Christmas - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Christmas


Mariah Carey first to score #1 hit in 4 different decades

Jan 02, 2020 - 9:38 AM

'All I Want For Christmas Is You' makes it to number 1 after it topped the charts in late 2019

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 17, 2019 US singer Mariah Carey participates in the ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building in celebration of the 25th anniversary of "All I Want For Christmas Is You." - Carey has had a long list of hits over the years, but her classic holiday song has helped her make history as the first artist to top the Billboard charts in four separate decades. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the week dated January 4, 2020, based on sales, radio airplay and streaming data -- its third week atop the rankings. That means Carey has had a number one single in the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Here's how our favorite celebrities are spending the holidays

Dec 27, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Celebs take a break from their hectic scheds

LOOK: Ellen Adarna spends Christmas with family in Germany

Dec 27, 2019 - 11:55 AM

It's a Merry Christmas from Ellen's 'crazy' family to yours

Construction worker shot dead at home on Christmas

Dec 26, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Construction worker Rhyan Cuarteros is fatally shot in his home in Navotas City

21 suffer carbon monoxide poisoning at French Christmas mass

Dec 25, 2019 - 11:59 PM

The cause of the poisoning has not been determined but investigators are looking into a gas heater

Britain's Queen hails climate movement on Christmas Day

Dec 25, 2019 - 11:56 PM

Queen Elizabeth II uses her Christmas Day message to pay tribute to young environmental campaigners who were inspired to global action by Swedish teen Greta Thunberg

CLIMATE CHANGE. Queen Elizabeth II hails the climate movement on Christmas day. File photo by AFP

This is how Baguio residents respond to Christmas weekend ‘carmageddon’

Dec 25, 2019 - 11:25 PM

(UPDATED) One jeepney driver plying the Tomay-Baguio route decides to give free rides since starting Monday, December 23

Pope Francis decries 'extremist' attacks in Christmas message

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Pope Francis urges for 'comfort to those who are persecuted for their religious faith'

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. Pope Francis slams extremism on Christmas. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Police, protesters clash as Hong Kong celebrates Christmas

Dec 25, 2019 - 8:48 PM

Police use pepper spray and tear gas as activists held small flashmob protests in malls and multiple districts across the city

CHRISTMAS CLASHES. A protester reacts after police fire tear gas to disperse bystanders in a protest in Jordan district in Hong Kong, on early December 25, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

On 3rd Christmas in detention, De Lima wishes for restored 'normal life'

Dec 25, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says she is 'raring to work' as an opposition senator lawmaker and also spend more time with her family

DRUG CASE. Detained opposition senator Leila De Lima attends the hearing of her drug case inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) court on March 6, 2019. Photo courtesy of Office of Senator De Lima

LOOK: Christmas comes to distressed OFWs in Saudi Arabia

Dec 25, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Over 300 distressed overseas Filipino workers receive Christmas packages and financial assistance during the holiday season

AWAY FROM HOME. Over 300 distressed Overseas Filipino workers living in shelters receive assistance for Christmas. All photos from Malacañang

Typhoon Ursula: Sea trips resume after storm signal warnings lifted

Dec 25, 2019 - 1:44 PM

Over 23,000 were stranded after Typhoon Ursula hit the Visayas region on Christmas Eve

STRANDED PASSENGERS. Sea trips resume on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

For makeup artist Jake Galvez, Christmas is time with his mom, siblings

Dec 25, 2019 - 10:38 AM

The makeup artist to celebrities such as Kim Chiu, Kylie Verzosa, Andi Eigenmann, and Yassi Pressman say that he and siblings have created new traditions for the holiday celebration

READ: Gospel for Christmas Day - December 25, 2019

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Christmas day 2019

Shared on FB: Benguet praying grandpa finds lost ‘abuloy’ in time for Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2019 - 9:17 PM

'He came to our church for prayer,' Jayson Pascual Tulabis of Benguet shares on Facebook

CANDIDO BANIAGA, a collector of donation for the dead in Benguet, comes to a local church for prayer after he lost his collection on December 23, 2019. The money is returned to him the next day. Photo courtesy of Jayson Tulabis

Bethlehem welcomes pilgrims for Christmas celebrations

Dec 24, 2019 - 8:54 PM

This year, celebrations in Bethlehem are bolstered by the return of a wooden fragment believed to be from the manger of Jesus

Groups help victims of Typhoon Tisoy, Mindanao quakes for the holidays

Dec 24, 2019 - 8:20 PM

During this season of giving, several groups help provide shelter and other needs to affected communities of recent disasters as they slowly rebuild their lives

Duterte urges Filipinos to share blessings, open hearts this Christmas

Dec 24, 2019 - 7:59 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte urges Filipinos to 'emulate Christ’s empathy and kindness by opening our hearts and extending our hands to everyone, especially to those who are less fortunate'

FAST FACTS: LeBron, the NBA, and Christmas Day

Dec 24, 2019 - 7:25 PM

LeBron James can set a number of personal milestones as the Lakers host the Clippers on Christmas Day

ALL HAIL THE KING. Lakers superstar LeBron James will seize sole possession of second place in the list of most Christmas Day appearances, just behind Kobe Bryant. Photo from Twitter/@nbastats

Christmas surprise: PDEA seizes P800-M drugs from Chinese

Dec 24, 2019 - 6:10 PM

The Chinese, identified as Zhang Yun Quan, is arrested in a buy-bust operation outside a rented house in Barangay Sienna, Quezon City

BUSTED. Members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized an estimated 118 kilos of alleged shabu worth P802 million from Chinese national Zhang Yun Quan in a sting operation at a house in Quezon City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

On Christmas Eve, Robredo says truth, love will prevail over challenges

Dec 24, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the holiday season is an opportunity to show that the ties that bind Filipinos are stronger than their differences

Typhoon Ursula: Over 23,000 stranded on Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2019 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) Ursula (Phanfone) is now a typhoon and makes landfall in Eastern Samar past 4 pm Tuesday, December 24

STRANDED. Passengers get stuck at Port of Cebu due to suspension of sea travel. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

In Davao del Sur, earthquake victims to have noche buena in tents

Dec 24, 2019 - 5:10 PM

‘If we will celebrate, we will just open canned goods and cook rice.... But we are thankful to be alive’

COPING. Children play, trying to cope with their situation as evacuees. Photo by Allan Nawal/Rappler

LOOK: How local government units prepare for Typhoon Ursula

Dec 24, 2019 - 4:55 PM

On Christmas eve, local government units prepare for Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) by evacuating residents and preparing equipment ahead of its landfall

Ahead of Typhoon Ursula's landfall, the local government unit of Naval, Biliran deployed evacuation tents with some tents dedicated for senior citizens, PWDs, and pregnant women. Photos courtesy of @biliranisland on Twitter

Regine Velasquez treats loyal PLDT Home subscribers with a surprise Christmas carol

Dec 24, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Lucky subscribers got more than a Smart home upgrade this Holiday season

WATCH: Christmas Eve Masses in Manila Cathedral and Ateneo

Dec 24, 2019 - 3:29 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the Christmas Eve Mass at the Manila Cathedral, while Ateneo president Father Jose Ramon Villarin says Mass at the Church of the Gesù

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the first day of the traditional Simbang Gabi at the Manila Cathedral on December 16, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

1,525 returnees to spend Christmas in prison 3 months after GCTA controversy

Dec 24, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Only 827 out of the 2,352 returnees have been released after reprocessing, the Department of Justice confirms

Bayan Muna Representatives Carlos Zarate and Ferdinand Gaite, ACT Teachers Representative France Castro, and KAPATID spokesperson Fides Lim visited the prisoners inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on October 29, 2019. Photos by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

[OPINION] Celebrating the birth of a radical activist on Christmas

Dec 24, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'People should be reminded that Jesus, in choosing the side of the downtrodden, was a radical change maker who dreamt and worked for a better world'

Queen admits 'bumpy' year in Christmas message

Dec 24, 2019 - 10:14 AM

The queen has remained one of Britain's most popular figures despite the royal family's travails

POPULAR QUEEN. Queen Elizabeth II has remained one of Britain's most popular figures despite the royal family's travails. Photo by Toby Melville / POOL / AFP

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 24, 2019

Dec 24, 2019 - 5:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Simbang Gabi day 9

[OPINION] Christmas isn't necessarily merry for people with depression and anxiety

Dec 23, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The family unit – more so the Filipino family – is a complicated creature, and whether or not we want to admit it, not all issues can be wrapped in sparkly paper and topped with a festive bow.

How this Albay village keeps its Christmas tradition alive with ‘Bulilit Pastores’

Dec 23, 2019 - 5:15 PM

In Legazpi City, young children sing and dance to 'Pastores-A-Belen' before Christmas Day, continuing the age-old and unique Christmas tradition of Bicol to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ

BLOOMING. Bulilit Pastores, comprised of 12 young boys and girls performing a reenactment of the birth of Jesus Christ, showcases the colorful Christmas tradition of Bicol through a contest at the Penaranda Park on December 19. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

LIST: Metro Manila restaurants open for your Christmas Eve 2019 dinners

Dec 23, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Dining out with the fam for noche buena? No worries! Here are 7 restos in the metro for you.

Metro Manila number coding suspended December 23-January 2

Dec 23, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says there will be no number coding during the holidays, with the suspension of the scheme longer for provincial buses

Hundreds of passengers bound for the provinces for Christmas vacation troop at the Bus Terminal along Edsa in Quezon City on Monday, December 23, 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 23, 2019

Dec 23, 2019 - 5:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Simbang Gabi day 8

[OPINION] Red is the color of Christmas

Dec 22, 2019 - 7:00 PM

People may not realize it, but the first Christmas was revolutionary. Red, representing valor, was its color through and through.

[OPINION] This Christmas, put down your phones and truly reconnect

Dec 22, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Go, re-connect, and allow your selves to be found. Recover your sense of delight and then once again hear yourself praying, ‘O God, it feels great to be alive.’

NLEX beefs up operations for 2019 holiday season

Dec 22, 2019 - 1:19 PM

Additional collection points, emergency medical services, and towing services will be provided during the holiday rush

HEIGHTENED ALERT. Traffic operations personnel at NLEX and SCTEX will be on heightened alert to manage traffic during the holiday season. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Holiday ceasefire with CPP pushed after informal talks

Dec 22, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The proposed ceasefire from December 23 to January 7 will need the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Communist Party of the Philippines

QUIET HOLIDAY. The Philippine government and National Democratic Front of the Philippines agree to observe a holiday ceasefire. Photo from CPP's Joma Sison

[OPINION] Advent: Learning to wait with hope

Dec 22, 2019 - 10:48 AM

If we fail to observe the season of advent properly, our Christmas celebration will become an empty ritual, full of endless parties forgetting its significance

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 22, 2019

Dec 22, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Simbang Gabi day 7

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 21, 2019

Dec 21, 2019 - 6:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Simbang Gabi day 6

CCP to hold Misa de Aguinaldo 2019

Dec 20, 2019 - 4:29 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The CCP will hold the Misa de Aguinaldo on Tuesday, December 24, at the CCP Main Theater

Christmas Eve Mass CCP. Photo by CCP

For fashion designer Mikee Andrei, Christmas is about family

Dec 20, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The fashion designer shares how Christmas has changed for her through the years

IN PHOTOS: Divisoria and Dapitan Arcade, Metro Manila's joyful Christmas corners

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The holiday season is stressful all over Metro Manila, but there's Christmas cheer to be found, if you only know where to look

'TIS THE SEASON. Miniature Christmas trees light up the night at Tutuban Center in Manila. All photos by Martin San Diego/Rappler

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 20, 2019

Dec 20, 2019 - 7:11 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Simbang Gabi day 5

Cayetano gives P150,000 Christmas bonus to each House employee

Dec 19, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Some congressional employees are reportedly ‘disgruntled’ because, after tax, they are taking home only P112,000 each

LOOK: Emma Watson, Tom Felton, ’Harry Potter’ cast reunite for holiday photo

Dec 19, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Hogwarts students unite! (We're missing Harry and Ron, though)

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 19, 2019

Dec 19, 2019 - 5:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Simbang Gabi day 4

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 18, 2019

Dec 18, 2019 - 5:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Simbang Gabi day 3