A glimpse of Japanese culture in one night

Utsumi Eika with her shamisen.

HOOKED on Japanese culture? There’s an English Rakugo to be staged at a one-night only performance at Marco Polo Davao at 6 p.m. on February 20, to provide a peek into the light side of Japanese culture.

Rakugo is a Japanese comic storytelling art used as entertainment for more than four centuries now but still remains popular today. It’s not all business and perfection for the Japanese, they also have their hilarious side.MORE

SSS: Pension increase to be given separately

THE Social Security System (SSS) will release separately the two-month additional pension totaling P2,000 from the regular pension released this month.

This was clarified by Janice Diaz, senior communications analyst of SSS Visayas West I Division, after they have been receiving a lot of queries from pensioners in Negros Occidental, especially Bacolod City, on the non-inclusion of the pension increase in the release of the regular pension early this month.MORE

Wage hike for Central Visayas

THE P13 increase in the minimum wage approved by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) 7 yesterday applies for the entire region. This means all minimum wage earners in Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor will receive the P13 increase.

Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) 7 Director Exequiel Sarcauga, the RTWPB 7 chairman, and businessman Philip Tan, the management representative to RTWPB 7, refused to give details of the wage order.MORE

Metro Cebu chosen as model of governance

METRO Cebu is one of the seven cities chosen by the United Nations as models for metropolitan governance, like New York in the United States, Tokyo in Japan, Paris in France and Seoul in South Korea.

This was revealed in a press conference by Naga City Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong, Consolacion Mayor Teresa Alegado, National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) 7 Assistant Director Dionisio Ledres Jr. and Evelyn Nacario Castro.MORE

DOT, LGUS to work on ‘Tourism Gaps’

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) is working with local government units (LGUs) to identify every region’s tourism gaps.

“Together with other national government agencies and LGUs, we will identify the tourism gaps in our regions and their localities. And together, we will fill them up with our resources and every support we can muster,” said Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo.MORE


Hans Joerg Eulenhoefer

ABOUT 10 years ago, wine drinking was not part of the Cebu scene. But today, Cebuanos enjoy wines with their meals or buy wines now readily available in restaurants, supermarkets and boutique wine stores, one of which is Bibendum.

Hans Joerg Eulenhoefer, born in Manila with Cebuano roots (his mother is Margaret Richards Taylor), said that about eight years ago, the family had a Christmas reunion in Cebu. Being accustomed to having wine with their meals, they went out to buy some and found out that the selection was limited.MORE

7 things to do before taking the Civil Service test

THE examination schedule for Civil Service is fast approaching. It would be on March 12 this year. Those who have filed may feel pressured and excited at the same time.

For first timers, you might feel curious on what type of examination would it be. For second timers and those who’ve tried several times but didn’t make it, you already have ideas on what particular subjects you will review on.MORE

‘Filipinos are welcome to enter US’

USA. Protestors gather at Brooklyn Borough Hall to pray before a rally in protest President Donald Trump’s immigration order Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in New York. (AP)

Filipinos who wish to travel or live in the United States for whatever reason can do so, the US State Department said Friday, February 3.

“I recommend Filipinos who wish to travel to the United States, (they) should consult with the embassy of Manila,” said US State Department Deputy spokesman Mark Toner in a press conference.MORE

PMQ is a PYT

HONG KONG. The former police residence is today a creative hub for young talents in Hong Kong.

WHO doesn’t love a makeover? In Hong Kong, the old parts of the city are undergoing a makeover. The restoration gives life to ageing structures and brings back the excitement to the vicinity.

One of the structures that were made over is at No. 35 Aberdeen Street in Sheung Wan in the middle of SoHo—the PMQ, which will turn three years old this year since it opened to the public in April 2014.MORE

Krakow calling

The chapel of St. Kinga, 101 meters underground in the Wieliczka Salt Mine, has sculptures, reliefs and chandeliers made of salt.

DEEP into the bowels of the earth we descended, more than 400 steps with hundreds more to go. In that cold, damp space between gray walls, we moved from one compartment to the next, the eerie sound of wind coming through heavy wooden doors.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is 327 meters deep (taller than the Eiffel Tower), and its underground maze of corridors stretches 200 miles. But that’s not the reason this mine outside the city of Krakow has drawn tourists for two centuries.MORE

There’s room in ASEAN to grow franchising: exec

DESPITE economic integration among Southeast Asian countries, the franchising business remains undeveloped among the 10-member alliance in the region, said an industry practitioner.

According to Robert Kotik of RK Franchising Consultancy, franchising remains dominated by Philippine players. If there are expansions outside, these are mostly in the Middle East.MORE