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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

Feast masses to be held in honor of Saint Joseph

Feast masses will be held at 6:15 a.m. and at 7:15 a.m. at the Santuario de San Jose in Greenhills, San Juan City, in commemoration of the Solemnity of Saint Joseph (San Jose), the husband of the Blessed Mother, the foster father of Jesus, and the head of the Holy Family. #BeFullyInformed Feast masses to… link: Feast masses to be held in honor of Saint Joseph.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

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

Indianapolis church cages Holy Family in immigration protest

INDIANAPOLIS, United States --- An Indianapolis church has placed statues of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus in a cage of fencing topped with barbed wired to protest the Trump administration's zero tolerance immigration policy. The statues were erected Tuesday morning outside Christ Church Cathedral on downtown Indianapolis' Monument Circle and surrounded by the fencing. The Episcopalian church's dean and rector, the Rev. Stephen Carlsen, says the display that's part of the church's "Every Family is Holy Campaign" condemns the nation's immigration policy that's holding families in detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border. He says the Holy Family was "a homeless family wit...Keep on reading: Indianapolis church cages Holy Family in immigration protest.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

OFW Singing Idol Season 2 tilt opens

ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 2 (PIA) - - To recognize the talents of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) opens its Season 2 Family Singing I.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

OFW Singing Idol Season 2 tilt opens

ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 2 (PIA) - - To recognize the talents of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) opens its Season 2 Family Singing I.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Rivero, Yap, Pingris, Vera all join 'Basaan' in San Juan

The Wattah Wattah Festival of San Juan is famous for its quite literal, as well as fun, celebration of  St. John the Bapist's feast day every June 24. Faith for the city's patron saint was in full display Sunday afternoon, as thousands of drenched people crowded the streets joined the annual 'cleansing'. Among those soaked devotees were star athletes like University of the Philippines' Ricci Rivero, Rain or Shine Elastopainter James Yap, Magnolia Hotshots' Marc Pingris, as well as ONE Championship heavyweight king Brandon Vera, and more. They all joined the 'Basaan Festival' to the delight of their fans, and the people of San Juan. Brandon Vera, dumalo sa Pista ng San Juan. pic.twitter.com/oDnd7E5H2x — jeff hernaez (@jeffreyhernaez) June 24, 2018 Marc Pingris, dumalo rin sa Pista ng San Juan. pic.twitter.com/hvsXQLBOCW — jeff hernaez (@jeffreyhernaez) June 24, 2018 James Yap at Ricci Rivero sa Pista ng San Juan. pic.twitter.com/djEt8i5GFl — jeff hernaez (@jeffreyhernaez) June 24, 2018 LOOK: Arrival of Brandon Vera, Don Allado, Ricci Rivero, James Yap, Marc Pingris and Daiana Menezes here in Kabayanan Court @ABSCBNNews pic.twitter.com/RvgcWBgc6x — Ganiel Krishnan (@KrishnanGaniel) June 24, 2018.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Qatar grants clemency to 25 OFWs

MANILA, June 19 -- The Emir of Qatar has granted Royal pardon to 25 overseas Filipino workers detained for various offenses on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bell.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

Qatar grants clemency to 25 OFWs

MANILA, June 19 -- The Emir of Qatar has granted Royal pardon to 25 overseas Filipino workers detained for various offenses on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bell.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

700 OFWs, family members celebrate Migrant Workers Day

BAGUIO CITY, June 18 (PIA) - - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration(OWWA) - Cordillera Administrative Region treated over 700 Overseas Filipino Workers, returnees and family members to a day of.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

700 OFWs, family members celebrate Migrant Workers Day

BAGUIO CITY, June 18 (PIA) - - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration(OWWA) - Cordillera Administrative Region treated over 700 Overseas Filipino Workers, returnees and family members to a day of.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

This Week’s Festivals: June 10-16, 2018

June 10 to 12   Kalayaan Festival   The culmination of the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day in Cavite province, dubbed as the "Historical Capital of the Philippines." Started in 2005, the festivities include a float parade, street dancing, trade fair and beauty pageant.   June 12 to 13   Agdahanay Festival   The town of Cuartero in Capiz province celebrates its 146th town fiesta in honor of its patron saint, San Antonio de Padua. The Capiznon word "Agdahanay" means inviting and accommodating others. Events include cultural activities and street dancing.   June 12 to 20   Araw ng Cotabato   ...Keep on reading: This Week’s Festivals: June 10-16, 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Israel in uproar over Argentina pre-World Cup friendly snub

By Aron Heller, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The sports-crazed nation of Israel was in uproar Wednesday over Argentina's abrupt cancellation of a World Cup warmup match following pro-Palestinian protests, with some of the country's leaders accusing Lionel Messi and his teammates of caving to terrorism. Israel was eagerly awaiting the sold-out international friendly scheduled for Saturday night at Jerusalem's Teddy Kollek Stadium and the arrival of some of the world's best players. Argentina is one of the most popular national teams among Israelis and fans had been scrambling to get a chance to see Messi in person. But after a fierce Palestinian campaign, which included images of Argentina's white and sky-blue striped jersey stained with red paint resembling blood and threats to burn Messi posters, Argentina's football federation announced it was skipping the event. Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association, apologized for cancelling the match but said the safety of the players was at stake. "What has happened in the last 72 hours, the actions, the threats that have occurred have led us to take the decision not to travel," he said during a news conference in Barcelona, where the Argentine team is training prior to the start of the World Cup next week. "(We) apologize to the Israeli community. It's nothing against the Israeli community, the Jewish community and I would like everyone to take this decision as a contribution to world peace," he said. "In the end, they've done the right thing, and this is behind us," Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain told ESPN. "Health and common sense come first. We felt that it wasn't right to go." Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Argentine President Mauricio Macri and urged him to intervene, to no avail. Later Wednesday, Israel's Sports Ministry said a "negotiation" about the match was underway, perhaps in hopes of salvaging it, but gave no further details. "It's unfortunate the soccer knights of Argentina did not withstand the pressure of the Israeli-hating inciters, whose only goal is to harm our basic right to self-defense and bring about the destruction of Israel," said Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. "We will not yield before a pack of anti-Semitic terrorist supporters." The head of the Palestinian football association, Jibril Rajoub, had called on Arab soccer fans to burn Messi posters and T-shirts if he participated. He has long tried to get soccer's world governing body, FIFA, and the International Olympic Committee to impose sanctions against Israel. Rajoub believes Israel should be punished for restricting movement of Palestinian players, and for forming teams in West Bank settlements. Rajoub had also objected to holding the match in Jerusalem, whose eastern sector the Palestinians claim as their capital. Although the Kollek stadium is in west Jerusalem, it is located in a neighborhood built where a Palestinian village once stood before it was destroyed in the war surrounding Israel's independence in 1948. Following the move, he held a press conference in Ramallah featuring a picture of him with Messi and a sign reading: "From Palestine, thank you Messi." Rajoub had accused Israel of playing politics with the game, by moving it from its original location in Haifa to Jerusalem, and by trying to link it to celebrations surrounding Israel's 70th anniversary. He called it a victory for "ethics and values" of sports. "They tried to use sport as a tool for political ends, and for this I think, they failed," Rajoub said. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said it was a sad morning for Israeli sports fans, including his own grandchildren. "But there are values that are greater than even Messi. The politicization of the Argentinean move worries me greatly," he said. Opposition figures, however, accused Israel's headline-seeking sports minister Miri Regev of bringing on the politicization of the sporting event by insisting on moving the game from Haifa to contested Jerusalem and by trying to orchestrate a politicized photo-op with Messi. Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed the area in a move that is not internationally recognized. Israel considers the entire city to be its capital, while the Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. Regev rejected the backlash at a press conference Wednesday evening saying "there is no bigger lie" than claims her decision to hold the match in Jerusalem aided in its cancellation. She said the Argentinians had not objected and that Messi himself had wanted to visit sacred Christian and Jewish sites in the holy city. Regev said the match was canceled following "threats by terror elements sent to Messi and his family and to other players." Opposition leader Isaac Herzog called the snub a "spectacular own goal" by Regev that delivered victory to boycotters of the Jewish State. Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay called for a police investigation into Regev's "corrupt conduct." "We just absorbed a shot in the face. This is not just sports," he tweeted. "This, unfortunately, could start an international tsunami." Regev claimed that "terrorist" groups had made threats against Argentina's players and their families, sending them images of dead children, though she gave no further evidence. She accused members of the Israeli parliament, or Knesset, of backing the boycott advocates. "Unfortunately, we have Trojan Horses in the Knesset who give headwind to terrorism," she said. The Palestinian militant Islamic group Hamas praised Argentina for canceling the game. Spokesman Husam Badran said Hamas "applauds" the move and reiterated its position that rejects "all forms of normalization" with the Jewish state. A senior official at the Argentine Football Federation said the national team decided to call off the match with Israel after receiving threats from Hamas. The official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity due to safety concerns, did not provide evidence or details of the alleged threats. A Hamas official mocked reports that the group had threatened the players, calling them unrealistic, and saying they don't deserve a comment. The Hamas official was not authorized to comment in the issue and also spoke on condition of anonymity. Hamas is sworn to Israel's destruction and has ruled Gaza with an iron fist since it took over the territory in 2007. Israel and the United States consider it a terror organization for its bombings, shooting and rocket attacks targeting civilians. Israel has largely fended off the boycott campaign with only a small number of artists and organizations shunning the country. Argentina's snubbing would appear to be the boycott movement's greatest achievement thus far. The grassroots movement advocates boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel in what supporters say is a way to promote Palestinian rights through nonviolent means. Israel says the campaign goes beyond Israeli occupation of lands claimed by the Palestinians and masks a deeper aim of delegitimizing or even destroying the country. It has formed a government ministry whose primary mission is to combat the boycott movement. The Argentinean move, which featured on the front pages of all the major Israeli dailies, raised fears that it could serve as a template for future boycotts of Jerusalem, most notably next year's scheduled hosting of the popular Eurovision song contest. The Palestinians celebrated the cancellation as a major triumph. Israeli organizers said an offer had been floated to have the game played in Barcelona instead, but it was highly unlikely. "I think sports should never be involved with politics," said Shahaf Ashraga, a fan in Jerusalem. "It just makes me sad to think that the game has to be canceled because of the Palestinian pressure." Argentina opens its Group D campaign in Russia against Iceland on June 16. It then plays Croatia on June 21 and Nigeria on June 26. It is unclear whether Argentina will play another warmup, or if it will arrive in Moscow ahead of schedule. ___ Associated Press writers Debora Rey and Victor Caivano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, contributed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Neymar makes spectacular return as Brazil beats Croatia 2-0

By Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Only three months ago, Brazil striker Neymar was on an operating table and in danger of missing the World Cup in Russia. Those fears largely disappeared Sunday when Neymar returned to action with smart dribbling, fluent passing and an impressive individual goal, which he celebrated with his surgeon. Playing for the first time since February, Neymar scored the opener in Brazil's 2-0 friendly win against Croatia in Liverpool after coming on for the second half. He then ran to hug Brazilian soccer confederation doctor Rodrigo Lasmar on the sidelines at Anfield. "I am so happy to play football again. I have waited and worked a lot for this. I suffered, these were very tough three months," Neymar said. "When I saw the ball hit the net I only thought of those that helped me, Dr. Lasmar, my family, friends." Neymar, who also withstood a few challenges in the game, received the ball from midfielder Philippe Coutinho in the 68th and dribbled past Croatia defenders Sime Vrsaljko and Duje Caleta-Car. He smashed the ball into the net from around five meters (yards) with his right foot. The Brazilian injured the same foot playing for Paris Saint-Germain and underwent surgery in Brazil in early March. He did not warm up with the Brazilian team on Sunday, which had again raised concerns among supporters. Neymar said he was 80 percent at his best for the Croatia game. Brazil coach Tite said Neymar's return was "above the expected standard." "Neymar is only human, but he came back above my expectations too," Tite said. "I was expecting much less." Neymar had replaced midfielder Fernandinho at halftime with the score at 0-0. He quickly made his mark and raised the hopes of Brazilian fans for the World Cup, which starts June 14. Tite wasn't getting carried away, though. "Neymar is going to have ups and downs like he had in training until the third, fourth game (on his return). Then he will have his normal standard," Tite said. Croatia captain Luka Modric was among many impressed with Neymar. "It is beautiful to watch him play again, he is special, one of the best in the world," Modric said. Brazil "improved in the second half after Neymar made the difference." Liverpool's Roberto Firmino scored Brazil's second goal in the 90th. After Casemiro put the ball in the penalty box, Firmino controlled with his chest and sent the ball over Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic to step up his challenge for a starting position in the team. Brazil captain and No. 9 Gabriel Jesus was replaced by Firmino after an hour. "I am here to help Brazil. I respect Tite's opinion (in starting with Jesus) 100 percent," Firmino said. The striker also thanked local fans for their support, saying "it is good to play at home." The same Liverpool supporters who cheered Firmino went out of their way to jeer Coutinho, who left the Reds for Barcelona earlier this year. Until Neymar stepped onto the pitch it was Croatia which had the best opportunities in a match that seemed headed for a dull draw. Defender Dejan Lovren had the best chance to open with a header that grazed Brazil goalkeeper Alisson's right post after a corner. When Fernandinho went off, Coutinho played a greater role and Brazil's game improved. The five-time World Cup champions play their last pre-World Cup friendly against Austria on June 10. Monday will be a rest day for the team and Brazilian media claimed midfielder Fred will be traveling to Manchester for medical tests before signing a deal with Manchester United. Tite did not confirm the move but said: "Our orientation is for them (players) to solve (transfers) as quickly as possible so they keep their head and effort focused on Brazil. If I were the manager there, I would try to sign him too." Brazil's World Cup opener is on June 17 against Switzerland......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Jessa Zaragoza reveals heartbreak of miscarriage in her birthday greeting to daughter Jayda

Jessa Zaragoza revealed a recent heartbreak she and her family experienced, but still went on and looked on the positive side of things. The 39-year-old singer admitted that she had a miscarriage last April. The child would have been her second with Dingdong Avanzado. Zaragoza revealed this in a birthday greeting post for her daughter, Jayda, on Instagram Thursday. "I'd like to take this time [a]nak para pasalamatan ka(my child to thank you), for helping me face the trials I've gone through this past Holy Week," she said. "When I had a [m]iscarriage last April, you reminded me that LIFE is a Gift." She also credited her daughter for making her realize: "Wag natin sayangin an...Keep on reading: Jessa Zaragoza reveals heartbreak of miscarriage in her birthday greeting to daughter Jayda.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

Fuga islanders stage rare ‘komedya’ in Aparri, Cagayan

Exclusively performed only during barangay fiestas every June and October, locals of Fuga Island in Aparri, Cagayan recently staged their age-old version of the komedya in the Aparri mainland, the first time it was performed outside of the privately owned island located two hours off the coast of Claveria town. The rare two-day affair was held in the town's church grounds on the eve and feast day of patron saint San Pedro Telmo. Fuga folks played excerpts of their "Komedya de Isla Fuga," which would normally last for 24 hours. Also on the eve of the fiesta, Fuga women perform "Plantinos," a religious practice, a form of communal prayer by women enacting their struggles when the...Keep on reading: Fuga islanders stage rare ‘komedya’ in Aparri, Cagayan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

MVP to host fellowship dinner for SEA Games family

Sports patron Manny V. Pangilinan will host a fellowship dinner for delegates of the Southeast Asian Games Federation to climax two days of committee and council meetings at the Grand Hyatt Manila in Bonifacio Global City tonight......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Rohingya Muslims face difficult Ramadan

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh: The 12-year-old Rohingya refugee dreamed of Ramadan back in his own village—fish to break the day’s fast, gifts from his family and relaxing beneath the trees before evening prayers at the mosque. But for M.D. Hashim and others like him living in squalor in Bangladesh, the start of the Islamic holy month [...] The post Rohingya Muslims face difficult Ramadan appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

March remittances down 9.9% to $2.6B

 Bangko Sentral cites base effects, holidays and Kuwait repatriations Money sent home by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in March fell from a year earlier, a result the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) attributed to base effects, the Holy Week holidays and repatriations from Kuwait. Personal remittances, which sum up the net compensation of OFWs, personal [...] The post March remittances down 9.9% to $2.6B appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Xavier Ateneo welcomed first batch of ALGCIT scholars

Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan warmly welcome the inaugural batch of scholars of the Andrew L Gotianun Sr. Center for Integrated Technologies (ALGCIT) Senior High School on the 1st of May, Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker. “St Joseph is the perfect patron saint for ALGCIT because here he was, a carpenter, he worked with his hands, he worked with wood, with nails,” said Xavier Ateneo president Fr. Roberto C Yap SJ In his message to the 140 scholars and their parents......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

Xavier Ateneo welcomes first batch of ALGCIT scholars

Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan warmly welcome the inaugural batch of scholars of the Andrew L Gotianun Sr. Center for Integrated Technologies (ALGCIT) Senior High School on the 1st of May, Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker. “St Joseph is the perfect patron saint for ALGCIT because here he was, a carpenter, he worked with his hands, he worked with wood, with nails,” said Xavier Ateneo president Fr. Roberto C Yap SJ In his message to the 140 scholars and their parents......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018