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Lady of Manaoag: Blue to purple

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LENTEN RITUAL  Devotees pray for intercession before the image of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag in Pangasinan province, which is part of the traditional Visita Iglesia (church visits) among the faithful during Holy Week.  WILLIE LOMIBAO/Contributor

On ordinary days, the image of the Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag wears a sky blue cape with matching secondary veil and apron. But at the start of Lent, on Ash Wednesday, her vestment is changed to purple.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Magbabaya’ a green god for tribe

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MEMBERS of the Higaonon tribe lead a communal rite seeking permission from Magbabaya (Supreme Creator) for the utilization of land and other terrestrial resources that are considered  priceless gifts. PHOTO FROM MinDaNow!

Colors burst along the banks of Lake Danao as villagers clad in crimson traditional garb gather for a communal rite that traces its roots to ancient traditions and is performed to seek permission from Magbabaya (Supreme Creator) for the utilization of land and other resources.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Priest advises Catholics to wear sacred objects, not amulets

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Instead of amulets, wear sacred objects as protection against “evil possession”, an official of the Catholic Church has advised.

Posted: November 1st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Woman ‘sorcerer’ tortured, burned alive in Papua New Guinea

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A young mother accused of sorcery was stripped naked, doused with petrol and burned alive in front of a crowd including schoolchildren in Papua New Guinea, reports said Thursday.

Posted: February 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

With Sto. Niño image, animist past revisited

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With just a few days of catechism, which consisted mostly of rhetorical remarks by Ferdinand Magellan, it would have been impossible for King Humabon and the people of Cebu during his time to have fully understood the Christian faith brought to them by the Spaniards in 1521.

Posted: January 25th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Rizal cult suffers declining membership

In the early 1970s, followers of Dr. Jose Rizal trooped by the thousands to the Rizal monument at Luneta Park in Manila, where the Spanish colonial government executed him on Dec. 30, 1896.

Posted: January 1st, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

World not ending, despite Maya prediction–Vatican

Graphic showing a breakdown of the Mayan calendar, due to begin a new cycle on Dec 21. AFP PHOTO

The Vatican’s top astronomer has some assurances to offer: The world won’t be ending in 10 days, despite predictions to the contrary.

Posted: December 12th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Doomsday talk means brisk business

Relax doomsayers, the Maya people did not really mark their calendar for the end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012.

Posted: November 22nd, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

One-month countdown for ‘end of the world’

A Mayan priest carries out a ritual at the Iximche archaeological site in Tecpan municipality, Chimaltenango department, 91 km west of Guatemala City, on November 15, 2012. AFP/JOHAN  ORDONEZ

From Mexico’s Maya Riviera to ancient sites in Guatemala, the region foresees a tourism bonanza from the fateful December 21 date in the Mayan calendar, but indigenous groups are fed up with the doomsday myth.

Posted: November 21st, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Muslim girl cannot skip swim class—German court

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A German court on Friday refused to allow a Muslim student to skip swimming lessons after she said she was uncomfortable being so close to bare-chested boys.

Posted: September 29th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US shuts Indonesia missions; more protests planned

A Muslim man waves a red and white Indonesian flag as he and his fellow protesters are engulfed in white smoke of tear gas fired by riot police officers during a protest against American-made film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ that ridicules Islam and depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a madman, outside the US Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday. AP

The US has closed its diplomatic missions in Indonesia ahead of expected continuing protests over an anti-Islam film.

Posted: September 21st, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

All that’s good in June

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This week’s dateline brings to mind the opening line of a poem we learned and memorized in grade school that went, “Thirty days hath September, April, June and November …”. After tomorrow, the 30th, we shall be turning to a new month.

Posted: June 29th, 2012 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Peelings

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Setting: The kitchen table Characters: an apple, a mango and a pineapple Scenario: The three fruits lie sliced in separate bowls—ready to be served for dinnertime. Mother and daughter come in and look at the plates. Daughter picks a piece of pineapple. Daughter: It’s amazing how that man in the market expertly cuts this pineapple. [...]

Posted: April 22nd, 2012 in CDN - Opinion,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

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