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Taho vendor shot dead in Cebu City

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:31 PM

Residents say they were inside their homes when they heard the gunshots, but did not see the actual shooting

Cebu City Mayor Labella threatens to close ‘untidy’ Larsian barbecue

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:53 PM

The threat to shut down Larsian Barbecue Strip in Cebu comes after a video is uploaded showing rats crawling on a barbecue stand

CLEAN UP. Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella warns vendors from Larsian to clean up their stalls or face closure. File photo from Cebu City Public Information Office's Facebook page

Amid coronavirus scare, face masks fly off the shelves of Cebu drugstores

Feb 01, 2020 - 10:00 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry, however, guarantees there is no shortage of face masks in Cebu City

OUT OF STOCK. Cebu pharmacy runs out of surgical masks. Photo by John Tan Sitchon/Rappler

SM-Ayala consortium breaks ground on Cebu SRP project 



Jan 31, 2020 - 4:31 PM

Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella says the project is expected to generate over P316 billion in investments and 2 million direct and indirect jobs

GROUNDBREAKING. Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella and representatives from Ayala and SM break ground on new project at the South Road Properties. Photo form Cebu City Public Information Office

Cebu monorail project submitted to NEDA body

Jan 31, 2020 - 12:29 PM

Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino expects the NEDA-Investment Coordination Committee's technical board to finish the project review by the third week of February

TRAFFIC. Cebu plans to build a monorail to help address congestion. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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!

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

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

There’s a coworking cafe hidden in this Cebu City village

Dec 29, 2019 - 11:42 AM

Murals Hostel and Coworking Space is a laid back place to get work done, or just hang out and do nothing

WORK AND CHILL. Murals is a place you can be productive or relax and do nothing. Photo from Murals Hostel and Cafe

Cop, niece wounded in shooting in Cebu City

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:18 AM

Authorities are investigating whether the attempted killing was related to the policeman's former assignment as an intel operative

Former Aurora top cop is new Cebu City police chief

Dec 27, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Police Colonel Engelbert Soriano is the new director of the Cebu City Police Office

A NEW CHIEF. Photo from Cebu City Police Office Facebook page.

Wanting to be home for Christmas, 6 minors escape Cebu City facility

Dec 24, 2019 - 9:21 AM

At least 3 of them are now back at Operation Second Chance, and will be given visitation time with their families on Christmas Eve

Cebu police nab farmer for pretending to be kidnapper

Dec 23, 2019 - 11:26 PM

A security guard posts a photo of his missing daughter on Facebook. A farmer then pretends to be her kidnapper in order to demand ransom.


Cebu City passes ‘Bawal Bastos’ ordinance

Dec 21, 2019 - 6:54 PM

The Safe Streets and Public Spaces Ordinance covers acts like unwanted invitations, sexual comments or gestures, stalking, persistent telling of sexual jokes, and even intrusive gazing or leering

Woman falls from condominium in Cebu City

Dec 21, 2019 - 1:17 PM

The naked body of a 22-year-old woman is discovered on a road past midnight after slipping off the ledge of a condominium building

Axed Cebu water execs to push through with case vs Labella

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:07 PM

While the Metro Cebu Water District withdrew as a complainant against Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella, the 3 executives fired remain plaintiffs

WATER WOES.Axed executives of the Metro Cebu Water District are pushing through with their case filed agains the Cebu City mayor. Photo from Cebu City Public Information Office

Europe's most wanted online sex offender gets 20 years in Cebu

Dec 17, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Nelson Siacor Torayno is also ordered to pay P2 million in fines

CONVICTED. Nelson Siacor Torayno is convicted to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing children. Photo by the International Justice Mission

Truck accident triggers blackouts, gridlock in Cebu, Mandaue cities

Dec 16, 2019 - 9:21 PM

The damaged posts will be replaced and power is expected to be fully restored by 5 am on Tuesday, December 17

WIRELESS. Light posts are taken down by a truck in Mandaue City. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu City Council approves 2-year validity of business permits

Dec 12, 2019 - 2:27 PM

Mayor Edgar Labella also approves P10,000-financial assistance for public school teachers

LONGER PERMITS. Cebu City Council approves an ordinance extending business permit validity to 2 years. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Church leaders, advocates say human rights ‘deteriorating’ in Visayas

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Catholic priest Jose Bagadiong says basic rights are deteriorating on all fronts in the region

HUMAN RIGHTS. Cebuanos march for human rights outside the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño in Cebu City. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Woman charged for assaulting Cebu mall sales clerk

Dec 09, 2019 - 6:58 PM

In a viral video, Medelina Yamazaki is heard shouting, 'Don't touch my daughter!' before throwing a humidifier at the face of a sales clerk in the Ayala Center Cebu

ASSAULT. A woman seen assaulting a sales clerk in a viral video taken in a Cebu City mall is charged with assault. Screengrab from Facebook

Student arrested in Cebu for posting viral kidnapping hoax

Dec 05, 2019 - 7:07 PM

The student will face cybercrime charges for the hoax post that went viral on Facebook

ARRESTED. Student is arrested in Danao City, Cebu, for a viral kidnapping host. Photo from Danao City's Facebook page

New Ayala mall to open at Cebu’s IT Park

Nov 30, 2019 - 7:45 AM

AyalaMalls Central Bloc is the second Ayala mall to open in Cebu City

NEW MALL. AyalaMalls Central Bloc opens in Cebu City. Photo courtesy of Ayala Malls

Cebu mayor Labella allows vendors to sell again on city sidewalks

Nov 29, 2019 - 6:19 PM

The times they can sell and the size of their tables will be restricted