Japan assists farmers, fishers hit by Yolanda in R8

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 07:09 p.m.

THE Government of Japan approved the funding for the “Akbay–Agrikultura: Kaagapay ng Bayang Pinoy (Agriculture: A Partner in Philippine Progress) Program Phase II” for typhoon Yolanda-affected areas under the Japan Food Security Project for Underprivileged Farmers, (formerly known as the 2KR Program).

A fund support of P139,979,500.00 from Japan’s Official Development Assistance was approved for this project.

Embracing the Irish invasion

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 07:25 p.m.

IT IS no coincidence that I’m listening to Bono’s song as I sit through a long flight to the west coast, realizing that our spring vacation to Ireland was like a homecoming, for some strange reason. It was spring and as I reminisce about it, here’s where my thoughts drifted...

SilkAir offers anniversary deals to mark 25th year

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 07:24 p.m.

SILKAIR, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, is celebrating its 25th anniversary by offering customers around the region special fares on 250,000 seats for 25 days.

Utzurrum: Leisure living and ice cream delights

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 07:23 p.m.

NOT just a home, it’s a getaway. Not just a resort, its nature’s playground. Its not just living, it’s Tambuli Seaside Living!

Now you can bask in a paradise home 365 days of the year—amidst sun, sky, sea and sand. Why? You can be on vacation mode every single day!

‘Bigbang Alive Galaxy Tour’ in SM cinemas

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 07:22 p.m.

WATCH on the big screen the Bigbang Alive Galaxy Tour on March 15 and 16 at SM Cinema 1 of SM City Cebu. Screening time is at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on both dates.

With 48 shows, 12 countries, 24 cities attended by over 800,000 fans, Bigbang has carried their first World Tour: BigBang Alive Galaxy Tour over to film for their fans to reminisce and experience what happened in 2012. Catch Tae Yang, Dae Sung, G-Dragon, Seungri and Top as they sing and dance their hearts out across the stars and into your hearts.

MCWD marks 39th year, awards top employees

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 08:46 p.m.

THE Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) turned 39 on Feb. 1 and gave recognition to 97 employees for their dedicated service to the water district through the years.

Of the 97, one of them has been serving the company for 35 years, while 16 others are 30-year service awardees.

Cella picks new set of officers, holds installation on March 15

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 08:45 p.m.

THE Cebu Lady Lawyers Association Inc. (Cella) will hold their installation of the new set of officers for 2014-2015 on Saturday, March 15, at 6 p.m. at the Casino Español in Cebu City, with Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen as the guest speaker.

Deadline for doc film entry extended

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 08:45 p.m.

THE Rotary International District 3860 and the Cebu International Documentary Film Festival (CIDFF) announced that the “Rotary Documentary Film Challenge 2014” call for entries has been extended until March 15.

The challenge is open to all aspiring and professional filmmakers.

A place that's cool and cold

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 07:39 p.m.

IF YOU do not want to head home yet after dinner, or you find yourself battered by the summer heat and you’re looking for a cold fix, this place is for you.

Neri: Bayani and Pam's Wedding

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 07:38 p.m.

BAYANI Garcia and Pamela Calatrava were college students at Ateneo de Davao when they first met. He was a “transplant” from Cebu, eager to make new friends, while she was Davao born-and-bred, and wary of strangers. In time, the friendship developed and then blossomed into love. That was six years ago.

Graduation Sale and more at Ayala Center Cebu

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 07:37 p.m.

MARCH on to an exceptional graduation month this year as Ayala Center Cebu brings you A+ entertainment and great discounts this month of March.

Hats off to the graduates! March away to Ayala Center Cebu’s Graduation Sale on March 14 to 16 for big discounts on your favorite brands!

Quality shopping at Pacific Mall-Mandaue

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 07:36 p.m.

A MODERN four-storey shopping mall, Pacific Mall-Mandaue, is a shopaholic’s paradise.

It can satisfy every shopper’s taste, pocket, and style. And with the latest additions to the mall’s major fresh development, a day at Pacific Mall can be one exciting shopping and well-spent experience.

Ayala Museum: A sanctuary in the city

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 07:36 p.m.

AYALA Museum, located at the heart of the Makati Central Business District, Philippines, is a breathing space amidst the hustle and bustle of Metropolitan Manila. Whenever visiting the country’s capital, the museum is surely one of the best places to lose yourself in amazing contemporary art and uplift your spirit through the Philippines’ inspiring history.

F&F invades Cebu

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 07:35 p.m.

IT'S a certified British invasion with the grand opening of F&F in Ayala Center Cebu last Feb. 26.

The brand started in the UK in 2001 and can already be found in 22 countries worldwide. Cebu is their third location in the country.

Auditory experiments

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 07:08 p.m.

IN chemistry, there’s always the constant mixture of elements to cook up the desired bond. The interaction of atoms, quanta and other phenomena makes this science all intriguing.

If music were chemistry then the synergy of genres can work the magic, and Reunify Arma is just among the genius scientists in the spectrum to formulate a creative musical alchemy.

Espina: Summer ‘learnings’

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 07:07 p.m.

WITH the new thrusts in education, the K+12 as well as a possible change of school calendar, students need enrichment lessons, specifically in English, so as not to lose their second language proficiency in the midst of bilingual and multilingual approaches in the teaching and learning process.

Cebu offers enhancement courses in varied learning centers. MSA institute prepares high school graduates for college courses; the Sandiego group has dance lessons; Center for Pop music hones singing talents. Schools, like Colegio de la Immaculada Conception and Bright Academy, offer speech lessons.

Team builder

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 12:31 a.m.

FALLING in love early in life could prove an important lifemoment for most of people. If it blossoms into something worthwhile, a successful relationship could set a person headstrong for a lifetime.

Bright Eyes Series I: Meeting 'imaginary friends'

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 12:30 a.m.

FOR the entire month of March, Qube Gallery hosts the first solo exhibitions of three graduating fine arts students of the University of the Philippines – Cebu College.

Aptly titled “The Bright Eyes Series,” which signifies the fresh outlook these young artists offer, the series kicked of on Mar. 4 with Thom Jopson’s collection, “Imaginary Friends.”

Will there be a 2nd Cebuano saint?

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 09:41 p.m.

WILL Cebu have a second saint? The hope is there will be, soon. This time, the would-be saint’s roots are clearly Cebuano (unlike San Pedro Calungsod whose actual place of origin has been blurred by the mists of time, though definitely he belonged to the Cebu archdiocese).

Singlestalk: Let it go

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 09:40 p.m.

MICHELLE: Just very recently I asked God for something and stormed the heavens to get what I wanted. It’s not something material but very material to someone very close to my heart.

I did not get what I specifically asked for and frankly, at first, I was very disappointed. But then I realized that I was being unfair to God, not to say ungrateful too. He is not a vendo machine and prayers are not directives or to-do lists.

‘The Lord is kind and merciful’

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 09:39 p.m.

FR. NOEL Gartlan emphasized this psalm (i.e. Psalm 103) in his 5:30 p.m. homily at the mass held in Redemptorist Church last Feb. 28. Without this reminder many of us would be scared to prepare for Lent. It should be a time for rejoicing for we get to reflect on God’s kindness and mercy.

Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday. It was a day of fasting and abstinence. Fasting from food and abstaining from meat are relatively easy things to do. There are other more difficult things to offer to our Lord if we truly want do something difficult.

How to be a better student

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 09:39 p.m.

DEAR Cindy,

Come school opening I’ll be a freshman in high school. Our graduation day is past approaching and still my grades are low. But then I realize that my problem is I goof off too much. I hang out with my friends all day long and don’t like to study at all.

Best diet for the skin

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 09:37 p.m.

DEAR Dr. Dana,

I have learned so many things from you and these lessons have become useful in my daily life. I’m only 22 but the veins in my hands and my fingers are obvious. They are like varicose veins. They are so unsightly.

Get stronger, safer

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 09:31 p.m.

STRENGTH training is an integral part of a well-rounded exercise program, and is recommended for both sexes of all ages, including kids and seniors. Women have reportedly started weight-training in record numbers, and one result is that weight-training related injuries among women have increased by 63 percent.

The emperor's banquet

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 12:06 a.m.

AN OLD man heard that the emperor was coming so he waited. The heavens might fall but he did (wait). When the doors of the palace were finally opened, he entered the gates with thanksgiving in his stomach. He was the emperor’s first guest. He ordered a plate of schnitzel.

Graduation season

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 01:34 a.m.

The month of March is so apt for the students who will be making their graduation march into the next phase of life, whether it’s on to college, or after college and into the “real world.” The graduation ceremony and graduation ball are like turning points in the seasons of life, from carefree youth into young adulthood.

Loving Rio this summer

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 01:33 a.m.

DRAWING inspiration from Brazil’s favela culture, British fashion brand F&F presents its Spring/Summer 2014 line with vibrant colors and touches of luxury. The collection includes updated pieces for men, women, boys and girls.

Menswear includes striped T-shirts and washed cotton chinos in fresh colors like aqua and pink. Blue chambray is paired with fl orals and prints for laidback confi dence in smart casual wear, while colors like khaki, rust and yellow give a more lived-in appeal to printed jersey tees and utilitarian shorts.

Spring 2014 beauty trends: Part 2

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 01:32 a.m.

PICKING up where we left off last week, here are more beauty looks from the runways for spring 2014.

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The wind beneath Amihan Boy's feet at Dahican

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 08:59 p.m.

THREE boys gazed at the crepitating fire licking the bottom of the sooty caldero.

Their yawns competed with the sea’s audible snores 20 meters away. With nothing much to do but wait, they fed the fire with more wood for the water to come to a boil faster.

Utzurrum: Marking women’s month and children’s day

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 08:57 p.m.

GLOBALLY, March is considered and celebrated as Women’s Day. So women, stand up and be counted!

In this regard, the Zonta Club of Cebu 2, an all-women’s organization of professionals, has set up a series of activities to mark this occasion, such as:

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