New normal Holy Week: How did Cebuanos celebrate it?

Immae Lachica 04/16/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines—After two years of not being able to practice Holy Week traditions, Cebuanos find it a breath of fresh air to finally do some of the Holy Week practices this year.  In Cebu a number…

Lenten activities in Cebu City successful so far

Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña 04/16/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines –Lenten activities held in Cebu City were successful so far. This was the initial assessment of Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy chief implementor of the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), on the peaceful…

Buhing Kalbaryo ‘successfully’ draws 1,000 individuals

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 04/15/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The reprise of Cebu City’s iconic Lenten street play, Buhing Kalbaryo, drew at least 1,000 individuals for the two sets of stage play and the street play acts. The Guadalupe Police Stations said…

Holy Week traffic: Fewer cars in Cebu City

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 04/15/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — This Holy Week, Cebu City got a respite from the daily traffic jams everywhere. For the first time since the restrictions were slowly lifted in mid-2021, streets and major thoroughfares are either nearly…

Teacher turns hobby of making religious images into a religious devotion

Micah Sophia C. Marcellones 04/15/2022

CEBU, Philippines — A teacher from Ginatilan town in southwestern Cebu has turned a childhood hobby or “hilig” of making religious images from local materials into a religious devotion. Rusell Lowell Ondoy, 35, has since made more…

Buhing Kalbaryo expects hundreds to join Via Crucis street play

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 04/13/2022

  CEBU CITY, Philippines — The 25th edition of the Buhing Kalbaryo expects hundreds or even thousands of people to join the street play. The Buhing Kalbaryo is a form of Pasyon or Senakulo that incorporates the…

No campaigning on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Comelec reminds bets

Catherine Gonzales 04/13/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday reminded political candidates of the ban on campaigning during Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, saying it is an election offense that could warrant disqualification. Comelec Commissioner George…

Only vaccinated persons can enter places of worship – Año

Gabriel Pabico Lalu 04/12/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Only individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to enter the places of worship, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said on Monday during the taped weekly “Talk to the People” briefing of President Rodrigo…

CCPO to deploy personnel in ports, terminals starting April 13

Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña 04/11/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Police deployment plan in Cebu City has been laid as travelers are expected to flock terminals and ports this Holy Week. Police Lieutenant Colonel Janette Rafter, chief of operations of the Cebu City…

Talisay police remind parents: Don’t bring kids in Holy Week activities

Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña 04/09/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Parents and guardians are discouraged from bringing their children with them when attending religious activities for the Holy Week in Talisay City. Crowd influx would be expected in these activities, such as the…

Planning a pilgrimage this Holy Week? Read on…

Doris C. Bongcac 04/08/2022

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu –  If you are looking for a religious place to visit this Holy Week, join the pilgrimage to Jubilee churches in scenic southern Cebu. This way, you get to breathe fresh air and receive…

Cebu City Disaster, Markets prepare for Holy Week

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 04/06/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City will be on red alert starting Holy Monday, April 11, 2022, for the Holy Week celebrations. Lawyer Gerry Carillo, the chairperson of the Disaster Council said that the City Disaster Risk…

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