Utzurrum: Zonta Cebu 2 in action and other advocacies

BOOKS, glorious books! A hefty package of children’s books from the USA recently arrived at the doorsteps of the Zonta Club of Cebu 2 through the efforts of Zontian Suan Tiu and her U.S. “connections.” You see, Suan used to be a grade school teacher in Alaska, and is now Cebu-based. Her passion for children’s education has gone beyond boundaries, and her U.S. colleagues are only too happy to support her advocacy with Zonta-Cebu.

The shipment was timely, for the Zonta Club maintains a Children’s Reading Corner at the Cebu City Public Library. City librarian Ruth Chua was happily posing with the Zontians during the turnover.

Another worthwhile project of the club was the co-sponsoring of a part of the July Disability Month celebration at Ayala Center Cebu. This was held in the afternoon at The Terraces.

Spearheaded by Zontian Odette Jereza, the presentation featured the famous and super-talented singing (Parish) Priests of the Cebu Diocese doing their musical numbers (with choreography) in Cebuano, Tagalog and English. Another segment had the Children with Disabilities (CWD) modeling designer clothes with the surprising poise like that of professionals!

Cheers and more power, Zontians!


Socials and feature writer Cookie Newman had a series of birthday bashes recently, one of which was hosted by Pino Restaurant owner Joel del Prado.

Pino, voted Cebu’s Best Lunch buffet restaurant, has many reasons to be proud. Its culinary consultant, Editha Singian, regularly comes up with food gems from her cookbook and serves them at Pino.

Patrons are thus assured of an infinite variety anytime!

Over at the Cebu City Marriott Hotel, PR angel Charlene Go never fails to remember red-letter days as she did for Cookie. The lunch fare was superb as usual. On another vein, we’d like to express our congratulations to bride-to-be Charlene, who is preparing for an altar date in Manila in September.

We are going to miss you, Charlene, and so will Cebu media!


The forthcoming Kahayag Forum: Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity will unfold tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 21 from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Center Convention Hall, on D. Jakosalem St., Cebu City.

The community of St. John (CSJ), in collaboration with University of San Carlos (USC) Biology Department, and Department of Philosophy and Religious Education, offer the Kahayag Forum as a modest contribution to the urgent task of creating spaces of dialogue. The three conferences will be followed by small group discussions over merienda-cena and an open floor panel discussion with the speakers. The day will end with Holy Mass at 6:30 p.m.

The speakers and topics: “Resilience and Sustainability” and “Leadership in the Age of Climate Change” by speaker Christopher Ryan Maboloc, ma, MAE, associate professor, Philosophy Department, Ateneo de Davao, Davao City. “New Climate Thinking” by Glen Martin Green, PhD – associate professor, Biology Department, University of San Carlos, Cebu City. “Metanoia for Our Common Home” and “Heeding the Groans of Man and Nature” by Fr. Justin Lee, CSJ, novice master, Brothers of St. John, Cebu City. Pre-registration fee is at P150, while on-site registration is at P200.


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