Lapulapu, the Bornean Baloney, and the vacuum of history

Jobers Reynes Bersales 11/18/2019

I almost fell off my rocker when I read Pachico Seares’ column in Sunstar last November 11 about a German named Erich Wannemacher suggesting to Lapu-lapu City Tourism Officer Edward Mendez that Lapulapu was Muslim and therefore…

Much ado over a cartoon?

Jobers Reynes Bersales 11/11/2019

As we were about to close meeting last Tuesday afternoon on how to add more tour packages to align with the upcoming Quincentennial commemoration, I suggested the production of a movie about the Magellan expedition up to…

A Beijing Tour We Can Learn From

Jobers Reynes Bersales 11/04/2019

I am not sure if this is done here to foreign tourists in Cebu. But if not, it should be. Over the weekend, I joined a small group of 25 well-heeled but budget-conscious Filipinos and Tsinoys on…

Cebu City in the ‘Transit’ Age

Jobers Reynes Bersales 10/28/2019

As the streets of Cebu turn empty during the coming holidays to honor our dearly departed, let us look back at the time when Cebu City had no traffic, when riding pubic transport was a sightseeing tour…

Preparing for the Talisay Landing

Jobers Reynes Bersales 10/21/2019

There was a time when the Leyte Landings, which was commemorated yesterday, was a big affair in the Philippines. The 50th anniversary in 1994, was one of them, when a pair of commemorative stamps and a commemorative…

The War Diary of Orville Albert Babcock

Jobers Reynes Bersales 10/14/2019

Orville Albert Babcock was on an inspection tour of schools in Tacloban when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and, a few hours later, Clark Field and other air bases in the Philippines on December 8, 1941.  As a…

Celebrating our pre-colonial heritage

Jobers Reynes Bersales 10/07/2019

Hoops Dome in Lapulapu City will host on December 14 an unforgettable 30-minute extravaganza, a magnum opus, if you will, featuring the country’s best story tellers, choreographers and performers. The event: the start of the 500-day countdown…

Much ado over Lapulapu’s statue

Jobers Reynes Bersales 09/30/2019

There is a petition going online right now to save the statue of Lapulapu standing since the early 1980s right there at the Liberty Shrine or what is popularly referred to as Mactan Shrine. My good friend…

Heroes in beauty pageants

Jobers Reynes Bersales 09/23/2019

Strange bedfellows, you might say: heroes and beauty pageants. Well, it seems that what some may readily dismiss as a trivial pursuit can indeed be infused with something more serious, more meaningful. And I just witnessed one…

Where is Cebu City in the Quincentennial?

Jobers Reynes Bersales 09/16/2019

For now, it will be the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) who will spearhead the celebrations in Cebu City regarding the presentation of the Santo Niño to Juana, the wife of Rajah Humabon. This comes…

Regarding Duterte on the Quincentennial

Jobers Reynes Bersales 09/09/2019

  President Rodrigo Duterte has a point, one that he has always been consistently pursuing. His latest pronouncement that there is no need to celebrate 500 years of Christianity is but a reiteration of his dislike for…

A united Cebu City and Province

Jobers Reynes Bersales 09/02/2019

Oh the times are a-changin’! The recently concluded “Pasigarbo sa Sugbo Festival of Festivals,” which showcased nearly 50 town and city festivals of Cebu, was held for the first time in Cebu City. After a six-year hiatus…

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