The Visayan Electric Co. (VECO) will pass on to consumers the P78 million cost of the underground cabling from the Capitol to Fuente Osmeña and the purchase of power from a plant in Leyte. The hike, an official said, will be minimal. Late last night, UP Cebu mass communications graduate Wynonah Van Joy Buot was crowned Miss Cebu 2015.

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Here are the top Cebu news stories for Thursday, January 15, 2015.

Veco power to cost slightly more this year

The Visayan Electric Co. (Veco) will increase power rates twice this year to pass on to consumers the P78-million cost of putting cables underground from the Capitol to Fuente Osmeña and the purchase of power from the Unified Leyte Geothermal Power Plant.

Veco Chief Operating Officer Sebastian Lacson said they used to buy power at P4.56 per kilowatt hour (kwh) from the Leyte plant. But it has been privatized and they project price to go up to P5 per kwh.

The increases will be minimal, he said:

  • 20 centavos additional for average consumer with 200 kilowatt-hour a month for the underground cabling pass-on costs
  • P12 additional for average consumer who will consume 200 kilowatt-hour a month for the Leyte power purchase pass-on costs

Sun.Star Cebu: Power to cost more
The Freman: VECO announces 2 possible rate hikes

UP mass com grad, the crowd favorite, crowned Miss Cebu 2015

Wynonah Van Joy Buot is Miss Cebu 2015. (Photo by Gerald Yuvallos of
Wynonah Van Joy Buot is Miss Cebu 2015. (Photo by Gerald Yuvallos of

UP Cebu graduate Wynonah Van Joy Buot is the new Miss Cebu. She was crowned in last night’s pageant.

Buot “consistently impressed” judges all throughout the competition, Frederick Peralta, one of the judges, told Sun.Star Cebu.

The pageant’s final question was “If you could host Pope Francis to dinner, who would be your Cebuano guests and why?” Buot said she would invite students of Cebu.

“If I were to take Pope Francis for dinner in Cebu, I would bring with me the students of Cebu because our students are the hope of the future and our Pope Francis is the hope of our country (…) We can then talk about how we can strengthen, unify, and share love and respect, so that we can encourage our citizens to take part and make a change here in our society.” — Wynonah Van Joy Buot, Miss Cebu 2015

Buot also won Miss Friendship, Miss Photogenic, Kapamilya Star of the Night, and Best in Evening Gown.

Vatican asks Archdiocese of Palo: Remove Pope Francis banners

Vatican officials have asked the Archdiocese of Palo to remove banners and tarps with the image of Pope Francis. The request came along with instructions for the papal motorcade from Tacloban City to Palo on January 17.

“The pope said he’s not the focus of this event. He said the focus is Christ.” — Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president

The Freeman: Rome: No pope posters please

ANNOUNCING A QUEEN. Today’s banner pages of Sun.Star Cebu and Cebu Daily News.


Liloan Mayor Duke only Cebuano in Ten Outstanding Young Men award

Liloan Mayor Vincent Franco “Duke” Frasco received The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines award for 2014 in the field of public administration. Under his administration, Liloan was able to increase its revenues by 400 percent. The town also sponsored more than 1,000 scholars from underprivileged families.

Other awardees were Ma. Doris Dumlao, journalism; Biñan City Mayor Marlyn B. Alonte-Naguiat, government and public service; Jessie Pascual P. Bitog, agricultural engineering; Dr. John Mark S. Velasco, medical science and public health; and Oscar Franklin B. Tan, law.

The TOYM, according to a Sun.Star Cebu report, “seeks to give national recognition to young men and women between ages 18 and 40, whose selfless dedication to their profession or vocation has resulted in significant contributions to the welfare of their countrymen, as well as the advancement of their fields of endeavor.”

“I am deeply humbled by this great distinction. I share this award with the people of Liloan and of Cebu. Serving as mayor of Liloan for the past eight years has truly been a privilege. Receiving this award is an affirmation that we must be doing something good.” — Liloan Mayor Vincent Franco “Duke” Frasco

Other top stories:

Sun.Star Cebu: Sinulog started with PE students, recall Boy Odilao, who came up with idea that became the country’s grandest festival

“When we started out, our concept was to create a festival that would serve as our “halad” (offering) to the Santo Nino. No more, no less. When you shout ‘Pit Señor!’, you are actually asking the Child Jesus for something.” — David “Boy” Odilao Jr., former Customs collector and father of Sinulog

Sun.Star Cebu: Hundreds of balikbayans return to Cebu for Sinulog;
Sun.Star Cebu: Marina asks shipping companies to cut passenger, cargo rates because of oil price plunge
The Freeman: LTFRB asks local governments to help make sure correct PUJ fare is charged by measuring distances of jeepney routes
The Freeman: Girl accused of shoplifting reported to have attempted suicide by taking TB pills

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