Shaking the tree

Radel Paredes 07/14/2018

After President Rodrigo Duterte drew public outrage over his recent comment about what he perceived to be the “stupidity” of God, he immediately tried to justify it by saying that he was merely “shaking the tree” to…

Balangay

Radel Paredes 07/07/2018

Inside the huge glass cage, it looks like some monstrous creature’s spine with some of its ribs missing. That’s what struck me when I recently saw what remains of the wooden balangay, the precolonial native boat found…

Caraga’s twin cities

Radel Paredes 06/30/2018

The difficulty of booking for appointments for passport renewal in Cebu recently forced us to look for other regional offices of the Department of Foreign Affairs that still offer vacant slots. We chose Butuan because it was…

Of Trump, Kim, and MAD

Radel Paredes 06/16/2018

The world took a deep sigh of relief last Tuesday as United States president Donald Trump and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) dictator Kim Jong-un finally shook hands during their summit in Singapore and signed a…

Unframed

Radel Paredes 06/09/2018

As you probably noticed, your beloved CDN is going through a makeover these past few days, and that includes the opinion page, which is getting more compact, with columns just a tad less verbose, and flashing new…

Tirada

Radel Paredes 06/02/2018

            In 1935, Manuel Rodriguez, a talented young Cebuano, arrived in Manila full of dreams of being an artist. Although having only few pennies in his pocket, he immediately enrolled in the…

Tirada

Radel Paredes 05/26/2018

One of the oldest forms of art, and ironically now relegated to second class status, is printmaking. For thousands of years, artists have been reproducing images out of molded clay rollers, carved woodblocks, and — more recently…

Feather by feather

Radel Paredes 05/12/2018

In her recent book simply titled “Fascism–A Warning”, former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright quoted the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini as saying, “If you pluck a chicken one feather at a time, people don’t really notice.”…

Of white sand beaches and e. coli

Radel Paredes 05/05/2018

That footage of a Boracay vendor selling her wares at buy-one-take-10 to a TV reporter haunts us as a nation as we saw how the island, famous for its white sand beaches, was recently closed down for…

Roll in the BRT

Radel Paredes 04/28/2018

It’s summer and going around town is supposed to be a breeze with traffic expected to be lighter. But, as most of us have noticed, it seems there’s no difference at all, summer or no summer. Getting…

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