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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

Police file charges vs 181 illegal Chinese POGO workers in Cebu

Sep 11, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The employees face charges of violating illegal gambling and cybercrime laws

More CCTVs, AI monitoring proposed to prevent suicides on Cebu bridges

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Traffic and monitoring analyst Leo Bacus says the team prevented 17 suicide attempts, with 3 others surviving their attempts. Four others, meanwhile, died.

PREVENTION. The Mactan Cebu Bridge Monitoring Board Monitoring Board tackled how to prevent suicides on the two Cebu bridges. Photo from Rabosajr/Wikimedia Commons

DFA opens new authentication center in Cebu

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:05 PM

With the new center now open at the DFA's Consular Office in Cebu, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the nationwide rollout of authentication services is complete

SERVICE AVAILABLE. Authentication services will now be available at the DFA's Consular office in Cebu. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Ryan Cabrera is coming to Cebu and Manila

Sep 09, 2019 - 11:39 AM

Anything to be with you, Ryan

RYAN CABRERA IN PH. The American singer is stopping by both Cebu and Manila! Photo from Ryan Cabrera's Instagram

Duterte cracks landslide jokes before Cebu victims

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:53 PM

Were the President’s jokes misplaced and too soon, considering the landslide was only a year ago? Or is humor just his way of comforting victims of a tragic situation?

LANDSLIDE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte jokes about the 2018 landslides in Naga City, Cebu. Photo from Alfred Frias/ Malacañang photo

Baguio City eyes complaint vs Cebu Pacific over delayed judo team flight

Sep 07, 2019 - 9:46 PM

Baguio City Administrator Bonifacio dela Peña is set to meet with judo athletes and their coaches to discuss the plan to file a protest against Cebu Pacific

File photo from AFP

Murder convict out on good conduct voluntarily surrenders in Cebu

Sep 05, 2019 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATED) Jesus Ranoco Negro Jr, who had served 30 years before his release in 2018, is the first convict to surrender in Cebu since President Duterte issued a 15-day deadline

SURRENDER. Jesus Ranoco Negro, a murder convict released on good conduct credits, voluntarily surrenders in Cebu. Photo courtesy of Philippine National Police Regional Office 7

Osmeña files suit vs Cebu City government, real estate conglomerates over SRP deal

Sep 04, 2019 - 8:33 PM

The ex-mayor also seeks to stop the city from using proceeds from the SRP to fund the local government's P2.5-billion supplemental budget

LAND SALE. Cebu City is funding its budget from partial payment of property sold in 2015. Former Mayor Tommy Osmeña wants to stop it. Road file photo from Cebu City's website

Cebu City top cop's biggest challenge? Demolition, not drugs

Sep 02, 2019 - 1:34 PM

'We aren’t happy when we have to remove our marginalized countrymen from their comfort zones,' Cebu City police director Gemma Cruz Vinluan says

CRIME PREVENTION. Cebu City Police Director Colonel Gemma Cruz-Vinluan speaks to media about her first 55 days in office. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Defense lawyer in Bohol kidnapping trial survives attempted ambush

Sep 02, 2019 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) Cebu lawyer Innocencio dela Cerna survives the ambush

AMBUSHED. Lawyer Innocencio dela Cerna is ambushed by motorcycle-riding men outside the Cebu City Hall of Justice. File photo by Rappler

4 injured after RO-RO capsizes off Camotes Island in Cebu

Sep 01, 2019 - 12:11 PM

A 10-wheeler truck slips while disembarking, causing the vessel to fall on its starboard side

Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard Facebook page

This 5-year-old boy is a master of Metro Cebu jeepney codes

Aug 29, 2019 - 9:40 PM

(UPDATED) Need to know what jeepneys to ride to reach your destination in Metro Cebu? This 5-year-old probably knows the answer.

ROUTES. Jeepneys in Cebu are usually identified by their route codes posted in the front and back of the vehicles. Øyvind Holmstad/Wikimedia Commons

At least 4 dead as RO-RO bound for Dapitan from Cebu catches fire

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:34 AM

(4th UPDATE) The MV Lite Ferry 16 catches fire before reaching the Port of Dapitan

FATALITIES. The bodies of MV Lite Ferry 16 fatalities Danilo Gomez and Chloe Labisig. (Contributed)

Labella focuses on cleaning dirty creeks, obstructed sidewalks

Aug 27, 2019 - 9:18 AM

In his first 60 days, newbie Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella cleans Guadalupe River and clears Colon street of hawkers

CLEANUP. Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella focuses on cleaning up rivers and creeks in first 2 months of his term. Photo from Facebook

Ateneo de Cebu student found dead in Mandaue City shipyard

Aug 19, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The family does not suspect foul play in the student's death

Cebu Pacific to begin Cebu-Busuanga flights in October 2019

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Cebu Pacific's subsidiary Cebgo will fly twice daily between the Mactan-Cebu International Airport and Francisco B. Reyes Airport

NEW ROUTE. A Cebu Pacific ATR 72-500 plane during flight. Photo from Cebu Pacific's website

Ex-Cebu town mayor Loot convicted of malversation

Aug 12, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Former Daanbantayan mayor Maria Luisa Loot is convicted of malversion related to a P500,000 loan she approved during her term as mayor in 2007

GRAFT. Former Daanbantayan, Cebu Mayor Ma. Luisa Loot is convicted ofmalversation for an irregular loan grant.

Huelgas shines as best Asian finisher in 2019 Ironman 70.3 Cebu

Aug 11, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Two-time SEA Games gold medalist Nikko Huelgas impresses in the 70.3 distance

TOP ASIAN. Nikko Huelgas finishes 8th overall in the 2019 Ironman 70.3 men's tournament. Photo from Ironman live blog

Cebu’s dancing inmates featured in upcoming Netflix docu ‘Happy Jail’

Aug 10, 2019 - 7:59 PM

A new documentary by Filipino American filmmaker Michele Josue explores life inside the world-famous Cebu Detention and Rehabilitation Center

Bohol mayor kidnapping: Defense questions 'inconsistent' affidavits

Aug 08, 2019 - 8:05 PM

State prosecutor Anthony Fadullon is confident the prosecution can address inconsistencies pointed out by defense lawyer of Boniel's co-defendants

INCONSISTENT. Defense lawyer Innocencio De La Cerna casts doubt on witness testimony in the kidnapping case of missing Bohol Mayor Gisela Bendong-Boniel. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

LOOK: Cebu Pacific's first full cargo aircraft

Aug 07, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Cebu Pacific says its new plane will allow it to bring cargo in and out of destinations served by airports with short runways

Best friend of missing Bohol mayor testifies in kidnapping case

Aug 02, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Angela Leyson, a complainant in the kidnapping case, recalls how Gisela Bendong-Boniel was compelled to stay in Bohol overnight by municipal staff to sign 'important documents'

STRONG CASE. Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon says Angela Leyson's testimony against defendand Nino Rey Boniel strengthens the kidnapping and illegal detention case. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler