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Buddhists in PH: Beyond ‘tikoy,’ fireworks and New Year revelry

CHINATOWN SERENITY A man in prayer finds solace at Guan Sheng Fu Zi Temple in Binondo, Manila, the oldest Buddhist temple in the country. Maricar B. Brizuela

Dragon dance, fireworks and “tikoy”—just some of the things that give the Chinese New Year a multicultural appeal.   But beyond the revelry, what does the Buddhist festival mean to the Buddhist minority in the country?   It is a time to reflect on one’s present and “past lives,” identify and rectify mistakes, and renew [...]

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

DENR eyes fines for air pollution


Following the discovery that the New Year fireworks worsened air pollution in Metro Manila nearly 10 times the tolerable level, environment officials are now considering imposing penalties on cities that fail to regulate firecracker use.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Hundreds injured in Philippine New Year countdown

Photo by Matikas Santos/INQUIRER.net

At least 10 revellers were brought to the East Avenue Medical Center for firecracker injuries during the first hour of the New Year.net

Posted: January 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Fireworks ban in effect in parts of south Metro

TOXIC watch group EcoWaste Coalition warns buyers against charms that supposedly bring the owner good luck after these test positive for harmful chemicals like lead and arsenic. Alexis Corpuz

Some areas in the southern part of Metro Manila are hoping to usher in the New Year without a bang. In Muntinlupa, the city government has imposed a ban on fireworks and firecrackers for the duration of the holiday season.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

DOH bares ‘most dangerous’ fireworks areas


The Department of Health (DOH) identified on Saturday the “most dangerous” areas in Metro Manila that had the most number of fireworks injuries.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Fireworks injure 160 as Philippines readies for New Year

Cirenia Ybañez, a 52-year old firecracker seller for 12 years in Babag, Lapu-Lapu talks about the firecrackers she sells along the Opon-Airport-Sangri Road. Different types of the firecrackers behind her are Judas Belt, and 'Rambo'. CDN

More than 160 people have been injured by fireworks in the Philippines as they prepared to welcome the New Year, the government said Saturday.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Firecracker, stray bullet injuries rising–DOH

Health Secretary Enrique Ona. AFP File Photo

The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded 140 fireworks-related injuries as of Friday, three percent higher than the five-year average but four percent lower compared to the same period last year.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DOH records 2 more firecracker injuries


A 14-year old boy from Cebu City lost his right hand and a five-year-old his index finger due to firecracker explosions, the Department of Health said Friday.

Posted: December 27th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DOH: 77 firework-related injuries ahead of New Year revelry

Health Secretary Enrique Ona. AFP File Photo

The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded 77 cases of firework-related injuries ahead of the expected New Year revelry on December 31.

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Stray bullets hit 2 as countdown to New Year starts –DOH

Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag

A 23-year old man from Ormoc City in Leyte is the first victim of a stray bullet, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday.

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Cracker blast hurts 1

A 52-year old man suffered injuries after a stockpile of firecrackers he had kept supposedly for the New Year’s revelry exploded inside his house in Imus City, Cavite.

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

DOH calls for alternative noise makers as 21 hurt by firecrackers since Dec. 21


Health officials renewed its appeal to the public to use alternative methods of noise-making for the Christmas and New Year revelry as it recorded a total of 21 cases of fireworks-related injuries as of Tuesday morning.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Did you know: Fireworks-related injuries

According to the Department of Health, the National Capital Region recorded the highest number of fireworks-related injuries from Dec. 21, 2012, to Jan. 5, 2013, with 521 cases. The cities with the most number of injuries are Manila with 168 cases and Quezon City with 120 cases. San Juan and Pateros had the least number of fireworks-related injuries, with 2 and 3 cases respectively. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research

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

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