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Globe says mobile, internet services restored in most areas except Boracay

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 12/26/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines —Worried about the family members and friends you could not reach on Christmas Day?  Try calling them again now as as mobile and internet services in Tacloban, Kalibo, Leyte and some parts of Samar…

Gazini Ganados: “I’m blessed with many opportunities at 24”

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 12/26/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Christiana Jordi Ganados turns 24 today, December 26, with a message of gratitude posted on her Instagram account.  “As I turn 24 today, I am so thankful and…

No internet connection, mobile reception on Christmas Day? Here’s the reason why…

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 12/25/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Complaints from subscribers of Philippine Long Distance Company, Inc. (PLDT) and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) flooded social media as most of them expressed annoyance over the absence of internet connection and mobile reception…

Cebu’s API inks franchise deal with IWG to develop more working spaces in Visayas

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 12/21/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Homegrown property developer AppleOne Properties Inc. (API) expands its portfolio by obtaining exclusive franchise rights to develop workspaces in the Visayas in partnership with International Workplace Group (IWG).  During the signing of the…

Joy to your homes

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 12/21/2019

Mothers reach their tipping point somewhere along the road of being superwoman, who appears to have everything under control. I reached mine on a Thursday night when I came home at 11:58 p.m. to a daughter who…

Miss Universe Philippines bares official call for 2020 pageant applicants

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 12/16/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The search for the next lady to represent the Philippines in the Miss Universe pageant is officially on. Only seven days after they declared that the Miss Universe Philippines will now be a…

Jamaica wins Miss World 2019

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 12/15/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica won Miss World 2019 besting 110 candidates from different countries around the world during the coronation night held on December 14 at the ExCel Arena in London, United Kingdom. Ophely…

Michelle Dee ends Miss World 2019 journey; finishes in Top 12 list

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 12/15/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Philippines, known worldwide to have the longest winning streak in the Big 4 pageants from 2013 to 2018, is ending 2019 without a major crown. This happened after Michelle Dee, who is…

Pilar Pilapil on beauty: ‘It can be a curse’

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 12/14/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — While the rest of the people in the venue restlessly waited for the live Miss Universe 2019 broadcast to commence, one voice stood out in delivering the message that beauty needs to be…

CCCI welcomes two-year business permit validity

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 12/12/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The president of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry lauded the move of the Cebu City Council in passing an ordinance that extends business permit validity to two years. Virgilio “Nonoy” Espeleta…

BPCI is not license holder of Miss Universe franchise; new organization emerges

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 12/09/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines – A new fate awaits beauty queens in the Philippines who aspire to become the next Miss Universe. A few minutes after 3 p.m. on Monday, December 9, the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) announced…

New group to handle Miss Universe Philippines

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 12/09/2019

  Cebu City, Philippines—The Miss Universe franchise in the Philippines will be handled by the Miss Universe Philippines Organization, a new group that is independent from Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI).  For more than 50 years, BPCI…

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