Meant to go beyond ourselves

There’s a stanza in that Josh Groban song, “You raise me up”, that, I think, is worthwhile giving some more serious consideration. It’s when it says, “You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains / You raise me


More contagious than COVID

As if we didn’t have problems and worries enough in these days, here comes news that oil prices will be rising soon, possibly within this week. One wonders how come their prices are going up when people do not seem


Information as a public good

According to Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Audrey Azoulay, the theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day, “Information as a Public Good”, “underlines the indisputable importance of verified and reliable information. It calls attention


The cross as our constant companion

Let us hope that we can develop a deep devotion to the Holy Cross of Christ, perhaps by carrying a crucifix with us all the time, saying some pious ejaculatory prayers every time we see a cross and even kissing


Which is real, which is fake?

It was heartwarming to hear that the United States is sending aid to India to help it cope with the vicious rate of COVID infections that have been hitting that country. India is one of the most highly populated countries


Doing the work

Today, Filipinos celebrate the second Labor Day whilst suffering from a crippling pandemic that our nation has failed to control. The combination of an economy that is struggling monumentally, still-surging cases of Covid-19, and the world’s strictest, longest yet most


Consequences of addiction to pornography

Sorry if I have to bring up this topic. But we cannot deny that, nowadays, this addiction to pornography is getting widespread. It is now all over the place, even affecting little children. We have to do something drastic about


Think of India

A bill that will make vaccination mandatory has been filed. Any objections? But we have heard some people complaining that it would be an infringement on their freedom of choice. Do you agree with them? Indeed, they can claim that


Criminalizing Red-tagging

In response to Senate Bill No. 2121, or the Act Defining and Penalizing Red-Tagging filed by Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon last month, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra expressed support for the push to declare Red-tagging as a criminal offense. “(Criminalizing


Beware of the IAD

I don’t mean the Integrated Access Devices like the smartphones, though they are very much related to what I would like to bring up here. I am referring more to the Internet Addiction Disorder that is becoming a big, albeit

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No travel to LGUs with full quarantine facilities

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Travelers to local government units in Negros Occidental with triple digit Covid-19 cases and whose quarantine facilities are fully occupied will be denied entry, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said. But Lacson said that inbound travelers to

Cardinal Advincula to get ‘red hat’

Manila Archbishop-elect Jose Cardinal Advincula, former bishop of the Diocese of San Carlos in Negros Occidental, will receive his “red hat” this month. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reported that the ceremony is set to be held at

Fire hits 15 houses in Bacolod

Firefighters battle heavy smoke as they try to penetrate the area where the fire started in Barangay 12, Bacolod City yesterday morning* Jaime Lim photo

Motorcycle driver killed in crash

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III A motorcycle driver, believed to be under the influence of liquor, died while his back-rider was injured when they figured in an accident at about 12:50 a.m. Saturday in Brgy. Alijis, Bacolod City. Killed was

Negrense war hero honored

The bust of Marine junior military officer, 1Lt. Lolinato To-ong Sr., a Medal of Valor awardee, was unveiled in Brgy. Cabacungan, La Castellana, Negros Occidental yesterday, led by AFP chief of staff, Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Mayor Rhumyla Mangilimutan, and Lt. Gen. Roberto Ancan, AFP Central Command chief, in the presence of To-ong’s family and other officials* Gilbert Bayoran photo

Mayor alarmed over slay of coop manager

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Mayor Salvador Escalante expressed alarm over the recent killing of an agrarian reform cooperative farm manager in Hacienda Dalayapan, Brgy. Caduha-an, a known tourist destination in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental. Manalo Porre, farm manager of the