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Converse’s Chucks for a Cause

At least 19 candidates from the 2016 Miss Universe competition lent their time and creativity to produce customized Converse sneakers to be auctioned for the Positive Action Foundation.  A foundation supported by the Ms Universe organization, Positive Action Foundation is devoted into helping individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families particularly those who are displaced from their employment due to HIV phenomenon.

The candidates who participated are Ms. Angola Luisa Baptista, Ms. Belgium Stephanie Geldhof, Ms. Belize Rebecca Rath, Ms. Brazil Raissa Santana, Ms. Bulgaria Violina Ancheva, Ms. Cayman Islands Monyque Brooks, Ms. Costa Rica Carolina Duran, Ms. Germany Johanna Acs, Ms. Guatemala Virgina Argueta, Ms. Iceland Hildur Maria, Ms. Mexico Kristal Silva, Ms. Netherlands Zoey Ivory, Ms. Nicaragua Marina Jacoby, Ms. Panama Keity Drennan, Ms. Paraguay Andrea Melgarejo, Ms. Philippines Maxine Medina, Ms. Russia Yuliana Korolkova, Ms. Thailand Chalita Suansane and Ms. Uruguay Magdalena Cohendent.

Beauty pageant patrons and Chucks collectors will get a chance to own personalized Chucks of one of the participating candidates through a silent bid auction. Bidders may submit their bids, names and contact details thru the information officer in the mall exhibit of the shoes or thru a private message at the Converse Facebook page. Starting bid for all pairs is at $50 USD or Php 2,500.

See the personalized pairs at the exhibits in the following dates and venues:

  • March 10-12: Gaisano Mall of Tagum and Gaisano Mall of Toril
  • March 17-19: Gaisano Mall of Davao and Gaisano Mall of Digos
  • March 24-26: Robinsons Galleria Cebu and Robinsons Santiago Isabela

For more info, visit or #ConversePHx65MissUniverse

Win P300k Shopping Spree, P1M Journey When you Deposit in Maybank

Would you like to go on a trip to the US worth P1million or any other destination in the world? Or how about spending P300,000 in a shopping spree in any place or shop of your preference?

“Maybank clients can experience these adventures of a lifetime with the iSave. iShop. iFly Promo. By simply turning deposits into a chance to win wonderful adventures, saving becomes delightful,” said Donna Michelle Barroga, Head of Marketing of Maybank Philippines.

In addition, she said, winners of the iSave.iShop.iFly promo can customize how they want to enjoy their prize, giving them the flexibility to create their own travel or shopping package. All these are made possible simply by opening an iSave account. All Maybank iSave Accounts will earn one raffle entry for every Php 10,000 month-to-date average daily balance maintained in their accounts from February 1 to July 31, 2019.

They will be automatically registered for the draw and will be informed through SMS. All iSave Accounts will continue to earn raffle entries until the end of the promo, Barroga said.

There will be three preliminary draws with three winners each of a shopping spree worth Php 300,000, Php 200,000, and Php 100,000, and there will be one (1) grand draw winner who will win a trip to the U.S.A. or any preferred destination worth Php 1,000,000, TAX FREE.  iSave depositors can join in all raffle draws, but can only win once per draw.

Vincent Dexter Go, Head of Virtual Banking of Maybank, explained “Opening an iSave savings account in the Maybank2U PH app makes it easier for every Filipino to get a bank account.”  iSave as an online only savings account that can be applied through the Maybank2U PH App. The Maybank account is convenient and hassle-free because one can open it without going to a branch.

Moreover, the account is affordable.

Go explained that there is no initial deposit and zero maintaining balance. The client earns interest of 0.25% per annum at PHP 20,000 balance. He or she can withdraw from any BancNet ATM in the Philippines for free.  The account is accessible via any Maybank ATM in Malaysia, Singapore, and Cambodia with no charge and can enjoy better conversion rates. It comes with an EMV Enabled ATM, thus very secure. The client enjoys banking transactions online via the Maybank2U PH App.

So iSave now and get to create delightful memories with Maybank.

EVO Nature Camp, Cebu’s Newest Adventure-Based Camp

In today’s world of modern technology, people need to take a break from all their hectic work schedules and the energy-consuming high demands of city living to enjoy and find adventure in the outdoors. And where else is the best place to unwind, relax, meditate and experience laid-back life even just for a few hours?

Sleepaway camps, parks, nature-centered recreational facilities are today’s favorite destinations for Cebuanos. Many of us even consider going through all the hassle of travelling outside Cebu City—all in the name of peace and tranquility. Some even go as far north like Baguio or Tagaytay.

But Cebuanos now need not travel far from home just to be close to nature since Cebu’s newest adventure-based nature camp, Evo Nature Camp, has already opened their doors to the public last January 11, 2020, with the goal of bringing people and nature together through their plethora of outdoor activities which everyone can enjoy.

The newly-opened 4.5-hectare nature camp, located in the picturesque countryside setting of Gaas, Balamban, is the best place to satisfy one’s growing need of escaping the stress and anxiety of city living. Only 32 kilometers away from Cebu City and with travel time estimated at 45 minutes, you’ll finally get to experience nature at its finest in this latest escapade!

During their soft opening last Saturday, Evo Nature Camp owner Edwin Ortiz, disclosed the upcoming activities and future plans they have at hand for the developing camp.

“We came up with this kind of recreational venue to promote Gaas and one day, put in the map as a top destination for nature-enthusiasts at the same time, we are helping the locals get employed,” he stated in a sitdown interview with the media.

Evo Nature Camp is a great venue for outdoor sports activities. In fact, the place is designed for trekking, rapelling, camping and glamping or glamorous camping—another prospect addition to its offerings wherein big tents will be put up together with nice beds, food and some snacks to go with it,” he added.

While the market for glamping are millennials, young professionals and families, the target for Evo Nature Camp’s future big camping site are elementary and high school students.

Ortiz shared that they are eyeing educational institutions as their target market since schools conduct camping activities such as summer camp for the students and the place is a great camping site.

As of the time being, the area for camping is still on developmental status and what is offered are camping in the gazebos.

The Grill House offers bbq, grilled specialties, corn soup, pumpkin soup, fruit shakes, etc.

Around 40,000 flower plants and 2,509 Pine Trees and Giant Ferns have been planted in the property.

The traditional ribbon cutting to officially open Evo Nature Camp last January 11 was spearheaded by Owner Edwin Ortiz and family, together with Balamban Mayor Alex Binghay, Congressman Pablo John Garcia, and Gaas Barangay Captain William Genel. The event was also witnessed by the senior high school students from the University of San Jose-Recoletos Balamban Campus, guests and friends from the local media.

Food from Cebu towns, cooking battle at the Capitol

Eleven Cebu towns vying for cooking glory clashed last 18 to 19 at the Cebu Provincial Capitol for the 2017 “Eats Meets West”, an annual cooking event organized by the Provincial Government through the Provincial Tourism Office.

Eats Meets West is the output of the Cebu Community-based Ecotourism Project of the Provincial Government that was started in 2015. It was intended to help develop authenticity and pride of place highlighting the value of local cuisine

The grand opening took place on November 16 in Tuburan town, which showcased its homegrown coffee.

On November 17, a whole-day “Food Forum” was held at the Capitol Social Hall, with seven experts taking on topics like the ancient diets of Cebuanos, what Cebuano cooking really is, healing with food, organic farming, and design for food. The speakers were Dr. Ame Garong of the National Museum, Mike “Chef Tatung” Sarthou, Teresa Ruelas, Eleonor Rivera, Vince Cinches, Cristino Villamor, and Manila’s Ige Ramos. The forum, which was open to the public, was attended by 265 guests.

The “Food Festival” also started on the same day, November 17, with different stalls located at the back of the main Capitol building offering different foods from several Cebu towns. The 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. food festival lasted up to November 19.

The culinary competition took take place in the next two days, or on November 18-19, with the towns competing for the honor to be adjudged as having the best appetizer, welcome drink, dessert, main course, welcome lei, pasalubong, table set-up, and packaging.

The towns also competed to come up with the “best interpretation” of a Cebuano recipe from a 1923 cookbook of Maria “Señora Inday” Fadullon Rallos.

One special highlight of the event was the cooking demo by Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, who prepared her version of the leche flan.

She said the dessert holds a special place in her heart as it was the dessert she prepared for her husband right after their honeymoon .

Her tip on how to come up with the best leche flan? “Always, you put love into your cooking,” she said.



Launching this Fall/Winter 2016, Chuck II Leads Converse Footwear Against the Wet Weather With Canvas, Leather and Rubber

Converse is taking wet weather head-on this season, combining classic sneaker designs with premium weatherized features, with the debut of the Fall/Holiday 2016 Converse Counter Climate Footwear Collection. The new collections provide the necessary tools to combat the climate shifts while emphasizing essential weather-beating benefits. The innovative sneaker collections feature a bold mix of colors and materials including water repellent canvas, rubber and leather, and waterproof neoprene. Divided into three unique categories: Shield Canvas, Leather and Rubber– these collections are intended to stand up against the unpredictable inclement weather.

Each sneaker has been treated to help tackle rainy weather while maintaining comfort and style. The Converse Counter Climate Shield Canvas sneakers have been given a DWR (durable water repellant) treatment, standing guard as the first line of defense against the rain.

For the holiday season, both new and time-honored styles endure the harsh elements with the Counter Climate Rubber collection. These rubber sneakers are winter-ready with water resistant material and heat retention.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Shield Canvas

Designed for the Chuck Taylor lover who can’t give up their Chucks no matter what the weather, the new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Shield Canvas sneaker combines the enhanced comfort of a Lunarlon sockliner, non-slip padded tongue and micro-suede lining with materials that can also withstand most climate challenges. Converse has added a water repellent Shield Canvas and a gusseted tongue, as well as removing the medial eyelets to make a durable sneaker that is ready for wet and rainy adventures. The sneakers also feature reflective heel webbing and barrel laces for added visibility in low light environments.

Available colors: Black/Volt, Black/Reflective, White/Lava, Black

Suggested retail price: Php 4,550

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Rubber

Another iteration of the Chuck II will also be releasing this fall – the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Rubber. By incorporating a transparent rubber overlay on the iconic Chuck II silhouette, this allows for the sneaker to breathe while repelling water and protecting feet from the elements. The sneaker includes all the features and benefits of the Chuck II such as a Lunarlon sockliner and a non-slip padded tongue, while adding a beautifully crafted dimensional canvas for breathability, micro-perforated leather lining for comfort, and a heat reflecting barrier at the footbed for warmth.

Available Colors:

Suggested retail price: Php 5,430

Converse Cons One Star Shield Canvas

This season, the Converse Cons Star also receives the Shield Canvas treatment, combining the enhanced comfort of a Lunarlon sockliner with a lightweight and breathable canvas that can also withstand the rain. Added features include a gusseted tongue and removed medial eyelets allowing the sneaker to tolerate wet environments. Traction rubber has also been incorporated to the outsole, providing additional grip.

Available colors: Black, White, Obsidian

Suggested retail price: Php 4,250

Converse Jack Purcell Signature Twill Shield Canvas

The Converse Jack Purcell Signature collection introduces a thicker Shield Canvas with a water repellent finish, and a tri-color reflective heel stay. A mesh lining backing the shield canvas regulates temperatures across a range of climates while still keeping the sneaker breathable. Reflective laces add flare while a gusseted tongue construction will prevent water from seeping into the dual pod Nike Zoom Air insole technology.

Available colors: Inked, Natural

Suggested retail price: Php 5,590


Converse Jack Purcell Signature M-Series

This fall, Converse introduces a high top silhouette combined with Counter Climate Shield Canvas. Warm, durable and water-repellent, it delivers all-day, on-the-go comfort. The Shield Canvas complements features like Lunarlon insole cushioning, heat regulating mesh lining and a tri-color reflective heel tab for enhanced visibility in low light.

Available Colors: Hot Cocoa, Black

Suggested retail price: Php 5,430


Converse Essentials

The collection features quality and durable everyday basics for your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Constructed for comfort and fit, the Converse Essentials collection will get softer with time. Each piece includes a natural color fade of fabric with long-term wear, durable stitching, and a managed shrinkage fit that remains the same throughout the lifespan. The collection includes the Converse Essentials Tee, Converse Essentials Pullover Hoodie, Converse Essentials Full Zip Hoodie and Converse Essentials Jogger.

Available Colors: Black. Grey, Obsidian, Egret

Suggested retail price: Ranges from Php 899.75 to Php 3,339.75

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The new Fall/Holiday 2016 Converse Counter Climate Footwear Collection and Essentials are now available at Converse stores nationwide. Visit or for more! #ConversePHCounterClimate


Activate Amazon Prime Video in a Few Easy Steps

Globe Postpaid customers enjoy six months of Amazon Prime Video

Globe customers can get six months of Amazon Prime Video access compliments of Globe, with a postpaid plan. With this offer, Globe customers can watch movies and TV shows on Prime Video, including critically acclaimed and award-winning Prime Original series like Homecoming, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Grand Tour, Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, an all new season of The Man in the High Castle, and more.

All new and existing Globe Postpaid customers will be eligible for a six-month subscription (up to P150/monthly value) to Amazon Prime Video, which comes with Twitch Prime. After six months of Prime Video on us, you will be charged P150/month for the next six months, and subscription renews at P300/month on the seventh month and thereafter.

Stream all of these shows and more legally with Globe as it strengthens its commitment to the #PlayItRight advocacy against piracy. This allows Globe customers to enjoy some of the best TV shows and movies from legitimate sources and recognized platforms only.

Subscribe to Amazon Prime Video and activate your six-month access today. Watch the video to learn how to activate. Stay updated on the latest news by following Globe on Facebook and Twitter.


Greetings from WOFEX Visayas! Considered one of the best destinations in the Philippines, CEBU CITY or “The Queen City of the South,” is known for its Sinulog Festival, friendly and hospitable people, and great opportunities for the culinary fares.

In 2018, WOFEX launches its 12th year with its regional show in Cebu City. WOFEX Visayas 2018 is powered by the country’s biggest and most important exposition, WORLD FOOD EXPO (WOFEX)! This is your assurance of a focused , well promoted run event that produces quality result not only through its exhibition but also through WOFEX University that offers advanced learning from the best speakers in the industry.

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WOFEX University ​i​​d​esigned to provide advanced education to both the industry and academe, WOFEX University offer excellent learning opportunities on trends and technique not always available from formal schooling.

World Food Expo Visayas and WOFEX University Cebu​ on April 12-14​, 2018, at Cebu Trade Hall, SM City Cebu. We will be bringing you the leading brands of suppliers and businesses locally and international exhibitors together with the diverse tracks to help improved professional competence and skills in the F&B industry. For Inquiries feel free to contact 0998-957-4697 or 0917-702-6369.

Globe, DQ Institute, DepEd collaborate to nurture digital intelligence in public schools


Globe Telecom, in partnership with the DQ Institute and the Department of Education, are leading the way in nurturing digital intelligence in the country. With more and more Filipino having access to the internet and smartphones, there is a growing need for discerning online citizens nationwide.

The commitment of Globe, the DQ Institute, and DepEd includes measurement of the digital intelligence quotient (DQ) of our youth through pilot surveys in public schools around the country. The study will serve as a benchmark to nurture and improve our digital intelligence as a nation.

In conjunction with the research, Globe continues its push for increased digital literacy and online responsibility in schools through two key programs. Through the Global Filipino Schools (GFS) Program, every DepEd division in the country is provided a teacher training hub to bring 21st century learning in public schools through technology. The program equips one showcase school per division with free internet connectivity, mobile ICT equipment for learning, and teacher training on ICT integration in the classroom. Currently, there are 143 GFS learning institutions in 15 out of 18 regions around the country. Next year, Globe aims to bring the GFS Program to all 18 divisions.

The showcase schools, in turn, train teachers in neighboring schools on 21st century learning approaches through technology. Also, through the company’s Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP), students and teachers are provided free workshops on responsible digital citizenship. Workshops cover principles on online safety and security, online etiquette and responsibility, online leadership and empowerment, and how to identify false information from credible information online.

As part of the partnership, Globe will be undertaking a DQ test in 12 schools under the telco’s GFS program. The test is part of a national study to determine and measure the digital intelligence of kids in public schools in the Philippines. DQ is defined as the sum of technical, mental and social competencies essential to digital life. It encompasses the skills and values that are needed to thrive as responsible netizens to answer the demands of the digital era. These skills empower citizens to have ethical and responsible use of technology, an attribute that marks the leaders of tomorrow.

Globe thus becomes the first telco in the Philippines to help conduct this test that will gauge the DQ of the public education sector. Upon completion, the results of the survey will be used as benchmark of cyber-risk exposure and digital citizenship level of students in the Philippines. This will provide Globe first-hand data to help it further improve the area of digital learning among GFS school members through its DTP. It can also provide the opportunity to discover new ways or modules for learning.

The national study is part of an international DQ Study, the preliminary results of which shall be presented during the 2018 World Economic Forum to be held in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.

The study is derived from DQ (, an online education platform that teaches Digital Citizenship Skills to kids aged 8 to 12 in order to empower them to become discerning digital citizens. DQ World was developed by the DQ Institute, an international think-tank committed to improving digital education, culture and innovation through cross-sector collaborations, global dialog and big data research. It is a spin-off group from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and Infollution Zero in South Korea, formed as a coalition in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.

“Globe Telecom is supporting DQ Institute in determining the digital intelligence quotient of the Philippines through the multinational DQ Study. This enables us to create new learning techniques to elevate the learning experience of children in the Philippines. Through our Global Filipino Schools, we will be able to help more students adopt to the new digital environment and help shape the future leaders in our country,” said Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto.

“We strongly believe that the cultivation of digital intelligence will help lead children of today to become not only capable citizens in, but also passionate and innovative leaders of, tomorrow’s digital economy. We’re glad to bring the Study to the Philippines and we invite all government and ICT leaders here to partner with us to bring award-winning digital intelligence education to primary school students,” says Dr Yuhyun Park, founder of the DQ Institute.

There are eight core DQ citizenship skills that children must be equipped with:

  • Digital Citizen Identity, which is the ability to build and manage a healthy congruent identity both online and offline with integrity.
  • Screen Time Management, which helps kids manage their time in front of the screen—multitasking and engaging in online games and social media with appropriate self-control.
  • Cyber Bullying Management, which is the ability to detect cyberbullying situations and handle them wisely.
  • Cyber Security Management, which is the process of protecting sensitive data through the creation of strong passwords and managing various cyberattacks.
  • Privacy Management, which is the ability to handle with discretion all personal information shared online for full protection of one’s and others’ privacy.
  • Critical Thinking, which is the ability to distinguish between true and false information, good and harmful content, and trustworthy and questionable contacts online.
  • Digital Footprint Management, which is about learning and understanding the nature of digital footprints and their real-life consequences and how to manage them responsibly.
  • Digital Empathy, which is being empathetic to the needs and feelings of the kids, as well as that of other users, online.


Century Tuna Superbod 2020 Go-See Cebu

The Century Tuna Superbods is considered to be the hottest and sought-after event this summer with over 1 Million Prizes at stake.

One male and one female will be declared this year’s Superbods and Century Tuna’s next image models, winning ₱ 500,000 each plus other exciting perks.

The Cebu leg of the Century Tuna Superbods wrapped up successfully at the Seda Hotel Cebu. It was attended by Century Tuna Marketing Director Carlo Endaya along with Century Tuna Superbod 2012 Grand winner John Spainhour, PC&V Associate Creative Director Ms. Soc Fajardo and local Cebuano bloggers and media.

Over 20 participants auditioned for the Cebu Century Tuna Superbods 2020 go-see and they are all vying for the ultimate crown. Here are some of the Cebuano hopefuls during the Cebu Go-See.

Are you healthy? Are you sexy? Are you a Superbod? You can still catch up with the Manila-leg of Century Tuna Go-see on Feb 22-23 at the SM Megamall Fashion Hall. Check the mechanics below.


  1. Open to males and females with Filipino Heritage;
  2. Age limit: 18 to 60 Years Old
  3. With valid Philippines tax identification number (TIN)
  4. Physically fit
  5. Pleasing personality
  6. No prior endorsements from any competing brand
  7. Participant must reside in the Philippines from February 1, 2020 to May 1, 2020
  8. No prior record of public misdemeanor.


  1. Birth certificate
  2. Most recent photo (1 Head Shot and 1 Full Body Shot)
  3. Valid ID and TIN #
  4. Filled out application form
  5. Swimwear (2pc for female & board shorts for male)

Zonta Club of Cebu II Reaps Awards at District Conference

As an organization that seeks to empower women through service and advocacy, Zonta International believes it is important to recognize its clubs and districts for their outstanding service projects that benefit women in their communities. These awards serve to highlight the incredible service work that Zontians perform to improve the lives of women and girls in communities across the globe. The District Awards are given at the end of each biennium at the District Conference and recognizes significant contributions to the empowerment of women and gender equality. Awards are presented to clubs who have accomplished district goals in such areas as advocacy, service, public relations. Zonta Club of Cebu II is an active member of District 17 composed of as 76 clubs with 2,461 members from the Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and Macau.

Members of Zonta Club of Cebu II participated in the District 17 Conference held in Hong Kong in last October 2019 where the club reaped honors for innovative and trailblazing service endeavors for women and children in the community. The club received recognition for the Best Centennial Local Service Project for “Breakthrough behind the Cells”, a series of medical missions that benefited female inmates at the Mandaue City BJMP. It also received an award for the Best Centennial Advocacy Award for the package of activities that marked the annual “18-days of Activism” where different stakeholders took part in symposia and empowering workshops on effective strategies to eliminate Violence against Women (VAW) to encourage broad participation by emphasizing that everyone has a role to play, engaging not just duty-bearers but also other stakeholders especially at the local level.

Since the organizations founding in 1919, Zontians have dedicated the last century to empowering women, both in and outside of Zonta. To celebrate these achievements, Zonta Clubs all over the globe were encouraged to undertake Zonta Centennial projects and Zonta Club of Cebu II was recognized with the Centennial Anniversary – Honour 100 years of Zonta Award for their “100 books for 100 families project and for the Giant Photo Tarp that was displayed at the Ayala Center where 100 women from various sectors in the community called with one voice to “Say No to Violence Against Women and to Say Yes to Gender Equality”.

Not stopping there, Zonta Club of Cebu II garnered the Centennial Leadership Development Award and the top award that recognized the club’s overall contribution to the ideals of Zonta International in Service, Advocacy, Education and Leadership Development, the Centennial Star Club in Excellence Achievement Award – Diamond       Category.           


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