DTI seizes illegal fireworks, Christmas lights in Bocaue, Metro Manila 

THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) has seized uncertified Christmas lights sold in the capital region Metro Manila and unlicensed fireworks in Bocaue, Bulacan after recently conducting enforcement operations in the two areas.    A total of 675 units of uncertified Christmas lights worth P235,505 were seized in the National Capital Region after enforcement operations […]

Pope Francis on Christmas: Jesus was poor, so don’t be power-hungry

VATICAN CITY — Recalling Jesus’ birth in a stable, Pope Francis rebuked those “ravenous” for wealth and power at the expense of the vulnerable, including children, in a Christmas Eve homily decrying war, poverty and greedy consumerism. In the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis presided over the evening Mass attended by about 7,000 faithful, […]

Manila archbishop puts spotlight on vigilance in Christmas message

THE ARCHBISHOP of the Philippine capital Manila has highlighted the importance of vigilance and sense of urgency in his Christmas message, citing the virtues of the often overlooked shepherds in the nativity story. “We can learn three spiritual virtues from those shepherds: keeping watch, crossing over, and going in haste,” Cardinal Jose Lazaro F. Advincula […]

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 […]