By Juan Mercado
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 [...]
By Jo Martinez-Clemente
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.
By Ador Vincent Mayol
His fascination for the belen started at age 5 with a gift from his grandfather.
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.