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Unveiling and blessing of the mosaic image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia

In a  recent visit of Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III in the Vatican last December 4, which was witnessed by my friends Stefano and Marie Lami attended, the president expressed his “gratefulness to the Holy See in recognizing the […]
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Alex and Asiang: The Aristocrat family of restaurant’s story

Alex Reyes and Engracia “Asiang” Cruz were both born in the fishing town of Navotas, Rizal. In their youth, they both persevered and worked hard for a living, though the vibrant Asiang only finished her fourth grade, Alex became a […]
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Thankful for each moment we’re privileged to have in this challenging world

This harvest season, as we celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26th, we are reminded of the “happy feast” between the Pilgrims and the Indians, according to some stories which apparently happened only “once.” The background story on Thanksgiving, according to author...
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Tips to avoid being annoyed for US-based balikbayans going home for the holidays

America, as they say is the “land of the free,” and for most of us who now have settled here, freedom and independence are both very important to us. However, per my recent visit back home, I missed being the ultra independent […]
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Lourdes Trinidad-Ocampo turns recycled newspapers into intricately-crafted handbags

This author was recently mesmerized by various types of intricately-crafted handbags made of recycled newspapers. The brainchild of Lourdes Trinidad-Ocampo, the handbags carry the name “D’yario” and each handbag is intricately handwoven, handmade and distributed through the...
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Five delightful divas sang nostalgic retro songs

On a balmy Wednesday night, this author was privileged to have been invited by a  friend Linda Mapes, to the “Retro” performance of five delightful singing divas such as: Lirio Vital, Ivy Violan, Djoanna Garcia, Bambi Lopez and Maricar Cabasag at the famous […]
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Car Pros Kia introduces program for low & middle-income car buyers

On a recent mid-afternoon’s weekday visit to Car Pros Kia, this author and media colleague; Liza Rafallo were both surprised to witness an auto showroom brimming with customers excited to learn more about the dealership’s new incentive program for low […]
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Universal Studios Hollywood presents ‘Halloween Horror Nights’

Fright-filled “Halloween Horror Nights” was announced by Universal Studios Hollywood recently. The theme park guests will be treated to an “extreme fear destination” which features horror-filled mazes, a terror tram experience and awesome hip-hop dance show from Friday, September...
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Local Bicolanos celebrate the (Kaadlawan) Feast of Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia

Today, Saturday, September 19th culminates the ninth day of novena prayers to Our Lady of Peñafrancia, spearheaded by groups of Bicolano devotees in the Southland. Annually, various nine-day novenas were scheduled in Catholic Churches attended by the numerous Bicolanos in the Los...
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Experiencing the rite of ordination to the sacred priesthood of Br. Peter Vecellio, O.C. D.

On the solemnity of the annual celebration of the Catholic feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary recently, this author was invited by Jean O. Ng, an ardent parishioner of Saint Therese Church in the City of Alhambra, to experience the solemn […]