Was Our Niece a Target of Kidnappers in Cebu?

After a recent event in “The Queen City of the South,” my wife and I have to wonder: “Was Our Niece a Target of Kidnappers in Cebu?”

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The Neon Blue Jesus Wedding

My asawa and I had just returned from another trip to Cebu City with our little niece and nephew from Guimaras in tow. We only had a couple of days before we would attend what I like to call “The Neon Blue Jesus Wedding.” My spouse and I were approached a couple of months ago by some distant relatives and asked to be sponsors for the big event.

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There’s a New Sheriff in Town: Rodrigo Duterte

There’s a new sheriff in town: Rodrigo Duterte, the incoming President of the Philippines. Duterte has been called Asia’s Donald Trump. Like Trump, Duterte speaks his mind and doesn’t seem to care who he might offend, even if it’s Pope Francis, who he called a “son of a whore.”  Love him or hate him, you have to admit the new guy does have a set of balls.

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Visiting U.S. Friends in RC Cola Country Cebu

I was quite surprised to see such a large presence for RC, Royal Crown Cola, when we were visiting U.S. friends in Cebu recently. Coke products and Coke-sponsored signs for local businesses is the norm in nearby Iloilo and Guimaras, the island province we call home.  When I saw so many local sari sari stores advertising the popular soft drinks that I used to consume back in Central Illinois, a wave of nostalgia passed over me.

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The Chocolate Hills in Beautiful Bohol

During a recent day tour in Bohol, my asawa and I visited the Chocolate Hills, a geological formation in the Bohol province of the Philippines. There are at least 1,260 hills but there may be as many as 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers (20 sq mi). They are covered in green grass that turns brown (like chocolate) during the dry season, therefore the name.

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The Tarsier Sanctuary in Bohol

During a recent tour to beautiful Bohol, we visited the Tarsier Sanctuary. The Philippine tarsier is a species of tarsier found in the Philippines. It can be seen in the southeastern part of the archipelago, particularly on the islands of Bohol, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao. It is a member of the approximately 45-million-year-old family Tarsiidae, whose name is derived from its elongated “tarsus” or ankle bone. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Beautiful Bohol: The Loboc River Cruise

My asawa and I toured beautiful, bewitching Bohol the other week visiting the famous Chocolate Hills and other local tourist sites such as the Loboc River. It was a whirlwind one day tour that originated from the SuperCat Ferry Terminal in Cebu City which took us to the port of Tagbilaran in Bohol.

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Macho Man Gets Manicure & Pedicure at Posh Nails SM Seaside Cebu

I was in my early 40’s before I went to my first nail salon. A Vietnamese family operated the clip joint at a strip mall in Springfield, Illinois.  A female co-worker who was always stylishly dressed and immaculately groomed recommended the establishment to me. Now when a “macho man” gets a manicure and pedicure for the first time in his life, that’s a big event. But the Central Illinois outlet I went to certainly wasn’t as high-class as the Posh Nails at SM Seaside Cebu that my asawa and I recently visited.

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RACKS! Best Ribs in Town & the Philippines

RACKS’ (Real American Country Kitchen Style) slogan is that they’re the Best Ribs in Town. I’m here to tell you that I believe RACKS has the best ribs in the Philippines and some of the best ribs I have ever tasted. My asawa and I had one of the gastronomic highlights of our lives when we visited the newly-opened rib joint at

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SM Seaside Cebu: An Amazing Adventure in Shopping

My asawa and I recently visited the “Queen City of the South” and visited the new SM Seaside Cebu. It was an amazing adventure in shopping. This Super Mall, the 3rd largest mall in the Philippines and 8th largest in the world, opened last November. Though all the retail outlets are not open yet, over 250 out of 447 stores are in operation,  making it a tourist destination I highly recommend.

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Corrupt Cebu City Cabbies

I’ve praised taxi drivers in the “Queen City of the South” on this website in the past. I’m sorry that I now feel compelled to post this next story: “Corrupt Cebu City Cabbies,” but regulars readers of “Philippines Plus” know I always try to tell you the positives and negatives about living in the Philippines. 

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Best Way to Get to Cebu from Iloilo City

What is the best way to get to Cebu from Iloilo City? There are several options available to travelers such as taking a flight on local airlines, boarding a bus, or taking a vessel from a shipping line. Travel to Cebu City, “The Queen City of the South” depends on your budget and how much travel time you have available.

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Adventures in Cebu City & Chocolate Hills in Bohol

I haven’t done much of anything since retiring to the Philippines over six years ago with my lovely asawa, The Sainted Patient Wife. I’ve been on a perpetual vacation for years but my hardworking spouse never takes a break. That’s why I decided she deserved some adventures in Cebu City, like shopping at the new SM Seaside Mall, the fourth largest SM in the Philippines. My wife also expressed a desire to visit the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, someplace neither one of us has been.

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You Can’t Be a True Filipino if You Don’t Sing Karaoke

You can’t be a true Filipino if you don’t sing karaoke. Pinoys and Pinays take their singing seriously to the extent that people have even been murdered for butchering Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” in their local establishments.

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Philippines Has 5th Highest Cost of Electricity in the World

Twenty more turbines will be put up at the wind farm in the municipality of Sibunag in Guimaras. Construction starts next month. With each new turbine generating 2 megawatts (MW), 40 MW will be added to the wind farm’s 54-MW capacity. Despite the building of new windmills in our home province and throughout the archipelago, why does the Philippines have the 5th highest cost of electricity in the world?

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