Care for an early Christmas shopping?

Christmas is just around the corner and many of us will soon do our annual year-end shopping spree at the spanking new SM Seaside City and Robinson's Galleria Cebu. Many are excited but some wonder why so much malls in a medium-sized urban center like Cebu? What's with these malls that we all get hyped about? Why go gaga about it?

New shopping malls, hypermarkets and department stores are sprouting like mushrooms throughout the Philippines in recent years. These ultra-modern structures have expanded their role as a shopping and dining destination so that it has taken important social role in communities by hosting concerts, tourist attractions, exhibitions and even Catholic masses! Gone are days when we enjoy what's going on the town plaza where everything revolved around the church, the municipio and the local market. Everything is concentrated in the mall these days so that it's much of hassle to go to parks or the public square.

Robinson's Galleria Cebu is one of the newest malls in the country

In a country with a fast growing population, the mall has become a go-to place to hang out and socialize because everything you need is inside a gargantuan air-conditioned venue. For others, it has become a place where you can show off your designer bags and imported shoes for the world to see. If you think about it, malls provides an aspirational venue for people who want to see things they don't get to buy. Everything has become so artificial that malls are trying hard to manufacture the vibrancy of a local town center in a very commercialized setting. In fact, more people go to malls than church in a month!

Sure, window shopping is free but not all can get to access what the mall has to offer. These malls may be for everyone to enjoy but it is also elitist to certain degree. If you visit any of the malls with your Sunday's best, you would be greeted with utmost respect like you see on TV commercials but if you try go in with your casual home clothes and worn-out flip-flops, security guards will have to frisk you and check your belongings just to get it! You never get to experience that abroad.

How do you expect concentrate on the mass if there are so many distractions around you?

So why more malls in a congested metropolis? Not all of us can afford all the products and services provided by these malls. Most Filipinos are still living below the poverty line contrary to what government has said. Our economy is still dependent on OFW remittances and investments from BPO companies so why not build more industries and support agriculture as the Philippines still lag behind in terms of economic development from neighbors like Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Malls are not the indicator of economic progress.

It all sounds so familiar to us - patronage politics. Malls are providing services that government has failed to do. This is the reason why some people don't mind, they can just flock to the nearest mall to get away from the hassles of daily living and cool down from the hot tropical heat and congested city centers. It is true that every mall being constructed can bring in new jobs but at what cost? Increased  traffic congestion, garbage problems and growing power consumption.

There is a push for a more eco-friendly design and construction and now Cebu's newest shopping destinations will have real parks on the the rooftop and even inside of it. Solar power is being considered to lessen the strain on the power grid. Recycling programs have been instituted to reduce plastic waste. Where do we go from here?


Although I took up a lot of history subjects during my university years, I never got the chance to study genealogy and family history in a much greater detail. As far as my genealogy is concerned, I have been doing a lot of research and tracing my family tree for years and there seems to be a proverbial brick wall that has kept holding me back from uncovering who are my much older ancestors are. Good thing, I found a lot of online sources, leads and information that helped me accumulate names both direct, indirect and even well-known ancestors.

If you visit my family tree site (, I already have about 50,000+ names. I'm hoping to set up a new and reliable genealogy website with a dedicated domain so that not only it will look good, it will also become a comprehensive source for relatives out there looking to reconnect with each other. I've seen countless episodes of genealogy series like "Who Do You Think You Are" and "Finding Your Roots" and I'm looking forward to know more where I come from.

With that in mind, I'm hoping to know more about both my paternal and maternal lineages especially from the following direct ancestors where I descended from:

A) Paternal Lineage
 1. Alcario Canonigo (1825-?) - great-great-great grandfather
 2. Germandina Repostera (1826-?) - great-great-great grandmother
 3. Fruto Lara (1837-?) - great-great-great grandfather
 4. Apolinario Pañares (1825-?) - great-great-great-great grandfather
 5. Emeteria Manguera (1828-?) - great-great-great-great grandmother
 6. Bernardo Duterte (1763-?) - great-great-great-great-great grandfather**
 7. Dominga Guzman (1765?-?) - great-great-great-great-great grandmother
 8. Ygnacio de la Cruz (1760?-?) - great-great-great-great-great grandfather
 9. Petrona Fulgencia (1760?-?) - great-great-great-great-great grandmother
10. Nicolasa de Gracia (1855?-?) - great-great grandmother
11. Feliciana de Gracia (1806-?) - great-great-great-great-great grandmother
12. Salvador Tabelon (1892-1946) - great grandfather*
13. Placido Mañacap (1849-?) - great-great-great grandfather
14. Basilia Baricuatro (1858-1953) - great-great-great grandmother

B) Maternal Lineage
15. Felino CT Leon (1915?-?) - grandfather*
16. Regino Cabigon (1823-?) - great-great-great grandfather
17. Raimunda Quijano (1825?-?) - great-great-great grandmother
18. Remberto Roa Sr. (1861-?) - great-great grandfather*
19. Escolastico Duterte Sr. (1840?-1928) - great-great-great grandfather
20. Francisca Duterte (1820?-?) - great-great-great-great grandmother
21. Bernardo Duterte (1763-?) - great-great-great-great-great grandfather**

*-highest priority
**-same person

If I can uncover the family tree of these dead-end ancestors then I can unlock further possibilities perhaps lead me to who I'm looking for. At the same time, if we have common ancestors then we can probably reconnect and help each other out by providing key information that would help me reconstruct my family tree and indirectly help figure out your side of your family as well!

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