Philippines hunt for 'blood ivory' statues blocked at Cebu shrine

Philippine authorities looking for religious statues made from "blood ivory" were prevented from entering a church where the banned items were allegedly kept, a government investigator claimed yesterday.

Sunday, 30 September, 2012, 5:37am

A silver lining

Our group of divers drop in to the Tanon Strait and skirts the shallow coral reef, just a few metres below the surface. We fin slowly past vast beds of cabbage coral, the blue above the yellow coral is a flurry of small-fish life.

28 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

History-makers Part 19: Ferdinand Magellan

Quick Facts Profession: Explorer Famous for: discovering a route between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans to the Spice Islands in Indonesia Born: 1480, in Sabrosa, Portugal Died: April 27, 1521, in Mactan, Cebu, The Philippines Married: Beatriz Barbosa

A new way around the world

20 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Abaca Resort, Cebu

What is it? A new boutique resort in a little corner of Cebu's Mactan Island.

22 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Big deal

JJ Explorer Tours has one of the best last-minute fare offers - a Cebu, Philippines, special package including three nights at the new Microtel, which boasts its own beach, transfers to and from the airport, a daily breakfast and flights on Philippine Airlines all for HK$3,888 per person (plus taxes of HK$640).

21 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Flights of fancy

It's summer and time to escape the city. Some of the flight/hotel packages out of Hong Kong look appealing - until you try to book. Unlike in Australasia and, soon, Europe, airlines in Hong Kong can advertise a too-good-to-be-true package to, for example, Cebu (Dragonair Holidays' Value Cebu package costs 'from' HK$2,699) to draw in customers.

3 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Filipinos get into the festive spirit

Meanwhile, in the other SAR ...

Thousands of people gathered in Macau over the weekend for the Filipino community's annual festival Sinulog.

In a colourful display, about 150 dancers wearing elaborate costumes competed in a street and stage dancing competition at the Ian Hon Market Park last Sunday.

22 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Holiday in Cebu

Paper 1a Finding the correct information Read the short texts on the page about the island province of Cebu in the Philippines and then answer the questions which follow. Decide whether the statements are true, false or the information is not given.

General information (1)

8 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

press play

It's a beautiful day at a provincial jail on the Philippine island of Cebu and the inmates are ready for their morning exercise. Cue the music and hundreds of prisoners in bright orange jumpsuits show off their zombie-inspired dance routine from Michael Jackson's hit music video Thriller.

12 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

1 billion peso price tag for summits 'money well spent'

The series of Asian summits which wound up yesterday cost the Philippine government about 1 billion pesos (HK$160 million) and it was money well spent, a senior official said.

'We have not worked out the final numbers as yet but it should be around 1 billion pesos,' said Marciano Paynor, head of the summits' organising committee.

16 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

China welcomes closer trilateral ties

Links with Tokyo and Seoul improving, says foreign minister

Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing yesterday hailed strengthening ties between China, Japan and South Korea, urging the three nations to create a new era in co-operation.

13 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Lax security offers little comfort to jittery guests

Delegates gather with a nervous eye on a wave of bombings across Mindanao

The bomb-sniffing dog was asleep, the X-ray bag scanner broken and relaxed guards were eagerly waving visitors through without a second glance.

12 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Quote ... Unquote

'The problem is that technically, things look awful.' ING Barings' regional strategist Paul Shulte on the prospects of an Asian recovery.

'I am afraid there is no rocket science behind these figures. There is simply too much metal and not enough demand.' Banque Paribas' Michael Stones on the slump in copper prices.

31 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Cebu Shipyard profits dip 18pc

Cebu Shipyard, owned by Singapore's Keppel Corp, recorded a 18 per cent drop in profits to 23 million pesos (about HK$4.09 million) in the first half of this year compared with 28 million pesos in January-June 1997. Turnover fell 21 per cent to 131.5 million pesos as a result of the regional economic crisis.

17 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Rates slashed

As economic gloom continues to hang heavily in the region, the battle for guests rages on between hotels. Not only is Century International offering discounts of up to 68 per cent at its 23 hotels, but guests can stay a full 24 hours from the time of arrival. No more check-out at lunch time.

21 Jul 1998 - 12:00am