Wednesday, June 21, 2006

A Fortnight in Cebu

Blog-absent the past few days as I'm in Cebu and adjusting to a new albeit temporary schedule. I'm here for two weeks, attending a Java programming class of the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS) of Japan.

No, I'm not the instructor, thank goodness. I'm attending as a good ol'-fashioned student, and in the process giving the instructors a lot of headaches. Well, no, not really. I'm a good boy.

The program is called Java Application Development Oriented to Japanese Enterprise. It's organized by the Philippine National IT Standards Foundation (PhilNITS). I'll be posting a longer review pretty soon, but suffice to say, it's very good and I'm very happy with it. It's geared primarily towards experienced programmers new to Java, so it assumes knowledge of basic programming concepts. However, the organization and the explanations are very well done. It uses Eclipse as the working IDE in all of the examples, another bonus.

The class is being held in the DTI office in downtown Cebu. We're actually in the historic part of the city, flanked by the Cathedral Church and the Sto. Nino Basilica. Very nice.

Class starting. More later.


  1. Dom,

    Glad to know you're enjoying historic Cebu. I don't know where that DTI building is, but I figure Sto. Nino on the other side is right across Magellan's cross.

    Colon street is on the other parallel side. I never knew until much later that it was named after Cristoforo Colombo, whose Spanish name was Cristobal Colon. So there, those two streets (Magallanes and Colon) in the heart of old Cebu actually named after the two great explorers of the 15th century.

    Well, I'm sure your Java class is a breeze for you. Enjoy your stay in the Queen City of the South! (Are the mangoes in full bloom, full supply?) Keep us posted. Ayo-ayo.

  2. offtopic: just blog hopping ;)

  3. No doubt about it. This is the one play that anyone who cares about the theater should see. “Doubt,” the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play will be staged here in Cebu on June 30 – July 2 at Onstage! Ayala Cinema 1, with movie and television star Cherie Gil headlining the cast.

    The plot is relatively simple. In a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964, the principal—a tough-minded nun named Sister Aloysius (Cherie Gil)—suspects that one or more of the students is being abused by a popular priest, Father Flynn (Niccolo Manahan). She enlists a young teacher, Sister James (Cathy Azanza), to help her find evidence of wrongdoing. When an eighth grade boy (who also happens to be the first black student ever enrolled in the school) appears to be singled out by Flynn for special treatment, Sister James becomes suspicious and passes her observations on to Sister Aloysius. Sister Aloysius thereupon embarks on what turns into a crusade to discover the truth and ensure that the priest, if guilty, is removed.

    The beauty of the play lies in its delicious ambiguity: there's no way to tell for sure if Father Flynn is guilty or innocent, or—more pointedly—if Sister Aloysius is on a path of righteous justice or vindictive persecution. “Doubt” is a taut mystery that allows each audience member to draw his or her own conclusion on these points, and also about the larger issues: the inequities of the Catholic hierarchy (and, by extension, most large and entrenched institutions); the difficulties of ever knowing if we're really "right" about anything; the dangers of relying on faith instead of hard evidence when making decisions that affect the lives of others.

    After garnering rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, the play recently ended its 4-week Manila run at the RCBC Plaza in Makati. “Doubt” will be staged in Cebu on June 30 – July 2 at the Onstage! Ayala Center - Cebu. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are available by calling Arts Council of Cebu at 233-0236 or 233-0452, or visit East,West Café in Ayala and Citickets at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel.