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Goodbye, 2013; welcome, 2014!


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


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


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


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 »



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


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


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


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


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!


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


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


  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


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 »

  1. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  2. Chinese lawyers say they were tortured by police
  3. Hair salon’s Kim Jong Un poster riles embassy
  4. Siquijor ‘healer’: For every cure, there’s a plant
  5. State seeks guilty verdict for Abalos
  6. Why college grads end up in the PNP
  7. Estrada: I will pray for my detractors
  8. Miraculous image makes Gapan City top site for pilgrimage in Central Luzon
  9. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  10. Five men from Cavite found dead in jeep in Batangas
  1. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  2. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  3. Netizens cry: 6/55 Lotto was rigged
  4. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  5. ‘Wife of Jesus’ theory papyrus not fake – Harvard study
  6. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  7. Gay college instructor arrested for oral sex with student
  8. ‘King’ Yabut and I: Driver bares Makati dad ‘abuses’
  9. It was difficult having Japanese blood
  10. Palace: We can’t blame increase in population on Vitangcol
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Pork payoffs to newscasters Erwin Tulfo, Del Prado, others bared
  4. UP back on top as ‘average’ student aces bar
  5. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  6. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  7. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  8. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  9. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  10. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’


  • Sign maker to be nailed to cross for 28th time
  • 50 Quezon City cops each carry 30-kg crosses
  • AFP: Abu Sayyaf group, not MILF, target of Basilan operation
  • Massive infra spending set
  • DOJ to NBI: Arrest Cedric Lee, 4 others
  • Sports

  • Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  • Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17
  • PSC sets Blu Girls US training
  • Power Pinoys settle for 7th place
  • Successful coaches to get raise
  • Lifestyle

  • Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  • Celebrate Easter Sunday at Buddha-Bar Manila
  • Moriones feast: A slow, steady transformation
  • Weaving ‘palaspas’ a tradition kept alive in Tayabas City
  • Finalists announced for best translated books
  • Entertainment

  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Derek more private with new girlfriend
  • ‘Community’ star happy with return of show’s creator
  • Jealousy is kid stuff
  • Mommy-daughter adventure continues
  • Business

  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • PSEi continues to gain
  • Number of retrenched workers rose by 42% in ’13
  • PH seen to sustain rise in FDIs
  • Gov’t subsidies to state firms fell in first 2 months
  • Technology

  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Another reason to quit social media this Holy Week: your safety
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
  • UC Irvine cultural night to dramatize clash of values in immigrant family
  • Filipino sweets and info served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest
  • Milpitas, California kids wrap up a successful run of ‘The Wiz’
  • Netizens welcome Japan’s visa-free travel plan
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