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Pampanga’s lantern-making tradition thrives amid pandemic

MANILA – Christmas in the Philippines will never be complete without the iconic ‘parol’ or lantern.Craftsmen from San Fernando City in Pampanga, dubbed as the Christmas capital of the Philippines, have continued the tradition of lantern-making despite the pandemic.“Syempre... Read More

Ways to do holiday shopping amid pandemic

MANILA – Days ahead of Christmas Day, Eyah Manansala, a single parent of two teenagers, said she is already busy planning what to cook for Christmas Eve.Manansala said she went to the Blumentritt Wet Market early morning Wednesday with his 18-year-old son to avoid the influx of shoppers who... Read More

Skipping passion for safety: An old lantern maker's tale

MANILA – While the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic may have caused a negative impact on everyone's lives, it sure taught an old man to make an unselfish gesture of skipping tradition, giving way, hold his passion, and take a back seat.This year, Efren Tiodin resisted and finally... Read More

Celebrating Christmas differently at home

MANILA – With the pandemic making family gatherings more difficult, a Marikenyo shared how Filipinos can turn to creative ways to celebrate Christmas amid the pandemic.Jheng Margarejo, 29, of Marikina City, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) how the pandemic affected her family's reunion on... Read More

Soldiers redefine courage, hope amid trying time

MANILA – While most of us find ways to connect and celebrate this Christmas season, soldiers, who are among those on the frontline in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, continue to provide services for Filipinos.Apart from securing the country and protecting... Read More

Flood victims still facing survival struggle

MANILA – From health crisis to calamities, the country has grappled with several adversities this year.While other people were fortunate to maneuver from these situations, others experienced their perils.Gina Tinedero, a resident of Barangay Tumana in Marikina, was a victim of the recent... Read More

Christmas tree fit for bookworms

MANILA – Filipino bookworms are getting into the holiday season by incorporating their love of reading into their Christmas decor. Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites have inspired them to create their own versions of “book trees” or books piled on top of each other... Read More

Life's still good: Overseas Pinoys share Christmas amid pandemic

MANILA – While the Philippines is still battling with the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-2019) pandemic, Filipinos are slowly but surely bouncing back and showing glimmers of hope to celebrate the Yuletide season. Filipinos working overseas are no exception in spreading the... Read More

Pinoy arrives home after being stuck in Saudi for 6 years

MANILA – After six long years in Saudi Arabia with no inkling whether he would be able to return to the Philippines, Malik Darimbang, a native of Marawi City, is home at last.In February 2014, Malik figured in an accident after a Pakistani rammed the street sweeper vehicle he was driving,... Read More

8M trees planted in Negros amid the pandemic

DUMAGUETE CITY – Despite the travel restrictions during the community quarantines, a massive joint government and non-government movement for the forest restoration of Negros Island has already planted eight million trees on its fifth year.The 10 Million Trees in 10 Years (10M in 10) for a... Read More

'Simbang Gabi' brings hope amid a pandemic

DUMAGUETE CITY – Owena Davis, 75, putters around the house, preparing a table with a white linen cloth for the altar, with fresh flowers, a crucifix and candles, just a day before the start of the nine-day novena masses at dawn or Misa de Gallo beginning Dec. 16, leading up to Christmas.In... Read More

Arts fair brings color amid trying times

MANILA – The year 2020 may have been devastating for many but organizers and participants of arts fair, ManilArt, proved that there is hope, through a display of inspiring and colorful artworks.ManilArt, the longest-running art exhibit in the country, was held on Dec. 9-13 at the SMX... Read More

Korean Cultural Center honors front-liners thru online concert

MANILA – Providing Filipino front-liners a treat was not enough for the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC), as it staged a virtual concert to recognize their invaluable contribution to society amid the pandemic.The concert held on Saturday was still part of KCC"s "K-Healing:... Read More

Batanes residents keep the faith through ‘confession on wheels’

TUGUEGARAO CITY – The parish priest of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Basco, Batanes has been driving around the community, using his tricycle as a mobile confessional box to prepare young parishioners for their first Holy Communion and others for their prayer of concession.Fr.... Read More

From siege to wedding rites: APC serves as 'bridal tank'

BALOI, Lanao del Norte – Three years after the five-month siege in Marawi City in 2017, the armored personnel carrier (APC) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was back running, not to carry soldiers in full-battle gear, but to carry six white-clad brides to marry soldiers who were... Read More

'Star of Bethlehem': Miracle or Science?

MANILA– The Bible says the three wise men followed a star in order to find where Jesus was born. People refer to that star as the "Christmas Star" or the "Star of Bethlehem". Did that star come out of the blue to guide the "Magi"? Or did Jesus' birth coincide with a celestial phenomenon?"This... Read More

Davao City Christmas in the new normal

By Jed Roland WongDAVAO CITY – Around this time last year, upland communities of indigenous peoples (IPs) in Davao City host different fun and community-based activities for the members of the tribes, especially the children.At the same time, in downtown Davao, the entire city would sparkle... Read More

Teacher ‘Santa’ brings cheer to Nueva Ecija kids

GAPAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – Bringing joy to others can still be done this yuletide season despite the movement restrictions due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).An elementary teacher in this city proved this, not thinking twice about sharing her blessings and putting a smile into... Read More

Fashionista sparks buyers’ interest

MANILA – Laudale Zabala is a certified fashionista. When the lockdowns were imposed in March, she made it a point to continue getting dressed up as if she were going out for work. For her, putting on a nice outfit is a form of self-care.Although she couldn't leave her home in Valenzuela City... Read More

Preserving holiday cheers thru 'virtual reunions'

MANILA – With only three weeks to go before Christmas, planning getaways and gatherings with loved ones has been a part of the Filipinos' way of commemorating the season. However, with the current situation due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), people would have to defer seeing their... Read More