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For overseas workers, ‘Paskong Pinoy’ is in the heart


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.

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Filipino lantern parade regales San Francisco

SF Consulate personnel and their family members participated in the 11th Parol Lantern Festival and Parade. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

More than 20 contingents from different institutions and organizations joined the Filipino community in celebrating one of its much-awaited Christmas traditions, the 11th Parol Lantern Festival and Parade on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 14.

Posted: December 19th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

LA Fil-Ams mark end of Buwan ng Wika with ‘harana,’ ‘balagtasan’


Filipinos across the globe celebrate ‘Buwan ng Wika’ or the National Language Month every August. To commemorate the end of the commemoration, the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles hosted a richly cultural closing ceremony on Friday, August 30.

Posted: September 6th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Global wave of spectacular New Year pyrotechnics ushers in 2013

Fireworks light up the ancient Colisseum in central Rome's via dei Fori just after midnight on January 1. World cities from Sydney to Dubai rang in the New Year with a spectacular global wave of firework displays. AFP

World cities from Sydney to Dubai rang in the New Year with a spectacular global wave of firework displays.

Posted: January 1st, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Fil-Ams to celebrate Philippine Fiesta in America

For 14th year in a row, the largest and most successful indoor gathering of Filipinos in the East Coast comes alive. Dubbed the Philippine Fiesta in America, this two-day Filipino-themed exposition celebrates the vibrancy of Philippine culture. The Fiesta consistently draws crowds of over 20,000 from far and wide. Over the years, guests have arrived [...]

Posted: February 17th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipinos overseas remember seasons past, present trends


How was it to celebrate the holiday season in the old way, growing up in the Philippines, and how they observe it now in their adopted country? I posed this question to some friends and relatives abroad, who have been absent from the homeland for many years. Here are some responses: Hermie Garcia, publisher and [...]

Posted: December 31st, 2011 in Global Pinoy,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

OFWs keep Christmas lights aglow

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS go up as early as September in the De Vera family home. L-R: Alex de Vera, wife  Edith (fourth, left), daughters Sofiah (second, left), Kaithlyn (third, left), Ayesha (right) and son Adrian.

As early as September, Alex de Vera and his family had fixed up a Christmas tree in their living room. Like most Christian Filipinos in Saudi Arabia, the de Veras tuck away a Christmas tree ready to be set up for the season.

Posted: December 24th, 2011 in Global Pinoy,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »


Christmas in Cubao, Pasko sa San Francisco

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Our Christmas tree was made of wood, wire and strips of glittering green foil paper.

Posted: December 23rd, 2011 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

After 25 years, NY archdiocese rules ‘no more Simbang Gabi’ at consulate


The Archdiocese of New York maintained its objection to the holding of Simbang Gabi midnight masses at the consulate building on Fifth Avenue, prompting the possible relocation of the Christmas tradition observed for 25 years by Filipinos in the New York Tri-State. “A mass can only be carried out in a consecrated location and thus, [...]

Posted: December 6th, 2011 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Viral OFW video leaves viewers in tears

Leonie Villanueva

Raymond Marc tries to fight off tears as he watches a short video. He failed. “Coke has made me cry,” he posts on his Facebook, after watching the 4:27-minute “tearjerker” video of Coca-Cola that is now going viral on the internet.

Posted: December 3rd, 2011 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »



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