More gold, more puzzles from Boljoon

By Jobers Bersales
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:12:00 04/02/2009

Our fourth excavation season in Boljoon, Cebu has once again confirmed the town’s wealthy past with the recovery of a burial cache from a female individual (we call her Burial #29) dating to around 1550-1600, based on one of two datable ceramic accompaniments in her grave. The cacheincluded a 1.1-meter long necklace, locally referred to as “inahas” (snake-like), comprising a 14- or 18-carat gold in loop-in-loop design. The gold weighs 34.1 grams and is estimated, using current gold prices, at P22,650.00. Its historical significance and archaeological value is, of course, immeasurable.

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Rare gold jewelry finds in Boljoon town

By Ma. Bernadette A. Parco
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 10:55:00 04/02/2009

GOLD jewelry was unearthed, again, at the archaeological dig located within the Patrocinio de Maria parish compound in Boljoon town, south of Cebu.

A 14 karat to 18 karat gold necklace measuring 1.1 meter long and weighing 34.1 grams was found in a burial ground along with the remains of a female.

They were unearthed by Capitol heritage consultant Jose Eleazar “Jobers” Bersales and a team from the University of San Carlos (USC) Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

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Dig Boljoon IV

By Jobers Bersales
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 11:18:00 03/19/2009

Filed Under: Archaeology, Libraries & Museums, history

It’s all systems go once again for another run at digging deep into the past of Boljoon Church, courtesy of a generous research fund from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of San Carlos. Yesterday, the three National Museum (NM) archaeologists and technical staff who have worked with me in the three phases of archaeological excavations in 2007 and 2008 arrived to continue our unfinished work there.

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Waiter returns P2M diamond ring

Sun.Star Cebu

A WAITER of a resort in southern Cebu has returned an expensive diamond ring to one of the participants of the Provincial Government’s tourism caravan “Suroy Suroy Sugbo: Southern Heritage Trail.”

Rodolfo Niere, a waiter at Mediong Seaside Escape in Boljoon town, was commended for his honesty during a ceremony at the Cebu Provincial Capitol yesterday.

Nida Abrenica, supervisor of Club Serena in Moalboal town, was also commended for returning a credit card to the same Suroy-Suroy participant.

Sylvia Regis-Gogo, a retired nurse and the owner of the ring and the credit card, expressed her gratitude to Niere and Abrenica for returning her belongings.

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Espina: Suroy’s Southern Heritage Trail

Sun.Star Cebu

By Mila C. Espina
in my diary

THE Southern Heritage Trail has its own essence and it rates high in the survey of the most preferred Suroy-Suroy Sugbo package (or Suroy for short and the word means to take trip or a leisurely outing). Why so?

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Capitol and Boljoon signs custodial agreement to preserve artifacts

cebuheritage.com

The Cebu Provincial Government through by Mr. Jose Eleazar Bersales, the Capitol consultant on heritage affairs, have signed a custodial agreement with the parish of Boljoon, represented by Fr. Milton Medida, to ensure the preservation of the artifacts that were uncovered during a series of archaeological diggings that were conducted near the centuries-old church of Boljoon. The signing of the agreement was witnessed by Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and Boljoon Mayor Deogenes Derama.

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Man shot in head, critical

Updated November 11, 2008 12:00 AM

CEBU – A 26-year-old shot a 57-year-old while they grappled for the latter’s gun last Sunday night in barangay Lingatong, Boljoon town.

Samuel Darain will be facing charges in court for shooting Mariano Medrano who is still in critical condition.

Initial investigation showed that around 8:30 p.m., while Darain was on his way back home after buying for cigarette at a store, he was followed by Medrano who allegedly tried to shoot him.

Darain managed to grab the gun and both fought for it, Darain eventually got it and shot Medrano in the right side of his head.

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