Births, deaths decline in nine months to September 

REGISTERED births and deaths declined 20.6% and 38.6% year on year respectively in the nine months to September, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Tuesday. According to preliminary data from the Vital Statistics Report births totaled 783,199 during the period, with the Calabarzon region (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) accounting for the largest share […]

Wenceslao: Pope Benedict

We were surfing the television set waiting for midnight so we could properly welcome 2023 when news of the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI became a hot topic online. My immediate reaction was about the timing. How could one pass away just a few hours before the coming of the new year? Cardinal Joseph […]

Finding real hope in times of trouble

ONE death after another. Michelle Esteria needed to cope with the trauma of losing both her parents, parents-in-law and her uncle and aunt who are very dear to her.“Encountering situations that remind me of my own tragedies makes me cry uncontrollably. I hated the topic of death because it is the most painful reality,” said […]

Editorial: Mad Max Syndrome

Hubris of the sick kind. The Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) posts images of motorcycle-riding groups and individuals on its social media page this week. The agency said concerned citizens have turned in photographs and videos of these incidents, the most glaring of them apparently made it easy for it to identify violations. An image […]