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Makati's Festival of Lights dances on 'til Jan. 7, 2018

MANILA-- One of the most popular Christmas attractions in Metro Manila is the annual Festival of Lights Show at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City.The event has become a Christmas tradition for Makati residents, visitors, shoppers, and employees of the financial district. The sight of... Read More

The Christmas spectacle on Policarpio Street

MANILA -- Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.Wait, we're not talking about the rainbow. We're talking about the different colors of Christmas lights up on display on the quiet Policarpio Street in Mandaluyong City. Read More

Millennials still prefer traditional Christmas cards over e-cards

Christmas clutterNot all millennials like receiving Christmas cards -- some of them think they’re just clutter.Zachary Tan, 26, former aircraft mechanic, acknowledges that they do have personal value, but wouldn’t really know what to do with “generic” cards he... Read More

The 'ube halaya' rush in Malabon

MANILA -- With Christmas hours away, the mad rush to cook food delicacies like "ube halaya" is now in full swing among old-time Malabon residents.Cooking "ube halaya" is a tough work and is only appreciated by those who literally see the dish prepared and cooked before their very eyes, in the... Read More

Ex-bank employee reveals miraculous healing

He was diagnosed of having multiple organ infections, foremost of which was his pancreas, and his liver, kidneys, lungs and heart were also infected.A team of physicians, led by Dr. Ricardo Javison, a cardiologist, told his wife, Marietta that her husband condition was critical and was given a 50-50... Read More

Baguio's 'Christmas House' still delights visitors after 25 years

BAGUIO CITY -- A “Christmas House” on Brower Road is among the anticipated holiday spectacles here due to its dazzling display of Christmas images, lanterns and lights.Unknown to some people, however, a couple began adorning the house a quarter of a century ago in 1992 to cheer up their... Read More

Beat the Christmas rush, skip the fuss: Shop online!

MANILA -- As Christmas nears, shoppers are rushing to buy gifts online to avoid crowded malls and streets.Why not? Shopping online is fast and convenient, allowing one to shop even at midnight while in pajamas. The purchased stuff is even delivered right to the buyer's doorsteps.More than seven in... Read More

Gift-giving sparks students' hopes in flood-prone Leyte school

TANAUAN, Leyte -- A gift of school supplies brought back the smile on Jonabel Garcelazo's face after the recent flooding brought by tropical storm Urduja soaked her most valued learning materials.Jonabel, whose dream is to become a lawyer, is very grateful for the Christmas gift she got on Thursday,... Read More

A Christmas party for women empowerment

MANILA -- It was like most Christmas parties around--people having fun with those they've spent the year with, reveling in the dances,songs, Read More

From clothes to local-made mats: Up your gift giving game this 2017

MANILA -- From your usual glossy department store-bought wrappers, this 2017, you can level up your gift presentation game by trying Japan's traditional "furoshiki," the use of cloth as alternative to paper, or by using effort-evident and personalized gift bags made from local and... Read More

Pastil: Maguindanaon food on Christmas

COTABATO CITY – Choosing on famous Muslim food, pastil has continued its popularity even on Christmas among ordinary Muslims, even Christians in most parts of Muslim Mindanao region.Pastil remains to be the most popular Maguindanaon delicacy, according to Babo Alay Manabay, a 60-year-old... Read More

DAR advocates pro-environment Christmas celebration

ILOILO CITY -- Employees of the Department of Agrarian Reform here are proud of their litter and are not shy to show them off.The second and third floors of the St. Clement’s Building, where DAR Iloilo holds office, are adorned with various Christmas decors made out of recycled, reusable and... Read More

Chasing the P2,000 planner

MANILA -- It has been an annual craze for some Filipinos to get their Starbucks planner by collecting 18 stickers after buying 18 cups of Starbucks coffee.Although redeeming the Starbucks planner is for free and has no additional cost, buying 18 cups of coffee at over PHP2,000 is much expensive than... Read More

Christmas Village keeps Silaynon tradition alive

BACOLOD CITY -- Silay City in Negros Occidental is celebrating Yuletide holidays for the whole month of December with its Christmas Village 2017 at the public plaza as the centerpiece of its merrymaking.This will not be the first time that the holiday revelry will last for a month in the city of... Read More

'Simbang Gabi' gift-giving in Tacloban church

TACLOBAN CITY -- Christmas and the holiday season is the time of gift-giving.In observance of such cherished tradition, a Catholic parish here will not just hold the nine-day “Simbang Gabi” (midnight mass), but will also give gifts to less fortunate parishioners.SinceNovember,the Our... Read More

Christmas carols are in the air

MANILA -- "Thank you. Thank you. Ang babait ninyo, thank you!" Sounds familiar?
Every Christmas season, kids and adults alike go door to door, belting out Christmas carols -- "Jingle Bells", "Silent Night", and “Ang Pasko ay Sumapit” are among the popular ones -- hoping to get in... Read More

Christmas comes early to ‘Nayon ng Kabataan’

MANILA-- For several hours last Monday, about 131 residents of the Nayon ng Kabataan for abandoned and disadvantaged children were all smiles as they enjoyed an early Christmas present.On that day, members of the Philippine Army reached out to the kids by joining them in the “U! Happy”... Read More

Davao’s Christmas candy land now a nightly destination

DAVAO CITY –Since the opening of the Pasko Fiesta on December 1, the Davao City Hall has become the nightly destination of people from all walks of life. No one ever misses to pass City Hall awed by its candy land Christmas décor.Nong Jun, a candy seller at the Rizal Park, said some... Read More

Palawan's chainsaw Christmas tree tells a story

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- In an unobtrusive extent of Barangay Bancao-Bancao in this city, where almost every home and building structure remains green with grass and rich vegetation, a rare two-storey high Christmas tree stands waiting to be decked with indigenous kerosene lamps will come... Read More

Sleepless in Dagupan this Yuletide season

DAGUPAN CITY -- Many visitors are coming to this city at night, not only to sample sizzling food in its many seafood restaurants, but because the city simply looks its best in the dark.This Yuletide season, be prepared to stay up late if you are visiting Dagupan as it becomes stunningly beautiful at... Read More