Editorial: Yardstick for the Holy Week

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 08:50 p.m.

CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma’s Lenten message is about our practice of treating the Holy

Week as a vacation and not as a way to reflect on the trials of Jesus Christ.

Roperos: Battling poverty

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 08:48 p.m.

POVERTY is a social and economic condition that most nations in the world, including the mighty United States (US), cannot evade from or shy away from as if it is leprosy--the scourge of ancient times.

Malilong: Visit your conscience

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 08:47 p.m.

TV 5 reporter King Perez is going to Bantayan, Frankahay Ta! co-anchor Omar Redula to Argao and law student Katreena Bisnar to Ormoc. Like almost everybody else, we’re going away from our urban prisons to enjoy the freedom offered by the Lenten holiday break.

Wherever our itchy feet take us, it should always be a journey of faith, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle reminded us during last year’s Holy Week. We should spare time to deepen our faith during this season, the Manila archbishop urged us.

Espinoza: Let’s reflect on Jesus’s sacrifices

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 08:45 p.m.

METRO Manila water officials are bracing for less water this Holy Week. In Cebu City, however, officials are on full alert for storm and flooding because of the low pressure area (LPA) sighted in Guiuan, Eastern Samar on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Metro Cebu Water District (MCWD) officials are no longer worrying about the water to supply because Tuesday’s downpour somehow answered their prayers.

Barrita: On keeping offices open

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 08:43 p.m.

CEBU City’s two top officials, Mayor Mike Rama and VM Ed Labella, will keep their offices open during the Holy Week celebration.

But will they be manning their offices? Mayor Mike said, “The mayor’s office will be open. That means, I will not be going anywhere. Meaning, I will be around.” VM Ed Labella said his office will be manned by a skeletal force to respond to emergencies.

Editorial: Suffering in plain sight

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 09:14 p.m.

WHILE Holy Week has come to be associated with vacations and family trips, it remains a time of reflection for most Christians. The suffering and death of Jesus Christ dominate processions and homilies, from the Stations of the Cross to the Siete Palabras.

Yet even for the less religious, the reality of suffering has become inescapable in these recent months after the earthquake last October and the ruinous onslaught of Yolanda.

Wenceslao: Mommy D and the Holy Week

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 09:12 p.m.

IF YOU pass by the impounding area of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 in Sudlon, Barangay Lahug you will see big markings on their gate stating: “HPG Guardians of the Highways.” Now that its officers are charged for the gruesome murder of Atty. Noel Archival, shouldn’t the markings be changed to “Terror of the Highways”?

Nalzaro: ‘Terror’ of the highways

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 09:07 p.m.

IF YOU pass by the impounding area of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 in Sudlon, Barangay Lahug you will see big markings on their gate stating: “HPG Guardians of the Highways.” Now that its officers are charged for the gruesome murder of Atty. Noel Archival, shouldn’t the markings be changed to “Terror of the Highways”?

Barrita: Mommy D’s ‘voodoo’ act

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 09:06 p.m.

MILLIONS watched Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquaio’s second fight Sunday against American Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas.

But what caught the attention of many on live TV was the terno-clad Mommy Dionesia holding her rosary and estampita, on one hand, and pointing a threatening finger at Bradley, on the other.

Obenieta: From the pitfall of pity

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 09:03 p.m.

ALL else is abstinence. Amen, the poor would likely agree as long as adversity is less a matter of choice than a circumstance that renders Lent redundant. Wherever vulnerability appears to be commonplace, there’s no colder interpretation of public domain than deprivation.

Blessed are the poor, with their unavoidable omnipresence, because majority wins. To lose hope may be a constant temptation, but isn’t being consistently less privileged already a penitence?

Editorial: Chance to cleanse HPG ranks

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 09:45 p.m.

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 and Task Force Archival may have had difficulty solving the ambush-slay of lawyer Noel Archival and his two companions, but the “morsels” of evidence that they have gathered so far is pointing to some culprits: officers of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7.

Roperos: Relief and politics

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 09:44 p.m.

A REPORT late last week said that a member of the Provincial Board (PB) had filed a resolution asking for the withdrawal of the PB’s move to give an award to the mayor of Daanbantayan town for his effort in the rehabilitation of his municipality. Earlier ten barangay captains of the town had criticized the mayor’s rehabilitation effort.

Wenceslao: ‘Sugat’ and the ‘Kabanhawan Festival’

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 09:43 p.m.

IT was a few months ago when Fr. Joel Belciña announced during a Sunday mass that the old team ministry deployed to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Minglanilla town would be replaced by a new one. Belciña said that the old team ministry would be broken up, the priests composing it to be assigned to separate parishes.

Malilong: Mommy D’s moment

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 09:42 p.m.

TOO bad, the only mike available inside the ring was somewhere else when Nanay Dionesia, also known as Mommy D, was talking to Timothy Bradley. It was nothing short of an historic moment; rare, if any, is the mother who climbs up into the roped area after a fight, rarer still she who hugs the man her son had just vanquished.

Seares: Dionesia and her side-show

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 09:41 p.m.

“Deep in the underground carpark of Mandalay Bay, Mommie D. is conducting a human sacrifice to thank the gods for Manny’s victory.” --A tweet on Mrs. Pacquiao’s antic

DIONESIA Paquiao, mother of boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, has been into attention-getting acts in much of her son's life as an idol, making herself a celebrity of sorts too.

Tell it to Sunstar: Demolishing center islands

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 09:39 p.m.

IT IS a puzzle why the center islands along S. Osmena Blvd. were torn down causing 88 trees to be uprooted and discarded.

The public was made to understand that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) was only going to re-asphalt the road. Why were the center islands demolished? On whose orders?

Editorial: Beyond population control

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 08:22 p.m.

MANY people seek to unburden their problems in a church. Last April 8, a girl in white shorts and shirt left more than heartache at the Birhen sa Regla church in Lapu-Lapu City.

Recorded by closed-circuit television (CCTV), the girl left a plastic bag in a trash can in the church premises.

Wenceslao: Pacquiao fight notes

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 08:21 p.m.

FILIPINO boxing icon Manny Pacquiao regained his WBO world welterweight title yesterday by decisioning American Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The title isn’t actually important for Manny considering his stature, but the triumph is. He is back to his winning ways after losing by a devastating knockout to Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez a few years ago.

Nalzaro: Pacquiao rises again

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 08:18 p.m.

TRYING to prove he is the real champion after their first controversial encounter in June 2012, American boxer Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley failed to defend his title against 8-division world champion and Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in their World Boxing Organization (WBO) rematch at the MGM Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Seares: Pacquiao’s win: has God got to do with it?

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 08:16 p.m.

“God doesn’t win the fight. God doesn’t care who wins the fight. I think the guy who works the hardest will win the fight. The best shape fighter that night will win the fight.” -- Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer

AS MANNY Pacquiao’s trainer for over a decade, Freddie Roach didn’t pay, a few days before yesterday’s Las Vegas fight, much respect for the Filipino boxing champ’s religiosity.

Mongaya: No knockout?

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 08:11 p.m.

HAS Manny Pacquiao gone soft and lost his killer instinct? This crossed the minds of not a few who wanted to watch the Pacman knocking out Timothy Bradley. But at least Bradley’s taunting succeeded in getting Manny to silence him during the later rounds.

Not a few netizens likewise credited Bradley for standing up to Pacquiao twice unlike Floyd Mayweather who prefers a taunting match than actual boxing. Note that this is Bradley’s first loss.

Echaves: Farewell, Ros

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 08:00 p.m.

HAD he been born much later, he could have been nicknamed “Third.” But that was a nickname uninvented in his generation.

So he was instead “Estokoy,” coined by his UP Cebu High School classmates after his family name Estoye. In my class record and other teachers’ as well, he came by the formal name Rosendo Dumpit Estoye III. We simply called him “Rosendo” or “Ros.”

Cuizon: The news

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 10:09 p.m.

NEWS is part of our day whether we work in a newspaper and sell them, or buy and read them, and begin the waking up time with them. And in most of the running minutes up to hours, we take the bad news as part of the day, like taking the day’s bad bread in a bad morning’s cooking.

From that part of the morning, we go on with the day’s chores or work, hiding what hurts about bad news, then going on with life.

Mercado: Palms

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 10:08 p.m.

BENDITA sa lukay. That’s how we Cebuanos call today’s rites. Our Spanish-speaking forebears dubbed this as “Domingo de Ramos.” And in Tagalog-speaking areas, the blessed palms are called palaspas. Fray Juan De Plasencia, in 1589, noted Filipinos, even then, used palms for feasts.

Briones: Boulevard of broken dreams

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 10:03 p.m.

LAST week, I decided to take a stroll along Osmeña Blvd. I needed to buy something at Robinsons and driving there from the office on P. del Rosario was just out of the question.

Lim: Stop the bullies

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 10:02 p.m.

I WAS bullied as a kid. It all happened in Kindergarten. But while I have forgiven the kids who bullied me, I don’t think anyone should ever go through what I did.

Tabada: If condoms grew on trees

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 09:57 p.m.

SCHOOLS are temples devoted to learning. These are fertile grounds, too, for myths and superstitions.

A friend who knew I was studying at the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines asked me if I saw “The Condom Tree”.

Editorial: Mayor’s non-apologies

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 09:33 p.m.

SOMETIMES, you really have to decipher the meaning of what Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama says. Consider the latest, his issuing apologies for the purchase of iPads and their distribution to City Hall department heads and other officials and for the ongoing road projects in the city that has caused traffic jams during peak hours.

Libre: High-profile visit

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 09:33 p.m.

RUGBY is still king in New Zealand. When the country hosted the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the media coverage was overwhelming. People passionately followed the games until the finals when the New Zealand All Blacks claimed the Webb Ellis Cup.

Wenceslao: Pacquiao’s legacy is, indeed, secure

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 09:32 p.m.

I WILL watch tomorrow’s welterweight bout between Filipino Manny Pacquiao and American Timothy Bradley in my house on pay-per-view. SkyCable collected from me P999 (translation, P1,000). That’s too expensive compared with the time I was a Dream Satellite subscriber.

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