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

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

Good reviews for ‘Anak’ ad

Screen grab from ‘Anak’ ad of the Department of Tourism – Philippines

TOURISM stakeholders in Cebu lauded the newest tourism campaign released by the Department of Tourism (DOT), which showcased Filipino hospitality.

The agency has retained the “It’s more fun in the Philippines” slogan, a move that earned praise because it will ensure continuity in the efforts to boost the country’s image to potential travelers.MORE