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How to Protect Yourself from Cebu Haze

Yes, the air in Metro Cebu is already considered unhealthy for sensitive groups according to Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-7). Cebu Daily News confirmed that there is haze in Cebu, as there are ‘small dust particles exceeding the allowable limits’ present in the air.

ABOUT HAZE, SMAZE, AND NEWS BITES
What is haze? According to Wikipedia, it is an atmospheric phenomenon where dust, smoke and other dry particles obscure the clarity of the sky.
What is smaze? It’s basically haze plus smoke or air pollution in the metro.
What caused Cebu haze? According to Cebu Daily News, Mactan weather bureau chief Alfredo Quiblat and atmospheric physicist Gerry Bagtasa believed that the haze is from the ongoing forest fires in Indonesia. This has to be verified in the coming weeks after getting all the results of the tests conducted.
Is this haze just in Metro Cebu? No, it’s not exclusive to Cebu. PAG-ASA also confirmed that haze is present in Davao, Cagayan and Palawan.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM …

Meet the Miss Cebu 2015 Candidates

Candidates for Miss Cebu 2015 are officially announced earlier today in the Miss Cebu Facebook account.
Miss Cebu 2015 pageant is one of the highlights in the Sinulog 2015 Celebration. To know other events for the Sinulog Festival, check out the Sinulog Festival schedule here.
The Pre-Pageant Night will be on January 10, 2015, Saturday, 7 pm, at the Ayala Activity Center. The Coronation Night of Miss Cebu 2015 will be on January 14, 2015, Wednesday, 6:30 pm, at the Pacific Grand Ballroom, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino. 
Please see the candidates vying for the title below:
Candidate No. 1: Hanica Rachel Arshia J. Ong She is from Mandaue City and currently taking up Law at the University of San Carlos.

Candidate No. 2: Febb C. Flores She is from Talisay City and is a Nursing graduate from Cebu Velez College. Currently, she works in Cebu Velez General Hospital as an OR Staff Nurse.

Candidate No. 3: Mary Cyrielle A. Wong She is from Minglanilla, Cebu and is a Nursing graduate of Ce…

11th Lamiraw Creative Writing Workshop Accepting Fellowship Applications

Do you want to hone your creative writing skills by listening to critics?
Check out 11th Lamiraw Creative Writing Workshop and be in Samar for free! This is a chance for you to explore a new place, meet new people, and improve your creative juices. For me, workshops are beneficial to a writer's journey since this allows you to know which of the things you do works for them and what you can do to improve it.
Sa mga Bisaya diha nakong amigo ug amiga, panahon na ni nga makaadto kag Samar. Suwayi lang. Wala ta kahibaw, makatsamba diay ang imong kamaayo!
By the way, there will surely be food and drinks. You will definitely enjoy this!

Check out the news info I've got from my friends who love words:
The 11th Lamiraw Creative Writing Workshop calls for applications to a 3-day writing fellowship on November 26-28, 2014 at Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU), Calbayog City, Samar. Panelists invited in said workshop are Prof. Merlie M. Alunan, Ms. Daryll Delgado, Ms. Yvonne Esperas, M…

What’s New, UP Cebu?

For UP students, summer of 2014 is unlike the previous years. Students miss their alma mater more because they’ll be spending extra two months in their homes. As most students leave the university early April, they’ll be back sometime August since academic shift for the entire UP System from June to August was already approved and implemented this academic year 2014-2015. Despite the opposition of some students, the new academic calendar will be taking effect in all campuses of UP including the University of the Philippines Cebu
For UP Cebu, since I graduated last year, a lot of changes has been taking effect. The administration of Dean Corro has continuously done great things to improve the facilities of this university.

When the visited the campus last week, I roamed around and noticed these notable changes:

The renovation of the UP Cebu Library building is now ongoing. To add the good news, there will be additional four new tambayansin front of the CSO. Early last year, three ta…

Cebu Literary Festival 2014

JUNE 27, FRIDAY. It's a day about everything literary at Ayala Center Cebu! Discover the beauty of words in literary talks, moderated conversations, exhibits, demos, presentations, a book launch and a music and poetry jam at end of day during the event.
The bonus: enjoy all of these treats for FREE!
Cebu Literary Festival 2014 is presented by Little Boy Productions and the Cebuano Studies Center  in cooperation with the Arts Council of Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu, 22 Tango Records, Happy Garaje, Kenneth Cobonpue, Style Assembly, Steven Atenta, East West Café at the IT Park, Pepper Lunch, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and Shakey’s.
For details, call (032) 233-0452 or join this public event in Facebook.
PROGRAM
1030am - Opening Remarks – Mayor Mike Rama
1045am – Talk: Ten Things You Need to Know about Being a Cebuano Playwright in NYC by Linda Faigao Hall
1145am – Presentation: Promoting Reading through Storytelling by Cris Evert Lato of the Basadours
12nn – Presentation: Pechakucha by Jay…

Travel Writing Lecture with Shivaji Das in UP Cebu

Are you a Cebu-based travel writer? Are you a travel writer whose currently in Cebu? Do you want to learn more about travel writing? Are you planning to document one of our future travels? Do you want to learn techniques on how to be a better travel writer?
If you have a YES answer to any of these questions,  we are pleased to invite you to the "UP CebuCreative Writing Program Lecture Series.”
This is a three-hour lecture from a renowned Asian travel writer Shivaji Das. He has given several talks on travel writing in Singapore, China, Indonesia and Brazil. This Singapore-based author of "Journey With the Caterpillar" (a humorous travelogue in Indonesia) will be having a lecture on Travel Writing on June 28, 2014, Saturday from 1:00-4:00 PM in UP Cebu AVR-2. Admission is free.
The novelist and PEN Awardee Gina Apostol and New-York based playwright Linda Faigao have previously conducted lectures hosted by the UP Cebu Creative Writing Program.

See you there, Creative Isko…

UP Cebu Candidates for Graduation Batch 2014

The Candidates for Graduation of the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) as of the end of the Second Semester/Trimester & Third Trimester, AY 2013-2014 as endorsed by the College Council on April 21,2014 are the following:








Congratulations, mga Iskolar ng Bayan! You are encouraged to bring your UP Sablay during rehearsals on these dates and here is also an animation on how to transfer your UP Sablay from left to right.
Graduation will be on April 30, 2014. At this year's commencement rites, the valedictory speech will be delivered by Annie Fe G. Perez, BA Mass Communication, Class of 2014, magna cum laude, valedictorian. On the other hand, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago is also this year's commencement speaker.
As of the latest update, the UP Cebu Graduation will be held at the UP High Grounds.

UP Cebu Instructions for Graduating Students

Below is the image of the copy of Instruction for the graduating students of the University of the Philippines Cebu this SY 2013-2014. It contains the date of the rehearsals for the commencement rites and dress code for the Baccalaureate Service and Commercement Exercises. 
(Trivia: Sablay is the official attire of the University of the Philippines.)
Other universities or colleges that try to imitate UP's tradition call it on the different name.