By Joey A. Gabieta
Na higugma ha iyo an santo papa!(The Holy Father loves you!). This was the message conveyed by Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Guiseppe Pinto during his homily in a Christmas Mass he celebrated at the Sto. Niño church, this city. The church was one of the city structures badly damaged by supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan).
It’s a time of peace on Earth and goodwill to all men. But some unscrupulous types use the Christmas period to scam us. There is no worse time to fall victim to one of these swindles. Don’t get duped by the hoaxers, the tricksters and the fraudsters this Christmas.
By Kristine Angeli Sabillo
Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, arrived in Tacloban City in Leyte on Tuesday morning to visit and spend Christmas with the typhoon survivors.
By Casiano Mayor Jr.
A few weeks before Supertyphoon “Yolanda” struck, the family of Melga Aguillon-Gorillo had already set up their Christmas tree in the living room of their newly renovated home in Burauen, Leyte. As it had been in the past, their children—11-year-old Ameerah Mae and Mary, 10—looked forward to the joy of celebrating Christ’s nativity with their maternal grandmother and other relatives, with whom they have been living while their parents are working in Saudi Arabia.
By Eunice Barbara C. Novio
Like millions of Filipinos who work overseas, I will not be coming home to celebrate Christmas with loved ones this year. Here in Thailand, where I work as a teacher, Christmas is just another working day. There will not be much time to celebrate because the next day is another working day.
US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg sends his warm holiday greetings in a Christmas video message for Filipinos.
By Matikas Santos
The United States Embassy announced on Friday that it will be closed for four days during the holidays, including Christmas and New Year.
Part of the proceeds of “Handog ng FASO sa Pasko,” a Christmas benefit concert and festival, will be set aside for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) through ABS-CBN Foundation’s Sagip Kapamilya, the event’s sponsors announced.
The sight of devastation and ravaged brought about by the supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) is seen around the world, happening at time when Christmas carols are already heard over the radio and local folks are preparing for the holiday season.
Top Filipino-American choirs will perform together for the first time, and with the Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra (FASO), the only Filipino symphony orchestra outside the Philippines, in “Handog ng FASO sa Pasko,” a Christmas benefit concert and festival, on Saturday, December 7, at the White Memorial Church, 1720 Cesar Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles.