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‘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 »

With The Opening Maharlika, A Filipino Food Resurgence

By DANIEL MAURER – The closing of Elvie’s Turo-Turo a couple of years ago left East Villagers (New York) starved for Filipino food, but earlier this summer Sa Aming Nayon opened across from where Elvie’s once stood, and now Maharlika, the brunch pop-up that was first at Resto Leon and Read more »