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Photos: ‘Simbang Gabi’ marks start of Philippine Christmas celebration

Churches in the national capital Manila now celebrate the Masses in the evening to allow more people to participate in the novena

From ‘Misa de Gallo’ to ‘Simbang Gabi’

Today, the novena Mass, whether celebrated traditionally at dawn or in the early evening, is popularly known as “Simbang Gabi”

Photos: Philippines’ urban poor turn pre-Christmas event ‘political’

This year’s event turned “political” as the marchers trooped to the office of the country’s vice president to show support for her candidacy

Simbang Gabi, handog pasasalamat sa Panginoon, ayon kay Bishop Pabillo

“Ang ating buhay, panahon, pananampalataya, kapaligiran, mga talento ... ang lahat pong ito ay galing sa Kanya.”

Philippines’ urban poor dwellers reenact Holy Family’s search for lodging

In the Gospel story, the star supposedly inspired the wise men, or the three kings, to travel to Jerusalem in search of the Child Jesus

‘Keep Christ in Christmas, not Rudolf the red nose reindeer’

Christmas in the Philippines is one long, colorful holiday that starts as early as September

Caritas Philippines, green activists warn against ‘holitrash’

Parishes are encouraged to hold “simple” Christmas celebrations to avoid producing a lot of trash

Avoid ‘fake Christmas’ of commercialism — Pope Francis

“Let’s not live a fake Christmas, please, a commercial Christmas,” the pope said

Better watch out, better not bite: Thai Santa divers feed sharks

Children stared in awe as yellow-and-black damselfish swirled around Santa, who appeared suspended in mid-air like an angel

No singing of Carols, no decors, no parties this Christmas in...

"Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep," said Bishop Lucius Hre Kung of Hakha

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