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By Rina Jimenez-David
My first stop in this city, on a day for sightseeing, was, would you believe, a local Starbucks.
By Michael L. Tan
“Silent Night” is one of the most loved Christmas carols, but imagine translating it into Tagalog and singing it.
“It takes somebody to help somebody.” I don’t know if it is proper to have fun and spend money for parties this Christmas season after the devastating Supertyphoon “Yolanda” razed thousands of entire villages and communities, and left hundreds of thousands of our countrymen homeless and more than 5,000 others dead.
By Juan L. Mercado
We tacked up again those Christmas star lanterns Sunday. We had stashed the parols before Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: “Hainan”) barreled through. The five-candle Advent wreath is back in our sala. So is the Christmas tree.
By Juan L. Mercado
Ang Pasko ay sumapit, mall megaphones blare. Wait. Isn’t that the pirated version of the winning carol at the 1933 Christmas contest in Cebu? Christmas is still 43 days away. Most homes haven’t dusted off star lanterns or Nativity belen.
By Alfredo Gabriel M. Aldaba
“Never look a gift horse in the mouth” is a common proverb that I have, throughout my life, utterly failed to live by. Whether that has been for good or for ill is still very much up for debate. What is not up for debate, however, is how it has directed my actions and defined me thus far.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
In a little more than a month’s time it will be the “ber” months (September, October, November and December), and the Philippines will begin observing the longest Christmas celebration in the world.
Early Christmas morning I went for a walk through our farm in Lala, Lanao del Norte. There was a gentle breeze blowing through.
The country has a great deal to worry about when P1.6 million is given as a Christmas cash gift to each of 18 senators and another P250,000 each to four other senators while millions of Filipinos are starving and thousands of displaced typhoon victims are in dire need of food, shelter and clothing assistance from the government.
By Amando Doronila
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile played god last Christmas—with the people’s money. He distributed cash gifts, totaling P30 million, to senators and Senate employees, taken from public funds. Signing checks on his Senate podium like a paternalistic landlord, Enrile was heard saying, “Gusto ko, happy kayo.” He gifted a total of 22 senators: 18, [...]
By Neal H. Cruz
“What’s in a name?” Juliet asked Romeo in Shakespeare’s play. “That which we call a rose by any other name will smell as sweet.” True. Hence, a bribe by any other name still stinks. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile calls the P1.6 million (or a total of more than P30 million of the people’s money) [...]
By Oscar Franklin Tan
I found myself wary of hearing Christmas Eve Mass except in Xavier School, where I have heard it since I was six. I shockingly realized this was because I trust the Jesuits not to give a Christmas homily on the Reproductive Health Law. The emotional exhaustion wrought by our bishops’ endless political commentary has alienated me from my own Church.