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Residents, tourists urged to take part in Makati’s Lenten activities

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With preparations for the Holy Week in Makati City in full swing, city officials are inviting the Catholic faithful as well as tourists to visit Barangay (village) Poblacion and take part in its traditional Lenten practices.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Lenten ‘zarzuela’ grandmas’ vow

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In a bastion of Roman Catholicism like Pampanga province, Holy Week sees penitents carrying heavy wooden crosses for 100 or so kilometers with their backs bloodied by glass shards and bamboo whips, or volunteering to be crucified with steel nails hammered into their hands and feet.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

In Ligao City, a hill beckons to Lenten devotees

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Life-size statues depicting the suffering of Christ attract devotees to Kawa-Kawa Nature Park in Ligao City. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Thousands of devotees are expected to climb the 250-meter-high Kawa-Kawa Hill in Barangay Tuburan in this city where life-size sculptures depicting the Way of the Cross offer a unique Lenten experience.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Heightened alert up for Holy Week

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday placed all its units in the country under heightened alert to ensure the safety of the public this coming Holy Week.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘Guling-guling,’ an Ilocos party before Lent

PAOAY residents don costumes made of “inabel” as they perform dances during the annual Guling-guling Festival, a gathering devoted to merrymaking prior to Lent. LEILANIE ADRIANO/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Ilocano folk wearing “abel”-inspired traditional dresses filled the streets here on Tuesday for a day of merrymaking as Christians prepared for the Lenten season.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Baguio in a frenzy for 19th flower fest

Workers have spent the week building new floats made of flowers for the 19th staging of the Grand Float Parade of the Baguio Flower Festival on Sunday, Feb. 23. Some of the participants spent as much as P1 million to build their floats. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

News television crews have set up their gear. Park workers race to install potted flowers around Session Road. Busloads of tourists have started to arrive in the summer capital to join this weekend’s Panagbenga (Baguio Flower Festival) street dancing and floral parade.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Kalibo, Aklan cops on full alert for Ati-Atihan fest

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Members of a tribal contingent dance after the Pilgrims’ Mass at Pastrana Park in Kalibo, capital of Aklan, as part of the Ati-Atihan Festival celebration. FILE PHOTO/HARESH TANODRA (CONTRIBUTOR)

The police in Western Visayas police have stepped up its security measures for the week-long Ati-Atihan festivities, which will kick off on January 10 until January 14.

Posted: January 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Black Nazarene procession won’t cross MacArthur Bridge

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The annual Black Nazarene procession will no longer pass the MacArthur Bridge as observed in previous years but will instead pass through the Jones Bridges, which is more stable.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Manila police test ‘Napoles,’ ‘Yolanda’ firecrackers

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Members of the Manila Police District Bomb Squad prepare to set off a “Yolanda” firecracker to show its destructive effects on life and property. ALEXIS CORPUZ

Loud explosions rocked Quirino Grandstand at Rizal Park Friday morning as officers of the Manila Police District (MPD) set off some of the most powerful illegal firecrackers being sold on the sly just days before the New Year’s Eve celebration.

Posted: December 27th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Davao plans bid for record for most ‘torotot’ blowers

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This city, known for a successful ban on firecrackers that has been in place for 11 years now, is not going to be silent on New Year’s Day.

Posted: December 27th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Baguio gift-giving tradition won’t fade after 40 years

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Former Councilor Narciso Padilla, wearing a Santa Claus suit, brings joy to Christmas baby Dines Basconcillo Jr. on Dec. 26. Padilla helped found the Silahis ng Pasko program, which turned 40 years old in 2013. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Wearing a worn-out Santa Claus outfit, former Councilor Narciso Padilla handed out lollipops to street kids on Christmas Day before he proceeded alone to the closest hospital to visit newborn babies.

Posted: December 27th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Chinese anti-veil ‘beauty’ campaign sows ugly tensions

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A Chinese government worker in the ancient Silk Road oasis of Kashgar beckons two women to her streetside stand and logs their details under the gaze of a surveillance camera. Their offense: wearing veils.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Outrage in India as temple stampede toll rises to 109

Indian villagers gather after a deadly stampede on a bridge across the Sindh River in Datia district in Madhya Pradesh state, India, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. A stampede by masses of Hindu worshippers left scores of people dead on a bridge they had been crossing to reach a temple in central India, police said. AP

The death toll from a stampede among Hindu pilgrims in India rose to 109 Monday as outrage mounted over safety at the festival which was also the scene of a similar tragedy seven years ago.

Posted: October 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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