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Still on the Cebu airport


As a young man, recalls Sen. Serge Osmeña, he drove his father, the late senator Sergio Osmeña Jr., to the old VIP airport (on the site of Terminal 3) where his father boarded a small plane to Cebu with the late President Ramon Magsaysay.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Pets exploited in propaganda war

While the turnover of the two puppies and one kitten to an animal NGO in Cebu appears to be a small source of comfort, there is no assuaging the grief caused by the military’s shameless exploitation of cats and dogs in its propaganda war against the Tiamzons.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Filinvest Land clarifies side on Citta de Mare project in Cebu

We are writing on behalf of our client, Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI), in connection with the item, in the “Biz Buzz,” titled “‘Team Megawide’ hits back” (Business, 3/24/14). Under the byline of Daxim Lucas, it took note of the profit-sharing arrangement and sale of properties under the Joint Venture Agreement entered into by FLI and the city government of Cebu on Feb. 3, 2009. This was referred to by Lucas as the Citta de Mare project at the South Road Properties (SRP) in Cebu.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Aquino’s attempt to revise Edsa revolt saga


In shifting the celebration of the 28th anniversary of the 1986 People Power revolution from Manila to Cebu City on Tuesday, President Aquino undertook the revision of history: refocusing it to the role of the Aquino family in the overthrow of the Marcos dictatorship and the restoration of Philippine democracy.

Posted: February 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Let’s do this right


We cannot keep making the same mistakes. “Yolanda” was not the Philippines’ first encounter with a category-5 typhoon. In 1990, Cebu and other provinces was hit by “Ruping” (international name: “Mike”), which left damage worth P10.8 billion and a death toll of more than 700.

Posted: November 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Repair my house’


The first images of the destruction wrought by the killer quake that struck the island provinces of Bohol and Cebu on Oct. 15 were those of ancient churches that crumbled to the ground like polvoron. Only later, after the media had arrived, were more images seen and voices heard from ruins in remote places.

Posted: October 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Boom tarat tarat!


Of the many Facebook posts I scrolled through recently, one that sticks out is a photo of three migratory birds spotted somewhere on the University of the Philippines Diliman campus. From childhood I remember seeing these white birds from the NLEx viaduct that passes over Candaba Swamp, a wide expanse that has Amorsolo-style rice fields in the dry season but looks like the sea during the wet season. They don’t call this area the Central Luzon plain for nothing because the only thing that juts out of the earth for miles is an extinct volcano known as Mt. Arayat, whose last eruption was in prehistoric times, meaning before written or recorded history. Arayat is a serene sight that might surprise us one day with some fireworks. An egg enters the Bulacan side of the viaduct as an itlog and exits the Pampanga side as an ebun. “Itlog” is “egg” in Tagalog, “ibon” is “bird,” but “ebun” is “egg” in Kapampangan.

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »


While attention is focused on the devastation wrought by the earthquake in Central Visayas, spare a thought for other people laid low by past disasters. For many of them, surviving a disaster is only the beginning of their struggle.

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Quality prayer


The story is told about a little boy who, in order to get the attention of the busy store owner, shouted: “I would like to buy the two most popular compounds, sodium chloride and the simplest glucose, and also the common spices, allium cepa and allium sativum, all worth $0.4807692!” The store owner was stunned. “Now that I have your attention,” the little boy then said, “I’d like to buy salt, sugar, onions, and garlic. Converted to pesos, that’s P22.”

Posted: October 19th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Heritage churches crumble after huge quake

    Centuries-old churches damaged or destroyed in Bohol and Cebu are among the casualties in recent earthquake.  Conservation groups from here and abroad, the clergy, state historical, cultural agencies and local communities are joining hands to restore and rebuild them. Video by Ryan Leagogo/INQUIRER.net  

Posted: October 19th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Gov’t needs billions of pesos for rehab


War in Zamboanga, one typhoon after another, floods and landslides everywhere, millions of Filipinos jobless and hungry, politicians looting the treasury, and now a powerful earthquake in Central Visayas that destroyed heritage churches, buildings, roads, bridges and homes and claimed more than 100 lives. What other disasters await us? It is as if the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are galloping toward us. Is God punishing us because of corruption?

Posted: October 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



The incredibly—or miraculously—providential thing, the dazed survivors would say, was that it was a holiday. There were no classes, there were no open offices, there was no hustle and bustle that went with the normal workday. Or else a lot more people would have died. A lot more people would have had stone and concrete tumble over them. A lot more people would have been buried under the rubble. A lot more people would have been trampled on the violently shaking streets.

Posted: October 17th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



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