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…

What lies beneath the Patria?

Jobers Reynes Bersales 06/10/2019

The Archdiocese of Cebu is spending money to find out if anything of cultural and historic import is buried beneath the Patria de Cebu. Dr. John Peterson, my doctoral dissertation adviser, will lead a team that will…

Discovering treasures in Misamis Occidental

Jobers Reynes Bersales 06/03/2019

  In seeking out artifacts and objects for a museum, it is often the serendipitous, the unexpected, that make one’s day. And the Museo Misamis, which will be inaugurated at 4 o’clock this afternoon, proves to be…

Sugbu Kaniadto: Seeing the past in color

Jobers Reynes Bersales 05/27/2019

  When architects dabble in painting the end result is a harmony of colors worthy of a great exhibition.  That is exactly what happened when a group of fourteen architects called Architsketchers Cebu took upon themselves the…

Auguring well for Cebu

Jobers Reynes Bersales 05/20/2019

  Before I proceed to the gist of this piece, let met congratulate the Arkisketchers, Cebuano architects who are also painters, led by Loloy Castro, on the opening of their exhibition entitled, “Sugbu Kaniadto: Young Cebu in…

My Vote

Jobers Reynes Bersales 05/13/2019

  Today we digress from the routine of life and the routine content of this column to consider what is about to unfold a few hours from now. For Cebu City, either a new mayor in Edgardo…

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