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A higante maker’s story: A giant offering for a gigantic devotion

Rosalie O. Abatayo 01/21/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — When God showered gifts, Eduardo Pañares may have been fully awake. The 55-year-old artist from Barangay Mabolo in Cebu City is also gifted in music and dance as well as intellect. While he…

Dino: President’s statement on skyways, trains ‘support’ LRT, monorail bid for Cebu

Rosalie O. Abatayo 01/20/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A proponent of the Integrated Intermodal Transport System (IITS) for Cebu said the project’s implementation had seen light after President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement on Sunday, January 19, 2020, that the way for Cebu’s…

Duterte accuses some cop officials in Cebu of having links to drugs

Rosalie O. Abatayo 01/19/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The problem on illegal drugs in Cebu has gone as far as police officials being involved in the narcotics trade. This was the revelation of President Rodrigo Duterte as he delivered a speech…

Duterte tackles Cebu traffic, drugs during Sinulog speech at CCSC

Rosalie O. Abatayo 01/19/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte covered two problems of Cebu as he addressed Cebuanos in a 20-minute speech at the Sinulog Grandstand at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC) at past 7 p.m. on Sunday,…

Sinulog spectators show displeasure after media area for Duterte visit blocks stage view

Rosalie O. Abatayo 01/19/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — “Naog! Naog!” (Get down [from the platform]! Get down [from the platform]!) This was the chant of the disappointed spectators here at the Cebu City Sports Center as photographers and videographers climbed atop…

Cebu province to send help to Taal

Rosalie O. Abatayo 01/19/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu provincial government is planning to send help to the families displaced by the continuing unrest of Taal Volcano in Batangas. Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, in an interview in the sidelines of Sinulog…

Gwen dances to honor the Santo Niño by protecting nature

Rosalie O. Abatayo 01/19/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Honor the Santo Niño by protecting nature. This was the message conveyed by the Siloy sa Alcoy contingent as they performed as guest contingent, with Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, some Provincial Board Members…

Businesses up early for Sinulog 2020

Rosalie O. Abatayo 01/19/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Balloons were up, barbecues were cooking, and headdresses and other souvenir items are out on the streets. This is the scene surrounding the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño and other parts of the…

Traslacion: 5K devotees welcome Santo Niño, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Lapu-Lapu

Rosalie O. Abatayo 01/18/2020

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — At midnight of January 18, 2020, when most are supposedly asleep, the streets of the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu were filled with balloons, altars, and people with eager smiles on their faces.…

Devotees urged: Let your devotion be the foundation of change

Rosalie O. Abatayo 01/18/2020

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu — Devotees of the Señor Santo Niño and the Virgin Mary filled the National Shrine of Saint Joseph on Friday evening, January 17, 2020. Inside the church, the seats, aisle and even the front…

Frasco ‘sponsored’ dump truck for Camotes ‘set on fire’ 

Rosalie O. Abatayo 01/17/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A dump truck owned by Cebu fifth district Representative Vincent Franco “Duke” Frasco was damaged after its tire was allegedly set on fire at past 1 a.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020. Police…

Pagasa: Clear skies, calm seas for Sinulog activities

Rosalie O. Abatayo 01/17/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Those who will be out for the Sinulog activities over the weekend will have to keep a bottle of water close by. This is the state weather bureau’s advice to the public as…

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