Mayon Volcano is errupting

December 15, 2009 - 2 Responses

Mayon Volcano is actually one of Philippines’ active volcano, but not as devastating as Mt. Pinatubo. Now it is already erupting and is showing signs of another major erruption.

Alert level on the cone-shaped, 8,070-foot (2,460-meter) was already been announced. It overnight to two steps below a major eruption after ash explosions. Mayon is located about 210 miles (340 kilometers) southeast of Manila. As always, dark orange lava glowed in the dark. It could get worse in the coming days, according to Mr. Renato Solidum, head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

As precautionary measures, more than 20,000 people were evacuated as of 15 December 2009.

Many local folks may celebrate Christmas in evacuation center as it is already 9 days before the 25December 2009. Residents in Albay (near to the volcano) are used to it every time Mayon erupts. Anyway, no amount of calamity would stop Filipinos from celebrating the most awaited holiday in the land… what else but Christmas! Let me end by recommend below video link:

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Giant Lantern Festival 2009

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Giant Lantern Festival competition will be held on December 19, 2009 at the Robinsons Starmills Pampanga
Credits: http://www.cityofsanfernando.gov.ph and Philippine Department of Tourism

Below are previous entries:

The Giant Lantern Festival is truly a pride for the province of Pampanga, and Philippines as a whole.

These shows how colorful and alive the Philippine culture.

Merry Christmas in many languages

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Albanian “Urime Krishtlindjet”

Arabic “Milad Majid” or “Milad Saeed”

Argentine “Feliz Navidad”

Armenian “Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand”

Bohemian “Vesele Vanoce”

Brazilian Portuguese “Feliz Natal”

Briton “Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat”

Bulgarian “Tchestita Koleda” or “Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo”

Cambodian “Soursdey Noel”

Chinese (Mandarin) “Sheng Dankuai Le”

Chinese (Cantonese) “Sing Daan Faai Lok”

Croatian “Nadelik Lowen”

Czech “Velike Vanoce”

Danish “Glædelig Jul”

Dutch “Vrolijk Kerstfeest”

English (American) “Merry Christmas”

English (Australian) “‘Ave a bonza Chrissy, Mate”

English (UK) “Happy Christmas”

Estonian “Roomsaid Joulu Puhi”

Filipino/Tagalog (Philippines) “Maligayang Pasko”

Finnish “Hauskaa Joulua”

French “Joyeux Noël”

German “Froehliche Weihnachten”

Greek “Kala Christouyenna”

Hawaiian “Mele Kalikimaka”

Hebrew “Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova”

Hindi “Shub Badadin”

Hungarian “Boldog Karácsonyt”

Icelandic “Gledileg Jol”

India “Tamil Nadu – Christmas Vaazthukkal ”

Indonesian “Selamat Hari Natal”

Iraqi “Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah”

Irish “Nollaig Shona Duit”

Italian “Buon Natale”

Japanese “Meri Kurisumasu”

Korean “Sung Tan Jul Chuk Ha”

Latvian “Prieci’gus Ziemsve’tkus un Laimi’gu Jauno Gadu”

Lithuanian “Linksmu Kaledu”

Malay “Selamat Hari Natal dan Tahun Baru”

New Guinea Pidgin “Meri Christmas”

New Zealand “Happy Christmas”

Norwegian “Gledelig Jul”

Pennsylvania German “En frehlicher Grischtdaag”

Peru “Felices Fiestas” or “Feliz Navidad”

Polish “Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia”

Portuguese “Feliz Natal”

Rumanian “Sarbatori Fericite”

Russian “S Rozhdestvom Kristovym”

Serbian “Hristos se rodi”

Slovakian “Sretan Bozic” or “Vesele vianoce”

Samoan “Manuea le Karisimasi”

Slovak “Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok”

Slovene “Srecen Bozic”

Spanish “Feliz Navidad”

Swedish “God Jul”

Tahitian “Ia ora’na no te noere”

Thai “Suksan Christmas”

Turkish “Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun”

Ukrainian “Z Rizdvom Krystovym” or “Veselogo Rizdva””

Urdu (Pakistan) “Shadae Christmas”

Vietnamese “Chuc Mung Giang Sinh”

Christmas Facts and Trivia

December 9, 2009 - Leave a Response

Contrary to most stories, Jesus is no longer a baby when the wise men found him with Mary and Joseph.  Biblically, Jesus was already walking when the wise men first saw him and He was already in a house when they  found him.  Nonetheless, Mary bore Jesus  in a manger. 

Bible Scholars believed that the birth of Jesus was not on December but on around June or July or on a month not as cold as December (not during winter season) 

The first country to made Christmas tree is Germany.  It was made of goose feathers and dyed green. 

Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895. 

Christmas cards were first made in 1843, the Victorian Era. 

The classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” is the most viewed Christmas movie in history. 

The Nutcracker” is the most famous Christmas ballet.

Jingle Bells was first written for Thanksgiving and then became one of the most popular Christmas songs.

The poinsettia plant was brought into the United States from Mexico by Joel Poinsett in the early 1800’s.  Contrary to common belief, poinsettia plants are non-toxic.

The first US State to recognize the Christmas holiday officially was Alabama.

Christmas became a national holiday in America on June, 26, 1870.

Coca Cola was the first beverage company to use Santa for a winter promotion.

In Greek, “X” means Christ (to clear up a common misconception). That is where the word “X-Mas” comes from. Not because someone took the “Christ” out of Christmas.

More diamonds are sold around Christmas than any other time of the year.

The song “White Christmas” holds the credit as the most-selling Christmas single of all time. 

It wasn’t until about 200 years after Christ’s death that Christians started celebrating his birth. 

In Northern Europe, there was a holiday known as Yule. They celebrated this holiday by making great fires. They then would dance around the fires, yelling for the winter to end. 

Austria was the first country to issue a Christmas postage stamp. 

Silver and gold are the popular Christmas colors after red and green. 

Eggnog the popular Christmas food was an American discovery. 

The Christmas carol “I Saw Momma Kissing Santa Claus” was made famous by Jimmy Boyd when he was just 12 years old. 

Christmas lights were invented by the American Ralph E. Morris. 

Giant and colorful Christmas Lantern was first made in the Philippines, in the Province of San Fernando Pampanga. 

Canada is the largest exporter of Christmas trees.

Home is where Christmas is.

December 9, 2009 - One Response

photo except from Google Images, credit to Photographer Kris Carlos

Christmas is undoubtedly the best and most expected holiday in the Philippines.  It’s not a myth nor an over rate thing.  See for yourself or you may ask those who experienced it first hand. 

What makes Christmas in the Philippines unique and special is the heartwarming atmosphere connected to homecoming of migrants and the energy devoted by activity organizers.

Yearly Giant Lantern Festival and every province’s Christmas display contribute as well.  As always, no amount of calamity and turmoil could stop Filipinos from observing Christmas.  It even surpassed the changing and challenging times. 

Chrismas for many Filipinos start as early as the first day of September, of which they call the start of “ber” months.  Decorations and playing of Christmas songs start on these months wherein most media programs play a big part and a countdown is observe. 

As the night began to lengthen and wheather become colder, Flipinos start to crave for “bibingka” and “puto bumbong” (Philippine known Christmas rice cake recipe). These are delicacies among other favorites. These are traditionally served on banana leaves topped with butter or margarine and grated coconut meat.

All sorts of colorful lighted lanterns and Christmas tree sparks their blinker lights at night in both residential and commercial places.  You won’t find a province with no Christmas tree and lighted display especially during December.  Pampanga is called the Christmas capital of the Philippines because it pioneered the extravagant and creative lighted display. 

Shopping is something to look forward to during Christmas season.  Philippines have globally competitive malls, including Tiangge (booth type of stores) that offers cheaper item.  Of course restaurants, various food stores entertainmenet venues are jampack especially on weekends.  

Starting December 1, Christmas parties are held almost every wherefrom Schools to companies.  The 13th month pay is what most employees anticipate starting November.  Many are on a vacation mood, though there are industries that require people to work during the holidays (e.g. Call Center firms and Technical Service Providers).     

Starting December 16, a large portion of the population would flock to attend Catholic mass at their local congregation. We call it “simbang gabi.”  Simultanously, gang of little kids and young at heart sings Christmas carols from house to house.  Many provide gift of coins and candies.  Previously, adults and organizations do this for fund raising but present laws now restrict due reports of abuse.

Christmas Eve is often celebrated by families at home enjoying a Christmas dinner at midnight.  Although, there are those who prefer to enjoy it on bars, restaurants or park. This somehow reflects how bonded Filipino families are.  This tradition is called Noche Buena.  Rich and poor alike observe this Filipino practice in a form of reunion with prayer of thanks giving, dining and gift giving.   Filipino values are clearly highlighted during this period as the children and grand children express their love and warm appreciation to the love and care of their elders.   Although Philippines are divided by religion, dialects and location, Christmas is the tie that binds.

After December 25, Christmas celebration continues.  Filipino families or friends again gather on December 31 for the Media Noche or midnight meal (New Year’s Eve).  Along with the preparation of food, many can’t help but prepare firecrackers as well.  This is in line with the influence of the Chinese culture.  As mentioned, this means to greet the New Year with loud noises and sounds of merrymaking and to drive away bad spirits. In the provinces, old folks uses bamboo canon.  Alternative methods of merrymaking include whisle horn for kids (“torotot), banging on pots and pans and blowing on car horns.  Folk beliefs also include encouraging children to jump at the stroke of midnight so that they would grow up tall, displaying circular fruit and wearing clothes with dots and wearing other circular designs to symbolize money.  Another is eating twelve grapes at 12 midnight for good luck in the twelve months of the year and having 12 round shape furits.  All are too many.  Nonetheless, all these are folk belief for good year to come. 

The “Three Kings” is the last Philippines’ Christmas was obviously derived from “Feast of Three Kings.”  This is traditionally commemorated on Jan. 6 but is now celebrated on the first Sunday after the New Year. 

What are you waiting for, come visit the Philippines and experience Christmas with us. 

Kindly view the video presentation for a clear view:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHBxyz4AEeY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI9I-6MijYM

Boracay Island

December 6, 2009 - Leave a Response

There are many world class beaches in the Philippines, Boracay is one of the favorite.

Please view some of the actual photos taken by those who saw and experience the land themselves.

My self with the lady account executive of Club Panoly (one of the prestigeous club in Boracay)

Have a glimpse of this beautiful island beach with choices of resorts below, yet less expensive.

Below are some of Boracay’s Hotels (Best Seller):

Friday’s Resort The Panoly Resort

Willys Beach Resort

Sea Wind Resort Club

Ten Beach Resort Seraph Resort

One MGM Resort

Asya Boracay Hotel

Isla Boracay-South Resort

Nami Private Villas Resort

Discovery Shore Boracay Terraces

Resort Red Coconut Resort

Nigi-Nigi Nu Noos Beach Resort

Waling Waling Beach Resort

Boracay Mandarin Island Resort

Cocomangas Hotel Beach Resort

Patio Pacific Resort

There’s a whole lot more. 

For more infor, you can inquire at denissalvatierra@yahoo.com or at pinoy.espesyal@gmail.com

 

 

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Christmas in the Philippines is like no other.

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