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Sinulog first timers look forward to Cebu’s food, festivities 

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 01/16/2020

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — “Are we going to Bukilat Cave?” an enthusiastic Estelita Fernandez asked her companions while staring at the electronic billboard at the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA).  The 65-year-old retired employee of a Sillicon…

Warm Cebuano welcome for 608 tourists, balikbayans

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 01/16/2020

  LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Six hundred eight tourists and balikbayans (returning residents) are expected to arrive in Cebu from four domestic and international flights today, January 16, to celebrate Sinulog. They will be welcomed with a…

Happy New Year and Viva Pit Señor!

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 12/28/2019

I learned about my twin pregnancy on 12/12/12.  It looks like the kind of date that an airline or an online shopping store will dive right in and execute a crazy sale blitz.  In my case, I…

Faces of Cebu: Rachel/Ramil shares about courage to accept who you are

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 12/15/2019

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — Rain drenched the makeshift stage made of plywood as six candidates, wearing long gowns and high heels, paraded their beauty in front of a crowd of less than a hundred people. It was…

FACES OF CEBU: Dodo Fineza, 58

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 12/14/2019

Taga Camiguin gyud among pamilya pero kadtong otso anyos ko, nakakita og trabaho akong Papa diri sa Cebu mao nga namalhin mi. Naa mi nagpuyo ron sa may Labangon. Baynte anyos nako kapin sauna pero wa pa…

The essence of pageantry

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 12/14/2019

Let us talk about beauty pageants and what it means to young women in this modern world.  When it is Miss Universe season, I drop off everything to focus on the competition. It has been the case…

Miss Universe: Steve Harvey was right; Philippines won national costume competition

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 12/09/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Miss Universe clarified in a tweet that Steve Harvey did not commit a mistake when he announced that the Philippines won in the national costume competition. Miss Universe, in its twitter handle @missuniverse,…

Miss South Africa is Miss Universe 2019

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 12/09/2019

Cebu City, Philippines—Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe 2019 on Monday, December 9, 2019, Philippine time, at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Tunzi bested 89 other contenders for the crown in this…

The Philippines’ Gazini Ganados bows out of Miss Universe 2019

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 12/09/2019

Cebu City, Philippines—The Philippines’ journey in the Miss Universe 2019 ended when she was not called as one of Top 10 finalists on Monday, December 9, 2019, Philippine time.  Gazini Christiana Ganados, the beauty queen from Cebu…

Here are the Top 10 finalists of Miss Universe 2019

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 12/09/2019

The Top 10 finalists in the Miss Universe 2019 held at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, USA: USA, Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Peru, Iceland, France, Indonesia, Thailand, and Mexico. The Top 20 semifinalists were:…

Philippines lands as Top 20 semi-finalists

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 12/09/2019

Cebu City, Philippines—Miss Philippines Gazini Christiana Ganados gave pageant fans quite a scare when her name was not called in the Africa and Asia Pacific semifinalists of the Miss Universe 2019. But she got everyone on their…

Technology and children

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 12/07/2019

One of my close friends called me on a busy Friday evening to tell me that she was “very disturbed.” She was having dinner with her six-year-old daughter when she asked, out of the blue, what the…

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