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

A glimpse of Japanese culture in one night

Utsumi Eika with her shamisen.

HOOKED on Japanese culture? There’s an English Rakugo to be staged at a one-night only performance at Marco Polo Davao at 6 p.m. on February 20, to provide a peek into the light side of Japanese culture.

Rakugo is a Japanese comic storytelling art used as entertainment for more than four centuries now but still remains popular today. It’s not all business and perfection for the Japanese, they also have their hilarious side.MORE

SSS: Pension increase to be given separately

THE Social Security System (SSS) will release separately the two-month additional pension totaling P2,000 from the regular pension released this month.

This was clarified by Janice Diaz, senior communications analyst of SSS Visayas West I Division, after they have been receiving a lot of queries from pensioners in Negros Occidental, especially Bacolod City, on the non-inclusion of the pension increase in the release of the regular pension early this month.MORE

Wage hike for Central Visayas

THE P13 increase in the minimum wage approved by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) 7 yesterday applies for the entire region. This means all minimum wage earners in Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor will receive the P13 increase.

Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) 7 Director Exequiel Sarcauga, the RTWPB 7 chairman, and businessman Philip Tan, the management representative to RTWPB 7, refused to give details of the wage order.MORE

Metro Cebu chosen as model of governance

METRO Cebu is one of the seven cities chosen by the United Nations as models for metropolitan governance, like New York in the United States, Tokyo in Japan, Paris in France and Seoul in South Korea.

This was revealed in a press conference by Naga City Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong, Consolacion Mayor Teresa Alegado, National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) 7 Assistant Director Dionisio Ledres Jr. and Evelyn Nacario Castro.MORE

DOT, LGUS to work on ‘Tourism Gaps’

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) is working with local government units (LGUs) to identify every region’s tourism gaps.

“Together with other national government agencies and LGUs, we will identify the tourism gaps in our regions and their localities. And together, we will fill them up with our resources and every support we can muster,” said Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo.MORE

Roots

Hans Joerg Eulenhoefer

ABOUT 10 years ago, wine drinking was not part of the Cebu scene. But today, Cebuanos enjoy wines with their meals or buy wines now readily available in restaurants, supermarkets and boutique wine stores, one of which is Bibendum.

Hans Joerg Eulenhoefer, born in Manila with Cebuano roots (his mother is Margaret Richards Taylor), said that about eight years ago, the family had a Christmas reunion in Cebu. Being accustomed to having wine with their meals, they went out to buy some and found out that the selection was limited.MORE

7 things to do before taking the Civil Service test

THE examination schedule for Civil Service is fast approaching. It would be on March 12 this year. Those who have filed may feel pressured and excited at the same time.

For first timers, you might feel curious on what type of examination would it be. For second timers and those who’ve tried several times but didn’t make it, you already have ideas on what particular subjects you will review on.MORE

‘Filipinos are welcome to enter US’

USA. Protestors gather at Brooklyn Borough Hall to pray before a rally in protest President Donald Trump’s immigration order Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in New York. (AP)

Filipinos who wish to travel or live in the United States for whatever reason can do so, the US State Department said Friday, February 3.

“I recommend Filipinos who wish to travel to the United States, (they) should consult with the embassy of Manila,” said US State Department Deputy spokesman Mark Toner in a press conference.MORE