PUBLISHER Atty. JESUS B. GARCIA JR. CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
CEBU has much to celebrate. Despite its share of growing pains, it has managed, thus far, to offer a quality of life that blends big- city comforts with the sense of belonging and community usually felt only in small towns.
When we chose “Celebrate Cebu” as the theme of Yearbook 2012, we knew we would have to delve beyond its more obvious aspects, like festivals and pride of place. Celebrations are more than merrymaking, after all. To celebrate something is to contemplate what sets it apart from the usual. “The meaning of celebration,” wrote the philosopher Josef Pieper, “is man’s experiencing the world in an aspect other than its everyday one… The most festive festival it is possible to celebrate is divine worship.”
Some of the essays and stories gathered here examine the gains and costs of the changes in Cebu, from its skyline to its people’s spending habits. Some introduce the young entrepreneurs and artists emerging on the scene; others reacquaint us with old downtown haunts and even older linguistic quirks.
For the Sun. Star family, 2012 ushers in an important milestone, our 30th anniversary. The years, by God’s grace, have been kind to us, and we look forward to celebrating with the readers, sources and advertisers who have sustained us all these years.
We hope you’ll think of Yearbook 2012 as a modest but sincere tribute to the place and community to whom we owe our success. Consider it, as well, as an invitation to celebrate Cebu— its resilience, its potentials, its ability to inspire joy in those of us who call Cebu home.