Rediscovering culture and tradition in Cantilan’s Sirong Festival

Performers from the town of Cantilan give out their best during the street dancing competition. (Erwin M. Mascariñas)

Performers from the town of Cantilan give out their best during the street dancing competition. (Erwin M. Mascariñas)

After four years in its absence as one of the major festivities in the province of Surigao del Sur, a local organization in the historic town of Cantilan resurrected and rediscovered a traditional cultural celebration known to its inhabitants as Sirong Festival, depicting the people’s resilience amid diversity and conflict. Read more…

1000th Whale Shark Identified in Philippine Waters

The 1000th whale shark has been identified in Philippine waters, making the Philippines the third largest known aggregation of whale sharks in the world and the biggest in South East Asia, according to the online library Wildbook for whale sharks. Whale sharks were identified by their unique spot pattern, and scientists all over the world

Japanese Summer Fiesta in Cebu


In celebration of 60 years of amiable diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Japan, the Japanese Association Cebu Inc. (Jaci) is organizing this year’s Bon Odori Festival this weekend, Aug. 12-13, 4 p.m., at the Sugbo grounds, Cebu South Road Properties (SRP), Cebu City.

Considered a Japanese Summer Fiesta and held annually in Cebu, Bon Odori 2016 is the third festival organized since its inception. The event has been well received by Cebuanos, and this year is even more special, as the event is held concurrent to the Japan-Philippines friendship month, to further strengthen the six-decade-long bond between Japan and the Philippines. Read more…

8 Cebuanas nominated for this year’s most influential women

EIGHT Cebuanas from different fields of endeavor have been nominated by a non-profit professional association for women of Philippine ancestry in their search for this year’s most influential women.

Global Filipina Women Network’s (FWN) 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award recognizes those who are creating an impact in the global arena through leadership, legacy and contributions to society.

The categories are divided into eight: Behind the Scenes Leaders, Builders, Emerging Leaders, Founders and Pioneers, Innovators and Thought Leaders, Nicole, Policy Makers and Visionaries, and Keepers of the Fame. (MORE)

IUCN: Whale sharks are heading towards extinction

THE International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has announced that whale sharks are sliding towards extinction. The world’s largest fish is now listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (previously listed as Vulnerable) due to growing human pressures. In the ?Philippines,? whale sharks have been protected since 1998, but active

Triple sunrises, sunsets at this strange new world

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Imagine a planet with triple sunrises and sunsets every day for part of the year, and nonstop daylight at other times. Astronomers revealed such a place Thursday: a strange new world in the Constellation Centaurus that has not one, not two, but three suns. What’s more, a year there lasts half