Friday, October 18, 2013

#MovenpickMactan # CasaAmparito #IbizaBeachClub #Samba #FurnitureShowrooms

I can only think of superlatives to describe our recent trip to Cebu.

Eva Gullas, Publisher of Zee Lifestyle Magazine organized two fun-filled days, complete with visits to furniture showrooms, a restaurant opening, a luncheon in a plush residence, a dinner at Ibiza Beach Club and more!  

For starters, the ever gracious and hospitable Manny Osmena, owner of Movenpick Resort and Spa in Mactan and Manny O wines, gave our group very reasonable rates at his hotel.   We enjoyed Movenpick's ocean -view -two -bedroom suites and de luxe rooms which are very well appointed and tastefully furnished. 

the view from our two bedroom suites;
the building on the right is the
Movenpick Residences which are for sale. 
Our motley group consisted of Jojo Zabarte, Cris Badiola, Linda Ley, David Lim, Jemellie Gonzalez , Richard Tiu and myself.  Eva's van was already waiting for us when we arrived at Movenpick.  

the pristine airy lobby of Movenpick
is such a welcome feast to the eyes.
Our itinerary for the afternoon included a stop at Carlo Cordaro's furniture showroom, Fil-Veneer,  then off to the opening launch of Casa Amparito, which is a restaurant owned by one of Cebu's popular & well loved doyennes, Amparito Lhuillier.  Carlo's furniture pieces are well designed and  made of quality materials and it is for  that reason that he has had a lot of success in the business.  We enjoyed touring his factory and being shown his new pieces.  

this chair caught our attention at Carlo's showroom
Myself, Jemellie, Carlo Cordaro, Linda and Jojo Zabarte
Casa Amparito's launch was a gathering of Cebu's A-Listers.  Amparito welcomed us with open arms and we feasted on her sumptuous buffet.  She is the epitome of the perfect hostess and her launch had all the ingredients of a successful event.  It was also her birthday that day. 

Zee Lifestyle publisher Eva Gullas, Mayenne, the hostess with the mostest,
Amparito Lhuillier, Jojo Zabarte, Jemellie Gonzalez,
Doro Barandino, Linda Ley and Philip Rodriguez
Cris Badiola, Jemellie Gonzalez,
Agnes Huettel, myself and Linda Ley
Eva took us for a drink after Casa Amparito at La Maison Rose, a charming French restaurant owned also by the Lhuilliers.  

La Maison Rose has Vietnamese lanterns,
antique pieces of  furniture, and warm hues.
David Lim, Jojo Zabarte and Cris Badiola
enjoyed the charming ambiance
Her friend Jackie Lotzof joined us and at close to midnight, instead of retreating to our hotel, we accepted Jackie's invite to view Cebu's skyline on her hill top residence.

the view of Cebu's skyline from Jackie Lotzof's residence
the group at Jackie's hilltop residence
On our second day,  we excused ourselves from a city tour of three churches that Eva has planned for us. We relaxed and enjoyed our hotel's delicious brunch, lounged by the pool side, took photos around the hotel until it was time to go to the city to visit Kenneth Cobonpue's showroom.  

white sand and blue waters, so inviting!
Some of us took a plunge!
I must say, Cobonpue is a design genius!  His pieces are just so unique and utilize our homegrown native materials, which is good for the industry.  

dapper Cris Badiola strikes a pose by his favorite bar 
Linda Ley's favorite feather chair
flowers in bloom
We had to rush to the lunch Eva's friend Pamela Manuel and her partner Gerry Montanus hosted in their posh Architectural Digest feature-worthy home.  

Jemellie and David enjoying the palatial
home of Pam and Gerry Montanus
the infinity pool was breathtaking
How is the weather up there?
Jojo asks our host Gerry Montanus
who is 6'7 tall
It was a gourmet lunch prepared by Anzani restaurant chef and owner Marco Anzani .  The highlight of the lunch, aside from being toured around the palatial home, was the saxophonist named Ed.  

Ed, the saxophonist was goofing around
with us- Jemellie, Pam, myself and Linda.
He played the sax, he sang dance tunes- he was a one man band!!! Our twinkle toes couldn't resist dancing to his music. Linda Ley, the hip hop diva, taught us some cool dance moves to the delight of Pam. 

We rushed back to the hotel for our early dinner with Manny O at his party place, the famed Ibiza Beach Club at Movenpick.  We wanted to catch the show of Brazilian Mardi Gras clad dancers strutting their wares and their delightful samba moves!!! Manny O treated us to his award-winning wines and bubbly and a gourmet Churrasco dinner.   He left us to savor the rest of the dinner as he had to rush to the airport to catch his flight to Manila where he was the guest speaker at a MicroSoft event.

Mayenne, Linda and Richard Tiu were
early birds for our dinner with Manny O.
with our host Manny O, who treated us
with a Churrasco dinner  at his party place,
the Ibiza Beach Club complete with wine pairings 
the handsome F&B Director Daniel Trumpfkeller
Manny O showed us hi collection of wines
and chose some for our dinner.
We stayed on longer to chill to the music of the imported Spanish DJ and dance off the calories we consumed at dinner.

Inside the enclosed dining room of the
Ibiza beach Club, we stayed on for  more
music and drinks.
Thank you Eva for organizing our stay in Cebu.  It was action-packed and we loved every moment of it.  


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