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Hope and life emerge amid drug war deaths

A MEDAL AND A ROSARY. These are the precious gifts that Cebu Archbishop Jose  Palma gave to each of the  25 drug surrenderers who, after six months, cleaned themselves of drug addiction and graduated from the barangay-based drug rehabilitation program. The event was commemorated with a Mass officiated by Palma at the San Roque Parish in Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City.

They surrendered and lived to tell their stories. And to these men and women who, only months ago, could not even imagine giving up a life of drugs, it was a day like no other. Wearing green shirts with a scripture text proclaiming a rebirth in Christ, at least 25 individuals who were once enslaved […]

Posted: February 17th, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

Globe makes difference through giving

Globe employees donate gifts to uplift the children’s spirits. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO).

FOR the children at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Pediatric Cancer Clinic and for those who lost their homes and belongings when Typhoon Nina hit the Bicol region last month, Christmas was certainly a challenging time which Globe Telecom turned into a chance to provide hope and courage. “Christmas is a time for giving and […]

Posted: January 11th, 2017 in Community | Read More »

Princess Leia’s message of hope

Carrie Fisher may have passed away; but Princess Leia, the “Star Wars” character she so brilliantly portrayed, lives on in our popular imagination. The veteran actress’ death is an opportune moment to pay tribute to the galaxy’s most famous princess and reflect on the lessons she can impart at this time in our national politics. […]

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


Cynthia Green (standing) facilitates one of the sessions in the 10-day drug recovery and renewal program. She said it is a privilege to know these people and develop a special bond with them. (CDN/Cris Evert B. Lato Ruffolo)

(A four-part series on why there is hope for drug users and pushers) PART III How do you deal with drug addicts with a desire to change? According to Rene Francisco, co-developer of the Surrender to God (SuGod) drug recovery and renewal program, most of the time, they just need someone to listen to them. […]

Posted: December 29th, 2016 in Headlines,Special Feature | Read More »

Marco Polo lights up Tree of Hope

The Tree of Hope at the lobby of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO).

In Marco Polo Plaza, the lighting up of the Tree of Hope signifies the beginning of the festive season. But more than that, this Christmas tradition also signifies the beginning of the season for giving. The lighting of the Tree of Hope was held last November 26, with the theme “Timeless Traditions.” The tree-lighting ceremony […]

Posted: December 13th, 2016 in Community | Read More »

Breast cancer survivors walk the ramp to spread awareness

Georgia walks the ramp for Waterfront Goes Pink Fashion Show (Photo from Karina Celicious)

Georgia Solante had the sides of her head shaved when she walked down the staircase of the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino grand ballroom. Clad in a pink one-piece pantsuit, she looked like the strong and powerful woman that she was. Her friends and colleagues said she used to have long hair. Perhaps it […]

Posted: October 6th, 2016 in Community | Read More »

A glimmer of hope


The Legal Alternatives for Women Center, Inc. ((LAW Center, Inc.) continued its tradition of holding an “agape” lunch on the Feast of the Santo Niño before joining the procession of the Holy Child.  This year’s gathering was significant and well attended by the Board of Directors, the staff, the volunteer lawyers, clients, partners and friends […]

Posted: January 24th, 2016 in Opinion | Read More »

A note of hope


With over 12,000 delegates expected to attend, it is but fitting that the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) starts off on a note or theme of hope as preached by some of the Catholic Church’s top leaders last Thursday. Even non-Catholics can appreciate the words of Dominican priest Fr. Timothy Radcliffe who said “hope is the […]

Posted: January 23rd, 2016 in Opinion | Read More »

Hope remains amid calamities

Archbishop Jose Palma (right) kisses the image of the baby Jesus Christ after celebrating the Christmas eve mass at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.

“It is not just acknowledging the birth of Jesus into the world, but how he became and still is a symbol of hope that has carried the Cebuanos’ faith and the rest of the Filipinos in rising from calamities.” Archbishop Jose Palma,  said this was the special meaning of Christmas this year as he presided […]

Posted: December 27th, 2014 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

Palace bats for gender equality


In observance of International Women’s Day, an aide to President Aquino promised Saturday that his administration would strengthen measures to combat violence against women and provide more opportunities for gender equality and empowerment. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said it was everyone’s obligation to seek an end to violence, discrimination and other forms of gender bias. […]

Posted: March 10th, 2014 in Nation | Read More »