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IN PHOTOS: Rescuers dig for survivors in Naga, Cebu landslide

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:12 PM

A landslide caused by heavy monsoon rains kills at least 3 people and buries dozens of homes in Naga City, Cebu

Residents dig amongst the rubble as they help rescuers search for survivors at the landslide site in Naga City, Cebu on September 20, 2018. Photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

12 killed, dozens missing in Naga, Cebu landslide

Sep 20, 2018 - 10:19 AM

(4th UPDATE) Days of heavy monsoon rains causes a steep slope of crumbly limestone and soil to collapse into a number of homes early Thursday when many people would still have been in bed

AFTERMATH. Rescue workers carry a resident rescued from a landslide site in Naga City, on the popular tourist island of Cebu on September 20, 2018. Photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

Cebu: Groups kick off weeklong anti-Martial Law activities

Sep 17, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The theme of the activity organized by Tindig Pilipinas-Cebu is: 'Remembering Martial Law and Rekindling the People Power'

Arrests, killings not enough to solve Cebu drug problem – regional police

Sep 13, 2018 - 12:32 AM

There has to be intervention too, says Central Visayas police chief Debold Sinas, like rehabilitation and the provision of livelihood to reintegrated citizens

CEBU'S DRUG PROBLEM. Image of Debold Sinas from pnppro7.org. Surrenderees photo from Cebu City PNP PRO 7 Twitter account. File image of Jaime Mata's body from Facebook account of Lymar Tan.

WATCH: Indie-folk singer Vincent Eco on #MoveSessions

Sep 06, 2018 - 6:17 PM

#MoveSessions is an online live jam for up-and-coming artists from schools and communities. Bookmark this page to catch Vincent Eco's performance on Thursday, September 6.

Cebu town police chief sacked after Mayor Blanco killing

Sep 06, 2018 - 5:54 PM

The Ronda town police station is just around 5 meters away from the town hall, where Mayor Mariano Blanco III was killed before dawn

LATEST KILLED. Ronda Mayor Mariano Blanco III is the 11th mayor killed in two years. Photo from Cebu Provincial Government

Politics eyed as motive in Cebu town mayor Mariano Blanco killing

Sep 05, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Mayor Mariano Blanco III is killed before dawn in his office in Ronda town, Cebu

SHOT DEAD. Mariano Blanco is slain in an ambush inside his own office. Photo from Blanco's Facebook page

Cebu Pacific now flies daily from Clark to Macau

Sep 05, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Flights from Clark to Macau will be at 9:25 pm daily, with return flights to the Philippines at 12:15 am the following day

MORE FLIGHTS. Budget airline Cebu Pacific increases flights from Clark International Airport. Photo courtesy of Cebu Pacific

Inflation hits 6.4%, Mayor shot dead, Amazon | Midday wRap

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:33 PM

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FAST FACTS: Who is Ronda, Cebu mayor Mariano Blanco III?

Sep 05, 2018 - 11:33 AM

In October 2017, Mariano Blanco III was stripped of police powers as ordered by the National Police Commission due to his alleged links to illegal drugs. He was killed almost a year after.

Cebu town mayor Mariano Blanco shot dead

Sep 05, 2018 - 7:39 AM

(UPDATED) Mayor Mariano Blanco III of Ronda, Cebu was linked to illegal drugs under the Duterte administration

SHOT DEAD. Mariano Blanco is slain in an ambush inside his own office. Photo from Blanco's Facebook page

Experts warn Cebuanos vs anonymous Facebook pages

Sep 02, 2018 - 6:24 PM

At Move Cebu, journalist Sol Amante says Cebuanos should take posts from anonymous Facebook pages with a 'handful' of salt

Ferry catches fire off Cebu port

Sep 02, 2018 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) All passengers and crew members of M/V Lite Ferry 28 are safely rescued

Photo from Cebu Port Authority

Ex-Cebu governor Vicente dela Serna dies

Sep 01, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Former governor Vicente 'Tingting' dela Serna was 66

FORMER CEBU GOVERNOR. Former Cebu governor Vicente 'Tingting' de la Serna passed away on September 1, 2018. From the Facebook page of Vicente de la Serna

USC students pledge to fight disinformation, defend press freedom

Aug 31, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Attendees of the #MoveCebu: Social good in the digital age workshop pledge to hold the line

Duterte warns Tommy Osmeña: Don't mess with me

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:49 AM

(UPDATED) 'If I have to be the bad guy for mentioning that there is a problem, so be it. No problem, this is what I signed up for,' says Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña in response to President Duterte

WORD OF ADVICE. Cebu City Mayor Tomas 'Tommy' Osmeña praises the 'drug war' of President Rodrigo Duterte then points the administration to look at other solutions to solve the drug problem. Rappler screenshot

VIRAL: Heartwarming video of Cebu inmates singing 'Pagsubok' at grad rites

Aug 25, 2018 - 1:43 PM

'It's never too late. As long as you have the grit, then everything will be possible,' says Consolacion Councilor Johannes Alegado, who posted the viral video on Facebook

Inmates from the Municipality of Consolacion in Cebu graduates from Alternative Learning System on August 20, 2018. Photo from Councilor Joannes Alegado

71-year-old businesswoman shot dead in Cebu City

Aug 24, 2018 - 11:38 PM

Junko Hamada, president of Beams Philppines Export Corporation, is shot and killed by two still-unidentified assailants onboard a motorcycle at about 7:30 pm on Friday

Cops fail to arrest Peter Lim in his Cebu homes

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:48 PM

Cops search two of drug suspect Peter Lim's houses in Cebu. He is nowhere to be found.

WHERE IS LIM? Alleged drug lord Peter Lim is escorted by security after he shows up at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016 to clear his name. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Araneta to challenge for world crown after Tomogdan KO

Aug 19, 2018 - 12:46 PM

Cebuano power puncher Christian Araneta may just be another world champion in the making

UNDEFEATED. Christian Araneta scores a 16th straight victory. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Join us at 'MoveCebu: Social good in the digital age' forum

Aug 17, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Tickets to the public forum are free, but seats are limited. Register now!

With new Melbourne route, can Cebu Pacific replicate Sydney success?

Aug 15, 2018 - 8:28 AM

The Philippine-based budget carrier's Sydney record will be hard to beat

WELCOME TO MELBOURNE. The first flight 5J049 arrives in the Tullamarine Airport. Photo courtesy of Cebu Pacific

Duterte can't just rely on cops to end drugs – Mayor Osmeña

Aug 12, 2018 - 5:20 PM

'We're very poor in rehabilitation,' says Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña

WORD OF ADVICE. Cebu City Mayor Tomas 'Tommy' Osmeña praises the 'drug war' of President Rodrigo Duterte then points the administration to look at other solutions to solve the drug problem. Rappler screenshot

Next on kill list? Mayor Osmeña shrugs off death threats

Aug 11, 2018 - 12:24 PM

'I’m like a security guard – that’s all I am, okay? When there’s a robbery, I have to stay there,' says Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña

WARNED. Cebu City Mayor Tomas 'Tommy' Osmeña receives death threats, saying cops are out to kill him. Rappler screenshot

Cebu killings rose after new police chiefs came – Mayor Osmeña

Aug 10, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Osmeña is referring to Cebu and Central Visayas top cops Royina Garma and Debold Sinas

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña says killings rose after change of leadership in local PNP. Rappler screenshot

Ironman organizer 'gets lucky' with new Cebu course

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Many Ironman professionals laud Fred Uytengsu and company for the great race organization

TECHNICAL ROUTE. Four-time Cebu Ironman champion Caroline Steffen is one of the pros who prefer the new bike route for it's technicality. Photo from press release

Pinoys nab Ironman 70.3 world championship slots

Aug 05, 2018 - 10:30 PM

Asian elite winners Banjo Norte and Alexandra Ganzon are going to Nice, France in 2019 to compete against some of the world's top triathletes

PINOY PRIDE. Banjo Norte (left) and Alexandra Ganzon top the Asian elite category while competing among the world's best in the Ironman 70.3. Photos by Beatrice Go/Rappler

WATCH: How Ironman darling Mendez fell in love with PH

Aug 05, 2018 - 4:56 PM

The Filipino fan favorite from Mexico recalls how he first felt that he was part of a family in the Philippines

FAN FAVORITE. Mauricio Mendez swoons the crowd after clinching the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific title. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Mendez, Kahlefeldt clinch Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific titles

Aug 05, 2018 - 1:06 PM

The 2018 Davao Ironman 70.3 winners repeat their title performances in Cebu

STREAKING. Mauricio Mendez (left) and Radka Kahlefeldt win the Ironman titles again in their second time in the Philippines this year. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

World's best duke it out in Ironman Asia

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:17 PM

Tim Reed and Melissa Hauschildt are picked as favorites to rule the Asia-Pacific triathlon championships in Cebu

AUSSIE RULE. Australians Melissa Hauschildt (left) and Tim Reed look to continue their Asia-Pacific Ironman reign. Photos by Ironman Philippines (Hauschildt) and Beatrice Go/Rappler (Reed)

Piolo Pascual, Enchong Dee lead Ironman relay squad

Aug 03, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The two celebrities banner the Sun Life relay team vying for honors in the 2018 Ironman 70.3 race in Cebu

STAR POWER. Sun Life Financial boasts a star-studded team composed of celebrity athletes like Piolo Pascual, company executives and elite athletes. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

World slots up in Ironman 70.3 Philippines

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Age-group berths for the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in France are up for grabs in the Cebu race

FAVORITE. Three-time world champion Melissa Hauschildt of Australia hopes to flash her winning Ironman form in Cebu.

Inquirer editor posts bail for Cebu cyber libel complaint

Jul 30, 2018 - 8:16 PM

A Cebu court issued the arrest warrant against Abelardo Ulanday, who paid a P30,000-bail for his release

SURRENDERED. Inquirer.net editor-in-chief and Cebu Daily News publisher Abelardo Ulanday. Photo from Cebu Daily News

Ex-barangay captain in Cebu survives ambush attempt

Jul 30, 2018 - 6:44 PM

One of the assailants killed is identified as PO3 Eugene Alcain Calumba

LOOK: Cebu Pacific's new in-flight, pre-order meal selection

Jul 30, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The offerings include Filipino cuisine classics as well as more modern dishes

Police link drug syndicate to killing of young Cebu couple

Jul 27, 2018 - 10:44 PM

Central Visayas police say they have evidence showing the male victim was involved in the illegal drug trade

The body of Jaime Mata is found dead in Barangay San Roque, Lilo-an town, Cebu on July 24.

Ceres-Negros FC ices dominant run with 2nd PFL title

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:07 PM

The Busmen reign anew to earn the right to represent Philippines in the preliminary rounds of the 2019 AFC Champions League

TITLE DEFENSE. Ceres Negros FC is the PFL champion for the second straight time.  Photo by Mark Cristino

Ceres-Negros aims for 2nd PFL title vs Global Cebu

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:18 PM

The Busmen are one point away from the championship

ON THE BRINK. Ceres-Negros' Bienvenido Marañon moves past Global Cebu's Jinggoy Valmayor. Photo by Ceres media

Skyler Abatayo finally laid to rest

Jul 21, 2018 - 7:27 PM

People surrounding the small casket chant for justice before 4-year-old Skyler Abatayo is laid to rest nearly two weeks after he was killed

Photo from the Facebook page of Justice for Blayden Skyler Abatayo.

Skyler Abatayo case: 4 cops sacked as probe begins

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:07 AM

The 4 anti-drug cops tested negative for gunpowder traces, but this does not get them completely off the hook, says the Philippine National Police

'JUSTICE FOR SKYLER'. Four cops have been sacked following the death of 4-year-old Skyler Abatayo, killed by a stray bullet just after studying at home. Photo from Abatayo's Facebook page.

Cebu City police chief sure cops did not fire gun that killed Skyler

Jul 13, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Cebu City chief Royina Garma says the stray bullet that took the life of 4-year-old Skyler Abatayo is not from a police pistol

CONFIDENT. Superintendent Royina Garma is sure police did not fire the gun which killed Skyler Abatayo. Photo from Cebu City Police Office Facebook page

Skyler Abatayo hit by stray bullet after doing school assignment

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:58 PM

The four-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet from an anti-drug operation in Barangay Ermita, Cebu City

KILLED. 3-year-old Skyler Abatayo was killed by a stray bullet from an anti-illegal drugs operation in Cebu City. Photo from Abatayo's Facebook page.

Palawan, Cebu on 2018 World’s Best Islands list

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The two islands are no strangers to Travel + Leisure’s annual ranking

PALAWAN. Limestone rocks and bright blue waters make up the trademark view from Kayangan Lake, a top tourist site in Coron, Palawan. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Cebu archdiocese says shootout 'not attack vs Church'

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The shooting incident at the Cebu Archbishop's Residence is 'a wake-up call' about depression, says Cebu Archdiocese media liaison Monsignor Joseph Tan

KILLED ON THE SPOT. Cebu City police killed this man in a shootout inside the compound of the Cebu Archbishop's Residence on July 10, 2018. Photo from Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak's Facebook account

Cebu Archbishop Palma calls father of shooting suspect

Jul 10, 2018 - 8:20 PM

'We enjoin everyone to pray for the soul of the deceased,' says the Archdiocese of Cebu after a shootout killed a gunman at the Cebu Archbishop's Residence

TOP PRELATE. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma (center) is safe, and traveling outside Cebu, as a shooting incident erupts at the Cebu Archbishop's Residence on July 9, 2018. File photo by Sammy Navaja/CBCP News

4-year-old killed by stray bullet from Cebu City anti-drug operation

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Police say Skyler Abatayo was killed by a bullet from drug suspects and not from cops, but this has yet to be proven by a ballistics examination

KILLED. Four-year-old Skyler Abatayo was slain by a stray bullet from an anti-illegal drugs operation in Cebu City. Photo from Abatayo's Facebook page.

Cebu Archbishop Palma safe, appeals for calm after shootout

Jul 10, 2018 - 4:37 PM

(UPDATED) Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma calls on the public 'to refrain from making any speculation' about the shooting incident at the Cebu Archbishop's Residence

HE IS SAFE. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma (right) is safe after a shooting incident at the Cebu Archbishop's Residence on July 10, 2018. File photo courtesy of CBCP

Cebu City barangay councilor shot dead near barangay hall

Jul 10, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Barangay Kalunasan Councilor Roel Mabano is shot dead near their barangay hall in Cebu City

SHOT DEAD. Cebu City Barangay Councilor Roel Mabano is gunned down near the Kalunasan Barangay Hall. Cebu police photo

Man killed in shootout inside Cebu Archbishop's Residence

Jul 10, 2018 - 12:27 PM

(7th UPDATE) The gunman is identified as Jeffrey Cañedo, who reportedly looked for Archbishop Jose Palma before shooting it out with cops

KILLED ON THE SPOT. Cebu City police killed this man in a shootout inside the compound of the Cebu Archbishop's Residence on July 10, 2018. Photo from Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak Facebook

Cebu City to ban single-use plastics, styrofoam at city hall

Jul 04, 2018 - 4:54 PM

'We will practice what we preach. Stricter even,' Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña says about the ban, which will begin on August 1