Cardinal Vidal recounts many roles as Cebu archbishop

Cardinal Vidal, Cebu archbishop emeritus, says Cebuanos are a special people.

He hadn’t wanted the task of overseeing the Catholic Church in Cebu but has come to love the Cebuanos. When Ricardo Cardinal Vidal was appointed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cebu in the 1980s, he begged off from the job. He hailed from Luzon and did not speak a single word of Bisaya and foresaw…

Jessie shares secrets to delicious Argao torta

At Jessie's, torta is baked in the hurno or clay oven and tuba (coconut wine) is used as leavening.

Baking the perfect Argao torta requires a confluence of several things, revealed one of the town’s top makers Jessie Magallones. The tuba (coconut wine) must be fresh and fermented just right so it is neither too sweet or sour. A clay oven or what Cebuanos call the “hurno” gives the best Argao torta results. Cooking…

Cebu-wide digital tourism project launched in Argao

The unveiling of a quick response (QR) code marker marks the start in Argao of a province-wide implementation of a digital tourism program for Cebu. In the photo are: (from L) Argao Vice Mayor Stanley Caminero, PLDT-Smart Public Affairs head Mon Isberto, Cebu Gov. Hilario "Junjun" Davide III, Argao Mayor Edsel Galeos, and InnoPub co-founder Max Limpag.

When someone mentions torta, I usually and immediately think of Argao because I associate this popular Cebu delicacy with the town. I’m sure a lot of Cebuanos do the same. Our frequent visits to Argao however have made me realize that its indigenous industries of torta and tableya, another specialty, are just one of the…

Dong Juan offers great food at affordable price

WITH A TWIST. Dong Juan french fries are not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill. Aside from other spices, it is flavored with imported sweet paprika that gives it an extraordinary twist. (Photo by Max Limpag)

Entrepreneur couple Aubrey and Barney Borja were on a mission when they started Dong Juan and that was to provide fine food at affordable prices to the average Pinoy. Six years on, Dong Juan continues to serve dishes made with only the choicest ingredients and finest herbs and spices. Take, for example, its best-selling burgers.…

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu offers culinary treats at Cafe Marco

CAFE MARCO has been named one of the top 5 restaurants in the Philippines by Miele Guide, a guide to Asia's best eateries. (Photo by Max Limpag)

When they served my buko shake in its original green shell, I knew I would enjoy my lunch at Cafe Marco in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Anyone who spends extra effort on such details as presentation would pay even more attention to taste as well. I was right. I’m not that into food so it…

The Linotype Machine: Hot affair blows cold

LINOTYPE OPERATORS. First introduced commercially in the USA in 1886, the linotype was used by newspapers to cast lines of type, rather than individual letters, hence its name, “line-o-type.” Sitting in front, the machine operator enters the text on a keyboard. The machine assembles letter molds to make a line. Heated metal is used to cast the assembled line as a single piece, called a “slug,” which awaits placing in a press for printing. After printing, the slugs can be melted again for use in other jobs. (Photo by Alex Badayos and provided by CJJ)

(This article was written by Mayette Tabada for the CJJ Media Gallery and is reprinted here with permission) For generations, men slaved over heated metal for love of the printed word. Then the affair turned cold. Before the advent of computer-aided publication, newspapers were printed using a Linotype machine. When it was introduced in 1886,…

Cebuano musical heritage comes alive at Halad Museum

(Information for this article was provided by Halad Museum curator Audrey Tomada) Halad means “tribute” or “offering” in Cebuano and the Halad Museum of Jose “Dodong” R. Gullas in downtown Cebu City serves to immortalize Cebu’s musical heritage. The museum displays memorabilia of Cebuanos who contributed to the formation of Cebu’s musical culture with their…

Cebu heritage walk showcases island’s history

This cross of tindalo wood is said to encase what remains of the cross planted by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan on Cebu soil when he arrived in the island in 1521.

What tourists should include in their Cebu to do list is go on a heritage walk. Cebu City’s downtown area is a heritage belt of old churches, houses, and other structures that date back to its colonial Spanish past spanning no less than 300 years. These places are of walking distance from each other and…

Hale Manna: House of Good Energy

Hale Manna shore

Nature never travels in a straight line and at Hale Manna, which is Hawaiian for House of Good Energy, great pains are taken to ensure that this natural order of things is followed. The ground is uneven and rocky and trees are planted to match this terrain, steps are carved from rocks to serve as…

Cebu’s selection of white sand beaches

WHITE SAND BEACHES. Cebu is known for its white sand beaches such as this one in Basdako in Barangay Saavedra, Moalboal, Cebu. (Photo by Max Limpag)

Cebu beaches are known for their fine white sand and clear waters. Being in the center of a long and narrow island that is 200 kilometers long and nowhere exceeding 40 kilometers in width, Cebu City is half an hour to a few hours away from white sand beaches, long coastlines, beautiful resorts, and paradise…

Centuries-old churches in southern Cebu

Santa Catalina de Alejandria Parish Church in Carcar. Construction of this structure started in 1860 and was finished in 1875.

Centuries-old churches of various architectural influences that were built during the Spanish occupation of Cebu can be found along the entire stretch of the mainland and even in satellite islands. A trip down Cebu’s southern part is a glimpse into the religious aspect of Spain’s influence on Cebuano heritage. Spanish period churches in souther towns…

Cebu City’s heritage of churches

Devotees light candles at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino.

Cebu is an architectural feast of Spanish period churches in the styles of late Baroque, neoclassical, Greco-Roman, and Gothic or a combination of their elements. The Augustinians came with Spanish conqueror Miguel Lopez de Legazpi to the Philippines through Cebu in 1565 and zealously went about converting people to Christianity. Proof of their fervour is…

Marian devotees flock to Mary’s shrine in Simala, Cebu

Sanctuary Castle of Mary in the village of Simala in Sibonga. The Virgin Mary's shrine is a pilgrimage center of Marian devotees. Click on photo to enlarge. (PHOTO BY MARLEN LIMPAG)

A popular pilgrimage destination of Marian devotees in Cebu is Mary’s shrine in the village of Simala in Sibonga. The shrine is located inside an imposing and huge 3-level concrete structure that Fra. Ma. Martin call as Sanctuary Castle of Mama Mary, which also houses the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist Church. Fra. Ma. Martin,…

Moalboal in Cebu hosts over 10 dive sites

Corals in pristine condition adorn Moalboal's seas, making it perfect for snorkeling and diving. Click on photo to enlarge. (PHOTO BY MAX LIMPAG)

When people talk of diving in Cebu, they usually mention the small town of Moalboal in the province’s southwestern coast that is famous for the thousands of sardines that have come to populate its seas. Italian Sergio Forti, who manages a dive resort named Sampaguita in Moalboal’s Panagsama Beach or what they call Bas Diot…

Cordova’s bakasi and other bounties from the sea

Text and Photos by Boboi Costas The bakasi (saltwater eel) thrives abundantly in the town of Cordova, Mactan Island, a 45-minute drive from the city of Cebu. In taxonomic classification, eels belong to the Muranidae family which includes 200 species in 15 genera. In Buwagsong, Cordova, a local fishing community; the bakasi is a prized…

Smart, MyCebu.ph to deliver info on tourism, heritage sites through phone scanning

INFO MARKER. Above is a sample marker at the Heritage of Cebu monument in Barangay Pari-an. When scanned with a QR Code reader in a phone or tablet, the system will send you an article in MyCebu.ph about the monument.

Philippine wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and Cebu-based website MyCebu.ph have partnered to deliver information on tourism and heritage sites to mobile phones and tablets through quick response or QR code scanning. The project is being undertaken in partnership with the Department of Tourism. Smart and MyCebu.ph will place special markers on tourism and…

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…