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Homeschooling, salvation


I never expected I would one day see a Nazareth. Maybe because for Christmas, most Catholics need from craftsmen Belens (Nativity scenes named after the Spanish word for Bethlehem), not Nazareths to set up in homes or in churches. Our elaborate Belens took shape from the writings of Saints Matthew and Luke about the star, [...]

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

A time to wait


Whenever father, mother or the two fly in from Dubai, where he works, and sister and I go to the airport to fetch them, I—since I do not drive, younger sibling does and she has to find a parking space—am usually first between us in the arrival area, on the lookout for our comeback folks.

Posted: December 1st, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Where do we go after we die?


Everything, human life no less, comes to an end. That is the message of the holy days from the end of October to the second of November. The question is, “To what end shall we come?” The answer depends on the truth of a man’s faith, the holiness of his life and on God’s judgment. [...]

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »



As someone who has tried to follow the spiritual path for some time, I would like to dwell on the repercussions of a shaken earth on our Christian faith. Two of the most significant earthquakes in Scripture are found in the Gospel. One happened, if memory serves, around the time our Lord Jesus Christ breathed [...]

Posted: October 27th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Happy birthday, Mama Mary!


Today’s feast of the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary is not a very big celebration in Catholic countries outside the Philippines.

Posted: September 8th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Christ in


On his flight back to Rome following a fruitful visit to Rio de Janeiro for the 28th World Youth Day, Pope Francis surprised his companion foreign journalists by letting them ask sundry questions that he answered generously. Zenit news agency translated the multilingual dialogue which showed among other things that the Philippines is clearly in [...]

Posted: August 11th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

‘Christ the Redeemer’


In the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, under the gaze of the Christ the Redeemer statue on the peak of the 700-meter-high Corcovado mountain, the Catholic Church’s 28th World Youth Days (WYD) will unfold this Tuesday, July 23 to Sunday, July 28.

Posted: July 21st, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »



“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Posted: June 30th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Our strength and portion


Since the Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life, a Christian who is not centered in the Holy Eucharist is not well-established in life and does not have a proper goal.

Posted: June 2nd, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Sacred vote


Cebu commuters have been subjected in the streets to canned political advertisements that speak of the sacredness of the act of voting.

Posted: May 12th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News,Uncategorized | Read More »

Boston and our backyards


I was up early, 5:30 a.m., logged on to the Web the day bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and in the city’s John F. Kennedy library. Soon after reading news blurbs about the violence I checked by e-mail on one of my best friends, a physician from India who lived two blocks from the finish line. He said in reply that he was planning to go there but changed his mind when he heard an explosion.

Posted: April 19th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Benedict’s cross


Then Pope Benedict XVI was right when he said in February that his then impending depature from the papacy was no flight from the Cross. Proof of this is his continuing crucifixion by critics of the Church and pseudo-fans of Pope Francis. The latter extol the simplicity of the new Pope at the cost of tarnishing the character of the old one. They equate the Pope Emeritus with their own poor notion of the Middle Ages—dark, backward and decadent—and speak as if the saintliness of the new Pontiff is an anomaly among the Successors of Saint Peter.

Posted: April 14th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Blossoms, blessings


Dried rose petals reposed in a small wooden box on his work desk. The color of blood, sunshine and pearls, they had fallen on the night of Feb. 28, 2013 off stalks that brushed a glass-enclosed reliquary in Cebu’s cathedral. Within rested part of a humerus of Saint Therese of Lisieux.

Posted: March 24th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

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  2. Obama, family cause a small stir at Easter service
  3. Santiago sees Palace hand in Gigi’s return
  4. Gigi Reyes’ only option: tell all
  5. Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after tire burst
  6. ‘Malang’ next crocodile attraction after ‘Lolong’
  7. Ancient enigmatic carvings in danger of disappearing
  8. New plant to boost supply of clean energy
  9. Unease in Vatican over cardinal’s luxury flat—report
  10. In the know: Gigi Reyes
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  5. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  6. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  7. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  8. Massive infra spending set
  9. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  10. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  9. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia


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  • Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
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  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
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  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

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  • Obama on mission to quiet Asia skeptics
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