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    As the doyenne of some of the most exquisite gatherings in Cebu, socialite and event organizer Teresin Mendezona knows that the Queen City of the South has much to celebrate– its history and culture, its tropical beaches, its world-class products, its food, and its people. While her hometown’s attractions never fail to fascinate her, Teresin says that the true beauty of Cebu lies in the warmth and generous spirit of its people, which she shares with us here. This is her Cebu. This is her SM.

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    “If I would take guests to tour around Cebu, I would bring them to the Fuente Osmeña Circle. It’s the center for cultural, social, and political happenings and could very well be the soul center of the people of Cebu. I have fond memories of learning to skate around the circle as a young girl.”

    Named after President Sergio Osmeña, Sr., the country’s second president, Fuente Osmeña is a park built during the founding of Cebu’s water system. The beautiful park has been the venue of Cebu’s gatherings and events, including the Sinulog Festival.

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    “I would also take them around to meet the wonderful people of Cebu. Cebuanos are very warm, sincere, and caring. If they are friends, they are really true friends.”

    Teresin with childhood friend Annie Aboitiz, whom she says, “makes the best homemade paella in town.”

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    “No trip to Cebu would be complete without a stop at SM City Cebu. SM is a destination for people all over the Philippines. Everyone comes here, even those from neighboring islands especially during the holidays and the Sinulog. SM is complete. You have it all.”

    SM City Cebu, which opened in 1993, has become part of the lives of residents of the Queen City of the South for many years.

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    “I will give my guests a glimpse of how Cebuanos share. Having had feeding programs for quite sometime, I’ve come to realize that it’s important that we give time. It’s very easy to dole out, but the time we spend with people is priceless.”

    Low key about her charity work, Teresin granted us a rare look at the Feeding Program she and some friends organized for the children of Barangay Ermita in Cebu City.

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    “There are a lot of finds in Cebu that my guests will love exploring. The pace in Cebu is a bit more laid back than Manila, but I would say that we are at par in terms of style and innovation.”

    As the celebrated high priestess of gatherings in Cebu, Teresin has worked with some of the City’s best in food, fashion, and lifestyle. She is shown here with Cebu florist Pinky Chang of Pink Flora; Café Laguna’s Julita and Jill Urbina, who serve the best puto bumbong in town; and fashion designer Arcy Gayatin.

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    “And for course, I would take them on a malling trip. I love shopping at SM because everything is already there –good food, services, and merchandise. If you want something, go to SM, they have it. There are so many stores that I love here.”

    Teresin says she is a regular at Our Home, where she buys décor both for her events and for her home. “The items are very nice and affordable.”