The ‘Holy Family’ should be the patron saint of OFWs

In the ‘80s my husband and I were official guests of Egypt Air. One of our requests was to visit the residential area of the Holy Family......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarDec 27th, 2017

Sacred space is a home where the heart and soul are nurtured

This weekend we celebrate back-to-back occasions---the Feast of the Holy Family today, Dec. 31, and the Feast of Mary, Mother of God, on New Year's Day. My initial thoughts centered on threats to the family, the absence of many mothers who leave the country to seek work abroad as overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Without setting aside these threats that are real and which must be addressed, let us reflect on the gifts that the feasts remind us of. Begin with the end in mind: The goal of a family is to provide an environment where its members can discover and discern their mission (their "deep gladness" that meets "a hunger of the world"). Our work with public schools has twin go...Keep on reading: Sacred space is a home where the heart and soul are nurtured.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Viva Sto.Niño

Policarpio Peodos, 77, a resident of Madaum in Tagum City,  a devotee of  Sto.Niño, is one of thousands who flocked to the Sto.Niño shrine in Matina, Davao City on January 15, 2018 for the Golden Jubilee of the Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of  Prague. The 77-year old Peodos was accompanied by his family. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018


Residents of Pandacan, Manila dance during the Buling-Buling festival to celebrate the feast of the Santo Niño, the district’s patron saint. During the festival dancers parade images of the child Jesus. PHOTO BY JOHN MICAH SEBASTIAN The post DANCING FOR THE SANTO NIÑO appeared first on The Manila Times Online. Source link link: DANCING FOR THE SANTO NIÑO.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

New clothes for the Sto. Niño

By: Isabella Marie A. Zerrudo THE Sto. Niño (Holy Child Jesus), which has been the center of the Dinagyang Festival, gets a change of outfit since it first arrived in Iloilo City 50 years ago. “The sponsor of the new wardrobe for the Sto. Niño is the Gullas’ family. The parents, Vicente and Josefina Gullas […] The post New clothes for the Sto. Niño appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

IN PHOTOS: The Quiapo fiesta

MANILA, Philippines – Quiapo residents celebrate their fiesta just like how most Filipinos observe an annual tradition honoring a patron saint. They go to mass, prepare food and feast with relatives and guests, drink alcohol, sing karaoke, play street parlor games or try their luck on a color game ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Wisdom, nurtured and grown

On this last day of 2017, the Church celebrates the feast of the holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

Check out these Pinoy athletes cute bundles of joy

As 2017 comes to an end, have you ever wondered why some of our favorite athletes seem to be so motivated and seem not to get exhausted after a year of nearly grinding everyday? Aside from following their well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, practicing their routines, and undergoing other required procedures to ensure their fitness, what surely keeps our favorite athletes in tip-top shape physically, emotionally, and mentally is the love and inspiration they consistently get from their families and other loved-ones.  Those who already have a loving family behind them will surely get inspiration from the irresistible charm of their so adorable babies we spotted on their Instagram accounts! Idris Saint Norwood   Strictly going by the calendar, you were a little early. But to us, you were right on time! Welcome to the the world Idris Saint Norwood! 7.16.17 #LilNorwoods A post shared by Gabe Norwood (@gnorwood5) on Jul 16, 2017 at 3:42am PDT Despite just welcoming their newborn Idris Saint a month ago, Gabe had to be separated from his wife and #LilNorwoods for quite some time to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the on-going FIBA Asia tourney in Lebanon. Ezekiel Kai Devance   today im 1! #Ezekielkai #birthdayboy A post shared by joe devance (@them_devance_kids) on Jul 26, 2017 at 3:35pm PDT Joe Devance stands out not only because of his tallness and unusual hairstyle, but with his incredible performance as a baller and his swagas a dancer as well. And browsing through his IG snaps, it appears that his cute children, including one year old Baby Zeke, also brandish the humor and talent he possesses. Michael James Yap   Buon compleanno amore mio!!! ❤️ A post shared by Mic (@michelacazzola) on Aug 8, 2017 at 4:14am PDT The “little explorer” recently celebrated his birthday party as his doting parents Rain or Shine cager James Yap and Michela Cazzola prepared a safari-themed party for him! Amanda Claire Tiu   To our little one who can turn a rough day into a beautiful one, make a happy day an even sweeter one, and give life a whole new meaning and purpose -- Happy 1st birthday to our dearest Amanda Abu bear!! May you grow up to be beautiful inside out and a faithful servant of Christ. You are our greatest blessing! We love you so much ❤️❤️ - love your Papa and Mama A post shared by Chris Tiu (@chris_tiu17) on Jun 5, 2017 at 7:30am PDT One of Baby MJ’s special guests was the pretty unica hija of Chris Tiu with his equally beautiful wife Clarisse who just turned one last June. We wonder if they’re going to be good friends when they grow up? Lucas Alejandro Tenorio   😂😂😆 what happens when I'm queen, and you got a wife/momma that's trippin! 😂😆 matching outfits for all the boys this Father's Day!!!! 😍 lol we love you Daddy @la_tenorio , Happy Dad's day! 😘 A post shared by Chesca B T (@chesca_bt) on Jun 18, 2017 at 2:26am PDT The Tenorios have another LA in the house! However, he is not his daddy’s junior. Behold how cute they are in matching outfits, thanks to their power-tripper matriarch.  Zoey Isabelle Rosario   Isa sa aking inspirasyon. Mahal na mahal kita prinsesa ko. Happy 7 months! 😘❤️🎀🌻 #ZoeyIsabelle🌷 A post shared by Jeth Troy U. Rosario (@troyrosario18) on Aug 3, 2017 at 3:51am PDT The TropangTexter sophomore forward cannot hide how smitten he is to his seven-month-old princess as his feed is bombarded with candid shots of their Baby Zoey. Despite his busyness in their practices and games, he still finds time to bond with her like clipping off her fingernails. Pristine Althea Cruz   Disneyland you've been great! Had a superb time and my baby @pristinealthea felt like she was in her dreamland. Till next time 🙌🏼 A post shared by Jericho Xavier Cruz (@jerichoxcruz) on Jun 14, 2017 at 8:12am PDT His father Jericho Cruz is a fleet-footed guard for the ROS Painters. We’re thinking if he exudes the same protectiveness when it comes to their three-year-old baby. David Castro   David at Disneyland🤗 A post shared by Jayson Castro (@jaywill_17) on Mar 14, 2017 at 11:50pm PDT Meet David, the one year old small but terrible son of Asia’s Best Point Guard Jayson Castro. We hope his dad would pass on him his formidable basketball skills so we can have the The Blur Junior in the future. Lucia Intal   my little cheerleader ❤ #babyrocket A post shared by JBL (@jcintal7) on Jul 30, 2017 at 11:50pm PDT Time flies so fast as JC and Bianca’s little angel is turning two this coming October. No wonder that her daddy is always inspirited to win their games for his little cheerleader is always in the bleachers. Fille Renee Cainglet-Cayetano   We made it to number #1 ! Happy happy birthday @fillereneecayetano my sweet angel! Love you so much!💘 A post shared by Fille C. Cayetano (@fillecainglet_15) on Aug 8, 2017 at 12:04am PDT The sweet little angel of Direk Lino Cayetano and Pocari Sweat Lady Warrior Fille Cainglet just reached her first year last August 8! When she grows up, will she be a filmmaker like her dad or an athlete like her mom? Let’s just all find out! Chloe Sapphire Santiago-Manabat   Disney chloe and mommy BIG 'D'😘😘😘 A post shared by Chico Manabat (@kots_chico) on Apr 10, 2017 at 6:13pm PDT Being a daughter to two of this country’s most celebrated people in the athletics department – Mommy Dindin’s one of the finest volleybelles in the league today while Daddy Chico, a former National University Bulldog, is theassistant coach for both Letran Knights and NU Bullpups – we assume that Baby Chloe’s going to be in inclined with sports too! Jace Alonzo Lizardo   First wedding event of jace!! Congratulations insan @naldjpm and carmelie!! God bless you both!! . . #andnewmrandmrsmacapagal #TheLizardoSquad #squadgoals #family A post shared by Japoy Lizardo (@japoy_lizardo) on Aug 13, 2017 at 3:35am PDT For sure, the “future champion” of taekwondo power couple Japoy Lizardo and Janice Lagman would also be the future heartthrob as Baby Jace already captures a lot of hearts with his piercing eyes, bewitching smile, and astonishinglong, thick hair. Don’t grow too fast, little champ! We guess, we’re going to have a beautiful and bright future seeing these cute little babies who could be the country’s greatest athletes, artists, or influencers someday!.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

Santa Claus, Rudolph and other Christmas characters

It started out as the Holy Family, Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus in the Nativity scene......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 25th, 2017

UAAP Finals: Go says St. Francis Xavier may have had a hand in his dagger three

Protecting a two-point lead with 48.9 ticks to go on the clock of Game 3 on Sunday, Thirdy Ravena found Isaac Go with a good look. The six-foot-six Go wasted no time in launching a long-range missile that proved to be the dagger that bore right through the hearts of Ateneo de Manila University’s archrival De La Salle University. As it turns out, Go may have well have had a little bit of help from high above for his big-time shot. “Actually, it’s the feast of St. Francis Xavier so maybe he had a hand in it,” he said after his clutch make proved to be key in the Blue Eagles’ championship-winning Game 3. St. Francis Xavier is one of the foremost Jesuits who, in turn, run Ateneo. More than that, Go also studied high school at Xavier School whose patron is St. Francis Xavier. Meaning, when it comes to probabilities, the 21-year-old Go may have well have had help from his patron saint from high school to college. Along with that, of course, Go also deflected credit onto the Blue Eagles’ coaches as well as his teammates. “Everybody thinks I’m clutch, but without the execution of the coaching staff and the recognition of my teammates, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to take the shot in the first place,” he said. He then continued, “So if you call me clutch, it’s better to say that the team is clutch.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2017

200-strong choir to sing carols with 60-member Fil-Am orchestra, Dec. 9

LOS ANGELES -- Thrill to the majestic sound of 200 voices from combined adult and children choirs performing with a live 60-member orchestra in "Holiday Pops Concert" on Saturday, December 9, 6:00 p.m., at the beautiful Arcadia Performing Arts Center.   The Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO), the only Filipino symphony orchestra outside of the Philippines, will perform cherished, nostalgic American and Filipino Christmas carols with the glorious voices of adult choirs comprising of members from Holy Family Chorale (Glendale), St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Church Choir (Walnut) and Vox Kapelle Choir (Artesia), and children's choirs of GOD Faith Choir (Carson), IHMC Chi...Keep on reading: 200-strong choir to sing carols with 60-member Fil-Am orchestra, Dec. 9.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

St. Menard statue unveiled in Leyte on 4th annivesary of ‘Yolanda’ landfall

TANAUAN, Leyte --- A 12-foot statue of Saint Menard, patron saint against storm and other natural calamities, was unveiledon Wednesdayafternoon here, coinciding with the fourthanniversary of Supertyphoon "Yolanda" (internationally known as Haiyan). The statute of Saint Menard was put up along a junction of Barangay San Roque, which had a death toll of 216 when Yolanda pummeled this town on Nov. 8, 2013. Tanauan was one of the worst-hit areas during the onslaught of Yolanda with confirmed deaths of 1,386 people in the municipality. Fr. Dean Michael Calaneja, Tanauan parish priest, blessed the statue of Saint Menard. The idea to put up the statue of Saint Menard in Tanauan ...Keep on reading: St. Menard statue unveiled in Leyte on 4th annivesary of ‘Yolanda’ landfall.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Mexico honors its greatest wrestler, El Santo, at centennial

GUSTAVO MARTINEZ CONTRERAS, Associated Press br /> TULANCINGO, Mexico (AP) — You may have never heard the name Rodolfo Guzman. But his silver-masked alter ego, El Santo, was a larger-than-life presence in professional wrestling rings, in comics and on the silver screen, helping popularize Mexico's 'lucha libre' around the world and entering the pantheon of pop culture icons. 'Lucha libre wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for El Santo,' said Roberto Shimizu, art director for the Old Toy Museum in Mexico City. 'And for us Mexicans, El Santo is a figure of rectitude, of integrity, of dedication. He represents every virtue.' Even as Mexico remains in shock from this week's devastating earthquake, the country has been quietly marking Saturday's centennial of the birth of El Santo, or the Saint. On Friday his son — also a pro wrestler who wears a silver mask and goes by El Hijo del Santo, or El Santo's Son — hosted a Mass in memory of both his father and the victims of the quake. Born Sept. 23, 1917, in Tulancingo, a small city about two hours northeast of Mexico City, Guzman's family moved to the capital's notoriously gritty Tepito neighborhood with his family as a boy. Today a statue of El Santo stands in Tepito, where he began his career. He became a superstar after a legendary match in 1953, around the dawn of the television era in Mexico, in which he wagered his mask against nemesis Black Shadow. Soon afterward a comic book series featuring El Santo was a smash hit, and the next step was obvious: movies. El Santo shot his first, 'Santo vs. the Evil Brain,' in 1958, and went on to star in nearly 50 films including the most celebrated, 1962's 'Santo vs. the Vampire Women.' 'While Americans had Superman, Batman or Spider-Man, we had Rodolfo Guzman, El Santo, fighting everybody from the mummies to the Nazis,' said Felipe Carrillo Montiel, an El Santo expert. 'But unlike those American superheroes, he was a real man — you could read his comics during the week and then go see him wrestle on the weekend at your local arena.' The silver screen cemented El Santo's international celebrity and laid the foundations for what remains a profitable brand. El Hijo del Santo, his youngest son and the only one who followed him into wrestling, has similarly crossed over into films and comics and even environmental activism. The younger Santo runs three stores where you can buy all manner of merchandise, from T-shirts to posters to El Santo-brand tequila. Tuesday's earthquake led to an El Santo event in Tulancingo being partly rescheduled, and a lucha libre show planned for Saturday was also postponed. Yet despite the muted celebrations, observers say Guzman's legacy at 100 is palpable. This summer an exhibit in Mexico City's Chapultepec Park showcased 100 photographs to mark the centennial, and El Hijo was the guest of honor at a celebration at city hall honoring his father. 'He was the original action figure,' Shimizu said. 'His image was reproduced millions of times, and every single kid in Mexico had one.' Guzman died of a heart attack in 1984. He was buried wearing his silver mask. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2017

Dapitan City gears up for 2017 Kinabayo Festival

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/01 July) &'8212; Dapitan City, the “Shrine City of the Philippines,” is bracing for the influx of tourists later this month as it celebrates the annual Kinabayo Festival, an official said on Saturday. “The Kinabayo Festival is held annually in honor of our patron saint, Saint James the Greater, who is also the [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 1st, 2017


We denounce the terror that has blanketed Marawi City, especially as its citizens prepare to enter the holy month of Ramadan. The lockdown imposed on the city is unprecedented and we are one with our friends and colleagues, their family members, and all residents of the Islamic City, Muslim or Christian, in calling for a [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMay 24th, 2017

ISIS claims responsibility for Palm Sunday church bombings in Egypt – CNN News

Egypt's President says he will declare a state of emergency after two deadly bombings targeted Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, which were aimed at a vulnerable religious minority on one of the most important days on the Christian calendar. The death toll rose to at least 49 Monday, state media reported. At least 27 people died in a blast inside a church in the northern city of Tanta, and 78 people were injured, according to Egypt's state-run news agency Al-Ahram. In Alexandria, 18 civilians and four police officers were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Coptic church, Al-Ahram said. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi declared three days of nationwide mourning following the bombings and said a three-month state of emergency would come into force once legal and constitutional measures have been completed. In response to the attacks, the country will also form a supreme council to counter terrorism and extremism, Sisi said on state television Sunday after an emergency meeting of the country's National Defense Council. &'8220;We have to pay attention because of Egypt and Egypt's future. We know this is a big sacrifice but we are capable of facing it,&'8221; he said. &'8220;The attack will not undermine the resolve and true will of the Egyptian people to counter the forces of evil, but will only harden their determination to move forward on their trajectory to realize security, stability and comprehensive development,&'8221; the President said in a statement. In a statement issued on the Telegram messaging platform and circulated by several ISIS supporters, the militant group identified the bombers as Egyptian nationals. Egyptian authorities have not confirmed the bombers' nationalities. ISIS warned of more attacks in its statement. &'8220;The Crusaders and their apostate followers must be aware that the bill between us and them is very large, and they will be paying it like a river of blood from their sons, if God is willing,&'8221; the group said in Arabic. The bombings came on the Sunday before Easter, the day that marks the start of Holy Week for Christians. The first blast ripped through a Palm Sunday service at St. George's Church in Tanta, killing at least 27 and wounding 78 others, state TV reported. An explosive device had been planted under a seat in the main prayer hall, it said. News footage from Tanta showed people gathering at the church, singing hymns. The video then quickly switched to bars as harrowing screams and cries echo in the background. &'8220;Everything is destroyed inside the church,&'8221; said Peter Kamel, who saw the aftermath of the bombing. Its marble pillars were covered with blood, he said. Kamel said that most of the injured appeared to be priests and members of the choir. Not long afterward, a suicide bomber attacked outside St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, according to state news outlets. &'8220;Everything is destroyed inside the church,&'8221; said Peter Kamel, who saw the aftermath of the bombing. Its marble pillars were covered with blood, he said. Kamel said that most of the injured appeared to be priests and members of the choir. Not long afterward, a suicide bomber attacked outside St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, according to state news outlets. Police officers who had been posted outside the church stopped a man wearing an explosive belt from entering the church, the Interior Ministry said. Two of those officers, a man and a woman, were killed, along with civilians and other police staff. Egyptian blogger Maged Butter said he saw five or six ambulances and bloodstains 100 meters away from the site of the explosion, which happened near the church gate. He said women were crying and looking for their loved ones and were yelling at police for &'8220;not protecting&'8221; them. &'8220;Every now and then, I see a person crying &'8212; I think they are Christian &'8212; and they keep saying: 'have you seen my family? Have you seen my family?'&'8221; Butter said. Nile and Masriya TV, Egyptian state outlets, aired black banners in the upper left of their newscasts to signify mourning for the victims of both explosions. Fadi Sami heard about the Tanta bombing as he sat in the Alexandria cathedral on Sunday. The head of Egypt's Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, was leading Palm Sunday prayers. Though no one announced the Tanta news, Sami said he could hear the sadness in the pope's voice. He left as the pope finished the sermon. Twenty minutes later, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the gate of the church. &'8220;I came back and the area was covered in smoke. The stores around the church were all destroyed,&'8221; he said. &'8220;There were bodies and body parts everywhere, outside and inside the gate. I saw a man put together what was left of his son in a bag.&'8221; Alexandria sits on the Mediterranean and has a large Christian population. Downtown is usually busy but was relatively quiet on Sunday because of the holiday. &'8220;Thank God it is a Sunday, and many shops are closed,&'8221; Butter said. David Saeed said he was sitting in the last row in the church when the bomb went off. &'8220;We were just singing and suddenly in a blink of (an) eye, smoke, fire everywhere. I didn't realize what's happening until I saw blood and organs of our friends scattered over the ground,&'8221; Saeed told CNN. [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsApr 10th, 2017

Family tradition

Elsie Necesito of Labungan in Datu Odin Sinsuat, has made it a ritual every year since 1997 to set up a makeshift stall outside the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cotabato City to make and sell Palaspas (palm fronds shaped into crosses and other designs) for the traditional Palm Sunday ritual marking the start of Holy [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsApr 8th, 2017

Duterte to spend Holy Week with OFWs in Middle East

Duterte to spend Holy Week with OFWs in Middle East.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 7th, 2017

Patron saint of teachers

On April 7, the Christian world will celebrate the feast day of St......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 5th, 2017

Miss Calape

Republic of the Philippines Province of Bohol MUNICIPALITY OF CALAPE OFFICE OF THE INFORMATION OFFICER Press Release Nick P. Sendrijas 09353087663 Inspired by the holding of the Miss Universe Pageant in the Philippines, the Calape Executive Committee has decided to hold the Miss Calape 2017 this coming fiesta celebration of the municipality’s Patron, Saint Vincent [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2017

OFWs Now Able to Provide Medicines to Their Family Through Globe and RiteMed Partnership

OFWs Now Able to Provide Medicines to Their Family Through Globe and RiteMed Partnership.....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsDec 24th, 2016