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…

No more construction in Bantayan’s easement zones; demolition set, Gwen orders

Morexette Marie B. Erram 09/11/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Capitol has gone further north in its attempt to prevent the seawaters in one of Cebu’s popular tourist destinations from suffering the same fate as Cordova town. Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia recently…

LGUs call for support for their Pasigarbo contingents; offer live streaming, raffle prizes

Doris C. Bongcac 08/28/2022

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu — Planning to watch the different Pasigarbo sa Sugbo 2022 performances? No need to travel far. Just proceed to areas that the different participating local government units have identified for free viewing of the…

Capitol inaugurates P140-million road projects in 4th district

Morexette Marie B. Erram 07/28/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Capitol inaugurated several road and other infrastructure projects with a combined worth of over P140 million in the fourth district. Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, together with key Capitol officials and Board Members,…

COA tells Bantayan to secure ECC, water permits for desalination plant

Morexette Marie B. Erram 07/15/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Commission on Audit (COA) has flagged the P21-million desalination plant being constructed in Bantayan town, northern Cebu. The state auditing body instructed the local government of Bantayan to secure Environmental Compliance Certificate…

DILG Cebu turns over evacuation center to LGU Bantayan

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 07/10/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines –The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Cebu Province turned over on Friday, July 8, a newly constructed evacuation center worth P9.2 million to the local government of Bantayan in Bantayan…

Bantayan, Camotes islands new tourism master plans set to be implemented

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 05/31/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) and the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) are preparing to launch the recently completed Tourism Development Plans for the islands of…

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