Serna: The kindness of Dulce

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By Roger Serna

Sounds and images

Thursday, April 4, 2013

AFTER spending the Holy Week in some neighboring places for the past couple of years or so, I found time to have it in my hometown in Oslob this year. Boy! I realized how I missed participating in some old religious activities, rituals and practices that I used to do with my folks since my growing up years.

It somehow gave me a feeling of nostalgia and a little bit of sadness knowing quite well that those days will only be etched in my memory and can just be relived by doing them again although the degree of satisfaction and fulfillment may vary.



One of the activities that I anticipated in with much excitement was the “Via Crucis” or “Dalan sa Krus,” which we usually do starting at the strike of 4 a.m. so that we will be able to finish the three and a half kilometer route before the sun’s rays become unbearable even to dark Asian skin.
The once dusty and rough road we traversed to do the 14 Stations of the Cross is now asphalt-paved (except for the last few stations where we had to depart from the main road for a much better location).

The sight of a throng of humanity cutting short their sound sleep and doing a very
early morning uphill climb for a spiritual activity—at this age when science and technology pose a threat to religious beliefs—is very exhilarating and inspiring.

It was also nice to note that both the young ones and the “young once” were enthusiastic in their participation as cast of the 14 tableaus. Judging from the participation in this activity as well as in the others, I can safely say that the Oslobanons’ religious fervor is still very much alive and burning.

And I’m glad to be part of that God-fearing community.


Gemstones and crystals never had any appeal to me until lately when I was exposed to such things as palm-reading, feng shui and the like not because I badly needed them nor that I had a strong belief in them.

It was just for the heck of it, so to say. So when the guy who did some analysis of sort about my personality based on some things advised me to wear this and that mineral and gemstone to balance this trait with that gemstone, I gladly obliged, again, just for the heck of it.

My interest in the beauty of the stones (not necessarily their functions and benefits) grew when I saw the display of various gemstones at the newly opened Judith Jade Gemstones and Designs at the The Big K Department Store located at Parkmall Cebu where its owner, Judith Ballesteros Eugenio, had narrated how she spent a considerable amount just to undergo some training in Phat Chee reading or the Chinese Astrology of Life Reading in an Asian country.

Judith does on-site reading for interested parties who want to know which gemstones or crystals work well with them. Visiting may answer some of your questions on the subject.


Some Cebu designers joined hands one afternoon to come up with what was dubbed as “Plunge - Cebu’s Ultimate Summer Fashion Show” at the activity area of Robinson’s Fuente.

The designers were Alwyn Guardiana, Bernardo Flores, Cyrus Velasco, Danny Booc, Edwin Alba, Kenneth Harion, Lemuel Rosos, Philipp Tampus and Romel Pareja.

Since it is summer, many of the designs really showed much skin except for a few that almost covered the entire body of the models. One of the participating designers even wondered aloud why such designs were included when the theme was summer.

Made me wonder just as well.


Cebuana songbird Dulce flew to Cebu with her loving husband Bernard when she was asked by a fellow show biz personality who is running for a local political position to be with her in an important gathering.

Another friend, who is also running in the May elections, also asked Dulce to attend some of her activities for the songbird’s short Cebu stay.

Dulce took the opportunity to treat a close friend from way back when who celebrated his birthday a few days earlier. The celebrant, entertainment columnist Kriss Relatado, was clueless as to what he was attending that night in one of the restos in Ayala Center Cebu—only to find out that most of his close friends were gathered to greet him.

Did I see a tear fall that night? Was it part of the act or was it really a natural reaction? It’s hard to tell when you’re in the midst of actors and actresses. Ha ha!

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 05, 2013.


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