Remembering the war dead at Marco Polo

Jobers R. Bersales 08/15/2018

Yesterday was a poignant moment for some of the more than three thousand Japanese citizens living in Cebu, at least for those who went to Marco Polo Cebu Hotel. Beside its tennis courts is a life-size bronze…

The UAP opposition

Jobers R. Bersales 08/08/2018

Let me thank the Datu Lap-Lapu Chapter of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) for bravely taking the cudgels in opposing the 20-storey monstrosity of a building that Gov. Hilario Davide III wishes to cap his…

Atlas Mining at 65

Jobers R. Bersales 08/01/2018

Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corp. (ACMDC) turned 65 last month quietly and with no fuss. This once proud owner of Toledo Copper Mine, the largest in Asia in the 1970s, has actually spun off a subsidiary,…

The return of Gloria Arroyo

Jobers R. Bersales 07/25/2018

I was as surprised as everyone else to see the drama unfold last Monday when the much-maligned, once-wheelchair-bound, ex-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was elected as the first female Speaker of the House and by an overwhelming majority at…

A heritage manual for all time

Jobers R. Bersales 07/18/2018

Nearly two decades before the earthquake that struck Bohol and Cebu in 2013, the need for a kind of instruction book on how to take care of structures built during the Spanish colonial period was already felt…

Political will in the era of Build, Build, Build

Jobers R. Bersales 07/11/2018

The recent announcement of a basket of infrastructure solutions for Cebu ought to be welcomed, albeit with much anxiety; for this will spell a lot of sacrifices from all of us commuters. This is what happens when…

Still no permit from the NHCP

Jobers R. Bersales 07/04/2018

I received word from someone who late last week wrote the chair of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) that the NHCP has not issued any permit to allow the Cebu provincial government to proceed…

More Issues on the Capitol Building Project

Jobers R. Bersales 06/27/2018

I was emailed a four-page letter late last week in the name of a certain Archt. John Ray M. Jimenez to Gov. Hilario Davide III dated June 12, 2018. I’m not sure if the governor did indeed…

The fate of faith tourism

Jobers R. Bersales 06/20/2018

It appears that the much-awaited rolling out of faith-based tour packages by the Department of Tourism is on hold with the entry of the new Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. In last week’s Tourism Innovation Forum hosted by…

Cebu Capitol’s somber 80th birthday

Jobers R. Bersales 06/13/2018

The grand Cebu Capitol Building turns 80 today in a somber mood as plans for a 20-storey building continue. This “looming tower”, to borrow the title of Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book on the rise of Al…

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