Cebu is No. 7 in best islands in Asia Allow me to bring you a fresh positive news about Cebu’s tourism growth, when Cebu emerged as the 7th Best Island in Asia, according to the recent survey of Travel + Leisure. Call it unexpected, but thanks to the many new discoveries of tourism destinations ever since we started the Ceboom 30 years ago, when the late Anos Fonacier discovered a lot of tourism potentials for Cebu and later he also found the same things in the island of Bohol. This report had two other islands in the country that also made it to the Top 10 list – Boracay Island (9th) and Palawan (2nd), which also ranked second in the Top 15 World’s Best Islands. Every year on the World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure said it asks its readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. I have no doubt that these readers visited … [Read more...] about Cebu is No. 7 in best islands in Asia
Cebu local news
CEBU CITY—A restaurant delivered pizzas worth P6,000 to the city mayor's office only to find out nobody there ordered it, local police said. Authorities said an unidentified caller, who introduced himself as a member of Mayor Edgardo Labella's staff, ordered 25 boxes of 14-inch pizzas scheduled to be delivered Thursday afternoon. The caller also allegedly asked for prepaid cellphone credits (load) worth P12,000 to be used during a purported meeting. The pizza place realized the order was a fraud when people at city hall were shocked to see the pizza arrive. Kenneth Monterona, who works at city hall, confirmed the order was never made but the staff paid for the pizzas anyway. Owner Elisa Torrevillas said she did not verify the caller's identity since Labella was a frequent customer. "We were busy so we didn't think much about it," Torrevillas said. Labella was reportedly in Manila for a seminar at the time of the incident. Another pizza place was also tricked into delivering 35 … [Read more...] about 2 pizza places in Cebu fall victim to fake delivery orders
The new political landscape in Cebu SHOOTING STRAIGHT - Bobit S. Avila (The Philippine Star) - May 30, 2019 - 12:00am We were in Copenhagen last Sunday when the European Union (EU) held its general elections. This is why we saw so many political posters in almost all the Scandinavian cities we visited. I heard that there was a huge turnout of voters, but we really didn’t see this on our bus tours. In London, we heard that the big breaking news was the up and coming resignation of UK Prime Minister Theresa May… which tells us that the end of the Brexit issue is near. I learned from our friends in London that Brexit lost steam in the last three years. So perhaps the UK will not leave the EU at all. * * * Allow me now to talk about the political situation in the island of Cebu. Let’s start with Cebu City, where the political battle was between the BOPK candidates and Barug-PDP Laban. Our new Cebu City mayor is … [Read more...] about The new political landscape in Cebu
MANILA - ABS-CBN Corp said Friday it kept its TV ratings lead nationwide, topping its rival across all blocks based on Kantar Media data. The country's largest media and entertainment company had an average audience share of 46 percent in April compared to GMA Network's 30 percent, based on Kantar's poll of 2,610 urban and rural homes that represent 100 percent of the total Philippine TV viewing population. ABS-CBN also maintained its hold on urban and rural areas with 44 percent rate against GMA's 22 percent in Metro Manila, 38 percent compared to GMA's 29 percent in Mega Manila, 41 percent over GMA's 33 percent in Total Luzon, 55 percent in Total Visayas compared to GMA's 23 percent and 54 percent against GMA's 27 percent in Total Mindanao. The Lopez-led media company secured top stop for all time blocks winning primetime with an average audience share of 48 percent against GMA's 31 percent, the morning morning block (6 a.m. to 12 p.m.) with 35 percent share versus the rival's 29 … [Read more...] about News ABS-CBN keeps ratings lead in April: Kantar
What’s new for BPI in Makati and Aboitiz in Cebu? I was in Makati for a day to attend the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) annual stockholders meeting where media from the Visayas and Mindanao were invited. Actually, it was the first time for BPI to invite the Cebu and Davao media to their annual stockholders meeting and it was good for me to meet with our old friends, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and his brother Fernando where we talked about the old days when they went to Cebu with their motorcycles to ride with us. Unfortunately our good friend, Bobby Aboitiz who played host with them, passed away two years ago. As the top honchos of BPI pointed out, BPI for the 1st Quarter of 2019 posted a 7.6 percent increase in its net income, which stands at P6.72 billion and up to 10.5 percent versus the 4th Quarter of 2018. In their joint message to the BPI stockholders, chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and President and CEO Cezar Consing, noted, … [Read more...] about What’s new for BPI in Makati and Aboitiz in Cebu?