DepEd to offices, schools: No mandatory contributions for Christmas parties

THE DEPARTMENT of Education (DepEd) has issued a memorandum directing its offices and public schools to observe belt-tightening measures during this year’s Christmas celebrations as Filipinos cope with “difficult economic times.”  DepEd entities should make their celebrations “simple yet meaningful,” Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio said in a department order.   They should keep […]

Hai Shin Lou back in Cebu

Consider this breaking news—the beloved seafood and Cantonese restaurant Hai Shin Lou (HSL) in Cebu will be re-opening its doors in time for the holidays. It will resume operations in Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, where it first introduced its trademark Cantonese fare to Cebuanos in 2018. Speaking of the holidays, the hotel is getting into […]

Entertainment News (11/25/22)

1 of 5 Christmas Concert at The Pen, with the Manila Symphony Orchestra HBO’s anthology series The White Lotus Sarah Brightman cancels PHL Christmas concert The Philippine leg of English soprano Sarah Brightman’s A Christmas Symphony tour has been canceled. “It is with deep regret to announce that Sarah Brightman’s A Christmas Symphony show in […]

Baby brands double down on TikTok to market to parents

From stretch mark creams to baby daywear, parenting companies Mama’s Choice and Edamama are preparing for the anticipated consumer demand this holiday season through digital touchpoints and promotions.   Aside from the increased consumerism because of the festivities, data also show that most births occur in the fourth quarter.  “As a direct-to-consumer brand, Mama’s Choice’s holiday strategy lies heavily in digital. […]

Prices steady for Christmas feast goods, supermarket industry says

PRICES are steady for groceries associated with the traditional Christmas feast, known in the Philippines as ”noche buena,” the supermarket industry said on Monday. Steven T. Cua, Philippine Amalgamated Supermarkets Association president, said in an interview on One News Channel’s BusinessWorld Live program that it is “too early” for noche buena goods prices to rise. […]

19 fireworks-related injuries reported over Christmas holiday

THE HEALTH department on Monday reported 19 fireworks-related injuries over the Christmas holiday, with 84% involving illegal pyrotechnics or firecrackers.  The total was 54% higher compared to the 12 cases in 2020, but 67% lower than the five-year average of 58 cases in the same period.  Fireworks-related injuries are usually higher during the New Year’s Eve celebration.   All cases were due to injuries inflicted by fireworks. There were no reports […]

Spritzer Celebrates Sustainability for 2021 Christmas

KUALA LUMPUR & TAIPING, Dec 17, 2021 – (ACN Newswire via – Spritzer Malaysia (“Spritzer” or the “Company”) is delighted to announce the raising of its first-ever Sustainable Christmas Tree in Taiping, Perak as the central attraction of the Spritzer EcoPark Christmas 2021 Event. Families and friends can take memorable photos of themselves with […]

City’s ‘Pasko sa Uptown to help 4K kids this Christmas

ABOUT 4,000 underprivileged children from Cebu City’s 80 barangays will benefit from the City’s annual gift-giving activity this Christmas season. The 4,000 children will serve as beneficiaries for this year’s “Pasko sa Uptown,” which is now celebrating its 11th year. During a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, Vice Mayor Dondon Hontiveros said this […]