Eager Cebu seniors are newest ‘Millenniors’

From north to south, Cebu youth are coming together to make sure that Cebu’s seniors are keeping up with the changing times Nanay Miliang of Colawin, Argao stood out in more ways than one. Apart from being the oldest learner in the room, she also had the most interesting companion—where other lolas had their small… Continue reading Eager Cebu seniors are newest ‘Millenniors’

Smart LTE up in more mountain sites in Cebu

More mountain barangays are now enjoying fast, reliable, and affordable mobile internet connection with the activation of Smart Communications Inc. LTE cell sites. The latest is Barangay Linut-od, 24 kilometers from the Argao town center in Cebu, or about an hour by motorcycle on rough road. Improved connectivity is boosting livelihood, community efficiency and the… Continue reading Smart LTE up in more mountain sites in Cebu

Argao, Balamban, Dalaguete given Seal of Good Education Governance

AWARDEES. Synergia Foundation’s Seal of Good Education Governance awardees with PLDT and Smart executives.

Three towns in Cebu are among the 24 local government units recognized for their outstanding efforts in delivering basic education to their constituents. The inaugural batch of recipients of the Synergia Foundation’s Seal of Good Education Governance will get incentive packages from PLDT and Smart Communications worth up to P1.5 million each. The winners from… Continue reading Argao, Balamban, Dalaguete given Seal of Good Education Governance

Primary Homes holds 3rd Dragon Boat event, launches Terra Manna in Argao

DRAGONS IN ARGAO. Coach Nonnie Lopez (3rd from left), regional director of the Philippine Sports Commission, answers a question during the press conference for the Dragons in Argao 3 Dragon Boat Competition. With him are (from left) Rudney Alforque, sales manager of Terra Manna Argao; Roger Paller, executive assistant to Argao Mayor Stanley Caminero; and Randy Su, commissioner of the Cebu Sports Commission.

A third installment Dragons in Argao by Primary Homes, Inc. is happening from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. this September 30, 2017 at Terra Manna-Argao in Barangay Suba of the historic town of Argao. Terra Manna-Argao is a new Primary Homes venture geared towards travellers and backpackers, and it will serve as jump-off point for… Continue reading Primary Homes holds 3rd Dragon Boat event, launches Terra Manna in Argao

Smart holds festival, rekindles love for local stories

Argao Mayor Stanley Caminero shares the Legend of Maria Cacao with school children.

Centuries ago, a girl named Maria lived in what is now known as Conalum, a mountainous area in the town of Argao which is about two hours away from Cebu City. People called her Maria Cacao, as she owned a cacao plantation from which they sourced the beans they used to create tablea. To this… Continue reading Smart holds festival, rekindles love for local stories

First Suroy-Suroy Sugbo of 2015 to visit southern Cebu attractions

Badian Island Resort and Spa is one of the accommodation options of the Suroy Suroy Sugbo Southern Getaway but only for guests paying the higher packages.

This year’s first Suroy-Suroy Sugbo will head to Cebu attractions in the southern city of Carcar and towns of Barili, Moalboal, Alegria, Malabuyoc, Oslob, Boljoon, Dalaguete, and Argao. The Suroy-Suroy Sugbo Southern Getaway is a three-day, two-night trip that involves visits to heritage sites like ancestral homes and Spanish period structures as well as nature… Continue reading First Suroy-Suroy Sugbo of 2015 to visit southern Cebu attractions

Cebu delicacies sold in one place during August

These radishes are among the fresh produce being sold at the Capitol Agro-Trade Fair 2014 in Cebu City.

Craving any of Cebu delicacies like the Argao torta, Bogo pintos, or Carcar chicharon? For the whole month of August, you don’t need to travel two to three hours to buy Cebu specialty products as countryside cottage industries have come to sell these in the ongoing Agro-Trade Fair 2014 at the Capitol compound along Osmeña… Continue reading Cebu delicacies sold in one place during August

Argao torta is best made using traditional methods

Argao torta is best paired with the town's signature sikwate (hot choco).

Argao torta is delicious but I have my favorites from among the town’s many bakers. If you want to know who makes the best torta de Argao, you need to find out what the bakers use when they create this Cebu delicacy that is a popular pasalubong or take-home gift of town visitors. One of… Continue reading Argao torta is best made using traditional methods

Coal Mountain Resort in Argao is retreat heaven

Coal Mountain Resort in Argao offers a wide view of the surrounding mountains. All three of the resort's pools get water from a mountain spring.

On our way to Coal Mountain Resort in Argao, Cebu, we missed a turn and ended up taking a much longer route. What should have been an hour’s drive through scenic (though narrow) mountain roads took the better of two hours. The first thought that came to my mind when we arrived, wearied from our… Continue reading Coal Mountain Resort in Argao is retreat heaven

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

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

Around Argao in a day

San Miguel Arcangel Church in Argao, Cebu.

Argao’s pueblo was patterned after Spain’s blueprint for its settlements in the colonies, which specified a church-rectory-municipal hall-plaza-complex and with the natives living nearby or “bajo el sonido de la campana (under the sound of the bell).”

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… Continue reading Centuries-old churches in southern Cebu