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…

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…

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…