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Shouldering the burden

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CARTOON for_19JAN2017_THURSDAY_renelevera_SOCIAL SECURITY INCREASED PENSION

After much deliberation, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the P1,000 increase for Social Security System (SSS) pensioners last Tuesday, but it came with a corresponding 1.5-percent contribution hike from the active members who may or may not reap the benefits of a slightly higher pension if the SSS funds run out more than 20 years from […]

Posted: January 18th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Toledo in the eyes of Juan Climaco, 1886

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Jobers Bersales

(Conclusion) Before I proceed to connect with last week’s column again, let me invite everyone to the Book Talk and Signing of “The Feast of the Santo Niño: An Introduction to the History of a Cebuano Devotion” tomorrow at 3:30–5 p.m. at the Aula Magan of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño. This 140-page softcover […]

Posted: January 18th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

MAO BA?

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FOLLOW THE CROWD A crowd gathered outside a clothing store inside a mall in Cebu City, hoping to catch a glimpse of some visiting Miss Universe candidates. A reporter picked one out of the crowd and asked what he was doing there. “I don’t know. I just saw people come here, so I followed,” the […]

Posted: January 18th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Cell site shutdown

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TOON_for_18JAN2017_WEDNESDAY_renelevera_NO SIGNAL

Barring any last-minute tragedy, there may be some justification for last week’s Metro Cebu–wide enforcement of the “zero signal” shutdown of cell sites to ensure the safety of both spectator and contingent during the Sinulog celebration. At first, it was reported that the shutdown will affect only the parade and procession routes for the event, […]

Posted: January 17th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Missing the sunlight

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RAYMUND FERNANDEZ

After too many days of incessant rain, one misses the sunlight. Though rain, of itself, is also quite nice. But the grayness can be quite depressing. This, and things like the mud that creeps over floors, the coldness of water when you bathe; but really, just the bone-heavy lethargy of it, that pall which casts […]

Posted: January 17th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Beauty for ashes

At first the narrative seems disjointed. No central character holds it together, and no plot can be discerned in the grab bag of discrete stories assembled around a beauty contest for maids in Hong Kong who have found a way to entertain themselves on their day off. But on second thought, “Sunday Beauty Queen,” adjudged […]

Posted: January 17th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

MAO BA?

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WEATHER INCONVENIENCES Class suspensions and closure of offices due to bad weather don’t always sit well with college students and employees, respectively. A college student posted on her Facebook account that she might as well just swim to school since floodwaters rose near their house. A call center agent said the labor force may be […]

Posted: January 17th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Peaceful, orderly

CARTOON for_17JAN2017_TUESDAY_renelevera_ADVERSITIES OF THE PARADE

Long after the smoke had cleared and the last shred of garbage had been picked up from the city streets, there are at least two challenges faced by the city government that it needs to continually resolve and improve on if it wants to keep the annual Sinulog celebration as peaceful and orderly as it […]

Posted: January 16th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

The Child Jesus and child abuse

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POCA

A belated Pit Senyor to all the devotees of the Blessed Child Jesus, and I hope all of you including the balikbayans enjoyed/are enjoying your stay here in Cebu. Thank God we had a peaceful grand procession and a very enjoyable and peaceful grand parade last Sunday. I am happy that the street parties that […]

Posted: January 16th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Sinulog 2017: ‘Is it good for our children?’

Malou Apalisok

This year’s Sinulog will be remembered for the rains that soaked Cebu City and neighboring towns for three straight days from Thursday to Saturday. Despite the rainy weather, devotees and pilgrims still turned out in huge numbers to join the Novena Masses in the Basilica del Santo Nino and the religious procession on the eve […]

Posted: January 16th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »