Man shot in IT Park; classes in Cebu suspended on certain APEC meeting dates; Korean divers still missing: Cebu News Digest for July 7, 2015

A shooting was reported early today in the IT Park in Lahug. Posts on Facebook by various users reported that the victim was shot in front of the i1 building. No other details were available as of the writing of this article but below are some posts on the incident. Some Facebook posters at the area said the victim was shot dead.

@IT Park…when we arrived a while ago i asked Jonas if IT park is as safe as Ortigas,he said yes..but when i saw this man just now,shot 󾓵󾓵󾓵_safe??i dont think so󾍁󾍁󾍁󾍁

Posted by Mylene Barral Alvaro on Monday, July 6, 2015

Here are the top Cebu news stories for July 7, 2015

3 Korean divers still missing

Rescuers failed to find Korean divers Baek Seung Kyoon, Heo Seung Yung, and Kim Eun yesterday, a day after they were reported missing while diving in Mactan Island in bad weather.

The Lapu-Lapu City Government has suspended the dive shop operations of New Grand Bleu Dive Resort, where the 3 stayed as guests.

“The City may have to require the dive shop to explain why the divers were allowed to go out to sea despite the bad weather.” — Andy Berame, Deputy Officer of the Lapu-Lapu City Disaster Management Office


Woman arrested for kidnapping 3-year-old boy

Genevieve Hope Galag, 25, was arrested yesterday for kidnapping a boy, 3, from Barangay Maguikay in Mandaue City. The boy, who was reported missing Thursday, was found Sunday playing with other children in Barangay Kamagayan, Cebu City.

Galag, a resident of Kamagayan, was identified by a witness as the one who took the boy, according to PO2 Girlee Echaluce of the Women and Children’s Protection Desk of Mandaue City Police Station 4. Two other suspects arrested earlier admitted to police they gave the boy to Galag.


Cebu steps up preparations for APEC meetings, classes to be suspended on certain dates

Top Cebu officials met yesterday to discuss the province’s hosting of key meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in August.

Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said they are considering suspending classes to help ease traffic during key meetings. While the dates aren’t set yet, he said “what is certain is that there will be days when classes will be suspended.”

Davide met with Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes and Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza yesterday to discuss preparations for the meetings. Davide said they will ask the Department of Public Works and Highways to speed up road work, especially on key areas in Mandaue City, to help ease traffic in the metro.

“We are hosting a major international event so we should put our best foot forward.” — Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III


Other Cebu News Headlines

» Ombudsman clears Vice Governor Magpale in grave coercion, graft case over closure of Sugbu TV

» Cebu City deems Vice Ganda concert billboards indecent, takes them down

» Confessed MILF member admits killing 14-year-old, owns up plan to kill Cebu City Hall official

» Left alone in house, 8-year-old girl dies in fire

» Central Visayas still free of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, says health department

Cebu Business Headlines

» Japanese tourists to overtake Koreans as top visitors in Central Visayas in 2 years: DOT 7

» DTI to create program to help communities produce products for travel retail industry

» University of Cebu Medical Center (UCMed) opens Cardiovascular Center

» New condominium set to rise in Mactan Island

DigitalNomad Food Places

#DigitalNomad hotspot: Figaro in IT Park

If you are within the IT Park in Lahug, one of the best places to work in is Figaro in The Walk.

Whenever we need to work within the vicinity, we almost always choose Figaro because of 3 things: 1) it has strong LTE signal from Smart, 2.) it serves good food, and 3) it isn’t as noisy as the nearby Starbucks, Bo’s and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf outlets.

Figaro also provides enough power outlets for its customers: perfect for the digital nomad. Based on our experience working here, the place seems to have a regular set of loyal customers: some meeting clients, others working on stuff.

GREAT PLACE TO WORK IN. If you need a place to work in near the IT Park, Figaro should be top on your list.
GREAT PLACE TO WORK IN. If you need a place to work in near the IT Park, Figaro should be top on your list.

What helps Figaro stand out is the good food — mostly pasta dishes — that it offers on the menu.

Its staff is also polite and cheerful.

Figaro opens at 7:30 a.m. every day and closes at 1:30 a.m. on Sundays until Thursdays and 2:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Figaro IT Park
FUEL FOR AWESOME WORK. Figaro serves good food, particularly pasta dishes.


Connectivity: 9
The café’s Wi-Fi offers good speed. Site has strong LTE signal for Smart.

Power source: 9
The café has ample power outlets for its users – at least 12 outlets indoors for a café that can accommodate about 20 people

Work ambience: 9
No noisy teenagers shouting in conversation – a common scene in nearby Starbucks and CBTL outlets. Figaro seems to be a favorite of people who are doing work or holding meetings.

Figaro IT Park
AMPLE POWER SOURCE. Figaro provides enough power outlets for its customers.

Coffee: 8
Good tasting coffee.

Food: 9
Figaro serves great food—especially its pasta choices.

Parking: 9
With its location inside the IT Park, Figaro has ample parking space

CR: 7
It doesn’t have its own CR (the old comfort room was turned into a stock room). The Walk, however, has its own CR albeit it isn’t as clean as you’d want it to be.

Figaro The Walk
CENTRAL LOCATION. Figaro is located in The Walk in the IT Park in Lahug.

(Are you a digital nomad? Have you worked here? Share your experience in a comment below.)