SUN.STAR and its network of community newspapers have been producing "freshly baked" news over the Internet with the help of Sun.Star Network Exchange (Sunnex), the department managing www.sunstar.com.ph.
Sunnex turned 13 last May 10, and as it continues to publish news online from Sun.Star's pool of reporters and correspondents, it strives hard to continue to convey the message to its global audience in a multimedia way. It has outstanding people who always have their oven mitts on.
CEBU CITY -- More than just bringing news, more than just giving updates, the Sun.Star website adopted new tools when it covered the country's second automated elections the multimedia way.
Months before the holding of the midterm polls this year, www.sunstar.com.ph set up a microsite at specials.sunstar.com.ph/philippinepolls to aid and keep the voters informed. It features not just stories in text, but also photos, videos, infographics, and even an online game.
I LOVE my family. In fact, Filipinos as a whole love their families. They are the center of our lives, the basis for all decisions, the reason we cry and laugh and sweat and bleed. So Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago's claim of the Philippines being the "world capital of political dynasties" came as no surprise. Of course, this all-abiding love for family would make its way into politics and our halls of government. And so family names such as Aquino, Marcos, Osmeña and Garcia have become like a trusty pair of jeans-washed, rinsed, repeated.
METRO Gaisano stores (Colon, Mandaue, Ayala, Naga and Toledo) Maasin, Legazpi, Lucena, Binondo, Alabang, Market! Market! and Pampanga is holding their much awaited annual Sidewalk Sale from March 15-17.
CEBU CITY -- The Catholic Church here is preparing the activities to welcome the pilgrim relic of St. Therese of Lisieux, popularly known as "St. Therese of the Child Jesus," which will stay here next week to visit the Catholic faithful.
Relics are the "material remains of a saint or a holy person after death, as well as objects sanctified by contact with his body," according to the Catholic Church.
DILAAB Foundation, in partnership with Couples for Christ, will hold a discernment recollection for all candidates in the May 2013 elections and the election stakeholders.
A GROUP of urologists and doctors from the United States and Canada is in the Philippines from Feb. 5 to 12 for a free “no needle/no scalpel vasectomy (NSV)” mission.
In Cebu City, the medical mission will be held at the Sacred Heart Hospital, Villa Aznar Road, Urgello St. on Feb. 5, 6 and 12, while on Feb. 7 and 8, it will be held at the Tuburan District Hospital in Tuburan town, Cebu.
CONTRACTORS, department heads, supervisors and rank-and-file employees recently attended a seminar and launching of the safety, health and environment programs of the Apo Cement Corp. (Cemex) and Apo Land Quarry Corp. in Tinaan, City of Naga, Cebu.
THE Juanito I. King Foundation Inc. (JIKFI) through its mobile dental van project, jumpstarts 2013 with a series of dental missions
TULONG Kapatid, the consolidated disaster response of the consortium of companies under the Metro Pacific Investment Corp. (MPIC) and the PLDT Group, has committed to support 15 schools in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley for supplementary feeding for the next four months.
GLOBAL Business Power Corp. (GBPC), through its subsidiaries Toledo Power Company and Cebu Energy Development Corp., recently signed an agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 to support the department’s “Adopt an Estero” project.
CLEO Dimayuga, an immigration specialist from Canada and the president of Canadim, lawyer Renaud Dery of Dery and Associates, a Canadian law firm specializing in immigration law, will visit Cebu on Jan. 21 to conduct a free immigration informational seminar and discuss services for nurses and their families who wish to immigrate to Canada.
THE Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) will continue with its annual commitment to provide free potable water during the feast of the Holy Child, Señor Sto. Niño.
During the solemn grand procession on Jan. 19, MCWD will set up four water stations along the route to give free water to devotees who are expected to flock to the city.
THE University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) announced the second offering of its online non-formal course on organic agriculture.
The course is designed to provide participants with the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for implementing and promoting organic agriculture activities and programs.
THE Cebu Real Estate Board Inc. (Cereb) recently produced the first batch of graduates in master in management, major in real estate management program, in response to the call of the Philippine Association of Real Estate Boards Inc. (Pareb) to tie up with local universities for the group’s drive of professionalizing the real estate industry.
THE Metro Pacific Investment Corp. (MPIC) and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) Group treated underprivileged children from various communities to an early Christmas party in celebration of the International Volunteers’ Day last Dec. 5.
THE United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country that knows no cap in almost everything good under the sun. Known to the world as a country of superlatives - tallest and highest building, as well as the biggest mall, it is composed of the seven emirates, namely: Abu Dhabi (the capital), Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman, Sharjah and Fujairah. It also boasts of a varied number of nationalities that come to reside and work. One of the more than 180 nationalities attracted to this rich gulf country is the people from an archipelagic country of the Philippines.
TWENTY-SEVEN students, who are dependents of TMX Cebu employees, were awarded with grants through the Timex Group Global scholarship program.
They are the fourth batch of students who benefited from the program.
INFOWEAPONS Corp. recently donated IPv6-ready equipment and software licenses to the Cebu Institute of Technology-University (CIT-U).
Aimed at promoting IPv6 awareness locally and help teachers and students gain knowledge in IPv6 and related technologies, the donation included three HP Proliant DL DL145 G2 rack-mount servers, one 4U rack-mount server and a half-height 19-inch rack.
BARANGAY Kinasang-an emerged number one among the 80 barangays in this year’s search for the top 10 most child-friendly barangays in Cebu City.
Now on its fourth year, the contest’s other top 10 winners are Barangays Sudlon II, Tinago, Sambag II, Pulangbato, Cogon Ramos, Binaliw, Budlaan, Apas and Kasambagan.
JAPANESE Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe and his wife, Etsuko, hosted a cocktail reception last Nov. 29 at the Shanghai-Beijing rooms of the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel to celebrate the birthday of Emperor Akihito of Japan.
“I’M in the middle of the desert here in Abu Dhabi, but I feel like I’m in Cebu right now! It’s raining. I think (the raindrops are) ‘tears of joy’ for San Pedro Calungsod.”
TODAY is the first day of the “Misa de Gallo” or "Simbang Gabi" (i.e. dawn mass in preparation for Christmas). The churches will be over-flowing with people. In order to be sure of a place in a pew, people will come one hour earlier than the scheduled mass. In spite of the extra mono-block chairs at the Redemptorist Church, some parishioners will borrow chairs from the painitan (breakfast) stalls and some will bring their own stools.
RELIEF operations and cash aid continue to pour for the victims of typhoon Pablo.
SM City Cebu and SM Foundation Inc. have launched Operation Tulong, and put a booth at the lower ground floor of the main mall in SM City Cebu (between Air Philippines and Country Crafts).
VICSAL Foundation (VSF) Inc. recently turned over 44 sets of brand new firefighting suits to the Cebu Filipino-Chinese Volunteer Fire Brigade Inc. (CFCVFB) in a ceremony, which was highlighted by the signing of a memorandum of understanding.
THE Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU)–School of Humanities, in partnership with the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) culture and heritage unit, will run the annual Ateneo Arts Workshop Cebu (ArtsWork Cebu) on April 22 to 26, 2013 at the Casa Gorordo Museum, Cebu City.
Now on its fourth run, the five-day activity is open to third year high school students who are inclined to study the arts. They can participate in any of the three art workshops: creative writing, theater arts and visual arts.
THE Public Employment Service Office (Peso) of Madridejos town in Bantayan Island, Cebu, through its manager Councilor Emie M. Gabito and under the office of Mayor Salvador dela Fuente, will hold a special project that aims to solve jobseekers’ problem or help anyone who wants to secure a clearance from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
THE Asilo de la Milagrosa, a licensed and accredited child-caring agency dedicated to the service of babies, toddlers, children and youth whose families are unable to care for them due to death, sickness, poverty and other social situations, is seeking the public’s help in finding the mother and immediate relatives of Louise Niña Hernandez, who was abandoned last Dec. 28, 2011 at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City.
Her birthmother is Jina Suarez Hernandez. Her last known address is in Calapan, Mindoro Oriental.
IN THE Sun.Star editorial in its maiden issue on November 25, 1982, I wrote:
“(This paper) was born not in some boardroom, not by entrepreneurs who had spare money to invest. It was a dream of some journalists to work for and be a part of a community paper adequately equipped to serve its readers…”
SUN.STAR Cebu is a community newspaper that does more than survive.
Thirty years after publishing its maiden issue on November 25, 1982, Sun.Star Cebu is the most multiawarded of the community newspapers in the country. (From November 25, 1982 to January 2000, Sun.Star Cebu was known as Sun.Star Daily.)