Top of the world

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 06/08/2019

“There’s a pleasant sense of happiness for me,” to quote a line of the Carpenters’ Top of the World, every single time my children ditch their tablets and hurry out of the main door to play with…

Remote work

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 06/01/2019

An email from a reader of this column requested that I write about how I survive Cebu’s traffic situation while raising three children and maintaining a full-time job. The answer is: Remote work. Or being employed by…

Recycling at home

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 05/25/2019

A fellow mother once asked me about how I deal with the plastic toys in the house. I never gave it much thought really until I slipped on a toy car and found myself staring at our…

Jane’s Walk

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 05/18/2019

There’s a faceless bust on Pelaez Street that my friend, Hendri Go, pointed out to the participants of “Jane’s Walk: Lost Bookstores and Cinemas of Cebu” that humid Friday afternoon of May 3. We were not quite…

Vote wisely

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 05/11/2019

I was 14 years old when I first had my serious involvement in the Philippine elections. The year was 2001 and a television station was looking for poll watchers, whose main job was to monitor the tally…

Lolo Dado’s bakasi

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 05/04/2019

When I first read  Erik Matti’s now-infamous “poverty porn” comment in reference to the Netflix streetfood feature of Cordova town’s “esoteric eel,” my blood pressure went up as I recalled how my grandfather regarded bakasi as his…

Drama Queen

Cris Evert B. Lato-Ruffolo 04/27/2019

Whenever an academic year ends, parents often breathe a sigh of relief as this would mean a break from school expenses. My household knows this too well with three children who have joined the school force. They…

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…

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