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 …

Ati-Atihan fest pays tribute to Mindanao

KALIBO, Aklan- The 2018 Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Festival version pays tribute to Mindanao and its people, its organizers here said on Friday. Albert Menez, chairman of the Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Foundation Incorporated (KASAFI), said in a press conference that colorful flags similar to the colors of Mindanao are being installed in the major thoroughfares …

Philippines ranks 3rd happiest country in the world-Gallup International

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Filipinos are among the happiest people in the world. In a global survey conducted by Gallup International survey which involved 53,769 individuals from October to December 2017, Philippines ranked 3rd happiest country next to Fuji and Colombia. In its 41st annual Global End of the Year Survey involving 55 countries worldwide, …

Start 2018 with hope-CBCP

MANILA, Philippines  — The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on New Year’s Day urged the Filipino faithful to begin the present year with hope. CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles said the people should not lose hope, noting that there is hope as what is shown by the coming of Jesus Christ through His mother, …

Catholics attend “Simbang Gabi” despite typhoon Urduja

MANILA — Typhoon Urduja did not stop Catholic faithful in the Visayas Region and Southern Luzon from attending the first day of the nine-day Simbang Gabi on Saturday. Priests in the different Dioceses in the two regions, which were affected by the storm, relayed this good news. Rev. Fr. Jenious Mansalay, Social Action Director, Diocese …

Pray for the country during Simbang Gabi- CBCP

MANILA, Philippines  — An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) Public Affairs Committee urged the faithful to include the country in their prayers, as Catholics start the traditional nine-day Simbang Gabi today, December 16. “We remind the faithful to continue adhering to this beautiful tradition. We pray not only for our personal intentions …