.

    Headed by the Center for International Trade Missions and Expositions (CITEM), which pushes the country’s small-medium enterprises (SMEs) to become major players in the export industry, IFEX Philippines aims to further develop its platform to make local food companies more competitive, stable and sustainable, amid challenges in the global food market.

    More than just a food and ingredients trade show, IFEX Philippines 2024 also seeks to create recognition and networking opportunities between local businesses and international buyers, importers and retailers.

    The Mall | NUSTAR: The new luxuryshopping destination in the Philippines

    As the newest luxury shopping destination in the country and the first and only of its kind in the Visayas and Mindanao, The Mall | NUSTAR Cebu offers an exceptional retail experience tailored to the discerning taste of its esteemed clientele.

    At The Mall, guests can explore a curated selection of top global luxury fashion and retail brands. From iconic fashion houses now open such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Celine, Bulgari and Saint Laurent to popular brands such as Givenchy, Burberry, Loewe, Tory Burch, Off-White, BOSS, and multi-brand store UNIVERS, The Mall boasts a host of upscale boutiques and specialty stores under one roof. Upcoming additions to the luxury mall will include Tiffany, Gucci, Balenciaga, Ferragamo, Montblanc, KENZO, Porsche Design, RIMOWA, Versace, and more.

    From designer handbags to statement-making apparel, each brand is committed to personalized service and premium quality, ensuring that every interaction exceeds expectations and every product meets the highest standards.

    Whether customers are seeking the perfect ensemble for a special occasion or simply indulging in a well-deserved shopping spree, The Mall offers an unrivaled selection of luxury goods.

    As The Mall expands its offerings with additional brands and amenities, it continues to deliver on its promise of unparalleled luxury retail to Cebu and the rest of the Philippines, making every visit to NUSTAR an experience of sheer indulgence.

    Visit https://nustar.ph/themall/  for more information on the latest mall offerings.


    MANILA, PH – (April 2024) 
    – Sun Life Philippines, the No. 1 life insurance company in the country in terms of premium income[1], net income[2], and total assets[3], is hosting a series of recruitment events for Financial Advisors called the Live Brighter Forum in select cities nationwide.

    The series of Live Brighter Forums aims to amplify “The Next Big Gig”, a campaign that invites Millennials and Gen Zs to become a Sun Life Financial Advisor as their next income generating gig. It will kick off at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on April 27, and continues at the Zuri Hotel in Iloilo City on May 11, SMX Convention Center at Pasay City on May 18, and Laus Group Events Centre in San Fernando, Pampanga on June 15.

    Potential candidates joining the event can expect to learn more about how being a Sun Life Financial Advisor can give them unlimited income opportunities, the freedom of time, and help develop a sense of purpose as they help their clients achieve a more secure and brighter life. Real-life stories from Sun Life Financial Advisors will also be shared.

    Attendees can also participate in activity booths that simulate the experiences of a Sun Life Financial Advisor. These include the “Next Big Quiz,” a quiz booth that challenges the attendees’ knowledge on life insurance; the “Next Big Destination,” an international-themed photo wall which represents the travel incentives of Sun Life advisors; and the “Next Big Project,” a booth that showcases the advisors’ corporate social responsibility activities where participants can also vote on the project advisors should support next. Exclusive Sun Life merchandise and other exciting prizes await those who will give the booths a try.

    Those interested to join any of the Live Brighter Forums can get in touch with a Sun Life advisor or visit www.sunlife.co/gig to know more.

    About Sun Life

    Sun Life is a leading international financial services organization providing asset management, wealth, insurance and health solutions to individual and institutional Clients. Sun Life has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of September 30, 2023, Sun Life had total assets under management of CAD 1.34 trillion. For more information, please visit www.sunlife.com.

    Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

    Strong Travel Demand Drives Cebu PacificProfit to More Than Double in Q1 

    Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), the Philippines’ leading carrier, generated P25.3 billion in revenue for the first quarter of 2024, a 21% increase from the previous year. 

    Passenger business grew strongly, generating almost P18 billion in revenue, which was 25% higher year-on-year. From January to March, CEB flew over 5.5 million passengers, marking a 14% increase from the same period last year, and a 3% increase from the preceding quarter. 

    Growth was supported by returning travelers over the Christmas holidays and Easter break, as well as other Philippine festivals and events.  This was coupled by higher frequencies on popular destinations, and the expansion of international footprint through the launch of 
    Manila – Danang route.

    Ancillary business generated over P6.2 billion in revenue, 14% higher year-on-year, likewise driven by higher passenger count. The cargo business also showed improvement from last year as CEB carried 35 million kilos of cargo, 16% higher year-on-year. This generated almost P1.3 billion revenue, 11% higher than the same period last year.

    Operating expenses totaled almost P23 billion, up 15% year-on-year, driven by the increase in flying operations and fleet-related expenses. Compared to the same period last year, CEB flew 14% more flights. Further, we had 17 more aircraft in the fleet, to improve its operational resilience and reliability while maintaining growth. 

    CEB recorded an operating income of P2.6 billion for the first quarter, a 114% growth year-on-year. Likewise, net income grew 108% over the same period last year, reaching over P2.2 billion.

    “As Cebu Pacific steps into 2024, the airline is committed to sustaining the positive momentum it has started in the past year. Given its widest network in the Philippines, with over 35 domestic and 24 international destinations, we will continue our mission to provide safe, reliable, and affordable flights to every Juan,” said Cebu Pacific Chief Financial Officer Mark Cezar.   

    Doctor Fry: Affordable and Tasty Flavored Fried Chicken in Uptown CDO

    WHY settle for less when you can have boneless? That is the essence behind the products of Doctor Fry.

    Doctor Fry always ensures that the fried chicken you get are totally boneless. They are available in various flavors – original, spicy, yangnyeom, yangnyeom spicy, salted egg, sour cream, snow cheese and garlic parmesan.

    Doctor Fry also sells whole boneless fried chicken too!
    Located along Masterson Avenue this city, Doctor Fry is best available in Grab and Messenger from Monday to Saturday (12:00 till 9:00 p.m.)
    Everyday is fryday with Doctor Fry!

    Nobska Breezeway – your stylish getaway in the wilderness

    DISCOVER for yourself what so many people all over Misamis Oriental are talking about — Nobska Breezeway Mountain Sanctuary! Just upon entering the resort’s lush landscape, you will right away feel your heart pounding and breathing wider, awed by the cool mist grazing your cheeks, and by the greenery in their sprawling grounds with the majestic Mount Balatukan standing mighty and high as if providing the perfect background for this mesmerizing stage of uniquely-inspired architecture accentuated by beautiful gardens and a prayer mountain!

    Located at Purok 6, San Isidro, Lunotan, Gingoog City (only 2-Kilometers away from Route-955 at the CIVOLEG Crossing), Nobska Breezeway’s primary offering is their modern, very cozy and classy Bungalows for Night or Day accommodations for a very affordable rental of P4,000 per Bungalow good for 10 Guests already, although it is so spacious that you can probably still add 2-3 more Guests for P400 per Extra Person. They do not allow Mixed-Rates Booking within the same group, so if you like the Bungalow style, you pay the Bungalow rate for all of the people in your group even if some of you may end up sleeping in Tents on the Bungalow Patio. If you just want Grounds camping and no one in your group is staying in the Bungalows, you can pay the lesser price of P300 per Person.

    Don’t worry — They provide Tents, Sleeping Bags, Blankets, Foam, for those who wish to sleep among nature’s sounds and under the night sky!! They have accommodated up to 50pax, and they also offer Exclusive Use of the entire resort for a reasonable package price.

    And yes, they have complete kitchen gadgets/utensils, pots & pans, and a freezer. You gotta experience grilling your favorite ‘sugbahon’ in their huge open-concept (but roofed) double grill kitchenettes in the Bungalow area!!! You can bring your own food — or choose to cook there — at no extra charge. You can bring Lechon (you cannot cook it there). You can bring alcohol and some minimal sound system, but you gotta observe their Quiet Hours of 10pm-6am. And no drinks or foods inside or along their pools. If you see posts of folks holding drinks while inside the pool it is just for pa posing-posing lang 🙂

    But if your gang don’t wish to stay overnight, the Day Picnic option is also available at only P200 per Person. They will provide the tables & chairs, of course, which can be set up around their pools or anywhere on their charming landscape that you may fancy spreading your picnic blanket!

    All the rates mentioned above do not include any Meals, but what is important to note is that these Rates do include Free Use of the pools, firepits and grill kitchenettes. And they have NO ENTRANCE FEE. Makes it so simple, you don’t have to worry about multiple charges for whatever!! That’s what’s so cool about Nobska Breezeway, they really strive to keep it simple and easy for folks to vacation and relax…and breathe in authentic fresh air, with extras such as all-day rolling fogs spraying mists on what a beautiful gem in the middle of wilderness!!!

    Nobska Breezeway – Indeed a place of Beauty and Solace! Truly, it will be Your Stylish Getaway in the Wilderness! Book now! Contact their FB Business page or @Jing Bells (Bagsican-Umali) or @Rhona Pupos 09958191198.