Tuburan Coffee Farm

FOR 35-year-old Joel Saluda, both home and haven are found in the coffee-scented mountains of Barangay Cabancalan, a 14-kilometer drive from the Municipal Hall of Tuburan in northwest Cebu. Like most of his neighbors, Saluda left the provincial life in exchange for the greener pastures the city promised. “We were corn farmers. The crops were...

Thailand’s coin-eating turtle dies of blood poisoning

BANGKOK — A 25-year-old sea turtle in Thailand who swallowed nearly a thousand coins tossed by tourists seeking good luck died Tuesday, two weeks after having surgery to remove the coins from its stomach. Read More

Government, private firm boost law enforcement in Tañon Strait

FOR nearly two decades since it was declared a protected area, Tañon Strait continues to be the subject of illegal fishing practices that are detrimental to the survival of the rich and diverse marine life that provides food and livelihood to many residents in the Visayas. Many of the 42 local government units facing the...

Scientists race to prevent wipeout of world’s coral reefs

SOUTH ARI ATOLL, Maldives — There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves. Now this Maldivian reef is dead, killed by the stress of rising ocean temperatures. What’s left is a haunting expanse of gray, a scene repeated in reefs across the globe in what has...

Divine Dives

STRATEGICALLY positioned, Cebu Island, with its many islets, is one of the best dive destinations in the world, showcasing plenty of stunning underwater beauties. This elongated island is surrounded by abundant and ecologically linked underwater ecosystems. In the north is the Visayan Sea, widely known as “the heart of marine biodiversity on Earth.” In the...

Southern berries

HUNGRY for “berry pretty” strawberries but too broke to go on a trip to Baguio City? Head down to southern Cebu for a promise of strawberry goodness in the mountains of Barangay Maloray, a 21.8-kilometer drive from the Municipal Hall of Dalaguete. Read More

Thai fish with national flag colors sells for record sum

BANGKOK — A Siamese fighting fish with the colors of the Thai national flag has been bought for a record breaking 53,500 baht ($1,530/?75,651.62) at an online auction, making it the most expensive Betta fish to ever be sold. Pictures of the fish, with its blue, red and white horizontal stripes mimicking the Thai flag,

Thai fish with national flag colors sells for record sum

BANGKOK — A Siamese fighting fish with the colors of the Thai national flag has been bought for a record breaking 53,500 baht ($1,530/?75,651.62) at an online auction, making it the most expensive Betta fish to ever be sold. Pictures of the fish, with its blue, red and white horizontal stripes mimicking the Thai flag,

Google teaches machines to become more fluent translators

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is promising that its widely used translation service is now even more fluent, thanks to an advance that’s enabling its computers to interpret complete sentences. That may sound simple, but it took years of engineering to pull off. Until now, Google’s technology analyzed phrases in pieces and then cobbled together a