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Love is all around at Ayala Center Cebu

Sunday February 11, 2018

It’s going to be a festive February with the back to-back celebrations of Valentine’s Day and the Lunar New Year! Ayala Center Cebu, the region’s premier destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment, ushers in this month of love with a myriad of events that will make every visit memorable. Ongoing until February 18, delight in the beauty of nature at the Garden Area with Love Blooms. Enjoy a dazzling pop-up exhibit of flowers, succulents, and ornamental plants, and get inspired with Pinterest-worthy floral arrangements to give to your Valentine. If flowers aren’t her (or his) thing, unique trinkets and classic Valentine’s gifts will be on display at the Love Garden. Drop by The Gallery from February 12 to 18, and find the perfect gift for all your loved ones. Listen to all-time favorite love songs, played live when you dine at the mall’s Level 4 garden area with Love Serenades on February 13 to 15 at 6 PM. Wrap up Valentine’s week with proudly homegrown bands and musicians at the Aya’Love Concert on Saturday, February 17 at 6 PM happening at The Terraces. Usher in the Year of the Dog as Ayala Center Cebu celebrates the Chinese New Year with Drumbeats & Dragons, the traditional lion and dragon dance around the mall on Friday, February 16. Join in on the festivities and bring in good luck and fortune for the year ahead. Feel it, love it only at Ayala Center Cebu. For the latest updates, like Ayala Center Cebu on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AyalaCebu or follow @AyalaCenterCebu on Twitter and Instagram. For inquiries, please contact the Ayala Center Cebu Concierge hotline at (032) 888-3790 or 266-2535. (Cebu Daily News)

Lights gleaming in an open space

Saturday December 2, 2017

LIGHTS help make anything bright. But if they’re anything like Ayala Center Cebu’s “Symphony of Lights,” they don’t just brighten up the huge area—they help complete the aura of the Christmas Season. With all the dancing lights twinkling to the season’s carols engulfing half of The Terraces of Ayala Center Cebu last Dec. 1, one can’t help but wish to look forward to Christmas Day itself. Now on its third year, “Symphony of Lights” gathered a crowd of fresh spectators who were new to the magical lights show. Executives from Ayala Center Cebu, Sun Life Financial and Security Bank were also present to lead the opening. A crowd of shoppers huddled by the stairs or sat under the trees aglow as they all listened to the performances of artists Jimmy Marquez who serenaded the mall-goers with Sam Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes,” Anna Fegi-Brown who sang “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” and award-winning singer Bituin Escalante who sang her hit song “Kung Ako Na Lang Sana.” Toward the end, the Filipino singers made great music together with Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” demanding everybody present at the show to dance and sing with them. For the entire night, the lights at The Terraces followed the beat of the songs. The “Symphony of Lights” will continue to wow everyone every day until Jan. 21, 2018. The show runs from 6 to 9 p.m. with 30-minute intervals. Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/lifestyle/2017/12/02/lights-gleaming-open-space-577843 Follow us: @sunstaronline on Twitter | SunStar Philippines on Facebook

With TienDA concept, DA markets farmers’ access to the malls

Monday November 27, 2017

After Ayala malls, the Department of Agriculture (DA) wants more mall players to participate in TienDA, its newest marketing initiative that allows farmers to display and sell their crops inside malls at no rental cost. In an interview last Saturday, DA Undersecretary for Agribusiness and Marketing Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that the department wants to see more participation from mall owners in the government’s TienDA program. On the same day, Puyat led the opening of TienDA in the Ayala Center Cebu Terraces grounds where 50 individual farmers and cooperatives from Cebu and neighboring islands in the Visayas like Iloilo, Leyte, and Samar displayed in kiosks their crops like vegetables, rice, corn, and fruits at prices at par with those sold in Cebu City’s Carbon Public Market. “The important thing is all profits go to them (farmers),” said Puyat in an interview. In Davao, too “And for the public, it’s convenient because it is in the mall, malinis (clean), convenient. They don’t have to go through the hassle of going to the public market,” said Aniceto “Jun” Bisnar Jr., president of Cebu Holdings Inc., which runs Ayala Center Cebu. The TienDa in Ayala Center Cebu ran last Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 25 and 26). Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and President Rodrigo Duterte launched the TienDA in Abreeza Mall in Davao City last week. At present, however, DA and the Ayala Group have not yet formally agreed on how frequent the TienDA will be. But the undersecretary said they want to hold the activity frequently. “In Luzon, you need to go through five to eight middlemen” before agriculture products get to the consumers. Hence, making food more expensive for consumers in the Philippines,” Puyat said. Bisnar, as the chief operation officer of Ayala Land Visayas-Mindanao group, said the government’s partnership with the Ayala Group in TienDA allows farmers to earn more, with the 24 “growth centers” of the company and its presence in 54 towns and cities all over the country. “These are the areas where this kind of program can be replicated,” Bisnar said. Puyat also commended the Ayala Malls management for agreeing immediately to the TienDA proposal; she recalled them saying yes “less than five minutes” after it was first proposed. (SUNSTAR CEBU)  

Police to public: Keep calm if caught in a bomb blast

Saturday November 18, 2017

WHAT will you do if a bomb explodes near you inside a mall? Don’t panic and clear your mind so you can a safe exit. This was the advice of Chief Insp. Clark Arriola, chief of the Mabolo Police Station in Cebu City, to the public after conducting a bomb simulation exercise in Ayala Center Cebu yesterday morning. “If you panic, there will be a lot of people running, which may cause a stampede. So we have to be calm and call the nearest security officer in sight,” he said. After yesterday’s activity, Arriola said there are areas that still need to be addressed. “We have to have a command post. Our medical units didn’t also have an overall supervisor so they were divided,” he said. Arriola also said that there is a need to consider traffic when responding to emergencies. “Next time, we can schedule a simulation exercise where there is heavy traffic so that we can assess the response time of the different units,” he said. Retired colonel Ed Layese, security manager of Cebu Holdings Inc., said they already upgraded their equipment in the mall after the series of bombings in some parts of the country. “We bought more gear for our security officers. We also installed exit signs in the cinemas, not only above but also below so that when people will take cover on the ground, they will be guided even while crawling out,” Layese said. Aside from the police, also present during the bomb simulation exercise were personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Central Command, explosive and ordnance disposal team, Bureau of Fire Protection 7, and the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, among others. Cebu City Police Office Director Joel Doria said that other police stations in the city need to conduct their own simulation exercises. “All of our stations are directed to conduct simulation exercises regularly. We conduct these exercises precisely to know what needsto be improved,” he said. (SUN STAR CEBU)

Ayala Group sets aside P39B for Cebu

Friday November 10, 2017

The Ayala Group is booking P39 billion for Cebu over the next five years, an amount needed to finance its commercial, retail, residential, and leisure expansions. Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) Visayas-Mindanao Group vice president Aniceto “Jun” Bisnar Jr. shared the information in a press conference yesterday for its newest project Seagrove, a mixed use leisure development, in Punta Engaño in Lapu-Lapu City (see story, A12). “In the next five years or so, the whole Ayala group will invest around P39 billion in Cebu alone. That’s a sign of confidence of the Ayala Group in the Cebu economy,” he said. The amount is 179 percent higher compared to the Ayala Group’s investment in Cebu in the past five years, which totaled P14 billion. The amount will finance the construction and developments of Seagrove, a joint venture with Taft Properties that will feature a 14-hectare mixed-use leisure development in Punta Engaño, Lapu Lapu City; the 15-hectare Gatewalk Central in Subangdaku, Mandaue City, a mixed-use development under a joint venture with Aboitiz Land Inc.; and the Central Block in Cebu IT Park that will house an integrated mall, hotel, and office tower concepts. The capex will also finance Ayala Land’s residential projects like Alveo, Avida, and Ayala Land Premier. “We see that Visayas and Mindanao regions, especially Cebu, will be a critical area for future growth,” said Bisnar, who also sits as president of Cebu Holdings Inc. The Ayala Group has been in Cebu since 1988, and has developed the Cebu Business Park, Ayala Center Cebu, and the Cebu IT Park. It has nine existing estates in the Visayas and Mindanao. To expand its presence in Southern Philippines, Bisnar said the company is open to possible joint ventures with local companies moving forward. (SUN STAR CEBU)

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