Latest Stories
Home » column

The landscape according to Caravaggio


They say that Caravaggio painted As though he were inside a dungeon Or a room deep within a tavern, Where the illumination comes Not from the sun but from a lamp, Which is unseen and seems embedded Into the very fact of being — The women, children, men and horses, Whose physicality is such As [...]

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

The dawn of visions


For the past several days, the wife and I have been waking up at three in the morning, a bleak and merciless hour. To make sure that we would not miss it, I set the alarm on both the radio clock and my cellphone. Usually I respond to the alarm first. Perhaps I am the [...]

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



How strange that, as I look at Raphael’s paintings of John the Baptist, I should think of Django, the main character of a 1966 eponymous Western directed by Sergio Corbucci, a film that spawned many sequels, over a hundred according to speculations, but only 31 as per official count. The movie opens with an iconic [...]

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

Missing God


A friend of mine posted a poem by Dennis O’ Driscoll, entitled, “Missing God.” At once it evoked a remark a public official made after seeing for himself the destruction that an uncommonly violent typhoon left in its trail. “I think God was somewhere else when the typhoon hit,” he said. Surely, he made this [...]

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

The hero of my tale


Recently, the wife and I went to a store to buy a cabinet. We used my sister’s card for the purpose. At the entrance, the young man swiped the card through an electronic reader. When my sister’s address appeared on the monitor, he asked us if we still resided in the place, or if we [...]

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

Day and night


Without Caravaggio one might not fully understand Bernard Strozzi’s painting of Zacchaeus. We know Zacchaeus’ story. He was a chief tax collector. In his Gospel, Luke narrates that, when Jesus was passing through Jericho, Zacchaeus wanted to get a look at him. But because of his height, he could not see Jesus over the crowd, [...]

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

The bridge is love


The floor quavered as I was writing this. I had hoped that the aftershocks were over — as of last count close to three thousand since the big earthquake ten days ago. The earth rocked at midnight, but only in the manner of the cradle. In fact, when I called her attention, instead of being [...]

Posted: October 27th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »



Always it starts with a tiny sound, No louder than the clink of ice in a glass— The little Venus on the table Tick-tocks as it walks in a wobble, The frame beside it slowly slides, The books begin to leave the shelves As though pulled out by many readers, And the vase, after a [...]

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

Bird cage


I chanced upon a bird cage on top of a pile of discarded things, among the broken furniture and the termite-eaten boards ripped from the living room wall during repairs. Somehow I had expected it. No childhood is without a bird cage. Mine had one, which I shared with my brother and sisters, and which [...]

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

About time


As a young man, when I was preparing for the religious vows, I lived in a monastery for a year. The novice master assigned me to a room near the main stairs. Beside it was a grandfather clock, which, like the Big Ben, played the melody known as the Cambridge chimes every fifteen minutes, adding, [...]

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

How to make an omelette


When the wife felt unwell and needed a rub, we asked our regular masseuse for the customary late-night home service. Because the whole procedure took three hours, and the wife could fall asleep, I decided to stay up and wait for the masseuse to finish. The woman had to be paid her fees and the [...]

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

A portrait of the artist as a Christian


Between 1887 and 1890, while at an asylum for the mentally ill, Vincent van Gogh decided to paint copies of the works of his favorite artists, from whom he expected to draw a new fire, especially since he had run out of subjects and the bitter cold of winter kept him from working outdoors. Among [...]

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

A dance to the music of the end time


After a brief stop at Avila, our bus crossed the vast, lonely plains of Spain. We drove into a sunset landscape that occasionally showed lines of olive trees and patches of purple vineyards. Night had fallen when we reached Fatima, a parish in the municipality of Ourem in the Portuguese Centro region. After a quick dinner, we joined the candlelight procession. It helped that our hotel was just a few minutes’ walk from the shrine.

Posted: November 18th, 2012 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

  1. Gigi Reyes back to face charges
  2. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  3. In the know: Gigi Reyes
  4. SC suspends proctor in 2011 bar exams
  5. Senator Pimentel backs German think tank’s stand vs dynasties
  6. Bar proctor suspended for photographing test papers
  7. Collector Danny Garcia says Inquirer worth more than news
  8. Meteor shower to light up PH skies
  9. What Went Before: Enrile denies Gigi Reyes was ‘other woman’
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  5. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  6. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  7. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  8. Massive infra spending set
  9. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  10. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  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. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  9. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia


  • $57-B mega plan to solve Metro’s mega woes
  • Aquino vows to step up fight against corruption
  • Santiago scoffs at rushing defense pact for Obama visit
  • Former solon, 2 others sanctioned for unfair labor practice
  • Let us pray for the nation, healing priest asks leaders
  • Sports

  • PH pug Hipolito Banal decisions Colombian in Aiba
  • Former Pacquiao sparmate Porter keeps IBF title
  • Grueling 2014 Le Tour de Filipinas hits road
  • ICTSI Tour big hitters have edge at Sherwood
  • What Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather could do
  • Lifestyle

  • Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts
  • ‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith
  • Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  • ‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year
  • Korean animation comes of age
  • Entertainment

  • Easter musings
  • Solenn in shorts
  • Unmerry mix of attention-calling moves on ‘Mini-Me’ TV tilts
  • Persistence pays off for The 1975
  • Special section in LA fest for Filipino films
  • Business

  • BDO seen keen on bidding for Cocobank
  • Bataan freeport investment pledges up 1,302%
  • Golden Week
  • Bourse to woo Cebu stock mart investors
  • Supper power
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
  • There is plenty of water behind Wawa Dam
  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

  • Search for Etihad passengers launched
  • Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  • Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months
  • OFW died of Mers-CoV in Saudi Arabia, says family
  • Aquino, Obama to tackle US pivot to Asia during state visit
  • Marketplace