Filipinos urged to shun lavish Christmas celebrations



CHRISTMAS TRADITION. A traditional Filipino Christmas or Paskong Pinoy is the nine-day dawn masses that start on December 16 and end on Christmas Day. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – On the eve of the first day of “Simbang Gabi,” the nine-day series of pre-dawn Masses, a Catholic bishop and an environmental group urged Filipinos to go for “an ecological and simple celebration” of Christmas.

Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez Jr. and the EcoWaste Coalition on Saturday pleaded for an “eco simple” feast in the wake of the devastation of Typhoon “Pablo,” which affected more than 5.7 million people and left 955 dead and 841 still missing.

“An ‘eco simple’ observance of Christmas will be sensitive to the heartbreaking sufferings of typhoon-stricken families in the affected areas of Mindanao and the need for environmental stewardship now more than ever,” said Iñiguez, chairman of the Public Affairs Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

“The simplicity of the manger should inspire us all to be somber and charitable in these difficult times,” he added.

Edwin Alejo, EcoWaste Coalition coordinator, said observing an “eco simple” Christmas could save funds that could be used “to beef up relief and rehabilitation efforts, while helping restore damaged ecosystems through resource conservation, pollution prevention and zero waste.”

He said some “eco simple” suggestions include calling off lavish Christmas parties, canceling fireworks displays, abandoning plans to light up firecrackers, moderating shopping expenses and reusing or recycling holiday decorations.

Filipinos could also opt for an austere Noche Buena and Media Noche celebrations, the shelving of out-of-town, out-of-country holidays and shortening the use of Christmas lights.

One tangible benefit of this will be the reduction of holiday trash, or “holitrash,” resulting from the unrestrained consumption and disposal during the extended festivities, the EcoWaste Coalition pointed out.

Daily waste generation, especially in highly urbanized areas like Metro Manila, swells with increased consumption of goods and services due to the holiday fever, the group noted.

According to the National Solid Waste Management Commission, Metro Manila produces some 8,000 tons of garbage daily, which is over 22 percent of the nationwide daily waste generation of 35,430 tons.

Of the 8,000 tons of garbage from Metro Manila’s 17 local government units, 50 percent are reportedly food and organic discards, plastics (25 percent), paper (12 percent), metals (five percent), glass (three percent), hazardous waste (one percent) and residual waste (four percent), EcoWaste said.

“With ‘eco simple’ Christmas, we promote ecological values leading to a cut in the volume and toxicity of what we throw away,” it added.

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  • tonyoks

    “The simplicity of the manger should inspire us all to be somber and charitable in these difficult times,” he added.
    iniguez, in the first place there was no manger…
    inuto-uto lang tayo ng mga prayle noon, hanggang ngayon, sige pa rin kau sa pang uuto at pagmamanipula ng utak ng mga pinoy.

    simplicity, eh kayo yung may kung anoano pang seremonya para lang madagdagan ang koleskyon/tong ninyo….

    paki-update na lang ng mga doktrina at dogma ninyo…

    • White24

       The manger was where Christ was born! Let us reflect on the simplicity of Jesus! :)

      • tonyoks

        sorry to burst your bubble…but really please reflect on realities not on mind machinations such  as these “mangers” and christmas sentimentalism  which the  church has been feeding us for centuries…

      • White24

        I am thankful indeed for having a Church, no matter what sentimentalism it feeds me, that helps and guides me to see things not only of this life but the life to come! “Christmas” and “mangers”, whether true or not, is not the point after all. Instead, it points to our person how we live and understand life, how we love and understand love, how we understand justice and live a just life. Don’t just look at “Christmas” and ‘mangers’ as it is,, transcend, see the beyond and you will realize, life is more beautiful! Merry Christmas ! :) 

      • tonyoks

        stop dreamin of your white xmas 24!
        wake up…
        there is a marxist adage “religion is the opium of the people”
        and you are just exactly in that state of mind where reality is clouded by religion…
        there is no life after, live the life before you now…its more beautiful that way…

      • White24

         Only a dead man stops dreaming dreams… :) I may be in that state of foolishness of mind but i rather stay this way than live a life without God… I will rather choose to walk in the darkness with my God, than walk alone in the light! :)

      • tonyoks

        have it your way then…what a waste…

      • White24

        ahaha,, i am praying that you will not be in the state of ‘opium’ for not believing in religion! :) God bless my friend!

  • sigena

    allowed lang ng lavish party ang malacanang lalo na alak para kay ochoa

  • boybakal

    Filipinos urged TO SHUN LAVISH Christmas celebrations….

    Parang totoo…Most filipinos are poor, 80%
    Christmas is the only day they will be able to eat fried chicken and pork lechon….the rest of the year tuyo and sardinas.
    Lavish…..I don’t think so.

  • joerizal

    Wala na ngang makain ang tao babawasan pa, ano pang gusto ng mga pari na ‘to?  Dapat sila ang magbawas kasi magpipista yang mga pari na yan sa bahay ni Cardinal habang ang mga tao sa labas ay kumakain ng basura.

  • Sinner saved by grace

    For as long as the money that you spend come from good work, there is nothing to be ashamed of when  spending for your  family.  All the  food and other things that you ” lavishly ” prepare benefit those from whom you bought  the  items.  When you spend, you also help those who are selling the merchandise.

  • pulis

    Mga intsik lang ang nakikinabang tuwing Pasko.Sila gawa klismas lite mga tanga Filipino bili naman tsaka saya pilo hindi nila alam Dec. 25 hindi tunay birthday ni Christo…Kaya intsik panalo, kuha lahat pela Filipino..Whaaaa! akin malame pela, bili ligaya..Whaaaa! Filipino tanga!

    • kismaytami

      Pati kaya si padre damaso.

  • Bengatibo

    Pati pag-celebrate nang Christmas, pinanghihimasukan ni Padre Damaso. Mag-donate na lang kayo sa simbahan para tumahimik na sila at Si Padre Damaso naman ang magcecelebrate nang bonggang Christmas

  • kismaytami

    padre damaso iñiguez, pagpasenyahan nyo na po kaming mga dukha, plastik lang kasi ang kaya naming haianan ng pagkain. Hindi po ang mga pilak na plato at gintong baso tulad ng mga gamit ninyo sa simbahan.

  • disqusted0fu

    this is a much more believable and sincere request coming from a bishop than that of the president’s, who we know likes partying.

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