Ledesma: Duterte’s destiny

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 10:34 p.m.

THE survey result is finally out. President Noynoy Aquino’s trust and popularity rating is on the dumps. It was expected. But what should interest watchers of the presidential derby in 2016 is Pulse Asia's March 1-7 survey results. It's also out.

Briones: Finding balance

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 10:33 p.m.

SO THE ball is in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7’s court.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama already issued a challenge to those who question his move to earth-ball, without a permit, 20 trees and ornamental plants along Escario St. to sue him.

Tell it to Sun.Star: Abuse by teachers

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 10:31 p.m.

THIS is about the two cousins who committed suicide by hanging themselves in Daanbantayan town. I feel for them because I experienced similar pressure that they went through.

My mother does the same thing when I ask her for money for projects required by my teachers. I don’t know if this is a plan by the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education Ched) to require high school and college students to work hard and make things stressful for them.

Garcia: Arû at aru! (Cajole and whoa!)

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 08:52 p.m.

"ARO! Katimyas na nitang dalaga lawen ke pa sa’nung ninu ya. Pikiling-kiling ne itang buntuk na, puntuk nang salikap pota manabu ya!” ~ Senayang Dalit Kapampangan

“Nung e ya akwa king arû kunan n’ya mu king palu-palu!”

Vugt: The Way of the Cross – a way of life

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 08:21 p.m.

THE Way of the Cross is a very old devotion practiced by many Catholics especially during the time of Lent.

Estremera: Thoughts on motherhood

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 06:46 p.m.

YOU’RE right. I don’t have kids. So, why should I ponder on motherhood?

Thinking at the speed of light

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 06:45 p.m.

REMEMBER those times when you find yourself with racing thoughts that you almost swear that you’ve become breathless from the e

Pacete: Folk medicine woman

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 01:26 p.m.

IN TOURISM world, we are positioning our province for health and wellness. We entice tourists to come because we have good doctors, good hospital facilities, healthy environment, and organic food. The island of Negros has good beaches wherein tourists could relax and unwind.

We have one interesting thing to note in our province. In the rural areas, we still have the “manugbulong” (folk medicine men). They have the gifts from the Almighty to cure the illnesses and identify herbs and roots with medicinal value. They are not categorized with the “babaylan” (shaman) group. The “babaylanes” belong to the highest hierarchy. (I want to discuss that in another setting.)

Editorial: Need to involve the public

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 11:26 p.m.

THE discussion during the first quarter meeting of the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (MCDCB) on the current road works in the Metro Cebu area was interesting because of the presence in the gathering of DPWH officials in the region. But the public wouldn’t have known what was discussed had reporters not covered the activity.

Libre: Soaring Eagles

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 11:21 p.m.

FOR two consecutive nights on March 14-15, 2015 at Mt. Smart Stadium in Auckland, the Eagles attracted 75,000 people to the closing concerts of its epic stadium concert tour, “The History of the Eagles.” The event kicked off on July 6, 2013 and covered North America, Europe and Oceania, totaling 118 gigs.

I caught the March 14 concert, which was blessed with a fine weather although it was a bit wintry cold.

Nalzaro: MILF’s lies

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 11:20 p.m.

I HAD a chance to meet acting Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Leonardo Espina during a lunch hosted by businessman Jojo Alquizola in a Japanese restaurant along A.S. Fortuna St. in Mandaue City last Thursday. Espina, who was with his wife, mother and son, dropped by Cebu from Ormoc City after attending the wake of pineapple magnate Sabin Larrazabal.

A native of Batangas, Espina once lived as a boy in Ormoc City. His wife, whose family name is also an Espina (but not a relative) is a native of Cebu City. Her family owned the Espina village in B. Rodriguez St.

Barrita: Will PNoy say sorry?

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 11:19 p.m.

ABOUT eight out of every 10 adult Filipinos or 79 percent deemed insufficient President Noynoy Aquino’s explanation of the Jan. 25 Mamasapano debacle, results of the Pulse Asia nationwide survey conducted in the first week of the month showed.

Only 10 percent of his “bosses” (the People) said his explanation was sufficient, while another 11 percent were undecided.

Wenceslao: More on Cebu guerrilla’s Harry Fenton

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 11:17 p.m.

I MISSED again this year’s Manunggal climb, which was held last March 14 and 15, or a few days before the anniversary of the death of former president Ramon Magsaysay in Mt. Manunggal, Balamban on March 17, 1957. This also means that it has been a while since I was in Barangay Tabunan, Cebu City where we used to start the climb to Manunggal.

Carvajal: Fire prevention

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 11:16 p.m.

THE kind of fire government agencies need to prevent is the ugly monster that devours a whole city block or district. Yet, the drills during Fire Prevention Month are mainly about how to prevent a single-house fire and how to put it out quickly when it happens.

Tell it to Sun.Star: Minglanilla road

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 11:15 p.m.

I COULD not shake off the suspicions every time I see the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) repair good roads.

People in Minglanilla witnessed how and in fact wondered why that thick and serviceable asphalted road with no visible crack(s) or indication of being worn-out was destroyed in the guise of repair.

Dumaguing: Know more about Colorectal Cancer

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:13 p.m.

MARCH is Colorectal Awareness Month. The cancer used to be an exclusive malady of Western countries where the lifestyle- diet especially- was a big factor in its causation. However, colorectal cancer has now invaded, so to speak, the shores of developing Third world nations, making it number 2 most common cancer - after lung) and also the second most common cause of cancer death. The incidence starts at 40 years of age, then peaks at 60 to 70. Gender-wise, colon cancer is more common in women while rectal cancer is more common in men.

Padilla: Free medical-dental service for BRP by ABS CBN Foundation on deck

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 09:57 p.m.

THIS is extremely good news for members of the Blessed Association of Retired Persons Foundation (BARP). Last Thursday, Prof. Federico Balanag and I met at his office at the new BARP Center along Bokawkan Road, Cresencia Village Barangay. Among others, we discussed several ongoing and up and coming activities of the foundation. Full of excitement and happiness, he informed me that the officers and staff of the ABS CBN Foundation main office is coming up to the city sometime next month (April) to conduct free medical and dental service for the benefit of the rank and file of BARP.

Bautista: Juan Pine Day

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 09:52 p.m.

IT WAS at three in the afternoon when I got a call from my brother while he was in his office in the University. In fact I missed his first call. I might have thought that it would be of importance, so I had to take the call. After some greetings and some anxious expectations from such a call, plus some formality in my brothers tone I expected the worst. He said his hello as I did mine. Then he says that someone wanted to talk to me. At that point I was already nervous and with much anticipation.

It was a voice familiar at the other end, a voice clear and distinguished.

Cariño: Milestone

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 09:47 p.m.

MY MOTHER Ruby turned 80 this month, last Sunday, to be exact. At 80, she is hale, busy as a bee (her brothers call her that, Bee), up and bout, and around town. She also writes a food column for this paper, and calls the column “Bon Appetit.” As a food writer, she has twice been an awardee of the annual Doreen Fernandez Food Writing Award.

Dacawi: Resolution on overloading jeepneys

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 09:42 p.m.

(This revival of a personal piece in 2009 is in support of Baguio city councilor Fred Bagbagen’s resolution asking transport officials to crackdown on overloading passenger jeepneys. – RD)

I ALMOST got in trouble one time with a fellow aging passenger over the unrealistic seating capacity of our jeepneys. Transport officials who set and implement standards simply ignore this, simply because they don’t ride mass transport. They ride in their own cars or office-issued vehicles driven by government-paid pilots.

Del rosario: Dreams or nightmares?

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 09:42 p.m.

HAVE you been to the new “Entertainment City” that is rising along the reclaimed area along Manila Bay? It is located just beside SM MOA.

The first operator opened its casino over a year ago.

Editorial: Worrying

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 09:06 p.m.

THAT there are seven more maternal deaths in 2014 than in 2013 is indeed worrying. We may say, but they are only a total of 126 who died while giving birth all over Davao Region where there are 1.5-million females above 15 years old.

Sangil: Tunay na kahulugan ng BBL

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 08:18 p.m.

MARAMI na ang hindi bilib kay Pangulong Noynoy Aquino. Ito ay ayon na rin sa mga nakaraang mga surveys. Talagang lumilitaw na talagang Nonoy o Totoy pa siya sa pagpapalakad sa ating pamahalaan.

Nahubaran siya ng todo pagkatapos na mangyari ang Mamasapano massacre, na kung saan 44 na magigiting na Special Action Force (SAF) members ang nasawi.

Tulabut: American Pikinisan

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 08:17 p.m.

LOTS of stories to tell.

Yes, there could be volumes upon volumes of books that could be written about the way our Cabalens lived their lives with Americans in and around Clark Air Base (CAB).

Sánchez: LGUs for peace and development

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 02:57 p.m.

SO NOW 11 local government units (LGUs) are declared peaceful and ready for development, said Col. Jon Aying, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, and Mayor David Albert Lacson who signed the declaration in a ceremony in E.B. Magalona.

The E.B. Magalona Peace and Order Council wrote in a resolution, that the occurrence of violence, criminality, insurgency and subversions in the municipality of E.B. Magalona remains intermittent and isolated, and thus, negligible.

Alamon: The sea is life

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 01:48 a.m.

ON MARCH 24-25, 2015, government, the academe, civil society and Bajau representatives from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will gather at the MSU-IIT campus in Iligan City for the 2015 National Summit for the Bajau.

Sponsored by the Department of Extension of IIT in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the activity aims to gather various sectoral groups involved in responding to the urgent national problem resulting from the massive displacement of the Bajaus from the seas to the streets.

Editorial: The sad state of Philippine politics

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 12:33 a.m.

THERE'S been a bunch of news about politicians lately, and none of them seem very good. The people themselves don’t seem too pleased either.

Uyboco: Belief and disbelief

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 12:32 a.m.

ANOTHER reader who wishes to remain anonymous sent in an interesting reflection on belief and disbelief. I will, as usual, present the full text with only minor edits:

Is it “RIGHT” for a "Christian" to believe, and “WRONG” to disbelieve? Some people would consider even this question to be immoral, and so would any devout Muslim, Hindu, Jew or Buddhist. And they consider that they are perfectly right and justified in their assertion -- in their estimation any non-believer, or anyone believing in a DIFFERENT religion, is inferior to them – almost “not quite human”.

Millan: Run all night

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 12:31 a.m.

AND just like that, the survey ratings of the President hit its lowest.

Before we get lost in the details, we should keep in mind that this nosedive is not just about one incident. Maybe this one incident became the proverbial last straw that broke the camel’s back. Perhaps this one incident became the proverbial last nail on the coffin. But it could never be that this one incident, alone and by itself, caused the proverbial dam to break.

Editorial: The CCMC ‘dream’

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 11:22 p.m.

PERHAPS Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama needed it—the reminder—from a Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) councilor like he needs it, too, from city residents, especially those who dropped their precious P1 into a plastic container placed by City Hall people in strategic sites a week after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Cebu and Bohol in October 2013.