Ku­dos to the Univer­sity of the Visayas

The Freeman - - OPINION -

For our Sinulog Pre­sen­ta­tion on Straight from the Sky, we bring you once again our very own Arch­bishop Jose Palma who was in­stalled in the Arch­dio­cese of Cebu on Jan­uary 13, 2011 and has since be­come a wor­thy suc­ces­sor of the late Ri­cardo Car­di­nal Vi­dal. Last year Arch­bishop Palma was the first guest on this TV pro­gram so this week, he is our Sinulog guest. One thing I learned about this in­ter­view is that the Arch­dio­cese of Cebu is the largest arch­dio­cese in the Philip­pines and has the big­gest num­ber of priests.

In this in­ter­view I also asked Arch­bishop Palma for a sum­mary of 2018, the Year of the Clergy and Con­se­crated Life, and what to ex­pect in the Cebu Arch­dio­cese for 2019, theYear of theYouth. So watchArch­bishop Palma tonight on SkyCable’s chan­nel 53 at 8 p.m. with re­plays on Wednes­day and Sat­ur­day same time and chan­nel. We also have re­plays on MyTV’s chan­nel 30 at 9 p.m. Mon­day and at 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednes­day and Fri­day.

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Last Sat­ur­day night, I joined the open­ing salvo of the cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion of the Univer­sity of the Visayas (UV) which was orig­i­nally founded by Don Vi­cente Gul­las as the Visayan In­sti­tute and at one time had the big­gest stu­dent pop­u­la­tion among all the school in Cebu City. UV’s motto is “Amor, Servi­tum, Hu­man­i­tas” or in “Love, Ser­vice to Hu­man­ity.” It was in­deed a joy­ous time for Sir Ed­die Gul­las, the Pres­i­dent of UV, and Sir Dodong Gul­las. Ed­die Gul­las al­ways pointed out that while UV is a sec­tar­ian school, each class starts and ends with a prayer.

The FREE­MAN also cel­e­brates its 100th year next month which gives you an idea that the Gul­las Fam­ily has kept the is­sue of ed­u­ca­tion not just in the school cam­pus, but also shares it with the Ce­buano com­mu­nity through hav­ing a fear­less news­pa­per. Ku­dos to the Gul­las Fam­ily for keep­ing peo­ple well-in­formed, and if you vis­ited UV to­day it has be­come a very mod­ern and well-ac­com­plished univer­sity. Both Sir Dodong and Sir Ed­die al­ways honor their mother In­day Pin­ing Gul­las in their speeches, proof that they are truly fol­low­ing the good roots of the Gul­las fam­ily tra­di­tion.

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Early Sat­ur­day morn­ing I mo­tored to the pier near the Is­land Cen­tral Mall for the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Topline Ex­press a com­pany ded­i­cated to help the work­ers and em­ploy­ees of the Mac­tan Ex­port Pro­cess­ing Zone avoid the daily has­sle of traf­fic. As they say: Ne­ces­sity is the mother of in­ven­tion. If you are work­ing in MEPZ l and it takes you at least two hours to get to your work­place, your best bet is to take the Topline Ex­press be­cause this ferry only takes you 30 min­utes travel time, which means you save at least an hour and a half for your­self or for your work­load. The pres­i­dent of Topline Ex­press is Eu­gene Eric Lim.

On hand to in­au­gu­rate Topline Ex­press was no other than House Speaker and for­mer pres­i­dent Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal Ar­royo. In her speech, GMA men­tioned the many things that she has done for Cebu when she was pres­i­dent. Now since I was asked to sit at the same ta­ble with GMA, I re­minded her that one of the big­gest things she did for Cebu was her ap­proval of the South Recla­ma­tion Pro­ject. Sure, this pro­ject may have been con­cep­tu­al­ized by Mayor To­mas Os­meña, but it could only take off with the ap­proval of the pres­i­dent. Mind you, I got this in­for­ma­tion di­rectly from my friend the late, Cerge M. Re­monde, who was then her Press Sec­re­tary.

I also re­minded GMA of the year when she be­came pres­i­dent as it was the end of the in­fa­mous “An­car Per­mit” where you could not leave the Is­land of Cebu un­less you could prove that your car wasn’t stolen. The per­son who came to Cebu to ask me how to re­move the An­car per­mits was De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sec­re­tary Pan­ta­leon “Be­bot” Al­varez and he re­moved the of­fen­sive An­car per­mits and it be­came the “Strong Repub­lic Nau­ti­cal High­way” the back­bone pro­gram of Pres­i­dent Ar­royo. GMA thanked me for re­mind­ing her of her his­tory, to think it was Al­varez that she had to re­move to be­come House Speaker. Very few peo­ple knew about this in­ci­dent, which hap­pened when GMA took over as pres­i­dent from Erap.

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