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2013 onto 2014

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When 2013 opened I started to concretely prepare for retirement from UP Cebu. Lita Grava of the UP Cebu personnel office was very kind and gave me a list of requirements. I had received both negative and positive anecdotes about retiring from the government. In my case, the positive anecdotes were predominant. In fact, most of the UP staff were helpful. I am very grateful first of all to the personnel office staff led by Becca, Fe and Lita who promptly worked on my papers. Jenny Bastinen helped me with my clearance. The library staff Christy, Flor and Myla assisted me with the many books I had to return or replace. Viking looked for the materials I needed from Manila.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Outstanding Loving

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Viewing the presentation of the CNN Heroes for 2013 gave me such great joy. It was so full of authentic Christmas Spirit. Let us start with the men. Dale Beatty fully realized the desperate need of soldiers disabled and out of the service lacking the security of a home of their own. He himself was [...]

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Andres Bonifacio and other heroes

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Ang laban ni Bonifacio napakahabang laban. Hindi matapos-tapos; tayo ang tutuloy. (Marching song taught by a feminist)

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

Preparation

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Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago obviously came prepared for the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee investigation. She came with a satchel containing a book and a file of papers which appeared to be her guide for the process of questioning. Step by step, she made an effort to convince Janet Lim Napoles to become a state witness. She [...]

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Faith and hope among the common folk

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In the bible-sharing we had right after the earthquake, the mothers connected their reflections to the gospel reading to their earthquake experiences. Most of them narrated their display of not only of maternal instinct—their immediate search for the children or gathering all of them in their arms—but also of faith, calling for God’s protection. Carolina, [...]

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

Media for authentic women development

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The Legal Alternatives for Women Center launched a year-long project that will intensify the use of various media of communication for “authentic women development” last Saturday, October 12. Although the direct beneficiaries are the “marginalized women of the urban and rural communities” of Cebu City and province, women outside Cebu and even those in the [...]

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Challenges of males in school

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In certain countries in Asia, education is a privilege for boys. The Taliban violently keep girls out of school in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Under Spanish colonial rule, Filipino females had limited education. Under the Americans schooling was open to both females and males although there was gender-tracking in the curriculum. And the females responded very [...]

Posted: October 6th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Nurturing spirituality

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St. Theresa’s College in its continuing celebration of the 80th year of its establishment launched the works of Dr. Dulce Jesus Lesugues-Baricuatro and Ms. Desiree L. Balota on September 7.

Posted: September 22nd, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Raising honest young

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Since we are now exerting efforts at fighting and ending corruption, I keep thinking about what can be done to bring up young people of integrity. The first thing that came to mind was nurturing a sense of self-worth. With this a child would be less fearful and more self-confident. This child would not feel the need to pretend. Having been welcomed from the moment of conception and totally accepted, he or she would not find it too difficult to accept limitations or admit mistakes.

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

Celebrating with Dalagang Bukid

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To celebrate 80 years of dynamic presence in Cebu, St. Theresa’s College had a very special homecoming with various activities such as honoring the jubilarians with a special event including recognizing the Theresian Trailblazers. The customary program was exceptionally lively with the festival theme. To bring everyone linked with STC together we have the staging of “Dalagang Bukid.”

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

Fear and faith, hope and love

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During the yearly celebration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, I usually attend the mass of Msgr. Rudy Villanueva. Most of the people join the procession and are in Mabolo Church. The Mass is for those who for one reason or another had been unable to join the fiesta mass and go with the procession. [...]

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

Native trees in the Visayas

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During my first year in UP, when my students had to do a mimicking act of me, among other things, they showed my excitement over the flowering of UP Cebu’s acacia trees. At this time, Mr. George Guy was the college secretary. I will never forget what he told the freshies during their orientation. What does it mean to have the UP spirit? It is to be like the man who planted these trees. It is to think of the future. It is to bring about something that is not yet there, something helpful. It is to have the imagination to foresee all the beauty and goodness that the act of tree planting and caring can bring. They say that man was Dr. Francisco Nemenzo, Sr.

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

Building resilient communities

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As we enter a more intense rainy season, I wonder if women have been organizing in response to the challenges of climate change. This is what the Philippine Commission on Women’s Remy Riken had encouraged us to do last March. It is very logical for women to be the ones to organize for disaster risk [...]

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

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