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Window dressing for Asean is over


Less than two weeks after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) meetings here in Cebu, streets dwellers who were hauled by government men to keep them away from the eyes of foreign delegates are back on the streets and in their favorite abode—the skywalks. While driving to the office early Monday morning, I could […]

Posted: April 18th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Saigon is one beautiful canvas


HANOI, Vietnam —Shrouded by fumes and surrounded by spray cans, Vietnamese graffiti artist Kong conjures his latest masterpiece, a monkey clutching an aerosol, a color-splashed act of rebellion in a communist country where the youth are expected to follow strict social mores. “Young people want to break the rules,” said the 21-year-old, his fingers speckled […]

Posted: April 17th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Health department official urges public to get vaccinated


ALTHOUGH there are no planned activities for the upcoming celebration of World Immunization Week on April 24 to 30, the public is encouraged to get vaccinated to prevent the spread of diseases especially in the Visayas. Dr. Emmelie Pfleider-Silao, Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) medical officer III, made this call during the AGIO-PIA […]

Posted: April 11th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Jonnette Alquizola: Her inspiring life

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SHE could be that classmate back in school who liked going out with her friends, is fond of children, and had a knack for teaching dance lessons. Then one fine ordinary school day, her life turned upside-down. Jonnette Alquizola, Founder of the Children of the Coast, was 22 years old when she was diagnosed with […]

Posted: March 18th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

2 foundations mark Oral Health Month


More than 300 Grade 1 pupils of Camp Lapu-Lapu Elementary School in Lahug, Cebu City were beneficiaries of the recent dental education and fluoride treatment drive of two foundations – Juanito I. King Foundation Inc. (Jikfi) and GMA Foundation together with the Department of Education – Cebu City Division. The activity was in support of […]

Posted: March 8th, 2017 in Community | Read More »

Ready for rehab’s second phase


1,000 Mandaue surrenderers set to take next step of Health Department’s free rehab program At least a thousand drug surrenderers from the 27 barangays in Mandaue City will undergo the second phase of the region’s health department’s community-based drug rehabilitation program in Central Visayas. Chief Insp. Mercy Villaro, Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) spokesperson, said […]

Posted: March 3rd, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Of charms and crystals


IT’S ONLY been a recent interest of mine—this fascination with crystals and what they can do. To be honest, I was never a new age kind of girl. I’ve been very conservative with my beliefs, and always avoided discussions about metaphysics, or anything I would label as supernatural. Life is busy enough as it is, […]

Posted: February 28th, 2017 in Life | Read More »



CONFUSION OVER SUSPENSION TWO government offices bickered over whether or not classes were suspended on last Monday’s transport strike. One office announced the suspension of classes as ordered by the Executive Secretary of the President while a local official’s office clarified that classes will continue in the city. The local official accused the other office […]

Posted: February 28th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Diarrhea outbreak declared in Carnaza Island


Cebu City–The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7), on Monday, declared diarrhea outbreak in Carnaza Island, Daanbantayan, 128.6 kilometers north of here. A total of 101 diarrhea cases have been recorded in the area since first week of February, said Rennan Cimafranca, chief of the Regional Epidemiological and Surveillance Unit in Central Visayas (RESU-7). […]

Posted: February 23rd, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

Pro-coal Cebu City residents hold rally


Over a hundred residents from four different barangays staged a rally in support of the proposed 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Barangay Sawang Calero, Cebu City on Tuesday morning. Jossie Antonio, 42, said they were assured by Ludo Power Corp., the private proponent of the project, that it will not cause harm to their health. […]

Posted: February 21st, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »