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Philippine Christmas Tradition

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

A Filipino vendor selling Parols.
A Filipino vendor selling Parols. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most people in the Philippines are always looking forward to celebrating Christmas with family and friends. Despite the calamities experienced by Filipinos nowadays, Christmas is always in the horizon – giving hope to the hopeless and time to share anything to those who have nothing. This is why you can always put a smile on a Filipino’s face just by suggesting thoughts for Christmas. Here’s a detailed description of the Philippine Christmas tradition:

Christmas in the Philippines 


People in the Philippines like to celebrate Christmas for as long as possible! The playing of Christmas carols in shops can start in September! The formal Christmas celebrations start on 16th December when many people go the the first of nine pre-dawn or early morning masses. The last mass is on Christmas day.

This might be a once a year affair – but many are extending the festivities all throughout the season for the 3 Kings as mandated by the Catholic church. No matter how you celebrate Christmas, just keep in touch with your loved ones if they are away from home. After all, family is still the most important thing in life – with or without the financial sustainability!

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Paul Walker Died after Supporting a Relief Effort for the Philippines

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Just want to give tribute to this Hollywood actor, Paul Walker who lost his life after spending some time in between his busy schedule in supporting a relief effort for the victims of typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. We might not be able to reciprocate your kindness anymore – but you will serve as a model for sure to those who would like to make a difference in this world. Thanks to you – and for those who did not know it yet, here’s the sad news:

Paul Walker Dead at 40 in Fiery Car Crash


Paul Walker — best known for his role in “The Fast and the Furious” movies — died Saturday afternoon after a single-car accident and explosion in Southern California … TMZ has learned.

The accident happened in Santa Clarita — north of Los Angeles — and Paul was the passenger in the two-seater Porsche Carrera GT when the driver somehow lost control and slammed into a post or a tree … and the car burst into flames.

Several of our sources — some of whom were at the scene of the accident — tell us a friend of Paul’s was driving and was also killed in the fiery wreck.

Call it fate – but this is just too difficult to the fans and most especially to his loved ones. Again, a reminder that no matter how beautiful a person is and the life he or she lived, death can come like a thief in the night. So, we better be ready. It’s just comforting to know that Paul Walker was a happy soul shortly before the accident – and praying that it will continue to life ever lasting.

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Voicing your Own Mind is not a Crime: Miriam Defensor Santiago

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
This is a video of the two feuding Philippine senators – Juan Ponce Enrile walking out on Miriam Defensor Santiago while passionately addressing her getting punished for the way she thinks. Is it a crime expressing your interpretation of the law based on facts? The outspoken lady senator may be too direct in her opinions but she’s actually the one who’s making a lot of sense in the senate. Watch this:

Miriam blasts Enrile for ‘insulting’ her ABS-CBN NEWS [1/26/10]

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She is such a brave soul criticizing a very powerful political figure and her own Godfather during her wedding! It’s really different when you are not anymore running for office and just spending your remaining time in the position to correct things. This is a very noble act from Senator Santiago. May her legacy live forever.

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The Anti-Bullying Act

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

English: Bullying on IRFE in March 5, 2007, th...
English: Bullying on IRFE in March 5, 2007, the first class day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Republic Act No. 10627 or the Philippine’s Anti-Bullying Law, has now been enacted after the bill was signed by the President just recently. This Act was initiated after various reports of deaths among children and teenagers surfaced. Read this to know more:

Fighting Bullies with the Law

By:  Atty. Fred

If you’re a bully (or if you the victim of bullying), you better read this. If you’re one of those who believe that enacting a law to fight bullies is not an effective way ofteaching children to stand on their own, better accept the fact that the Philippines now has a law to fight bullying.

Remember that a dysfunctional family can easily produce a bully. If your child is a bully or the one being bullied, don’t take any chances. It’s not just a matter of. It can get out of hand and it will be too late if you keep a blind eye and a deaf ear on this one. Do not do something than can make you regret all your life. Report incidents of the slightest bullying!

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When Poverty Becomes the Norm

By: Elena Grace Flores
Unequal distribution of wealth happens in a democratic country because poor people don’t know any better – and the rich know too much. People in poverty  do not have access to above average education, social contacts that can augment their livelihood and no experience what comfortable living is – thus keeping the standard of their lifestyle very low.

These minimal expectations of the poor were clearly observed during the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines – and it’s confirmed through the actions of the authorities by just distributing instant noodles, water and relief clothing as the immediate help they can think of. Giving them comfortable and functional system away from the devastation immediately seems to be a taboo idea because anyway, they are used to the hardships according to some.

Being sad, disturbed and depressed after seeing their dead loved ones in a very unimaginable state or even witnessing them die amidst the storm were enough to make a human being’s state of mind out of control – but aids for these conditions were not the primary goal. Compassion, comfort, care and provision became luxuries for them. Fighting to get food for survival even became normal – but looting was something else. It was the desperate actions by those people who were taking advantage of the situation. Only, the poor situation was made as an excuse.

However, this is not the first time that they were used by selfish beings. Even in normal conditions, promises were made by politicians to augment their lives but even after the end of their term in office, nothing substantial has been done because they were only given “band aid” solutions to their problems. When poverty becomes the norm, people in power are not anymore motivated in doing the best for their countrymen – because anyway, that’s already their way of life!

Despite the things that were already said and done, people in poverty remain strong to wither not only the storm but their day to day sufferings – and the slightest hope of winning their battles can already put a smile on their face. This is symbolized during every fight of Manny Pacquiao the great Filipino Boxer – that’s why he’s the people’s champion in the Philippines.

When poverty becomes a norm, 20 typhoons visiting the country per year without proper contingency plans and relief operations in place are not a big deal. Anyway, “band aid” reliefs can shut their mouths up. If this remains to be the attitude of most people, the time will come that those who have nothing will loot those who have – and it will take only one great calamity to let this happen!

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