Outstanding student councils

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 01:28 p.m.

OUR bright young minds today bring us hope for the future. This was evident when, once again, I was tapped to be one of the panel interviewers by the Junior Chamber International - Metro Bacolod (Jaycees) in their annual project.

The organization aims to “recognize, inspire and motivate future leaders in our society” by targeting the DepEd-accredited high schools of Bacolod City. The JCI believes that schools are “the most fertile ground in producing and developing the future leaders.”

Battle of the claws

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:01 p.m.

AS I was reading the comments on my last article, “How to Spot a Fake Hands-on Mom of Toddlers,” I began to imagine a wide-open field with the Long Clawed Team on one side and the Short Clawed Team on the other.

Sleeping with Picasso

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 09:05 p.m.

CHIC and unconventional, The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences is not your typical place for rest at the heart of the city.

Salcedo on a Saturday

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 09:04 p.m.

CONSIDER yourself lucky if you live, or at least staying for the weekend, in Salcedo Village. Where you’re at, Saturdays are moments of “mountain coming to Mohammad”, the time when the lady of the house (or the ever-reliable help) says, “Mamamalengke na.” But of course, the scene is different, the palengke is at the center of a posh neighborhood and it’s called the “Salcedo Community Market.”

Hot pot haven

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 09:03 p.m.

WHEN people think soup (do people even think about soup?), they just shrug considering that for Filipinos, it’s either a starter before the main course is served or a tasty remedy for sick people. But throw in the words shabu-shabu or hot pot, it immediately raises some questions and desires to check it out.

Basically, it’s a soup-based dish in a pot in which meat, vegetables, seafood and other ingredients are placed into it and cooked while the hot pot is simmering.

Sira-Sira Store: Niño break

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 09:02 p.m.

IT’S pretty obvious that summer is officially here—the heat intensely blisters our skin by day and drenches our back with sweat by night.

This summer is no ordinary one. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, the country will experience or is experiencing a mild El Niño phenomenon.

Jo de Vivre: Exhilarating, fashionable boosts

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 08:55 p.m.

TWO brands that have been around for quite some time have renewed their presence here, giving Cebuanos more reason to continue patronizing their products even after two or more decades in Cebu.

First is Belgian bag brand Kipling, which everyone knows for its iconic monkey and ultra-durable bags. Remember how your Kipling backpack in grade school somehow lasted through the entire school year, despite daily wear—and didn’t actually tear?

One Direction headed to the PH

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 02:42 p.m.

RIGHT at the turn of the decade, 2010, five boys by the name of Louis, Liam, Zayn, Niall, and Harry hailing from England and Ireland, were regular teenage boys coming from middle-class families, who only had to worry about school, their after-school jobs, and girls.

Fast forward to today, and it goes without saying that One Direction has skyrocketed to global stardom faster than a one-hit wonder’s 15 minutes of fame. The only difference is, 1D has proven their staying power, as shown by their four record-selling albums, music videos each with millions of views, sold-out concerts, and blockbuster concert movies.

Foreigner chefs featured in Ayala Weekend Market

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 02:41 p.m.

TWO Spanish and French chefs will hold a cooking demonstration at the third installation of Weekend Market at the corte area of The District Northpoint-Ayala mall that opens tomorrow until Sunday.

Chef Ton-Trong Ho of Le Bistrot Francais will be featured in “Cook Like the French” tomorrow from 3 to 4 p.m., while Chef David Lopez of Kome Kome and Txacho will be featured in Vegetarian Spanish Cooking Demo on Sunday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Bucolic spot up South

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 12:29 a.m.

IT'S always refreshing to take the off-the-beaten path whenever you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

That said, Cafe Lagoon should be in the bucketlist of those who hanker a quick escape to the countryside.

Manang’s new dishes

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 12:28 a.m.

There’s a “manang” in every household. The lady we all grew up with, the substitute mother and the ever-reliable chef who can whip up her best dishes to make the household happy.

For one household, their beloved manang has created a sweet, salty, crispy, juicy chicken that nobody can get enough of. It became a staple at their family dining table for the past 20 years.

Toast to the Summer

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 08:43 p.m.

DAY breaks. The sun seems to emanate a warmer glow than usual. The light begins to beam, stirring sleepyheads from a deep slumber, a glaring reminder that it’s the heat of the summer sunshine.

Toasting to the season requires heavy doses of days basking under the sun while sipping ice cold drinks with water dripping from the glass, taking much needed trips with waves caressing the already sun-kissed skin at the beach for care free rest and relaxation, and bonfires to cap the night.

Ramp Buzz: How to wear Jogger Pants

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 08:41 p.m.

JOGGER pants are trending! Yes, even for this season they are trending and no, they’re nothing like sweat pants even though they almost look similar. The right pair should be somewhat fitted at the waist and ankle with enough leg room. They’re not only hip but they’re super comfortable and serve as a great jeans alternative especially for this season. Everyone should at least have a pair in his or her closet. There are some, however, who are confused about how to wear it and with what, probably because it’s got that baggy look. Here are some ways to rock the jogger pants.

The Beauty Enthusiast: Cinderella makeup

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 08:37 p.m.

HAVE you seen Cinderella yet? I felt like a child all over again while watching it and enjoyed every minute. I loved all the costumes and, of course, the makeup. Here are a few interesting details I found out. That’s one of the things I love about movie makeup–most people don’t realize how much thought goes into the final look we see onscreen.

Julia Barretto silent on Marjorie, Claudine meeting

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 08:36 p.m.

MANILA—Julia Barretto is happy that everything went well during her 18th birthday party.

In an interview with the Kapamilya actress at the And I Love You So press conference earlier this week, Julia said that she is grateful that everyone enjoyed her debut.

Travel documentary highlights OFW life in Japan

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 08:35 p.m.

HOPING to provide decent and convenient lives for their families, hundreds of Filipinos have flocked to Japan. Evidently, many Filipino migrants in the Land of the Rising Sun have provided a better future for their loved ones. Today, more than 200,000 Filipinos residing in Japan are working in various fields including entertainment, sports and even transportation. But in a land where everything is new and foreign, how do Filipinos survive and strive to become successful?

Serna: Coronation hits, hosting misses

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 08:33 p.m.

TOP entertainers of the country are slated to add heat to the already hot nights we are experiencing these days with a two-and-a-half hour show of beautiful music and funny acts at the Minglanilla gym tomorrow, March 21, at 8 p.m.

These entertainers are Abra and his band, Lonee, Ron Henley, Cebu’s pride Morisette Amon and homegrown ribticklers Queensize Divahs. Tickets are quite affordable considering the line-up of performers.

Magic and mayhem in Iceland

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 11:15 a.m.

ON A cold Arctic night, the dark star-drenched sky is suddenly illuminated by a symphony of iridescent pastel hues so spectacular it leaves you breathless. The natural light show we saw in Iceland is poetry in motion. Very much clearly the handiwork of a divine sorcerer, I have never seen magic in its purest and perfect form.

In common speak, it was the northern lights. In romantic parlance, the aurora borealis.

Our Polynesian experience

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 11:15 a.m.

HAWAII is part of the Polynesian Islands. To savor them in one breath, we headed for the Polynesian Cultural Center. The Center is a Polynesian themed park which simulates the people and the tropical villages of the islands of Hawai’i, Samoa, New Zealand, Fiji, the Marquesas, Tahiti and Tonga and the new Easter Islands.

We were met by our guide and we were decorated with leis made from dried nuts (macademia, probably) who brought us first to the lagoon. There was a parade of canoes that showcased the signature dances of each of Polynesian culture. That was very colorful and quite awesome. My “tourism” inclination led me to think if we can duplicate this in our own lagoon or in Mambukal perhaps.

Two beautiful women of Cagayan de Oro

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 09:26 a.m.

MARCH is Women’s Month.

It is that time of year when the world celebrates small and big victories achieved by women and I can't help but express my gratitude to these women in the frontlines who made these significant strides to progress. The strength of these courageous women who achieved these milestones for themselves, their families and society as a whole should be shared and retold so others may know what they did.

Discovering Newport Rhode Island

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:44 p.m.

by Katrina Charmaine R. Avila NEWPORT is a beautiful seaside city in Rhode Island. It is also sometimes called the “sailing capital of the world, city by the sea, queen of summer resorts, America’s society capital” and “New England summer resort.”

It was never part of my itinerary, but a side trip is very much well-appreciated, after spending seven days in the city of New York. From Stamford, Connecticut, Newport is a two-hour drive.

Utzurrum: Welcome to the Christian world, Fiona!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:41 p.m.

WHEN baby Fiona Elvira, second child of Wolf and Kristalle Garcia-Kekert, was baptized at the St. Francis Xavier Chapel (Sacred Heart Church), officiating priest Fr. Ramon Ofredo tried something unique. He had all 16 godparents line up along the aisle, side-by-side, with lovely grandmom Lucy Franco-Garcia walking the center aisle with baby Fiona, followed by parents Wolf and Kristalle.

Fetalvero: Fire prevention tips

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:38 p.m.

“THIS girl is on fire,” as firefighters empowered housewives and children to prevent fire in a subdivision recently. March ushers the celebration of women’s contribution in our society today while firefighters lecture to prevent fires.

The men in hard hats spearheaded by SFO1 Elenito Abarca came upon our invitation. The Henaville Homeowners Association Inc. through its president, Greenville Solon, invited the firefighters to check if our fire hydrants were working.

Seares: How to claim child support from the father of your child

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:37 p.m.

IN A situation wherein a child is not acknowledged by the father, a mother can still claim child support. If oral and written demands to provide support fail, the mother, for and in behalf of her child, may file a case in court.

Terrific Thursday: Photo for a cause

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:36 p.m.

WHETHER one’s graduation photo experience was a win or bust, it was largely one of those great things—like a senior ball or the countless soirees—that made high school life totes memorable. Unfortunately, however, not every kid walks away with his or her supposed “treasured snapshot.”

In a world where everything is fleeting and memories seem best encapsulated in a still rather than one’s memory bank, sometimes a graduation photo is the only evidence to come by. It’s that one reminder of enduring four years of high school, teenage recklessness and all.

Russian Film Festival visits Cebu

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:34 p.m.

THERE'S something about classic films—nostalgic. There’s something about classic films in black and white—compelling. There’s something about classic films that mirror the culture and history of a nation—provoking.

Eat, drink and be merry in Prague

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:06 p.m.

BEER is cheaper than water, so drink the precious beer. Lunch is the most important meal of the day and Czechs eat dumplings a lot. Eat, drink and be merry in Prague!

Walk for true peace

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:06 p.m.

WHAT is true peace? Where in this cruel world do we begin to find peace? How do we attain real peace? And why is it so tough to discover peace?

Vivaldi to honor top sellers

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:05 p.m.

EURO Towers International Incorporated will be having its 1st Annual Sales Awards for Vivaldi Residences Davao on March 20, 2015 at the grand ballroom of Apo View Hotel.

Jaguar to launch a sports crossover

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 03:36 p.m.

IT HAD to happen. Just about every other luxury auto maker has a crossover or SUV so it was only a matter of time before Jaguar built its own 4x4 -- of course with sports car performance, but also with plenty of room for the kids, the shopping and the dog.

Jaguar recently announced it is to build the F-Pace, a sports crossover, costing around 38,000 British pounds (P2.5 million) in the UK. No price has been fixed yet for the Philippines. It will go on sale in 2016.