Christmas 2014 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Christmas 2014


DA: Enough pork, chicken supply even after holidays

Dec 28, 2014 - 10:17 AM

The Department of Agriculture urges the public to remind traders that the country has an abundant supply of both kinds of meat

Femen activist who grabbed Vatican Nativity Jesus released

Dec 27, 2014 - 9:04 PM

The judicial authorities in the papal micro state opt instead to ban her from the Vatican and Church properties elsewhere

‘GOD IS WOMAN.’ A Femen activist is arrested by Vatican police as she stages a protest inside the Vatican crib in St.Peter's square on December 25, 2014. at the Vatican. Photo by Vinzenzo Livieri / AFP

Firecracker-related injuries down so far, but DOH still on alert

Dec 27, 2014 - 5:15 PM

The DOH reports a decrease in fireworks related injuries over Christmas but says any injury is still unacceptable

CAMPAIGN. The Department of Health asks for Filipinos to participate in the campaign against firecrackers. Screen Grab from DOH video / Youtube

Listen to Christopher Lee's heavy metal Christmas single

Dec 26, 2014 - 10:15 PM

The song ‘Darkest Carols Faithful Sing ’ is his 3rd Christmas single

Pope Christmas message, PH communists, Jordan pilot | The wRap

Dec 26, 2014 - 6:51 PM

Pope Francis says: “so many tears this Christmas Communists resume talks with the Philippine government Jordan vows to save its pilot held captive by ISIS

NBA wRap: Wade, Heat win in LeBron's return to Miami

Dec 26, 2014 - 3:29 PM

There s no love lost between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as the two hug it out before the Heat take down the Cavs

REUNION. Former teammates LeBron James (L) and Dwyane Wade (R) were all smiles at the sidelines as LeBron returned to Miami for the Heat vs Cavs Christmas showdown. Photo from the NBA on ESPN Facebook page

Lawmaker lists good, bad firecrackers for New Year

Dec 26, 2014 - 1:05 PM

A fourth of the 1 018 firework related injuries in New Year 2014 involved children playing with the banned Piccolo

NEW YEAR CELEBRATONS: File photo of local fireworks manufacturers

MMFF 2014: The full movie lineup

Dec 26, 2014 - 10:39 AM

The latest from Kris Aquino a Derek Ramsay rom com yet another Shake Rattle Roll a big budget historical epic and more

PHOTOS: Christmas in stunning Paris, the City of Light

Dec 25, 2014 - 9:56 PM

Beautiful Christmas markets streets aglow with holiday decorations the romance and whimsy of the City of Light

AT THE EIFFEL. Visitors skate on an ice skating rink installed by the Eiffel tower in Paris, France, December 2014. Photo by Yoan Valat/EPA

Pope Francis: 'So many tears this Christmas'

Dec 25, 2014 - 8:19 PM

UPDATED In his annual Christmas urbi et orbi message Pope Francis calls for an end to brutal religious persecution killings and hostage takings as well as violence against children

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. Pope Francis gives his traditional Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" blessing from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2014 at the Vatican. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

PNoy spends Christmas with family

Dec 25, 2014 - 7:29 PM

President Aquino and his family watch a Metro Manila Film Festival movie that stars sister Kris Aquino s son Bimby

CHRISTMAS FAMILY PHOTO. President Benigno Aquino III sits alongside his sisters and extended family for a photo on Christmas eve, December 24. From Kris Aquino's Instagram account

IN PHOTOS: Christmas 2014 for Taylor, Beyonce, Madonna, and more

Dec 25, 2014 - 7:04 PM

Madonna Britney Spears Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga celebrate the holidays

For Iraqi Christian family, a grim Christmas far from home

Dec 25, 2014 - 6:09 PM

ISIS has no compunction about killing both Sunni and Shiite Muslims but it has specifically targeted members of minorities in areas it controls in some cases giving Christians the choice of converting paying a tax fleeing or death

Iraqi Christians arrive to attend a Christmas mass at a Chaldean Catholic church in the mainly Shiite neighbourhood of al-Mashtal, east of the capital Baghdad on December 25, 2014. In Baghdad, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako said about 150,000 Christians had been displaced by an offensive spearheaded by the Islamic State group, which has targeted Christians and other minorities, with dozens leaving Iraq each day. AFP PHOTO / ALI AL-SAADI

Homeless guides show tourists a 'hidden' Barcelona

Dec 25, 2014 - 4:55 PM

Barcelona is one of Spain s wealthiest cities but has also been hit hard by the recent years of recession Its homeless population accounts for a tenth of all the homeless in Spain

Ramon Holgado (C) conducts a tour for Barcelona Hidden City Tours, a startup company who offers homeless people a job as tour guides in Barcelona on December 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ QUIQUE GARCIA

IN PHOTOS: Christmas 2014 for your favorite PH stars

Dec 25, 2014 - 3:36 PM

Jamich Kris Charice Anne Toni Luis Matteo and more celebrate Christmas with friends and family

Queen Elizabeth: Fixing division in Scotland 'will take time'

Dec 25, 2014 - 3:35 PM

UPDATED In a speech dedicated to the theme of reconciliation the queen also celebrates progress towards peace in Northern Ireland

ANNUAL TRADITION. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is pictured after recording her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth, in the State Dining Room at Buckingham Palace in central London, on December 10, 2014. John Stillwell/Pool/AFP

Troops celebrate Christmas while hunting Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Dec 25, 2014 - 1:54 PM

There s no holiday for troops involved in law enforcement operations in Sulu where the military is leading the hunt for Abu Sayyaf members still holding at least 7 hostages

Filipinos in Paris celebrate Pinoy-style Christmas

Dec 25, 2014 - 1:30 PM

You can take the Filipino away from the Philippines but you can’t take the Philippines away from the Filipino – even in a city like Paris

When OFWs come home

Dec 25, 2014 - 11:48 AM

The OFW will say he or she wants nothing because they can always buy it abroad The truth is that they d spend their last money on something that would make someone else smile

Merry Christmas from the NBA!

Dec 25, 2014 - 11:37 AM

The Association releases a set of videos for hoops fans everywhere to enjoy during Christmas day

Cloudy, rainy Christmas day for the Philippines

Dec 25, 2014 - 7:44 AM

The diffused tail end of a cold front affects Eastern Visayas while the northeast monsoon continues to affect Northern and Central Luzon

Satellite image courtesy of PAGASA

Sierra Leone declares 5-day Ebola lockdown in north

Dec 25, 2014 - 7:23 AM

The Sierra Leone government declares a lockdown in the country s northern region making an exception for Christmas Day

Health workers walk on November 13, 2014, on Kerry Town treatment centre, on the outskirts of Freetown, one of several instalations built by the British government in Sierra Leone on a effort to fight the outbreak of Ebola. AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG

OFW in Hong Kong: A mother's Christmas story

Dec 25, 2014 - 7:14 AM

OFW Miriam Carpio surprises her family this Christmas

Pope Francis urges 'tenderness' on Christmas

Dec 25, 2014 - 7:13 AM

UPDATED Do we have the courage to welcome with tenderness the difficulties and problems of those who are near to us? asks the leader of the world s 1 2 billion Roman Catholics on Christmas Eve

‘GOODNESS, MEEKNESS.’ Pope Francis kneels as he leads a Christmas Eve mass at St Peter's Basilica to mark the nativity of Jesus Christ, on December 24, 2014 at the Vatican. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Dash for cash as $2 million spills onto Hong Kong highway

Dec 24, 2014 - 10:45 PM

Traffic ground to a halt on Gloucester Road in central Hong Kong as taxi drivers rush out of their cars to make a grab for the hundreds of banknotes scattered over the busy multi lane highway

File photo of Hong Kong island (F) and across Victoria Harbor on the Kowloon Peninsula from Victoria's Peak. Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong protesters mark Christmas Eve with democracy march

Dec 24, 2014 - 9:24 PM

Protesters holding metres long banners that read We want true universal suffrage walked to the city s government headquarters to signal that the democracy movement was far from over

Protesters carry a long banner and yellow umbrellas - the recent symbol of Hong Kong's democracy movement - during a march to mark Christmas Eve on December 24, 2014. The city's democracy campaigners took to the streets in the first large rally after pro-democracy protest camps, which occupied major streets for over two months, were swept away. AFP PHOTO/ AARON TAM

Christmas pilgrims gather in Bethlehem after hard year

Dec 24, 2014 - 8:30 PM

The not so little West Bank town is bustling with activity ahead of the biggest night of the year which will culminate in midnight mass at the Nativity Church built over the spot where Mary gave birth to Jesus

Nigerian pilgrims pray as part of Christmas celebrations inside the Grotto at the Church of the Nativity, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, on December 24, 2014 in the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem. This year, Israel granted around 500 permits to Palestinian Christians, allowing them to travel from Gaza to the West Bank so they can visit Bethlehem's Nativity church and attend the traditional midnight mass. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

IN PHOTOS: Visiting Baguio's 'Forevermore' locations

Dec 24, 2014 - 4:53 PM

Come up to Sitio La Presa and take in the gorgeous view

Binay on Christmas: Give 'genuine service'

Dec 24, 2014 - 1:53 PM

The Vice President also says of elderly prisoners: My hope is for them to spend their twilight years with their family and loved ones especially during Christmas

Losing sight of things more important on Christmas

Dec 24, 2014 - 1:00 PM

I want to be able to do what really matters this Christmas: Be able to reflect on what the reason for the season really is

For the elderly, the best gift we can give is time

Dec 24, 2014 - 10:00 AM

What can we give the elderly this Christmas if not our compassionate time and care?

After tough year, Iraqis flock to Baghdad market for holiday cheer

Dec 23, 2014 - 9:34 PM

In the narrow market Iraqis peruse Christmas and New Year s decorations ranging from wreaths and ornaments to red and white Santa Claus outfits and figurines

Iraqis shop for Christmas and New Year decorations and gifts at central Baghdad's Shorja market on December 20, 2014 in the lead up to the Christian religious festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. AFP PHOTO / SABAH ARAR

'Bibingka, hamon, tsokolate': Enjoy Filipino food this Christmas!

Dec 23, 2014 - 7:11 PM

Continue celebrating Christmas the Pinoy way even if you re abroad with these classic Filipino Christmas recipes

HOLIDAY HAM. Noche Buenas would not be complete without hamonado.

One Direction, Mariah, Ariana: The ultimate Christmas 2014 playlist

Dec 23, 2014 - 4:04 PM

Holiday tunes from the likes of Sam Smith Idina Menzel and Michael Buble – plus a blast from the past in the form of our favorite holiday throwbacks

With New York shows, Mariah Carey thrives on Christmas

Dec 23, 2014 - 2:07 PM

I ve been talking about doing this Christmas show for a long time now but this is the right time says Mariah before her audience at the Beacon Theatre

A Filipino Christmas in Paris

Dec 23, 2014 - 1:37 PM

What s a Filipino Christmas like in Paris?

5 Pinoy holiday traditions that we take for granted

Dec 23, 2014 - 9:22 AM

A “White Christmas” has nothing on a warm and festive noche buena back home

Christmas mall hours

Dec 23, 2014 - 9:04 AM

For last minute shoppers here s a schedule of mall operating hours on Christmas Eve and the day after

Huge crowds of shoppers rush to do their Christmas shopping at Carriedo Street, Quiapo in Manila on December 21, 2009. About 90% of the Philippines population is Christian and the country has earned the distinction of celebrating the longest and merriest Christmas in the world. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

Christmas party idea: The holiday cookie swap

Dec 22, 2014 - 4:19 PM

Here s a fun way to share food and make new happy memories during the holiday season

4 leadership lessons you can learn from Santa

Dec 22, 2014 - 3:44 PM

Think of Santa Claus as the CEO of North Pole who has consistently met his key performance indicators because of his effective leadership skills

Tagle to parishes: Host 'noche buena' for the poor

Dec 22, 2014 - 3:35 PM

The cardinal s call comes as the Philippines prepares for the visit of the pro poor Pope Francis in January 2015

'INSPIRE THE POPE.' Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle holds a media conference on December 2, 2014, about the papal visit in January 2015. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Don't be a P.I.G. this Christmas

Dec 22, 2014 - 3:00 PM

Words can be hurtful anytime of the year So don t be a P I G unless you want karma to slap you in the face

IN PHOTOS: At Christmas, this PH city glows bright with stunning lights

Dec 22, 2014 - 2:46 PM

The beautiful Christmas display in Tangub City the Christmas Symbols Capital of the Philippines is a holiday tradition inspired by one lonely Christmas 22 years ago

Polite replies to 'Ang taba mo!' & other Christmas party remarks

Dec 22, 2014 - 1:39 PM

Here are some effective responses to common inappropriate remarks that won t get you into a fight in your next holiday party

Calls on Christmas Eve

Dec 22, 2014 - 11:41 AM

It’s always much quieter on the other end of the line

A filmmaker's Christmas wish

Dec 21, 2014 - 4:00 PM

It shouldn’t be just an emotion of compassion That compassion has to be propelled into action we need to act

[Executive Edge] 7 ways to make kids money-savvy this Christmas and beyond

Dec 21, 2014 - 10:39 AM

Personal finance experts share valuable lessons to teach children to use money responsibly holidays or not

No price hike can dampen Noche Buena spending

Dec 20, 2014 - 3:35 PM

Prices of Noche Buena favorites keep soaring through the years But there is no stopping Filipinos from spending

#Homemagic: 16 stress-busting tips for holiday travel

Dec 20, 2014 - 1:30 PM

Trips are for creating wonderful new memories They can be even better if the family also feels “at home” wherever you go

IN PHOTOS: Christmas at 6 airports around the world

Dec 20, 2014 - 12:53 PM

A giant Swarovski Christmas tree stress busting animals an interactive show that makes it snow – just a few of the holiday activities in the airports around the world