It’s that time of year when Filipinos start thinking about Christmas. September signals the onset of the so-called “ber” months, also a period when importers begin bringing in their goods to have sufficient stock for the Yuletide shopping peak.
By Peavey Vergara
On a mountain bike, one often encounters restaurant billboards at intervals. Every kilometer or so, it seems these ads are counting down, telling you to keep going, and to get going to their establishments. Five km away, 1 km, 200 meters…
By Michael L. Tan
Let’s take a break from disasters—natural and (wo)manmade—for now and deal with something still somewhat stressful: managing your panic this weekend as you realize you still have a long list of people you need to get gifts for. It’s tempting to send someone to Divisoria and pick up cheap giveaways, but you’d be surprised […]
By Melba Padilla Maggay
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By Rina Jimenez-David
There’s nothing like being in a non-Christian country during Christmas to realize just how special the season is in the Philippines. In Taiwan, it was mid-December but the holiday fever was nowhere to be felt. True, tinsel and holly festooned the hotel lobby and hallways, and Christmas carols were piped in constantly. At Taipei 101, the humongous skyscraper that sits in Taipei’s business district, there was an obligatory Santa’s Cottage and even a life-size snow globe. But elsewhere, there was hardly any sign of Christmas cheer.