Sinulog 2012 depicts Cebu as ‘City of Culture’

A retracing of Cebu’s journey through the years, the people and countries it interacted with, and their influences on the island’s values and beliefs will be the central idea behind the 2012 Sinulog Festival. The theme “One Beat. One Dance. One Vision.” remains the same but the concept changes year by year and it will…

Sto. Nino pilgrims find a place to stay in Cebu

DEVOTEE CITY. The rows of container vans serve as temporary homes of Sto. Niño pilgrims who have nowhere else to stay in Cebu City.

Cebu’s Fiesta Senyor or feast of the Sto. Nino draws devotees from all over, and thousands converge every January in Cebu City to fulfill a “panaad” (devotion). There are pilgrims, however, who do not have relatives here and cannot afford to pay for rooms so the City Government puts up a “Devotee City” every Sinulog…

Affordable rooms along Cebu’s Sinulog routes

One of Cebu’s most anticipated events, the Sinulog Festival, is drawing close and there is a certain buzz in the island in anticipation of two festival main events – the Solemn Procession and Grand Parade. Since major Cebu City streets will be closed during these two activities and travel by vehicle difficult, a good option…

Magellan’s cross symbolizes conversion

Magellan's Cross commemorates the Christianization of the Philippines when Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan planted a cross in Sugbu (now Cebu) on April 21, 1521.

This small octagonal structure in downtown Cebu City may appear unimpressive, but it houses a valuable relic and marks an important spot for Cebuanos. Enclosed in tindalo wood inside the octagonal kiosk is what is left of the original cross that Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan planted in Sugbu (now Cebu) some 490 years ago. The…

Colon, oldest street in the country

COLON STREET. This thoroughfare in downtown Cebu City is the oldest street in the Philippines. This undated photo of the old Colon Street was taken from the book City Of Cebu, which was published by the Cebu City Government in 1970.

It may look like any ordinary street but this crowded stretch overflowing with shops, stalls, sidewalk vendors, people, and passenger jeepneys is, believe it or not, the oldest in the Philippines. This thoroughfare in downtown Cebu City known as Colon Street existed way back in time, since Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi commissioned its…

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Parian monument depicts Cebu historic events

Cement, iron, and steel come together to form the towering Heritage of Cebu Monument built right on the original Plaza Parian in Cebu City. Conceptualized by multi-awarded sculptor Eduardo Castrillo, the mammoth structure depicts significant moments in Cebu’s history beginning with that fateful fight of April 21, 1521 in the island of Mactan where native…

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Suroy-Suroy Sugbo goes to 22 southern towns

Cebu southern towns prepare food, songs, and dances for guests who joined this year’s Suroy-Suroy Sugbo Southern Heritage Trail tour that kicked off today from the Provincial Capitol. The first stop of the three-day tour was the town of Minglanilla, where visitors had their fill of Cebuano food specialties budbud pilit paired with ripe mango…

BPI museum traces history of banking in Philippines

Ever wondered how and when banking started in the Philippines? The oldest bank in the country, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), tells the story through its newly opened museum in Cebu City. On display at the museum are gold coins that started circulation in 1861, 10 years after the El Banco Español Filipino de…

Levi’s launches biggest fashion party in Cebu

Levi’s brings to Cebu the most rocking summer dance party with two of the hottest DJ-supermodels in the world. The Levi’s Roadwear Party featuring DJNile and Catherine McQueen is happening this April 30, 10 p.m., at the Penthouse in the Asiatown IT Park in Cebu City.

Oven fresh pretzels at Auntie Anne’s in SM Cebu

They shape the dough right in front of your eyes into a symmetrical loop shaped like a knot and bake it in the oven while you wait. As a result, you get your pretzels at Auntie Anne‘s in SM City Cebu fresh and hot. They’re crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and, in…

CMG footwear complements runway’s feminine looks

CELINE Mix Group (CMG) takes inspiration from the Spring 2011 runway by bringing the fresh and feminine into its footwear. Wooden clogs, strappy sandals, and sky-high wedges are making their way back into CMG’s closets to complement this season’s biggest looks: cropped 70’s sophisticated glamour to 60’s ladylike dresses that foster femininity and accentuate women’s…

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Wellness in a Tutti Frutti frozen yogurt cup

Frozen yogurt dispensers at the Tutti Frutti self-service store in SM City, Cebu.

It has impressive health benefits, but yogurt’s natural sourness can turn off some people. If you’re like me who can stand only a few mouthfuls of the regular stuff, you can get your daily dose of healthy from frozen yogurt. Aside from frozen product being smoother in texture, it also only has a little of…

Sinulog 2011 schedule of activities

This photo by Mikhael Arrogante is the grand winner of the 2010 Sinulog photo contest. Photo courtesy of the Sinulog foundation.

THIS year’s month-long Sinulog celebration starts with a fun run on January 2 at the Cebu City Sports Center, and its religious opening salvo is the “Walk with Jesus” — a solemn parade that starts from Fuente Osmena and ends at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino. Sinulog 2011 activities are a mix of religious,…

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280-year-old Jesuit house in Cebu

The relief plaque bearing the date “Año 1730” on the inside wall above the Jesuit house's entrance door. Click on picture to view larger size.

In the hustle and bustle of Cebu City are houses so old, they’ve stood for about 300 years. One of these structures is located between Calle Zulueta and the narrow side street of Binakayan in downtown Parian, the old Chinese district of Cebu. It’s a two-storey house of cut coral stone walls, tugas hardwood floors…

Taboan buwad (dried fish)

Nothing compares to the danggit (salted dried fish) produced in Cebu, and the Taboan market is the cheapest source of this specialty food in Cebu City. Danggit is just one of the many kinds of buwad (dried fish) sold in Taboan. A kilo of danggit in Taboan ranges from 400 pesos to 500 pesos, depending…

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Branded clothes, shoes at SM’s Northwing

If a P3,495 dress doesn’t faze you, you’d feel right at home shopping in SM City-Cebu’s Northwing. The Northwing is home to brand shops selling imported clothes, black shoes, bags, accessories like Mango, NafNaf, Onesimus, Montre, Aldo, F&X, Accessorize, Espada, Skinfood, Kipling, Osh Kosh B’Gosh, Traffic, Bayo, Promod, Regatta, and Levis, among others. Bohemian bags…

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