Blackberry 9810 Torch: A Review

To Blackberry fans who wanted the best of both worlds – all hail the Blackberry Torch 9810! You thought you had it all fancied up with its chrome-like finish and really fancy touchscreen LCD right? Well, check out the rest of its features (also the other Blackberry OS7 units in Cebu available also in the market).


BlackBerry Torch 9810 (SRP – 28,590.00)
Building on the popular design of the BlackBerry Torch 9800, the new BlackBerry Torch 9810 is faster and more fluid with high performance hardware features and the new BlackBerry 7 OS.

  • Offering the definitive BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard for fast typing
  • Large 3.2”, high resolution touch display
  • Fast 1.2 GHz  processor
  • Liquid Graphics
  • HD video recording
  • Powerful pre loaded collaboration software (BlackBerry Balance, BlackBerry Protect, Docs to Go Premium)
  • 8GB of built in storage



What I love

Faster start up
Faster transition between apps
Faster internet! (yay!)
Best graphics, super sharp interface

What It Needs Work On

Apps sometimes lag
The back cover is extremely thin – I guess they need it to make up for the bulkiness of the entire unit
The speaker for music or calls is quite poor compared to the Blackberry Bold 9900
I tried this using the browser for internet and realizes it doesn’t have flash settings




Overall, the Blackberry Torch 9810 could be your kind of phone but I certainly cannot imagine carrying this around all the time. It is just too bulky. I love how I can still go back to regular texting mode (yes, I’m such a heavy texter!) with its Qwerty keypad but it just is not the same. Toggling between the touch screen and the keypad is confusing. Have any of you tried this unit yet? Do share your thoughts!

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Ayala Cebu Presents Lighthearted 2: The Company

The Company, the country’s premiere vocal group, is back in Cebu to serve us with another helping of easy listening music this October 6, 6PM at the Activity Center of Ayala Center Cebu.


Composed of Sweet Plantado, Annie Quintos, Cecile Bautista, Jay Marquez and Moy Ortiz who produced the album now out from Viva Records, The Company will be lighting up our hearing senses anew with “Lighthearted 2,” a collection of today’s biggest hits and chart toppers which include hits by Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber and more.  CD buyers will also get the chance to meet and greet the vocal group after show.Continue reading

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GlamourBox – Philippines' Own Beauty Box

When my friends told me if I’ve been subscribing to beauty boxes abroad, I didn’t know what they meant until they start tagging me with the boxes they received from different beauty boxes such as Birch Box and more. My eyes glazed at the premium products my friends coveted in months! Finally, several companies now have catered to the Philippine market and launched their own online for Filipinas (me) who are beauty addicts (me) to sample these coveted beauty products in the market.

Hey, with the onslaught of beauty products in the market today, you really cannot tell which product works for you until you’ve tried it. Ever had that feeling of asking salesladies if you could just buy the tester products for half the price until you decided you and the cosmetic was indeed meant to be together? Guilty (me).


Glamourbox is the first premium online beauty subscription in the country, providing Filipinas with the best way to discover the latest beauty trends from across the globe.

Here’s how it works.


Once you subscribe, each month you will receive an elegant box with five deluxe beauty samples from premium, boutique and niche brands delivered to your doorstep.  Glamour Box carefully curates each box with worthwhile items, so you don’t have to weed through all the duds out there.   Then, if you end up falling in love with any of the products (and we are certain that you will!), you can visit our online boutique to purchase the full-size of your beauty finds, be they makeup, skincare, bath & body, haircare, fragrances or even beauty tools.  So for Php595 a month, they’re essentially delivering the cosmetics counter (and more) to your home…just no troublesome sales people!  And to top it off, you get up to three times the value of what you paid for.  Um, did someone say S-T-E-A-L?

Now, the big shebang of the whole show is that we won’t be telling you which products you’ll be receiving each month.  It’s a SURPRISE!  And if you’re like us, this will be half the fun.


And if all this wasn’t enough, they’ve also gone ahead and created a Glamourbox community for our members to buzz about their beauty finds, receive invites to exclusive events and enjoy special promotions for products and services.

I hope you’re as excited about all this as I am, but Glamoubox do have to share one downer with you.  The number of boxes is LIMITED! While we can promise you’ll love receiving a box, we can’t promise we’ll have enough boxes to go around, so sign-up for the November box starting October 3, 2012 at before we run out and get your hands on the first premium beauty box in the country!

Come join the Glamourbox community at and and tell us a bit about your beauty adventures.


Shu Uemura visits Cebu for Tsuya Skin Launch

“Beauty begins from healthy skin, and the essential element of healthy skin is TSUYA, which symbolizes ideal skin in JAPAN. complexion with TSUYA is radiant & vibrant, as if the light of skin is switched on from within. such beauty is what I aspired to recreate in this look.”  Yuji ASANO,  Shu Uemura international chief make-up artist

Later in September, we got to preview a demo of Shu Uemura’s latest product, the SHU UEMURA TSUYA SKIN ESSENSE and SHU UEMURA TSUYA SKIN UV UNDER BASE Youthful Radiance Mousse 2012 from famous makeup artist of Shu Uemura Philippines, Patrick Alcober.


“Tsuya,” said Patrick, “is Japanese for Ideal. So Tsuya Skin – Ideal Skin.”
“Suya,” I said, “is Bisayan for Jealous.”
Patrick laughed. “Eh di mabuti. Ma-tsuya sila sa ganda mong skin!”

switch the light on your skin / lightness of mousse, moisture of cream for youthful radiant skin


mousse-to-cream texture for replenishing sensation
innovative mousse-to-cream formula provides rich hydrating sensation in light texture.

instant dewy glowing complexion
instant luminescent veil created, minimizing appearances of pores & fine lines while moisturizing skin for instant glowing complexion.

skin care active for porcelain skin
contains precious skin care active rhamnose, known for supporting cell regeneration|
as if treated by skin care mask, skin looks supple & smooth, with visible youthful glow.



switch the light on your skin
lightness of mousse, moisture of cream for youthful radiant skin

mousse-to-cream texture for replenishing sensation
innovative mousse-to-cream formula provides rich hydrating sensation in light texture

instant dewy glowing complexion
instant luminescent veil created, minimizing appearances of pores & fine lines while moisturizing skin for instant glowing complexion.

 skin care active for porcelain skin

 contains precious skin care active rhamnose, known for supporting cell regeneration
as if treated by skin care mask, skin looks supple & smooth, with visible youthful glow.

 SPF30  PA++
24hrs hydration


Some of the products on display. Shu Uemura was only in Rustan’s Cebu for 3 days and wishes to come back in November for another product launch.

Let’s watch out for that soon just keep posted here!

Thanks for the makeup demo, Patrick! Hope to see Shu again before the year ends. Can’t wait to show the products I bought from Shu Uemura lately. Toodles!

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Cebu’s Trattoria: Dining in Tavolata

“To gather around a table” could hold several meanings to some. But if you are from the Abaca Group and you have opened such legendary dining boutiques such as the A Café, Maya and suburban Abaca, this latest culinary offering, Tavolata, along AS Fortuna St, has kept them busy and smiling these days.


photo by Tavolata

Tavolata Cebu is on the lower level of the newest arcade in AS Fortuna, the Design Center of Cebu and there is no bold signage at the front nor neon lights with arrows that point to the door. In fact, the restaurant is heavily tinted from the outside and you can only see the Tavolata name in the sides and if you squint more, you’d be lucky enough to see a silhouette of the dining patrons with their faces glowing from the candles on the tables.


photo by Jem Villaverde (above)


Rustic wood floors, towering concrete walls, custom metal installations and creative lighting greet you as you enter the restaurant. The first thing you’ll notice when you get inside is their lack of inhibition with their open kitchen and that comfortable feeling when you are entering your friend’s house from the backdoor. It instantly wipes away the awkwardness in setting foot for the first time, yes? You’d be lucky if you see Jason Hyatt, owner, bustling inside the kitchen too!

Read also story on Beqaa Cebu here.

Tavolata Cebu is less formal than a restaurant but more formal than an osteria. They serve their dishes in an energetic room where you can indulge in the art of sharing with portions that can feed two or three. (Menu is subject to change without notice.)

Tavolata Cebu Menu (3) Tavolata Cebu Menu (1) Tavolata Cebu Menu (2)

The menu reads like a classic trattoria with imported yet simple ingredients, masterfully combined, and served without a lot of fuss and bother. Our orders consisted of the following –

 Tavolata Caesar Salad (P395)

Tavolata Caesar | TAVOLATA CEBU by the ABACA GROUP

 Prosciutto Pizza (P455) – Arugula, tomato and mozarella

Prosciutto Pizza TAVOLATA CEBU by the ABACA GROUP

This Pepperoni Pizza was on the house. Delish! It has calabrian hot sausages, tomato, pepper, and mozzarella.


Campanelle (P445)


Squid Ink Fettuccine (495) – with sautéed shrimp, squid, octopus, tomato and chili – photo by Jem


Pork Belly (P795) – They now changed this to the slow roasted porchetta


 Chicken Parmesan (P695)

Chicken Parmesan | TAVOLATA CEBU by the ABACA GROUP

Everything on the menu at Tavolata is handcrafted, using only the finest local and imported ingredients. They also serve spirits, grappa, coffee, tea, fresh juices, hot lips soda, and liqueur.

photo by Jem (above)


“In tavolata, we have a gas fired stone deck oven,” says Jason Hyatt, of the Abaca Group. “We use what’s commonly referred to as a deck oven… it has a stone base to hold the heat much like a “brick oven.” Sample the Prosciutto Pizza in arugula, tomato and mozzarella and their bestselling Pepperoni pizza with calabrian hot sausage, tomato, peppers and mozzarella to bring you a true taste of La Dolce Vita.

With a handcrafted menu that used only the finest and imported ingredients and a chic and stylish room that can seat 65-75 inside and 16 outside, Tavolata is perfect for after work, a smart business lunch or a romantic first date experience that offer the ultimate in fresh Italian fare.

“Out of all the dinners in your life, you will remember Tavolata Cebu dinners.”

Tavolata Cebu
Design Center of Cebu | AS Fortuna at P. Remedio St.
Call +63-32-505-6211 or
Soft opening hours – Monday through Sunday 6pm-1030pm last seating.
Wifi – Yes
Parking – Yes

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Miss Cebu 2013: The Search Begins

The Cebu City Government through the Cebu City Tourism Commission (CCTC) and Cebu City Tourism Foundation Inc. is proud to announce that the search for Miss Cebu 2013 has begun. Now on its 29th year, this prestigious pageant continues its tradition of upholding a Cebuana’s beauty, wit and character. It is one of the most awaited events in Cebu during the Sinulog festivities and continues to attract thousands of people.


Interested individuals may get their application forms at the following:

Cebu City Tourism Commission Office –  2nd floor, Rizal Memorial Library & Museum Bldg., Osme?a Blvd. c/o Ms. Cinbeth E. Orellano
Fillipo – Lower Ground, Ayala Center Cebu
Fillipo–  2nd Floor, Northwing, SM City Cebu
Pierre Angeli Boutique – F. Ramos St., Cebu City c/o Mr. Philip Rodriguez
The Office of the Mayor  – Ground Floor, Legislative Building, Cebu City Hall c/o Ms. Leizel Lupina
Various student affairs offices of the different universities

The deadline for the submission of application forms is on October 5, 2012. Screening dates will be announced after.


– applicants must be a female
-Filipino Citizen with good moral character
-a minimum height of 5’3”
-at least a graduating high school student with the ability to speak conversational English
-at least 18 years of age by October 1, 2012
-has not attained 25 years of age by December 1, 2012
-She must be a resident of Cebu for not less than one year
-a holder of a valid ID or passport and willing to travel and to reign for a full term of one year
-She must not be an employee of the Cebu City Government, other City Government Offices and Departments.

A complete list of qualifications and a downloadable application form may be found at and Good luck, Cebuanas! Read more about our past Miss Cebu articles here. *insert Miss Cebu jingle here*

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Furne One: Finally in Cebu!

As the culmination to Zee Fashion Forward, Zee Lifestyle brought Dubai-based designer Furne One back to Cebu for a fashion show to showcase his latest collection. The Rizal Library was transformed into a runway done in shades of black, allowing the intricacies of Furne’s collection to take the spotlight.


With only a limited number of tickets released, Furne Finally  in Cebu was an intimate gathering for the audience to better appreciate the handcrafted details that went into each dress. Guests included many of Cebu’s fashion designers and stylish citizens, while also including special guests from Manila like Inno Sotto, Liz Uy, Raymond Gutierrez and Kelly Misa.


fashion on display at the Zee Fashion Exhibit


Along with major sponsors Samsung and Tresemme, make-up brands Laura Mercier, Nars and Stila from Rustan’s were used to create the dramatic looks while the shoes were provided by CMG and Shandar. Check out photos from the fashion show in Cebu here.

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The All New Chevy Colorado in Cebu

Chevrolet Philippines marks another milestone in its history as it introduces the latest addition to its new generation of dealerships – Chevrolet Cebu.  Under the management of its New Cebu Dealer Partner – Genesis Motors Corporation (a member of the PAMOCOR Group of Companies), the newly opened dealership is set to capitalize on the great potential for growth and development in the region.

We were invited to the launching of Chevy’s newest baby – the Chevy Colorado!


Host Phoebe



photo from their Cebu launch at Ayala Center Cebu

The third quarter of the year brings yet another milestone from Chevrolet, and it comes in the form of its newest vehicle on offer – the All-New Chevy Colorado.  The exclusive importer and distributor of Chevrolet automobiles and parts in the Philippines, The Covenant Car Company Inc. (TCCCI), has got all hands on deck introducing TCCCI’s first truck in the market, and its dealership in Cebu is no exception to this momentous event.


Led by Chevrolet Cebu’s President and CEO, Franklyn Ong, the dealership hosted a free concert at the Activity Center of Ayala Center Cebu in honor of the All-New Chevy Colorado, which was proudly set up on display while Cebu’s best classic rock band, Cuarenta, rocked the night away.  Guests from the media, Chevrolet Cebu’s bank partners as well as loyal supporters including mall goers and interested buyers were present and were treated to a chance to win Chevrolet merchandise from answering questions on trivia they may have picked up on the Colorado throughout the event. Everyone in attendance was able to check out the Colorado on display for an up close and personal experience.

To know more about the All-New Chevrolet Colorado, you may log onto and add us on Facebook: Chevrolet Colorado Ph. More Cebu Events soon! Keep posted also for the official opening of Bonchon Chicken Cebu! <3

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Bonchon Chicken Now in Ayala Center Cebu

BonChon Chicken, the crispy chicken sensation raved about globally, is ready to serve the original Korean fried chicken secret the world craves for in the Queen City of the South.  Bonchon opens its doors in The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu, at the 2nd floor – the first in the Visayas. Let’s roll out the red, glazed and spicy winged carpet to Bonchon Cebu!

The local menu offers a wide range, starring BonChon’s world-renowned crispy chicken. “I can even finished a 24-piece large set myself in one sitting!” admits Scott Tan, Managing director, Bonchon Philippines.


Grabbed this from Miong of / Cebu Events Blog


Grabbed this from Read about their Bonchon post here

The crispy chicken secret that inspired a global cult following: BonChon Chicken is super crispy yet light and not greasy, with hot moist juicy meat, sauced with the highly addicting soy garlic or spicy glaze.


Spicy Combo B  (PHP720) – 24 pieces drumstick and wings mix


Guess who was more overwhelmed? Joven or reymond?


It’s the original Korean fried chicken secret. “The flavor is definitely unique,” says Scott Tan. “But I’ve added a Filipino twist to it. The Philippine branches have the most extensive menu compared to its international branches. The owner of Bonchon New York gave us the liberty to tweak our menu.”


“Try the chapchae. Its flavorful. It started in the Philippines. Even the fish.”
Chapchae PHP75


Bonchon Team Meal (PHP 645) – 1 Medium Chicken Box, 1 Chapchae, 2 sides (coleslaw or fries), 4 rice, 4 sodas

Its seafood offerings began as local seasonal offerings that have become popular items on the local menu: the brand’s take on the English classic of fish and chips, crispy squid rice, and the raved-about fish taco which was inspired by the California food truck mishmash of Korean and Mexican. As a sweet ending to a BonChon meal, BonChon’s Ko-Yo (or Korean Yogurt) strikes the perfect balance among tart, sweet, cool, and creamy – served in alternating layers with homebaked graham pie crust, and offered in Blueberry Torte and Banoffee Pie variants.

BONCHON CHICKEN CEBU - koyo bluberry torte banoffee pie

Cebuanos have Steven Alain Yu (below with Scott Tan) and Pinky Yu of Avalon Scion Foods Corporation to thank for bringing BonChon Chicken to the Queen City of the South.  This young, food-loving, and passionate entrepreneur couple runs a burgeoning group of companies and aims to showcase Cebu as a premier destination in the country.  With their success in managing their roster of global brands, the couple now boldly ventures into the food business as they bring to Cebu the global cult phenomenon that is BonChon.


Steve Yu and Scott Tan

Set to officially open on October 1, 2012 at the 2/F of The Terraces (where Don Henrico is before) Ayala Center Cebu, Bonchon Chicken Cebu will be open from 10am-10pm mall hours.

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