SIMBANG GABI is a devotional nine-day series of Masses practised by Roman Catholics in the Philippines in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and in anticipation of Christmas. Simbang Gabi, which translates to Night Mass, is held from December 16 to December 24. (Photo by Kriz John Rosales)

Santa can’t come to PH

MANILA (Dec. 15) - The Port Congestion Multi-sectoral Working Group (PC-MWG) on Friday said Santa Claus might not be able come to the Philippines this Christmas due to the high volume of undelivered cargo clogging the Port of Manila. .Full story...

6 cities ban firecrackers

MANILA (Dec. 15) - With only two weeks before the celebration of the New Year, six cities in Metro Manila, Northern Luzon and Mindanao have banned the use of firecrackers, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) reported yesterday.

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Pacman: Mayweather has nowhere to run

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has vowed to chase Floyd Mayweather Jr. into ring submission after his US rival offered to fight him next year in a blockbuster world title face-off.
“He has reached a dead end. He has nowhere to run but to fight me,” Pacquiao said Saturday, hours after the undefeated Mayweather issued the May 2 challenge on US television.Full story...

The Evo versus STI debate is over 
The iconic Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution – or Evo, for short – has been around since 1992. There have been many theories surround what Mitsubishi would do with its performance sedan, from using a 1.1-liter hybrid to utilizing a direct- injection diesel setup.
The Evo has a lot going for it, but sadly the 11th generation Evo was doomed the day Mitsubishi President Osamu Masuko revealed a new mid-term business plan. The plan prioritizes in-house sedans and forming joint projects with the Renault-Nissan alliance.

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Dingdong: The wait will soon be over

MANILA, Philippines - Dingdong Dantes can’t wait to be married and the preparations for the altar date on Dec. 30 are almost finished. 
“We’re getting there except for a few loose ends,” said Dingdong during a presscon for his Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles.   
The 34-year-old Kapuso star also confirmed that he’s shouldering everything, including bride-to-be Marian Rivera’s church gown by the Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco.  Full story...

Daniel wishes for a Pinoy Christmas

MANILA, Philippines - Pinoy Big Brother 2014 big winner Daniel Matsunaga cozies up with Chalk Magazine to talk about his life in sunny Brazil, from his childhood dream of becoming a football player to his love for his tight-knit family.   Full story...

Kubot and the Aswang collaboration

MANILA, Philippines - The Aswang Chronicles has officially expanded into a movie franchise with the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry Kubot, backed by a partnership deal among the producers  GMA Films, Agosto Dos Pictures and Reality Entertainment  that was inked last Dec. 12.
Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles lead star Dingdong Dantes said in a presscon, “I believe in collaboration, and most of the time, there are better results when it is a collaboration,” citing that the combined resources and minds help ensure a better outcome.

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Filipino community pays tribute to Canada for generous typhoon Haiyan aid

December 8, 2013 – Moved by the outpouring of Canadian humanitarian assistance to Typhoon Haiyan victims, the Filipino community in Ottawa, with the assistance of the Philippine Embassy, spearheaded a charity event that paid tribute to Canadian generosity and Filipino-Canadian friendship while raising new funds to help rebuild devastated communities in central Philippines. Full story...

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The cost of lawlessness


A province notorious for a massacre and poll fraud should be grateful for the few brave souls willing to plunk in substantial amounts to set up job-generating enterprises. About two years ago the Delinanas Development Corp., a subsidiary of food giant Del Monte Fresh Produce Philippines, opened a 550-hectare banana plantation in Maguindanao.
Delinanas aimed to harvest about two million boxes of Cavendish bananas for export annually, with the plantation providing jobs to over a thousand people. Elated officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao urged Delinanas to look at other plantation sites in the ARMM. Full Article...

The love boat



SOME years ago, then House Speaker Jose de Venecia regaled an audience of US Pinoys at the Philippine consulate in San Francisco with a portrait of a Philippines flying high on every conceivable front. During the open forum, I candidly commented that if it wasn’t because I could see who was delivering the talk, I could have sworn he was describing another country. I showed him several newspaper headlines that contradicted many of the rosy things he had reported.Full Article...

Year-round, the focus should be on family 



When Justin Trudeau appointed me to his Liberal party's house leadership team,
it meant that I would be spending a lot of time inside the chamber in Ottawa. I 
actually sit virtually right across from the Minister of Immigration so I get to see a lot of that particular minister. 
Back on December 3, the minister happened to be there for a debate that we were 
having on proxy marriages and it was my turn to speak. I took the opportunity to raise one of the most common concerns that is brought to my office. Addressing the Minister, I stated: "My challenge to the government and in particular to this member is to look at trying to assist people and to facilitate their being together after marriage in a much more timely fashion." .Full Article..

Making God's love our mission



EVERY action we make is motivated by something. It is important to be driven by the right motivation. Many people fall by the wayside because of greed, pride, vengeance and lust. They, in turn, drag the people close to them. Some people even act with these motives in the name of religion. Love is the only motivation that will make one really successful. God’s love in us will never fail. Let’s check out in the Love Chapter in the Bible -- 1 Corinthians 13. It shows us what God’s love looks like:  Full Article...

Let Christmas become your story



A survey was done to see which characters from the advent account most people identify with. How many of you think its Mary? Joseph? The wise men? Anyone for Herod? Not surprisingly, the shepherds came out on top by far. 
Most of us are pretty comfortable with the Christmas story. Maybe we’re so familiar that it’s become part fable and part legend in our minds. Some have sentimentalized it so much that they skim along on a superficial level, counting down the remaining shopping days, stressing about all the things to do, while neglecting the Nativity. It reminds me of the little girl who misquoted John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only forgotten Son.” .Full Article...

Phillipines: Enslaved by corruption



Our nation, the Philippines, is once again, riveted on something so ugly and yet so common - corruption. It’s almost a national habit, if you can believe it. I am, of course, referring to the 10 billion peso “pork barrel scam.” This is a sequel to an article I wrote previously on the same subject. Full Article...

Keep on top of your changing needs


YOUR priorities and needs change as you move through different stages in your adult life. Throughout these stages, your advisor can help you choose the right products and services that meet your evolving needs. Full story...

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