SunStar Cebu's most read and trending stories in 2020

At the start of 2020, the Year of the Metal Rat, Cebuano-Chinese businessmen expected the economy to continue to be prosperous.

According to feng shui expert Richard Yu, "metal rat" symbolizes “an auspicious start of a new decade where everything is possible.”

However, none of the experts projected Covid-19 and its impact on economies around the globe.

For 2020, CrowdTangle listed these top 12 posts:

Below are the most read stories on SunStar website at based on Google Analytics


Jan. 21, 2020

A five-year-old boy who traveled to Cebu from Wuhan, China has tested positive for coronavirus (not the novel coronavirus) but on Jan. 24, the boy was released after test results from Australia yielded negative results for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).


April 18, 2020

Cebu City has become the epicenter of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Central Visayas. On Friday, April 17, 2020, the city accounted for 161 of the region’s 180 cases. Cebu City reported its first Covid-19 cases only on March 28.


April 16, 2020

The massive swab testing in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, Cebu City will now be stopped, said Cebu City Health Officer Daisy Villa, since the whole sitio is now considered infected.


July 27, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) before Congress Monday, July 27, 2020, at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City. Only 50 people were also allowed inside the plenary.


September 9, 2020

Patay ang 40 anyos nga lalaki human giingong gitukob og ukoy samtang nangisda sa suba Martes, Septyembre 8. Ang biktima nga si Datuali Pandita, nagpuyo sa Barangay Damalasak, Pagalungan, Maguindanao Province.


May 13, 2020

A P5,000 reward money awaits an individual who could give details of the whereabouts of the absconded quarantine patient. Arani Hajiba escaped the Queensland quarantine facility on Saturday, May 9.


May 29, 2020

Quarantine passes may no longer be necessary in areas which will be under general community quarantine (GCQ) by June 1 but individuals who intend to travel from one province to another for non-essential and non-work related activities will still have to secure a travel pass from their localities.


May 14, 2020

Colleges and other higher education institutions (HEIs) may now open online courses, offer flexible learning options in August and hold face-to-face classes by September 1 in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ).


November 1, 2020

The City Government of Davao will start implementing the mandatory use of the “Safe Davao QR” System (DQR) among residents and non-city residents beginning November 7.


June 23, 2020

Gisuspenso na sa kagamhanan sa dakbayan sa Sugbo ang tanang quarantine pass (Qpass) nga gi-isyu ngadto sa 250,000 ka mga tawo.


January 26, 2020

A student from Lapu-Lapu City went viral on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, after he was shown on social media using a “wang-wang” or siren just to get to school.


May 12, 2020

A mysterious respiratory disease was reported by China to the World Health Organization (WHO) on the last day of the year 2019. In early January 2020, Chinese scientists traced the disease to a newly discovered zoonotic coronavirus, an RNA virus that they initially named as the 2019 novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV.


March 31, 2020

Oncologist Dennis Tudtud of Talamban, Cebu City passed away Tuesday, March 31, his son's birthday, and just four days after the death of his wife, pathologist Helen Tudtud, due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19).


March 28, 2020

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has issued an order implementing an enhanced community quarantine in the province effective Friday, March 27, 2020.


March 16, 2020

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio confirmed that her brother, Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, is currently classified as a person under monitoring (PUM) after showing some flu-like symptoms.


April 21, 2020

For every Cebuano basketball player that gets to play under the bright lights and on the big stage of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), there are those that had the requisite skill and talent but still never got to.


October 29, 2020

Beauty always finds ways to shine through the darkness, and that’s what the first ever Miss Universe Philippines pageant proved in the time of Covid-19. Last Sunday, the pageant crowned its first winner, 23-year-old Rabiya Mateo.


November 26, 2020

In a narrow street in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City past 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, around 42 Foodpanda riders arrived at the place to deliver boxes of two-piece chicken fillet accidentally ordered by a seven-year-old girl.


April 30, 2020

Gibutyag sa DOH-Resu nga ilang gisubay karon ang gibanabana nga 400 ka indibiduwal kinsa naladlad sa New Davao Matina Gallera sa siyudad sa Davao human ang 12 ka nag-derby nakompirma nga dunay Covid-19 kon diin ang upat namatay tungod sa respiratory infection.


June 4, 2020

Prominent Cebuano trader Frederick Kenneth Ong Jr., better known as Lama in Cebu’s Filipino-Chinese community, has died.


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