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Tourism, biz chiefs upbeat about sectors’ prospects despite recent clashes


The tourism and business sectors in the region remain upbeat even after the events in Bohol as well as travel advisories issued against visiting Central Visayas. Glenn Soco, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) president, said both the region and the whole country were fast to recover from what had happened due to strong […]

Posted: April 27th, 2017 in Enterprise | Read More »

US Embassy official says travel alerts no bearing on US-PH bilateral relationship


Advisories issued by the government of the United States against travel to certain parts of the Philippines will never be indicative of the two countries’ bilateral relationship, an American diplomat said. Russel Brown, consul general at the US Embassy in Manila, said these warnings are for the mere benefit of US citizens. “The decision to […]

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

Tourism in CV feeling impact of Bohol clash


The tourism industry in Central Visayas is taking a beating as the negative effects of the encounter between government forces and the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Bohol as well as travel advisories issued by various countries last week are finally being felt. Stakeholders, however, remain optimistic that these effects will not be long-lasting. Alice […]

Posted: April 20th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Travelers told: Stay safe

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Stay at home, or if you insist on traveling, don’t post your whereabouts online. Also verify every “advisory” and “alert” you read in social media. These were some of the tips given by Cebu City officials to city residents who will join thousands of Metro Cebu residents in heading to the province and outside Cebu […]

Posted: April 12th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Watchful week ahead


It started as early as last Monday; but we can expect thousands of Metro Cebu residents to troop to bus terminals, seaports and airports for the annual Holy Week break. But this year’s observance would be different in Cebu province owing to last Tuesday’s encounter between government troops and suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits and also […]

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

Cebu ranks second in World’s Friendliest Islands list


Readers of New York City-based travel magazine, Travel + Leisure (T+L), have named Cebu as the second friendliest island in the world next to Palawan, which was recognized as the world’s friendliest island. All of Luzon as well Boracay were also ranked third and fourth place, respectively. “While the politics of the nation have grown […]

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

Biz leaders: Cebu safe, secure


TRAVEL ALERT, REPORTED TERROR THREATS Following Cebu’s successful hosting of meetings for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) 2017 Summit, local business leaders found reports of alleged terrorist threats in Central Visayas hard to believe. Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) President Melanie Ng, who attended one of the Asean meetings last week, […]

Posted: April 10th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Tumulak: Stay calm but alert


Following the issuance of a travel advisory by the United States Embassy in Manila warning American citizens about possible “kidnappings” by terrorist groups, Cebu City Councilor David Tumulak assured Cebuanos of “tightened” security in the city. In a press conference held at his Cebu City Hall office on Monday morning, Tumulak said that even before […]

Posted: April 10th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

Travel alert up in Cebu

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US EMBASSY TRAVEL ADVISORY The United States Embassy in Manila yesterday warned Americans in the Philippines to be careful in traveling to Central Visayas, citing “unsubstantiated yet credible information” that terrorist groups might try to conduct kidnappings in the region, particularly in Cebu and Bohol provinces. “The US Embassy has received unsubstantiated yet credible information […]

Posted: April 9th, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines,Uncategorized | Read More »

US Embassy warns citizens to review travel plans to Central Visayas


The United States Embassy in Manila today issued a travel advisory to Americans heading in or are already in Central Visayas, especially in Cebu and Bohol provinces, to review their travel plans. The Embassy said they received “unsubstantiated yet credible information” that terrorists groups might attempt to conduct “kidnappings” in Central visayas, particularly in Cebu […]

Posted: April 9th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »