Cebu News Digest Jan. 6, 2015: Urgent need for clean water; steel bridge in Sibonga; 2 fires in Metro Cebu

TEMPORARY. A temporary steel bridge is being built after the destruction of this bridge in Dumlog, Sibonga cut off southern Cebu towns from the rest f the province. (Photo by Allan Tangcawan)

The Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas has asked municipal health officers to monitor water sources to make sure these have not been contaminated by damage wrought by Tropical Storm Seniang. Yesterday, 2 fires hit Metro Cebu, destroying 11 houses in Cebu City and damaging 1 in Lapu-Lapu City. Also yesterday, Capitol said it will…

#TBT: Traffic much? Colon traffic and the ‘Best Trafficman of the Year’

Photo by Jose Martinez. This image is part of the Cebuano Studies Center collection at the University of San Carlos and is used in this site with permission from the center.

This photo taken in about 1930 shows trafficman Pio Alo manning traffic on Colon Street. According to the information that accompanied this photograph at the Cebuano Studies Center archives, Alo was named “Best Trafficman of the Year” in the year this photo was taken. Alo is shown inside a traffic box that was in use…

Sinulog festival guide Android app now available

SINULOG FESTIVAL GUIDE. Get a comprehensive guide to the Sinulog festival in your phone by downloading the Sinulog Guide Android app.

Sinulog 2014 is less than 3 months away. If you’re planning to attend the grandest festival in the country, you can get help in preparing for it by downloading our Sinulog Guide Android app in the Google Play Store. The app contains stories about the and offers tips on how to make the most out…

Coming back to Pandanon Island

ISLAND PARADISE. This photo was taken in 2010 when there were fewer visitors and beach huts on Pandanon Island you'd think you had the island to yourself.

We went to Pandanon Island off the coast of Bohol in 2010 and found a postcard view of a tropical paradise. We went back last week to find it slightly changed. There are now more cottages on the beach, for one. When we were there last week, another hut was being built. For someone smitten…

San Juan Bautista Parish Church, once Cebu’s most opulent church

DIONISIO Alo stood seething with anger as authorities tore down the magnificent San Juan Bautista Parish Church in Parian in the late 1870s. “His heart bled with every stone that was removed and all he could do was bite his lips causing them to also bleed,” said Ang Sugbo sa Karaang Panahon: An Annotated Translation…

Ungo

Ungo Runners in front of Sun.Star Cebu.

On Friday nights, Sun.Star Cebu executive editor Michelle So works in running shorts. At 9 p.m. managing editor for news Isolde Amante and news editor Charmaine Rodriguez go through the last few news stories and prepare to close the remaining news pages before changing to their jogging pants or running shorts. At that time, reporters…

Rening Ylaya: At 73, going 42

The names of places come out in a staccato, wheezing whisper barely heard through the disco music booming from large speakers at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC) track oval. “Marawi-Iligan, Cagay-an, Davao, Cagay-an, Manila, Cebu…,” Ireneo “Rening” Ylaya recites like a mantra—in a strained asthmatic’s voice—the places where he ran marathons. He says the…