Dinagyang holds 1st int’l cultural night in 50 years

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — For the first time ever, an international cultural night was held here as part of the Dinagyang Festival. Last Friday, January 27,  an international cultural presentation highlighted the Golden Anniversary s of the Dinagyang Festival. “We are very happy to bring to you this cultural extravaganza, where we bridge our racial …

Bulacan priest faces probe for dancing in church altar

MANILA, Philippines  — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Malolos is conducting an investigation on the priest caught on video dancing in front of the altar. Bishop Jose Francisco Oliveros expressed sadness over the incident. “We are already investigating the case. I have instructed our Vicar General to talk with Fr. Willy Lucas. I am sorry …

Sinulog 2018 draws 1.4-M crowd

CEBU CITY, Philippines  —  Over 1.4-million local and foreign tourists joined the Cebuano’s  in  this years Sinulog festival grand parade Sunday, January 2018. The grand parade highlighted Cebu’s  weeklong festival in honor of the Holy Child Santo Niño. Devotees carrying different sizes of  the Holy Child’s image danced and  chanted on the streets, many of …

Sto. Niño Shrine Hills marks 50th anniversary today

DAVAO CITY, Philipines —  Thousands of Catholic faithfuls and devotees of Sto. Niño are expected to visit the Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus  of Prague  at the Shine Hills Matina as it celebrates it’s golden anniversary today. Devotees from all over Mindanao region are expected to visit the place for have their images blessed, …

Kalinga attempts for largest gong group in Guinness

TABUK CITY, Philippines — The provincial government here will attempt for a Guinness world record for the most number of gongs gathered and being played at one time at the 2018 “Aweng chi Gangza”  ( The Call of a Thousand Gongs) Bodong Festival during the 23rd foundation of the province on February 14. Kalinga Governor Jocel Baac in …

80K devotees join Black Nazarene procession

MANILA, Philippines  — An estimated 80,000 devotees joined teh 2018  procession of the replicas of the Black Nazarene took place in Quiapo, Manila Sunday afternoon. Devotees gathered in front of the St. John the Baptist Church in Quiapo. Manila Police District spokesperson Supt. Erwin Margarejo estimated the crowd to reach 80,000. Margarejo said the procession route …

Tourists flock to Ilocos town’s ‘wishing tree’

 LAOAG CITY, Philippines — A century-old balete tree continues to attract local and foreign visitors as they put some money on its trunks and branches for good luck. Located along the national highway in sitio Dirique in the coastal village of Davila, Pasuquin town, about 27 kilometers from Laoag, hundreds of curious tourists drop by …