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New measures, the LRT and Mega Cebu


Our government approved some bold measures last week. These are namely the Anti-Distracted Driving law, the ban of children from riding motorcycles and the ban on smoking in public areas. The Anti-Distracted Driving law, which prohibits distraction of any means of vehicle drivers like the use of cell phones while driving and the ban of […]

Posted: May 22nd, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Spanked children more likely to defy parents, be anti-social


Spanking, or the act of slapping a child’s buttocks, as a form of punishment has been some sort of a ritual in a lot of households. This disciplinary measure has been accepted as a societal norm in some countries and is usually deemed as necessary to guide children on the right path. However, a recent […]

Posted: May 5th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Lapu fire destroys 45 homes


ABOUT 45 houses were destroyed and three were damaged by a fire that hit Sitio Caimitohan Sudtunggan in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City yesterday morning. Senior Fire Officer Climaco Salisid of the Lapu-Lapu City Fire Central District said the fire originated from the house of Ismaelita Tumapon whose daughter played with matchsticks with other children at […]

Posted: May 1st, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Syrians in frantic search for their children after blast


BAB AL-HAWA, Syria — Fatima Rashid was recovering in a Syrian hospital after a deadly suicide blast when she glanced at a teenager with a bloody, disfigured face. She did not recognize her daughter. The wounded teenager was later taken across the border to Turkey for treatment and now Rashid, like many parents caught up […]

Posted: April 19th, 2017 in World | Read More »

PWD’s struggle and success


If you happen to visit the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas (DSWD-7) office in Barangay Carreta, Cebu City, you have probably met or seen this guy in his wheelchair behind the cashier counter. It is easy to spot on Raul Miñoza with his semi-afro styled hair either entertaining clients at the […]

Posted: April 2nd, 2017 in Community | Read More »

Not counting women and children


Going over reading materials for the Lenten season, Megan McKenna’s “Not Counting Women and Children. Neglected Stories from the Bible” caught my interest. The main story was on the feeding of thousands, from the Gospel of Matthew with the last line, “…Those who ate were about five thousand, not counting women and children.” People react […]

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

Making change work for women

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March as the National Women’s Month opened with a double treat at the Capitol Social Hall with the 17th Cebu Provincial Women’s Congress spearheaded by the Provincial Women’s Commission and the “We Make Change: Women Inspiring Women Forum” spearheaded by the Philippine Commission on Women. With this year’s theme “We Make Change Work for Women,” […]

Posted: March 4th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

A Via Crucis


(First of two parts) We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world. First station: The institution of the Eucharist This is my body. This is my blood, says the Lord, the same one who said we do to him what we do to the […]

Posted: March 3rd, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Children and language


Just when I thought that my husband is the only person who reads this column, I received three “requests” from mothers via my Facebook account and 10 comments in my blog (www.readingruffolos.com) to write about how children learn to speak a language. Two mothers also asked me how my children are learning two languages at […]

Posted: February 24th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Eve of summer


We hardly remember Eve. She has been relegated to oblivion for having sinned, for partaking of the forbidden fruit, the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, the fruit of the tree of life; for having been driven out of Paradise. Yet she is the mother of us all. She must be forgiven. Otherwise, […]

Posted: February 21st, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »