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Switch Up Your Sinulog Destinations with These Unusual Locales

Cebu is a hectic place when Sinulog Season rolls around, when people gather at the heart of the city to celebrate this religious festival. Take yourself away from the hustle and bustle of the city by visiting these unusual locales recommended by Cebuanos:

Sofia Olavides, 20
Virtual Assistant

The Clove On The Quay. If you enjoy the view of the sea and the city lights, this place is for you. They serve amazing food that you could devour while enjoying the sunset view of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge and the parked yachts. As a shutterbug, I love the place for its ambiance and scenic view. I’d recommend that you visit around 4:00-5:00 PM to catch the golden hour that would be perfect for your OOTDs and Instagram uploads. If you’re the drink and chill type, you should definitely check this place out.

Cebu Yacht Club, Mactan, Cebu

Maurice Jitty Villaester, 21
College Instructor

Mantayupan Falls. Why go to crowded places when you can just unwind and be comfy with nature? Known to be the highest falls in Cebu, it will surely satisfy one’s cravings for cold water.

Barili, Cebu

Ciairha Monsanto, 21
Student Nurse, Miss Mandaue 2017 Top 6 Finalist

Balamban. Why choose to be surrounded with numerous people in the busy streets when you can be surrounded by trees and enjoy serenity? If you’re tired of walking the crowded streets of Cebu City every Sinulog, a literal breath of fresh air would be great from the mountains of Balamban. Visit Tops for a quick scenic view of the city or go to West 35 for a refreshing overnight stay. Go alone or go with your family or friends! It’s the perfect time to go up to the mountains while everyone else is rushing down to the city.


Alphonzo Alegrado, 20

Dao Falls, Samboan. I’d have to recommend Dao Falls in Samboan. It’s a little over two hours outside of the city, towards the southwest tip of the island. You first trek through the hillside, snaking between palm trees, until you reach a forested area. From there, it’s a fun trek that involves a bamboo bridge, clinging to a small pathway by the creek, and wading through cold turquoise water until you finally reach the falls.


Elisha Tabaque, 21

As known to us, the annual Sinulog celebration is a feast of our love and devotion to the holy child Jesus, Sto. Niño. Given that there is a holy mass and procession held, Sinulog festival dance competition organized and multiple parties arranged, I suggest locals and tourists, after having done and witnessed the aforementioned to have a quick visit to Cebu museums. It’s definitely unusual to do so since we have this idea of merrymaking during the festivity but Museo sa Sugbo, Halad Museum, Casa Gorordo Museum, Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House and the Jesuit House will make your short stay worthwhile and fun too as they offer you a visit of the past; a visit to Cebu and Philippine history, culture and heritage. In terms of proximity, the museums are just located downtown and is in fact, just a ride away if you’re already at the city proper. The museums are definitely Sinulog destinations as well because it will let you see how Cebu became progressive through time that today, it was able to mold the Sinulog festival to what it is now – divine, grand and memorable. Not only is Sinulog festival a time for celebrating our devotion to the beloved child but also the perfect moment to explore and appreciate the rich story of the queen city’s “long time ago.” Surely, you’d be struck by a wave of nostalgia.


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The Uncommon Traditions that Mexicans and Filipinos share when celebrating the Day of the Dead.

Dia de los Muertos

By Allain Dumon Fonte

The 2nd of November is All Soul’s Day, a holiday that is very important to many Filipinos to remember our loved ones who passed on. This is also widely celebrated in Mexico as “Dia De los Muertos” or in English, “The Day of the Dead”. And Mexicans celebrate the 2nd of November grander than they celebrate Christmas. Well, you can witness it from the Disney movie, “Coco”.

As All Soul’s Day or Dia de los Muertos is about to end, here are some interesting traditions and superstitions that Filipinos and Mexicans share:


Dia de los Muertos or All Soul’s Day is not practiced on October 31st or on the Hallow’s Eve as many other western cultures practice; but we celebrate it on the 2nd of November. We celebrate November 1st as All Saint’s Day or the Day of the Holy, while in Mexico they call it Dia de los Innocentes or Dia de los Angelitos to commemorate the children who died too early in life.


Both in Mexico and in the Philippines, we visit the grave of our loved ones and we clean it well. This is a ritual to honour their resting places and to let them know that they are never forgotten.


In Mexico, they believe that the scent of flowers attract spirits. So the flower offerings are invitation to their dead loved ones to visit the living families. While in the Philippines, we believe that flowers offered to the dead exalt the souls and somehow fill in the sadness that we feel when missing our dead loved ones.

Most of the time, Filipinos choose all-white flowers to offer because white is the absence of colour, which means the absence of Joy and happiness. White also symbolises purity of soul which we hope our dead loved ones will attain as they journey to heaven. While in Mexico, they have the yellow Mexican marigolds as the official flowers of the dead that will guide them in their journey to the afterlife.


Both cultures believe that monarch butterflies are dead loved ones who visit us and show their appreciation that we have not forgotten them. A presence of monarch butterflies also means that our dead loved ones are always there guiding us and looking after us.


Spending a night at the graveyard and picnicking with the rest of the family may sound very creepy to many; but to both Filipino and Mexican cultures, picnicking and spending a night at the cemetery is a must to show our love to our dearly departed. It is the only time in the year that families gather and tell stories of the dead loved ones and how colourful or how great their lives were.


In Mexico, they have what they call “ofrendas” or an altar where the pictures of their dead loved ones are displayed and offered with flowers, candles, and their favourite food. Very similar to the Filipino culture of cooking the favourite food of our dead loved ones and everyone in the family enjoys the food for dinner.

My family tradition involves me driving all the way to Colon street and buy that famous Snow Sheen’s “pancit canton”. This is my granddad’s favourite snack. Sadly, the old Visayan Restaurant is no longer there. My late uncle and my late grandpa love their sweet ad and sour fish. We also set up an “ofrenda” on their graveyard and eat their favourite food while picnicking in the cemetery. We do not spend a night in the cemetery; but while we are picnicking there, we usually play the songs of Pilita Corrales and Susan Fuentes that my late grandpa used to listen every afternoon while enjoying his coffee, pan de sal, and pancit canton.

What about your family traditions? Share your thoughts by commenting to this article.

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Catch Ted Lasso the Emmy Award Winning Comedy Series on Apple TV+

Catch Ted Lasso the Emmy Award Winning Comedy Series on Apple TV+


Rating: *****/ *****

The multi award–winning comedy series airing on Apple TV+ is one of my favorite shows.  Ted Lasso starring Jason Sudeikis is about a fun good-natured American football coached hired by a British soccer club (AFC Richmond in London) to become their new coach.  In spite of the fact that Ted has no experience or knowledge about British football/soccer, his positive demeanor and charm helps him overcome the animosity of the team’s players, staff and fans.  Eventually Ted wins over the team and the locals as they fight for position in the English Premier League.

The show won the 2021 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and 7 Emmy Awards in its 2 seasons and Season 3 is just around the corner.  You can catch Seasons 1 & 2 of Ted Lasso on Apple TV+

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PANDEMIC DIARIES: Twelve Months Later

Photos taken by Pablo Quiza around Cebu City during the months of March, April and May 202

AS WE APPROACH ONE YEAR under pandemic times, we look back at March 2020 with fascination. And awe. We had 12 months of lockdown and survived the so called new normal. We lived with masks and alcohol even today. Carless roads and dark malls. Those were the early days of March, April and May.
It stretched to October and past Christmas. No Sinulog. Virtual parties on Zoom and virtual mass on You Tube and FB Live. We debated on the best meds to take if we get sick and whether to wear masks (please do!). We scampered for face shields and anti-viral sprays. Vitamins C and D and zinc. Later, we survived being swabbed and we learned the difference between a PCR and an anti-gene test. The latter cost less.

We dreaded the declarations of IATF mandated from Manila. And we got mad at the police chief who had a birthday party while his people were busy locking up everyone violating the lockdown. Most horrifying of all, we needed to produce IDs! Are you a resident of Barangay Lahug or Banilad? Are you employed and why are you still working? Everyone suffered thru endless checkpoints. Most sad of all are those using motorbikes, they seem to get the raw end of the deal since those with cars are not as scrutinized. We managed to trick the system by putting a big handwritten note in front of the car: COMPANY CAR, and zipped tru the police desks in the middle of the road. Don’t even think of travelling, by plane, boat or bus. The collection of the required documents is enough for one to get exposed to Covid.

We learned to shop online, order groceries and necessities thru delivery. We slowly moved towards cashless payments. Gcash and banks like Union Bank and China Bank with friendly apps are heroes for making life easy for most of us to spend what little cash we have to spend on Lazada or pay the VECO bill. Oh and we binged on K dramas on Netflix and You Tube, kamsaminada.
As 2021 enters, there are some good news. For those obsessed with news, you already know that 7,000 vaccines arrived last March 2 in Cebu, with more expected in the next few weeks. The death rate is not as high among those who caught this pesky virus, which tells us that doctors in the hospitals have some proven expertise in dealing with Covid. More cures should be in the horizon.

Meanwhile, lets continue dreaming of the day when we can cross borders again, even if its just Bohol or Boracay, Bangkok or Hong Kong. Ready those luggages and bags bought during the 3/3 sale in Shopee in preparation for the day when we can take the ferry or the plane for new adventures.


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