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‘Simbang Gabi’ returns to New York PH consulate after 2-year hiatus


Dozens of Filipino-American organizations are sponsoring the return of “Simbang Gabi Sa Konsulado,” the annual the nine-day, pre-Christmas masses, to be held from December 4 to 12 at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, at 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Posted: November 25th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Christmas comes early in Macau

Manny Pacquiao.  AP photo

Just as the last of the Formula One banners came down, Yuletide greenery and merriment paraded through the halls of The Venetian early Monday: Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s bigger than life picture dominated the impressive lobby of the hotel with 10,000 employees, many of whom are Filipinos.

Posted: November 24th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Teen to Teen Talk

A Reason to Celebrate July 4th


The church across the street from my apartment is perpetually busy. One Sunday, as I was coming home from grocery shopping, there was a boat blocking the road, as the driver towing it tried to weave his way into the church’s parking lot. Then about a month ago, they sponsored a fair that was so […]

Posted: July 4th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Papal Nuncio celebrates mass in ruined Tacloban Church

Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JESS YUSON

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).

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

The 12 ‘scams’ of Christmas

People buy souvenirs outside a church on Christmas eve in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013.  AP

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.

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »