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Christmas, Pinoy style

By Elfren S. Cruz/The Philippine Star – Philippine Christmas has been described in many unique ways. It is the longest Christmas celebration in the world. The merriment involved is nearly unequalled, and resembles a long fiesta. It is also a revered season full of religious rituals. But if there Read more »

Undas in Filipino culture

By Elfren S. Cruz/The Philippine Star – For Catholics, the proper day to visit their deceased loved ones in the cemeteries is actually on November 2, which is All Souls’ Day. This is the appropriate day for mourning the dead. There should be no parties or merrymaking on this Read more »

10 reasons why it floods in Manila

By Paulo Alcazaren (The Philippine Star) Manila has been flooding for hundreds of years yet we never learn from the past. Floods do not respect political boundaries and will flow from one city to the next yet we continue to address flooding (as well as all other urban problems) Read more »

Chinese have ‘invaded’ Zambales mainland too

By Jarius Bondoc/The Philippine Star – It’s not only Bajo de Masinloc (Panatag/Scarborough Shoal) that the Chinese have occupied. They also have grabbed a slice of mainland Zambales, 108 kilometers east. There Chinese miners rule, stealing nickel ore the same way they poach fish in the shoal. Bribed local officials Read more »

Isn’t today the 67th Phl Independence Day?

By Bobit S. Avila/The Philippine Star – Today is supposedly the 67th anniversary of Philippine independence because way back in my high school days at the University of San Carlos (USC) Boy’s High School (BHS) it was a momentous day when the nation would be holding parades and marches Read more »

Cultural Catholics

By Michael L. Tan/Philippine Daily Inquirer – The results of the recent Social Weather Stations survey on Roman Catholic (I’ll use “Catholic” from here on, for convenience) belief and practice in the Philippines have caused a stir, particularly the figure of 9 percent of respondents agreeing with the statement “Sometimes Read more »