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Secopito upsets first PH Woman Grandmaster Frayna in PNG chess

May 23, 2018 - 8:21 PM

The coach of the University of the Philippines women’s team stuns Frayna on the way to winning the crown

SHOCK LOSS. Janelle Mae Frayna, who recently came back from a 5-month hiatus, loses to Catherine Secopito for the first time in 4 meetings. Rappler file photo

Duterte doubles prize for top teams in Philippine National Games 2018

May 20, 2018 - 2:19 PM

A P10 million cash prize awaits the overall champion of the nationwide multi-sport event

FESTIVE. A colorful opening ceremony kicks off the 2018 Philippine National Games in Cebu City. Photo by Mars Alison/Rappler

P15 million prize up for grabs in Philippine National Games 2018

May 18, 2018 - 2:59 PM

The multi-sport event offers cash prizes to the top 5 teams as Cebu hosts for the first time in 21 years

Cebu Pacific to expand footprint in Japan with new office

May 16, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Now on its 10th year of operations in Japan, Cebu Pacific mounts about 70 flights weekly between Japan and the Philippines

Cebu town mayor Vicente Loot survives ambush

May 13, 2018 - 9:50 AM

(UPDATED) Mayor Vicente Loot of Daanbantayan, Cebu, is one of the retired police generals linked by President Rodrigo Duterte to the illegal drug trade

CONTROVERSIAL MAYOR. Daanbantayan Mayor Vicente Loot is a former police general accused of protecting drug lords. File photo by Rappler

SC orders permanent closure of Inawayan landfill in Cebu City

May 02, 2018 - 5:32 PM

The High Court junks the appeal of Mayor Tomas Osmeña

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos led supporters gather infront of the Supreme Court on October 17, 2016 for a mass and to call for the immediate burial of former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Davao Aguilas FC finds solution for grueling home-and-away PFL games

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:13 PM

The pro football club hopes to ease travel issues with Cebu Pacific partnership

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP. Cebu Pacific Air vice president of marketing and distribution Candice Iyog (left) shakes hands with Davao Aguilas FC general manager Michael Shaw. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Cebu Pacific eyes 22 million passengers in 2018

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The budget carrier hopes flights to Dubai, Batanes, and Melbourne, among other destinations, will make up for canceled Boracay flights

Global Cebu caps off 2018 AFC Cup run with win over Bali United

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Sanchez and Mulders save the Cebu-based club from finishing at the bottom of Group G

STATEMENT. Global Cebu FC's second win comes in their final match against Bali United in Indonesia. Photo from Global Cebu FC Facebook page

Business group to gov't: Issue Boracay EO, declare state of calamity

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:34 PM

'We hope that rehabilitation work will be done efficiently to minimize the impact [of the closure],' the Boracay Foundation, Incorporated says in a statement

BORACAY CLOSURE. A business group urges the national government to issue the executive order on Boracay's closure, and to declare state of calamity in the island. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Zamboanga International Airport runway closed temporarily due to stalled plane

Apr 23, 2018 - 10:11 AM

The stalling of the aircraft due to a steering fault leads to a temporary closure of the Zamboanga International Airport runway, delaying a number of flights

A Cebu Pacific plane stops on the runway of the Zamboanga International Airport. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

DepEd probes teacher who allegedly molested Palaro athlete

Apr 20, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Family of the 14-year-old dance sport athlete vows to file charges

Cebu Landmasters to build 1st Radisson Red hotel in PH

Apr 18, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The 146-room hotel geared towards millennials will rise at the Astra Centre in Mandaue City, Cebu, and is set to open in late 2021

JG Summit's core profits dip slightly in 2017

Apr 13, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Its earnings from its petrochemicals unit are offset by losses from URC and Cebu Pacific

Boracay closure to benefit Mindanao – airlines

Apr 12, 2018 - 6:59 PM

As the government rehabilitates Boracay, airlines that have canceled flights to the island are expected to entice travelers to consider other destinations, including those in Mindanao

IDYLLIC. The white sand beach of Siargao Island. Photo by Mclovin'tosh/Wikimedia Commons

Cebu Pacific passes IATA safety audit

Apr 12, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The airline says it invested in safety technology, including a system that monitors runway conditions and a system that ensures pilots are fully alert

Global Cebu's late goals salvage draw with Thanh Hoa

Apr 11, 2018 - 9:32 PM

Regardless of the result, Global and Thanh Hoa have been eliminated from advancing to the ASEAN zone semi-finals

BOTTOM. Global Cebu FC crashes to the bottom of Group G in this edition of the AFC Cup. Photo from Global Cebu FC

With Boracay closure, airlines and hotels scramble for ‘interim plans’

Apr 06, 2018 - 5:03 PM

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, and AirAsia Philippines have announced flight suspensions, while hundreds of hotels and accommodations are drafting interim plans

Cebu Pacific to cancel flights during 6-month Boracay closure

Apr 05, 2018 - 12:41 AM

The airline, however, will retain a few flights 'to serve local residents and ensure continuity of commerce in Northern Panay island' during the period

LIST: Proposed NAIA terminal reassignments for airlines

Apr 03, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Check out the new terminal assignments being planned for airlines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, which could take effect by September this year

Old and new mix at Waterfront Cebu

Mar 28, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Let Waterfront Cebu Hotel be your home away from home

After library, Cebu City's sports complex will now be open 24/7 too

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:26 PM

A BPO worker tries the tack used by another netizen. He relays his request for improved services via Cebu Mayor Tommy Osmeña's Facebook page, and it's immediately granted

BDO defends request to DOJ over tax cases in Cebu

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:25 PM

BDO Unibank, owned by the Philippines' richest man Henry Sy Sr, argues it has a legal right to request that the Department of Justice designate an acting prosecutor

IN QUESTION. BDO has one of the largest distribution networks, with more than 1,000 operating branches and over 3,000 ATMs nationwide. Photo from Wikipedia

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 21, 2018

Mar 21, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

Cebu Mayor Osmeña threatens disbarment case vs Aguirre

Mar 21, 2018 - 11:59 AM

(UPDATED) This is over BDO Unibank tax cases. But Justice Secretary Aguirre threatens a countersuit, saying the Cebu mayor has no evidence he accepted money from anyone.

BDO CASE. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II finds a foe in Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña over the tax cases that against Banco De Oro (BDO).

Cebu's Alegria Oil Field can power 60-megawatt gas plant – DOE

Mar 18, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says the Alegria Oil Field would have two wells ready to produce a total of 360 barrels per day

Cebu's Alegria Oil Field to begin commercial production

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Department of Energy says the natural gas and oil production of the field may last until 2037, based on the development plan crafted after the initial testing

GAS AND OIL. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi (second to the left) declares the Alegria Oil Field in Southern Cebu to have commercial quantities of natural gas and oil resources. Photo from DOE

Sanchez scores game-winner, gives Global first 2018 AFC Cup win

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Global Cebu pulls off an upset over group leaders Yangon United in their first win of the season

Qatar Airways includes Davao, Cebu in its 2018-2019 expansion

Mar 08, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The Cebu and Davao flights are part of the new destinations detailed, apart from other Southeast Asian destinations: Langkawi in Malaysia and Da Nang in Vietnam. More frequent flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam will also be mounted.

QATAR AIRWAYS. A visitor walks past a likeness of a Qatar Airways Airbus A-380 at the International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB, Internationale Tourismusboerse) in Berlin during the fair's opening day on March 7, 2018. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

LOOK: Cebu City library to start 24/7 operations on March 8

Mar 08, 2018 - 5:41 PM

In the long term, Mayor Tommy Osmeña promises that other rooms in the building will be repurposed to 'give students doing group work a place to talk'

Photo from Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña's Facebook page.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 8, 2018

Mar 08, 2018 - 10:27 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

CHA-CHA. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno hints at her opposition to Charter Change or Cha-Cha in a speech delivered before students of St. Scholastica's College Manila on March 7, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Global Cebu loses to Yangon, crashes to the bottom of Group G

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:52 PM

Global Cebu will face Yangon United in less than a week, but this time at home

CRASHING. Global Cebu FC will look to earn the back the 3 points they surrendered to Yangon United in their next game at home. Photo from Twitter (@AFCCup)

Can Marikina become a football mecca?

Mar 07, 2018 - 11:45 AM

JPV's home just might have what it takes to be a magnet for the Beautiful Game.

SPREAD THE WORD. Marikina football evangelist Tetel Siasoco. Photos by Bob Guerrero

Thanks to netizen’s request, Cebu City library will be open 24/7

Mar 06, 2018 - 7:57 PM

An engineering student messages Mayor Tommy Osmeña on Facebook, wishing the public library remains open overnight so students won't need to hang out at fast food restaurants to study

Canceled flights due to bad weather on Thursday, March 1

Mar 01, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for the latest information on flight cancellations for Thursday, March 1

Global, Ceres draw in second AFC Cup matches

Feb 28, 2018 - 10:29 AM

Both Filipino clubs look to improve their record as they march into their 3rd matches next week

HUSTLE. Stephan Schrock facilitates Ceres' offense but fell short in the draw with Home United. Photo from Twitter (@AFCCup)

Cebu Pacific to launch direct Manila-Melbourne flight

Feb 27, 2018 - 3:50 PM

The new route will begin on August 14 this year, with an introductory seat sale ongoing from February 27 to March 3

Young Maranao advocate says empathy key to promoting peace, dev't

Feb 27, 2018 - 10:52 AM

After leaving his hometown to study in Cebu, 21-year-old peace advocate Jamil Faisal Adiong says he realized the potential of Mindanao to prosper if only peace reigns in the region

Global Cebu vows to bounce back in home game against Bali United

Feb 26, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Tuesday's match is a 'must-win' for both Global-Cebu and Bali United

BOUNCE BACK. Global-Cebu FC aims to get their first 3 points in the 2018 AFC Cup. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Philippines Football League inks new livestreaming deal

Feb 23, 2018 - 11:25 AM

The country's pro football league will now have a new streaming partner in Sportradar

Australian in Cebu sentenced to life for sexual trafficking of girls

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Drew Frederick Shobbrook sexually exploits the girls and records them, then sells the videos on the internet

Australian national Drew Frederick Shobbrook is convicted by a Cebu court of human trafficking on February 20, 2018, with a sentence of life imprisonment. Photo courtesy of International Justice Mission

Cebu town's top drug suspect, cop killed in shootout

Feb 20, 2018 - 12:04 PM

Police Officer 2 Evie Espina is also killed during an operation against Jovelio Franza, Minglanilla town's top drug personality, and two other suspects

Kerwin Espinosa's lawyer killed in ambush near Cebu City courthouse

Feb 19, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Gunmen spray bullets at the car of Jonah John Ungab, lawyer of the suspected drug lord

AMBUSH. The vehicle of Jonah John Ungab, lawyer of Kerwin Espinosa who was ambushed in Cebu, February 19 2018. Photo by Romeo Marantal

Gwen Garcia and the Balili property: A tale of two controversies

Feb 16, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The Balili cases also tell the story of the tangled web that is the local politics of vote-rich Cebu

EMBATTLED. The former governor and current deputy speaker faces yet another controversy over her stint as Cebu governor. File photo courtesy of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia Media Affairs

Alvarez threatens to cancel Cebu Pacific franchise

Feb 15, 2018 - 3:15 PM

'My message to the management of Cebu Pacific is for them to stop looking merely at profit,' says House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

ULTIMATUM? Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants the airport and airlines to shape up. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

Is it game over for Gwen Garcia after Ombudsman's dismissal order?

Feb 15, 2018 - 10:19 AM

Her dismissal comes months before she has to file a certificate of candidacy with the Comelec

Mt Pulag fire: Hikers face imprisonment, P18-M fine

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:13 PM

The hikers from Cebu will be charged for violating the Forest Code of the Philippines, says the DENR

 TORCHED. Mount Pulag is closed off from hikers for 6 months after a grassland fire. Bureau of Fire Protection photo

Dipolog Airport resumes operations after removal of Cebu Pacific plane

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:55 PM

(UPDATED) Cebu Pacific says its plane, which had encountered technical difficulties upon landing, has been removed from the runway

No dismissal of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia – Alvarez

Feb 12, 2018 - 6:25 PM

'Wala akong makita sa Constitution, kanina ko pa binabasa, walang provision na nagsasabi na puwedeng gawin yun,' says the House Speaker

NO DISMISSAL. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says they won't be implementing a dismissal order against deputy speaker Gwen Garcia (center). File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cebu Pacific to fly directly to Batanes

Feb 12, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The Gokongwei-led carrier's subsidiary Cebgo will fly once daily between Manila and Basco, Batanes starting March 25, 2018 until October 27, 2018