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Saigon is one beautiful canvas

HANOI, Vietnam —Shrouded by fumes and surrounded by spray cans, Vietnamese graffiti artist Kong conjures his latest masterpiece, a monkey clutching an aerosol, a color-splashed act of rebellion in a communist country where the youth are expected to follow strict social mores. “Young people want to break the rules,” said the 21-year-old, his fingers speckled […]

Posted: April 17th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Danica Sotto-Pingris: ‘I was a liar’


IF YOU ask Danica Sotto-Pingris about her past life as the daughter of two of the biggest names in show business, she would cringe and say, “I was such a liar! Nakakahiya (It’s a shame)!” “I was not deprived of love from my parents because they were very sweet. But there was always something in […]

Posted: March 29th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

All for her parents


Magna cum laude graduate offers her achievement to her fisherman-father, fish vendor-mother Clad in her toga with one hand holding her college diploma and a medal hanging on her neck, Regine Villamejor couldn’t help but cry when she hugged her parents after the graduation rites yesterday at the University of San Jose-Recoletos Basak campus. “This […]

Posted: March 25th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Kidnap attempt


The persons arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap four schoolchildren in Minglanilla town last March 16 will have time to answer the charges to be filed against them, but the incident awoke bad memories of the kidnap-murder of Ellah Joy Pique in 2011. To recall, six-year-old Ellah Joy was invited by a woman to ride […]

Posted: March 23rd, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Of kids, failure and success


Businessman, family man Francis Kong shares parenting tips to parents, teachers “Allow your children to experience failure.” This was one of the parenting tips that inspirational speaker Francis Kong shared to parents and teachers who attended his talk on “Practical Parenting and Family Values” yesterday at the Saint Theresa’s College auditorium. “If you don’t allow […]

Posted: February 4th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Faceless foundations


Edward peeked into his parents’ bedroom. He saw his mom busy applying something on her face. He had learned more than once that she was not one to disturb when she was doing something. He tiptoed quietly behind his mother and watched her from a safe distance. “Hi honey!” Edward was surprised to hear a […]

Posted: January 13th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Council revisits aid for solo parents


There are around 5 thousand “solo parents” in Cebu City living below the poverty level, according to city hall estimates; and if a 2014 local ordinance is to be implemented, they should be getting their yearly financial aid by now. But the process of qualification is proving to be a hindrance to the implementation of […]

Posted: September 11th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »

Ten minors rounded up in Toledo City


Ten minors were rounded up Tuesday night in Toledo City for violating the city’s curfew ordinance. Mae Tacandong, head of Toledo City Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS), said three of the kids were rounded in a coffee shop while the rest are street kids. “The parents of these kids were given a warning. […]

Posted: July 13th, 2016 in Breaking | Read More »

DSWD seeks parents of abandoned children


THE Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas in Barangay Labangon, Cebu City is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the parents and relatives of the foundling children. A baby girl, estimated to be 5 months old, was left by a woman to the […]

Posted: May 15th, 2016 in Community | Read More »

Parents of abandoned girl sought


THE Children’s Shelter of Cebu Inc. (CSC) is requesting the parents and relatives of an abandoned minor to come forward. Jessa Javier was born at the Cebu City Medical Center on Sept. 21, 2004. She was one year old when entrusted by her mother, Irish Canoy Javier, to Inocenta “Winnie” Macani of sitio Kamangahan, Katipunan […]

Posted: January 12th, 2016 in Community | Read More »