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Jan 112018

For over 6 decades, 80-year old Lily Emralino has worked as a seamstress. However, during Traslacion, she spends most of her time sewing clothes for the Black Nazarene. She says that this is already a tradition as her mother did the same thing.

More than this, however, Emralino says sewing for the Black Nazarene is also an “act of devotion.” She does not actively charge her clients. “Kung ano yung kaya nilang ibayad, hindo ako naniningil o nagsasabi ng presyo kasi nga para ‘yan sa santo,” she tells ABS-CBN.

(Whatever they can give me, I do not ask them to pay or set a price for may work because it is for the saint.)

The clothes Emralino sews is for the replica of the Nazarene at Barangay 210, Zone 19 in Manila. According to Captain Josie Lazano, the Nazarene has been with them for almost a decade.

Ang buong barangay ay nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng biyaya at pagpapala na dulot sa buhay namin ni (Nazareno),” she says.

(We are thankful for all the blessings given to us by the Nazarene.)

Last Sunday, the replicas of the Black Nazarene were presented to the Quiapo church to be blessed.

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Jan 072018
The Dessert Museum Opens on February 2018

Now that we’re done celebrating Christmas and New Year, we can look forward to other exciting holidays this 2018. February, the sweetest month of the year, is about to get sweeter. The Dessert Museum, the very first eat as you play experience in Asia is opening its 8 mouthwatering rooms of sugar-filled happiness during the […]

Dec 182017
Tacloban City Evacuee Returns Home for Her Dogs during Tropical Storm Urduja

Janet Romulon, an evacuee in Tacloban City, braved the strong winds and the heavy downpour of Tropical Storm Urduja. She returned home from the evacuation center last December 16 because her 3 dogs were stuck inside the house and she was worried about their safety. Photo via Rappler “They’re stuck inside the house. I returned to make sure they’re all right,” Romulon said to Rappler.  We often hear people say that “dogs are family”.  Romulon proved it with her actions. No pets were allowed at the evacuation center where Romulon’s family and 750 others sought protection and shelter. Tacloban was declared under the state of calamity. Eight barangays were hit by landslides and a minimum of 80 barangays were flooded because of the unrelenting rain. While no casualties have been reported to date, two locals were injured by a landslide. Click for detailed story

Dec 112017
How To Rent Your Own Bazaar Space in Metro Manila

Christmas is just around the corner and entrepreneurs know that this is the best time to sell products. For many years, bazaars have been the popular venue to do product testing. Budding business owners would join one to see how the market responds to whatever it is that they have to offer. It’s smart and very practical. All they have to do is devote a couple of days versus renting a mall space that would require security deposits and a long-term commitment. There are success stories wherein brands that began as stalls in bazaars became established businesses that many of us know today. These are Mary Grace Café, Snoe Beauty and S&H Fashion to name a few. Not even the rising popularity of e-commerce seems to be affecting the attraction of shoppers to bazaars especially during Christmas. If you want to take advantage of the season, Entrepreneur Philippines compiled the bazaar fees around the metro for your guidance. Photo via Entrepreneur Philippines There are 3 things that greatly affect bazaar rates. The first is location. Renting a space in strategic, sought after venues such as the SMX Convention Center would obviously be more expensive than renting a space in less popular areas. That is one of the reasons why joining the Trendsetter’s Bazaar could cost up to Php 2,041.70 per square meter. The date of the bazaar can also affect the fees. The general rule is the closer the date is to Christmas day, the more expensive it gets because Read More …

Dec 112017
Miss Universe 2017 Candidates Fall for Bohol’s Natural Beauty

Three of the most beautiful women in the universe recently visited Panglao, Bohol to promote Philippine Tourism. Miss Universe Malaysia Samantha James and Miss Universe Russia Kseniya Alexandrova, together with our very own Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters posted photos of their visit last Friday: all smiles and undoubtedly having a great time. Tourism Philippines mentioned that Peters played the role of host as she showed off the beauty of one of the best beaches in the country. The lovely ladies were obviously impressed with Ms. Malaysia saying that she wants to come back and Ms. Russia calling the island a “fabulous paradise”. Let’s take a look at some of their snaps with Bohol’s white sand beach in the background. Photo via Tourism Philippines Instagram Photo via Tourism Philippines Instagram Click for detailed story

Dec 052017
Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters Arrives in PH

Photo via The Straits Times Newly-crowned Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has arrived in Manila. The new Miss Universe is accompanied by last year’s winner, Iris Mittenaere, and other Miss Universe 2017 participants from Spain, Italy, Russia, Malaysia, India, Canada, China, and Singapore. Brought in by the Department of Tourism, Nel-Peters, Mittenaere, and the pageant participants will be visiting Batanes, Vigan, Bohol, and Camiguin, reports ABS-CBNNews.com. They will also showcase the work of talented designers from Mindanao in a charity fashion show. The Official Miss Universe IG account teased the arrival earlier this month: “It’s happening… The reigning #MissUniverse Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, #MissUniverse 2016 Iris Mittenaere and some of this year’s contestants are heading to the Philippines! They’re looking forward to the incredible hospitality of Department of Tourism – Philippines, seeing some of the 7,107 Islands, being a part of DOT’s Women Of Significance Gala Night, and the #MissUniverse Fashion Show.” Photo via Miss Universe Facebook Page Manila Bulletin also earlier reported that aside from the fashion show, there will be a meet and greet, and a gala event. This will be the 2nd time in the Philippines for 2016 Miss Universe, Iris Mittenaere and the first for reigning queen, Demi-Leigh.  Stay tuned. Click for detailed story

Dec 032017
5 Christmas Bazaar Shopping Tips

Photo via The Philippine Online Chronicles If you’re looking to cross of a bunch of names off your Christmas list, chances are you’ve thought of visiting one of the many Christmas bazaars happening across the country. The rows of stalls after stalls can be a little daunting and tiring to go through, so make sure you come up with a plan. We’ve also prepared a few helpful tips to make your bazaar experience a bit merrier for both yourself and the people behind the many shops you’ll be going to. Bring Your Own Shopping Bags Photo via The Clothing Shed If you’re looking to score a big haul when visiting your bazaar of choice this Christmas season, it may be wise to bring your own reusable shopping bag. In some cases, bazaars will ban the use of plastic bags and we all know what a pain it is to carry multiple papers bags, plus minimizing waste is always a good thing. Be on the Look Out for Unique Items Photo via Explore Philippines Bazaars are a great place to look for unique items that you won’t find just anywhere. In a sea of toys, clothes, and coffee mugs, you might just come across that perfect gift that stands out from the usual fare. Keep an eye out as you make your rounds, some of the stuff you’ll find at bazaars can really surprise you. Support Local Products and Start-Ups Photo via Out of Town Blog While you’re on the look out Read More …

Dec 022017
5 Personalized Gift Ideas for Christmas

We’ve been told that “the sweetest sound to anyone’s ears is the sound of his own name”. That’s why the most well-thought of presents are those that are engraved, carved and printed to be personalized. Still not done ticking names off your shopping list? Then you may want to check out these personalized gift ideas that will surely make your loved ones feel extra special this Christmas.   Leather Items Whether it’s a wallet, a keychain, a passport case or a bag tag, we all love to receive leather items. However, seeing our name embossed or debossed on them makes the surprise even better. We ordered personalized bag tags from De Rajje PH but luckily, many leather retailers also offer this service. Wooden Decor Photo via Treen Manila Looking for a personalized gift for a family? Wooden decors can be an interesting family present. We ordered a wooden clock with the family’s last name from Treen Manila and the recipients absolutely loved it! They have a bunch of other woodcrafts too like candle blocks, wooden boards, family frames and Christmas tree ornaments that can all be personalized! Mugs, Pens & Pillows Photo via It’s Personal Yes, they may seem like generic Christmas presents but let’s face it, mugs, pens and pillows can be practical and useful. It’s a good thing that you now have the option of personalizing them. It’s Personal is a retail store that’s all about making “personalized gift items that look just like you” – or the person you’re giving Read More …