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

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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 »

Only buying public can end ‘piccolo’ menace, says PNP

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Remember the “watusi?”

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘Dud’ firecrackers kill QC boy

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A boy injured by a firecracker weeps at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila early on January 1, 2014, after New Year's celebrations. AFP/NOEL CELIS

The senseless loss of life and limb continues long after the Big Bang. An 11-year-old boy was killed while his playmate lost both hands and injured an eye after setting a pile of “dud” firecrackers on fire in Quezon City two days after the New Year’s Eve revelry, police said.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

DENR eyes fines for air pollution

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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 »

Firecracker ban violator in Digos City spends New Year’s Day in jail

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A resident who defied an executive order issued last year by Mayor Joseph Peñas banning firecrackers in the city has become a self-proclaimed poster boy of the anti-firecracker campaign here.

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

2-year-old boy hit by stray bullet in Digos City

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A two-year-old boy here ended up in a hospital after a wayward bullet hit him on the left hand as residents here welcomed the New Year 12 a.m. Wednesday, the police said Thursday.

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Number of stray bullet victims rises to 30

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A boy injured by a firecracker arrives at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila early on January 1, 2014, after new year's celebrations. Philippine authorities said more than 260 people had been injured by fireworks, firecrackers or stray bullets in the days leading up to New Year's Eve.  AFP

The number of stray bullet victims rose to 30 on Thursday, police said.

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Man causes commotion at QC hospital

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A man was booted out of the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) in the early hours of the New Year for allegedly causing a commotion at the hospital that was overflowing with firecracker blast victims.

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

Stray bullet kills 3-month-old boy

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A three month-old baby was killed while another child was injured by stray bullets as Ilocos Region welcomed the New Year, police said.

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

Metro garbage piles up after New Year revelry

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As usual, the New Year’s Eve revelry left mountains of garbage in the streets of Metro Manila, the environment group EcoWaste Coalition lamented on Wednesday.

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

5 hurt by stray bullets during New Year revelry

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Within a span of almost an hour, five victims of stray bullets were taken to Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center during the New Year revelry late Tuesday.

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

Justice elusive for kin of 7-year-old stray bullet victim

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Justice remains elusive for the family of Stephanie Nicole Ella, a year after she was killed by a stray bullet while watching fireworks with her family outside their house in Caloocan City.   Even the country’s top police official has admitted the difficulty in tracking down the person responsible for the death of the seven-year-old [...]

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

3 cops arrested for indiscriminate gun firing

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Keeping its promise to go after those who fire their guns indiscriminately in welcoming the New Year, the Philippine National Police announced Tuesday that three policemen have been arrested for illegal discharge of their firearms.

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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