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Scenes from a parking lot fire at a mall in Cebu City

Gerard Francisco 05/15/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — An afternoon fire has damaged the fifth floor parking lot of SM City Cebu in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City, today, May 15, 2020. Fire investigators are still investigating the cause of the fire.…

Tastes of Cebu: Kinilaw nga tawong

Gerard Francisco 03/30/2020

Kinilaw nga tawong: INGREDIENTS: 2 big eggplants Thumb-sized ginger 2 stalks Sibuyas Bisaya or Spring onions 1/2 Bermuda onion 2 red tomatoes 1 finger chili For the dressing: 1 tbsp vinegar 1 tbsp Lemonsito juice (Calamansi) 1/2…

IN PHOTOS: Cebu closes its borders

Gerard Francisco 03/28/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — At noon of Saturday, March 28, 2020, the City of Cebu closed it’s borders to its neighboring cities in the island as the enhanced community quarantine was implemented. Here are some photos:  …

Mandaue fire razes 320 houses; P2.4M property lost

Alven Marie A. Timtim, Brian Ochoa, Gerard Francisco, Paul Lauro 02/29/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A noontime fire razed at least 320 houses in two sitios in Barangay Ibabao-Mandaue City on February 29, 2020. Senior Fire Officer 1 Jade Roble, fire investigator of the Mandaue City Fire Department,…

259 houses razed in Cebu City blaze

Alven Marie A. Timtim, Gerard Francisco, Paul Lauro 02/27/2020

CEBU CITY,  Philippines — An early evening fire in Barangay Suba, Cebu City displaced hundreds of families after it razed 259 houses in a residential area in Sitio Santo Niño, Barangay Suba, Cebu City at past 7…

USC Lady Warriors bag CESAFI 2020 women’s futsal title

Gerard Francisco 02/02/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The University of San Carlos Women’s Futsal team is the champion of the CESAFI 2020 Futsal competition after they swept their games against two other teams in the college division. The Lady Warriors…

IN PHOTOS: Barangay Luz Fire: The morning after

Gerard Francisco 01/14/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — As the most beautiful night in Cebu was happening, and Binibining San Fernando Beatrice Gomez was crowned as Binibining Cebu 2020, a barangay was fighting to save what could be salvaged from a…

Rains delay Sinulog Tribu sa Kabataan

Alven Marie Timtim, Gerard Francisco, Immae Lachica, Raul Constantine L. Tabanao, Rosalie Abatayo 01/12/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — As early as noon, or an hour before the parade, contingents for the Sinulog Tribu sa Kabataan 2020 have started to line up in Plaza Independencia for the street dance parade. The 10…

IN PHOTOS: Christmas Day at typhoon-hit Daanbantayan town

Gerard Francisco 12/26/2019

DAANBANTAYAN, Cebu — It could have been a joyful Christmas celebration for the people of this town. But it was not meant to be as Daanbantayan was placed under storm signal number 3 on Christmas Eve, December…

Presyo Merkado: Slipper brands Cebuanos grew up with

Gerard Francisco 12/26/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Before the pricey slippers from Brazil landed on Philippine shores, there were go-to brands that the common Cebuano purchased for their regular day’s needs.  The brands Spartan and Walker were some of them.  Sari-sari…

Presyo Merkado: Cassava treats

Gerard Francisco 11/28/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cassava is a starchy root vegetable that is locally known as balanghoy or kamoteng kahoy.  Cassava should be boiled before it can be consumed. Raw cassava contains cyanide so it is important to…

Puto balanghoy: A favorite provincial delicacy

Gerard Francisco 11/07/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — When was the last time you had puto balanghoy?  This steamed cassava cake is traditionally made in the Visayas region using basic ingredients such as cassava, brown sugar and grated coconut. Puto balanghoy is enjoyed…

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