YULETIDE season typically connotes annual Christmas parties and holiday gift shopping. But for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), the season means returning to the homeland to spend quality time with loved ones they haven’t seen for a long time. Sometimes, they’re lucky to book a flight home; but oftentimes, despite their best efforts, circumstances force them to spend yet another Christmas away from their families. Thankfully, OFWs can share the Christmas spirit with their loved ones, wherever they are: they can rely on Hanabishi products to make Christmas preparations easier and more memorable when they are spending Christmas here — or they can easily purchase Hanabishi products online, and send these to their loved ones as an early Christmas present if they can’t make it home this year.
Not even distance can stop OFWs from sharing the Christmas love to their families now. Thanks to the new Hanabishi e-commerce store, they can finally buy Hanabishi appliances, which make excellent holiday gifts, online. OFWs can never go wrong with purchasing Hanabishi Refrigerator HASREF 70S and Turbo Broiler HTB 130, which promise to make mommy’s Noche Buena preps easier this year. That way, even if OFWs can’t be physically present at the Noche Buena this year, at least they can still be there in spirit.MORE
OR us Christians, the story of Jesus is “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” As narrated in the New Testament, his life on earth was dedicated to the salvation of mankind.
During my childhood years, I loved best the Christmas story… of the God-child born in a manger… of the angels announcing the birth of the Savior to the shepherds… of the three kings guided by a star bringing gifts to the Holy Child… The entire narrative appealed to my young mind like a fairy tale.
Fast forward to my school years at St. Theresa’s College… The story of Jesus took on a more profound meaning and I found myself getting more and more fascinated by the gospel stories. However never did it enter my mind to go to these places mentioned in the Bible. I never thought I would get the chance to visit the different settings of the riveting and timeless tale of Jesus’ life on earth.
My first trip to Israel was in 2012 and that first visit awakened in me the desire to further explore the place Jesus called home. I promised to be back one day.
The opportunity came when Korean Airlines (through its super sales executive Ann Momongan) organized a trip to Tel Aviv (one of its new destinations) for its top travel agents. Cherry Lynn Callelero of Grand Holidays coordinated with Meteor Phils. Inc. (represented by Ligaya Tabirao and Mai Ibay Hasan) for an eight-day tour arranged by Israel’s Eternity Travel. We were a total of 4 pilgrims on the trip with Fr. Joseph Yntig of Mandaue’s Gethsemane Parish as accompanying chaplain.
Excitement was in the air as we set forth for our very first destination during the pilgrimage – Yardenit by the River Jordan for the reenactment of baptism where we dipped our feet in the river waters. So thrilling for us because we envisioned the baptism of Jesus by his cousin, John the Baptist in these very same waters. It brought to mind the dove (the Holy Spirit) descending on his head and the voice of God the Father heard saying, “Thou art my beloved Son, with thee I am pleased.”MORE
ROSITA Morrell, a 69-year-old resident of Monte Maria Village, Catalunan Grande in Davao City and a mother of four children, hasn’t seen home since she left in 2013 to work abroad.
Morrell is currently working as a caregiver at a home for the aged in Fresno, California.
At her age, Morrell already has nine grandchildren and one great-grandson.
It’s been a long time since she experienced the Christmas in the Philippines as well as celebrating the season beside her loved ones.
Morrell said Christmas in the Philippines is really different from where she is right now.
“I missed everyone, and I miss home,” She said.
Despite of her age, Morrell still managed to endure a heavy work since she is a vegetable lover and a health conscious person.
She loves organic food and her favorite meal is mixed vegetable soup or what they called in Davao “law-uy”.
Apart from her family, she misses the food in the Philippines, most probably the spinach and the morringga leaves where she used to pick up at her backyard in Davao.<a href=”http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/lifestyle/2016/12/19/staying-strong-christmas-away-home-515850″ target=”_blank”>MORE</a>
SUNSTAR website, at www.sunstar.com.ph, will once again broadcast live this year’s Simbang Gabi, a nine-day series of dawn masses in preparation for Christmas, from the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral in Cebu City.
Filipinos in the Philippines and those outside the country can watch the live streaming from December 16 to 24 at 4:30 a.m.
There will also be simultaneous live streaming of 4 a.m. masses in some churches in Cebu, including Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church of El Pardo, Cebu City (December 16 and 19); St. Joseph The Worker Parish Church in Tabunok, Talisay City (December 17 and 23); Our Lady of the Rule Parish Church in B.M. Dimataga St., Lapu-Lapu City (December 20, 21 and 22); Sta. Teresa de Avila Parish in Talisay City (December 18); and Don Bosco Formation Center in Talisay City (December 24). (MORE)
The giant Christmas tree in Baguio City was officially lighted on December 1, 2013. The lighting ceremony, held at Upper Session Road around n6 p.m., was led by Mayor Mauricio Domogan. (Photo contributed by Veronica Vergonia)