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Goodbye, 2013; welcome, 2014!

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Midnight Wednesday this week, we bade a memorable and eventful old year 2013 goodbye, as we welcomed the coming of the anticipated new year 2014. On Christmas Day this year, towards the end of a year troubled by human strife and natural disasters, Pope Francis, in his “Urbi et Orbi” (To the City and the [...]

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Triumphant joy after tragedy

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Last Sunday was the Second Sunday of Advent, the second of four Sundays in preparation of clearing the way for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord on Christmas Day. Then Monday, Dec. 9th, was the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On March 25th earlier this year, we observed [...]

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Assess, assist, arise

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These are certainly “times that try men’s souls,” if I may revert to an oft-quoted  lamentation when “things go wrong,” or actually, might it not be us who went wrong? And forgive me for repeating the warning in  US Vice President Al Gore’s book  The Inconvenient Truth of global warming pooh-poohed  years ago by many, [...]

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

Keeping in touch

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As a Bystander, I had originally conceived my role as that of one concerned with watching from the banks of the passing river of life, only to realize later that life proceeds more like an upward spiraling coil to which one can have periodic access. And so, I keep in touch with people, places and [...]

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

Homecoming

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rawing rooms, a nipa-roofed and sawali-walled two-room bilding. Between this and the single original main building near the entry to the campus at Osmeña Boulevard, was the Home Economics Building. Next to our Drawing and Music rooms along the Pelaez Extension Road was the Shop Building, and then the open-air stage from which outdoor university [...]

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

Pope Francis and Lent

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This Bystander started writing this report on one of the most significant days in Lent this year, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of Mary, descendant of the Royal House of David. A carpenter by profession, St. Joseph died on March 19th, is considered the patron of a good death, protector of virginity, and is [...]

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

Trying time of transition

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These are times that try men’s souls,” as a familiar poem goes, a thought especially relevant on this historically fateful date, the Ides of March, which for us this year marks a significant time of transition. The Catholic Church is on the brink of inaugurating the reign of new Pope Francis after the recent resignation [...]

Posted: March 15th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

March in time

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As quickly as time passes, here we are today at the start of March. And as we pause and look back at the past two months of this eventful year, and even earlier, we realize that some of those particular historic and religious news breaks are coming to a significant confluence these days. And even [...]

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

Alpha and omega

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It seems that beginnings and endings are most significantly eventful and impressive, endings to recap all that has happened since the start of a term, and beginnings to open up new vistas and dreams. Allow me to start with personal involvements in a number of civic and community concerns. Thursday last week, we held our [...]

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

Goodbye, 2012; welcome 2013!

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It was a good and blessed old year, trial-tested and oftentimes stormy, but thank God, we have weathered through it in faith, to face new trials with strength gained from spiritual triumphs through adversity. The Feast of the Holy Innocents on the 28th last month reminded us that this new year will further test us [...]

Posted: January 4th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

A blessed Christmas to all

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This most eventful year comes to a close with a mixed Christmas bag for our country: of problems and promises, but especially, not only of banes but of bountiful blessings, for which we thank God!

Posted: December 23rd, 2012 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

After the ides of November

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  As we move into the second half of this 11th month of November, many of us find ourselves caught up in the busy, busy events and activities that usually pile up toward the end of a busy, busy year. This is particularly true with civic groups to which I belong. Last Nov. 3rd, the [...]

Posted: November 16th, 2012 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Signs of our times

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The top news of the week was the re-election of US  President Barack Obama in the  Tuesday, Nov. 6th elections, (Wednesday, November 7th in the Philippines). Results were  announced on TV  soon after lunch in the Philippines. In this, our own pre-election year, there is a lesson there to be learned. With the  wonders of [...]

Posted: November 9th, 2012 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

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