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Christmas product prices steady, DTI says

THE prices of 134 products that many Filipinos consume during the Christmas holidays have remained stable, the Trade department said on Friday.

Christmas cheer at Jesus’ traditional birthplace of Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Filing past a 16-meter Christmas tree in Manger Square, visitors from all over the world made a Christmas Eve pilgrimage to Bethlehem, the town revered as the birthplace of Jesus.

More than 1,000 beggars rescued by police during Christmas period

THE POLICE rescued more than 1,030 members of indigenous people (IP) groups and 619 minors who were begging for alms in the streets in the days leading up to Christmas.

Dashing through the store: Filipinos and last-minute Christmas shopping

Picodi study reveals that 43% of Filipinos cram holiday shopping.

The taste of Christmas

NOCHE BUENA does not have to be held in one’s house. Often these days, families are opting to avoid the stress and mess of arranging the feast by going outside the home to celebrate. Here are some of the restaurants that are offering special Noche Buena menus.

The taste of Christmas: Memories of lola’s kitchen

MEMORIES OF Christmas past are indelibly stamped on the holiday menu of Guevarra’s, chef Rolando Laudico’s buffet restaurant.

Flavors of the season

THE PERFECT companion to 22 Prime’s Christmas menu, called The Nature of Christmas, is a lot of holiday cheer, beltless pants, and maybe a hefty winter coat.

Tasting history

Understanding who we are by what we eat.

It’s Christmas Time In The City (12/4/18)

THE Venice Grand Canal’s Grand Christmas Parade will take off on Dec. 8, a spectacle of giant character balloons, floats, marching bands, street dancers, musical performances and appearances by some of the biggest stars in Philippine entertainment including Jessy Mendiola and Jericho Rosales.

Christmas the Filipino way

Mark Louis F. Ferrolino, Special Features Writer As Christmas Day draws near, thousands of sparkling colorful lights and artistically crafted lanterns litter the country’s busy streets...

Happy holidays at these hotels

If you’ve been pulling your hair out trying to choose the best fancy hotel to spend a staycation with your loved ones in, fret...

Merry and yummy meals

While the Christmas season abounds with gifts, it is also outpouring with feasts awaiting to reach our palettes and satisfy our hungers. An occasion...

Five gifts for Christmas

The ongoing Christmas season once again sparks the spirit of giving around us. We look forward to receive gifts from our family, friends, and...

Hamilton’s Christine Allado, PPO headline Pen’s 35th holiday concert

FOR THE 35th anniversary of its annual Christmas concert, The Peninsula Manila will be featuring Hamilton star Christine Allado, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), and the UST Singers, among several other performers.

COD display returns to Cubao

BEFORE the popularity of LED Christmas light displays which families and friends use as a background for selfies, there was a prominent holiday attraction of moving mannequins whose indelible images were imprinted on childhood memories.

Musical light tunnel signals Christmas in Pasig

IT IS the time of the year again when friends and family can take photos, go for a drive, do their holiday shopping, or go on a food trip along a rainbow-colored tunnel filled with music.

Christmas is big with Pinoy Spotify users

THE PHILIPPINES is known for its lengthy Christmas celebrations which start the moment August ends and September rolls in and the holiday cheer is evident through the number of Christmas songs played during the “-ber” months (September to December) — 47 million minutes of holiday content were streamed from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31 last year, according to music streaming service, Spotify.

What it takes to put together a 15-foot nativity scene

FOR THE PAST 14 years, a group of friends have come together on the night of Dec. 7 to put together the belen or...

Franciscan monks put baby Jesus on bed of bullets to press...

ASSISI, ITALY — Franciscan monks have put the baby Jesus in a crib made of bullet shells in a yearly “provocation” nativity scene designed...

Where’s Santa? US-Canadian military command tracking St. Nick

WASHINGTON — It’s the question every good little girl and boy asks on Christmas Eve: When is Santa coming? As it has done every year...

When to avoid holiday traffic in Metro Manila

Using data collected in 2016, Waze has come up with the date and the hours of the day when traffic is at its worst during the holidays....

Noche Buena in the city

FORGET about your diet even for a day (or two), after all, the traditional Noche Buena with our families, friends, and loved ones only...

The gift of food

WHO DOESN’T like a gift of food? Here are some places where one can score cakes, pastries, ice cream, or a holiday hamper or...

Some marketing ideas to try this holiday season

With Christmas Day right around the corner, everyone, equipped with ready cash and credit card, seems to be in a feverish hunt for the...

Amazing DIY holiday decors

Christmas is the merriest season of the year but also the most expensive one. Setting up a stunning decorations from outside the house up...

Christmas dinner traditions from around the world

As the season of giving, many people look forward to Christmas for the gifts. Many think of the holiday as the season of lights...

Gift ideas for every type

SURPRISE YOUR traveler friend with a wristband that tracks his/her fitness; personalize a gift set for the beauty enthusiast; gift the fashionista with statement...

A Christmas like no other

Christmas celebration in the Philippines is known as the longest and merriest in the world. As September kicks in, Christmas carols and decors are...

Celebrate the holidays at these fine hotels

Hotels are making the Christmas season even more Christmassy with their awesome deals, discounts and treats, some of which are listed below. But hurry...

Last-minute guide to choosing the best gifts

It’s that time of the year again. Christmas is approaching fast. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not matters little; it’s the season of...

Cars and gigantes: the making of a Pinoy Christmas

FILIPINOS take pride in having the world’s longest observance of the Christmas season, generally stretching from the beginning of the so-called “ber months” (September,...

Lazada, Zalora expect record holiday sales in PHL

By Krista A.M. Montealegre, National Correspondent E-COMMERCE portals are poised to rake in record holiday sales this year, as malls pursue their expansion at a time...

Holiday hot spots

WAKING UP to the warm weather, struggling through heavy traffic for three hours (or more) daily, finishing pending tasks at work, stressing over ≈≈...

Krampus: Santa’s creepy chum gives Austrians a scary thrill

SCHWADORF, AUSTRIA -- Austrian financial adviser Ernst Eigner is ugly and scary. But only in his “Krampus” costume with red glowing eyes and horns...

Tribes the focus in Quirino Christmas

QUIRINO PROVINCE recently opened its month-long Paskuhan sa Quirino, one of the most anticipated Yuletide festivities in the Cagayan Valley Region. Held at the Quirino...

It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas

THE HOLIDAY spirit can be found anywhere, because it dwells in the heart — or so TV specials would tell us. In any case,...

Airport congestion still expected during Christmas travel season

PASSENGERS will still experience air traffic and congestion at the terminals of the country’s main gateway, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, despite a few...

DTI to tighten watch on food prices as Christmas draws near

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it will monitor prices of commodities, particularly of food items such as those for Noche Buena,...

Ayala Malls host farmers markets over the holidays

MUCH LIKE Makati’s main thoroughfares which are all decked out for Christmas in a distinctly Filipino fashion — from the capiz shell (windowpane oyster)...

Healthy food items are a Christmas gift option

SINCE ITS advent in 1995, Healthy Options has been innovating products for the health and well-being of its customers. The store offers holiday gift...

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

THE HOLIDAY season kicked off along the busy streets of Makati City’s central business district as Ayala Land hosted the annual street lighting ceremony...

Gift of indulgence

AS Christmas fast approaches, consider giving the gift of pure relaxation and indulgence as Flow Spa offers gift certificates for massages and treatments from...

A Hello Kitty Christmas

THERE ARE A SLEW of Hello Kitty-themed events happening around the metro this yuletide season. First off is the cute Sanrio-themed gingerbread village at SM...

ABS-CBN Christmas ads: Values and exaltation

Ads & Ends Nanette Franco-Diyco A FEW CHRISTMAS ADS this year in the country have selected to lean strongly on values. Topping these is the...

Hong Kong for Christmas

BEYOND the cityscapes and cosmopolitan escapades, there is more to Hong Kong than what instantly meets the eye. The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) wants...