Kandaya Resort turns 1!

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Dennis and I joined several celebrity and media friends at the glitzy Kandaya Resort, a sprawling, white sand beach-front resort and spa at the northern tip of Cebu.

This five-star resort has beach villas with private pools and resort suites with well-appointed interiors. We also thoroughly enjoyed the spa with its extensive range of treatments. It is also a short boat ride from Malapascua Island and its bevy of diving attractions.

Martin Yeung, the hands-on owner and manager of Kandaya, threw a festive African-inspired anniversary fete starting with poolside cocktails with fire dancers and warriors in G-strings providing the, shall we say, excitement.

His parents, Mariquita and Carlos Yeung, took the occasion to celebrate their 37th wedding anniversary, complete with a massive cake served in the main dining hall, Kusina.

General manager Fritz Sommerau prepared a sumptuous fiesta buffet highlighted by the famous Cebu lechon. Dinner entertainment included a show of African dances by 10G troopers, multiple sets by the Pinoy band Live Wire, and a finale from an authentic African band, Makumba.

I was lucky to win Best Female Costume, but really, my effort paled beside Sun Shimura, who came in full body paint to win Best Male Costume. Our prizes were overnight stays at Kandaya, so I guess I will be back in paradise pretty soon.

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