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1st novena to ‘Our Lady of Health’ in 72 years starts Thursday

MANILA -- Thousands of devotees of Nuestra Señora de Salud (Our Lady of Health) are expected to flock the San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish in Quezon City on Thursday to attend the first nine-day novena of the miraculous image since the veneration was revived last year after 72 years in... Read More

Philvocs cites importance of public awareness on tsunami

MANILA -- Will there be a tsunami after an earthquake? How can one recognize the signs that a tsunami might occur? Where should the people go? The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Monday emphasized the importance of public awareness about tsunami so they could be... Read More

Daw-es: Igorots' cleansing ritual for dead, living

BAGUIO CITY -- In the mountains of Cordillera, up in northern Philippines, the indigenous tribes of Igorots still practice the "Daw-es," an ancient ritual passed on from generation to generation, even in this age of the worldwide web.Many of today's Igorots are also Christians. But unlike the rest... Read More

11th Jamboree Boy Scouts remembered

MANILA -- Sam Santos, 11, is one of the members of Roberto Castor Rover Scouts-Circle 11, who visited on All Saints' Day the Boy Scout Cenotaph inside the Manila North Cemetery to honor the 24 Boy Scouts, who died in a plane crash en route to the 11th World Scout Jamboree in Athens, Greece in... Read More

Top 3 killer diseases in PH

MANILA -- All Saints’ Day and All Souls' Day – the season to think not only of the dead but also of dying.Based on a popular myth, death and sickness came out into the world through a box. At present, sickness as a cause of death is a grim reality everyone will face in their... Read More

Moving on through art

MANILA — "Undas" serves as a time for Filipinos to remember and visit their departed loved ones. Every person has his or her own way of dealing with the pain and going on with life.ForAleiliaAriola, art has been her medium to battle her feelings and face each day after losing her son.Almost... Read More

Life plan: Avoiding the hefty cost of dying

MANILA -- For nine years, Nenita Besana has risen from her struggles in persuading conservative clients to avail of a life plan to become a “death care” expert, who has already sold 2,000 policies since she began as an agent."Noong medyo bago pa akong nag-a-ahente, pag tinanong ko yung... Read More

Grave 'branding': Unique way of honoring the dead

LEGAZPI CITY -- Most of us Filipinos, particularly Catholics, remember our departed loved ones on All Saints' or All Souls' Day by cleaning their graves, painting it white, placing fresh flowers on top, then lighting candles for an overnight vigil. Sometimes, singing the departed's favorite songs is... Read More

SSS branches abound in Novaliches

MANILA -- Until two decades and a half ago, or before the close of the past century, residents of the divided former town of Novaliches had to travel 10 to 20 kilometers and spend a sizeable length of time to transact business with the Social Security System (SSS) main office along East Ave. in... Read More

Artist Playground to offer total art experience this December

CAVITE CITY, Cavite – A once-in-a-lifetime art experience awaits elementary and high school students, as well as the general viewing public, as the Artists Playground, Inc.’s (API) musicale, which was dubbed “Tigmamanukin: At Ang Chever, Chenelyn, Chuvaness ng mga Diyos ng... Read More

The role of social media, digitized art in addressing HIV

MANILA-- While social media is considered a dangerous place for the young people today, it is considered the most effective means to inform them about serious health problems like Human Immuno Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS).“Ang social media ay maikukumpara ko sa venom ng... Read More

Saints inspire people and connect them to God: parish priest

DUMAGUETE CITY – In an unexpected encounter that he never dreamed of, Catholic priest Msgr. Julius Perpetuo S. Heruela found himself suddenly face to face with the heart relic of the popular Capuchin friar, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, also known as Padre Pio.Padre Pio’s relic, which had... Read More

Colorful tombstones becoming All Souls' Day attraction in Cotabato

COTABATO CITY--“Splash them all with lovely colors because it is the thought that counts.”Colorful tombstones are expected to be an attraction of sorts here as residents remember their dead on Nov. 2 (All Souls Day).As early as this time, locals visiting the city’s public cemetery... Read More

Abandoned Bataan cemetery breeds scary tales

DINALUPIHAN, Bataan -- For more or less eight years now, an abandoned cemetery in a village here has remained unattended and uncared for, becoming a frequent subject of horror tales by the locals.With most of the graves already opened and the bones transferred to other burial grounds, a few... Read More

Zamboanga City’s ‘addiction’ to betel nuts 

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Feeling blue or tired? Chew a “mama,” get high, and feel good.The “mama” here is not one’s tough mother, but the betel nut and leaf concoction or quid that is still popularly indulged on in Zamboanga City and the regions around it. Many Muslim men and... Read More

Doktor Karayom: The rise of an artist in 'hiding'

MANILA — It was rush hour one recent Thursday night and for that time on a weekday, traffic was unbelievably light. I was on my way to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), anticipating the excitement of rubbing elbows with some of the finest young artists in the country today and... Read More

Why horror films click during 'Undas' holidays

MANILA — Some Filipinos' commemoration of All Saints and All Souls days will not be complete without watching the usual bloody and hair-raising horror films designed to scare the wits out of its viewers.Regardless of whether these films will be watched on large screen format like the movies,... Read More

Novaliches a burial center in northern Metro Manila

MANILA —Believe it or not, Novaliches—a former town removed from the country’s map over a century ago because of inadequate population and income—is now literally serving as a burial center in northern Metro Manila.Five big memorial parks (a mild term for burying grounds) and... Read More

Why elections in Benguet have always been peaceful

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Although Benguet has been noted as a peaceful province during elections, unlike some of its neighbors in the Cordillera, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) here still held a voters' education on Tuesday that touched on voters' rights and gender issues, as well as made... Read More

Ankylosing Spondylitis: Living with a rare spine disease

MANILA — Clark Ferrer, 33, seems to be living up to a comic book superhero with his first name as he juggles his duties as an engineer, a father, and an advocacy group leader.People who are close to him fondly call him Superman, a way of confirming his determination to excel despite the... Read More