Bo’s Coffee to cap 1st quarter with 100 branches

Brew of choice. A barista shows guests where Bo’s Coffee beans are sourced. (SunStar Foto/Allan Cuizon)

HOMEGROWN coffee chain Bo’s Coffee has unveiled plans to open nine more outlets to close the first quarter of this year with 100 branches across the country.

The coffee chain founded by Cebuano Steve Benitez soft-opened its 91st branch in the Philippines and 31st outlet in Cebu at Island Central Mall in Lapu-Lapu City yesterday.MORE

500 families get bags of blessing

Gift-giving. A resident receives a bag of goods from Metrobank Foundation’s Bags of Blessing during the distribution held in Mambaling Sports Complex in Cebu City. (Contributed Foto)

AT least 500 Listahanan identified-poor families in Cebu City received the Metrobank Foundation’s Bags of Blessing during the Chinese New Year celebration last month.

The Bags of Blessing project is a nationwide gift-giving program of the foundation where 10,000 bags filled with grocery items worth P1,000 was distributed to 10,000 poorest families listed in the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Listahanan but are not beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.MORE

Communist Party of China donates $400,000 to build school

DAVAO. Students of Bolton Elementary School wave both the Philippine and Chinese flag as they welcome the Chinese dignitaries Tuesday, Feb. 21, headed by H.E Song Tao Minister of the International Department of Communist Party of China, at Bolton Elementary School gymnasium. The dignitaries donated $400,000 to the school to construct facilities and another $200,000 to build water facilities in rural areas in Davao City. (Macky Lim)

THE Communist Party of China (CPC), through the China Foundation of Development, donated USD400,000 for the construction of Bolton Elementary School, Davao City.

International Department Minister of CPC, Song Tao during his speech before the 18th City Council Tuesday, February 21, said they came to the Philippines in behalf of the CPC of China to foster friendship and partnership in Davao and in Philippines.MORE

FinanceAsia picks BSP Gov. Tetangco

BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. was conferred the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award by FinanceAsia, a Hong Kong-based publication that covers investment banking, capital markets, and strategic corporate finance in Asia Pacific.

FinanceAsia annually recognizes the region’s most significant transactions, the financial institutions that advised on them ,as well as outstanding individuals in the field of finance.MORE

PAL, Cebu Pacific announces flight cancellations

THE Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have announced the cancellation of flights due to the maintenance shutdown of the Tagaytay radar from March 6 to March 11.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) issued a notice to airmen enforcing a temporary shutdown of the Tagaytay radar for maintenance and upgrade.MORE

A man for others

CAGAYAN DE ORO. Gimar Reyes with the head of the Student Activities and Leadership Development at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Richel Petalcurin (left) and his mother Mariza Reyes during the TOSP National Awarding (right) (Contributed photo)

AT AGE twenty, Gimar Alingig Reyes embodies selflessness in his pursuit to serve others through teaching. Even at a young age, Reyes has already reached out to others to fulfill his advocacy of providing education especially to the underprivileged in the country.

A graduate of Bachelor of Elementary Education at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Reyes already has a passionate thirst for teaching.MORE

Gone to Guangzhou

CHINA. The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. (Contributed Photo)

THE Chinese New Year celebration has left some hangover feels on me that I began browsing through my photo archives of my travels around China.

The five cities in mainland China that I have gone to, not counting the autonomous territories of Hong Kong and Macau, were all interesting places that left me with great memories and experiences. The first Chinese city I was able to set foot in was Guangzhou, which was a big surprise to me.MORE

PAL linking more domestic destinations

CEBU. At the PAL press conference in Cebu – Harry Inoferio, SAVP for Sales Philippines; Eric Tan, Special Asst. to the SVP-Commercial Group; and Reyani Romano, Area Head-Visayas Sales. (Jinggoy I. Salvador)

THE flag carrier is feeding our wanderlust and giving us more reasons to pack our bags and hop on the next plane to our bucket listed destinations.

In 2016, Philippine Airlines launched four new international flights (Kuwait, Jeddah, Doha, Saipan), opened new routes (Cebu-Singapore, Cebu-Los Angeles, Manila-Taipei-Osaka, Cebu-Caticlan-Calrk) and increased flight frequencies (Manila-Los Angeles—twice daily; Manila-Toronto—three to four times weekly; Manila-Beijing—four to six times weekly; and Manila-Vancouver—seven to ten times weekly).MORE

Danes looking to invest in CEBU

Offering solutions. Danish ambassador to the Philippines Jan Top Christensen speaks to Cebuano business leaders. (SunStar Photo/Amper Campaña)

MARKED by strong economic activities in the recent years, Cebu is starting to get attention from the people of Denmark.

This is according to Denmark Ambassador Jan Top Christensen, who spoke to local business leaders Wednesday.MORE

Mactan in need of more hotel rooms

THE continuing boom in Philippine tourism finds Mactan Island in need of new hotel rooms or it will lose guests to other local destinations, a hotelier warned.

“With the overexcitement about the Philippines now, the five to six major hotels in Mactan is not enough to welcome the whole world,” said Harold Rainfroy, general manager of Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu, at the sidelines of the launching of Vanille Salèe menu last Wednesday, which will be offered from Feb. 21 to Mar. 21.MORE

Expo set to showcase Indonesian products

DAVAO. Indonesian Consul General Secretary Berlian Napitupulu said they are set to hold the 1st Indonesia Food and Beverage Expo and the Indonesian Culinary Festival on March 17 to 19 to promote Indonesian products in Davao City. (Macky Lim)

THE Consulate General of Indonesia will hold the first Indonesia Food and Beverage Expo and the Indonesian Culinary Festival on March 17 to 19 to promote more Indonesian products in preparation for the Davao-General Santos-Bitung Roro route to be launched on April 28.

During the weekly forum at Habi at Kape at Abreeza Ayala Malls Thursday, February 16, Indonesian Consul General Secretary Berlian Napitupulu said they will conduct the first Indonesian Food and Beverage Expo at the House of Indonesia, Juna Subdivision on March 17 to 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.MORE

Chinese envoy hopes for better ties with Philippines

CEBU. Members of the Quanzhuou Dance Troupe perform at the SM Cinema 1 during the 2017 Cebu Philippine-China Traditional Cultural Festival. (Ruel Rosello)

THE People’s Republic of China consulate office in Cebu the other day expressed hope that the relationship between the Philippines and China will continue, especially in trade and tourism.

“I wish all friends present (here tonight) good fortune in the Year of the Rooster, and I also wish China and the Philippines enjoy everlasting friendship,” said Consul General Shi Yong.MORE

Korosh Keyka opens in Oro, offers Japan-made quality equipment

CAGAYAN DE ORO. Irene Floro and Farhad Nouri Someeh lead the ceremonial cutting of ribbon to formally open Korosh Keyka International Corporation at Barangay Lapasan on Friday, February 10. (Joey P. Nacalaban)

KOROSH Keyka International Corporation has opened its second branch in Cagayan de Oro City on February 10. The company brings in Japan-made quality trucks and heavy equipment in its office in Kolambog, Lapasan.

Korosh Keyka International Corporation is a domestic corporation engaged in the business of rebuilding and dealing with trucks, parts, and heavy equipment.MORE

My Balkan journey (first of three parts)

Whole street of Cravat Stores in Zagreb

WE were prepared to face the two-degree or even zero-degree Celsius weather in the Croatian cities of Split and Dubrovnik. Warned of the upcoming negative four chill in Zagreb, the temperature turned out to be kind and friendly, hitting 7 to 10 degrees. But let me start from the beginning of my journey.

The trip took place last November. There was much to explore. The places were filled with history, fascinating bygone times, intriguing details, heartbreaking political invasions and famous movie set locations.MORE