Dining out with friends? There are social rules to follow when you are going out with friends. Follow them and you will have a great time enjoying each other’s company. Ignore them and you might end up wishing that you should just have stayed at home and watched your favorite television show.
On April 15, 2019, millions of people around the world watched in helpless horror as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was engulfed with flames. It was undergoing a restoration work when the fire broke out. Although the Cathedral was not totally destroyed, its wooden roof was totally burned together with much of its interiors. After the fire, unprecedented amount of donations poured in not just from France but from around the world to help reconstruct the Cathedral.
For Christians, Holy week is supposed to be a time to reconnect with God by reflecting on the life and sacrifice that Jesus made for humanity. Unfortunately in the Philippines, Holy Week had become synonymous to a chance to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life because of the long holiday. Well, there is nothing wrong with having fun as long as we remember the essence of Holy Week.
The Holy Week or Semana Santa, is a yearly tradition that is observed religiously in the Philippines. The days comprising it are called mahal na araw or holy days. The week -long tradition is accompanied by various rituals and activities where people do their penance as they commemorate the passion and death of Christ.
No matter where you are in the world, you have probably heard or even witnessed the Chinese New Year celebration. This is not surprising at all considering the fact that more than 1.4 billion people on the planet, about 1/6 of the world’s population, is celebrating Chinese New Year this year.
Carved in the mountains of Ifugao, the Rice Terraces of the Cordilleras is one of the six UNESCO World Heritage Sites found in the Philippines. The rice fields were planted by Ifugaos, the indigenous people of the mountainous region in northern Philippines some 2,000 years ago.
Christmas is an annual Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ every December 25. It is a time for parties and gift-giving. More than that, Christmas is the season for love and great joy.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. – John 3:16-17
Merry Christmas everyone!
It’s the Christmas season once again. For a country with more than 80% of the population predominantly Catholic, it is not at all surprising that Christmas is the most celebrated holiday for Filipinos. Unfortunately, Christmas is also that time of the year that we just toss away or budget without thinking of the consequences.
My family and I love travelling. We love seeing new places, meeting new people and learning about different cultures. That’s why we make it a point to travel each time our schedule permits.
For Christians, November 2 is a day for commemorating and praying for our departed loved ones. The prayers are intended to assist the souls of those who have died but still trapped in purgatory, a place after death where the souls undergo purification before entering heaven.
For the first time, the heart relic of Padre Pio, one of the most famous Catholic saints, visited the Philippines for 21 days, from Oct 5 to 21, 2018. With more than 86% of the population Catholic, it was no surprised that thousands of devotees flocked to the churches in Manila, Batangas and Cebu where the relic was displayed, just to have a chance to see and touch the relic of the incorrupt heart of Padre Pio.