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San Fernando, Cebu mayor ambushed in Talisay

Jan 22, 2019 - 7:46 PM

San Fernando, Cebu Mayor Lakambini Reluya survives the attack, according to Talisay police chief Superintendent Marlu Conag

AMBUSHED. San Fernando, Cebu Mayor Lakambini Reluya is attacked while riding a van in Talisay City. Photo from San Fernando LGU Facebook page

Arthaland eyes 2021 completion for 39-storey green office project Cebu Exchange

Jan 21, 2019 - 5:34 PM

The building is designed to address the IT and BPO industry’s growing demand for quality space

IN PHOTOS: 2019 Sinulog Festival

Jan 20, 2019 - 4:49 PM

(UPDATED) Check out what happened during Cebu's 39th Sinulog Festival!

LOOK: Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña takes down Imee Marcos tarp

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:41 PM

‘Cebuanos do not appreciate the politicization of Sinulog,’ says the mayor, who has ordered a team to take down other such tarpaulins along the parade route

A FAVOR. Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña takes down a Sinulog-themed tarpaulin by Imee Marcos since "Cebuanos do not appreciate the politicization" of the annual festival. Photo from Tommy Osmeña's Facebook Page.

Gio Tingson: Don’t use youth commission as Bong Go’s 'billboard' | Midday wRap

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Watch the midday wRap with Gelo Gonzales

Sinulog Festival 2019: What's new, what to expect

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:10 AM

Attending this year’s Sinulog Festival? Here’s a simple guide to help you make the most of the celebration.

SHAGIT UG KUSOG. Scenes from Sinulog 2015. Photo by Line Arias

Thirdy, Kobe amazed at Sisters of Mary Cebu sports culture

Jan 14, 2019 - 10:11 PM

Thirdy Ravena says seeing nuns play basketball was the highlight of his two-day trip to Cebu

HAVING FUN. The nuns of Sisters of Mary Cebu take some shots from the free throw line. Photo from release

LIST: Airline seat sale in January 2019

Jan 11, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Here are the airlines offering cheaper fares this January 2019

REHABILITATION. Establishments found to be violating environmental laws will be shut down by the government. Photo from Shutterstock

Cebu Pacific has new baggage rules starting January 15

Jan 10, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Passengers can purchase baggage allowance from booking up to 4 hours before their flight

BAGGAGE POLICY. Cebu Pacific will be implementing a new check-in baggage policy starting January 15. Photo courtesy of Cebu Pacific

Broken promises: Why Global Cebu players are unhappy

Dec 28, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Global Cebu players reveal a sad reality in local club football – athletes getting evicted from their homes and living on cup noodles as they remain unpaid for 8 months

SAD REALITY. Milan Nikolic and the rest of the Global Cebu FC players go unpaid during the holidays. Photo from Milan Nikolic's Instagram

Christmas morning fire kills 12-year-old boy in Cebu

Dec 25, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The blaze on Tuesday, December 25, also leaves hundreds of families homeless

Photo from Nagiel Bañacia, Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head

House approves bill granting emergency powers vs traffic

Dec 03, 2018 - 8:55 PM

The measure had been pending for months at the plenary, but gets revived under Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

EMERGENCY POWERS. Lawmakers want to give emergency powers to the transportation chief to address the urban traffic problem. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Call for applications: 2019 Cebu Young Writers Studio

Nov 22, 2018 - 4:10 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Deadline for the submission of manuscripts is on January 5, 2019

Sandiganbayan affirms graft charges vs Gwen Garcia after impasse

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The anti-graft court had to convene a special division, but the aspiring governor of Cebu still loses by a vote of 3-2

BALILI CHARGES. Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia loses her bid to throw out graft and malversation charges at the Sandiganbayan which stemmed from the controversial Balili property. Photo courtesy of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia Media Affairs

Lauv will be singing for Manila and Cebu in 2019

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:09 PM

We're ready to fall in lauv all over again!

Newsbreak Chats: Election fever, Cebu as 'crime city'

Oct 25, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The Newsbreak team discusses on Thursday, October 25, looming electoral issues and the situation in Cebu City

Albayalde welcomes probe into Cebu killings: 'Walang itatago ang PNP'

Oct 15, 2018 - 12:38 PM

'We are always supporting investigations. Wala namang itatago ang PNP diyan,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

DEATH SPIKE. Barangay Councilor Roel Mabano is gunned down near the Kalunasan Barangay Hall. He is one of the victims of recent high-profile assassinations in Cebu City. File photo from Cebu City police

Cebu City police chief Royina Garma: Mayor’s hated, Duterte’s trusted

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Royina Garma, Cebu City's first woman police chief, is at odds with Mayor Tommy Osmeña, but she's unperturbed – she has the support of the man in Malacañang

FIRST TOP POLICEWOMAN. Cebu City police chief Senior Superintendent Royina Garma at her office. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Minority senators seek Senate probe into spate of Cebu killings

Oct 11, 2018 - 12:33 PM

'As duty bearers, the PNP must observe proper operational procedures in order to fulfill the organization’s obligation with respect to human rights-based policing,' says the Senate opposition bloc

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Tommy Osmeña: Cebu City's own

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The mayor is unfazed by critics calling him names and invoking links to President Duterte. He only has one question for them: how come people vote for me?

Crime City? Killings in Cebu rise as mayor, cops feud

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Half a year before Rodrigo Duterte launched his drug war in 2016, killings in Cebu City totalled 32. In the same months in 2018, the police recorded 69.

CRIMINAL CITY? The skyline of Cebu City as seen from the city hall. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Former barangay captain found dead in Sibonga, Cebu

Oct 08, 2018 - 1:03 PM

(UPDATED) Ferdinand 'Dindin' Bas, the former barangay captain of Lagtang, Talisay City, is found dead by the police after his live-in partner, Charmaine Anton, called them

Policemen visit newspaper office in Cebu, too

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Two policemen drop by the SunStar Cebu office to take photos of its reporters and editors on October 4

SUNSTAR CEBU. The SunStar Cebu office at P. del Rosario Street in Cebu City. Photo by Marchel Espina

Commission on Human Rights to probe Cebu killings

Oct 07, 2018 - 10:12 PM

One of the survivors of the Barangay Malubog killings is under the custody of the Commission on Human Rights-Region 7

After death of call center agent, Cebu City to shuttle employees to work

Oct 06, 2018 - 10:30 PM

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña is working with the Business Process Outsourcing sector to ensure workers' safety in the city

BPO SECTOR. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena meets with the Business Process Outsourcing representatives to discuss workers' safety in the city. Photo from Osmena's Facebook page

WATCH: How Cebu's skateboarders are fighting for their own space

Oct 06, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Margielyn Didal's victory in the 2018 Asian Games has given hope to the skateboarding community in Cebu

5 governors commit to protect Visayan Sea

Sep 29, 2018 - 8:11 PM

The agreement seeks to restore, conserve, and protect the Visayan Sea's marine biodiversity

CONTINUING EFFORT. Officials of the provinces covered by the Visayan Sea during the 10th Visayan Sea Summit in Oton, Iloilo on Friday, September 28. Photo courtesy of Maria Elena San Jose

Officials warned of landslide-prone areas in Naga, Cebu, as early as 2008

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:56 AM

The September 20 landslide killed at least 65 people and injured 18 others. At least 21 people are still missing, while 1,716 families are still in evacuation centers.

DISASTER. A landslide occurs in Naga City, Cebu on September 20, 2018. File photo by Querl Panilag

Aboitiz companies extend help to 750 landslide-hit families in Naga, Cebu

Sep 28, 2018 - 5:33 PM

PRESS RELEASE. Other AboitizPower units up north have been similarly busy, specifically in areas without electricity following Typhoon Ompong’s onslaught there.

ABOITIZ STANDS WITH NAGA, CEBU. Aboitiz team members from the conglomerate's Visayan Electric Co., Inc. (VECO) and Therma Visayas Power, Inc. business units quickly mobilized relief efforts in the aftermath of the Naga City, Cebu landslide. A total of 750 families received much-needed food packs, hygiene kits, and rice packs assembled by the Aboitiz team members. Photo from Aboitiz Foundation

Duterte signs law creating 2 new Isabela districts

Sep 27, 2018 - 4:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also signs a proclamation creating a special economic zone near the Mactan International Airport in Cebu

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) personnel on the sidelines of the send-off ceremony for the 250 transport vehicle units of the BJMP at Camp General Vicente Lim in Calamba City, Laguna on September 26, 2018. Joining the President is Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The Moffatts are coming to Manila and Cebu

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:30 AM

This will be the iconic 90's boy band's first reunion tour together in 20 years

Naga, Cebu landslide death toll jumps to 56

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:19 AM

The September 20 landslide, which was triggered by days of heavy rain, also injures at least 10 people

IN MEMORY. Residents visit the wake of those who died in the huge landslide in Naga City, Cebu. File photo by Micole Gerard Tizon/Rappler

Twin tragedies: How Itogon and Naga landslides are alike

Sep 24, 2018 - 8:46 PM

Disaster scientist Mahar Lagmay laments that while technology allowed officials to see the problem, it wasn't used to solve it

DOUBLE DISASTER. The Itogon, Benguet and Naga City, Cebu landslides are similar despite the distance. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler;Photos by Jirre Carreon, Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Death toll in Naga, Cebu, landslide now at 49

Sep 24, 2018 - 2:05 PM

At least 10 others are injured, while it is unclear how many remain missing

Photo courtesy of Cebu Provincial Governement

Death toll in Naga, Cebu, landslide rises to 42

Sep 23, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Search and rescue operations are still ongoing for residents believed to be trapped in their homes

Photo courtesy of Cebu Provincial Governement

The week in photos: September 15-21, 2018

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:25 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BABY STEPS. People walk on a path covered with sand and debris in the low-lying coastal village of Lei Yue Mun in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 17, 2018. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Naga, Cebu, landslide: At least 897 families affected

Sep 22, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Affected families are staying in 5 evacuation centers as rescue and retrieval operations continue

RESCUE CONTINUES. The landslide in Naga City, Cebu last Thursday affects hundreds of families and buries dozens of residents. Photo by Jadee Borinaga

Naga, Cebu, landslide: Did authorities ignore signs of danger?

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:04 AM

(UPDATED) Naga City Mayor Kristine Chiong explains the story behind a Mines and Geosciences Bureau letter that said cracks and fissures 'do not pose an imminent danger' days before the landslide occurred

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

Mayor wants Naga, Cebu, under state of calamity

Sep 21, 2018 - 3:59 PM

(UPDATED) According to reports, the city government has only declared a state of calamity in the villages of Tinaan, Naalad, Mainit, Pangdan, and Cabungahan

HELPING OUT. Residents help rescuers search for survivors at the landslide site in Naga City, on the popular tourist island of Cebu on September 20, 2018. File photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

Death toll in Naga, Cebu, landslide now at 29

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:51 AM

(UPDATED) Police report 7 people are injured following the landslide that affected around 24 houses in two different barangays

AFTERMATH. A landslide hits a village in Naga City, Cebu on September 20, 2018. File photo by Querl Panilag

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

At least 14 dead, dozens missing in Naga, Cebu, landslide

Sep 20, 2018 - 10:19 AM

(5th 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.