Dubai in December

As I looked down at the view before me from the 40th floor of the tallest hotel in the world in Dubai (Gevora), the first thought that crossed my mind was, “How can a modern city be so beautiful?” I have never been a fan of the urban jungle-type setting, so I was delightfully surprised […]

PHL gov’t eyes WB loan for agriculture project ’scale-up’

THE PHILIPPINE government is looking to obtain a $550-million loan from the World Bank (WB) to boost its rural development program. A document uploaded on the World Bank website showed the Philippine government is seeking funding for the proposed Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) Scale-up. “The PRDP Scale-up aims to improve farmers’ and fisherfolk’s access […]

Batuhan: The Great Leveler

“The FIFA World Cup, through the power of football, will bring people together to cross borders, unite and celebrate together. Football Unites the World is a global movement to inspire, unite and develop through football.” (FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022) As I write this piece, the world is poised to witness, what has perhaps been […]

Letigio:Remembering Odette

If there is one storm that truly changed my life, it would be the super typhoon Odette that hit Cebu and its neighboring provinces exactly a year ago. I remember how things unfurled on that night Odette arrived on Dec. 16, 2021, because I was still an on-field reporter then and I accompanied Cebu City […]

Belgian airport officials float launch of Manila-Brussels flights

THE PHILIPPINES may soon have direct flights to Belgium, which would serve as a new travel option between western Europe and southeast Asia, the presidential palace said.   The proposal came from Brussels airport executives who met with Philippine President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. and Philippine Airlines (PAL) officials on Tuesday.   “That’s something that we would […]

ECB to raise deposit rate by 50 bps on Dec 15 as bloc enters winter recession

LONDON – The European Central Bank will take its deposit rate up by 50 basis points next week to 2.00%, despite the euro zone economy almost certainly being in recession, as it battles inflation running at five times its target, a Reuters poll found. Since starting its inflation-fighting campaign in July, later than its peers, the ECB has been raising rates at its fastest pace on record and […]

Carvajal: Prison break out

“… I was in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25:36 In the gospels, Christ specifies that visiting prisoners is one work of mercy that helps one get admitted into the kingdom of heaven. Judging, however, from the notoriously subhuman conditions in our prisons, taking care of prisoners would look to be the least of […]

Briones: ‘Poor’ Cebu City

According to the assessment conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development in 2019, Cebu City had 11,805 poor households, the highest number among local government units in Central Visayas. Assuming that each household would consist of an average of two parents and three children, although I have the feeling the number would be […]

CCCI opposes ‘expensive’ provision in disaster resiliency legislation

NEARLY a year has passed since Typhoon Odette (Rai) brought widespread devastation in Cebu, the proposed disaster resiliency ordinance has yet to be passed by the city council after a local business group objected to some provisions of the legislation. The City Councilor James Cuenco-authored legislation, called Resiliency and Efficiency Amidst Disaster and Emergency (Reade) […]