Looking back, looking forward
by Cherry Piquero-Ballescas - February 16, 2019 - 12:00am
All of us are happily and eagerly awaiting this special day of this new year: February 16, 2019! Our High School Batch ‘69 of Saint Mary’s College will come together for our Golden Anniversary, a joyous...
Love and devotion to Mama Mary
by Cherry Piquero-Ballescas - February 14, 2019 - 12:00am
On this day of love, we would like to recall the great love of Mama Mary for us all. Her obedience and complete surrender to God’s will have assured our redemption and salvation. Forever, we are sincerely grateful...
Public spaces and public transport
by Cherry Piquero-Ballescas - February 9, 2019 - 12:00am
Mayor Tomas Osmeña deserves commendation for two laudable projects; the public library and the BEEP. So much can be done really with political will. The projects do not really have to be costly as well to...
Disaster preparedness
by Cherry Piquero-Ballescas - February 7, 2019 - 12:00am
More families and residents have now been added to the number of homeless and needy because of fires that hit several communities in Cebu City lately. We join them in prayers during these difficult moments.
The House of Representatives’ next moves?
by Cherry Piquero Ballescas - February 2, 2019 - 12:00am
Before January ended, despite heated arguments and strong opposition coming from various sectors (from the academe, scientists, experts, child rights advocates and the public) that lowering the age of criminality...
The rights of Children
by Cherry Piquero-Ballescas - January 31, 2019 - 12:00am
Here are selected highlights of the preamble and articles about the rights of children adopted by the UN General Assembly on November 20, 1989 and entered into force on September 2, 1990:
2019 Sinulog Observations
by Cherry Piquero-Ballescas - January 26, 2019 - 12:00am
Although we arrived some minutes earlier than the 9 a.m. Sinulog Mass at the basilica last Saturday, January 19, we were still late! We could not proceed immediately to the basilica because of the thick, huge crowd...
Less Sinulog waste
by Cherry Piquero-Ballescas - January 23, 2019 - 12:00am
Did you read the good news? From 219 tons collected last year, this year’s reported Sinulog waste volume went down to 210.7, about 8.3 tons less.
Viva Sto. Niño!
by Cherry Piquero-Ballescas - January 19, 2019 - 12:00am
Tomorrow’s Feast of the Child Jesus continues the message of Christmas --God’s unconditional, immeasurable love.
Still on waste
by Cherry Piquero-Ballescas - January 17, 2019 - 12:00am
Several days before the big feast of the Sto. Nino, let us continue to remind ourselves and others about the importance of the link of devotion to protection of God’s earth.
Be a Sinulog Basura Watch volunteer
by Cherry Piquero-Ballescas - January 12, 2019 - 12:00am
The Black Nazarene procession, as expected, drew hundreds of thousands of devotees. Their devotion must certainly have made the Nazarene happy. The pollution they left, however, must have saddened him.
Thank God, a happy ending!
by Cherry Piquero-Ballescas - January 10, 2019 - 12:00am
Remember the Christmas drama I shared with you all in my December 22 column? Remember how maltreated a Filipino helper was by her employers in one Middle Eastern country and how, before December 25, she and her husband,...
2019 Sinulog responsible waste partnership
by Cherry Piquero-Ballescas - January 5, 2019 - 12:00am
The Christmas and new year season will end soon. Cebu City, however, will be busy preparing for another big celebration, this year’s Sinulog, the Feast of the Sto. Niño!
Prayers for 2019
by Cherry Piquero-Ballescas - December 29, 2018 - 12:00am
Today and for the days and years to come, our prayer is for a better, more prosperous, more peaceful, equal, and protected world and planet for all people, all with God’s grace and for his glory.
Days after Christmas
by Cherry Piquero-Ballescas - December 27, 2018 - 12:00am
News programs showed many of our people who flocked to public parks to enjoy Christmas with their loved ones.
An ongoing Christmas drama
by Cherry Piquero-Ballescas - December 22, 2018 - 12:00am
Amid the festive atmosphere, with the merry holiday fever very much on and evident all throughout, it is difficult to remember that there are those who may be experiencing a different type of Christmas this time...
Christmas, traffic, and thanks
by Cherry Piquero Ballescas - December 20, 2018 - 12:00am
With classes over and students happy to be on long holiday break, traffic in school zones have eased somewhat. However, with many stores and malls offering holiday discounts, sale, other gimmicks and treats, traffic...
Despicable and shameless even at Christmas
by Cherry Piquero-Ballescas - December 13, 2018 - 12:00am
The reason for this Christmas season is clear to most of us - “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
Partners for Education for Sustainable Development Goals
by Cherry Piquero-Ballescas - December 8, 2018 - 12:00am
Starting yesterday, December 7, more than a hundred local and global participants gathered together for the 11th Global RCE Conference at the University of the Philippines Cebu that focused on the theme: Education...
UP victory
by Cherry Piquero-Ballescas - December 6, 2018 - 12:00am
This article was written an hour or more before the start of the best of three UAAP basketball games between the University of the Philippines and Ateneo.
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