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Bo’s Coffee returns home to Cebu for 1st Tribute Store

TWENTY-THREE years after it pioneered the coffee shop culture in Cebu, Bo’s Coffee opens its first “Tribute Store” in its home-ground on Friday, Dec. 7.

MCIAA, Cebu gov’t formalize partnership for Bantayan Airport development; repairs to...

THE Cebu provincial government and the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the improvement of the Bantayan Airport, which has been closed since mid-Nov. 2017.

Cebu farmers get P8-M farm input, machineries during 11th farmer-scientists congress

OVER P8 million worth of equipment, fertilizer, seeds and other materials were distributed to farmers during last week’s 11th Farmer-Scientists Congress organized by the Cebu provincial government under its Farmer-Scientists Training Program (FSTP).

Cebu provincial gov’t completes 49 trash facilities for localities; P40M set...

THE PROVINCIAL government of Cebu has so far completed and turned over 49 material recovery and composting facilities (MRCF) to various localities, including towns and barangays under its jurisdiction.

DoTr meets tech experts on Cebu intermodal transport system

THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) recently met with technical consultants to discuss the proposed Integrated and Intermodal Transport System for Metro Cebu and find determine catch-up implementation programs for the long-standing project.

Regulated whale shark-watching policy put on hold

THE implementation of the new rules and regulations for whale shark-watching in Oslob, Cebu has been put on hold after local tourism workers and operators complained that the policy favors city-based tour guides.

Cebu’s 10-year provincial waste management plan gets NSWMC nod

THE NATIONAL Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) has recently approved the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Plan of the Cebu provincial government, which would be in effect until 2027.

Cebu town port project fails to get DENR clearance

THE DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has returned the area clearance application for the reclamation component of a proposed international seaport in San Fernando town in Cebu.

Cebu’s Rico’s Lechon opens its biggest branch in Pasig’s Tiendesitas

IT TOOK a while for a franchiser’s ambition to bring Rico’s Lechon, the popular lechon (roast pig) brand of Cebu to Manila.

Cebu’s Larsian food trip back to full operations on Nov. 16

THE POPULAR Larsian food trip in Cebu City, which was closed for three months for rehabilitation, is fully reopening on Friday, Nov. 16, with stricter policies on food handling and customer service, the Cebu provincial government announced.

300T passengers expected to flock Cebu bus terminal during Nov. 1...

MORE THAN 300,000 passengers are expected to flock to the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) next week for the observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days on Nov. 1 and 2.

More communities could be relocated after Naga landslides — Cimatu

MORE COMMUNITIES in Naga City, Cebu are seen to be at risk of natural hazards and could be required to permanently relocate, Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said on Monday during a dialogue with the victims of the Sept. 20 landslides in Barangay Tina-an.

Cebu farmers flag lack of rain

CEBU FARMERS have expressed concerns over the effects of less rainfall and the erratic weather conditions recently. Lilia Yanong, spokesperson of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas in Cebu, said farmers are complaining of lack of rain since it disrupts the planting seasons, especially for corn.

Retrieval ops for Naga landslide victims closed; focus now on rehabilitation,...

AUTHORITIES HAVE terminated the retrieval operations in Naga City, Cebu, where massive landslides killed at least 78 people on Sep. 20,.

Cebu PENRO says quarry suspension to stay until companies’ operations proven...

THE SUSPENSION order issued by the Cebu governor last week on all quarry operations with permits under the provincial government will stay until companies are proven in an evaluation “that their operations are safe,” according to Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) head Jayson P. Lozano.

Six killed, dozens missing in Cebu landslide

SIX people were killed and dozens are missing after a landslide unleashed by monsoon rains struck in the central Philippines Thursday, inflicting more misery on the already storm-battered nation.

Cebu-Fujian sisterhood pact seen to boost investments, tourism ties

CEBU Province signed a sisterhood pact with China’s Fujian province last week, which is seen to boost investments and tourism cooperation.

Cebu maps out agri-tourism plan after declaration as a major sector

AGRICULTURAL-TOURISM has been officially declared one of Cebu’s main industries through an approval from the provincial board.

Drugs, politics seen as motive in Cebu small town mayor’s murder

THE POLICE are looking at illegal drugs and politics as motives in the murder of Mayor Mariano Y. Blanco III of Ronda, a 5th class municipality in the southwestern part of Cebu.

Cebu’s opposition seeks to void P18-billion SRP project

MEMBERS OF the opposition Barug Team Rama have asked the court to nullify the P18-billion Kawit island development project following Friday’s contract signing between the Cebu City government and the Gokongwei-led company Universal Hotels and Resorts Inc. (UHRI).

More Chinese tourists seen to flock to Cebu in Q3

THE OPERATOR of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) expects an influx of Chinese tourists in the third quarter, as airlines launch more flights to China.

US Embassy conducts training for Cebu judges on handling financial crimes...

The United States Embassy this week trained Cebu-based judges on handling cases of money laundering and financial crimes. The US Embassy brought in Western District...

Cebu launches revised LGU incentive program as province celebrates 449th anniversary

THE BUDGET for the Our Cebu Program (OCP), an evaluation and incentive scheme for local government units (LGUs) under Cebu province, has been increased to almost P29 million from P9 million, officials announced last week as the province launched the celebration of its 449th anniversary.

Cebu’s Rico’s Lechon makes its way to Metro Manila

WE’RE GOING to be the bearer of good news for your stomach and your soul, and bad news for your arteries and heart: Rico’s Lechon is now open in Manila.

Has Cebu turned into a ‘criminal city’?

CEBU Mayor Tomas R. Osmeña himself has branded the city he leads as a “criminal city” following the series of killings involving local government, drug agency, and police officers.

Cebu needs more MICE facilities — Colliers survey

ASIDE FROM building more hotel rooms in Cebu to accommodate the anticipated surge in tourist arrivals, Cebu is being encouraged to increase the capacity for MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions).

Cebu airport operator in talks for more international flights

CEBU WILL soon have direct connectivity to Qatar in the Middle East, Australia, and Europe as GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC), the private operator of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, pursues talks with various airlines. GMCAC Chief Executive Advisor Andrew Acquaah Harrison said the Qatar Airways is expected to launch its direct flight between Cebu and Doha within the next three months.

Stricter baggage inspection at Cebu bus terminal after firearms intercepted

BAGGAGE INSPECTION procedures at the Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT), managed by the provincial government, will now be stricter after three gunrunners with 40 unregistered .45 caliber pistols were caught last weekend by the Philippine Coast Guard.

Illegal firearms intercepted in Samboan, Cebu port

PHILIPPINE COAST Guard (PCG) units K9-Central Visayas Sub-Station intercepted over the weekend 46 unregistered caliber 45 pistols and magazines on board two rolling cargoes at the Samboan Lite Ferry port in Samboan Cebu.

Motorists brace for the worst as LTO chief, Cebu mayor spat...

WHAT WILL happen to the traffic situation in Cebu City’s south with no enforcers manning it? With the city government’s personnel out of the picture, only policemen are expected to be on site this week to assist commuters, and the public is bracing for the worst.

MPTC starts work on Cebu-Cordova expressway

CEBU CITY — A Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) unit began on Thursday the construction of a toll bridge that will connect Mactan island to mainland Cebu.

Immigration bureau bolsters Mactan-Cebu team ahead of new terminal’s opening

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has deployed a dozen more officers to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) ahead of the opening of its new passenger terminal on July 1.

The real estate potential of Vis-Min

The Philippine real estate market has exhibited a stellar growth in recent years and is poised to sustain the momentum in the coming years....

Notable townships in Visayas and Mindanao

Not only is the Philippines seeing massive changes in its economy as part of its growth as a developing country, huge transformations can also...

Cebu’s National Science High School lacks funds to pay for electricity

THE CEBU CITY National Science High School (CCNSHS) upgraded its facilities to cater to the demands of the implementation of the K-12 program. But technology needs electricity and the school does not have enough money to pay for its ballooning power consumption.

World Bank reiterates Cebu BRT is viable

THE World Bank has reiterated its view that it considers the Cebu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project to be feasible, amid calls by the Department of Transportation (DoTr) to cancel the project in favor of a railway system.

New MCIA terminal to service int’l flights starting on July 1

LAPU-LAPU CITY, MACTAN — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday led the inauguration of the second terminal of the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA), which is expected to ease congestion at the Philippines’ second busiest gateway.

Harbor Star barges tapped for Cebu bridge construction

HARBOR Star Shipping Services, Inc. was tapped to supply barges for the construction of a new bridge connecting connect Cebu City to the municipality...

Cebu LGUs buckle down to address worsening traffic congestion

TRAFFIC MANAGERS from different local government units (LGUs) in Cebu province will convene today for a summit that aims to address the worsening traffic...

Amazon opens first PHL customer service center in Cebu

Amazon.com, Inc. has launched its first customer service center in the Philippines, which is expected to create over 1,000 jobs by the end of...

Ayala merges two Cebu units to consolidate operations

Two Ayala-led firms based in Cebu are merging in order to consolidate their operations in the area, as well as achieve efficiencies in management. Cebu...

Style from the South

JUDICIOUS editing, restraint, a respect for diversity, and a love for local brought impossible heights of chic at the regional fashion show of Panasonic...

Waterfront Cebu turns 20

By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter IN 1998, the Queen City of the South saw the opening of a new hotel, a hotel that was created...

Davao, Cebu business chambers zero in on tourism as economic drivers

BUSINESS CHAMBERS in two of the country’s major cities outside the capital Metro Manila are putting focus on the promotion of tourism as a...

Merging the physical and digital experience of fun

By Michelle Anne P. Soliman A little boy busies himself with coloring in a sketch of a lion — bronze crayon for its mane and brown...