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…

CTU’s hidden gem needs to be exposed again

Jobers Reynes Bersales 08/26/2019

The Cebu Technological University (CTU) traces its origins to the previous century, right at the beginnings of American colonial rule in Cebu. Trade schools, designed to teach domestic as well as commercially viable arts and crafts, were…

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…

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