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The ‘Belen’ is here to stay

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THE SAN SEBASTIAN Church set up this ‘Belen’ to celebrate Christmas, despite the absence of the annual Belenisimo Festival that helped Tarlac City’s Belen displays draw national attention. BONG CLEMENTE /CONTRIBUTOR

No Christmas celebration goes well without the following lyrics being sung by cherubic boys and girls: “Away in a manger, no crib for a bed; the little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.”

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

A Pinoy belen

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We tacked up again those Christmas star lanterns Sunday. We stashed the parols before Supertyphoon “Yolanda/ Haiyan” barreled through. The five-candle Advent wreath is back in our sala. So is the Christmas tree. The wife dusted off the Nativity figurines: Mary, Joseph shepherds, Magi, sheep, cattle plus manger. Our family places the Infant in the […]

Posted: November 26th, 2013 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Aquino extols values of ‘belen’

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BEST ‘BELEN’ Moncada town’s “belen” again won in the grand municipal category in the sixth Belenisimo in Tarlac at the Tarlac College of Agriculture Gymnasium in Camiling town. President Aquino, who was awards guest, described the Nativity diorama as a symbol of a united family, human compassion and faith in God. EV ESPIRITU / INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

President Aquino greeted the first day of the Christmas season by extolling the values that the “belen” (crèche) symbolized as he graced the awards night of the 6th Belenismo sa Tarlac on Saturday.

Posted: December 3rd, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Come, see a baby born

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His fascination for the belen started at age 5 with a gift from his grandfather.

Posted: January 1st, 2012 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Why the belen is better symbol of Christmas

There is no better symbol of Christmas than the “belen.” Depicting the nativity scene of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem, the belen would remind everyone, especially the poor and the less fortunate, about God’s begotten son who took the form of a slave to redeem humanity, said renowned iconographer Louie Nacorda.

Posted: December 12th, 2011 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

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