Wharton senior fellow raises funds for Cebu NGO

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 05/24/2018

Dr. Brian To, global strategist and senior fellow of The Wharton School-University of Pennsylvania, will be in Cebu today (May 25) to give a one-day lecture under the Strategic Leadership and Management Program (SLAMP) at the Marco…

WHEN AUTISM WORKS: A mother’s journey to acceptance

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 05/23/2018

Kalvin was two years and four months old when a developmental pediatrician diagnosed him with autism. “I was told by the pedia that Kalvin was the 20th patient that she saw that day,” recalled the boy’s mother,…

WHEN AUTISM WORKS: Making a difference

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 05/22/2018

Six years ago, as a young lass in Doong island Bantayan town, northern Cebu, Eunicel Escala, 23, dreamed of studying in Cebu City — 146 kilometers away from home — to become a teacher. The third of…

When autism works

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 05/21/2018

PART 1 Wearing a white shirt paired with black pants and a blue apron, 20-year-old Kalvin Roa stands by the entrance of a supermarket as he welcomes customers with a warm smile, open arms and shopping baskets.…

SK POLITICS GETS DIRTY: Mothers complain ‘hakot’ practice among youth in Barangay Suba

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 05/14/2018

  Barely six hours before voting precincts will open for the local elections, at least two mothers from Barangay Suba, Cebu City are now looking for their missing children. Their children, who are voters for the Sangguniang…

Teenage mom turned Palengke Queen

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 05/12/2018

She dreamed of becoming a teacher. But at 14, Catherine Caritero found herself pregnant. It was February 2001 and Catherine was a second year high school student at a public school in Lapu-Lapu City. She broke the…

Grateful heart

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 05/11/2018

I am not quite sure if this was a good idea: leaving home a few days before Mother’s Day to be in a Royal Caribbean cruise from Hong Kong to Okinawa, Japan (and then back to Hong…

From SK to Barangay Council

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 05/09/2018

Crossover Confessions Arjay Obguia, an only child, never met his father and was single-handedly raised by his mother in a small home in Barangay Pasil. Despite the barangay’s notoriety as one of Cebu City’s most drug prone…

Mothers’ wishes

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 05/04/2018

Thursday is now library day for the mutants, and we spend an entire afternoon reading books, painting animals and making figures out of play dough. It was raining when we left Liloan for the Cebu City Public…

TOSP mission

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 04/27/2018

Earlier this month, I accepted the challenge to be the regional champion for Central Visayas and regional executive committee member of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP). The nod came after Edz Lopez, chairperson of…

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