Reverie at 33

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 08/17/2019

When my siblings and I saw the rice fields of Barangay San Juan, Ormoc City, we cheered with the passion and noise similar to football fans when their team scores a goal. It was our first time…

Visayan music

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 08/03/2019

I grew up in a home where Sunday mornings were all about the songs of Max Surban and cassette tapes which my grandfather, Diosdado Sr., called “standard Bisaya” music. Living in a house next to my grandparents…

Cebuano youth leader, 4 others to embark in adventure travel with Cebu Pacific’s Juan for Fun 2019

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 08/01/2019

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu— Cebuano youth leader Jessica Resch will join four other young adventurers in Cebu Pacific’s Juan for Fun 2019 in a quest to visit destinations to cultivate a deeper appreciation for the country. Resch, who…

Let’s talk about postpartum depression

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 07/27/2019

  News of a mother drowning her 11-month-old baby reached me while I was in a learning session with colleagues on responsible media coverage of children.  It’s heartbreaking.  A child, who is only a month shy of…

Volunteers on National Children’s Book Day

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 07/20/2019

  July is an exciting month for storytellers, book lovers and reading advocates as this is the month when we celebrate the National Children’s Book Day (NCBD). NCBD commemorates the date of the publication of Jose Rizal’s…

Nature and scouts

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 07/06/2019

My six-year-old son wants to be a boy scout. He made this announcement as we walked from the highway to his school. He said his classmate, Seve, wears two types of uniforms: Type A and Type B.…

Happy Day

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 06/29/2019

“Mom, can you please stop watching movies with people who say those bad words?” We were walking from our guesthouse toward the Lavender stop on the East West Line of the Singapore MRT when my five-year-old daughter…

Osmeña strips off his office of furnishings as he ends his term

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo, Rosalie O. Abatayo 06/28/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines —Outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña served with an office that resembles his leadership: Straightforward and no-nonsense. White porcelain tile flooring, two sets of leather couches, and wooden desks occupied by the mayor’s executive…

Lumba’g Laag sa Sugbo

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 06/22/2019

DAANBANTAYAN, Cebu– There is so much passion among Cebuanos in whatever we do and for Cebu City, that passion is evident in the annual celebration of Cebu Business Month (CBM). I’ve been covering CBM events spearheaded by…

Lumba’g Laag sa Sugbo kicks off in Consolacion; participants learn culture, heritage of northern Cebu towns

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 06/21/2019

CONSOLACION, Cebu —Twenty teams composed of 80 individuals representing various companies and organizations join the Lumba’g Laag sa Sugbo 2019, a three-day race that takes participants to 19 destinations in northern Cebu. Lumba’g Laag sa Sugbo is…

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