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Faith amid tragedy in 2 festivals

SPRAY BLESSING.  A Roman Catholic lay minister sprays holy water with a hose to bless the images of the Sto. Niño carried by devotees during the Feast of Sto. Niño at the Santo Niño de Tondo Parish in Tondo, Manila, on Sunday. Grand festivals honoring the Child Jesus, such as the Sinulog in Cebu and the Ati-atihan in Aklan, were also held on Sunday. RICHARD A. REYES

Stories of faith and environmental protection, and the importance of family were told by 35 contingents that participated in the Sinulog 2014 dance competition in Cebu City.

Posted: January 20th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Wet church, warm hearts in Tacloban

KEEPING THE FAITH. Msgr. Alex Opiniano gives Holy Communion to the faithful during the first “Misa de Gallo” at Sto.Niño de Tacloban Church a month after Supertyphoon “Yolanda” laid the city to waste. SHIENA BARRAMEDA/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

With only a light green-and-yellow checkered shawl to protect her from the chill and slight drizzle, 89-year-old Damasa Pelingon trudged with her daughter, Delia, through unlit streets before daybreak on Monday to reach Sto. Niño de Tacloban Church.

Posted: December 17th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

First, last, only


This was one Holy Mass where I felt I was in heaven.

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

Less TV; spend more quiet time with God—Tagle

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. AP FILE PHOTO

Will you give up your favorite teleserye (soap opera) to observe Lent?

Posted: February 20th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Nazarene rites ‘faster, more orderly’

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Faith combined with planning produced a “miracle” of sorts: The procession went faster, the andas didn’t break down, the street sweepers went quickly into action, and the 200-year-old tradition showed no signs of fading.

Posted: January 10th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Nick Joaquin’s defense of the Quiapo ‘panata’

Too much nonsense has been said about Catholics being passive in worship.

Posted: January 9th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Quiapo priest: Filipino devotion to Black Nazarene not idolatry


Why do they keep coming back, barefoot, and in their millions?

Posted: January 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Black Nazarene procession: Hopefully faster, safer, cleaner, sober


To avoid a repeat of last year’s procession that took 22 hours to finish, the carriage that will bear the iconic image of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo has been redesigned for smoother, faster movement amid crushing waves of barefoot devotees, officials said on Thursday.

Posted: January 3rd, 2013 in Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Why some prayers go unanswered


You want to be a successful businessman, executive, writer, soldier or office employee this year? Decree it! Tell the Universe you are already what you want to be, give thanks, and expect it.

Posted: December 31st, 2012 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Metro,On Target | Read More »



I read somewhere that astronauts could hear old radio shows in space. Apparently, radio waves do not fall apart, they just drift in the ether, and no doubt some of them found their way into the astronauts’ apparatus. How both bizarre and gratifying to listen to the same radio broadcast of a soap opera in the 50s, which went on the air before many of us were born.

Posted: December 18th, 2011 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

In search of good homilies


“It’s hard to find sermons that resonate in daily life,” I told my confessor Father Dan McNamara years ago. “Many priests read from texts written by other people, or thunder on about sex and immorality, or worse, do not care and ramble endlessly.” “So I shop around in search of good homilies. Is this okay, [...]

Posted: September 25th, 2011 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Venezuela’s Chavez turns to shamans to fight cancer

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez raises his fist into the air after being presented with a “healing hat” by an indigenous woman outside the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011. Chavez was visited by a group of Venezuela's indigenous community, who sang and danced for him, offering him a healing prayer as he continues his fight against cancer.   AP Photo/Fernando Llano

CARACAS—Shamans from tribes in Venezuela’s Amazon jungle held a ceremony at the Miraflores presidential palace Saturday to help Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez recover from his cancer treatment. Chavez, who insists that he was “not sick but recovering” from cancer, greeted the shamans wearing a track suit in the colors of the Venezuelan national flag and [...]

Posted: September 11th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »



Many people say human life is a journey. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in explaining the purpose  of this journey,  quotes Saint Ignatius of Loyola. “God freely created us so that we might know, love, and serve him in this life and be happy with him forever” the saint said. “God’s purpose in creating [...]

Posted: August 21st, 2011 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


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  • Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  • Ancient enigmatic carvings in danger of disappearing
  • Tagle: Hope comes with warning on Easter
  • New plant to boost supply of clean energy
  • Sports

  • Goodbye MGM, Las Vegas for Pacquiao?
  • Rain or Shine drops Ginebra in big hole
  • Ateneo whips CSB; Davao debuts with win over FEU
  • PH pug Hipolito Banal decisions Colombian in Aiba
  • Former Pacquiao sparmate Porter keeps IBF title
  • 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