I cannot now recall the incident — whether it was a fire or debris falling from a building — only the deep frustration. “Asa na uy!” I was driving and apart from general curiosity, I also wanted to know where it was happening in order to decide which streets to take.
The grand prize winner of Globe’s Picture Perfect 2.0 has been accused of submitting an image from a stock photo site for his winning entry. Charles Chamberlaine Igot won the grand prize for his entry “Sunset Catcher.” Igot, who has since deactivated his Facebook account, posted photos on March 6, 2020 when he got his… Continue reading Running a photo contest? Do a reverse image search!
Mobility data gathered by Google showed how Metro Cebu residents did last-minute grocery shopping leading to Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and stayed home on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. This one is expected behavior but not only is having the data fascinating, it offers context on the extent of changes in how… Continue reading How Metro Cebu residents moved around during Christmas holidays
I like to start on a new notebook on New Year’s Day. It’s symbolic both of a fresh start and a clean slate. Or scraped tablet as the phrase “tabula rasa” translates to, describing the process by which wax tablets of old were reused, blanked by scraping off the writing. I love that idea, like… Continue reading Tabula rasa
This was expected but it’s fascinating to see actual data. Google Mobility Data showed how residents of Metro Cebu rushed to Groceries and Pharmacies with visits hitting 19 percent higher than the baseline figures of January 2020. It was the only time that visits to Groceries and Pharmacies – or to any location outside the… Continue reading Mobility data show how Cebuanos rushed to groceries on Dec. 24, stayed home on Dec. 25
For a country known for its early and long Christmas celebration, the Philippines saw people in urban areas returning to groceries in mid-December in numbers not seen before quarantine lockdowns in the first quarter of 2020. Bacolod recorded the highest percentage recovery on December 19 at +26% of visits to Groceries and Pharmacies, according to… Continue reading Christmas rush? Mobility data show Pinoys in urban areas flocking to groceries
I love how the New York Times displays its bylines. It comes with a photo of the author. Apart from looking good on the screen, a photo byline makes the reader “feel they know the reporter better,” according to a study by the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas. While the study… Continue reading Photo byline
I checked today and Cebu-based print media still ignored the Plantation Bay issue. This, even after the decision by the Department of Tourism national office to investigate the resort. No stories. In one site, the only mention of the incident is in an opinion piece by a columnist of an affiliate in Pampanga. Unbelievable. The… Continue reading UNBELIEVABLE
Save for the article by CDN Digital, I can’t find other stories by Cebu-based mainstream media on the Plantation Bay Resort and Spa fiasco. It is in times like these that we need good local reporting. Many of us have read the original post and the response by Manny Gonzalez. Many of us have scrolled… Continue reading As silent as a Plantation Bay staycation
In 1933, Cebu City passed a Blue Sunday Ordinance that mandated businesses and factories to close on Sundays. Only libraries, photography shops, barbershops, bakeries, restaurants, public markets, and those selling “articulos de primera necesidad” were allowed to open. Employers were required to pay those who work on Sundays extra wages. It’s noteworthy that “pansitan” is… Continue reading Blue Sunday Ordinance in Cebu and secularization of Sundays