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Cebu City’s biggest party is over

Sinulog is Cebu City’s biggest street party and gathering. People take over Cebu City streets in the annual street parade, held every third Sunday of January. Although there were fewer contingents last Sunday, the crowd that watched the parade appeared to be bigger.

Here are some photos Marlen and I took of the celebration honoring Cebu’s patron saint, the Holy Infant.

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BEST FLOAT. This contraption by the Cebu Contractors’ Association was picked as the best float.

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Cebu City gets makeover for annual mardi gras

Streamers and buntings are now all over central Cebu City, the route of the annual Sinulog street parade. Among the changes in this year’s mardi gras: 10 Cebu tourist spots will be showcased in tarpaulin installations in key areas of the parade route; contingents will be asked to perform their program usually reserved for the Cebu City Sports Center on the streets; more spectacular fireworks and bigger prizes.

Gen. Maxilom Ave. Cebu City

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Neighboring areas complain against ‘Imperial Cebu’

Cebu, according to Dumaguete City Mayor Agustin Perdices, is “becoming like Imperial Manila.” Perdices and Siquijor Gov. Orlando Fua complained in yesterday’s Regional Development Council meeting that Cebu is cornering most of the projects approved for Central Visayas.

Here’s Sun.Star’s story on the issue:

DUMAGUETE CITY – Tired of hearing about so many infrastructure projects for Cebu, government officials from Siquijor and Oriental Negros griped about the lack of attention to their provinces’ needs.

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Citizen journalist answers Cebuano commentator

Lawyer Erwin Fabriga, who writes for Sun.Star Cebu’s citizen journalists blog, answers the Sun.Star Cebu column of popular broadcaster Bobby Nalzaro. Fabriga points out what he says are fallacies in Nalzaro’s Nov. 12 column: Vigilantes should be commended.

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Domain of Cebu-based newspaper expires

TheFreeman.com is no more. The domain name of the newspaper I used to work for expired and is now just a landing page. The Freeman, however, no longer uses the domain and for months the pages there were no longer updated.

TheFreeman.com has a Google page rank of 5 and when I checked the domain sale details, the page said that the minimum bid for the domain was $3,000.

The Freeman is now part of the Philippine Star Group of Publications and its online version is now hosted at the Philstar.com portal. The problem with its Philstar.com hosting, however, is that it does not have a fixed URL that you can promote in the paper. The link to The Freeman website changes everyday-it is an html page with a date-based filename.

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Prove Cebu City is not Murder City

Mayor Tomas Osmeña isn’t worried by the rash of killings of suspected criminals in Cebu City. “It’s worse for the city’s image if there are many criminals,” he said in a press conference.

So the recent killings of “criminals”-of previous convicts-don’t give an impression that Cebu City has many criminals?

Mayor Osmeña had admitted he may have created “some sort of influence” when he said in one of his news conferences “to hunt them (criminals) down. All of a sudden, many of them died.”

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Stop vigilante killings, Cebu City councilors ask police

Cebu City will continue to bear its new label “Murder City” if the city police can’t stop the series of vigilante killings that has claimed 102 lives as of last Monday, Sun.Star Cebu reported.