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Bringing explosive fun is serious business in the Philippines

A vendor stacks a huge firecracker fountain, locally known as “luces or tungkod,” for sale in Bocaue, Philippines. Sales have been high in the run-up to New Year’s Eve, when millions of Filipinos will risk their limbs exploding fireworks to greet the coming year in a tradition that maims Read more »


Filipinos sit outside a church attending a Christmas Eve service while looking at a fireworks display in Manila. The country is the bastion of Roman Catholicism in Asia with over 80 percent of the population considered Catholics.(AFP/Joel Nito)

Pope issues Christmas call to protect children

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict ushered in Christmas at midnight mass on Monday, saying the image of the baby Jesus in a manger should remind everyone of the plight of poor, abused and neglected children the world over.

Estrada celebrates Christmas with mom

FORMER president Joseph Estrada arrived Monday at the home of his mother in the municipality of San Juan to celebrate Christmas with her and the rest of the family, according to a report on GMA Network’s “Flash Report.”

U.S. Cancels Philippines Military Exercise

By TERESA CEROJANO – MANILA, Philippines — The United States canceled a joint military exercise with the Philippines scheduled for next year because of a dispute over the custody of a U.S. Marine appealing his rape conviction, officials said Friday.

National artist Ramon Obusan passes away

National Artist for Dance Ramon Obusan has died Thursday afternoon at the Makati Medical Center Thursday, ABS-CBN News reported. Doctos said the cause of death of the 68-year old national artist was cardio-pulmonary arrest. President Arroyo expressed sadness over the death of Obusan, describing the national artists as “a true Read more »