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Cebu waterways off-limits to public after poliovirus found in river

Feb 17, 2020 - 6:16 PM

Aside from closing off waterways, local government units will be intensifying their vaccination and information campaigns against the polio virus

MAYORS MEET. Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes and Edgar Labella meet to discuss how to prevent a polio outbreak after the virus was discovered in local waterways. Photo from Mandaue City Public Information Office

Police sue Cebu optometrist over Facebook post claiming patient died of coronavirus

Feb 17, 2020 - 5:36 PM

The optometrist is arrested over a Facebook post that erroneously claimed a patient in Cebu died from the novel coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS SCARE. File photo of Filipinos wearing masks amid spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

3 killed in fire near Mandaue City Hall

Feb 17, 2020 - 1:58 PM

Among those killed in the fire are a retired judge and his wife

ELDERLY KILLED. A retired judge is among the casualties of an early morning fire in Mandaue City, Cebu. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Sandiganbayan upholds ex-Talisay City mayor's conviction in obstruction case

Feb 16, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Former mayor Socrates Fernandez is found guilty of obstruction of justice for interfering in a traffic altercation probe in 2010 involving his son

Photo from Socrates C. Fernandez Facebook page

'Smelly blankets, no water': 25 quarantined for coronavirus in Cebu go home

Feb 15, 2020 - 11:37 PM

Because of the complaints, the Cebu provincial government allows them to go home

QUARANTINE. Passengers refused to go under quarantine when they arrived at the Mactan Cebu International Airport on Tuesday. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

PAL, Cebu Pacific resume flights to Taiwan after gov't lifts travel ban

Feb 15, 2020 - 12:17 AM

Check the list of flights here

FLIGHTS RESUME. Flights between Manila and Taipei will now depart as scheduled after the travel ban on Taiwan was lifted. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

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

Coronavirus: 78 Filipino passengers from Taiwan refuse quarantine in Cebu

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:46 PM

The passengers are apparently in transit when the Philippines issues a clarification that Taiwan is among the countries included in the travel ban

QUARANTINE. Passengers refused to go under quarantine when they arrived at the Mactan Cebu International Airport on Tuesday. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu cop killed during botched buy-bust operation

Feb 12, 2020 - 8:48 PM

Police arrested one suspect in the shooting, and are hunting the other 2

Cebu readies another quarantine area amid coronavirus threat

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:58 AM

The quarantine facility in Barangay Busay, Cebu City, will only be used in case of a spillover of people being monitored for the novel coronavirus in the two Department of Health-designated hospitals in the province

SAFETY MEASURE. The Mactan-Cebu International Airport Terminal monitors arriving passengers using thermal scanners. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu bans pigs, pork products from Mindanao

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:43 AM

(UPDATED) Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has signed an executive order imposing a 90-day ban on live hogs and pork products from all regions in Mindanao beginning February 13

SEIZED. Customs personnel inventory prok products found to be tainted with African swine fever. Photo from Bureau of Customs

JoyRide to begin motorcycle taxi operations in Metro Cebu in February

Feb 11, 2020 - 5:58 PM

JoyRide says drivers can start using the app to pick up passengers in the next 2 weeks

LAUNCHING. JoyRide says they will launch in Metro Cebu within this month. Photo from JoyRide's Facebook page

UP Cebu community joins hands to help beloved banana cue vendor’s recovery

Feb 11, 2020 - 3:58 PM

The University of the Philippines Cebu Student council, along with alumni, raises funds for beloved banana cue vendor Manang Lisa Mendez, who suffered an aneurysm

WITH GLEE. Manang Lisa (right) carries her Sto. Niño with a smiling face. Photo courtesy of Aleza Mae Mendez.

Cebu Pacific cancels flights to Taiwan indefinitely after DOH confirms travel ban

Feb 11, 2020 - 8:36 AM

Passengers affected by the canceled flights may avail of rebooking, refunding, and stored value options

MORE FLIGHTS CANCELED. After confirmation that Taiwan is included in the travel ban, Cebu Pacific cancels flights to and from Taipei effective February 11. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Cebu Provincial Board approves ordinance vs spreading 'fake news' on nCoV

Feb 10, 2020 - 8:11 PM

The ordinance will penalize people spreading false information on social media or text about the novel coronavirus with jail time or a fine

Cebu court convicts 22-year-old Filipina for trafficking children

Feb 07, 2020 - 3:43 PM

The defendant pleads guilty to 4 cases involving the trafficking of children for online sexual exploitation

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

Police arrest alleged Abu Sayyaf member in Cebu

Feb 04, 2020 - 11:27 PM

According to Central Visayas police, the suspected Abu Sayyaf member has been working as a rice trader in Cebu for the past year

TERRORIST. Police arrrest an alleged member of Abu Sayyaf group in Cebu. Contributed photo

Cebu now under state of preparedness over novel coronavirus threat

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:01 PM

The Cebu provincial government designates 4 facilities to be used to quarantine Filipinos coming from mainland China

SIMULATION. Emergency responders in Cebu practice responding to a possible novel coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cruise ships to ban recent China visitors – global industry body

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The Cruise Lines International Association says its members seek to prevent an outbreak of the novel coronavirus on board cruise ships, where infections can spread rapidly

The Costa Smeralda cruise ship is docked in the Civitavecchia port 70km north of Rome on the evening of January 30, 2020, with more than 6,000 tourists on board. - Italy's health ministry said on January 30, 2020 that the two Chinese cruise ship passengers had tested negative for the coronavirus, meaning thousands of stranded passengers could disembark. Costa Cruises was offering to pay for food and hotels for some 1,140 people who had been due to disembark at the Civitavecchia port near Rome and the Costa Smeralda was to set sail again Friday, Italian media said. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)

PAL, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia suspend China, Hong Kong, Macau flights

Feb 02, 2020 - 10:35 PM

The temporary travel ban enforced by the Philippine government due to the novel coronavirus outbreak prompts the airlines to cancel flights

Passengers, wearing protective facemasks, walk at the arrival area of the Beijing Capital International airport on January 31, 2020. - The World Health Organization declared an international emergency after China's National Health Commission said nearly 8,000 people had been infected, and about 100 cases were reported outside China. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

Cebu Pacific alerts fellow passengers of Philippines' 2 coronavirus cases

Feb 02, 2020 - 3:55 PM

The woman and man found to have the novel coronavirus took Hong Kong-Cebu and Cebu-Dumaguete flights last January 21

File photo courtesy of Cebu Pacific

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

Cebu Pacific cancels flights to China, Macau, Hong Kong

Feb 01, 2020 - 11:21 AM

Cebu Pacific cancels flights to mainland China, Macau, and Hong Kong from February 2 to March 29, as the new death toll in China surged to 259

CANCELED FLIGHTS. Cebu Pacific cancels flights to China, Hong Kong, and Macau over the novel coronavirus outbreak. File photo from Cebu Pacific

Cebu’s water crisis threatens coronavirus prevention, says WHO

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:05 PM

The World Health Organization says water shortages affect the spread of the pathogenic organisms, such as bacteria and viruses

WELL. Residents of Mambaling, Cebu, try to draw water from a well during summer month. File photo by Paulo Andrada/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

Danao City police find body of missing security guard

Jan 31, 2020 - 4:30 PM

His father tells police that Eugenio Laurel Martel was missing since January 25

PH planes boarded by coronavirus-positive passenger pulled out

Jan 31, 2020 - 4:14 PM

Cebu Pacific and PAL say the planes have been disinfected, and flight crews have been quarantined

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

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

Iloilo gov asks Cebu Pacific to suspend flights from HK amid coronavirus threat

Jan 31, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr's request comes on the day the Department of Health confirms the first coronavirus case in the Philippines

SUSPENDED. Iloilo asks Cebu Pacific to suspend flights from Hong Kong. File photo from Cebu Pacific

Archdiocese of Cebu to hold climate emergency convention

Jan 29, 2020 - 6:11 PM

'We must act together in the face of climate emergency,' says Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma

HOLY CHILD. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma argues that Cebuanos should love the environment as much as the Santo Niño. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Garcia creates Cebu task force on novel coronavirus threat

Jan 28, 2020 - 11:04 AM

'We wish that we can strengthen the preventive aspect rather than the curative,' says Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia

LOOKOUT. Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against novel coronavirus (nCov) as they monitor arriving passengers from China using thermal scanners. 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

Cebu Pacific 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