PUB­LISHER Atty. JE­SUS B. GAR­CIA JR. CHAIR­MAN OF THE BOARD

Sun Star Cebu Yearbook - - ABOITIZ -

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.

Pho­tographed by Jonolin Miñoza Luab

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