When you order a cup of coffee at your favourite cafe or buy instant coffee at the grocery store, do you know what coffee you are getting? You may already have a favourite from the coffee menu in your favourite cafe but the Philippines actually grows four (4) varieties of coffee that are grown in other parts of the world, plus one (1) special variety that is uniquely produced.
Grief is a journey that you go through as a natural response to the death of something or someone significant in your life. This journey involves going through a roller coaster of emotions – from shock, anger, guilt, denial, sadness, fear – all of which can be overwhelming. Going through grief also affects your physical health. Most people find it difficult to sleep, eat or even think about other things aside from their loss.
Going through a period of grief can be an intense experience which means that taking of yourself while on this journey is even more important. There are ways to help you work through your grief while being able to live your life as normally as possible.
Grief is always a complicated process and its effects are different for each individual. Consoling someone in grief is also a delicate situation and saying “I’m sorry for your loss” doesn’t really help that much to alleviate the person’s pain.
There are reasons for not saying this phrase to a grieving person and some suggestions on what to say instead.
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.
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.