Unusual love story: Singaporean’s romance with Philippine track queen Lydia de Vega

The Strait Times/Asia Network 08/21/2022

SINGAPORE — He was a Sikh from Singapore. She was a Catholic from the Philippines. Theirs is an unusual love story. Athletics brought them together and for 17 years, they lived together in a flat in Yishun.…

Palma: Priests are allowed to express political views outside of church

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 04/22/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said that as the elections drew nearer, more and more clergy would be inclined to express personal political views. Palma said that priests had the right to express their…

Kamareros return for processions this Holy Week

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 04/14/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The designing and caring of carros that carry Holy Images of saints has been a long tradition among devoted Catholics in Cebu. Following a two-year hiatus of religious processions and Holy Week activities due…

Guadalupe officials to ask church to do virtual Masses if…

Morexette Marie B. Erram 01/25/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Local officials of Barangay Guadalupe here are planning to ask churches in the village to hold virtual Masses as the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases continues to increase. Michael Gacasan, captain of Barangay Guadalupe, told…

Basilica, Cathedral filled up in first day of Misa De Gallo 2020

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 12/16/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines —The Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño were brimming with people attending the first day of the Misa de Gallo this year.  As early as 3:40 a.m., people began arriving at…

Palma thanks IATF for making Misa de Gallo possible

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 12/16/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma expressed his gratitude to the Interagency Task Force (IATF) for making allowing the Misa De Gallo to be celebrated despite the pandemic. In his homily on the first day of the…

Cebu City gets ready for start of Simbang Gabi season

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 12/15/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) and Cebu City government is deploying over 700 personnel to watch over churches where Simbang Gabi and Misa De Gallo will be celebrated starting on Tuesday evening, December 15,…

Chan to discuss Misa de Gallo policies with parish priests in Lapu-Lapu

Futch Anthony Inso 12/01/2020

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—Lapu-Lapu City mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan is set to meet with parish priests in all five churches in the city on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, to discuss different policies that should be implemented during the…

‘Sue us’: Bishop defends pastoral letter assailing anti-terror law

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 07/20/2020

MANILA, Philippines — A Catholic bishop on Monday challenged Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo to file a case over the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) pastoral letter raising concerns over the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. Panelo earlier…

These historical Cebu churches stay remarkable over time

Rhobie Alburo Ruaya 04/10/2020

As the cradle of Christianity in the Philippines, Cebu is home to some of the most remarkable and historic churches. Cebu’s heritage churches offer a glimpse of the country’s colorful past with stunning life-sized statues, awesome stonework,…

Steps to follow at home when religious services are suspended

Rhobie Alburo Ruaya 04/09/2020

Holy Week 2020 will surely be remembered for the next decades to come. Since the Catholic Church announced that all public Holy Masses will be suspended to help flatten the curve of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),…

Cebu Archbishop Palma asks faithful to pray for storm to pass 

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 12/24/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma urged the faithful to pray for Typhoom Ursula to pass without casualty or much damage.  This he said after the last Misa de Gallo of the 2019 on Tuesday, December 24,…

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