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Thank you, Iceland

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This year’s United Nations observance of International Migrants Day, usually a platform to air the dark side of Filipino diaspora and a day to lament the struggles and problems of migrants all over the world, takes on a positive note. Thanks to Filipinos working in Europe and, without meaning to trivialize the situation, supertyphoon Yolanda. [...]

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

Toughest job on earth for Ping Lacson

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Three days after being sworn in by President Benigno Aquino III as presidential assistant for rehabilitation and recovery, former senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson buckled down to his job by visiting Guiuan in Eastern Samar, the town of Palo and the cities of Baybay and Tacloban in Leyte. This was last Friday. Although Lacson knew what [...]

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Eating in the time of Yolanda

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Eating in the time of Yolanda,” would have been an apt title to a short video about how to cook canned sardines in three different ways. The segment that was aired by GMA 7 during its early evening newscast last Tuesday was not really about culinary tips but how our brothers and sisters in Eastern [...]

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

Cebu’s culinary heritage

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This is a postscript to “Engaging a Foreign Diplomat in the Time of Yolanda” (Window 12/5), my own account of the conferment of the Marshall McLuhan Fellowship to this paper’s publisher and acting editor-in-chief, Eileen G. Mangubat by His Excellency Neil Reeder, the Canadian ambassador to the Philippines. Following the no-frills rites and EGM’s inaugural [...]

Posted: December 9th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Engaging a foreign diplomat in the time of Yolanda

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His Excellency, Neil Reeder, ambassador of Canada to the Philippines blew into town last Tuesday to confer the 2013 Marshall McLuhan Fellowship on Eileen G. Mangubat, this paper’s publisher and editor in chief in simple rites at the Marcelo B. Fernan Cebu Press Center. The conferment was followed by the McLuhan Forum on Responsible Journalism, [...]

Posted: December 5th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Yolanda and Ruffy Biazon

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If Bureau of Customs Commissioner Rufino Ruffy Biazon is closely monitoring messages from Malacañang churned out on a regular basis via press briefings and broadcast interviews, I believe he is finalizing his letter of resignation or perhaps it could well be ready by the time he meets President Benigno Aquino III any time soon. As [...]

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

Pacman no match for taxman

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It has often been said that in life, nothing is certain except death and taxes. For world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, who is being chased, some say harassed, by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for allegedly failing to pay his income taxes, the bureau’s issuance of a warrant of garnishment which prompted the Court [...]

Posted: November 28th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

The Redemptorists of Tacloban City

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Close relatives and friends of Fr. Edwin Bacaltos are happy to know that the head priest of Our Mother of Perpetual Help parish in Tacloban City is in Cebu City for a much needed rest after the brutal encounter with Supertyphoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan). The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer also known as [...]

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Story from an unreached village

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I’m writing this article while talking with Christian “Tintin” Abello, whose family lives in sitio Patao in Bantayan island in northern Cebu, the section of the province badly hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda. The situation in Patao, a fishing village with a population estimated at 5,000 deserves attention because while the provincial government ramps up [...]

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

‘We Are The World,’ Yolanda version

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We Are The World,” the 1985 charity anthem written by the late Michael Jackson for famine-ravaged Africa 28 years ago is enjoying a revival of sorts, thanks to creative netizens who updated the music video. Overlaid with a slew of images taken from the devastated towns and cities of Leyte and Samar, it is making [...]

Posted: November 18th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Anderson Cooper and a call for mercy flights

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“I don’t know where to begin,” a survivor told CNN star journalist Anderson Cooper when he landed in Tacloban City five days after supertyphoon Yolanda (international name, Haiyan) slammed into eastern and central Visayas leaving towns flattened and thousands dead. Hardest hit among the 40 areas battered by Yolanda was Tacloban City which took the [...]

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

Waiting for Yolanda

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I woke up early Saturday morning listening to the international cable news channel CNN for updates about the movement and the swath of destruction left by Super Typhoon Yolanda. The international name given by the World Meteorological Organization to the most ferocious typhoon on record is Haiyan, the Chinese name for “petrel,” a type of [...]

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

No way out

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There has been a lot of speculation about changes in the Cabinet after President Benigno S. Aquino III dropped 15 points in approval ratings during the 3rd quarter. The Social Weather Station survey conducted from September 20-23, 2013 showed P-Noy’s popularity slumping from +64 in June 2013 to +49 in just three months. September saw [...]

Posted: November 7th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

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