FACES OF CEBU: Jessmar Jolo Pastorite, 22, working scholar graduate

Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña 07/17/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Jessmar Jolo Pastorite is living proof that “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” The 22-year-old  working student from Barangay Sapangdaku in Cebu City proved this when he graduated with…

FACES OF CEBU: Letina Lyccah, 29, Cebuana drag queen

Immae Lachica 06/12/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines— A transwoman with a pleasing personality and talent that will surely turn heads.   This is Letina Lyccah, one of Cebu Drag Artists Community’s drag queens.  Born as James Basanta, this 29-year-old drag queen…

FACES OF CEBU: Jev and Sherwin Sulla, LGBQTIA+ couple

Doris Mondragon - Social Media Specialist 06/11/2022

CEBU, Philippines—A long distance relationship (LDR) is difficult for any couple. But it is not impossible. This was proven by Cebuano gay couple Jev Parilla and Sherwin Sulla, who both conquered the common notion about LDR setups. “I…

FACES OF CEBU: Zoren Alesna, 31, teacher and LGBTQIA+ member

Doris Mae Mondragon 06/05/2022

CEBU, Philippines—It was never an easy ride for 31-year-old teacher Zoren Alesna, who, despite knowing it wouldn’t be easy to “come out,” took a step out of his own closet to find what he considers his real…

FACES OF CEBU: Jomari “Jomzay” Gil Denuro, 28, 2022 FilCan Music Awards nominee

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 05/29/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Filipino-Canadian Jomari “Jomzay” Gil Denuro was 9 years old when he started to put words and music together. Nearly two decades later, he brings pride to his hometown, Cebu City, in the international…

FACES OF CEBU: Janos Vizcayno Jr., 37, sports surgeon

Dale Rosal 05/22/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines—As Cebu’s sports scene begins to get back on its feet after a two-year break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Cebuano sports surgeon Janos Vizcayno Jr. is now on the move to raise awareness about…

FACES OF CEBU: Angelo Hinayas Sigue,23, licensed civil engineer

Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña 05/15/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A step forward to success never gets easy. Angelo Hinayas Sigue, 23, from Lapu-Lapu City can attest to that. Sigue landed in the sixth spot in the latest result of the Civil Engineering…

FACES OF CEBU: Primrose Pacenio-Kong, mother, bar passer

Micah Sophia C. Marcellones 05/08/2022

CEBU, Philippines— Being a mother is already a tough job. Add to that the challenges of taking the bar exam, and that’s what Primrose Pacenio-Kong, from Carcar City, has gone through. But she withstood all these challenges,…

Faces of Cebu: Ma. Loufel Sicat, 30, bride wearing mom’s bridal gown

Immae Lachica 05/01/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Every little girl has tried putting on dresses of their mothers or aunts to play dress up. But Ma. Loufel Pasaol Sicat from Danao City had her sights on her mother’s wedding gown since…

FACES OF CEBU: Efren Salinas, 62, maker of dried fish

Doris Mae Mondragon 04/24/2022

CEBU, Philippines—Can making dried fish be able to send five children to college?  Apparently, it can. Efren Salinas is a living proof to that.  Salinas is one of the dried fish makers in the town of Medellin…

FACES OF CEBU: Cliff Racuya, kamarero

Delta Letigio 04/17/2022

Cebu City, Philippines—Kamareros were busy once again this year as Holy Week activities such as processions were allowed again after a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the kamareros who wad his hands full…

FACES OF CEBU: Khalil Sanchez, 17, rising cycling star 

Dale Rosal 04/10/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Although Khalil Sanchez has been reaping titles left and right, the 17-year-old cycling phenom still considers himself a newbie. Also known as the “Chamba Prince,” Sanchez has indeed come a very long way from his…

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