7 places to visit in Philippines this 2017

El Nido offers a wide array of watersports activities, including paddle boarding. (Photo by Alan Tangcawan)
El Nido offers a wide array of watersports activities, including paddle boarding. (Photo by Alan Tangcawan)

WITH 7,107 islands, there are plenty of places to explore around the country. Just browse through blogs and social media posts and you’ll find that another beach or natural attraction has captured the delight of travelers and adventurers. They are so many that it can last me a whole lifetime just exploring all of them.

I have come up with my own list of places in our archipelago that I hope to visit this 2017. If I can tick off even just two of them, it will already make my year a good one. But if my resources can bring me to all of these spots, why not visit them all? Here’s my travel wish list in the Philippines this year.MORE

SunStar streams live Simbang Gabi 2016

SUNSTAR website, at www.sunstar.com.ph, will once again broadcast live this year’s Simbang Gabi, a nine-day series of dawn masses in preparation for Christmas, from the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral in Cebu City.

Filipinos in the Philippines and those outside the country can watch the live streaming from December 16 to 24 at 4:30 a.m.

There will also be simultaneous live streaming of 4 a.m. masses in some churches in Cebu, including Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church of El Pardo, Cebu City (December 16 and 19); St. Joseph The Worker Parish Church in Tabunok, Talisay City (December 17 and 23); Our Lady of the Rule Parish Church in B.M. Dimataga St., Lapu-Lapu City (December 20, 21 and 22); Sta. Teresa de Avila Parish in Talisay City (December 18); and Don Bosco Formation Center in Talisay City (December 24). (MORE)

10 reasons why you should visit Capiz

SORRY to disappoint you but there are no aswangs in Capiz. If there were, the airlines would lose money since we could probably get promo fares more frequently on the back of an aswang. Seriously though, release your fear. Come to Capiz. Wear a garlic bracelet, if you must. But do come and experience our

London School of Marketing hosts unconventional graduation

THOUSANDS of students from across the globe have gathered in London to take part in what’s believed to be the UK’s biggest graduation of international students.

Almost 2,000 students received their awards from the London School of Marketing (LSM) at the Global Graduation Ceremony, held at the O2 Arena.

Among them were 47 students from the Philippines.

Thousands of students from across the globe have gathered in London to take part in what’s believed to be the UK’s biggest graduation of international students. (Contributed Photo)
Thousands of students from across the globe have gathered in London to take part in what’s believed to be the UK’s biggest graduation of international students. (Contributed Photo)

The ceremony offered a modern take on traditional graduations with students able to walk up on stage on a first come basis, receive their awards and have selfies with their families.

There was even a photo booth, complete with fun props, for students and their families to take silly snaps.

The London School of Marketing (LSM) is leading the way in e-learning and over the last three years has opened a network of Local Access Points (LAPs) across the globe.

These allow students to study for a UK accredited degree from home rather than travelling to and living in the UK.

LSM teaches them virtually but with offline support in their home country. The LAPs offer a physical presence within a country and local support for the student.

Today it teaches students from India, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Sri Lanka and many more.

Students from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Qatar and many other nationalities took part in the event.

Anton Dominique, chief finance officer for LSM said: “Over the last three years we’ve seen huge changes in the way education is delivered. For these students we offer them a cost effective way to gain a degree or qualification from a UK University without leaving home. For many it means they can study and work at the same time.

“We wanted the graduation ceremony to be different too and reflect the changing times. For many of our students, this was the first time they had visited London and we wanted the event to be one they would remember.

“That’s why it was all about having fun and enjoying the moment with their families and friends.”

Mr Dominique continued: “Our experience shows that international students do want a UK education but the cost of moving to and studying in the UK is prohibitive for many of them.

“Our Local Access Points can really make a difference. It gives students the chance to gain a UK accredited degree at a fraction of the cost. Feedback we’ve had from graduates proves the approach is working with many saying it’s already improving their career prospects.” (PR)

Little Amsterdam in Cebu

In this age of the selfie and Facebook and Twitter and what else have you, one cannot hide a beautiful place for long. The beauty of her hillside garden grew viral late last year and people started to go there for selfies. So last January, on the feast day of the Santo Niño, she and

Pacquiao planning to skip MGM arrival in sign of displeasure

Manny Pacquiao isn’t feeling much love for the hotel where he will fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in boxing’s richest fight ever. Pacquiao plans to skip a Tuesday ceremony at the MGM Grand marking formal fighter arrivals, an event that has been standard at the hotel for major championship fights. Pacquiao is staying at another hotel […]

4 Pinoy boxers still need visas for Pacquiao-Mayweather fight

Four Filipino boxers from the MP Boxing Promotions are hoping to get their US visas soon so that they can be included in the undercard of the much-awaited fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Newly-crowned IBF World Youth super flyweight champion Aston […]

Pacquiao gets in 2 words before conference call cancelled

MANNY Pacquiao literally got two words in before a conference call about his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. was abruptly cancelled Monday. A spokesman for Pacquiao’s promoter blamed technical difficulties for the cancellation, partly due to the large number of boxing writers and broadcasters who were on the call. (Read more)

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

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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)

Filipino wins 2014 Tallenge January contest

(Photo grab from www.tallenge.com)

(Photo grab from www.tallenge.com)

A FILIPINO musician has won the 2014 Tallenge January contest at www.tallenge.com.

Bryan Magsayo, a young musician from Valencia City, Bukidnon, topped the result tally with 7,636 votes and won $500.

Here’s an interview of Magsayo with Sun.Star Pilipinas.

Magsayo is currently living in China as a solo performer. (Sunnex)

Oh My Gulay! – Tanim sa Kinabukasan MOA signing

THE Oh My Gulay! – Tanim sa Kinabukasan has signed a memorandum of agreement at the Department of Education in Pasig City on Wednesday, September 24, to formalize the program’s third year anniversary. The program aims to solve malnutrition among public school children in the Philippines through a nationwide school gardening program by teaching kids

Globe Project 1 Phone: A call for good

GLOBE Telecom is embarking on a mobile recycling program in the Philippines called Project 1 Phone to create awareness on proper e-waste disposal and to promote sustainability. The program aims to address the electronic devices disposed worldwide every year which cause toxic metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and beryllium released into the air and

Globe supports shark shelter project in Malapascua Island

GLOBE Telecom is supporting a project that aims to intensify the protection of sharks in Monad Shoal, Malapascua Island. Majestic thresher sharks and white tip sharks are among the major attractions of Malapascua, a small island off Cebu’s northern tip, which constantly evokes interest among scuba divers from all over the world. Project Shark Shelter,