Quiet Bethlehem Christmas means ‘less business, more religion’

Agence France Presse 12/24/2020

Deprived of its usual tourist influx by the pandemic, Bethlehem will celebrate a quiet Christmas this year that is less about commerce and more about religion, says its parish priest. In a normal year hundreds of thousands…

Mandaue City’s life-size belen

Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo 12/22/2017

BERNARD Sarraza has been a photographer for 38 years. Sarraza, a native of Sitio Asinan, Barangay Mantuyong in Mandaue City, witnessed how the Mandaue City Plaza transformed from a plain meeting point on weekends to an anticipated…

How I almost met the three kings

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 01/07/2017

I take my constitutional on a paved area adjoining our house. I walk back and forth, from the terrace to the gate. When I face the latter, I get a view of the road, the vacant lot…

The fifth magi

Francis B. Ongkingco 12/16/2016

Their names were: Balthasar, Melchor and Gaspar.” Jamie’s mother read. “Why are they called magi, Mommy?” “It also means a wise man, honey.” She gently closed the Bible. “And after visiting Jesus in the manger, they gave…

‘Tok-Hang’ in Bethlehem

Radel Paredes 11/26/2016

There’s one Filipino Christmas decor that used to be ubiquitous: the cheap cardboard pop-up belen (nativity scene) you can just buy from any sari-sari store. We used to buy one to place under the Christmas tree (usually…

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