Semana Santa

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 04/20/2019

My childhood and adolescent years were spent in villages in Cebu and Leyte, where our neighbors are our relatives and our relatives are our neighbors. In Leyte, that meant going to the chapel above the hill every…

100 years of Cebu City Public Library

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 04/13/2019

The country’s only 24/7 public library is 100 years old today, April 13, 2019. It is a joy to note that 10 decades ago, on the same date, April 13, a Cebu branch of the National Library…

Mara Clara

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 04/06/2019

I look back to the days of my early childhood with fondness and nostalgia. Everything was simple then. Our idea of fun was to make “cakes” out of fallen banana shrubs, “cooking oil” from mixing gumamela flower with…

NANAY SAYS: Outdoor education

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 03/23/2019

This year, I made a promise to myself to climb at least one mountain in Cebu every month. I am a “rebel returnee” of the outdoors. I parked my hiking shoes 10 years ago to give way…

24/7 Cebu City Public Library: The First Year – Change for the better

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 03/18/2019

Change for the better (Part 2 of 3 parts)     Sorting out discarded books in the library’s bodega in 2003, Frian Lumen, never thought that he will serve the Cebu City Public Library (CCPL) for 16…

NANAY SAYS: Petrichor and Basadours

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 03/09/2019

It was not the place I wanted to be in on a Wednesday morning, January 4, 2012. I was still on a vacation from my job in a non-government organization and I very much wanted to spend…

Rami Malek wins Best Actor for Bohemian Rhapsody

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 02/25/2019

It was a night fit for a Queen. Or rather, a night fit for the actor, who played the role of the front man of the rock band, Queen. Rami Malek, the American actor who portrayed the…

NANAY SAYS: A time for everything

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 02/16/2019

  Children learn even the bad stuff in school. Nicholas, 5, came home one day with an aggressive look on his face. “Mom, I want a toy car. If you do not buy me toy, I will…

Miss Universe Vietnam: ‘I created this miracle for myself’

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 02/04/2019

CEBU CITY – February 2, Saturday, was the day for Miss Universe Vietnam H’hen Nie to take the centerstage and shine like the queen that she truly is. The beauty queen arrived in Manila on February 1,…

Chinese Consulate in Cebu welcomes the Year of the Pig

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 02/04/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Chinese Consulate in Cebu started off the Year of the Pig with an auspicious dinner held at the Grand Ballroom of Marco Polo Plaza on January 29 with government officials, dignitaries and…

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