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Survey: More Pinoys follow their heart, not mind

By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) MANILA, Philippines – More Filipinos would follow their heart over their mind when it comes to love, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed yesterday. The survey showed that 54 percent of adult Filipinos would follow their heart, while 45 percent follow their mind. Read more »

‘Even Marcos could not ban firecrackers’

By Ding Cervantes (The Philippine Star) ANGELES CITY, Philippines – Local fireworks makers said yesterday that the plan to impose a total ban on the use of firecrackers at home during New Year’s Eve would likely fail and benefit only illegal manufacturers. “It is too much. Even (former President Read more »

What Filipinos miss most about Christmas back home

MALOU LIWANAG-BLEDSOE | AJPRESS SAN FRANCISCO – MY first Christmas away from home was four years ago, and was made more melancholy because my mom decided to fly back to the Philippines to spend the holidays with my brothers and their families. I, in turn, spent Christmas with my sister’s Read more »

‘Whatever’ wins crown for most annoying conversation stopper

via LA Times – You know, just sayin’ “whatever” is, like, the most annoying word or phrase in casual English conversation. Seriously. At least, that’s the finding in the latest Marist Poll released on Friday. “Whatever,” that ubiquitous part of speech, won the contest for the third straight Read more »

For Filipinos, an Abrupt Directive Alters a Christmas Ritual

Filipinos carry a statue of the Virgin Mary as they participated in a religious procession on Saturday in Manhattan to mark the start of the Filipino advent season. By COREY KILGANNON – Those who complain that the Christmas season starts earlier and earlier each year might find solace in Read more »

‘Ber’ months on, countdown starts

By ROBERT R. REQUINTINA — Despite the hard times, here and abroad, Filipinos have reason to smile as the cool “ber” months begin Thursday, Sept. 1, ushering in the joyous countdown to Christmas. Radio programs begin playing holiday tunes as the world’s longest Christmas season unfolds in the Philippines, Read more »