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A week with the Lord


Last Sunday we observed the Feast of the Epiphany, the Manifestation of the Lord, first to the shepherds watching their flocks in the fields, then to the Magi, the Three Wise Men of the East, the Magi earlier referred to as the Three Kings. A feast that traditionally ended the Christmas season, and the season [...]

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

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 »

Memories at year’s end


My pre-Christmas week started Wednesday last week, the 18th, when I attended a quiet but significant gathering at Ayala Center to launch Erlinda Kintanar-Alburo’s book on the life and works of the late radioman and writer Greg M. Mercado, in “Romancing with Words.” As an invited guest speaker, I was able to pre-read the book.

Posted: December 27th, 2013 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 »

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 »

Lenten insights


It seemed ironic this year that the start of the Lenten season of penance and sacrifice with Ash Wednesay should be followed the next day with the loving concern for The Other, and/or others, and even happy, love theme of Valentine’s Day. Then  it occurred to me that the practices of Lent should awaken us [...]

Posted: February 22nd, 2013 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 »

Leap year February


Welcome to this special month of February, the shortest month of the year, with 28 days compared to the 30 or 31 in other months, but this year, being a leap year, we have 29 days to commemorate Valentine’s Day and National Arts Month.

Posted: February 3rd, 2012 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »



The river of time flows smoothly through the years: past, present and future. We bade goodbye to what was an eventful 2011 as we looked forward to this year with hope. I spent the New Year’s first day and last month’s Christmas Day here in Cebu. I used to spend both with my youngest son and his family in Manila after my husband passed away. Now that they have immigrated to Canada, and with my other three children having already immigrated to the States long before, it’s Christmas and New Year’s home here at last.

Posted: January 6th, 2012 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

When times seem darkest


With days to go as we prepared for our much-awaited Christmas Day this year, when the familiar carol proclaims it should be “Silent Night … (when), all is calm, (and) all is bright …,” our days in the country seem darkest, beset with natural and human disasters and political turmoil. When Tropical Storm Sendong struck the eastern part of the country, particularly Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities in northern Mindanao, we were witness to mass floodings that washed away life, property, and even, more tragically, hope.

Posted: December 23rd, 2011 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Blessings through trying times


This week we have been blessed with a series of religious/spiritual, cultural/historical and celebratory activities to see us through a trying time of national political dissension, as well as unusual weather conditions.

Posted: November 25th, 2011 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

October prayers for our troubled times


The days of this week have been emotionally charged with concerns both for us still alive and those who have gone ahead. As we look forward to the observance of All Saints’ Day (Todos Los Santos) on Nov. 1st, and All Souls’ Day (Todos Los Muertos) on Nov. 2nd, commonly referred to as Adlaw sa [...]

Posted: October 28th, 2011 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

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