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Love The Holidays? The Philippines Celebrates 4 Months Of Christmas Mania

By Julie McCarthy/npr.org – Sleigh bells, snowy skies and a glowing fire evoke an idyllic Christmas. But the tropics can be just as festive as any wintry holiday this time of year. The Philippines, Asia’s only Catholic-majority country, boasts the longest yuletide season in the world. September inaugurates the start Read more »

#WalangPasok: Class, work suspensions for Dec. 26, 2018 and Jan. 2, 2019

via CNNPhilippines.com – Some students and employees get a longer holiday break as government offices suspend classes and work for December 26, 2018 and January 2, 2019. Here’s a list of class and work cancellations a day after Christmas and New Year. December 26 Malacañang has ordered the suspension of Read more »

Philippines honors Japan’s Christian feudal warlord Takayama Ukon

via japantimes.co.jp – The Philippines on Friday honored Takayama Ukon, a Japanese feudal warlord who was exiled to the Southeast Asian country 404 years ago because he was Christian. In marking the anniversary of the daimyo’s arrival in the Philippines on Dec. 21, 1614, the municipal government of Manila declared Read more »

Pinoy doctor pioneers opioid-free robotic surgery in Philadelphia

By Don Tagala/ABS-CBN North America News Bureau – A Filipino doctor at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia is making history in robotic surgery and prevention of opioid addiction among patients. Dr. Ian Soriano, a University of the Philippines Integrated Liberal Arts and Medicine graduate, together with plastic surgeon doctor Suhail Read more »

Fact check: Is medical marijuana already allowed in the Philippines?

By Patricia Lourdes Viray/philstar.com – There is no need for a law legalizing medical marijuana in the Philippines as it is already allowed, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Tuesday. “That is what is in the law already. It is allowed already, there is just a process they should know Read more »

George H.W. Bush secretly sponsored a Filipino child for 10 years. Read some of the letters they sent each other

By Andrea Diaz/CNN – Even after his death, George H.W. Bush continues to warm our hearts. The 41st President sponsored a 7-year-old boy in the Philippines for ten years using a pseudonym, the nonprofit who connected them revealed. Through Compassion International, a nonprofit organization that uses local churches to help Read more »