Category: Heritage

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

    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 […]

  • Golden Prince highlights heritage month with Kabilin cuisine

    Golden Prince highlights heritage month with Kabilin cuisine

    Simple and authentic, the Humba Cebuana of Golden Prince Hotel and Suites exemplifies the Filipino dishes that it has made available in its ala carte menu beginning in May to highlight the celebration of National Heritage Month. The dish is the typical humba that can be found in Cebuano homes: cooked slow to make the […]

  • Marco Polo Cebu marks Chinese New Year 2018 with traditional ceremony, food fest

    Marco Polo Cebu marks Chinese New Year 2018 with traditional ceremony, food fest

    Celebrating the Chinese New Year is tradition in Cebu, and no one does it better than Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. The hotel welcomed CNY 2018, the Year of the Earth Dog, with lion and dragon dances, eye dotting ceremony, Yee Sang Ceremony, firecrackers to ward off evil, coin toss, and a culinary celebration at Cafe […]

  • Casa de Cacao offers tablea tales, chocolate indulgence

    Casa de Cacao offers tablea tales, chocolate indulgence

    A short lesson on the cacao plant that turns into a decadent feast, Raquel Choa’s The Chocolate Journey at the home she calls Casa de Cacao is an experience that is not to be missed. Imagine an afternoon of sikwate (chocolate drink) in any flavor you can think of: sweet, dark, spicy, flavored with hibiscus, […]

  • Marco Polo Plaza Cebu marks Independencia with rich Luzon cuisine

    Marco Polo Plaza Cebu marks Independencia with rich Luzon cuisine

    The bagnet of Ilocos, sisig of Pampanga, bulalo of Batangas, and many more Luzon dishes will serve as the highlight of the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu culinary festival Independencia from June 8-15 at Cafe Marco. For the whole duration of Independencia: Flavors of Northern Philippines, diners will get to experience the rich and vibrant cuisine […]

  • Rizal Memorial Library and Museum

    Rizal Memorial Library and Museum

    Along the modern urbanscape of Osmena Blvd. stands the pre-World War II neo-classical building the Rizal Memorial Library and Museum or commonly known to Cebuanos as the Cebu City Public Library. The structure grew out of contributions from civic-minded residents way back in 1939 and is named after the country’s national hero and multi-talented scholar, […]

  • The death of Leon Kilat

    The death of Leon Kilat

    After his betrayal and assassination in the town of Kabkad (present day Carcar City) in the early hours of April 8, 1898, a Good Friday, Leon Kilat’s disemboweled body was put on display at the town center. The killing of Leon Kilat, the nom de guerre of Katipunan leader Pantaleon Villegas, was gruesome – he […]

  • Vispop 4.0 offers new batch of Visayan hits

    Vispop 4.0 offers new batch of Visayan hits

    Six Visayan songs that sing of love, friendship, journeys, and the longing between a wife and her sailor husband have made it as finalists of this year’s Vispop. Vispop is a nationwide songwriting campaign that encourages Visayan-speaking composers and musicians to write quality Visayan songs that speak of today’s generation. A brainchild of Artist and […]

  • Gabii Sa Kabilin 2015 sites: A walkthrough

    Gabii Sa Kabilin 2015 sites: A walkthrough

    Gabii Sa Kabilin or Night of Heritage is the year’s most-awaited cultural and heritage event in Cebu. On this day, which is always the last Friday of May, museums, churches, temples and heritage houses in Cebu stay open until midnight. To preview and plan ahead your Gabii Sa Kabilin route on May 29, check out […]

  • 7 heritage churches in Metro Cebu for your Visita Iglesia

    7 heritage churches in Metro Cebu for your Visita Iglesia

    Make your Visita Iglesia this week a journey not just of faith but also of heritage by choosing to visit the centuries-old Spanish period churches that are common across the island of Cebu. For your list of seven churches to visit this Holy Week, check out these places of worship in Metro Cebu that have […]

  • Going on Visita Iglesia? Download a handy guide to Cebu’s heritage churches

    Going on Visita Iglesia? Download a handy guide to Cebu’s heritage churches

    Are you planning to visit seven churches this Holy Week in observance of the religious tradition Visita Iglesia? Cebu-based journalism startup InnoPub Media, in partnership with Smart Communications, Inc. and the Archdiocese of Cebu, provides you a handy guide to the heritage churches in Cebu with the release of an updated version of its Visita […]

  • TBT: Did you know the capitol was once located across Plaza Independencia?

    TBT: Did you know the capitol was once located across Plaza Independencia?

    Before the Cebu Provincial Government transferred to the current location of the Capitol, the provincial governor held office at the Casa de Gobierno or the Casa Provincial across the Plaza Independencia. Lucy Urgello Miller said in her book “Glimpses of Old Cebu: Images of the Colonial Era” that the location of the Casa de Gobierno […]

  • Sinulog Festival 2015 schedule of activities

    Sinulog Festival 2015 schedule of activities

    Cebu’s Sinulog Festival is a celebration both solemn and festive, a festival of festivals held every January in Cebu City with much pomp and pageantry. Although the Sinulog Festival has grown to become a month-long festivity, its highlights happen every third week of January. The important Sinulog 2015 dates are January 17 and 18. Sinulog […]

  • Samboan is home to natural, heritage attractions

    Samboan is home to natural, heritage attractions

    As one of the few towns located at the southernmost tip of Cebu, Samboan is an unspoiled gem of natural wonders and ancient stone monuments. It is home to rivers, springs, waterfalls, caves and clean coastlines as well as structures that are hundreds of years old and bear silent witness to Samboan’s early years. Here […]

  • TBT: Fuente Scandal

    TBT: Fuente Scandal

    It’s hard to imagine today but the Fuente Osmeña circle was considered dangerous in the 1900s because it was far from the city center. Fuelling the fear in that period was what author Lucy Urgello-Miller described in her book “Glimpses of Old Cebu” as a “scandalous, melodramatic case” that happened in the area. On the […]

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

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

    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 […]

  • Cebu celebrates 445th founding anniversary on August 6

    Cebu celebrates 445th founding anniversary on August 6

    Many Cebuanos are well aware of the upcoming 445th Founding Anniversary of Cebu on August 6, 2014 as it has been declared a special holiday in the province. Beyond the fact that there is no work or classes on that day, what do we really know about this singular date in Cebu’s history and what […]

  • 6 Boljoon centuries-old attractions you should visit

    6 Boljoon centuries-old attractions you should visit

    Aside from being picturesque and postcard-perfect, historic is also another word that locals and even historians use to describe the southwestern town of Boljoon in Cebu. Other than the quaint picture it presents as it sits on a narrow strip of land between the placid blue sea and tall mountain ridges, the settlement of Boljoon […]

  • Santa Catalina de Alejandria Church in Carcar

    Santa Catalina de Alejandria Church in Carcar

    One of the very first things people notice about the Santa Catalina de Alejandria Parish Church is the life-size statues of the 13 apostles perched on the columns of the structure’s fenced patio. Another is of a similar sculpture of the fourteenth apostle, the betrayer Judas Iscariot, standing apart on a pillar near the rectory. […]

  • Boljoon ready for tourists during Holy Week break

    Boljoon ready for tourists during Holy Week break

    If you’re planning a Cebu trip during the Holy Week break and feel that the holiday island of Bantayan will be too crowded, you might want to consider Boljoon and its neighboring towns in your travel itinerary. Many tourists now consider Boljoon as an alternative Cebu destination during the Lenten season, Mayor Merlou Derama said. […]