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Cebu City Health Department stops posting coronavirus updates on Facebook page

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:33 PM

'This was recommended by the IATF to avoid confusion with the public as we are still harmonizing data with other health departments,' the Cebu City Health Department says

TESTING. Coronavirus testing in conducted in  a Cebu City barangay. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cimatu orders DOH-7, Cebu City to reconcile coronavirus data

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:41 PM

'When all the data is aligned, there is no conflict,' Secretary Roy Cimatu, overseer of COVID-19 response in Cebu City says

SECRETARY CIMATU. DENR Chief Roy Cimatu orders local health agencies to reconcile their conflict data. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

69 Cebu City Hall employees test positive for coronavirus

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:38 PM

Cebu City now has 5,494 cases after confirming 353 new infections. The Cebu Provincial Capitol is also closed from July 1 to 3 after 12 employees test positive.

CEBU CITY HALL At least69 employees of Cebu City Hall test positive. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu's coronavirus positivity rate highest in the country, says DOH

Jun 26, 2020 - 8:35 PM

In the latest data, 33 out of every 100 persons, or one-third of those tested in Cebu, is positive for the virus

TESTING. Health workers conduct rapid antibody tests on Cebu City residents. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cimatu orders 12 Cebu City barangays under total lockdown

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:05 PM

The barangays under lockdown reported the highest number of infections in the city

LOCKDOWN. 12 barangays in Cebu City are placed under total lockdown. Police guards checkpoint in Cebu City. Photo by Alex Badayos/AFP

DENR chief Roy Cimatu to oversee Cebu City's COVID-19 response

Jun 23, 2020 - 12:59 AM

Cebu City currently has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country at 4,449

VISAYAS IMPLEMENTER. Environment Secretary now Visayas implementer of COVID-19 response. Robinson Niñal Jr./Presidential photo

Cebu artist Bambi Beltran sues Mayor Edgar Labella, cops for rights violations

Jun 19, 2020 - 5:51 PM

Bambi Beltran files complaints against the Cebu City mayor, the Central Visayas police chief, and several Cebu cops for arresting her without a warrant and violating her rights while in their custody

COUNTERSUE. Maria Victoria 'Bambi' Beltran will file charges against Mayor Edgar Labella, who is suing her for a Facebook post. Photos from Cebu City Public Information Office and Bambi Beltran's Facebook page

Cebu doctors urge local governments 'not to downplay virus'

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:03 PM

The statement comes amid a surge of new cases in Cebu City and the reimposition of a lockdown

SURVIVOR. Recovered patient leaves Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu City to appeal for lifting of lockdown

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:12 PM

Cebu City is the only city in the country under enhanced community quarantine

LOCKDOWN. Police man checkpoint in Cebu City on first day of new lockdown on June 16. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Supporters of anti-terror bill in Cebu City allowed to rally on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:02 PM

None of them were detained unlike the 8 individuals arrested for protesting in the University of the Philippines Cebu against the passage of the anti-terrorism bill a week ago

DOUBLE STANDARDS. Police personnel were seen taking pictures of anti-terror bill supporters in the same morning police in riot uniforms were stationed in UP Cebu. Screenshot from a video posted by Bayan Central Visayas

5 persons from Cebu City's Basilica convent test positive for coronavirus

Jun 08, 2020 - 10:42 PM

The 5 personnel who tested positive are asymptomatic and currently on their 13th day of quarantine

The Basilica Minore del Sto Nino management undergoes disinfection as part of their precautionary measures for the safety of the churgoers against COVID-19 on March 12, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

U.P. Cebu demands immediate release of students, alumni

Jun 08, 2020 - 9:33 AM

UP Cebu urges Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella and the chief of the Cebu City police office to 'seriously look into this clear transgression against our constituents and our property'

Cebu City mayor says public has right to assemble even during health emergency

Jun 07, 2020 - 12:00 AM

Despite the heavy-handed tactics of the cops in dispersing a peaceful protest, the Cebu City police are 'professional policemen' and the mayor says he trusts their judgement

DEMONSTRATION. Cebu police haul off a demonstrator at the gate of the University of the Philippines Cebu. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

PNP denies using excessive force, violating U.P. agreement in Cebu dispersal

Jun 06, 2020 - 3:12 PM

The police, who were in riot gear and carrying long firearms, claim that they were the ones assaulted by the unarmed protesters

FORMATION. Cebu City police stand outside the University of the Philippines Cebu during a protest against the anti-terror bill. Photo by Gelo Lintonjua/Rappler

#ReleaseCebu7 trends in PH as netizens condemn arrest of Cebu City activists

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) The arrest comes as students and members of various youth and progressive groups held a mobilization to denounce the approval of the anti-terrorism bill

Taken after midnight, cuffed to a chair: The arrest of Cebuana artist Bambi Beltran

May 22, 2020 - 11:58 AM

Cebu artist Bambi Beltran is detained for 60 hours and faces up to 18 years in prison for a sarcastic Facebook post Mayor Edgar Labella called 'fake news.' He says it's nothing personal.

Cebuano family living in tent during lockdown needs donations

May 18, 2020 - 9:57 PM

Cresencio Caballes Jr says netizens have helped him raise P5,000. His family needs P50,000 to rebuild their house destroyed in a neighborhood fire last March

TENT. 25-year-old Cresencio Caballes has been living in a tent since lockdown began after his house burned down in March. Photo from Facebook

DOCUMENT: Cebu City releases modified ECQ guidelines

May 16, 2020 - 12:07 AM

There are slight changes to the lockdown with the modified enhanced community quarantine in place

CHECKPOINT. Police man a checkpoint in Cebu City. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

16 Cebu City police officers positive for coronavirus

May 12, 2020 - 2:33 PM

Aside from the police officers, 5 civilian personnel also test positive for the virus

CHECKPOINT. Cebu City Police Office personnel man a checkpoint in Cebu City. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

MAP: Where are the coronavirus cases in Cebu City?

May 12, 2020 - 8:00 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Most of Cebu City's positive cases are in urban poor neighborhoods or the crowded jails

CORONAVIRUS MAP. Where the most coronavirus cases are in Cebu City. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu artist Bambi Beltran named Deutsche Welle Freedom of Speech Award laureate

May 07, 2020 - 1:20 AM

'This recognition reaffirms my belief that the ability to express our opinion and speak freely is essential to bring about change in society,' says Beltran, who was arrested in April over a Facebook post about COVID-19

AWARDEE. Cebu artist Bambi Beltran is named a Freedom of Speech Award laureate by Deutsche Welle. Photo from Beltran's Facebook page/Image of award from DW

Cebu City stores may sell liquor, but public drinking still banned

Apr 28, 2020 - 5:42 PM

Executive Order No. 073 bans the consumption of liquor in public places, but it does not ban stores from selling it. A previous total liquor ban expired on April 14.

What you need to know about the Cebu City Jail

Apr 26, 2020 - 10:40 AM

With a congestion rate of 1,000%, the facility has the most coronavirus infections out of any jail in the country

OVERCROWDED. At least 210 test postive for coronavirus at the overcrowded prison. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Human rights orgs urge gov’t to drop charges vs Cebu artist Bambi Beltran

Apr 23, 2020 - 8:11 PM

They say the government is 'misusing' COVID-19 laws on 'fake news' against critics

DROP CHARGES.  Photo from Bambi Beltran's Facebook

123 in Cebu City Jail test positive for coronavirus

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:47 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The death of a COVID-19 positive inmate prompts the mass testing at the jail facility. Cebu City confirms a total of 139 new cases as of Wednesday, April 22

INMATES. Cebu City Jail inmates test positive for coronavirus. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu City newborn tests positive, mother is negative, for coronavirus

Apr 21, 2020 - 11:18 PM

Local health officials urge pregnant women to take extra precaution during the pandemic

Health workers in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, Cebu City prepare to transfer positive covid19 patients into an isolation area on April 21, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu artist Bambi Beltran to sue Labella for violating her rights

Apr 21, 2020 - 5:04 PM

The Free Legal Assistance Group says that Beltran should not have been arrested without a warrant because there was no continuing crime

COUNTERSUE. Maria Victoria 'Bambi' Beltran will file charges against Mayor Edgar Labella, who is suing her for a Facebook post. Photos from Cebu City Public Information Office and Bambi Beltran's Facebook page

Mass testing at Cebu City jail after inmate who died tests positive for coronavirus

Apr 21, 2020 - 12:55 PM

Two inmates and two jail guards test positive for coronavirus

JAIL. 4 test positive for coronavirus in Cebu City jail. Photo from Cebu City Jail Facebook page

#FreeBambi: Artists call for release of Cebu film writer, actor Bambi Beltran

Apr 20, 2020 - 9:25 PM

Fellow artists come to the defense of Cebuano film writer, poet and actor Bambi Beltran after she is arrested for a Facebook post

SUPPORT. Artists tweet in support of Bambi Beltran, who was arrested by police in Cebu for a Facebook post. Photo from Bambi Beltran's Facebook

Labella on arrest of Cebu artist Bambi Beltran: ‘It’s nothing personal’

Apr 20, 2020 - 8:20 PM

Beltran is charged for violating the cybercrime law, the fake 'news' provision of the Bayanihan Heal As One Law, and the law on mandatory reporting of certain diseases

ARREST. Mayor Edgar Labella says arrest of cebu artist Bambi Beltran is 'nothing personal.' Bambi Beltran photo from Facebook page and Edgar Labella photo from Cebu City Public Information Office

Cebu province launches COVID-19 contact tracing app

Apr 04, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia requires all Cebuanos to install the WeTrace app on their phones

Cebu City councilor wants new anti-discrimination ordinance to include frontliners

Mar 30, 2020 - 10:45 PM

The Cebu provincial government also threatens to file cases against those who would harass and discriminate health workers battling the spread of the novel coronavirus

CHECKPOINT. Workers take public tranpsortation while Cebu City is under quarantine. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Of 22 new coronavirus cases in Central Visayas, 18 from Cebu City

Mar 28, 2020 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) There are now 22 COVID-19 cases in the region since testing began in January

LOCKDOWN. Personnel of the Cebu City Police Office secure the boundary of Cebu City and Talisay City at the start of the Enhanced Community Quarrantine in Cebu City on March 28, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu City bans sale of liquor during community quarantine

Mar 17, 2020 - 3:41 PM

There is also a city-wide curfew between the hours of 8 pm and 5 am

Cebu province asks classes be shortened to once a week due to novel coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020 - 1:25 PM

Cebu's provincial board also asks the Department of Education to make the school year shorter

SCHOOL CLEANING. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Interim bus system to launch in Cebu City March 15

Mar 09, 2020 - 1:26 PM

20 buses will be used for the initial launch. The same stops will be used in the launch of the Bus Rapid Transit system, scheduled for December 2021.

BEEP. Beep buses ferry passengers from business districts to their homes in Cebu. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu City Mayor Labella threatens to close ‘untidy’ Larsian barbecue

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:53 PM

The threat to shut down Larsian Barbecue Strip in Cebu comes after a video is uploaded showing rats crawling on a barbecue stand

CLEAN UP. Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella warns vendors from Larsian to clean up their stalls or face closure. File photo from Cebu City Public Information Office's Facebook page

SM-Ayala consortium breaks ground on Cebu SRP project 



Jan 31, 2020 - 4:31 PM

Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella says the project is expected to generate over P316 billion in investments and 2 million direct and indirect jobs

GROUNDBREAKING. Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella and representatives from Ayala and SM break ground on new project at the South Road Properties. Photo form Cebu City Public Information Office

Cebu airport implements stricter screening amid coronavirus threat

Jan 25, 2020 - 10:38 PM

The Mactan Cebu International Airport placed intensified thermal scanning devices to check arriving passengers in the international terminal, which has flights coming from mainland China

Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal implements strict precautionary measures against novel coronavirus (nCov). Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

LIST: Winners of Sinulog 2020 dance competitions

Jan 20, 2020 - 2:35 PM

Prizes range from P100,000 to P1 million

SINULOG. Hundreds of dancers compete in the annual Sinulog competition. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Show of faith: Devotees thank Sto Niño for answered prayers during Sinulog 2020

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:10 PM

Many devotees share why they go to great lengths to show their devotion to the Sto Nino in this #StoryOfTheNation campaign

Photos from Eiver Villegas, Jap Illumine, Josh Falmonte, Sebastian Tan, Gerard Jamora and Josh Almonte.

At Sinulog Festival, Duterte promises funding for Cebu infra, transpo projects

Jan 19, 2020 - 10:35 PM

Duterte makes his first visit to the Sinulog Fiesta happening in Cebu City

SINULOG. PResident Rodrigo Duterte makes his first appearance at the Sinulog Festival. Screengrab from RVTM

IN PHOTOS: Stars join the 2020 Sinulog Grand Parade

Jan 19, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Check out the stars who joined the festivities!

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

A mom asks Santo Niño, let her children killed in drug war 'enter heaven'

Jan 19, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Among the thousands who honored the Holy Child during the Fiesta Señor in Cebu City is a mother, whose faith has remained immovable despite losing her children in tokhang operations

MOTHER'S PRAYER. A mother shares story of how children were killed in her own home. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Cebu Archbishop Palma: 'True believers' in Santo Niño care for environment

Jan 19, 2020 - 9:14 AM

The Fiesta Señor and Sinulog Festival, which brings out millions of people from all over the world, also results in trash piling up in areas across Cebu City

SANTO NIÑO. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma says being a devotee of the Holy Child means respecting environment. File photo by Sammy Navaja/CBCP News

Pit Señor: A complete pilgrim's guide to Santo Niño de Cebu

Jan 16, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Joining Sinulog 2020? Here's a rundown of must-dos when on a pilgrimage to Cebu City’s Basilica Minore del Santo Niño

MAGELLAN'S CROSS. A first trip to Cebu City is not complete without visiting Magellan’s cross. The holy site is a mere 15-minute cab ride from WCCHC.

Labella defuses Sinulog 2020 exclusive broadcast rights backlash

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:52 PM

The announcement allays the concerns of media groups who learned of the exclusive broadcast contract between MyTv and the Sinulog Foundation

NO EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS. Mayor Edgar Labella intervened on an exclusive deal between MyTv and Edgar Labella. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu political heavies to share stage on final day of Sinulog 2020

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:29 PM

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia and Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella, together with provincial board members, are dancing on the last day of Sinulog

PIT SENYOR. In this file photo, Cebu Governor  Gwen Garcia dances in the 2013 Sinulog Festival. Photo by Bernardo Arellano III

LIST: Sinulog 2020 events

Jan 14, 2020 - 10:38 AM

Here's your list of events for Sinulog 2020

MARDI GRAS. Sinulog 2020 is underway in Cebu City. Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Sinulog 2020 reminder: Only transparent bags allowed in Basilica

Jan 13, 2020 - 1:50 PM

People are discouraged from bringing backpacks into the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu. Only small and transparent bags will be allowed inside.

CLEAR BAGS ONLY. Only clear bags will be allowed inside the premises of the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler