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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…

Sambag 1 Fire: The aftermath

Gerard Francisco 10/19/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — At dawn of October 19, 2019, a fire broke out in Sitio Amor in Barangay Sambag 1. Over 32 houses were burned down and 98 families or 340 individuals lost their homes to…

How do you want your bolinao?

Gerard Francisco 10/10/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Called bolinao among the Cebuanos, anchovies are enjoyed in the Visayas region in various ways. It can be enjoyed as a torta, which is prepared by mixing anchovies with flour and egg before…

IN PHOTOS: Regent Aguila Ironman 70.3 Philippines Cebu

Gerard Francisco 08/12/2019

This year’s Regent Aguila – Ironman 70.3 Philippines Cebu was successfully held last August 11, 2019 at the Shangri – La’s Mactan Resort and Spa with a record number of participants coming from 57 countries. The Ironkids…

C. Visayas FA booters rout E. Visayas FA team

Gerard Francisco, Marsante G. Alison 07/13/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Central Visayas Football Association (CVFA) earned their first win, after handing the Eastern Visayas Football Association (EVFA) a shutout victory, 7-0, during the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Under 15 Boys National Championship…

IN PICTURES: Mambaling fire aftermath

Gerard Francisco 06/01/2019

CEBU CITY – Residents of Sitio Puntod, Barangay Mambaling scavenge for items that they can still use after a fire razed their houses on Friday, May 31, 2019. READ: Mambaling fire destroys 84 houses, displaces 446 persons…

Part of Osmeña Boulevard to be closed for NYD

Gerard Francisco 04/22/2019

Cebu City—The Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) announced on its Facebook page that a portion of Osmeña Boulevard will be closed for the opening procession of the National Youth Day on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.  Motorists are…

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