Pedestrianization: Challenge and possibility 

Jobers Reynes Bersales 08/19/2019

Is it possible to pedestrianize the streets surrounding the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño and, if so, how would it affect stakeholders, especially public utility vehicles that will be affected? This was, in gist, the main focus…

Buhisan Tunnels, Gochan Hill and the time to remember

Jobers Reynes Bersales 08/12/2019

Errata: Before I proceed with the gist of this article, let me make two corrections to my column last week. First, I failed to include the San Guillermo de Aquitania Parish Church of Dalaguete from the National…

A harvest of heritage treasures for Cebu

Jobers Reynes Bersales 08/05/2019

The Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio de Maria Parish Church of Boljoon will no longer be the only National Cultural Treasure (NCT) of Cebu. Declared in 2006 by the National Museum (NM), the only cultural agency in the…

Rebranding Junquera

Jobers Reynes Bersales 07/29/2019

Without funding from local government nor from such a well-oiled cultural institution as the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, there is one medium-sized hotel in downtown Cebu City that is doing its own cultural heritage…

Manandis and henpecked men

Jobers Reynes Bersales 07/22/2019

Andres Abellana is today a mere street leading to a section of Guadalupe from the Cebu Capitol. Very few know anything about him beyond this.  In his heyday, he was a Capitan Municipal of San Nicolas (and…

Finally, a home for the National Museum in Cebu

Jobers Reynes Bersales 07/15/2019

With the stroke of a pen last July 1, President Rodrigo Duterte finally gave the National Museum (NM) a permanent home in Cebu, thanks to the new NM Board Chair Luli Arroyo-Bernas who had shepherded the request…

Remembering the ‘Mananabang’

Jobers Reynes Bersales 07/08/2019

The recent announcement by Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, during her first week back in the provincial seat, to increase the monthly stipend of Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) from 1,500 to 3,000 pesos reminded me of how far our…

Making Cebu number one again

Jobers Reynes Bersales 07/01/2019

  Governor Gwendolyn F. Garcia begins her first day in office today with a resounding mandate of nearly 300,000 votes over her opponent in the last elections, the same one she clashed with during the illegal power…

Bangkok hassle: A lesson for Cebu

Jobers Reynes Bersales 06/24/2019

Our trip back from the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya to Bangkok last week was an eye-opener for first-timers in Bangkok. We were eighty archaeologists from many countries stuck for almost an hour in a traffic jam…

Finding the past at the Patria

Jobers Reynes Bersales 06/17/2019

A wooden house post, a Chinese coin, and plenty of animal bones, tradeware ceramics, earthenware sherds, clay tiles and lime mortar masonry fragments. These are, in gist, what have been recovered so far in the first four…

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