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Recto Avenue, other key streets in Manila to be closed for ‘Salubong’

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Several streets in the City of Manila will be closed to give way for Manila’s “Salubong 2014 Countdown ng Masa.”

Posted: December 30th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Fireworks ban in effect in parts of south Metro

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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 »

Oplan Hatid’s captain proves ‘Filipinos worth driving for’

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FOR SHUTTLING 13 families in one day, Oplan Hatid volunteer Jaworksi Garcia earned the moniker “Kapitan.” Contributed photo

Most people have a synonym for someone who fulfills their wishes for the holidays: Santa. But for some of the survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” who evacuated to Metro Manila, that person might as well be “Kapitan.”

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

Read-along for kids, even in quake-hit Bohol

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Teacher Maria Lea Anosa inspects the makeshift tent made of tarpaulin, wood and sticks that serves as a temporary classroom in quake-hit Sagbayan town in Bohol. FILE PHOTO

We found love in a seemingly hopeless place.

Posted: December 27th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

In typhoon’s wake, Christmas infused with tragedy in Leyte

Tacloban residents, like this family in San Jose district, celebrate Christmas amid the rubble of their homes destroyed by Super Typhoon Yolanda. Efforts to provide livelihood to survivors of Yolanda are getting barely any funds in the ongoing rehabilitation program, particularly in Eastern Visayas, according to a report submitted to a United Nations agency.  RICHARD A. REYES

Christmas lights blink in a handful of restaurants in Tacloban, but at nightfall, much of this city destroyed by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) slips into darkness.

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

Pope Francis tells faithful: Be makers of peace

CHRISTMAS AT VATICAN  Pope Francis kisses the knee of the image of the unveiled baby Jesus during the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at Vatican City. AFP

Pope Francis, celebrating his first Christmas as Roman Catholic leader, on Wednesday prayed for the victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in the Philippines and called for dialogue to end the conflict in South Sudan and all wars, saying everyone should strive to be personal peacemakers.

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

Christmas in mud in Tacloban

TREE OF HOPE  Hundreds of people watch the lighting of the giant Christmas tree in front of City Hall.  VER NOVENO/CONTRIBUTOR

Survivors of the Philippines’ deadliest typhoon spent a gloomy Christmas Day surrounded by mud as heavy rain drove many inside their flimsy shelters, dampening efforts to retain some holiday cheer in the deeply devout nation.

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Heard on Inquirer Radio 990AM

It’s a tradition started by my husband who was born Dec. 25. That’s why even if he’s no longer with us, we continue to give gifts to our neighbors as a thanksgiving activity on Christmas.—Josie Cua Manlapaz, whose husband Gil was murdered in Sta. Ana, Manila, in 2006. The four suspects were found guilty on Monday.

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Metro police pulling out of Zamboanga City

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National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) chief Carmelo Valmoria said their augmentation team will be pulling out of Zamboanga City, almost four months after a standoff ensued between government forces and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), according to an Inquirer Radio 990AM report on Wednesday.

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

400 air passengers miss holiday trips

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Some 400 passengers were unable to make it to their Christmas holiday vacation after bad weather forced the cancellation of two flights to Basco, Batanes and Naga City at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Tuesday.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Never will she call her baby Yolanda

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Sally Ann Lopez expects to deliver her sixth child any time now, but no way will she name her baby “Yolanda.”

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Bonding time, too, in Zamboanga shelter

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HOLIDAY DECOR Radzma Abubakar and her child pose in front of their tent, the only one decorated with tinsel, at Don Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Zamboanga City. JULIE S. ALIPALA/INQUIRER MINDANAO

Despite the trauma, hardship and uncertainties caused by the three-week standoff between government soldiers and forces of the Moro National Liberation Front in September, evacuees staying in the congested shelter at Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Zamboanga City still look forward to a joyous Christmas.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Leyte lantern reminds survivors they can rise again

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Survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” decorate a giant lantern among the debris from destroyed houses at Magallanes District in Tacloban City on Christmas Eve, in time for Wednesday’s celebration of the birth of Jesus in their ruined communities. Yolanda’s winds flattened the gritty neighborhood, then swept up everything else with giant waves on Nov. 8. AFP

It’s hardly Christmas in the storm-ravaged Tacloban city, but its people are trying hard to capture the spirit of the season.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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