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Meet the PH’s first trans woman flight attendants

Nov 20, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Jess Labares and Mikee Vitug now embark on their new journey as flight attendants – with flying rainbow colors

Kenneth Cobonpue unveils Cebu 'heritage walk' plans ahead of quincentennial

Nov 13, 2019 - 10:09 PM

World-renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue plans to connect heritage sites in downtown Cebu City with an elevated walkway

Cebu City gets 21 new garbage trucks

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:19 PM

Cebu City outsources some of its garbage collection, but with the additional trucks, Mayor Edgar Labella says he would consider canceling its contract with a third-party provider

WASTE. Cebu City acquires 21 new dump trucks to improve waste collection. Photo from Mayor Edgar Labella's Facebook page

Jessica Sanchez back in the Philippines for Manila, Cebu concerts

Nov 11, 2019 - 4:03 PM

Jessica Sanchez will be performing with Idol Philippines runners-up Lance Busa and Lucas Garcia

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. The 'American Idol' alum is back in the Philippines for two concers. Photo from Jessica Sanchez's Instagram

Once a shipwreck survivor, Edgar Labella now captain of Cebu City

Nov 08, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The first-time mayor of Cebu City said once before, 'I would endeavor to have a healing and conciliatory mayorship for the best interest of the city'

Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella gives his speech for the achievements and challenges on his first 100 days in office held at the IC3 Convention in Cebu City on October 16, 2019. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Ferry capsizes off Cebu, dozens of passengers rescued

Nov 07, 2019 - 5:40 PM

(UPDATED) At least 63 ferry passengers and crew members are rescued off the coast of Cebu on Thursday, November 7

SEA RESCUE. The Philippine Coast Guard rescues dozens of passengers after a boat capsizes off the coast of Cebu. Photo from Philippine Coast Guard Central Visayas

Bantay Dagat official sees work as high-risk, high-reward

Nov 06, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Romelito Lirasan, Bantay Dagat chief of San Remigio, Cebu, is grateful that most fishermen in his town help defend their marine sanctuaries. But there's a lot of work to do.

Romelito Lirasan Photo courtesy of Oceana

DILG threatens Gwen Garcia: We can sue you

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:50 PM

DILG's RJ Echeverri warns Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia after she complains about the low ratings given to Cebu towns for their road clearing operations

THREATS. A DILG assistant secretary threatens to file charges against Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for criticizing the department over its road clearing assessment. Photo from Province of Cebu's Public Information Office/Subgo News

Seaweed sends 11 children of Bantayan couple to school

Nov 05, 2019 - 5:00 PM

It is now 31 years since the Lobos began their seaweed farm. Now that their years of hardship are behind them, the family can look back with gratitude and relief.

PROUD PARENTS. Mirasol and Cerilo Lobo show their wall filled with graduation pictures of their children. Photo courtesy of Oceana

Cebu Pacific signs $4.8-billion deal for 16 Airbus planes

Nov 04, 2019 - 10:43 AM

The fuel-efficient and eco-friendly planes are scheduled to be delivered between 2021 and 2024

BRAND-NEW PLANES. Cebu Pacific signed the purchase agreement for 16 A330 new engine option aircraft, in line with its fleet modernization program. Photo from Airbus

38 homes destroyed in Cebu City fire on Undas

Nov 02, 2019 - 8:16 AM

About 52 families are evacuated

FIRE. A firefighter trains a hose to houses being razed in Sitio Losimba, Basak San Nicolas, Cebu City on November 1, 2019. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

Cebu City joins Unesco Network of Creative Cities

Oct 31, 2019 - 9:42 PM

(UPDATED) Cities included in the network are those that 'make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy'

DESIGN CITY. Cebu City joins the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. File photo from Shutterstock

Cebu City police director relieved pending NBI probe into Navarro slay

Oct 31, 2019 - 8:13 PM

Central Visayas police chief Brigadier General Valeriano de Leon says this is to allow the NBI to conduct its probe on the killing of Mayor David Navarro

ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE. Cebu City Police Director Gemma Cruz Vinluan is placed on administrative leave pending investigation of the brutal killing of Mayor David Navarro of Clarin, Misamis Occidental. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Golan Heights peacekeeping veteran is new Visayas military chief

Oct 30, 2019 - 11:44 PM

Major General Roberto Ancan takes the helm of the Armed Forces of the Philippines' Central Command in Cebu City after its former commander was appointed AFP chief of staff

Who was David Navarro, the mayor from Mindanao killed in Cebu City?

Oct 28, 2019 - 5:16 PM

While Navarro appears on narcolists released by Duterte 2 times, he denied being linked to the drug trade

ARRESTED. Mayor of Clarin, Misamis Occidental David speaks to local media on an alleged assault incident in Cebu City a day before he is shot dead in broad daylight. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Malacañang condemns Misamis Occidental mayor's ambush

Oct 27, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Whether or not Mayor David Navarro was involved in illegal drugs, he should have been afforded due process and not killed, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

AMBUSHED. Clarin mayor David Navarro from Misamis Occidental was shot dead by still unidentified persons while he is being transported to the Cebu City prosecutor's office for inquest proceedings in M. Velez Street on October 25, 2019. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

Slain Misamis Occidental town mayor got death threats – Cebu police

Oct 26, 2019 - 1:56 PM

Cebu City Police Director Gemma Cruz Vinluan says they are looking at all angles – drugs, business, politics – in the killing of Mayor David Navarro

AMBUSHED. Clarin town mayor David Navarro from Misamis Occidental is shot dead by still unidentified gunmen in Cebu City. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

Misamis Occidental town mayor shot dead in Cebu City

Oct 25, 2019 - 2:30 PM

(5th UPDATE) Mayor David Navarro of Clarin, Misamis Occidental, is killed a day after he was arrested for beating up a massage therapist in Cebu City. He is on President Duterte's list of alleged narco-politicians.

GUNNED DOWN. Mayor David Navarro of Clarin, Misamis Occidental, was shot dead by still unidentified men as he was being transported to the city prosecutor's office in Cebu City on October 25, 2019. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

Misamis Occidental town mayor arrested for alleged assault in Cebu

Oct 24, 2019 - 10:32 PM

David Navarro, mayor of Clarin, Misamis Occidental, allegedly beats up a massage therapist

ASSAULT. Mayor of Clarin, Misamis Occidental David Navarro was arrested and brought to Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Station 2 after he allegedly assulted a massage therapist in Cebu City. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

At least 1 dead in pre-dawn fire in Cebu City

Oct 19, 2019 - 11:35 AM

The fire in Barangay Sambag Uno leaves 90 families homeless

CASUALTY. Authorities bring out the remains of  a 14-year-old girl who was killed in the pre-dawn fire in Barangay Sambag Uno, Cebu City on October 19, 2019. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Labella's first 100 days: No more business permit 'purgatory' in Cebu City

Oct 17, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Mayor Edgar Labella highlights socialized housing and improved traffic flow among his other top priorities

100 DAYS. Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella gives his speech for the achievements and challenges on his first 100 days in office held at the IC3 Convention in Cebu City on October 16, 2019. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

PNP firearms chief De Leon is next Central Visayas top cop

Oct 16, 2019 - 4:24 PM

Police Brigadier General Valeriano de Leon will take over the post left by Brigadier General Debold Sinas, the new Metro Manila police chief

INCOMING CHIEF. PNP Firearms takes over as top cop of Central Visayas. Photo from Brigadier General Val De Leon's Facebook page

Cebu Pacific launches direct Clark-Guangzhou flights

Oct 12, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Cebu Pacific says the new route will cater to the increasing demand for leisure and business travel and will boost investments in the special economic zones in Central Luzon

CEBU PACIFIC FLIGHTS. A Cebu Pacific ATR 72-500 plane during flight. Photo from Cebu Pacific's website

Cebuanos launch campaign to save centuries-old roadside trees from gov't project

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Hundreds of trees in Naga City and Carcar City in Cebu are set to be cut within the month for a government project

TREE CUTTING. Hundreds of centuries-old trees will be cut in southern Cebu for planned road widening. Photo used with permission from Jun Tupas

Cebuano Cinema Development Council finally sworn in after 5 years

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Among Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella's marching orders on his 100th day in office is to prioritize digitizing and restoring film memorabilia and classic Cebuano films

SWEARING IN. Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella swears in Cebuano Cinema Development Council on his 100th day in office. Photo courtesy of Diem Judilla

Cebu has most reported HIV cases in Central Visayas

Oct 08, 2019 - 9:24 AM

Cebu province records 69 cases of HIV infection during the month of May alone and a total of 333 infections from January to May

HEALTH RISK. Cebu is the top city with the highest rate of HIV prevalence in the country. Photo of the City Health Department by David Lozada/ Rappler

8 of 10 naval board topnotchers from University of Cebu

Oct 08, 2019 - 8:51 AM

This is not the first time the university dominated the naval board exam. In 2017, UC swept all 10 top slots.

TOPNOTCHERS. University of Cebu students take 8 of 10 top spots of the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Exam. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Labella to reopen Cebu City night market

Oct 07, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella says this is to allow displaced vendors to sell their products only at particular times

NIGHT MARKET. Mayor Edgardo Labella says he's open to reopening the night market in Cebu City. Photo from Cebu City Public Information Office's Facebook page

Environmental lawyer asks court for Writ of Kalikasan to stop tree cutting in Cebu

Oct 07, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Environmental lawyer Benjamin Cabrido Jr. hopes to get a temporary restraining order to stop the cutting of more trees in Cebu

TREES. An environmental lawyer asks for a temporary restraining order on cutting trees in Cebu. File photo by Rappler

SPOTLIGHT ON CITIES 2019: The First 100 Days

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:00 PM

How new leaders are shaping and empowering communities

HRET takes over Durano poll protest vs Frasco for Cebu 5th district

Oct 04, 2019 - 11:04 AM

The camp of defeated Ramon Durano IV is asking the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal to manually recount the votes

PROTEST. The election protest against Duke Frasco moves forward. Photo from Duke Frasco's Facebook page

COA recommends filing charges vs Mandaue City over reclamation project

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:02 PM

State auditors find out that the 35,821 square meter reclaimed land was sold for only P1.8 million or about P50 per square meter

RECLAMATION. The Commission on Audit flags a reclamation project near the Mactan Bridge in Mandaue City. Photo from Wiki

DILG tells Labella to maintain cleared sidewalks in Cebu City

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:13 PM

Some vendors complain they will earn less at the relocation site due to less foot traffic

CLEARING. Cebu City Mayor speaks with Cebu City sidewalk vendors who were displaced due to clearing operations. Photo from Cebu City Public Information Office's Facebook page

Manpower agency to take over 3,000 job orders in Cebu province October 1

Sep 30, 2019 - 8:27 PM

Cebu province job orders, including hospital staff, will be staffed by Manila-based manpower agency LBP Services

RIGHTSIZING. Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia will employ the province's job orders through a staffing agency. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Air pollution in Metro Cebu back to normal levels

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:55 PM

The Central Visayas Environmental Management Bureau Air says pollution in Metro Cebu returns to normal

LIFTED. Air pollution in Metro Cebu is back down to normal levels. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Downtown Cebu City sidewalk vendors given Sunday noon deadline to relocate

Sep 28, 2019 - 10:40 PM

The deadline complies with the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to remove obstructions by September 29

VENDORS. Market vendors take up part of a road in Cebu City. Photo from Mayor Edgar Labella's Facebook Page

Another killing on busy Cebu City avenue

Sep 25, 2019 - 8:13 AM

Barangay Mabolo in Cebu City is hit by a second riding-in-tandem killing this week

KILLED. Francisco Vinluan, 42, is killed by unidentified suspects in Mabolo, Cebu City. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Haze in PH: Which masks can protect you and other things you need to know

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Not all masks can protect you against haze pollution

Indonesia haze: Cebu residents urged to stay indoors or wear masks during peak hours

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:19 AM

'We encourage especially kids and those with ailments to use masks,' says Cebu City Health Officer Daisy Villa

HAZE. Metro Cebu residents are advised to avoid going outdoors during times of high pollution or continue wearing protective masks. Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Cebu province tells hotels, restos to dump pork products from Luzon

Sep 20, 2019 - 2:53 PM

To prevent the entry of the African swine fever virus, Cebu governor Gwendolyn Garcia also orders establishments to report where they sourced their pork products

DISPOSE. Cebu Province asks restaurants to dispose pork products from Luzon amid an outbreak of African swine fever. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Swine shipment from Negros Occidental to Cebu gets green light

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:28 PM

Cebu province eases restrictions on backyard-raised hogs coming from the Visayas

CIDG 7 chief relieved for leading raid on Cebu POGO

Sep 19, 2019 - 9:51 PM

The Central Visayas' controversial CIDG chief Lito Patay previously led Quezon City's Station 6, known for racking up the most kills in anti-drug operations between 2016 and 2017

RELIEVED. CIDG-7 chief Police Colonel Lito Patay is relieved over heading a raid on a local POGO office. Photo from QCPD Batasan's Facebook page

Indonesia haze reaches Metro Cebu

Sep 18, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The environment department recommends that residents minimize outdoor activity as air pollution in Cebu City is already above safe levels

HAZE. Haze seen from the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

4 suspects to face charges for molesting Cebu student and uploading video online

Sep 18, 2019 - 7:29 PM

A police official says the video uploader and anyone who shared the video will also be charged

250 live pigs from Negros Occidental barred from entering Cebu

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Cebu provincial authorities say they are only allowing the entry of livestock raised in commercial farms in the Visayas and Mindanao. The Negros Occidental shipment were backyard swines.

BANNED. Some of the live pigs from backyard raisers displayed at the Livestock Auction Market in Kabankalan City, Negros. Photo courtesy of Provincial Veterinary Office

Joke again? Lost in translation? Duterte says he 'ordered' Loot ambush

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:39 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says enough leeway should be given to a 'Bisaya President' who 'misspeaks the Filipino language'

AMBUSHED. Ex-Daanbantayan Mayor Vicente Loot is a former police general accused of protecting drug lords. File photo by Rappler

Mandaue City orders total ban on pork, live hogs from Luzon

Sep 18, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Cebu City bans pork from Luzon, but live hogs with proper clearance may enter

FEVER. Hogs in Quezon City are tested for African swine fever. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cyclists should get off bikes to cross Mactan bridges, says MCBMB

Sep 14, 2019 - 3:08 PM

Consultants of the Mactan-Cebu Bridge Management Board, which imposed a ban on bicycles on Mactan bridges, say the law only allows motorized vehicles on national highways

Lapulapu statue in Cebu to be replaced in 2021

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:24 AM

The iconic bronze statue will be replaced by a depiction of the Battle of Mactan, says the National Historical Commission of the Philippines

African swine fever: Cebu bans live hog imports from Luzon

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Pork products processed in Rizal and Bulacan are also banned

SWINE BAN. The Cebu provincial government is planning to ban the entry of all hog and pork products from Luzon. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler