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Imagine a world without a vaccine against COVID-19

Jobers Reynes Bersales 05/07/2020

  I do not want to sound pessimistic. But if you look at another virus that has killed millions of humans in recent past, the human immunodeficiency virus or HIV, no vaccine has been produced yet some…

Lost semester or lost summer term?

Jobers Reynes Bersales 04/16/2020

  The sudden rise in positive COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) cases in Cebu City, centered around Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, has put a damper on those who were hoping early this week of seeing an end to…

The virus is the enemy, not the government

Jobers Reynes Bersales 04/09/2020

  Today is the 78th anniversary of the Fall of Bataan while tomorrow is the 78th anniversary of the Japanese invasion of Cebu. Two hugely significant events in the life of the country and of Cebuanos which…

NYC these days — An eyewitness account in America’s COVID-19 epicenter

Jobers Reynes Bersales 04/02/2020

  In the two or three times I have been lucky to visit the Big Apple, New York City, these past five years, I have always linked up with two friends, one a former student, Rufo Escabarte,…

Liberation and a lockdown

Jobers Reynes Bersales 03/26/2020

  Governor Gwendolyn F. Garcia will call on all the mayors of Cebu to a meeting today. The agenda is to get this COVID-19 pandemic over and done with in Cebu through a lockdown of the entire…

A bacteria, not a virus, was the ‘COVID-19’ of our colonial past

Jobers Reynes Bersales 03/22/2020

At the small plaza honoring Rajah Humabon just across the Archdiocesan Museum of Cebu today is an obelisk that very few recognize. It is but a miniature version of gargantuan Egyptian obelisks of old but intended to…

Social Distancing is key in this war against COVID-19

Jobers Reynes Bersales 03/19/2020

  Cebu is now virtually on a war footing due to COVID-19, a fitting but sad tribute, if not a terribly bad time in itself, to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. …

A tank to thank for in Medellin

Jobers Reynes Bersales 03/12/2020

  We are literally just days away from March 26, the day when, exactly 75 years ago, soldiers from the Americal Division, guided by Cebu’s famed guerrillas, began landing in Talisay from naval bases in Leyte. After…

The Department of Culture inches forward 

Jobers Reynes Bersales 03/05/2020

Now on second reading, according to my sources, is a bill to finally create a Department of Culture, raising culture as a significant concern in governance and giving a cabinet seat to this oft-forgotten but vital component…

How to honor the guerrilla resistance

Jobers Reynes Bersales 02/19/2020

On Sunday,  I was in Mactan to borrow over 30 items of the war that were carefully collected by the artist and writer Ritchie Landis Quijano while he was still living at his parents’ house in Canduman.…

NCoV and the potential for mass hysteria 

Jobers Reynes Bersales, SARS 02/10/2020

  Are we on the verge of a mass hysteria due to the onslaught of the novel coronavirus (NCoV) in China? Not yet. The possibility of that happening is very low right now. But one must be…

Making up the past and the present

Jobers Reynes Bersales 02/03/2020

  Congratulations are in order for Vice-Mayor Michael Rama for successfully meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte. I believe he had a big part in convincing the President to consider the historical and cultural aspects of the Quincentennial…

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