Posts by joe:

CCMC formally opens

THE Cebu City Government formally opened the first three floors of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 18, 2021. Cebu City Vice Mayor Michael Rama and other city officials formally opened the hospital’s first three floors, which can accommodate 200 beds. Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella, whose speech was read […]

Gwen rejects ‘Bakuna Bubble’

CEBU Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia does not agree with the “Bakuna Bubble” approach of the Cebu City Government incentivizing the Covid-19 vaccination program that limits only to vaccinated individuals access to some air-conditioned establishments in Cebu City. In a press conference held in Boljoon during the Caravan of Provincial Government Services on Sept 16, Garcia said […]

Boxers Mendoza, Andales gun for regional belts in South Korea

PINOY prospects Michael Mendoza and ArAr Andales will gun for regional titles on Oct. 23, 2021 in Ansan, South Korea. Mendoza will challenge World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental flyweight champion Olimjon Nazarov, while Andales will lock horns with Vietnamese up-and-comer Leopard Kim for the vacant WBO Oriental minimumweight strap. Mendoza is coming into this bout […]

Azarcon fight KO’d by Covid-19

WORLD-RATED minimumweight Clyde Azarcon may have to wait a little bit longer for his ring return after his World Boxing Foundation (WBF) minimumweight title fight with Thembelani Okolo in South Africa was cancelled. The fight won’t push through on Oct. 3, 2021 because of the current Covid-19 situation in South Africa. “The fight is cancelled […]

Cabaero: Neutrality in elections

The usual question posed to media during an election campaign is if newspapers, televisions or radio stations should endorse a candidate. In other countries, the United States in particular, many news organizations have taken to choosing a candidate in an election, especially in presidential and vice presidential exercises. The Philippines will have general elections – […]

Tabada: Labyrinth

Don’t judge the book by its packaging. Yet, for the first time in five decades, I hesitated to unwrap a book, so enamored was I with the brown kraft paper wrapped around it like a drape of seaweed. I used to believe one discovered a book by happenstance: the stars aligned; actual bills, not receipts, […]

NBI arrests one for selling overpriced Covid-19 medicines

CEBU CITY – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) September 17 announced the arrest of an individual in Cebu City for selling overpriced Tocilizumab, a medicine found to be effective in reducing mortality rate of severe Covid-19. NBI Officer-in-Charge (OIC)-Director Eric B. Distor identified the subject as Cherry Jalaron. OIC Director Distor said the operation […]

Libre: Goodbye for now

I had finished writing my column for this issue on September 14, 2021. But that won’t come out, as I’ve decided to write another one. On September 15, I received an email from SunStar Cebu executive editor Michele So that reads, “It is with regret that we are indefinitely suspending “Free Verse” effective after September […]

Editorial: Qs7: Seven questions City Hall reporters didn’t ask: Why Mike Rama talks a lot, how his love life is, if ‘gwapohay’ or singing match with rival matters, and who’s running the City

CEBU CITY Vice Mayor Michael Rama, as vaccines convenor and often the acting mayor, has been more seen and heard during the pandemic than Mayor Edgardo Labella, given the mayor’s frequent leaves of absence and work-from-home stints. In the flurry of media questions about the vaccination campaign and the Department of the Interior and Local […]

Khok: Eating beer

OKTOBERFEST kicks off sometime in September. It is a moveable feast because the date varies. This year, it is from Sept. 18 to Oct. 3. Next year, it will froth from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3. While it is a two-week German beer festival, it has become a global celebration. In BC (Before Covid) days, […]