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Priest in a roofless church: They lost everything but not their faith


The façade looks like a place of worship for antichrists—a leaning statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and a hanging, almost falling, inverted cross. Inside the church, on an elevation are a fit-for-royalty chair, a vigil candle, a rostrum and the purple-curtained tabernacle. Looking up, one would see the blue sky and clouds—as the ceiling had parted.

Posted: December 16th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

A journey home for ‘Operation Smile’ on its 30th mission year

DR. WILLIAM Magee and his wife, Kathy , Operation Smile International Mission founders, receive a plaque of recognition from Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and his wife,  Marilyn, at the  thanksgiving dinner at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City on Tuesday night for the Operation Smile volunteers who are into their 19th surgical mission for the cleft palate and lip.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Since she was a little girl, May Klaire Parparan has always wanted to become a nurse. But she lost hope when a teenager rudely told her when she was 7 years old: “How can you become a nurse when nurses are beautiful and you’re different?”

Posted: November 17th, 2012 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

‘Smile’ begins with basket of bananas

VOLUNTEER doctors examine a baby during the last screening of patients to be given reconstructive surgery in Naga City.

It all started 30 years ago. A woman asked Dr. William “Bill” Magee to return to Naga City even if her child was not among those operated on by his team of medical volunteers, and gave him a basket of bananas.

Posted: November 14th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »