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Tourism chief: Cebu soon to have 'tourist rest stops'

Thu, 2022-08-11 21:25
THE Department of Tourism (DOT) is eyeing to establish four tourist rest stops in Cebu for travelers to have a place where they can stay and rest during their visit to tourist destinations in the province.

This was announced by Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia-Frasco during the Go Explore Cebu: Summit at the convention hall of SM Seaside City Cebu on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022.

Frasco said two rest stops will be constructed in southern Cebu and two in northern Cebu, and these will be managed by DOT.

Each facility will be up to 300 square meters in size and will have clean and sanitary restrooms, information booths, and other amenities, ensuring that tourists will experience convenience during their stay in Cebu.

These facilities will also serve as venues for the local government units (LGUs) to promote their local products.

Frasco said the DOT is now coordinating and negotiating with certain LGUs in the implementation of this project.

“The purpose of this is to ensure that our tourists who are going to our tourist destinations in the north ug in the south have a place where they can rest in the middle of their journey,” Frasco said in a mix of Cebuano and English.

Luzon and Mindanao regions will also have a tourist rest stop.

The groundbreaking of these facilities is eyed by the end part of the year.

Frasco shared that the country’s tourism industry is slowly getting back on its feet from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

She noted the Philippines is sixth in Asean region and 75th in the world in the ranking of the most visited country by tourists.

The tourism chief vowed that the agency will not only focus on reviving the industry, but improve the ranking of the country in global tourism.

This will be done through intensive and comprehensive collaboration with the LGUs, which she called “shared tourism governance.”

Frasco said more listening tours and inter-agency collaboration will be done this year to make sure that challenges in the tourism industry will be identified and addressed at the grassroots level.
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ABS-CBN to buy 35% stake in TV5 Network

Thu, 2022-08-11 21:25
MEDIA giant ABS-CBN Corp. has agreed to acquire 35 percent of free-to-air television company TV5 Network Inc., while selling stakes in its cable television service partly to fund the buyout.

ABS-CBN will buy shares in TV5 for P2.16 billion ($38.9 million), the companies said in a statement disclosed to the stock exchange Thursday. With the deal, the stake of media conglomerate MediaQuest Holdings Inc., owned by PLDT Inc.’s trust fund, in TV5 will be reduced to 64.8 percent.

ABS-CBN shares closed 5.1 percent higher Thursday, outpacing the Philippine Stock Exchange index’s 3.2 percent gain. PLDT rose 1.7 percent.

ABS-CBN will also invest in TV5 convertible notes worth P1.84 billion, allowing it to acquire additional shares that could boost its stake in the TV network to 49.9 percent after eight years, the statement said.

The transaction is expected to close this month.

“This partnership is consistent with the strategic intention of ABS-CBN to evolve into a storytelling company whose goal is to reach as wide an audience as possible,” ABS-CBN president and chief executive Carlo Katigbak said.

In a separate statement, PLDT announced that Cignal Cable Corp. will buy 39 percent of ABS-CBN unit Sky Cable Corp. for P2.86 billion.

Cignal Cable, a unit of MediaQuest, will also acquire exchangeable debt instruments and convertible notes, giving it an option to raise its stake in Sky Cable, the announcement said. Proceeds will partly be used to pay ABS-CBN’s investment in TV5.

It can be recalled that in 2020, ABS-CBN was ordered by the government to shut its free TV and radio stations after its franchise expired. It has since been airing some of its shows on TV5 and other networks.
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Converge says net income hit P3.95 billion in Q2

Thu, 2022-08-11 21:21
CONVERGE ICT Solutions Inc. said on Thursday its net income after tax grew to P3.95 billion in the first half of 2022 as it continued with its aggressive expansion plans.

Consolidated revenues rose 36.3 percent to P16 billion in the first half from P11.7 billion in the same comparable period, Converge said during a virtual briefing on Thursday.

“Even as we are feeling the pinch of rising commodity prices on consumer demand, we remain committed to making focused investments to reach unserved and underserved communities which are in dire need of reliable and quality internet connectivity,” Converge chief executive officer Dennis Anthony Uy.

Revenues from the residential business grew by 37.9 percent to P14 billion, while revenues from enterprises business in the first six months also grew by 25.5 percent due to the easing of restrictions and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

As of the end of June, Converge recorded 1,817,115 residential subscribers, up 36.1 percent compared to the same month last year.

The pure fiber broadband provider said it also rolled out over 646,000 fiber ports during the second quarter which brought the total ports to 7.2 million.

Converge said it remains on track to meet its goal of covering 55 percent of households in 2023 or ahead of its initial goal of 2025.

Converge lowered its spending plan to P21 to P23 billion for the year from the initial P26 to P28 billion. “We will continue to expand as we aim to serve the connectivity needs of our people which we hope will also help aid the country’s economic recovery amid the continued threat of Covid-19 and inflationary pressures due to the unstable external environment,” Uy said.
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Cebu FC signs players for 2022 PFL season

Thu, 2022-08-11 21:21
CEBU FC officially signed four players to its roster for the 2022 Philippines Football League (PFL) following the departure of a few key players.

Cebu FC lost two players on defense: veteran Spanish defender Joaco Canas and Turkish center back Nazim Ozcan.

Cebu FC announced that they have signed three defenders and a midfielder: Fil-Aussie Cristopher Lawless, Jacob Liao, Rico Andes and Fil-Brit Charlie Beaton.

The 27-year-old Beaton, who has Cebuano roots, returns home and should bring in a lot of experience at midfield. Beaton, a former Watford FC youth player, last played for Maharlika Manila FC.

Lawless, Liao and Andes hopefully will fill the void left by Ozcan and Cañas on the back line.

Lawless last played for Maharlika FC in the PFL, the 22-year-old Liao is transferring from Azkals Development Team, while Andes is a former Far Eastern University (FEU) standout.

Cebu FC makes its season debut in the 2022 PFL season on Aug. 14 against Kaya FC-Iloilo at the Rizal Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m.

Maharlika FC locks horns with Stallion Laguna FC at 4 p.m. at the same venue.

United City FC (UCFC) takes on Mendiola FC 1991 at the City of Imus Grand Stand also at 4 p.m.

UCFC is currently at the top of the league with three points and is slightly ahead of Stallion FC and Kaya FC, which also have three points each, on goal difference.
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Lorenzo takes on Tejones for WBF International belt

Thu, 2022-08-11 21:20
SANMAN Promotions-promoted Frenchman Guillaume Lorenzo faces tough Joe Tejones for the vacant World Boxing Foundation International lightweight belt in the main event of “Sanman Bubble X” on Aug. 24 at the Sanman Gym in General Santos City.

The 28-year-old Lorenzo had a winning streak in the Philippines before the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country. He won all his four fights in 2019, stopping Roland Magluyan, Ronel Petras, Ian Ligutan and Kim Lindog. He returned to France and didn’t see action up until late 2021, wherein he defeated Sylvian Chapelle. He immediately fought again just weeks after his last fight and lost to Mohamed Suleiman Kartoum by split decision.

In his return to the Philippines this year, Lorenzo retired former regional champion Jose Ocampo in the fifth round.

Though just 25 years old, Tejones has turned from prospect to a gatekeeper and tests up-and-coming fighters if they are ready for the next level.

Tejones dropped his last four fights against some talented names, the likes of Carl Jammes Martin, Al Toyogon and Japanese Tsuyoshi Tameda. Tejones handed promising Igorot prospect Natuplag his first career defeat after beating him by split decision.

Lorenzo is 8-4 with five knockouts, while Tejones is 13-10 with seven knockouts.

Former world title challenger Vince Paras (16-2-1, 14 KOs), World Boxing Organization No. 8 rated super flyweight contender KJ Cataraja (14-0, 12 KOs) and International Boxing Federation No. 9 ranked minimumweight Joey Canoy (17-5-2, 9 KOs) will also be fighting in the same card. / EKA
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3 houses destroyed, 1 damaged in Punta fire

Thu, 2022-08-11 20:15
AT LEAST four houses were affected during a late afternoon blaze that occurred in a private subdivision in Barangay Punta Princesa, Cebu City on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022.

Personnel of the Cebu City Fire Office (CCFO) reported that the fire that hit Victor Village 1 destroyed three houses and damaged another.

The damage to properties was pegged at P1.6 million.

FO3 Emerson Arceo, CCFO’s on-duty investigator, told reporters that they received the fire alarm at 4:11 p.m.

Firefighters arrived at the subdivision four minutes later, Arceo said.

The fire, which was placed on first alarm, was eventually placed under control at 4:27 p.m.

Arceo said he received reports that the fire started in the house of Venus Ivy Lauron.

He said the fire may have been caused by an electrical short circuit. But he added they still need to conduct further investigation to determine the real cause behind the blaze.

No one was hurt nor killed during the fire, Arceo added.

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Enjoy Italian cuisine at its finest at Il Primo

Thu, 2022-08-11 19:58
Il Primo, the first and only Italian Steakhouse to open in Cebu, offers a luxurious, authentic Italian dining experience like no other.

Located at Nustar Resort and Casino’s “The Strip,” Il Primo is the first restaurant to welcome guests once they arrive at the casino’s grand entrance.

With its stylish interior and cosmopolitan setting along with the restaurant’s curated selection of authentic Italian cuisine and gourmet comfort food, diners are in for a true taste of Italy brought to their tables by the very capable hands of Il Primo’s chef de cuisine, Chef Luca Angioletti and his culinary team.

With over 20 years of experience in the culinary industry, working at top restaurants all over the world, Chef Luca has now set his sights on Cebu, taking the lead at Il Primo to offer a “memorable dining experience” to guests.

Fueled by his love for Italian cuisine and relying on premium ingredients and the best cooking techniques, Chef Luca’s wishes to give guests a dining experience to remember, making sure they leave Il Primo wholeheartedly satisfied.

The food

The restaurant serves a selection of Italian dishes which include appetizers, salads, entrees, pastas, desserts and signature beverages and spirits.

Il Primo’s signature premium quality steak will practically melt in your mouth upon first bite, filling your senses with the aroma and tender delicacy of a perfectly cooked steak.

For first-time diners, Chef Luca recommends they indulge in any of the freshly made pastas, wood fire oven-baked pizzas, freshly sliced cold cuts and artisan cheeses, and, of course, the tiramisu, a chef favorite and widely popular among guests.

Il Primo’s menu already boasts an impressive selection of dishes and signature beverages but diners can expect even more to come as Chef Luca and his team are always experimenting and cooking up something new.

A memorable dining experience

If you’re dining at Il Primo, then you’re in for a luxurious and amazing meal. With the restaurant’s main kitchen situated right in the dining space with an open layout, diners can witness their food being prepared firsthand and enjoy the culinary theatrics. The open bar is also at the center of the space with the restaurant’s tasteful selection of spirits on display for guests wishing to relax and grab a drink or two.

For more intimate gatherings, Il Primo also has a private dining room for such occasions.

Diners can even look out the restaurant’s huge windows and marvel at the stunning view of Cebu and the Cebu–Cordova Bridge as they wine and dine.

Il Primo is open daily from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The restaurant encourages reservations in advance. To book a table, call Il Primo at 0998-539-6735.

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IT engineer nabbed for posting sex video of ex-GF on porn site

Thu, 2022-08-11 19:57
AN INFORMATION Technology engineer was arrested by personnel of the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit-Central Visayas (Racu 7) after he was accused by his ex-girlfriend of allegedly posting their sex video online three years ago.

Alvin Anticarma, 38, was arrested by personnel from the Racu 7 and the Regional Intelligence Unit 7 in his house in Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City on Thursday afternoon, August 11, 2022.

The suspect was captured based on the arrest warrant issued by Cebu City Regional Trial Court Branch 14 Judge Merlo Pasco Bagano. Anticarma is facing four counts of violating Republic Act 9995 or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009. The judge set the bail at P42,000.

Col. Ferdinand Raymundo, Racu 7 chief, who led the arrest, said the warrant against Anticarma stemmed from a complaint filed by his ex-girlfriend in 2019.

Admission

In an interview with reporters, Anticarma admitted that he had committed the crime; however, he claimed that he and his then girlfriend agreed to record their sexual intercourse.

But Anticarma’s ex-girlfriend said she didn’t know that he had posted their sex video on a porn site.

It was only a few months later in 2019 that the suspect’s ex-girlfriend found out that her sex video with Anticarma was posted on the web when an unidentified person sent her a link of the video to her social media page.

The ex-girlfriend immediately reported the matter to authorities, which resulted in the filing of charges against Anticarma.
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Man nabbed for posting sex video online

Thu, 2022-08-11 19:57
MEMBERS of the Regional Anti-Cyber Crime Unit (Racu) Central Visayas and operatives of the Regional Intelligence Unit Central Visayas have arrested an information technology engineer of a private company in Cebu City for posting a sex video online.

They identified the accused as Alvin Anticarma, a 38-year-old resident of F. Jaca Street, Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City.

Colonel Ferdinand Raymundo, Racu Central Visayas chief, led the operation that found Anticarma at home at 2:40 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2022.

Anticarma is facing four counts of violation of Republic Act 9995, or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009.

Regional Trial Court Branch 14 Judge Merlo Pasco Bagano set the bail at P42,000.

Anticarma admitted posting the sex video online.

He said the video was taken while he was living in a rented room near Fuente Osmeña in 2019.

He said his partner was aware that he was recording their lovemaking, but what she didn’t know was that he would post a copy of it on a porn site. (BBT)

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CebuDoc remembers history with month-long exhibit

Thu, 2022-08-11 19:53
CEBUDOC kicks off its month-long 50th anniversary celebration of serving compassionate and innovative services with the theme, “50 years of Improving Lives.”

It has been five decades now that a state-of-the-art healthcare facility is providing quality services in the heart of Cebu City, the CebuDoc. This year’s anniversary theme, “50 years of Improving Lives,” has been emanating in the veins of every employee of the hospital, embodied it as values, and eventually made CebuDoc what it is now, the most outstanding hospital in the country in the private sector.

To Doctor Potenciano S.D Larrazabal III, president and chairman of CebuDoc Group, the Golden Jubilee celebration is not an end of a long-time vision but a continuing legacy that will live onwards.

“This celebration means that I have an additional 50 years to improve life even further,” the chairman said, emphasizing the impact of the milestone on his leadership.

As the month-long anniversary celebration formally opens, an exhibit is being put up at CebuDoc Medical Arts Building 2 to show how CebuDoc has enlivened its mission with a deep commitment to compassionate service to the community through its timeline display. These will also reflect how CebuDoc has been consistent since the beginning.

Employee History Poster Contest

The history display will showcase each milestone CebuDoc reached since its inauguration in 1972.

Further, the highlight of this event is the exhibit of the entries each hospital department has submitted that translate the commitment each staff has put out in the last 50 years. The exhibit will also present how this strong workforce has maintained the consistency of the hospital’s reputation all throughout.

The hospital’s core will judge these entries according to the significance it represents—whoever could capture the most authentic representation will bring home cash prizes. The parade of entries will be available to the public for the rest of the month-long anniversary celebration.

Remembering Dr. PVL

As the exhibit also reflects a fruitful 50 years of CebuDoc, Doctor Yong Larrazabal III also revisits the leadership of his father, the late Doctor Potenciano Larrazabal Jr., who founded and started the footing of this innovative healthcare facility.

To Doctor Yong, he vowed to continue his father’s legacy that has touched the lives of thousands from the beginning of his medical practice until the present date.

According to him, Doctor PVL’s captaincy has been a key player in his decision-making and his inspiration since his installation as president last 2017.

“I didn’t pressure myself, I saw my dad always as an inspiration, so whenever I get confused, or when I am stressed about things, I just think about how we will do it, or how I will just think of how he’d do it and how he would deal with it. He serves as my inspiration,” he substantiated.

“With that behind me, or my dad behind me, I’m very confident that whatever I do would be the right decision based on what I observed from him, and learned from him for the past several years,” he added.

Now that CebuDoc has established itself to be a leading brand among other hospitals in the Visayas and Mindanao, Doctor Yong further remembers the long-time vision of his father which is to reach out and serve the Cebuano.

“I want CebuDoc to be known as a hospital that has a heart, a hospital that has compassion, and at the same time, a hospital that is very innovative,” he said. (PR)
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EXPLAINER: Cebu City Council passes 2,500 resolutions a year but councilors don’t know if those are answered or ignored. Suggested: contempt power, liaison officer, legislative tracking.

Thu, 2022-08-11 18:00
THE SITUATION. Each session of the Cebu City Sanggunian approves an average of 65 resolutions but most councilors don’t know how many of them produce results, particularly those that seek information or clarification on events or issues from people within or outside City Hall.

That must be particularly disturbing and annoying if the knowledge sought is needed for legislation and the would-be resource person ignoring the City Council request is a City Hall official.

SUCCESS OR FAILURE. To Minority Floor Leader Nestor Archival Sr., not knowing “success” or “failure” of the councilors’ work is frustrating, perhaps even more vexing than not getting what they ask for.

Last Wednesday, August 10, Archival poked into a small hornet’s nest after Majority Floor Leader Joyce Pesquera moved to note some resolutions of the immediately preceding 15th Sanggunian, which the mayor had approved.

Archival said he wanted the secretariat to give councilors a running total of resolutions acted upon by the mayor or department head concerned, so they’ll know the “success or failure” of their “output.” Apparently though, he must be irked over government officials not heeding the Sanggunian’s requests, which led to the subject of contempt as a legislative sanction.

SUGGESTIONS. The clutch of proposals included these:

Vice Mayor Raymond Garcia, presiding officer, submitted the phrase “cumulative report,” which Councilor Pesquera suggested the secretariat could flash on the screen even before the session. Councilor Philip Zafra proposed that the secretariat have a liaison person who monitors and “follows through” the status of resolutions: time of receipt and response. Councilor Mary Ann de los Santos recommended a timeline in the flow of the resolution after passage.

Secretariat chief Atty. Charisse Piramide said a system of tracking, which her office requested in 2021, is being “fine-tuned” by City Hall’s Management Information and Computer Services (Mics). She also raised the idea of adding to the job of the City Council’s committee on oversight the implementation of resolutions, not just ordinances. On delivery of copies of passed resolutions, Atty. Piramide assured a “99 percent” performance.

CONTEMPT, SEPARATION OF POWERS. But what drew some heat from Archival was the question of having the power to hold persons in contempt.

Pesquera suggested that Councilor Archival urge by resolution for Congress to enact a bill that provides power of contempt against anyone who ignores or refuses a Sanggunian order. Councilor Rey Gealon waded in, mentioning not just the power of contempt – the City Council has none, he said – but also the high-sounding “Trias Politica,” which calls for “a strict separation” between three branches of government.

Archival said he didn’t speak of any power of contempt, so why should Councilor Gealon raise it, obviously skipping the point that absence of such power precisely explains why Sanggunian requests were not being taken seriously. We have no teeth, figuratively said Councilor de los Santos. While Archival wondered why department heads wouldn’t answer inquiries from the City Council, he sounded displeased by the two lawyer-councilors’ explanation of the law.

SUPREME COURT’S REASON WHY. Local legislatures such as the Cebu City Council or the Cebu Provincial Board or the town Sanggunians are not expressly given by the Constitution or the Local Government Code the power to subpoena witnesses and the power to punish a non-member. (The Sanggunian may punish “contumacious behavior” of its own member.)

“That (power) cannot be implied,” the Supreme Court said in Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative II vs. Dumaguete Sangguniang Panlungsod (GR #72492 of Nov. 5, 1987), “in the statutory grant of delegated legislative power or deemed to exist as mere incident of the performance of legislative functions.” There must be a law, as Pesquera commented. Otherwise, the exercise “would run afoul of the doctrine” of separation of powers or, in the term Gealon loved to use, Trias Politica.

No councilor mentioned it but a plausible reason why a department head or other City Hall official may delay or ignore a request for information is that it might embarrass his office or the current administration.

WHERE STONEWALLING OCCURS. Most resolutions seeking clarification on City Hall matters are initiated by the minority Bando Osmeña–Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) but not blocked by the majority Barug.

The majority generally allows the requests. Barug councilors don’t want to be seen as obstructionists to information, especially when it’s needed for legislation. Apparently, the stonewalling that Councilor Archival gripes about is done at the source, at the offices, by department heads, or the mayor and his aides themselves.

THEY DON’T KNOW, DO THEY? Here’s the thing though: Archival cannot cite the number of times that resolutions were disobeyed or disregarded, since he doesn’t have the statistics, that’s why he’s asking for them. The councilors, Archival said -- and no one disputed him -- they don’t know if they’re answered or snubbed, whether they succeeded or failed..

Or most councilors don’t do the basic homework, such as using each Sanggunian member’s staff to trace and watch the progress of legislation, even if just one’s own resolutions. Secretariat chief Piramide told them Wednesday there are logs that provide the flow. Apparently, that’s not enough; the data must be directly served every session.

Start with “every other session,” VM Garcia advised the secretariat, taking up Pesquera’s cue of reviving a system of “ legislative tracking” that the majority floor-leader, a veteran of past Sanggunians, said enabled the Cebu City Council to win in 2007 the title of “Best Legislative Body,” a Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) competition. Pesquera and her staff reportedly compiled the required documents covering the Sanggunian’s three-month performance.

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Motor7 Photo and Video Competition 2022 kickstarts in Bohol

Thu, 2022-08-11 17:20
THE Bohol run of the Motor7 Photo and Video Competition 2022 rolled out this week. Motorbikers have until August 22, 2022 to roam the Philippines’ 10th largest island and snap stills or record videos of their experiences at its alluring geosites.

Motorbike riders are capturing the amazing natural and man-made wonders of the Central Visayas provinces in awe-inspiring pictures and videos through the contest series initiated by the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Central Visayas.

“Motor7–The Geopark Ride to Recovery,” as the Bohol leg is captioned, advances from Bohol’s application for the coveted Global Geopark distinction with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). It is, to date, the only site in the Philippines being considered for the citation.

Unesco Global Geoparks are identified for “sites and landscapes of international geological significance” holistically managed in a single, contiguous geographical area taking into consideration the concepts of protection, education and sustainable development. The Geopark’s geological heritage and natural and cultural attributes call attention to social issues such as environmental degradation, climate change and risks related to natural disasters.

DOT-Central Visayas Chief Tourism Operations Officer Gelena Asis-Dimpas says riders traveling through Bohol may choose as their subjects any of the unique geosites within the newly-documented Motor7 circuits in the province - caves, karsts, springs, waterfalls, uplifted marine terraces and an uplifted coral garden. They may also opt to feature the indigenous Eskaya tribe in their entries aside from highlighting the local motorbiking culture.

Motorbiking is developing into a cultural phenomenon, a lifestyle that enables enthusiasts to celebrate the outdoors and bear witness to the bounties of the natural environment, appreciating the panoramic land and seascapes of the region while traversing mountain trails, highways and seaside lanes.

Motor7 was established by the DOT-Central Visayas as a regional program to fully harness the potential of the activity as a tourism product. Through its program status, Motor7 has sustained events that promote environmental awareness and conservation, heritage preservation and livelihood development.

Dimpas adds, “The Motor7 Photo and Video Competition is helping riders appreciate the significance of open spaces, protection of land and seascapes and our common heritage. It is also opening up opportunities for start-up food outlets, campsites and other businesses.”

The contest is open to Central Visayas-based photography, videography and motorcycle touring enthusiasts. Professionals and hobbyists alike are welcome to submit entries.

Details on the Motor7 Photo and Video Competition 2022, including guidelines and mechanics, are available on the Motor7 Central Visayas Adventures and Visit Central Visayas facebook pages. Strict adherence to competition guidelines and mechanics is strongly advised. (PR)

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Casa Gorordo Museum takes on 'new' look

Thu, 2022-08-11 17:12
WELL-RECOGNIZED Casa Gorordo Museum, a National Historical Landmark and a favorite stop in Cebu’s cultural circuit, puts on a “new, yet more historically faithful look” when it reopens to visitors in October 2022.

Painting of the colonial era building started recently. The beloved house-museum, closed due to pandemic restrictions in 2020, takes on what might look to casual observers as new colors, but which actually reflect the aesthetic of houses during its time.

“This will seem new to us who have known Casa Gorordo for its dark brown exterior, and interior, too, but this will actually bring us back to the days when there were people actually living here,” says Florencio Moreño II, Officer-in-Charge of the Culture and Heritage Unit of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (Rafi).

Casa Gorordo is a two-storey “balay nga tisa” on E. Aboitiz Street, in the old Parian district. Constructed in the 1850s, it encapsulates the lifestyle of the Parianon families and Cebuanos in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is also known as the former residence of Juan Gorordo, the first Filipino bishop of Cebu.

Alejandro Reynes y Rosales was the original owner of the property. He later sold it to Spanish merchant Isidro Gorordo. Four generations of Gorordos lived in the house. It was acquired by the Rafi from the family in the late 1970s, delicately restored, and opened to the public as a museum in 1983 to promote enjoyment and awareness of Cebuano culture.

Former inhabitants of the stone- and- wood building remember it encased in a light, subdued color which remained unchanged throughout the duration of the family’s stay there.

As wood preservatives and brown paint were layered over the years, the house has been characterized by its modest dark brown color.

It was de rigueur for homes to be painted during the late 19th into the 20th century. Social standards, public health conditions and the necessity of preserving the structure dictated so much.

A painted house established the family’s social status; one was considered to be of means to be able to paint his home. It also helped to keep the house neat, particularly to avoid cholera, a chronic epidemic in the late 1800s and in the early decades of the 1900s.

With black and white photos hinting at the house’s color during its pre-museum phase, the museum conducted research and consultations with experts to determine the tints that would most authentically depict the historical period, culture and society that Casa Gorordo represents.

Casa Gorordo reconnects to its roots with the repainting project, bringing it closer to its mission to be a “guide to the world that shaped Cebuano cultural identity.” It promises an enhanced, more meaningful visitor experience. (PR)

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CPDRC’s inmates to dance again

Thu, 2022-08-11 16:59
THE inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) in Barangay Kalunasan, Cebu City are set to dance again on Friday, August 12, 2022.

The CPDRC dancing inmates’ presentation is one of the highlights of the monthlong 453rd founding anniversary celebration of the Cebu Provincial Government.

The Province hired Cebuano dancesport choreographer and former Cebu City Sports Commission chief Edward Hayco to train the inmates.

“I would like to thank Ed Hayco for embracing this program and selflessly helping in coming up with new dance routines,” Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said.

The dancing inmates became popular in 2007 over their performance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Their dance video was uploaded on YouTube and got 52 million views.

In February 2010, Garcia ordered to suspend the show pending an investigation of proper accounting practices for donations received from admirers of the CPDRC program.

The CPDRC dancers were last seen performing the “Unity Dance” sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in December 2020.
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Dancing inmates to perform once again

Thu, 2022-08-11 16:59
FANS can now witness their favorite dancing inmates perform once again at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) in Barangay Kalunasan, Cebu City on Friday, August 12, 2022.

The presentation is one of the highights of the month-long 453rd founding anniversary celebration of the Cebu Provincial Government.

The province hired Cebuano choreographer Ed Hayco to train the inmates.

“I would like to thank Ed Hayco for embracing this program and selflessly helping in coming up with new dance routines,” Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said.

The dancing inmates became popular in 2007 over their performance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Their dance video was uploaded on YouTube and got 52 million views.

In February 2010, Garcia ordered to suspend the show pending an investigation of proper accounting practices for donations received from admirers of the CPDRC program.

The CPDRC dancers were last seen performing “Unity Dance” sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in December 2020. (ANV, TPT)

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Nearly 1 million tourists visit Central Visayas

Thu, 2022-08-11 16:38
ALMOST one million foreign and tourists visited Central Visayas in the first half of 2022.

Tourism Undersecretary Shahlimar Tamano said during the tourism summit held in Cebu City on Thursday, August 11, 2022, that a total of 962,418 tourists visited the region from January to June, of whom 889,315 were locals and 73,103 were foreigners.

Tamano said this development only proves that the revival of the tourism industry in the region is underway.

The Department of Tourism aims to increase the number of visitors to the region by 300,000 before the year ends.

"Central Visayas is ready and open for tourism... And we're excited in the coming days under the new administration and new Secretary (Christina Frasco) of the DOT," said Tamano.

Apart from Cebu, the province of Bohol is also a favorite tourist destination in the region.

“Central Visayas is ready and open for tourism... And we’re excited in the coming days under the new administration and new Secretary (Christina Frasco) of the DOT,” matod ni Tamano. (ANV, TPT)

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PDEA 7: 1 of the nabbed PDLs working for a big-time drug lord

Thu, 2022-08-11 15:53
THE two former persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) who were arrested along Natalio Bacalso Avenue in Sitio San Vicente, Barangay Bulacao, Cebu City on Wednesday night, August 10, 2022, were getting their supply of illegal drugs from a courier of a known drug lord in the city.

This was disclosed by Intelligence Agent 1 Jessie Cabutotan of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Central Visayas on Thursday, August 11, 2022.

The suspects were identified as 29-year-old Rey Steven Buenavista and 44-year-old Jonel Añasco.

Recovered from the two men were 105 grams of shabu with an estimated worth of P714,000, based on the standard drug price.

However, they denied ownership of the illegal drugs.

Leia Alcantara, PDEA Central Visayas information officer, said they placed Buenavista under surveillance for close to two weeks before they conducted the raid.

She described Buenavista as a citywide high-value target since he reportedly operated in different barangays in Cebu City.

Alcantara said Buenavista is working for a known drug lord, but the agency won’t divulge the drug lord’s name so as not to endanger its ongoing investigation.

Buenavista and Añasco are detained at the PDEA 7 office pending the filing of charges against them.

Buenavista was released after posting bail last April. He was imprisoned at the Cebu City Jail in 2020 after he was arrested for selling drugs and charged with violating Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

As for Añasco, he was released last month after spending 10 years behind bars for murder and qualified theft. He had killed a man he just met along Tagunol Street in Barangay Mambaling in July 2012. (BBT, PJB)

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Sound technician nabbed in buy-bust in Liloan

Thu, 2022-08-11 15:44
A SOUND technician who allegedly sold illegal drugs as a sideline was nabbed in a buy-bust operation at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, August 10, 2022, in Purok Pechay 2, Sitio Landing, Barangay Catarman, in Liloan town, northern Cebu.

Police Major Ramil Morpos, chief of Liloan Police Station, identified the suspect as Beethoven Jason Chanco Hilot, 28, single, a resident of Barangay Catarman.

Police immediately handcuffed Hilot when he was about to hand a pack of shabu to the poseur-buyer in exchange for P500.

He yielded another two small packs and a medium pack of alleged shabu and P500 cash believed to be proceeds from the illegal drug trade when police frisked him.

Morpos said the drugs weighing five grams had a total street value of P34,000. (GPL, TPT)

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More minors rescued during 2nd night of 'Oplan Bulabog'

Thu, 2022-08-11 14:55
THE number of minors rescued by the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) on the second night of its implementation of Oplan Bulabog almost doubled.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Wilbert Parilla, CCPO deputy director for administration, most of the minors were loitering along General Maxilom Avenue and were rounded up by the Abellana Police Station. The minors were later turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Services.

Parilla said the police started their patrol at 10 p.m.

Based on the ordinance signed by Mayor Michael Rama, the curfew on minors starts at 10 p.m.

The CCPO rescued 34 minors when it resumed the implementation of Oplan Bulabog in the wee hours of Wednesday, August 10, 2022. (AYB, PJB)

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Cebu’s most wanted person falls

Thu, 2022-08-11 14:25
THE number 1 most wanted person in Cebu was arrested around 10 a.m. Thursday, August 11, 2022, in Sitio Tugasan, Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City.

The joint operatives from the Criminal Investigation Detection Group (CIDG) Cebu Province and the Regional Intelligence Unit in Central Visayas (RIU 7) served the warrant of arrest against the suspect identified as Rhommel Dano Estoquia, 21, in his residence.

Judge Stephen Belacho of Cebu City Regional Trial Court Branch 22 issued the warrant after finding probable cause to charge Estoquia for sexual abuse.

Bail of P200,000 has been recommended for his temporary liberty.

The suspect is now detained at the CIDG 7 detention cell. (BBT, TPT)

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