Robberies, murders and disasters: Top 10 Cebu news stories of 2014

Police go over the vehicle lawyer Noel Archival was riding when he was ambushed and killed in Dalaguete. (Photo by Mark Luzano)

With the opening of 2015 we look back at 2014 with relief that we made it through and with a fervent wish for a better year. Crime and the fight against it hog the headlines of Cebu news organizations. With 2016 approaching, politics is starting to heat up. This year, politics will start to dominate…

Cebu News Digest Jan. 4, 2015: Bad weather till Wednesday, international cargo ship sinks, Sibonga bridge problems

VITAL LINK. The Dumlog Bridge in Sibonga is a vital link in the south coastal highway that leads all the way to southern Cebu from Cebu City. (Photo by Mark Luzano)

It’s gloomy weather in Cebu today, with dark skies and light to moderate rains affecting most of the metro. The weather bureau said Cebuanos can expect the situation to continue until Wednesday due to a weather disturbance it calls the tail end of a cold front. Pag-asa expects better weather on Thursday, when activities for…

Cebu News Digest: 3rd Mactan-Cebu bridge groundbreaking, water service interruption

Good news greeted Cebuanos on the first day of 2015 with the groundbreaking of the 3rd Mactan-Cebu Bridge that will link the town of Cordova to Cebu City. Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy said he wants the structure named after the Sto. Nino in honor of Cebu’s protector whose image symbolizes the start of Christianization in…

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SuperCat Cebu transfers to Terminal 1 in Pier 1

Angelito M. Salvio, 2GO general manager, leads the inauguration of the Supercat ticketing office in Pier 1, Cebu City.

2GO Travel inaugurated on Thursday a ticketing office within Pier 1 in Cebu City for SuperCat fast crafts plying the Cebu route. The move makes it easier for passengers to book trips on SuperCat vessels travelling from Cebu to destinations like Manila, Tagbilaran in Bohol, Ormoc, Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, Romblon, and Masbate, a company…

Sinulog Festival 2015 schedule of activities

Sinulog 2014 photo contest second grand prize winner is by Teddy Uy. Used with permission from Sinulog Foundation, Inc.

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…

Grand Majestic offers buffet promo leading to grand launch

Roast beef. Period.

Good food at an affordable price is what Grand Majestic, one of three restaurants at the Grand Convention Center in Cebu City, aims to provide customers. With their selection of varied cuisine, iHoldings Inc. president Winglip Chang said they’re offering what Cebuanos are used to in a buffet without them having to pay a lot.…

Rustan’s Supermarket opens in new Ayala Cebu location

Gourmet To Go offers prepared healthy salads and sandwiches.

Rustan’s Supermarket opens today, August 9, at its new Ayala Center Cebu location with 2,800 square meters of space and special grocery offerings. The new Rustan’s store, which is at Basement 1 of Ayala’s expansion wing, displays its items by categories: poultry, meat, seafood, dairy, grains, pasta and the like. “Rustan’s Supermarket is really a…

City Hall reroutes traffic for Sinulog sa Kabataan-Lalawigan 2014

It’s the Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan Saturday, January 11, and school contingents will go on a parade from Capitol to the Cebu City Sports Center using Osmeña Boulevard at 1 p.m. As a result, Citom and the traffic patrol group of the Cebu City Police Office will reroute vehicular traffic on the affected streets…

Balik Cebu starts campaign to build houses for Pilar, Camotes community

Balik Cebu committee chair Tetta Baad explains the Balik Balay campaign during the Balik Cebu booth opening at Ayala Center Cebu on Monday.

This year’s Balik Cebu program that is among Sinulog 2014 activities will serve as the launching pad for a Balik Balay campaign that aims to help one of Yolanda-devastated communities in Pilar, Camotes. Balik Cebu committee members led by group chair, Tetta Baad, said their objective is to build 50 dwellings in the style of…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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