The boy behind 'Pisik'

Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 07:13 p.m.

THE song moves in a melodramatic tune with lyrics that speak about heartbreak—that alone catches a lot of people’s attention as it is something many can certainly relate with. Simply titled ‘Pisik,’ it is a Cebuano ballad that has been gradually gaining popularity since its release less than a month ago. It is one of M.O.R.’s most requested songs, and its video on YouTube already has over 4,000 views. The song is an original piece done by Cebu’s hottest new singing group K-Boyz composed of Daryll Carillo, Fidel Cascabel, and Joseph Teves.

Starting it right

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 09:07 p.m.

Fiona Patricia S. Escandor meets a young man who not only knows where he wants to go, and in some ways, also happens to have already arrived.

The Reigning ‘Mutya’

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 09:06 p.m.

AMONG the most fascinating words in the Filipino language is ‘mutya,’ which in English is loosely translated as ‘muse’. It is often used to identify a lovely lady, one who exudes beauty in all manners. To bear the title Mutya ng Pilipinas then is a prestigious honor, as it simply means that she is the beauty that represents this country.

Learning To See Creatively

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 09:05 p.m.

Albert Pedrosa Photo mania

HAVE you had that experience where you joined a group of photographers on site and most of them are excitedly taking photos of potential angle and subject while you on the other hand can’t seem to connect on what they are seeing and how to find a good spot for yourself?

Teaching Filipino still matters

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 09:04 p.m.

Jared Richard Uy

AFTER receiving a text message last year from human resource department that the school hired me as their Filipino teacher, I couldn’t elucidate my joy and I found my heart was also hurdling with bliss. ‘This is it!’ I said to myself. After the sweat of making a thesis, dealing with high school kids during practice teaching and finishing all my requirements, finally.. I’m employed.

Yap: Making Waves

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 09:02 p.m.

Alexis Yap Lex in the city

LAST weekend was indeed a weekend to remember! Lately, I haven’t really been in a party mood but I was glad I took Rica Rellon’s invitation to Cowrie Cove at the Shangri-la’s Mactan Island Resort and Spa.

Teaching Adventure

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 09:51 p.m.

TARA TRICIA MERCED and Althea Santillan get to know an adventure education advocate who made Cebu proud for being a sole passer in an international safety exam.

For Peter Jay Alera, technical engineer and security and safety officer of the Kool Adventure Camp (KAC) of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), his job of ensuring that campers are secure is a lot of fun. He gets to teach them the importance of safety before they climb walls, jump from a pole, and walk on a wire that is several meters from the ground, as part of KAC’s experiential education program.

A1: The Comeback

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 09:51 p.m.

TEN years have passed since the popular British-Norwegian boyband A1 visited Cebu.

They were one of the most well-known pop acts of the late 90s, known for hits such as ‘Like A Rose’, ‘Caught In The Middle’, ‘Same Old Brand New You’, and a revival of ‘Take on Me.’ The boys, now composed of Ben Adams, Mark Read, and Christian Ingebrigtsen, recently returned to the Queen city as they joined YoungLife Health Care and Education Foundation in launching The YoungLife Village project.

Strobe Lights and Neutral Density Filters

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 09:50 p.m.

Albet Pedrosa Photo Mania

I HAVE always been a fan of photographers breaking the norms of photography. If there is someone who cares about white balance more than his wife, that would be Archie Uy. His love for music and photography makes him a true artist. In one of our shoot together, I was surprise to see him using a density filter in an outdoor portrait shoot. I was a little bit confused since most of us use this type of filter in landscape photography.

Arquiza: The Chef’s Table

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 09:49 p.m.

Jigs Arquiza Eat's my life

RECENTLY, I and my wife Chacha had the pleasure of joining Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa’s general manager Joachim Schutte (a former chef) and executive chef Joris Rycken in a special meal in Chef Joris’ office. According to them, it’s called a “Chef’s Table”, and it is akin to the captain’s table on a cruise liner. Not very many people are given invitations to an occasion such as this. Therefore, to be invited to dine with the executive chef at his own table, together with the resort’s general manager, is an honor indeed.

Confessions of a Systems Analyst

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 09:49 p.m.

Krystle Pearl Prejoles

SUNDAY. The atmosphere is calm. Something is new. There is a feel of contentment in the air. She opens the television and bingo! Golden Globes is showing on Starworld.

From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatantby

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 09:48 p.m.

Alex Gilvarry

HIGH fashion and homeland security clash in a masterful debut.

“Use your craft to make a mark that matters”

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 09:45 p.m.

A GROUP of documentary film buffs have joined forces to stage the first ever Cebu International Documentary Film Festival (CIDFF), which will be held on June 13-16, 2012.

RAFI opens tribute exhibit for Bisaya artists

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 09:43 p.m.

In celebration of Arts Month in February, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) launched the exhibit, entitled “Visayan Verve: A Tribute to Bisaya Artists”, which will run from Feb. 17 to March 15 at the Casa Gorordo Museum.

The exhibit is initiated in partnership with the University of San Carlos-Cebuano Studies Center; Halad Museum; Alternative Contemporary Arts Studio; and the assistance of Cebuano artist Marvin Natural and the family of the late Martino Abellana.

Picture perfect

Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 08:56 p.m.

WHAT makes a picture perfect? Fiona Patricia S. Escandor learns from this year’s winner of the Sinulog Photo Contest.

When Louis Enario received a text message saying he won the grand prize in this year’s Sinulog Photo Contest, he brushed it off as a prank. “The number wasn’t registered in my contacts list so I thought it was a joke,” he recalls. “Then I called the number up, and my first reaction was ‘You’re messing with me, right?’”

Tinkering with Ink

Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 08:55 p.m.

A SIGN on the door says no bystanders are allowed inside. Rightly so, as it just might distract the artists while they work. Concentration is everything here—after all, the art they’re crafting isn’t the kind that is easily remedied by an eraser. But somehow, the place remains to have a laidback aura. As artist Frances Flordeliz would put it, “Cool ni siya nga lugar.”

This is Crol’s Tattoo Studio. Opened in 2009 by tattoo artist Carlo ‘Crol’ Gabiana, the place is known to be where noted personalities, mostly rock stars, get inked.


Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 08:54 p.m.

Dan Wells

THEe human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials – engineered organic beings identical to humans – has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 08:53 p.m.

Albert Pedrosa Photo mania

I’D LIKE to keep this column as layman as possible but there are just some topics that can’t be explained on a wider perspective. I promise I’d stay away from these types of topics as much as I can.

Valentine’s Day Dinner

Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 08:51 p.m.

Jigs Arquiza Eat's my life

MY WIFE, Chacha, and I almost never go out on the evening of Valentine’s Day, because we find it so tiring to compete with all the other couples trying to get a good table at a restaurant. But when executive chef Alan Mathay invites you for dinner at one of the best and coziest resorts in Cebu, Maribago Bluewater, you can’t exactly say no, can you?

Pasil Shake

Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 08:49 p.m.

Richard Abad

IF THERE'S one thing the earthquake last Monday reminded me of my place on Earth it is the fact that nothing I know is unshakable anymore.

A Genuine Selling Point

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 07:03 p.m.

WHAT keeps a girl going? Fiona Patricia S. Escandor finds out from an up-and-coming sales professional how prayer and positive thinking works wonders.

The nature of her job requires her to be a people person 24/7. Upon meeting her, however, one would immediately get the impression that somehow being a people person is something she doesn’t really need to work on. She greets you with a smile, engages you in bubbly conversation - and then you realize it all comes naturally to her.


Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 07:02 p.m.

Julianna Baggott

WE KNOW you are here, our brothers and sisters . . . Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies.

Breaking Away From The Pack: The Nikon D800

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 06:59 p.m.

Albert Pedrosa Photo Mania

I BET all Nikon users and maybe Canon users as well, are all eyes in the recent launching of Nikon D800. Who wouldn’t be, it’s a 36.3 megapixels priced at $3,000 USD. This is definitely on top of the the wish list of most Nikon users. Recently a friend of mine shifted from Nikon to Canon because of 1Dx, I hope he doesn’t change his mind when he learns about D800.

Vigan City: Just follow the weathered brick road

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 06:57 p.m.

Aileen Quijano Bottoms up

INSPIRED by the ingenious tribes of Baguio, we decided to go farther north and travel back in time to a place where a significant part of our past is still very much present. Vigan, the only surviving 16th century Spanish colonial town in the Philippines, is the capital city of Ilocos Sur. From Baguio, it is a comfortable 4-5-hour bus ride along the west coast of northern Luzon facing the South China Sea.

Yap: Sanctuary

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 06:48 p.m.

Lex in the city Alexis Yap

WHEN troubles come into our lives, sometimes all we want to do is disappear where no one could find us and hope that our troubles would just go away. That’s how I feel at this time of my life.

Happy Chinese New Year! (The final chapter)

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 06:45 p.m.

Jigs Arquiza Eat’s my life

THIS column was supposed to have come out last week, but after hearing the news of Alejandro’s demolition, I decided to bump it to this Saturday. Anyway, I learned that Alejandro’s has found a new spot, which I’ll tell you about soon. For the meantime, let’s get back to the Chinese New Year Celebration I attended at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa last January 23.

Age of discovery

Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 07:57 p.m.

JOIN Cherry Claire Petiluna as she discovers more about this Cebuana who’s fast becoming a household name, courtesy of a talent search and an upcoming TV series.

A lot of people would say 18 is an age of discovery because it is when more doors of opportunity are opened for one to freely explore. And guess who is an existent confirmation of that?

No Higher Honor: A Memoir of my Years in Washington

Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 07:56 p.m.

Condoleezza Rice

FROM one of the world’s most admired women, this is former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s compelling story of eight years serving at the highest levels of government.  In her position as America’s chief diplomat, Rice traveled almost continuously around the globe, seeking common ground among sometimes bitter enemies, forging agreement on divisive issues, and compiling a remarkable record of achievement.

San Carlos Press releases Brainard’s “Out of Cebu”

Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 07:55 p.m.

THE University of San Carlos Press is proud to announce that the book, Out of Cebu: Essays and Personal Prose, by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard will be released on February 5, 2012.

The book collects 28 essays about the author’s Cebuano ties, including colorful accounts about her mother’s family, the Cuencos, a prominent political family in Cebu.

Quijano: I went to Baguio and hugged a tree (Part 2)

Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 07:54 p.m.

Aileen Quijano Bottoms up

WHEN things like this happen, you can choose to either cry it out or just move on and learn the lesson. We reluctantly opted for the latter. And I guess that’s how, at 2:00 am on a Friday, while cruising the busy streets of Pasay looking for a decent place to sleep, we comforted ourselves by taking to heart these five travel tips:

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