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Minimum P85 toll fee set for 3rd Mactan bridge

Jan 27, 2020 - 11:32 AM

The construction of the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway is scheduled for completion in 2021

TOLL FEE. The Cebu Cordova Link Expressway set its toll fees for once it opens in 2021. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

No record of alleged Baron Geisler arrest – police

Jan 26, 2020 - 12:12 AM

Cebu police say they have no record of the actor's reported arrest in the city

HAPPY FAMILY. Baron Geisler with is wife Jamie Evangelista after she gives birth to the couple's first child. Photo from Baron Geisler's Instagram

Cebu airport implements stricter screening amid coronavirus threat

Jan 25, 2020 - 10:38 PM

The Mactan Cebu International Airport placed intensified thermal scanning devices to check arriving passengers in the international terminal, which has flights coming from mainland China

Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against novel coronavirus (nCov). Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

CebuPac calls on HK flight passengers to get checked for flu-like symptoms

Jan 23, 2020 - 1:59 AM

This is one of the airline's precautionary measures after reports surfaced that 4 family members of Hong Kong's first suspected case of the novel coronavirus arrived in Manila

Cebu cops nab criminology student for threatening to post girl's nude pics

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:40 PM

The suspect sends messages to his older brother's ex-girlfriend, saying he would post her naked photos online if she refuses to have sex with him

LIST: Winners of Sinulog 2020 dance competitions

Jan 20, 2020 - 2:35 PM

Prizes range from P100,000 to P1 million

SINULOG. Hundreds of dancers compete in the annual Sinulog competition. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Show of faith: Devotees thank Sto Niño for answered prayers during Sinulog 2020

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:10 PM

Many devotees share why they go to great lengths to show their devotion to the Sto Nino in this #StoryOfTheNation campaign

Photos from Eiver Villegas, Jap Illumine, Josh Falmonte, Sebastian Tan, Gerard Jamora and Josh Almonte.

WATCH: Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe wins top prizes in Sinulog Festival dance competition

Jan 20, 2020 - 9:17 AM

Dance legends the Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe wins two top prizes in the 2020 Sinulog Festival, taking home at least P2 million

CHAMPS. Sinanduloy bags 2 prizes after a hiatus from the Sinulog Festival. Photo by Clarenz Jay Mendoza/Rappler

WATCH: Negros Oriental dance troupe in Sinulog 2020 pays tribute to slain farmers

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:16 AM

In a rare show of activism, the Pakol Festival perform a routine that showed the violence farmers experience in Negros Island

FARMERS. This performance pays tribute to farmers killed in Negros. Photo by Chang Euldan/Sinulog Foundation

At Sinulog Festival, Duterte promises funding for Cebu infra, transpo projects

Jan 19, 2020 - 10:35 PM

Duterte makes his first visit to the Sinulog Fiesta happening in Cebu City

SINULOG. PResident Rodrigo Duterte makes his first appearance at the Sinulog Festival. Screengrab from RVTM

IN PHOTOS: Stars join the 2020 Sinulog Grand Parade

Jan 19, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Check out the stars who joined the festivities!

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

A mom asks Santo Niño, let her children killed in drug war 'enter heaven'

Jan 19, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Among the thousands who honored the Holy Child during the Fiesta Señor in Cebu City is a mother, whose faith has remained immovable despite losing her children in tokhang operations

MOTHER'S PRAYER. A mother shares story of how children were killed in her own home. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade

Jan 19, 2020 - 9:26 AM

You can watch the livestream of the Sinulog Grand Parade here beginning at 9 am on Sunday, January 19

GRAND PARADE. The 2020 Sinulog Grand Parade is on Sunday, January 19. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Cebu Archbishop Palma: 'True believers' in Santo Niño care for environment

Jan 19, 2020 - 9:14 AM

The Fiesta Señor and Sinulog Festival, which brings out millions of people from all over the world, also results in trash piling up in areas across Cebu City

SANTO NIÑO. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma says being a devotee of the Holy Child means respecting environment. File photo by Sammy Navaja/CBCP News

LIVE: Fiesta Señor 2020 Pontifical Mass in Cebu City

Jan 19, 2020 - 8:49 AM

Bookmark this page for the Fiesta Señor Pontifical Mass in Cebu City

LIVE. The Pontifical Mass will take place at the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Fiesta Señor 2020 'Visperas Day'

Jan 19, 2020 - 7:59 AM

The Visperas mass includes a reenactment of the first baptism and wedding of Rajah Humabon and Queen Juana of Cebu. The reenactment is followed by a solemn procession around Cebu City.

FLUVIAL PROCESSION. Hundreds of sea vessels on board thousands of devotees join the Sinulog Fluvial Procession 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Sinulog 2020: Road closures in Cebu City

Jan 18, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Several major roads will be closed in Cebu City for the Sinulog Grand Parade. Cars parked along the parade route will be towed.

ROAD CLOSURES. Several main roads are closed in Cebu City for the Sinulog Festival. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

RECAP: Cebu celebrates the Filipina beauty in Binibining Cebu 2020

Jan 18, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The pageant showcases the beauty of every Cebuana

Feast of Santo Niño: The pilgrims of Devotee City

Jan 18, 2020 - 3:55 PM

Devotee City is place for pilgrims who come from faraway towns or provinces, but wish to take part in the Fiesta Señor events

ENTRANCE. The entrance to Devotee City, where Santo Niño pilgrims from far-flung areas are housed for free. All photos by John Tan Sitchon

LIST: Where to eat during Sinulog 2020

Jan 18, 2020 - 2:49 PM

Check out these 6 culinary hotspots in Cebu that are uniquely and proudly Cebuano!

Borongan City's Monika Afable is Sinulog Festival Queen 2020

Jan 18, 2020 - 2:17 PM

Monika Afable of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, also brings home a number of corporate awards

SINULOG FESTIVAL QUEEN. Monika Afable of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, takes home the crown. Photo from Sinulog Foundation Incorporated

LIST: Where to party during Sinulog 2020

Jan 18, 2020 - 10:56 AM

Whether it's a pool party or a music festival, here's a list of parties you can let loose in during Sinulog weekend

PARTY. Parties are back during the 2020 Sinulog. File photo by Alecs Ongcal

Cebu congressman Duke Frasco laments burning of truck

Jan 17, 2020 - 9:38 PM

The Cebu 5th District representative posts on his Facebook page that it was the people of Camotes Island who were most affected by the burning of the truck

Signal shutdown to proceed during Sinulog 2020 events

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:24 PM

Despite a previous announcement that cellular signal would not be shut down, local police request that these be switched off during Sinulog due to the attendance of President Rodrigo Duterte

SHUTDOWN. The signal shutdown will proceed during this year's Sinulog Festival. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Pit Señor: A complete pilgrim's guide to Santo Niño de Cebu

Jan 16, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Joining Sinulog 2020? Here's a rundown of must-dos when on a pilgrimage to Cebu City’s Basilica Minore del Santo Niño

MAGELLAN'S CROSS. A first trip to Cebu City is not complete without visiting Magellan’s cross. The holy site is a mere 15-minute cab ride from WCCHC.

Elderly couple killed in dawn attack in Cebu town

Jan 16, 2020 - 11:41 AM

The 2 grandchildren of the couple who were with them survived the attack, say police

Labella defuses Sinulog 2020 exclusive broadcast rights backlash

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:52 PM

The announcement allays the concerns of media groups who learned of the exclusive broadcast contract between MyTv and the Sinulog Foundation

NO EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS. Mayor Edgar Labella intervened on an exclusive deal between MyTv and Edgar Labella. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu political heavies to share stage on final day of Sinulog 2020

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:29 PM

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia and Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella, together with provincial board members, are dancing on the last day of Sinulog

PIT SENYOR. In this file photo, Cebu Governor  Gwen Garcia dances in the 2013 Sinulog Festival. Photo by Bernardo Arellano III

IN PHOTOS: Beatrice Luigi Gomez wins Binibining Cebu 2020

Jan 14, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Beatrice Luigi Gomez succeeds Steffi Aberasturi as the new titleholder

Beatrice Luigi Gomez reigned supreme during the coronation night of Binibining Cebu. Photo by Jasper Ylanan

LIST: Sinulog 2020 events

Jan 14, 2020 - 10:38 AM

Here's your list of events for Sinulog 2020

MARDI GRAS. Sinulog 2020 is underway in Cebu City. Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

San Fernando's Beatrice Luigi Gomez crowned Binibining Cebu 2020

Jan 14, 2020 - 10:02 AM

Check out the full list of winners here!

BB CEBU. Beatrice Luigi Gomez reigned supreme during the coronation night of Binibining Cebu. Photo by Jasper Ylanan/Rappler

Jo Koy's Cebu show moved to January 17

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:18 PM

The Manila show will push through as scheduled

Sinulog 2020 reminder: Only transparent bags allowed in Basilica

Jan 13, 2020 - 1:50 PM

People are discouraged from bringing backpacks into the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu. Only small and transparent bags will be allowed inside.

CLEAR BAGS ONLY. Only clear bags will be allowed inside the premises of the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Cebu City allows street parties during Sinulog Grand Parade

Jan 13, 2020 - 12:50 PM

Under the conditions set by the city government, street parties can only be held outside the 100-meter zone of the parade route, and requires a special permit

STREET PARTIES. Parties will be allowed this year but with conditions. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Sinulog officially begins in Cebu City

Jan 11, 2020 - 9:58 PM

The Sinulog Festival kicks off its 40th annual celebration in Cebu City

Cebuana beauty queens who made it in national, international pageants

Jan 11, 2020 - 4:24 PM

Sinulog season is also pageant season in Cebu!

Police identify man who was skinned and killed in northern Cebu

Jan 11, 2020 - 3:55 PM

Police are pursuing the angle that the suspects are involved in drugs and believed Corbo was a drug informant

Cebu province targets P12 billion income in 2020

Jan 11, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Provincial Treasurer Roy Salubre says real property tax collection is expected to increase after the market value of provincial properties were reappraised

3 airlines to help in repatriation of OFWs in Middle East

Jan 11, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Asia have committed to help in government repatriation efforts in the Middle East, says the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Cebu high school student arrested after classmate he punched dies

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:02 AM

Talisay City Police say the suspect, Cigie Cristuta Galicia, 18, immediately confessed to the crime but didn’t show remorse

Dead body skinned from neck up found in northern Cebu

Jan 10, 2020 - 3:06 PM

(UPDATED) 

This is the 3rd person killed in Cebu this year who was skinned to the bone over the past 12 months

Mandaue City councilor suspended over graft charges

Jan 09, 2020 - 6:04 PM

Nerissa Soon-Ruiz is accused of funneling her Priority Assistance Development Fund to dubious NGOs and colluding with government owned corporations when she was Cebu congresswoman

SUSPENDED. Mandaue City Councilor Nerissa Soon-Ruiz is suspended by the Sandiganbayan. Photo from Facebook

Cebu City police want to impose gun ban during Sinulog 2020

Jan 08, 2020 - 3:46 PM

The Central Visayas Police Regional Office asks Camp Crame's permission to ban firearms in Metro Cebu during the weeklong Sinulog festivities

No cell signal shutdown during Sinulog Festival, says Cebu City mayor

Jan 08, 2020 - 3:04 PM

Mayor Edgar Labella says keeping the signal on would help authorities – as well as families – stay connected but a shutdown may happen if police discover a threat

CELEBRATION. There will be no signal shutdown on Sinulog Day. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Cebu capitol to minimize aircon use to save money, fend off virus

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:39 AM

Solar panels will be installed at the provincial building, while trees will be planted within the capitol compound

File photo by Dale G. Israel/Rappler

Fire in Cebu City barangay burns down 40 houses

Jan 05, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The fire in Sitio Bucog also destroys properties worth P500,000

Cebu City Police affirm readiness for 2020 Sinulog

Jan 04, 2020 - 9:43 AM

Police Colonel Engelbert Soriano says its security plans for Sinulog 2020 are ready and up for simulations by next week

LIST: Where to celebrate New Year's Eve in Metro Cebu

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Ready to party? Here are 10 places in Cebu to celebrate NYE 2020

Veterinarian killed by motorcycle-riding suspects in Cebu

Dec 30, 2019 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Talisay City police say the victim had just left a slaughterhouse when he was ambushed

Cebu town releases P3.9 million disaster funds amid state of calamity

Dec 29, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Daanbantayan Mayor Sun Shimura says the disaster fund would be used for the purchase of tarpaulins for houses and waterproof plywood for boats damaged by Typhoon Ursula

DESTROYED. Several houses were destroyed in Barangay Carnaza in Daanbantayan, Cebu during the onslaught of Typhoon Ursula. Photo from Municipality of Daanbantayan FB page