HE HAS helped rehabilitate many troubled street children. Now, it’s his turn to ask for help.
SPO2 Egmedio Felisan Jr., a staunch child advocate, suffered cardiac arrest last Thursday and is in need of financial assistance.
His wife Myrna said they need to come up with P350,000, so her husband, also known as “Kuya Bill,” can undergo angioplasty tomorrow.
“Mangayo unta ko ug tabang para sa akong bana nga bisan ginagmay lang kay matipontipon man (I was hoping the public can help us with whatever amount they can give),” she told Sun.Star Cebu.
THE warning was for commuters to expect heavy traffic in roads leading to malls during the holidays.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama warned traffic enforcers to stay on the roads during the holidays or they join the ranks of the jobless when they enter 2015. He said those who will stay away when they are most needed would not have their employment contracts renewed or would be fired.
The traffic situation in Cebu City isn’t just bad. It is horrible.
The latter description is not mine. A priest (a former president of the University of San Carlos) used it during the second day of the misa de gallo at the USC Girls High School auditorium.
“Today is the second day of our spiritual preparation for the coming of the child Jesus,” he said in his introduction. “Note the emphasis on spiritual because so many of us are doing other preparations and as a result, the traffic has become horrible.”
I get this request every year so I shall accede to this request once more even though I may sound like Scrooge in the process.
In this season of giving, I once more remind all recipients of gifts to say thanks. This perennial reminder remains unheeded by some people so I shall continue to write this reminder every year till I no longer hear anyone lamenting about the utter lack of manners by gift recipients.
JOHN Dale Sala, 10, went home with a bunch of goodies after he attended a Christmas party organized by the Cebu City Progressive Uptown Movement (CC-PUM).
“Naa nami pamasko. Malipay gyod akong mama ug mga igsuon ani (We’ll have something extra for our Noche Buena. My mother will be very pleased),” Salas told Sun.Star Cebu.
Sala was one of 2,900 “poorest of the poor” children from mountain barangays who were picked to participate in the feeding program and gift-giving event yesterday called the Pasko sa Uptown, said Veronica Jimenez, program coordinator of CC-PUM.
CEBU Province’s projected collection for this year may exceed last year’s total collected revenues by around P200 million, based on records of the Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO).
Provincial Treasurer Manny Guial is confident that the Capitol will collect P2.416 billion compared to last year’s P2.216 billion.
If that materializes, the increase will be almost half of this year’s P407-million Annual Investment Plan (AIP) and more than the planned P110-million loan to acquire heavy equipment, which is the largest item in the 2015 AIP.
THE husband and I felt a little sheepish when we turned up for the first of the nine-day dawn masses preceding Christmas, and the church gates were not yet open. We looked around, hoping to see other early birds.
No one was as eager to prematurely leave their beds. We started feeling foolish. Then, as the fog cleared, we saw familiar figures: the “puto bumbong” sellers.
A middle-aged woman, an older woman who could be her mother or sister, and a girl who could be her daughter or younger sister sold this delicacy on weekends from a small table outside the church gates.
Sen. Jinggoy Estrada does not seem to understand, or perhaps refuses to understand, where he is spending his time these days.
He is facing graft and plunder charges before the Sandiganbayan in connection with the scandalous pork barrel scam and is presently detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City, Estrada, through his lawyers, has been maneuvering to get out of the hole he is in but the magistrates of the Fifth Division, exercising probity, have denied his every ploy, except for medical and humanitarian considerations.
MANILA—After a rousing victory in the opener, the San Miguel Beermen enjoy a psychological edge as they take on Talk ‘N Text today in Game 2 of the best-of-seven semifinal series of the 40th PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
However, coach Leo Austria of the Beermen cautioned his wards against complacency, saying the many-time champion Tropang Texters will surely bounce back in Game 2 today at 5 p.m.
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TEAM Lorega Echavez Youth Council (LEYC) kept its record clean after surviving Lorega Sitio Camansi Organization (LSCO), 40-37, in the midget division of the LEYC Sinulog Basketball Tournament in Lorega San Miguel.
LEYC improved to 3-0 in the tournament, thanks to the 19 points of Josephus Sandico. Patrick Del Castillo chipped in 13, and Joshua Jimenes added 8.
LSCO seemed headed for an upset in the second period when Francisco Roma started to wax hot and towed his team to a 20-13 lead after the first half. But LSCO suffered a scoring drought in the third quarter. RSC
NEW YORK—Here in the U.S., the most popular sport is not baseball or the NBA or hockey or Serena Williams’ game or soccer. It’s American football. From the first name alone (“American”), we know that this game is deeply rooted among this nation’s 320 million people.
MARRAKECH—Ever since Fifa executives voted to send the World Cups of 2018 and 2022 to Russia and Qatar there have been endless questions about how and why they picked those countries and accusations that some of them might have been bought off or otherwise leaned on.
With Fifa’s already tarnished reputation taking a beating, it reached out to lawyer Michael Garcia, a respected former U.S. Attorney, to investigate.
But when Garcia was finished, Fifa sat on his findings, saying his 430-page report couldn’t be published and instead putting out only a summary.
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AFTER Jim Murray and Red Smith—OK, include the still kicking Dave Anderson—my other favorite American sportswriter is Bill Plaschke.
Like the late Jim, Bill writes a sports column for the Los Angeles Times. Like Jim, Bill writes so well, too.
Like the late Red (I met him when he covered the third Ali-Frazier fight a.k.a. the “Thrilla in Manila” on Oct. 1, 1975 at the Cubao Big Dome in Quezon City), Dave writes so well, too. Red used to alternate with Dave writing at the New York Times.
No doubt Jim is Bill’s idol. Dave looks up to Red, too.
TENNIS fans in the City of Naga will be in for a rare treat as two homegrown junior netters will take on each other in the Girls 16-Under and 18-Under finals of the Palawan Pawnshop Regional age group tournament at the Naga Country Club tennis courts.
UP-and-comer Mark Anthony Geraldo gets his big break today as he faces unbeaten former Olympian McJoe Arroyo in an International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight title eliminator at the El San Juan Resort and Casino in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
The winner takes the No. 1 spot and the mandatory challenger status against IBF super flyweight champion Zolani Tete.
Geraldo is 31-4-3 with 14 knockouts, while Arroyo is 15-0 with eight knockouts. EKA
JUREN Labordo finally got back at his former tormentor Jaymart Toyco after knocking him out last Thursday night in Iloilo City in the Cobra Tunay na Lakas boxing series.
The 19-year-old Labordo stopped Toyco in the 2:38 mark of the seventh round of a scheduled 10-rounder. Last year, Labordo suffered his first defeat in the hands of Toyco, a technical knockout also in the seventh round. EKA
SOME 3,300 runners and running enthusiasts will hit the road today for the Energen Run, which will start and end at the Ayala Terraces.
According to technical race director Joel Baring of Sports and Fitness Entusiasts (Safe), the number of runners in the Cebu leg is second only to the Manila leg, which had more than 4,000 runners.
The fun run features the 3K, 5K and 10K divisions.
Meanwhile, at least 1,000 runners are also expected to troop to Danao City for the 36th Halad Kang Mano Amo Run at the Durano-Macapagal Boardwalk in Danao City. RSC
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