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Welcome to Sun.Star Blogs and Specials, a section where you can find updates on current events and hottest issues of the day. This section contains several micro-sites that were designed to cover certain topics and issues, such as corruption in the government, developments in the Aquino administration, updates on Cebu’s grandest festival – the Sinulog, schedule of fights and the life of Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, and even a section for Filipinos abroad, among others. Each of these micro-sites is interactive and has videos, photos, maps and graphics. Browse through the sites featured in this section, and know more about what’s inside Sun.Star.
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February 14th, 2017admin 0 Comments

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

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February 5th, 2017admin 0 Comments

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

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February 5th, 2017admin 0 Comments

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

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February 5th, 2017admin 0 Comments

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

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February 2nd, 2017admin 0 Comments

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

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February 2nd, 2017admin 0 Comments

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday that he would not appoint a Philippine Ambassador to the United States.

Duterte made the pronouncement at the 38th National Convention of the Philippine Association of Water Districts held in Davao City.MORE

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February 2nd, 2017admin 0 Comments

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

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February 2nd, 2017admin 0 Comments

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

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February 2nd, 2017admin 0 Comments

IN CELEBRATION of the Great British Festival from February 24 to 26, the British Council and British Embassy are inviting amateur and professional photographers to take part in Create Great Cities Photo Essay Competition.

Shortlisted photo essays will be exhibited at Bonifacio Global City High Street, Taguig City, during the festival.MORE

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February 2nd, 2017admin 0 Comments

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

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February 2nd, 2017admin 0 Comments

Screen grab from ‘Anak’ ad of the Department of Tourism – Philippines

TOURISM stakeholders in Cebu lauded the newest tourism campaign released by the Department of Tourism (DOT), which showcased Filipino hospitality.

The agency has retained the “It’s more fun in the Philippines” slogan, a move that earned praise because it will ensure continuity in the efforts to boost the country’s image to potential travelers.MORE

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February 2nd, 2017admin 0 Comments

SMALL and medium enterprises (SMEs) contribute significantly to the country’s economic growth, about one-third of the gross domestic product (GDP) and two-thirds of the total labor force.

Though SMEs have been a dynamic force in the economy, they continue to face problems like access to capital, raw materials, skilled workers, and technology. Government has been looking for ways to improve business like fast trading, efficient transport, and available financing.MORE

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February 2nd, 2017admin 0 Comments

THE staging of international events in Davao City for the past few months has helped position the city to be Mindanao’s leading destination for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (Mice).

“Because of the different meetings that we have for the Asean Summit, we are showing the whole world that Davao is a Mice destination,” said Roberto Alabado III, Department of Tourism Davao regional director, during the inaugural launch of Philippine Airlines’ Clark-Davao-Clark route on February 1, 2016 at the Davao International Airport.MORE

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February 1st, 2017admin 0 Comments

PARIS. Sari Lazaro’s creation was worn by Vietnamese-born, Paris-based model and “Catwalk on Water” producer, Jessica Minh Anh, left, at the Seine River in Paris last January 27.

Showcasing Filipino creativity in no less than the world’s fashion capital, Filipina haute couture designer, Sari Lazaro, closed the “Catwalk on Water” show at the Seine River in Paris last January 27 with her Royal Secret Garden collection.

Lazaro’s creation was worn by Vietnamese-born, Paris-based model and “Catwalk on Water” producer, Jessica Minh Anh. Combining dramatic, laser-cut details on luxurious silks and flowing tulle and lace, the designer stirred up romance, mystique, and new age flair in her latest collection.MORE

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