Abducted activists say captors asked them if they’re ‘terrorists’

Ador Vincent Mayol 01/23/2023

CEBU CITY, Cebu, Philippines — The two Cebu-based development workers allegedly abducted by unidentified men called on authorities to hasten the investigation and identify those behind their forced disappearance, as they publicly spoke for the first time…

Cebu City eyes ‘Sinulog Philippines’ for 2024

Nestle Semilla 01/23/2023

CEBU CITY — From a province-wide event to a national celebration. This was the city officials’ plan for the Sinulog Festival, one of the country’s prominent and most attended festivals. City Mayor Michael Rama said the local…

Fishers in Bohol town want whale sharks out

Leo Udtohan 01/19/2023

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Philippines — Whale sharks may be welcome in the waters of most coastal towns due to their potential to attract tourists, but not in Loay, Bohol, where fishermen consider them a threat. Fisherfolk in…

Cebu City tears down parts of 2 popular resto, hotel

Nestle Semilla 01/16/2023

CEBU CITY—Amid the revelries here to celebrate the twin Feast of the Señor Santo Niño and the Sinulog Festival, former Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, the city’s anti-flood task force head, went on to demolish parts of two…

Iloilo ready for influx of visitors for Dinagyang Festival

Joey Marzan 01/11/2023

ILOILO CITY—Police, transport regulation, and emergency services personnel in this city are ready for the influx of visitors who want to witness the Dinagyang Festival 2023. Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) operations chief Police Lt. Col. Rene…

Classes, work suspended in Eastern Visayas due to non-stop rains

Joey Gabieta, Robert Dejon 01/11/2023

TACLOBAN CITY — Non-stop rains caused by a low-pressure area (LPA) resulted in the suspension of classes and work in Eastern Visayas on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Northern Samar Gov. Edwin Ongchuan issued an order suspending all classes…

Many Grade 3 students in Central Visayas struggle with reading – DepEd

Nestle Semilla 01/01/2023

CEBU CITY—At least 75 percent of Grade 3 students in Central Visayas still do not know how to read or have low reading comprehension. Dr. Salustiano Jimenez, regional director of the Department of Education in Central Visayas…

Three dead after fire razed 50 houses in Tagbilaran City

Leo Udtohan 12/23/2022

TAGBILARAN CITY — Three persons were killed in a fire in Barangay Poblacion 2 here past midnight on Friday, December 23, 2022. Tagbilaran City Mayor Jane Yap said the charred remains of a man, a woman, and…

Cop dies after being stabbed by wife in Leyte

Robert Dejon 12/18/2022

ORMOC CITY — A police officer died after being stabbed by his wife during an argument in Barangay (village) Pawing, Palo town in Leyte at around 2 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. Police Staff Sergeant Kerwin Pasana,…

Tagbilaran City spreads holiday cheer with Christmas display

Leo Udtohan 11/30/2022

TAGBILARAN CITY — Residents here were treated to a spectacular and meaningful Christmas display at the City Hall on Monday, Nov. 28. The Christmas lighting event aims to bring more joy to the hearts of residents. “Christmas…

Aleia Aielle Aguilar, 5, is youngest world jiu-jitsu champion

Carla Gomez 11/15/2022

BACOLOD CITY — A 5-year-old girl, who has roots in Negros Occidental, is the youngest jiu-jitsu world champion. Aleia Aielle Aguilar won the gold medal in the Kids 1 Girls White Belt 16kg-B category at the Abu…

Aklan, Capiz town declare state of calamity due to Paeng

Joey Marzan 10/31/2022

ILOILO CITY—The whole province of Aklan and one town in neighboring Capiz declared a state of calamity over the weekend amid the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Paeng (international name: Nalgae). A state of calamity declaration would…

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