Utzurrum: Cebu furniture in focus

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IF YOU’VE ever wondered why Cebu has become the ‘Mecca of fine furniture design and manufacturing’, the book, Cebu Furniture: “A History of Inspiration and Innovation,” will relate the untold and unique stories that comprise, the more-than-sixty-year history of the Cebu furniture industry.

Published by ArtPostAsia, represented by Tina Colayco, the 300-page book is co-published by Charles Streegan, the former Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation (CFIF) President; who in his foreword says the book represents a “tribute to the industry, an appreciation of its history, (and) a recognition of the many remarkable and passionate people who pioneered and blazed new trails.”

The book traces the industry’s beginning and evolution following the personal and corporate journeys of those that have raised the status of the multi-million industry to what it is today.

More importantly, it establishes a graphic timeline and provenance of over 100 classic and modern landmark pieces that catapulted Cebu on the world map, as a source of quality, well-designed and one-of-a-kind furniture.

Launching day was held at the Gilt Bar and Resto, where Cebu’s 400 in the furniture industry rubbed elbows, with this burg’s who’s who in business entrepreneurship, as well as distinctive clientele.

The book, definitely a collector’s item, was done in cooperation with the key players of the industry, the CFIF and their international partners and buyers. The launch in Manila was held last March 15 at the Manila Fame trade exhibition at SMEX Convention Center.

Now you know the untold story.


The unanimous choice was Casa Verde at Ayala Terraces for the birthday lunch of Saleshe “Sally” Gimenez-Baking, where she gathered her classmates from St. Theresa’s College high school class 1960.

The specialty of the house, Baby Back Ribs was superbly spiced and succulent to the bone! The deadly dessert called, Death by Chocolate was absolutely to die-for!

Happy birthday Sally and many more to come!


Another batch of Theresians, this time the coming Golden Girls of High School Class 1962, were excitedly mapping out their itinerary for their out-of-town excursions after the Homecoming celebration this July. Venue was Golden Cowrie Restaurant, hosted by Maribel Kratz.

Some classes plan a Boracay weekend, others a beach sojourn in Cebu’s nearby coastal resorts. Perhaps Hong Kong or Bangkok would be an alternative, huh girls?

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 29, 2012.

Article Source : www.sunstar.com.ph