Bridging culture and sustainable development

Jobers R. Bersales 11/14/2018

The latest round in the continuing saga behind the plan to build a monstrous 20-storey building just a few meters behind the venerable old heritage asset, thevebu Capitol Building, happened just as I was delivering a speech…

Solving traffic, then and now

Jobers R. Bersales 11/07/2018

One of the most common causes of traffic and traffic jams … is the practice of drivers of public utility vehicles in stopping right in the middle of the road and even at the intersection of busy…

To heaven or hell in 16th-17th century Visayas

Jobers R. Bersales 10/31/2018

When a Cebuano or a Boholano dies, his soul is immediately brought by a god named Maguayen into a world below the ground, an infernal region whether he or she lived a good life or not. That…

A National Artist at last!

Jobers R. Bersales 10/24/2018

The secret is out. We almost did not have a National Artist in Resil Mojares. Yesterday’s conferment honoring a first from Cebu, which made all Cebuanos mighty proud, would have been for naught. You see, for over…

An architect’s proposals

Jobers R. Bersales 10/17/2018

It’s amazing how very little has changed even as Cebu moves forward into the thick of the 21st century. Consider this observation: “Newspapermen are very fond of describing Cebu as the Queen City. Right-thinking Cebuanos view this…

The ‘strange’ case of Capillahan and the Naga tragedy

Jobers R. Bersales 10/10/2018

Before I proceed with the main part of this space, let me invite the public to the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day Conference 2018 which will happen tomorrow, the Spanish National Day, at Buttenbruch Hall of the University of…

Tourism and the Vietnamese Challenge

Jobers R. Bersales 10/03/2018

For a country supposedly on the grip of authoritarian, one-party communist rule, Vietnam continues to defy the stereotype. Its openness to the world and its pursuit of the market economy (some would call this patent capitalist revisionism)…

Ceramics and shipwrecks

Jobers R. Bersales 09/26/2018

I’ve always been fascinated with ancient shipwrecks, sad and tragic events that have nonetheless enriched our knowledge of traders, trade routes, ports and the kinds of objects that were traded in island Southeast Asia (SEA). In the…

The World Needs Copper

Jobers R. Bersales 09/19/2018

“The World Needs Copper” is the title I decided on for the last exhibit that one finds at the Carmen Copper Heritage Center, which was inaugurated yesterday by the top management of Carmen Copper Corp. (CCC). For…

Save the Yap Anton warehouse

Jobers R. Bersales 09/12/2018

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has given notice to the current owners of a large American colonial-era warehouse that a portion of it will be destroyed to give way to a road widening. I…

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