Holy Week at home

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Sunday, April 20, 2014


THE family usually spends Maundy Thursday and Good Friday in not so crowded resorts in Dalaguete town where it was just a short drive to the church. Most city dwellers should also take time to discover the long white beach in Alcoy town.

We’ll there was one exciting occasion when we brought members of the local media and Gilbert Bargayo for his annual crucifixion to Cebu’s vegetable paradise, Mantalongon. I particularly remember the mix serious and comic moments.

Last Friday, it was Mayor Aljun Diamante’s turn to crucify Bargayo in Tuburan town. Knowing Mayor Diamante, that effort could be part of a bigger strategy to benefit the town and the district. Yup, that’s correct… I said “district.”

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This time though, the family was content with staying at home in Talisay and motoring all the way to Barangay Taptap to buy and eat corn on Black Saturday. Of course, the activities included watching a pirated DVD of “Son of God,” a Japanese anime series, and downloading copies of episodes 1 and 2 of “Game of Thrones” Season 4.

I hope fans reading this already watched the regular showing of episode 2 yesterday because (Spoiler Alert!) one major character was killed, but his death made people happy. Haha, I already shared this on Facebook and Twitter, diay.

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Aside from Easter’s message of hope and the Mongaya clan’s gathering at the house, one piece of news further brightened my day: the return of Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes.

Yes, she’s back in the country although not at the behest of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile.

Her testimony would certainly pin down the old though wily senator. It brings forward the process of punishing major players in the Pdaf scam.

“I’m ready to face the charges,” said the woman who used to act in behalf of Manong Johnny during her stint as his favorite chief of staff. She is said to be one of the main contacts of Janet Lim-Napoles in the camp of Senator Enrile. She was charged with plunder along with Napoles, Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla, and Enrile himself. She left the country last August after the scandal broke out.

Earlier last week, I shared in Maghisgot Kita’g Politika, Bay a message from Cebu
Archbishop Jose Palma inviting us to a meeting and informing us about the unity of all anti-pork movements in the country. The return of Gigi Reyes should push our advocacy further forward.

But will she turn state witness? Is this confirmed or still mere speculation? The
answer should be revealed sooner than Game of Thrones fans learning who really are Jon Snow’s real parents?

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Local government leaders and tourism stakeholders in Yolanda-devastated northern Cebu
had been lamenting the drop in tourism arrivals and the lack of government assistance for fast recovery.

I don’t want to defend the national government. It’s just that we, Cebuanos, can take care of our own. We will rise thanks to all the help we are getting from our neighbors and friends abroad. We will rise, whether help from the national government comes on time or never at all.

The important thing is we know we will rise, preferably and hopefully with all the help we can get. We will rise even if we will do it on our own.

I know leaders in northern Cebu are way ahead of me. But please allow me to say nevertheless that the devastation presents us with an opportunity to lay down foundations not only for a recovery that will give us more of what we had before.

Now is the time to build foundations, for instance, of a tourism industry that brings mass tourists to Bantayan and Malapascua in waves bigger than before but in a manner that is ecologically sustainable.

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Former journalist and now Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak was among those flogged by media for the disappearance of balled trees along S. Osmeña Blvd. He reportedly refused to give the DENR a copy of the CCTV camera footages that should show what happened to the trees.

Tumulak, nevertheless, explained that he would allow DENR to view the footages but would not give copies to avoid compromising the locations of the security cameras.

He also expressed willingness to give a copy of the video if ever ordered by a court investigating the matter. I agree, bay Dave.

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There was a time when I placed my cell phone number then my e-mail address at the end of my columns as a way of engaging my readers. Later, I settled with putting my blog addresses. The past weeks, however, I’ve want to test if Twitter interaction is better. I hope you will join me in this effort.

(Follow @anol_cebu on Twitter)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 21, 2014.

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