Nelia G. Neri


I START a new column today where I share my views and observations on the happenings in our beautiful island. I’ve decided to call it Asides because my commentaries are on the little ordinary things that somehow catch a woman’s attention—nothing really earth-shaking or mind-boggling.


Life is back to normal for most of us after the excitement of the Sinulog, except perhaps for the politicos who are in feverish preparations for the May elections.

Click here for stories and updates on the Sinulog 2010 Festival.

Thank God the politico at City Hall was prevailed upon to do away with his childish gambit of taunting his “enemies” at the Capitol by making his underlings wear shirts bannering the line “Suya ra ang Probinsya” during the Sinulog parade. I simply can’t imagine level-headed men bowing down to obey such an outrageous order. That would have been the height of disrespect for the Sto. Niño!

As for the Sinulog finale, it was totally impressive with the City Mayor’s wife (councilor wannabe) taking centerstage as Carnival Queen along with her elegantly-attired amigas in the background acting as part of her retinue.

A visual feast in all counts. Truly the height of glamour and glitz!


And speaking of politicos, there were quite a number who joined the Suroy Suroy - Southern Heritage Trail. Of course, it would be the height of naivete to think that they were there to see and appreciate the countryside. They were there to be seen, after all, the political season is at hand. Oh yes, the “hunks” in the group (presidentiable Gibo, vice-gov aspirant Glen and senator wannabe Adel) stood out.

Day 2 had vice presidentiable Loren joining the activity. She had her personal assistant with her, a former Miss Cebu who (would you believe?) could anticipate Loren’s every need just by watching her body language. A nod here meant Loren was feeling cold and wanted her jacket, another gesture there meant she wanted her handbag brought to her—and so on. Indeed, the height of efficiency in action!

Gov. Gwen, “the star of the show,” so to speak, led the 300 or so Suroy Suroy participants who had one general lament: The toilet facilities in the different towns have to be improved.

And one more plea: Please, ask whoever is in charge not to prepare so much food. It is bad for the waistline! Ha!