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Martial law declaration to affect tourism in Cebu, Bohol

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Tourism players in Cebu and Bohol are already bracing for the impact of the declaration of martial law in Mindanao due to the ongoing gun battle between government troops and combined forces of the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur. But the blow on the tourism sector would be […]

Posted: May 25th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

CV’s economic performance proof of country’s resilience


Central Visayas has highest growth rate in 2016 among all other regions in country The Central Visayas region contributes to the strong narrative of the Philippines as a resilient nation with a gross regional domestic product (GRDP) growth of 7.5 percent in 2016, which is higher than the national GDP of 6.8 percent. Joselito R. […]

Posted: May 25th, 2017 in Enterprise | Read More »

The sweet life with Raquel Choa


It was the perfect Saturday night in March for a gathering of about a hundred Philippine ambassadors, their spouses, and Foreign Affairs officials in a private residence atop the mountain barangay of Pung-ol, Cebu City. Crispy prawns, bam-i (a Cebuano noodle dish), country style beef pot roast, and Cebu lechon were among the myriad of […]

Posted: May 23rd, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Age and towers


Tokyo – Back in high school, kids called me a “walking encyclopedia”. I carried the moniker around campus both as a curse and as a badge of honor. “Walking encyclopedia” came with the word “nerd,” a term which dear Merriam-Webster dictionary defines as an “unstylish, unattractive or a socially inept person” and “one slavishly devoted […]

Posted: May 19th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

‘Terrorists can’t touch us’


PANGLAO ISLAND, Bohol — Xi Shilin, 52, was eating a pack of dried mangoes while waiting for her husband to check them in. She was talking to her friend, Xiao Yuying, about their ferry experience from Cebu to Bohol and how she had looked forward to this trip to the Philippines. “We are excited! The […]

Posted: May 14th, 2017 in Featured Stories | Read More »

‘I got it from Mama’


‘Chocolate Queen’s’ daughter Hannah Mae on life lessons, stories learned What’s it like growing up as the child of Raquel Choa, revered Philippine Cacao Ambassador also known as Cebu’s Chocolate Queen? Raquel’s fifth child, Hannah Mae — newly christened as the Chocolate Princess after her successful participation with her mother at the Salon Du Chocolat […]

Posted: May 13th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Mothers we have become


It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow; and I won’t be in Cebu to celebrate it with Jeff and the mutants: Nicholas Louis, Antoinette Elena and Jeffrey Peter Jr. I’m flying to Manila and then Tokyo as part of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (Jenesys) Program Batch 9 with six other young professionals […]

Posted: May 12th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Cebu game dev levels up, create games


AT LEAST seven games were produced by Cebu’s programmers, designers and developers in a 72-hour onsite global game jam dubbed “Ludum Dare 38” held last April 22 to 24. “Ludum Dare 38” gathered developers around the world to spend a weekend of creating games based on a theme suggested by the community, said Clint Hennesy […]

Posted: May 11th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Motherhood, womanhood


A story of the flight attendant and the doctor Pam Baricuatro was 25 years old when she applied for a flight attendant job at Cathay Pacific. Her story could have been an ordinary one as many Cebuanas, mostly beauty queens and pageant titleholders, were eager to get a job with the airline in the early […]

Posted: May 10th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Bosch store boosts Cebu’s top retail market status


THE store opening of a high-end kitchen appliance brand in Cebu proves its position as a primary retail market for top-of-the line products. This also means that Cebu’s buying population has a discriminating taste for brands that last for longer period, said Efren Reyes, sales manager, kitchen and appliance division of Hafele Philippines Inc. “This […]

Posted: May 8th, 2017 in Enterprise | Read More »