The natural and the supernatural

We have to learn to live in the natural world while pursuing our supernatural goal. This aspect of Christian life is somehow highlighted in that gospel episode where Christ talked about his impending passion, death and resurrection, and proceeded to


Where your treasure is

Throughout the scripture, we read of a God of promise, (of great promises, in fact) who fulfills every one of his promises. The first reading tells us that the people of Israel were certain of their deliverance from the slavery


Long term impact

One of the most comprehensive studies on long COVID has found that one in eight people who get infected with the coronavirus develop at least one symptom of it. A new study published in the Lancet Journal asked more than


Always watchful and focused

“Be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.” (Lk 12,36) With these words, Christ is practically telling us that we should always be watchful in life and focused


Transportation safety priorities?

The decision of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to veto the measure creating an independent body to be tasked with improving transportation was met with disappointment from private sector groups such as the Joint Foreign Chambers, Safe Travel Alliance and the


The paradoxes of Christian life

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would


Back to school

I don’t know how other families are doing these days, but mine is still not ready to go back to face-to-face school which supposedly reopens in a few days. First of all, we were told that it is going to


Regaining lost ground

The Department of Foreign Affairs recently said that the Philippines will assert the 2016 arbitral ruling on the South China Sea issue at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. At the meeting, the foreign ministers will be


Suffering as proof of true love

We have to be clear about this truth of our faith. If we truly have love, the love that comes from God and not just our own idea of love, we should be willing to suffer and die for our


The poverty line

A poll conducted by the Social Weather Stations found that nearly half of Filipino families considered themselves poor as the administration of former President Rodrigo Duterte wound down. Conducted from June 26 to 29, the poll said 48 percent of

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Man shot for assaulting brgy captain

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN A 38-year-old person, reportedly suffering from a mental disorder, was injured after being shot, allegedly for assaulting a barangay captain, on August 4, in Brgy. Tinongan, Isabela, Negros Occidental. Initial police investigations show that Tinongan barangay

Power Watch belittles Ceneco’s NEA awards

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The awards given by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to Central Negros Electric Cooperative on July 29 is a form of “window dressing” or an instance of making something appear more attractive in an attempt to

Retired Negrense general is Senate sergeant-at-arms

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Retired Army Lt. Gen. Roberto Ancan, of Victorias City, Negros Occidental, is new the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms. Ancan, who retired from the military service in 2021 as commanding general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Visayas

Heart, lung and kidney hospital in NegOcc pushed

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental 4th District Rep. Juliet Marie Ferrer is pushing for the establishment of a specialist medical facility in Negros Occidental. House Bill No.122, or the bill creating the Negros Occidental Heart, Lung, and Kidney Center

Plastic waste recovery bill lapses into law

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Extended Producers’ Responsibility bill, which lapsed into law, is now Republic Act No. 11898. Negros Occidental 3rd District Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez, a member of the Bicameral Conference Committee that consolidated similar EPR bills passed

P64M in shabu seized in Negros Occidental

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office reported to have neutralized the activities of 414 suspects engaged in drug peddling activities, following their arrests in the first semester of 2022, resulting in the confiscation of P64 million