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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 »

  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Opinions split on Napoles turning state witness
  3. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  4. Plunder complaint filed vs PNP chief, firearms office head over license delivery deal
  5. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  6. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  7. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  10. Boy ‘sexually assaulted’ at Indonesia international school
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima


  • Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  • Napoles turnaround alarms whistle-blowers
  • Palace prepared to charge its allies
  • 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  • PNP chief on plunder raps: ‘Amateurish’
  • Sports

  • Mixers trim Aces, force do-or-die tiff
  • Donaire junks Garcia as coach, taps father
  • ’Bye Ginebra: No heavy heart this time
  • UAAP board tackles new rules
  • Baguio climb to decide Le Tour de Filipinas
  • Lifestyle

  • Entering the monkhood a rite of passage
  • Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  • Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  • Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  • Life lessons I want to teach my son
  • Entertainment

  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • In love … with acting
  • From prison to the peak of success
  • ‘Asedillo’ location thrives
  • Business

  • Philippine Airlines to stop shipment of shark fins
  • PH banks not ready for Asean integration
  • Stocks down on profit-taking
  • Banks allowed to use ‘cloud’
  • SMIC to issue P15-B bonds
  • Technology

  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
  • Obama arrives in Tokyo, first stop of 4-nation tour
  • Believe it or not: Filipinos love US more than Yanks
  • PH, HK end bitter row; sanctions lifted
  • Marketplace