South Korea picks new site for US missile defense system

SEOUL, South Korea — A private golf course in southeastern part of South Korea has been chosen as the new site for an advanced US missile defense system to be deployed by the end of next year to protect against North Korean threats, South Korean military officials said Friday. Seoul’s Defense Ministry in July originally

How Bojo River has saved chickens, goats

CYNTHIA Moreno, then the mayor of Aloguinsan town, defied the odds to develop the Bojo River, as no one believed the river’s tourism potential. Now both Barangay Bojo and Aloguinsan town are getting international recognition because of the river that’s lined with mangroves and habitated by different species of birds. Read More

Aloguinsan’s Bojo River in world destinations Top 100

GREEN Destination, an award giving body, names Bojo River in Aloguinsan town in midwest Cebu as one of the three places in the Philippines that were included in the top 100 tourist destinations in the world. Read More

What’s new this MassKara?

If there is one color to best describe what is considered by many as among “the best festivals of the Philippines,” then, a color would fail in comparison to MassKara Festival. As in the words of Festival Director Eli Tajanlangit, in a sit down interview with me years back, “MassKara is a multitude of colors, a distinction it holds and it is known for.”

Mayor Evelio Leonardia confirmed on Monday the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte on October 1 together with other high-ranking officials from the palace.

With theme “Back on Track,” I’m as much excited to look forward to these activities that shall once again earn the nods of foreigners and locals about MassKara Festival: Read more…

Iligan’s tourist spots closed for Diyandi Festival

CAGAYAN DE ORO. Iligan City' Diyandi Festival showcase "Sayaw Saulog" Tuesday, September 27. The festive street dancing is in honor of Saint Michael the Archangel, Iligan City’s patron saint. (Richel V. Umel)

CAGAYAN DE ORO. Iligan City’ Diyandi Festival showcase “Sayaw Saulog” Tuesday, September 27. The festive street dancing is in honor of Saint Michael the Archangel, Iligan City’s patron saint. (Richel V. Umel)

Two major tourist spots here have been temporarily closed while the city is celebrating Diyandi Festival.

The famous majestic Maria Cristina Falls in Agus 6 and Nature’s Park in Agus 7 hydro electric power plants are closed for viewing since the month of September. Incidentally, the city is celebrating the annual fiesta of St. Michael. Continue reading…

Composting like never before

COMPOSTING has always been the byword of organic farmers and gardeners, but regular households who live in tiny spaces know how stinky that can become before you can even have a good amount of compost fertilizer. Garbage, too, is the waterloo of just about every local government unit. While every garbage trader would want to

Little Amsterdam in Cebu

In this age of the selfie and Facebook and Twitter and what else have you, one cannot hide a beautiful place for long. The beauty of her hillside garden grew viral late last year and people started to go there for selfies. So last January, on the feast day of the Santo Niño, she and

China begins operating world’s largest radio telescope

BEIJING — The world’s largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life Sunday, September 25, in a project demonstrating China’s rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of international scientific prestige. Beijing has poured billions into such ambitious scientific projects as well as its military-backed space program, including

MassKara logo, music, theme launched

Bacolod City officials, with the Silver MassKara Festival Organization (SMFO), launched on Thursday, Sept. 22, the official music and logo of the 37th MassKara Festival themed “Bacolod: Back on Track,” at the lobby of the Bacolod Government Center.

This year’s MassKara Festival will be held from October 1 to 23, the longest festival celebration so far. Read more…

Pinoy video among 38 entries shortlisted in UN tilt

BETTER lifestyle choices through simple acts of caring for the environment everyday was among the advocacies of Jayson Villagomez. His initiative to combat climate change and the learnings he acquired as a student of De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines, gave him an inspiration to create a video that has been shortlisted in the

Pagasa: 8 more tropical cyclones expected this 2016

AN OFFICIAL of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) announced Tuesday that eight more tropical cyclones are expected to enter the country this year. The first of these eight cyclones may enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) next week, September 25, based on the weather bureau’s forecast, said Engr. Oscar Tabada,

A taste of that natural high

AFTER living in the city for some time, there is a yearning to go back to nature; to smell the earth and the flowers, to ponder in the glory of creation at the sight of a grove of trees, a mountain peak, a waterfall. One wonders: where does one go for such an experience? Fortunately,

Mix of renewable and fossil-based energy needed

FOR Metro Cebu to sustain its growth, a balance between renewable and fossil-based energy sources in its energy mix is needed, an Aboitiz Power official said. Speaking to local stakeholders at the Mega Cebu Energy Forum yesterday, AboitizPower chief operations officer (COO) Luis Miguel Aboitiz talked about the opportunities in retail competition and open access

Tubbataha: raptures of the deep

Scuba diving in the middle of the Sulu Sea with a group of scientists and marine biologists was, for lack of a better adjective, indeed otherworldly. After a back roll entry, I groped for my power inflator hose and did a quick buoyancy test. When our team leader gave the thumbs down signal, I began