Young voters believe polls bring change

FOR a 19-year-old marketing assistant, voting is not just a right but a power that she should exercise tomorrow.

“It is our choice to use it in the right way,” said Rowella Mae Yurag in an interview with Sun.Star Cebu through Facebook. She said joining fellow voters in what she expected to be a long queue outside polling precinct is special because it will be her first time. Read the rest of this entry

TUCP backs Rama-Labella tandem

THE Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) yesterday endorsed the tandem of Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and Councilor Edgardo Labella for mayor and vice mayor for tomorrow’s elections.

Former senator and TUCP president Ernesto Herrera said his group is endorsing Rama and Labella because “the city needs a new kind of leadership.” Read the rest of this entry

Be wary of bets joining church events: Palma

THE Archdiocese of Cebu has asked its clergy, religious and the laity to be mindful of the participation of public officials and candidates in church activities.

“Let us do the necessary things to sustain and maintain the integrity and dignity of our churches and our activities of worship,” said Commission on Worship chairman Fr. Glenn Therese Guanzon in a letter that was noted by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma. Read the rest of this entry

Masbad: iPhoneography: Tips

BY NOW, you might have already guessed that I’m a photographer (you can check out my site at and in the months since December, my primary “camera” has been my iPhone 4s. Why not a dSLR or a point & shoot camera? Because the iPhone 4s is always in my pocket and I take …

Scary Movie

You have to at least give Scary Movie 5 points for timeliness. This latest installment of the horror movie spoof franchise manages to deliver parodies of movies as recent as the other week’s Evil Dead remake, not to mention one that hasn’t even been made yet (Fifty Shades of Grey). But those points are immediately

Motherhood statement

Founded by Dr. Tracy Kemble of the Women In Need Foundation back in 1996, the international pageant Mrs. Globe has been an avenue for married ladies and single mothers to promote women empowerment around the world. Over the years, the pageant has been honoring women who do not let age and civil status get in

Saree’s Recipe

By Fiona Patricia S. Escandor THERE’S no clear cut way of being a mom. There’s no written guidebook, no rules set in stone that says all there’s needed to know on how to become one. Yet many moms get by naturally, as they juggle between keeping a career intact, running a household and rearing children.

Carla Dunareanu for Beauty Secrets

It was about a year ago when porcelain skinned Carla Dunareanu was first introduced in Philippine showbiz. The Romanian-Chinese dancer-turned actress was among the multi-racial cast members of the hit Singaporean television-musical series, The Kitchen Musical, which also starred Filipino artists Christian Bautista and Karylle. Carla was based in Singapore and did the hit musical

Environmental groups lament 2013’s ‘green’ survey results

THE results are in. A survey conducted by environmental groups for the Green Electoral Initiative (GEI)[1] 2013 resulted in a very poor response rate from senatorial candidates. Out of the 33 senatorial candidates, only six — or a measly 18 percent– replied to the survey. Those who sent in their responses to the GEI questionnaire