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Pondering over ruins

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Dimiao and Guindulman in Bohol province lie about 30 minutes from each other by private transport. Both towns share something in common: they both have ruins of Spanish-era structures that witnessed calamities long forgotten. At the epistle side of Roman Catholic Church of Dimiao (your right side if you are facing the church façade) are [...]

Posted: December 19th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Romancing words with Greg Mercado

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Before World War II, only two Cebuano writers in English were nationally regonized: Estrella Alfon and Gregorio Mercado. The third one, who was born in Romblon but lived the rest of his life in Cebu, was Cornelio Faigao. A book about Alfon and her works was put out by the equally famous writer Lina Espina-Moore [...]

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

How about our local heroes?

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That a monument to Andres Bonifacio, founding head of the Katipunan, has been installed in Cebu by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) is to be lauded. There is, of course, already an existing Bonifacio monument opposite that of Rizal at the plaza across the Mandaue Presidencia. The tandem of Bonifacio and Rizal [...]

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

Mendicancy and healthy relief

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On my way to Borbon town to check out the Gavino Sepulveda ancestral house, I observed many children lining up beside the road with hands outstretched while a number of men and woman had gathered at a road junction, ostensibly waiting for some good Samaritan to stop and perhaps distribute food. On my way back, [...]

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

Bohol bounces back

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No disaster can disquiet the human yearning to survive, to pick up the pieces and move on with life. And nowhere was this concretely visible for me than in the last two days going through about 15 towns in Bohol with accomplished photographer Fr. Jun Rebayla, SVD, vice president for finance of the University of [...]

Posted: November 21st, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Ego in the year of living dangerously

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I write this piece as trucks from various companies are busy packing relief goods for the victims of supertyphoon Yolanda here at the Wrocklage Yard of the University of San Carlos (USC) Downtown Campus. There was only one truck late last Tuesday night, from Prince Warehouse Club, but when I arrived yesterday, three more trucks [...]

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

Cooking away a supertyphoon

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It was supposed to be all systems go for the launching tomorrow of Louella Eslao Alix’s book on heritage cooking entitled, ‘Hikay: The Culinary Heritage of Cebu’ at Casino Español de Cebu. Planned way ahead of the supertyphoon now about to drop another disaster on the laps of Visayans, the launching of this 264-page tome [...]

Posted: November 7th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

If the stones could speak

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If the stones could speak, then work would be easier. That is insofar as piecing together all the debris that has fallen on the grounds of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño. These past two weeks, a team from Escuela Taller in Intramuros and archaeologists from Manila have begun quietly sorting and making sense of [...]

Posted: October 31st, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Restoring fallen heritage churches

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I was at the University of San Carlos Downtown Campus (formerly its main campus) supervising the preparations for an upcoming exhibition jointly curated with the National Archives of the Philippines when the earthquake occurred. This is not my first time to experience such a tremor. There was that one last year on my birthday and [...]

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

Gearing up for 2016 and 2018

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By the looks of it, the year 2016 is going to be a banner year for the Philippines. In January that year, some 10,000 Roman Catholic clergy and lay leaders from all over the world will spend seven days of their lives in Cebu for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress. This is only the second [...]

Posted: October 10th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Moro raiding, then and now

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The latest round of incursions in parts of Central and Southeastern Mindanao by the so-called Bangasoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (or BIFF) brings to mind tales of Moro slave raiding that pretty much accompanied Spanish colonialism in the Philippines. A direct comparison is not, however, feasible as the motives then as now are quite divergent. The [...]

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

Exhibiting Sugbo of the Archives

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The proposed artificial river and a retention pond by Joey Daluz III, chief of the Cebu City Reduction of Danger Zones (Redz) Task Force, brings to mind a Spanish-era map that I found in 2008 while preparing for the conversion of the old Cebu provincial jail into Museo Sugbo. Daluz’s proposal, aimed at directing the [...]

Posted: September 26th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Fate of Cebu town histories

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Started during the term of governor Gwendolyn Garcia, it was one of those projects that the former governor specifically mentioned to Gov. Hilario Davide III during discussions before the formal turnover of the governorship towards the end of June this year. Last month, frenzied calls from the staff of Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, who chaired [...]

Posted: September 19th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

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