Obenieta: Disposable deeds

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 11:12 p.m.

NO MATTER if stinking or soaking wet, discomfort is no sweat to communicate. Just cry as carelessly as an infant, and you’d be wrapped in everyone’s attention. Look, nobody beats babies in bringing out our inner heroes. Come on, slowpoke! Extraordinary is not exclusive to those who can stand with one hand to their hearts while touching the bible. Amen, power and might are everybody’s birthright.

Carvajal: Not like incense

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 11:11 p.m.

BECAUSE religion is a major force for good in society, the Catholic Church, the biggest in this land, receives its share of criticisms meant to destroy from its enemies. On the other hand, it also receives the same criticisms meant to build and transform from friends and members. What matters, therefore, is how the Catholic Church hierarchy, speaking for the Church, responds to the criticism.

Editorial: Make the case stick

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:47 p.m.

TALISAY City Mayor Socrates Fernandez is reacting again to his adopted son Joavan’s recent scrape with the law like the Soc the public knows. He won’t surrender Joavan, who has been accused of shooting and wounding a watchman, despite the police “manhunt” against him.

Fernandez said that since the police have yet to file a case against Joavan, he won’t surrender his adopted son. And he believes Joavan’s alibi that he was at a motel when the shooting happened. And yes, he is hiring a lawyer for his son.

Roperos: Filial issue

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:46 p.m.

SOMETHING keeps recurring in my memory, snatches of a tune in a movie I saw eons ago.

But being one who loves music but could never carry a tune, I have kept my mouth shut but my mind open.

Cabaero: Borderless poll violence

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:46 p.m.

THE shooting of a Masbate town official and her companion in Cebu City yesterday, Monday, raised fears of election violence here.

Malilong: Call for help

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:45 p.m.

BECAUSE of our radio program, “Frankahay Ta!,” I am usually already awake at 5 a.m.

Yesterday was an exception; I overslept and would have been late at the station were it not for the persistent ringing from my mobile phone. The caller was Menel Betonio, mayor of our native town of Pio V. Corpus, Masbate.

Seares: Speaking ill of the dead; wishing rivals dead

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:44 p.m.

TWO separate events, involving a foreign public figure and local politicians, underscored habits generally condemned but hardly punished during election campaigns.

Niñal: Playgroup

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:44 p.m.

BEFORE we made the decision, I googled, “What is the right age for a child to start school?” Google replied, “What kind of parent are you? You should be responsible enough to know!”

Tell it to Sun.star; An ex-basher’s plea

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:43 p.m.

CHURCH bashers, once again, you are getting media attention you may, or may not, deserve ("Bishops, Priests should reach out," Sun.Star Cebu, April 15, 2013).

If, indeed, you are bashing the Church, what for? The Church is badly bashed enough by its very own doings.

Editorial: Saving the Fort

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 11:53 p.m.

WHEN was the last time you visited the Fort?

For Cebuanos of a certain age, the Fort San Pedro occupies, if inconspicuously, a part of reminiscences of Cebu in the past.

Wenceslao: Bishops, priests should reach out

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 11:41 p.m.

THE Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that claimed a declining attendance by Filipino Catholics in Sunday masses is interesting as a spark to elicit deeper discussion on faith and the Roman Catholic Church. But it is not a definitive study on attendance in the church’s Sunday ritual. It is an opinion survey, not an in-depth research, which makes it debatable at the least.

Nalzaro: What’s the big fuss?

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 11:40 p.m.

I DON’T want to call it a publicity stunt. But if that was the intention of Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza’s public relations handlers, then they achieved their purpose because the local media and the public have been talking about it. I am referring to the “violent” reaction of the lady mayor to a television diaper commercial that spoofs the historical battle of Mactan between local hero Datu Lapu-Lapu and the country’s discoverer, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

Seares: ‘Tomas, I will kill you...’

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 11:05 p.m.

BEFORE anything else, a spoiler alert: threat to kill is not against BOPK’s Tomas Osmeña. And it’s not from his rival for Cebu City mayor: Team Rama’s Michael Rama.

Though the fight for mayorship is becoming fiercer and more intense in the run-up to the May 13 elections, neither contender is anywhere close to the edge of physical violence.

Mongaya: That diaper ad

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 11:04 p.m.

THE top people of EQ diaper should have already withdrawn by now the television commercial that made fun of Ferdinand Magellan and Lapu-Lapu. They should not wait for the April 27 reenactment of this historic event that placed the Philippines in world history.

Let me express my thanks to Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza for calling public attention to this advertisement. We should not make fun of this serious piece of world history.

Echaves: Light at tunnel’s end

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 11:03 p.m.

JUST when other offices were shutting down, this engineer-counselor couple defied trends and dared start their new office. So shared Pastor Jo Alfafara during the opening three years ago of Engr. Jacinto “Jun” and Dr. Russell Makiling’s clinic at Robinson’s Cybergate Mall across Chong Hua Hospital.

More than an office, their Educo-Psych Diagnostic and Counseling Clinic marked a new approach; it became the first mall-based counseling clinic in the entire Philippines.

Sun.Star Essay: Noise pollution, anyone?

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 12:05 a.m.

WE can’t stop talking about global warming. But the attitude may be that it’s the usual chat. Celsius, Fahrenheit. Then we scan the usual newspaper page and flip quickly to the entertainment pages after we read the news on a heat stroke case in Baguio.

Mercado: Gray hair and bifocals

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 12:04 a.m.

I’VE reached the point in my life when, if somebody tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to.” Scientist Albert Einstein’s comment is relevant to Cebu’s conference on “Ageing in Asia Pacific: Balancing the State and the Family.”

Convened this month, the Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils’ 20th biennial conference of considered “myths about the elderly” to new scientific tools, like “ALE.” ALE--what?

Cabaero: Keeping tourists safe

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 12:01 a.m.

THEY were isolated cases, police said, but there could have been more that did not get reported by the victims.

Sexual assaults on female foreign tourists in Cebu numbered three for the first four months of the year. One incident happened in Badian town, another in Bantayan island and the third in Malapascua, all three places known as tourist magnets.

Lim: Empty churches

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 12:00 a.m.

WE’VE read about the Europe of empty churches. Are we now entering into an era of a Philippines of empty churches? Not likely. Even a non-church going nominal Catholic like me does not believe that this phenomenon will happen in our country. But it’s not for the reasons you think.

While the faith of many may have wavered, the church-going activities will not. Most Filipinos (80% of which are Catholic), grow up with an infantile sense of religion. They will go to church not because they want to but because they are afraid of the consequences of not going.

Oledan: Wrong method

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 11:57 p.m.

CORPORAL punishment remains a widely used method of disciplining a child. The general view is that it is effective in getting children immediately toe the line.

Over 60 percent of families have been found to still use corporal punishment to discipline children, resulting in the deterioration in the quality of parent-child relationship and in the capacity of the child to internalize socially acceptable behavior.

Tabada: Covering the basics

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 11:54 p.m.

WHY aren’t there workshops for writing? asks J., a reader.

In a series of emails, J. said he had difficulty looking for a summer workshop that would refresh his teachers’ skills in English: grammar, vocabulary, composition.

Editorial: Marriages and cautionary tales

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 11:55 p.m.

SIX years ago, an official who audited the number of marriages solemnized in Cebu City’s courts found so many that he described it as “a hub of swift marriages.” The words paint an amusing picture—one can almost see the couples sweating in their finery as they flit in and out of the courtrooms—but the real picture is grim.

Libre: Awesome Simon

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 11:54 p.m.

RHYMIN’ Simon has got rhythm, bless him. He gave 12,000 fans a real good time in his sold out Auckland, New Zealand stop on April 8.

Wenceslao: Latest Joavan caper

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 11:53 p.m.

IT WOULD be interesting to find out how outgoing Talisay City Mayor Socrates Fernandez and his patron Eduardo Gullas, outgoing first district congressman and a candidate for mayor in the May polls, would react to Joavan Fernandez’s latest caper. Brod Soc’s son was involved in a shooting incident at the South Road Properties side of Barangay San Roque, Talisay that wounded a poor watchman at 1 a.m. yesterday.

Nalzaro: Menace to society

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 11:53 p.m.

HERE he goes again. Joavan, the beloved son of Talisay City Mayor Socrates “Brod Soc” Fernandez, is again in the “limelight,” following his involvement in another shooting incident. I am sure Joavan’s latest caper will be the banner of be in the front page of our local papers today.

Barrita: Lapu-Lapu’s diapers

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 11:52 p.m.

LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Paz Radaza called for the pullout of a diapers ad in which Lapu-Lapu challenged Ferdinand Magellan to a battle after the Portuguese explorer offered him diapers of poor quality.

Radaza said the ad is a “grave insult” to the Oponganons and demanded a public apology from the product’s owners.

Carvajal: Fourth reject

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 11:50 p.m.

THERE ought to be a law requiring debates on issues and programs of government to be the central if not the only election campaign activity. Unless we have this requirement our elections will remain as they have always been… a choice between personalities and not between programs of government.

Speak out: New condom design and the anti-RH advocates

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 11:49 p.m.

ONLY very recently the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it was offering $100,000 to innovators who are able to redesign a condom based on the following proposition: that in order to succeed in its campaign for global health initiatives, both in terms of reducing the incidence of unplanned pregnancies and in prevention of infection with HIV or other sexually transmitted infections, the design should also be such that it will improve the user rate and user experience.

Editorial: Battle of Mactan spoof

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 11:57 p.m.

LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Paz Radaza raised an interesting point about a diaper commercial that spoofs the Battle of Mactan. As mayor of the site of the 1521 clash between Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and local chieftain Lapu-Lapu, she has all the right to complain about the diaper manufacturer’s treatment of that historic event.

Roperos: Honoring our hero

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 11:57 p.m.

IT is a great service to our country when the mayor of Lapu-Lapu City acquired the courage to come out against the crass commercialization of an episode in our history.

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