7 Cebu churches you probably missed

CEBU is a home to the many churches founded by the Augustinian priests, who were the first missionaries to reach the Philippines.

It is where the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño (commonly known as Santo Niño Church), which was founded in 1565, grew in popularity as the cradle of Philippine Christianity and the sanctuary of the holy image of Senyor Santo Niño.

Aside from the Santo Niño Church, also featured in this article are the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Church, Redemptorist Church, San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, and Carmelite Monastery.

Take a tour to seven churches in the city that you probably missed:

1. Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Church

2. Redemptorist Church

3. San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish

4. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

5. Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes

6. Carmelite Monastery

7. Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño


Source: http://basilicasantonino.org.ph/pages/kaplag.html#B

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Hit-and-run victim returns to Asturias

By Rebelander Basilan

TERESITA Castro flew to Dubai in March 2013 to work as a domestic helper, but a road accident left her paralyzed less than a month later.

For almost two years, the 43-year-old Asturias, Cebu native stayed in a hospital under the care of Filipino nurses, unable to talk and walk.

She was flown back to Cebu yesterday with the help of a group of professionals from Asturias who are working in the Philippines and abroad. (MORE)

10 places to visit in Cabadbaran

CABADBARAN may be a small city located in the province of Agusan del Norte in northeastern Mindanao, but it boasts of a rich culture and heritage, as well as scenic spots, making it a promising tourist destination in the Caraga region.

Many even haven’t heard of this place yet, but for adventure seekers and history buffs, this place will surely fill your hungry souls.

Visit Cabadbaran here.

FoPo company’s food powder to feed 9 billion people

LISBON, PORTUGAL – The FoPo Company aims to reduce food waste by creating food powder from groceries’ fresh produce before their expiry date and to feed nine billion people — an ideal product for humanitarian aid purposes.

FoPo Food Powder, a social entrepreneurship business that won the Thought For Food Challenge last Feb. 14, 2015 in Lisbon, aims to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables from two weeks to two years through freeze drying and breaking it down into powder.

FoPo Food Powder reduces food waste by creating food powder from groceries’ fresh produce before their expiry date.

The business idea, which earned $5,000 seed funding, will also generate income by penetrating the freeze dried food powder industry –- a $19 billion market globally last 2014.

FoPo Food Powder is the brainchild of Erasmus Mundus Masters in Food Innovation and Product Design (Fifdes) students Gerald Perry Marin from the Philippines and Vita Jarolimkova from Czech Republic, and a Swedish Mechanical Engineering masters student Kent Ngo from Lund University.

They also partnered with business associates and fellow FIPDes batchmates Erliza Karen Cabisidan from Philippines and Adriana Balazy from Poland, which helped them get more partners and gather support in their home countries.

The competition is aimed to bring together student entrepreneurs, scientists, and experts in the food industry to solve the world’s ever-growing demand for food as the population will hit 9 billion by 2050.

FoPo will be piloted in the next few months in the Philippines together with their partner government agency, groceries, and private companies interested in the idea.

After clarifying food safety and nutrition issues with the help of partner universities, they will begin the collection, production, and distribution of fruits and vegetable powders to their channels in the Philippines and globally via online.

Short term goals also include setting-up a freeze drying facility, piloting in other countries, and coordinate with humanitarian aid groups.
FoPo company is currently interested in getting interns and volunteers, as well as investors, to help pilot the project. For more information, contact hellofopo@gmail.com.

FoPo believes that the world does not need to produce more food to feed the people.

The company’s solution shows that we just have to see value from the inefficiency of the current food system, and create a sustainable, innovative, and socially relevant business out of it. Now that is a great way to feed 9 billion by 2050.

For more information, visit FoPo here.

Dole warns vs ‘bogus’ Cebu recruitment firm

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) asked the public on Monday not to deal with an alleged bogus recruitment agency in Cebu that operates globally as an immigration services provider.

In a statement, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said ICS Global Visas Inc. has already duped job seekers from the Philippines and other countries in Europe like the United Kingdom.

“We have checked with our Dole regional office in Cebu which reported that some of the victims filed cases of illegal recruitment against the company upon learning that Global Visas maintained offices in Cebu,” said Baldoz. (MORE)

German-born Pinoys have more ways to obtain dual citizenship

WITH a change in policy, the German government opened more ways for Filipino dual citizens, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday.

The changes took effect on December 20 last year and are applicable to Filipino children born in Germany after January 1, 2000.

“Previously, children born to foreign parents had to face the difficult decision of choosing only one citizenship upon reaching 21. For those who were born of Filipino parents, this meant choosing German citizenship over Filipino citizenship,” the DFA said. (MORE)

OFWs urged not to splurge on goodies for loved ones

OVERSEAS Filipino workers (OFWs) were urged Friday to save money instead of spending everything on goodies to be sent to their loved ones back home.

In a statement, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said OFWs must learn to resist the urge of giving all out, especially on material stuff.

“OFWs should not be blinded by the fact that they are earning good money. There are so many stories of OFWs that tell of their painful struggle abroad to earn for their families but have forgotten to save and invest for the rainy day. And they come home for good only to realize that they have to start all over again,” said Baldoz. (MORE)

Order of the Knights of Rizal

PCCFInductionPhoto shows Sir Juancho de los Santos, KCR, chapter commander of the Order of the Knights of Rizal, is shown in photo conferring notes with Sir Joaquin T. Taduran Jr., KCR, chancellor of the OKOR-Scarborough Chapter in conjunction with the two chapters coordinated efforts in the implementation of their respective projects in support of the OKOR-Canada Region headed by Sir Jaime T. Marasigan, KGOR, who will head the OKOR-Canada Region during the 20th Global Assembly of the Order of the Knights of Rizal on February 19-22, 2015 at the Heritage City of Vigan, Ilocos Sur. (St. Jamestown News Service, Manny Papa & Dindo Orbeso) Sunnex is the new media department of Sun.Star Publishing Inc. It is managing the Sun.Star website at www.sunstar.com.ph.

Cebuana negative for Mers-CoV

CEBU CITY — Health authorities have allowed a Cebuana to stay at home after she tested negative for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (Mers-CoV).

The patient from Cebu City boarded the Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 860 with the Filipina nurse who tested positive for Mers-CoV upon arriving in the Philippines from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Department of Health-Central Visayas Director Jaime Bernadas said the results on the Cebuana came out Friday after samples were obtained from her the night before. (MORE)

DOH: Pinay nurse tested positive for Mers-CoV

THE Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday a Filipina nurse working in Saudi Arabia has been confined at a government research facility for contracting the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – Coronavirus (Mers-CoV).

DOH spokesperson Lyndon Lee Suy said the 32-year-old woman experienced symptoms of the disease: fever, body pain, cough and difficulty of breathing.

He said doctors at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City are currently observing her situation in a negative pressure isolation room, which has a ventilation system to prevent the spread of the virus. (MORE)

Hong Kong woman guilty in Indonesian maid torture case

A HONG Kong woman who was accused of torturing her Indonesian maid in a case that sparked outrage for the scale of its brutality was convicted of a slew of assault and other charges Tuesday.

A judge found Law Wan-tung guilty of 18 charges including grievous bodily harm, criminal intimidation and failure to pay wages or give time off work to Erwiana Sulistyaningsih.

Her case highlighted the vulnerabilities of migrants working as domestic staff across Asia and the Middle East. (MORE)

3 Filipino oil workers abducted in Libya

MANILA — Three Filipino oil workers were abducted by armed men in Central Libya, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said late Wednesday night.

In a statement, the DFA said the Filipinos were among seven foreigners kidnapped by unidentified armed men at the Mabruk Oil Field on Tuesday, February 3.

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The DFA did not provide further details, but said Philippine officials in Libya are monitoring the situation. (MORE)

Illegal recruitment cases down in 2014

THE Provincial Employment and Services Office (Peso) in Lingayen has recorded a significant decrease in the number of illegal recruitment cases in Pangasinan last year compared to the statistics in previous year.

Peso chief Alex Ferrer said the human trafficking cases recorded in 2014 decreased by more than 50 percent as compared to the cases recorded in 2013.

In 2013, he said 74 illegal recruitment and human trafficking cases were reported. In 2014, the number was reduced to 40 cases. (MORE)