In Oslob, Fr. Bermejo looks out to sea he protected in his lifetime

Just outside the compound of the Inmaculada Concepcion parish church in Oslob, southern Cebu, stands a forlorn statue of a slightly hunched priest holding a cross — as if to offer a blessing — while looking out to the open sea. The statue is that of Fr. Julian Bermejo, an Augustinian priest who played a… Continue reading In Oslob, Fr. Bermejo looks out to sea he protected in his lifetime

You think you’re kinky? Wait till you read about sexual practices of ancient Cebuanos

(WARNING: this article tackles a mature subject in graphic fashion) These people go naked, Italian scholar Antonio Pigafetta wrote in his account of the Armada de Molucca’s stay in Zzubu or Cebu, “wearing only a piece of cloth made of palm around their shameful parts.” “They have as many wives as they wish, but there… Continue reading You think you’re kinky? Wait till you read about sexual practices of ancient Cebuanos

Is the original really encased inside Magellan’s Cross?

No, according to several historians. The panel placed at the foot of the cross makes two astonishing claims: that it contains the original Magellan’s Cross and that it was planted by the Portuguese explorer on that very spot. Neither claim holds up to close scrutiny. It is also interesting to note that the commemorative marker… Continue reading Is the original really encased inside Magellan’s Cross?

Marco Polo features Flavors of Mindanao in Independencia culinary festival

From durian rice cakes to fish stewed in turmeric to slow-cooked beef in burnt coconut broth, an interesting and delicious range of dishes with Moro and lumad heritage are on the menu in Café Marco at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. The dishes are made available as part of Flavors of Mindanao, this year’s Independencia… Continue reading Marco Polo features Flavors of Mindanao in Independencia culinary festival

Tap social media, digital tools to grow your business, Facebook tells Cebu companies

Businesses that embrace technology and social media grow at incredible rates, according to an official of Facebook Philippines. With platforms like Facebook, there has never been a better time to have a business idea or solution and connect that idea with someone who will need it, Facebook Philippines Client Partner Chay Mondejar-Saputil said in a… Continue reading Tap social media, digital tools to grow your business, Facebook tells Cebu companies

Is Colon really the oldest street in the Philippines?

No, writes Dr. Resil Mojares in Integracion/Internacion: The Urbanization of Cebu in Archival Records of the Spanish Colonial Period. There were already streets even before the Spaniards came to the Philippines, Mojares asserts in the book’s opening chapter Calle Colon and the Sites of Public Memory. “In a commonsensical way, one can say that where… Continue reading Is Colon really the oldest street in the Philippines?

Are you #Ready2Go? Travel the Philippines with 2Go Travel, 2Go Supercat

With the Philippines being an archipelago, going around the different destinations by ship is often the best and most scenic way to get anywhere. In the Philippines, the top shipping company, whether for travel or logistics, is 2Go. It is the biggest cargo mover with close to a quarter of the market share. In passage,… Continue reading Are you #Ready2Go? Travel the Philippines with 2Go Travel, 2Go Supercat

Naga City hosts inaugural Sun Life 5150 Triathlon Cebu

Cebu is the “crown jewel in Asia” when it comes to triathlons, a race organizer said Friday. That is the reason why when Sun Life Financial Philippines and Sunrise Events decided to stage the first Sun Life 5150 Triathlon Cebu, they knew “this is where we should be,” said Princess Galura during Friday’s press conference… Continue reading Naga City hosts inaugural Sun Life 5150 Triathlon Cebu

Hunat Sugbo returns for 9th year; organizers move to cut down trash

A fun run started by a hotel to call for justice in the killing of its top official is now on its 9th year. Hunat Sugbo has also taken on Cebu Parklane ‘s advocacy for protecting the environment. The annual Hunat Sugbo is meant to encourage a healthy lifestyle, said Cebu Parklane International Hotel General… Continue reading Hunat Sugbo returns for 9th year; organizers move to cut down trash

MCIA to build Airport Village ‘to improve travel experience’

PEDESTRIAN ZONE. The old MCIA arrivals road will be permanently closed and designated a pedestrian zone as part of the Airport Village.

It takes a village to welcome home or send off a Filipino traveler and authorities at the Mactan Cebu International Airport want to create the space and ambience for that by building an Airport Village. “We all know in the Philippines one person arrives, half the barangay comes to meet them. So we are creating… Continue reading MCIA to build Airport Village ‘to improve travel experience’

POSIBLE brings digital payments, financial tech to neighborhoods

CEBU LAUNCH. POSIBLE CEO JG Puzon during the launch of their financial technology platform in Cebu City.

Rather than drive to a mall and get stuck in traffic to pay your VECO dues, you can soon just go to your nearest sari-sari store that has a POSIBLE system in place and settle your electricity bill there. POSIBLE is a Filipino financial technology company that seeks to drive financial inclusion by bringing these… Continue reading POSIBLE brings digital payments, financial tech to neighborhoods

If everyone has gone digital, how do you stand out? Accenture report points way

TECH VISION BRIEFING. Reporters in Cebu join via video-conference a briefing on the Accenture Technology Vision 2019 by Managing Director and Digital Lead in the Philippines JP Palpallatoc.

Digital is no longer a differentiator for enterprises but “the price of admission to do business,” a top official of a global technology company said in a briefing on Tuesday. Digital technologies are already an expectation and no longer a differentiator, said JP Palpallatoc, Managing Director and Accenture Digital Lead in the Philippines in a… Continue reading If everyone has gone digital, how do you stand out? Accenture report points way

Columbia, Primer Group of Companies bring potable water to Sibugay school

Volunteers get ready to put up the water tower.

Each day at school, Sibugay Integrated School Grade 6 student Riza Mae Ardiente spends P2 of her P20 allowance to buy water from a decrepit dispenser near the faculty office. For P1, she gets about a glass of water in a plastic bag that she twirls on top to seal and then bites off on… Continue reading Columbia, Primer Group of Companies bring potable water to Sibugay school

Cebu-Cordova bridge done by 2021; CCLEC signs P19B loan agreement

LOAN FACILITY. Representatives pose with the finance documents after the signing of the P19 billion loan agreement.

The Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is on track to be finished by mid-2021 and will transform the economy and social landscape of Cebu, according to officials of the company undertaking the project. The Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC) signed on February 7 a P19-billion loan and security agreement with 6 banks: Rizal Commercial Banking… Continue reading Cebu-Cordova bridge done by 2021; CCLEC signs P19B loan agreement

SM to stage 9th SM2SM run; huge prizes, premium raffle items at stake

For the 9th year, SM Cebu City will be holding the much-awaited SM2SM Run on February 17. With over P600,000 in cash prizes and premium items like phones and TV sets to be raffled off, the SM2SM Run is the biggest running event in southern Philippines and one of the top events in the country.… Continue reading SM to stage 9th SM2SM run; huge prizes, premium raffle items at stake

Bo’s Coffee turns Capitol branch into tribute store

SHOWCASE THE BEST. Bo’s Coffee founder Steve Benitez discusses the concept behind the tribute store during opening of the first such branch – Bo’s Coffee Capitol.

Bo’s Coffee, a brand known for its promotion of Filipino coffee, has opened its first tribute store in its hometown in Cebu. A tribute store, according to founder Steve Benitez, is a flagship branch that offers people a new coffee experience. He said the concept took 3 years to plan and was meant to “showcase… Continue reading Bo’s Coffee turns Capitol branch into tribute store

Looking for gift ideas? Check out Pop District Bazaar in Mandani Bay on December 10-11

PRESS CONFERENCE. Organizers talk to bloggers and reporters during the announcement of Pop District Bazaar.

Rather than giving your usual Christmas gifts, why not hand out artisanal products made by local small businesses this year? One of the best places to buy these products from will be the Pop District Bazaar on December 10 to 11 at The Tent, in Mandani Bay in Mandaue City. Jayneil Enriquez, District Events Head… Continue reading Looking for gift ideas? Check out Pop District Bazaar in Mandani Bay on December 10-11

Megaworld to build Spanish-inspired residential tower in The Mactan Newtown

To be built in time to mark the 500th year of the circumnavigation of the world by the ship that inspired its name, the La Victoria Global Residences will add 181 units to the residential inventory at the 30-hectare township The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City. “We launch this tower 500 years after Magellan was… Continue reading Megaworld to build Spanish-inspired residential tower in The Mactan Newtown