GT Cosmetics supports Miss Cebu 2014

GT Cosmetics chief operating officer Leonora B. Salvane (center, right) and Miss Cebu 2014 chairperson Jaja Chiongbian-Rama (center, left) with the semi-finalists of Miss Cebu 2014. (Photo by Marlen Limpag)

Cebu beauty product manufacturer GT Cosmetics is sponsoring the Miss Cebu 2014 pageant that will be held as one of Sinulog Festival activities this January. Engr. Leonora B. Salvane, company chief operating officer, said they will also be picking a Miss GT from among the Miss Cebu 2014 finalists on pageant night slated this January… Continue reading GT Cosmetics supports Miss Cebu 2014

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With Bantayan, Malapascua still rebuilding, Capitol promotes Southern Cebu attractions

MOALBOAL BEACH. While the destination islands of Bantayan and Malapascua recover from super typhoon Yolanda, the Provincial Government encourages tourists to visit other Cebu attractions like the beaches in Moalboal. (Photo by Max Limpag)

While the destination islands of Bantayan and Malapascua recover from super typhoon Yolanda, the Provincial Government encourages tourists to visit other Cebu attractions. Cebu provincial tourism officer Mary Grace K. Paulino said heritage structures in southern Cebu such as Spanish period churches and buildings are intact. “Our southern tour is very popular right now especially… Continue reading With Bantayan, Malapascua still rebuilding, Capitol promotes Southern Cebu attractions

State of Cebu, Bohol churches after the earthquake

RUBBLE. What remains of the church in Loon, Bohol. (Photo by Berniemac Arellano)

Checked out the newest earthquake update and saw a long list of Bohol churches, chapels, and convent that were destroyed or have sustained varying degrees of damage. I counted 22 churches, seven chapels, and a convent. I’m not sure, though, which of these structures are heritage ones. It has been reported often enough that the… Continue reading State of Cebu, Bohol churches after the earthquake

Strong earthquake destroys, damages Bohol, Cebu heritage structures

BASILICA MINORE DEL SANTO NIÑO. The belfry of the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño crumbled during this morning's earthquake. (Photo by Bernie Arellano posted in his Instagram account)

A strong 7.2 earthquake hit Cebu and Bohol at 8:00 this morning and reports have been coming in of lives lost as well as damage and destruction to commercial buildings and residential houses. It’s heartbreaking. I saw pictures of collapsed or damaged public markets in Pasil and Carbon in Cebu City, Mandaue City; commercial buildings… Continue reading Strong earthquake destroys, damages Bohol, Cebu heritage structures

Blue Bell Ice Cream launches in Cebu

SCOOPING STATION. Blue Bell Ice Cream is opening a scooping station in Cebu that will be able to carry all flavors, including seasonal ones. (Photo by Marlen Limpag)

First, I had some of the homemade vanilla because this was cited as the bestseller of the Blue Bell Ice Cream flavors by Andrew Evans in an article that came out on the Digital Nomad section of National Geographic. Since I’m not a fan of vanilla flavored ice cream products, or at least the ones… Continue reading Blue Bell Ice Cream launches in Cebu

Golden Cowrie opens newest Hukad branch at Parkmall in Mandaue

NOT YOUR REGULAR PUSO. This puso uses brown rice. Golden Cowrie has come up with "puso" using brown or red rice. (Photo by Marlen Limpag)

Sisig tofu and other dishes for the health conscious as well as new variations on old recipes make up the menu at the newest and seventh restaurant branch of Golden Cowrie at Parkmall in Mandaue City. Aside from the usual Filipino fare of crispy pata, pinakbet, ginataang langka, sinigang na hipon, diners can also order… Continue reading Golden Cowrie opens newest Hukad branch at Parkmall in Mandaue

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… Continue reading Cebu-wide digital tourism project launched in Argao

Royal Typewriter: Small, compact and efficient writing machine

Cebu Daily News publisher Eileen Mangubat used this typewriter before she became Sun.Star news editor. She then passed it on to Edralyn Benedicto, a Sun.Star reporter at the time, who gave it up when the paper shifted to computers. On this typewriter, Mangubat wrote stories about the abduction of Fr. Rudy Romano, the fall of… Continue reading Royal Typewriter: Small, compact and efficient writing machine

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Cebu Pacific takes university students on ‘ultimate Backpacker Challenge’

Student backpackers are in for great fun immersing in local festivals. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

Attention adventure-loving university students! Pack your bags and prepare for the ultimate travel adventure, courtesy of the country’s largest airline. Cebu Pacific invites college students who are passionate about traveling to join the Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge, a five-day cross-country adventure competition from August 29 to September 2, 2012. The Juan for Fun Backpacker… Continue reading Cebu Pacific takes university students on ‘ultimate Backpacker Challenge’

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Bigger, more colorful Gabii sa Kabilin this May 25

One event that should not be missed in Cebu this May is the annual Gabii sa Kabilin, which is bigger this year since it will involve 21 heritage sites and include children’s activities as well as an exhibit of Cebuano delicacies. Dr. Jocelyn Gerra, executive director of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI)-Culture and Heritage,… Continue reading Bigger, more colorful Gabii sa Kabilin this May 25

Singapore popular destination with Filipinos: tourism board

Summer, the season for travel, is here. Where do you plan to hie off to? If Singapore is on top of your list, check out the new and popular as well as thematic places and events that it has to offer to tourists. Sherina Chan, Singapore Tourism Board (STB) Area Director for the Philippines and… Continue reading Singapore popular destination with Filipinos: tourism board

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

Smart brings mobile financial services to Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island, known for its crystal-clear waters and long stretch of powdery white sand, is considered one of the tropical attractions of the Philippines. It is accessible via a 2-hour land trip from Cebu City, plus a one-hour ferry ride from Hagnaya Port in northern Cebu. The long trips to and from the island, however,… Continue reading Smart brings mobile financial services to Bantayan Island