IN PHOTOS: The beauty that is Bantayan Island

Jessa Ngojo, Pia Piquero 01/25/2024

SANTA FE, CEBU, Philippines – Nestled like a hidden gem in the crystal clear waters of the Tañon Strait and the Visayan Sea, Bantayan Island stands as an enchanting reminder of the natural beauty of the Cebu…

Lodicakes ‘Jet Lee’ tries skydiving in Bantayan, Cebu

Immae Lachica 08/15/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Conquering the land adventures as a moto vlogger was not enough for Cebuana moto vlogger Jet Lee. Jet Lee, whose real name is Ma. Rica Cabarrubias, showed everyone how daredevil she is as she…

Bantayan Airport runway to be expanded to accommodate bigger aircraft

Angeline Bregondo 07/13/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Bantayan Airport’s runway will be extended to accommodate commercial flights from the country’s flag carriers, the Cebu Provincial Government announced. Local officials are planning to increase the runway’s current length from 1.2 kilometers…

BFAR-7 warns Cebuanos against eating pufferfish

Futch Anthony Inso 07/03/2023

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Visayas (BFAR-7) is urging Cebuanos to refrain from eating pufferfish locally known as “buriring.” BFAR-7 Director Allan Poquita said that pufferfishes are known to…

‘Jellyfish season’: BFAR-7 warns beachgoers of swimming in sea waters with high temperature

Wenilyn Sabalo 06/29/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Visayas (BFAR-7) has advised beachgoers to be wary of jellyfish, especially when swimming in sea waters  with high temperature. BFAR-7 director Alan Poquita said…

In Santa Fe, no more drinking, eating and smoking in beach’s easement zone 

Morexette Marie B. Erram 04/09/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Beachgoers, who want to visit Santa Fe’s famous white-sand coastline, are told to keep their drinks, food, cigarettes and vapes away from the shore. As hundreds hit the town’s famous beach for the…

LOOK: Holy Week in Bantayan: Solemn, not fiesta

Morexette Marie B. Erram 04/08/2023

BANTAYAN, Philippines — Like most Catholics around the globe, folks in Bantayan town in Bantayan Island, Cebu observe the Holy Week in solemnity, contrary to a popular misconception that locals here celebrate it like it’s a fiesta.…

Holy Week is for fur babies, too

Morexette Marie B. Erram 04/08/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines — While waiting for the Santo Entierro procession in Bantayan town in northern Cebu to begin, retired public school teacher Fe Robles sits in a shaded spot in Bantayan Public Plaza.  On her right…

Bantayan Parish Museum: Fighting centuries-old ‘fake news’

Morexette Marie Erram 04/07/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Bantayan Parish Museum in Bantayan town, Cebu not only houses relics and artifacts of significant religious value. It also aims to debunk centuries-old “fake news” involving how the locality observes the Holy…

Organizers of Bantayan’s Santo Entierro reminds devotees: ‘This is not a parade, dress properly’

Morexette Marie Erram 04/07/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines – This is not the Sinulog. This is a solemn event remembering Christ’s death. Locals in Bantayan town in Cebu had this to say as they brace for thousands of devotees to flock to…

Holy Week in Bantayan is about solemnity, faith – not fiesta

Morexette Marie B. Erram 04/06/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines — With COVID-19 restrictions virtually gone, celebration of the Holy Week in Bantayan, Cebu have returned to normal.  However, its local government as well as parishioners and organizers of its Lenten activities have some…

Spinner dolphin rescued in Bantayan town

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 02/14/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Residents of Bantayan town in Bantayan Island rescued a spinner dolphin on Monday, Feb. 13, 2023. The dolphin was later on released back into the waters after local officials made sure that he…

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