Seares: Taming Heart; exposing Chiz

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 12:39 a.m.

IT'S about love or what the couple thinks it is: the affair between movie star Heart Evangelista and Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero.

Heart thanks Chiz for his love and continued support. Chiz says their love is going strong ("maayos at matatag").

Libre: Wordly desires

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 12:38 a.m.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma: Instead of lewd shows, pray and reflect during Lent.

Let us strip ourselves of worldly desires.

Espinoza: Indirectly soliciting votes

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 07:48 a.m.

I HATE to see our own kind squatting in our land. Illegal settling is an age-old problem associated with urbanization. People migrate to the big city hoping for a better life, only to find their lives ending up in limbo.

Informal settlers, as squatters are being glamorized now, occupy unattended or empty private lots in the city. In most instances, they occupy sidewalks, alleys, road right-of-way, and government lands.

So: In the heat of Lent

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 07:40 a.m.

IN THESE temperature and imminent bikini opens, I recall Salman Rushdie’s line in his Booker Prized-Midnight’s Children – “What grows best in the heat: fantasy, unreason, lust.”

This year, March portends an early summer with temperature ranging from 32 to 34 degrees during the day. To the weather bureau, summer doesn’t “officially starts” till end of the month.

Editorial: Fuss over medals purchase

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 11:50 p.m.

IT'S not surprising that the purchase by the Provincial Government of the so-called “governor’s medals” would spark a controversy now that Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale is at the helm of the Capitol. The medals were ordered by Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia before her suspension in December.

Roperos: Trade opportunities

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 11:49 p.m.

RIGHT now, money makers in the business community, as indicated by developers with an eye on basic investment opportunities, are the property market.

Malilong: We can be like Pope Francis

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 11:46 p.m.

WHAT is there not to love about this Pope?

He cooks for himself, rides the bus, flew economy class to the Vatican for the conclave, personally pays his hotel bills and tells his fellow Argentines who wish to see him in Rome to skip the trip and instead spend their fare money on the poor.

Seares: Running the country and PNoy’s hair loss

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 11:46 p.m.

IT WAS Sen. Chiz Escudero, at the LP rally in Plaza Miranda last Feb. 11, who teased President Noynoy Aquino that running the country is tough: look at PNoy's receding hairline. The president can't govern the country alone, he needs a partner, Chiz added.

Espinoza: Indirectly soliciting votes

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 11:45 p.m.

I HATE to see our own kind squatting in our land. Illegal settling is an age-old problem associated with urbanization. People migrate to the big city hoping for a better life, only to find their lives ending up in limbo.

Informal settlers, as squatters are being glamorized now, occupy unattended or empty private lots in the city. In most instances, they occupy sidewalks, alleys, road right-of-way, and government lands.

Carvajal: Lost morality

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 09:00 a.m.

BISHOPS oppose the reproductive health law mainly on two grounds. One is the moral claim that artificial contraception is intrinsically evil. The other is the social claim that the reproductive health law does not solve the country’s root problem.

Editorial: ‘Blessed’ coincidence

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 12:03 a.m.

OPPONENTS of the Reproductive Health Law were pained to hear a few weeks back that it would take effect on March 31, Easter Sunday, of all days. That was a coincidence, said government officials who worked on the implementing rules that would have set the law in motion.

Roperos: Politics and morality

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 12:03 a.m.

THERE is this tale of a barangay in the city that was recipient of a benefit program of one of the dominant political factions. But in the course of the presentation, the elected political head of the community realized the presentation was lewd, in the sense that the fashion show utilized gays to perform as models.

Wenceslao: The Dakay issue

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 12:02 a.m.

BEFORE a new pope was chosen by the College of Cardinals last week, I had wished that his views would include adherence to missionary tenets. Having Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis was therefore a welcome development, until Msgr. Achilles Dakay spoke. Now I am worried that having a new pope won’t mean much to a problematic Catholic Church.

Nalzaro: Dirty tactics

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 12:01 a.m.

IS IT true that One Cebu vice-gubernatorial candidate Ramon “Boboy” Durano IV suffered high blood attack while campaigning in the third district last Monday and is now confined in the intensive care unit of a private hospital? A reliable source relayed to me this information. However, there was no confirmation.

Barrita: Another Doubting Thomas

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 12:01 a.m.

Pope Francis, when he was still Buenos Aires Archbishop Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, rode on buses, cooked his meals and lived in an apartment.

Msgr. Achilles Dakay could not believe this account of just one person.

Obenieta: Living up dead to Lent

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 12:00 a.m.

SEE no evil, but watch out. No doubt, there’s more than meets the eye, especially in this season where we’re supposed to wink ourselves into believing we could literally take ourselves lightly. Ah, to levitate beyond the cracks from the corner of holiness and hallucination.

Seares: Priests and confession secrets

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 10:55 a.m.

DID Fr. Melvin Castro violate the seal of secrecy when he said many young people were driven to confession knowing they sinned in using artificial contraception that the reproductive health (RH) law encourages?

Roperos: Faith and politics

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 10:50 a.m.

LET us face it. The schism that resulted from the controversy over the reproductive health (RH) bill between those who nourish our spiritual life and the people who lead the country as workers for the general welfare of the people as citizens regardless of color of skin, creed, and politics, does not seem to have waned or healed with the vote on the bill. The triumph of the bill and the making of the bill into a national law did not seem to generate healing.

Editorial: Living St. Francis’s way

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 11:46 p.m.

Msgr. Achilles Dakay has the right to clarify the statement he made in an interview with the program “Frankahay Ta” hosted by Frank Malilong and three other lawyers last week following the election of Argentine bishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy as Pope Francis.

He said he was misunderstood when he expressed incredulity over reports that the former Cardinal Bergoglio lived in an apartment instead of the archbishop’s “palace” in Buenos Aires, rode a bus instead of a chauffered car, and cooked his own meals.

Malilong: Respecting a personal opinion

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 11:45 p.m.

IN FAIRNESS to Msgr. Achilles Dakay, he did not say that he is opposed to the idea of priests cooking their own meals and traveling via the public transport system when I interviewed him on “Frankahay Ta” some six hours after the election of Pope Francis last week.

Tell it to Hope in new pope

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 11:43 p.m.

WE, PROSTITUTED women of Cebu, together with the Good Shepherd Welcome House, hail the election of Pope Francis I in the person of Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio.

Wenceslao: Suspended governor’s silence

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 10:00 a.m.

I HAVE pointed this out in one of my columns before: the battleground for the elections in the province is not the Provincial Capitol but the towns and component cities. It is not even in the media, although it can influence voters’ thinking a bit.

Seares: If Lacson isn’t gay, is Miriam crazy?

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 09:59 a.m.

IF AN accusation of a public person being gay or crazy could be dismissed by mere denial, few would bother to hurl it.

Such a charge sticks in the public mind even if there’s no shred of evidence, especially when it’s said by two senators against each other.

Editorial: The stronger sex

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 10:41 p.m.

IT’S a modern horror story.

The man earned a living from the earth. As assiduously as he made his small plot yield crops, he and his wife produced, year after year, one child after another.

Nalzaro: Tomas doesn’t care for his district

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 10:39 p.m.

NOW it can be told. Cebu City South District Rep. Tomas Osmeña does not care for his district and for his constituents. Instead of pouring his congressional allocation for various infrastructure projects in his district, he opted to give it to the first district of the province under Rep. Eduardo Gullas for reasons he only knows.

Tell it to Sunstar: The Catholic Church

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 10:38 p.m.

HABEMUS Papam! Viva il Papa!

Sun.Star Essay: Re-visiting Barangay Magsaysay

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 11:24 p.m.

ON March 17, 1957, or over 50 years ago today, the late president Ramon Magsaysay died with 24 others who were on a plane taking off from the Cebu Lahug airport for a flight north to Nichols Field in Pasay city. It’s said that some people, who learned about the plane crash and the tragic end of the life of a leader, were in shock and wept openly. He was “man of the people” and inspired many of them.

Mercado: ‘Wandering fire’

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 11:23 p.m.

CONTRAST Rep. Tomas Osmena and the new Pope Francis,” this friend suggested urgently. What contrast, we asked. And why?

“Your congressman toddled all over Cebu in a bogus Cebu City police car,” he replied. But Pope Francis waved aside the papal Mercedes-Benz armor-plated limousine with an SCV1 number. Instead, he hitched a ride on the bus, with the cardinals to his temporary residence.”

Cabaero: What they may face

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 11:21 p.m.

WINNERS in the coming May 13 mid-term elections might as well prepare themselves for a more informed constituency.

Various civic, religious, and student organizations are making sure of it by holding forums to discuss national issues that may guide the electorate in forming their decisions. They do not have to invite poll candidates to tell them who to vote for; they want to decide based on issues, not on personalities.

Lim: A different pope

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 11:19 p.m.

WHILE Pope Francis may be a doctrinal double of Pope Benedict XVI, their similarities end there. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina who took the papal name, Francis, upon his election as pope last Wednesday, is reportedly more charismatic, communicative and peripatetic than his predecessor.

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