Participatory: The way cultural mapping should be

Jobers R. Bersales 02/21/2018

I witnessed the oath-taking of nearly a hundred cultural mappers from the different barangays and schools of Argao last Thursday. Despite running a mild fever and plenty of coughing and sneezing, I made sure I would be…

Chinese in American-era Cebu: Some trivia

Jobers R. Bersales 02/14/2018

Kiong Hee Huat Tsai! Gong Xi Fa Cai! Kong Hei Fat Choi! However you say it, whether in Hokkien, Mandarin or Cantonese, respectively, it means one and the same. Tomorrow the entire Chinese community all over the…

Protecting heritage by law

Jobers R. Bersales 02/07/2018

Congratulations to Cebu Daily News on its 20th anniversary! * * * Let me thank Mayor Luigi Quisumbing for finally answering my prayers. For a couple or more columns over the past three years or so, I…

The fate of heritage houses

Jobers R. Bersales 01/31/2018

The rash of heritage houses giving way to development — first the Bonpua House in Oslob, then the Suico Mansion in Mandaue and now the Abad House or Villa Eliton in Barili — is neither the beginning…

The Sinulog as mental sharpener

Jobers R. Bersales 01/24/2018

I’m sure the last thing on the minds of many who witnessed and savored the latest well-organized Sinulog Festival was the names of streets that one either needed to traverse to see the festival in progress or…

Advice for Korean boyfriends

Jobers R. Bersales 01/17/2018

Robin Padilla’s fatherly advice to a Korean contestant to learn Tagalog during the latest episode of “Pilipinas Got Talent” on ABS-CBN runs into the continuing discourse on the national language and the colonial experience. He may not…

Why derail the Train?

Jobers R. Bersales 01/10/2018

Whichever side you are on the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train), you have to grant Pres. Rodrigo Duterte full credit for bravely doing what all other presidents, fearing a backlash, only hinted at doing but…

Estrella, Cushing, Go Siong Mit and the CAC archives

Jobers R. Bersales 01/03/2018

Yesterday marked the 74th anniversary of the execution of Recrido T. Estrella, then a brevet Lieutenant Colonel who was acting head of the Cebu Area Command (CAC), the heroic guerrilla outfit in Cebu during World War II.…

Rizal Day, 1901

Jobers R. Bersales 12/28/2017

Tomorrow is the 121st anniversary of the execution of our national hero Jose Rizal at Bagumbayan. More than a day of remembrance, it is one of those few days of the year everyone anticipates, because being a…

Zoning and buried heritage

Jobers R. Bersales 12/20/2017

I can’t help but wonder what artifacts will be found as construction proceeds in earnest at the site where the M.J. Cuenco branch of Toyota Motor Philippines once stood until lately. Located just across from where the…

What's trending