Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A More Beautiful Flawless Cebu ready to serve

The country’s leading clinic for face, body and aesthetic services just marked another milestone as Flawless unveils its new look to residents of the Queen City of the South.

Five years after it debuted, Flawless Cebu, underwent a major make over to sport the chain’s modern and style-forward look. All these in the name of improving the experience and quality of service it offers to Cebuanos.

“Since it opened back in December 2007, our Cebu clinic remains to be one of our best performing clinics,” explains Ms. Rubby Sy, owner and CEO of Flawless. “And as a show of gratitude and appreciation to all Cebuanos for their continued patronage, we thought of updating its look and feel, it being our third largest clinic to date.”  

Situated on the second level of SM City Cebu, the clinic boasts on its warm yet modern interiors, accentuated by the brand’s signature pink tones. In its lobby majestically hangs a custom-made chandelier that tastefully complements the well-lit display of the brand’s popular local and imported beauty products. Its windows are clad with its renowned celebrity endorsers, while the treatment area hosts a series of beds that sits spaciously apart from each other, and houses some of the most advanced aesthetic machines in the country.

Powered by skin professionals, Flawless main thrust lies in its people—it is one of the few brands in the country that has an acclaimed roster of aestheticians and duly licensed doctors in all its clinics. 

“We strive to provide everyone with high quality products and services that are borne out of extensive medical research,” adds Sy. “We really take our business seriously. All the solutions that we provide are at par with those offered by top clinics in the United States, Europe, and Asian countries.”
Founded on the premise of providing Filipinos with accessible world-class aesthetic solutions, Flawless bridges the gap between quality yet affordable products and treatments closer to more Filipinos. The mall-based franchise is now open to franchising to reach out to more patients in need of budget friendly yet superior skin care only from the professionals. 

Today, the brand has over 30 strategically-placed clinics nationwide, with two upcoming openings, Davao and CDO, by the end of the year. To find out more about the Flawless’ products and services, you may call (032) 238-9605 or visit You can also like them on Facebook at FlawlessFaceandBody, and follow them on Twitter at myFlawless.

Resident Evil: Retribution Now Showing 3D IMAX SM Cebu

Resident Evil: Retribution SM IMAX



Digital Theatre 1: THE RAID 2D (R16)
Digital Theatre 2: ANG NAWAWALA 2D (PG13) /THE MISTRESS 2D (R13) 
Digital Theatre 3: RESIDENT EVIL 3D (PG13)

Cinema 5 : RESIDENT EVIL (PG13)
Cinema 6 : THE GRUDGE 3 (PG13)
Cinema 7 : EXPENDABLES 2 (R13)
Digital Theatre 8 : THE MISTRESS 2D (R13)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

“One Claypot House,” serves all-time favorite Southeast Asian cuisines

Newly opened boutique restaurant in Cebu City, “One Claypot  House,” serves all-time favorite Southeast Asian cuisines

Recently opened on May 2012 in Cebu City, boutique-restaurant “One Claypot House” serves a  fusion of various all-time favorite dishes from the Philippines and also from the neighboring  countries of Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.

This quaint-looking shop boasts an excellent, cozy ambiance for families who want a quiet time together, couples who are on romantic dates, and yuppies/teenagers/groupies who wish to catch-up all day long, while enjoying delicious dishes that can be shared together. 

Head cook/Owner and Cebu-based, Winston Desierto, 32, came up with the idea of “One  Claypot House” while working for his hard-earned money in Singapore for almost four years as  an Interior Designer in a furniture shop.  “Being an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) is tiringyet-fun. At the end of the day, you really have to work hard to earn a good pay. This forced me  to save up, to dream big and have a business of my own one day, and do what I really like which is cooking,” says Winston.

Before flying to Singapore, he previously runs his own boutique shop where he does  fashion/wedding ] design and tailoring for various clients including some Cebu socialites and famous personalities. With Winston’s background in design, passion in cooking, and exposure to  Southeast Asian dishes in Singapore, “One Claypot House” came about. Most of the food in the menu are his very own favorites that’s why he worked hard in studying how to cook each one of them.

Located at the very heart of Cebu (#68 Don Gil Garcia St. Capitol Site 6000, Cebu City, Philippines), the restaurant is easily accessible from people working around the areas of Cebu Doctors, Provincial Capitol Building, and even those living within the vicinity.

Contrary to initial perceptions that the dishes in “One Claypot House” are a bit pricy because of the look-and-feel of the place, the meals here are all affordable. Per meal, prices range from P120.00 to P180.00 which is comparable to most restaurants out there.

When you visit, the must-try dishes include the famous “Lah-Lah-Lah Claypot” (Claypot Rice) from Singapore which mixes rice, a staple of most Southeast Asian countries, and pork/chicken and Chinese sausages. Other favorites are: Thailand’s “Sawasdee Noodle Salad” (Glass Noodles) which suits those who wish to try out a sweet-soury-and-spicy noodles; Malaysia’s “Milky Fried Fish Soup,” a healthy, milky soup perfect for health buffs; the “Tempting Seafood Pasta” and the “Super Meatballs” to answer various Pinoys’ pasta cravings.Winston adds, “Our marketing strategy behind the restaurant is through word-of-mouth PR and social media. We are hoping that people can come by our resto, take pictures of themselves while eating our dishes, and upload them on Facebook or blog about it.”  After all, the ambiance of the restaurant and the food here are really worth sharing to other people.

Come by the restaurant to experience a yummy time!
To make reservations, call: +63908-2791498.
Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays (closed on Sundays) from 10 A.M. till 10 P.M.
Address: #68 Don Gil Garcia St., Capitol Site 6000, Cebu City, Philippines
Email: oneclaypothouse@gmail

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Three’s a Charm: Krispy Kreme Opens Third Store in Cebu


They say that the number three is a magical number. If that’s the case, then there’s no stopping Krispy Kreme from making shared moments more magical as it opens its third store in the Queen City of the South.

Merely seven months after the much-loved doughnut and coffee brand made its grand debut in the region by opening two stores late last year, Krispy Kreme is once again on the move to make it easier for doughnut and coffee aficionados to enjoy their favorite treats—just in time for its 75th birthday celebration.
“Krispy Kreme is a brand that Cebuanos have grown to love,” shares Jim Fuentebella, Chairman of Krispy Kreme Philippines. “Since our launch last year, Cebu has become one of our main markets in the country. This third store is a testament to that; and a proof to our commitment to satisfy the continuously growing clamor for world-class coffee and doughnut in the region.”

Conveniently located inside one of the country’s biggest shopping centers, SM City Cebu, the new Krispy Kreme store is a welcome addition to the mall’s dynamic mix of retail and dining establishments—complimenting the brand’s two other stores located at IT Park and Ayala Center Cebu.

“Like in all of our other locations, this one was strategically chosen to make our products accessible to everyone. Located minutes away from Cebu International Port and other terminals, this will allow passengers going in and out Cebu to enjoy our fresh treats before they leave or once they set foot on the island,” Fuentebella adds.

Sporting Krispy Kreme’s 75th birthday look and offering its full selection of premium treats including its world-famous Original Glazed doughnuts and Signature Coffee, the opening of the new branch will also debut the brand’s year-long “Share the Gift of Joy” campaign in Cebu.

The Share the Gift of Joy campaign is our biggest 75th birthday gift to all,” says Fuentebella. “Aimed at providing assistance to 12 charities, it makes it easy for everyone to help Krispy Kreme’s efforts for nation-building. Its mechanics are simple: every time someone purchases one of our specially-designed 75th birthday tin cans, Krispy Kreme puts aside P20 to help our partner charities. At the end of the campaign, Krispy Kreme will equally divide the total accumulated fund among the different causes it supports.

Enjoy Krispy Kreme’s distinct confectionery goodness by visiting the brand’s new store in SM City Cebu now.

Celebrate Krispy Kreme’s 75th birthday and help spread love by supporting the brand’s Share the Gift of Joy Campaign. With every purchase of Krispy Kreme’s specially-designed 75th birthday tin can, P20 goes to helping 12 charities, which includes Autism Society Philippines (ASP), ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Bantay Kalikasan, Caritas Manila Inc., Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Visual Arts and Museum Division, Development and Accessibility Fund for the Deaf Inc. (DeAF Deaf Inc.), Friends of Hope Inc., ICanServe Foundation Inc., Kythe Inc., Operation Smile Philippines (OSP), Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Philippine Red Cross (PRC), and Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc. (PNPCSI). For more information, you may become a friend of Krisp
y Kreme by visiting or by liking Chloe at Spread happiness, share with Krispy Kreme..

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Startup Weekend Cebu opens Friday


IT’S all systems go for the much-awaited first-ever Startup Weekend Cebu on May 11-13 at the Conference Room of the University of the Philippines – Cebu (UPC) along Lahug, this city.
Startup Weekend Cebu organizers, led by, have partnered with innovative organizations -- Globe Telecom, incubator Kickstart Ventures Inc.,Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev), Developers Connect (devCon), Exist/Morphlabs, and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) --  to bring this much-anticipated event to Cebu.

In a demonstration of community collaboration, the Startup Weekend Cebu community also received enthusiastic support from the Startup Weekend Manila organizers – web engineering firms ProudCloud and Dynamic Objx, as well as incubator Kickstart Ventures – to build on the lessons learnt from the two previous Startup Weekend Manila events, weaving in specific grassroots Cebu community perspectives.
Startup Weekend  -- a 54-hour competition where developers, designers, marketers, technopreneurs, and venture capitalists come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startup businesses – is designed for entrepreneurs interested in receiving feedback for an idea, looking for co-founders, or who want to learn a new skill, especially in the field of mobile and internet applications.
The concept, which started in the US, is now a global movement, taking digital start-up businesses from ideas to investment readiness through intensive mentoring from industry experts and access to markets and investors across Asia.

The Cebu community kicked off their startup momentum with a pre-Startup Weekend Cebu Bootcamp organized together with the Google Technology User Group (GTUG) on May 5, and an online campaign to invite aspiring and first-time technopreneurs, as well as the serial startup veterans, to join what promises to be an energetic and creative weekend at the University of the Philippines Cebu campus.
A total of 200 participants, or approximately 28 teams composed mostly of experienced developers are expected to converge at UPC starting 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, and start their high-energy, high-impact, and high-creativity weekend experience.  Registrations are still open at
Aside from the mentors and judges, also expected to attend the weekend gathering are some investors from Singapore, to whom the participants will be selling their best ideas for a viable product.
Tapped to assist the participants as mentors are Christian Besler, Dan Siazon and Minette Navarrete of Kickstart, Eugene Fabian and Alex Goh of Microsoft Singapore, Albert Padin of SpellDial, PpipCimafranca, Jay Fajardo of ProudCloud, Jonathan Lansangan of Dynamic Objx, finance professional Bryan Low, Chris C. Ducker of VBS, Eric Su of Twidl Inc., Paul Villacorta of Cebu Directories, Gwendolyn Regina Tan, Ruben Licera Jr. of RLComm International, Taylor Miles of webbROI, and Wilson Ng of Ng Khai Development Corp.

Named judges for Startup Weekend Cebu are Kickstart president Minette Navarrete, Alvin Gendrano of Microsoft, Winston Damarillo of Morphlabs, Jean-PatirckBisson, Harm Rietjens of CareSharing, Vinnie Lauria of Golden Gate Ventures, Jay Aldeguer of The Islands Group, and PhilDev COB DiosdadoBanatao.
Aside from Cebu, Startup Weekends in Naples, Italy and Burgos, Spain are also scheduled on May 11-13.

TechTalks community
Startup Weekend Cebu is made possible through the concerted efforts of’s TinaAmper and Mark Abellawith the able support of fellow organizers Dave Overton of Symph, Fleire Castro of Third Team Media, Mark Buenconsejo of CareSharing Inc., Ian Bert Tusil of NextSparks Studios Co., Paola Galan, Miguel Antonio Garcia, Bjorn Bernales of Bjorn iMedia, Vicki Saguin of CIT-U, Pauline Wade of UP, Ryan Hermocilla, and Patrick Villaruz. is an IT grassroots community in Cebu founded by Amper in November 2010. It started with only a dozen people but eventually grew up to over 440 members, including businessmen, developers, and designers, among others.

After running into TechTalks member and Startup Weekend Manila 2011 organizer Jonathan Lansangan in January this year, Amper broached the idea to the online community of bringing Startup Weekend to Cebu. And, of course, the rest was history.

Startup Weekend Cebu is held in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology – ICT Office and is sponsored by Globe Telecom, Kickstart Ventures, devCon, PhilDev, Morphlabs, Exist Global, Microsoft BizSpark, UP Cebu, CeBuinIt, Gist by Blackberry, ThirdTeam Media, Startupr, Symph, CareSharing, TechTalks, Clicking Labs, Ripe Concepts, webbROI, The Islands Group, Epremium Solutions, Nokia Phils., Wavemaker Labs; NextSparks, Cedf-it,, Cebu Directories, Cebu Institute of Technology -University, PinoyBorn, Ching Palace, Lenovo Mobile, Harolds Hotel, The Lean Entrepreneur, Red Carpet Catering Services, Chedz Cakes and Pastries, Chinese Ngohiong, Philippine Spring Water Resources Inc., Shobee Bakeshop, Maverick, AdSense Flippers, Cebu Bloggers Society Inc., Zero Three Two, Everything Cebu, Amazing Cebu Channel 54, Alcordo Advertising, Sun.Star Cebu, Cebu Daily News, The Freeman, and PRWorks.