Christmas 2015 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Christmas 2015


WATCH: 4 teenagers granted their loved ones’ wishes this Christmas

Dec 29, 2015 - 5:22 PM

A simple gesture can become a moment of a lifetime

WATCH: Ariana Grande's live performance of 'Zero to Hero' from Disney's 'Hercules'

Dec 29, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Ariana performs at the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

'ZERO TO HERO.' Ariana Grande performs a cover of the 'Hercules' song for the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Screengrab from YouTube/ArianaGrandeFan

Manananggal flash drives and 6 awesome Albay products

Dec 29, 2015 - 11:17 AM

Check out what you can find in Albay from mythical plush toys to terracotta lamps and more

WATCH: OFW in Canada gives food to homeless on Christmas

Dec 27, 2015 - 2:54 PM

I did that because that is what God told [us] to do It felt good after I helped them says the 18 year old Filipino who works as a cook in British Columbia

Screen grabs of the video posted by Paul Ivan Torio.

Boko Haram kills at least 14 in Christmas Day attack in Nigeria: vigilantes

Dec 27, 2015 - 7:12 AM

At least 14 people are killed and several others injured by Boko Haram gunmen in a Christmas Day attack on a village in northeastern Nigeria

RESCUED. Nigerians rescued from Boko Haram camps in Kashingeri and Wale communities in Borno State disembarking at a camp in Maiduguri, Nigeria, 30 July 2015. Photo by EPA

Christmas wildfire claims more than 100 homes in Australia

Dec 26, 2015 - 10:05 AM

An out of control bushfire flares in a scenic area of southern Australia on Christmas Day and destroys more than 100 houses

BUSHFIRE. A handout picture made available on 26 December 2015 shows a bushfire at Wye River near Lorne, south of Melbourne, Australia, 25 December 2015. Photo by Keith Pakenham / EPA

In Christmas message, Pope Francis speaks out on conflicts, migrants

Dec 25, 2015 - 9:23 PM

The Pope asks God to repay all those both individuals and states who generously work to provide assistance and welcome migrants

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. Pope Francis speaks to the faithful during the traditional Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world) Christmas Day message and blessing from the central balcony of St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City, December 25, 2015. Alessandro di Meo/EPA

IN PHOTOS: Christmas 2015 for your favorite PH stars

Dec 25, 2015 - 6:30 PM

Maine Mendoza Nikki Gil Jessy Mendiola Darren Espanto Kim Chiu and more celebrate Christmas with their loved ones

MERRY CHRISTMAS. Maine Medoza, John and Isabel Oli Prats, and Chito Miranda and Neri Naig spend Christmas traveling or with their loved ones. Screengrabs from Instagram/mainedcm/chitomirandajr/iamjohnprats

IN PHOTOS: Christmas 2015 for Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, David Beckham, and more

Dec 25, 2015 - 5:35 PM

Rebel Wilson Sarah Michelle Gellar Joe Jonas and more stars celebrate the holidays

HAPPY HOLIDAYS. Taylor Swift, Steve Harvey, Sofia Vergara, Emilia Clarke, and Alfie Allen celebrate the holidays with friends and family. Screengrabs from Instagram/taylorswift/sofiavergara/emilia_clarke, Twitter/IAmSteveHarvey

Can you help this girl with epilepsy?

Dec 25, 2015 - 4:21 PM

Fatima is the child in that picture She is 6 years old and she suffers from epilepsy

EPILEPSY. The author, through a friend, helps Fatima get a CT scan. Photo from Patrick Taylor

Pope urges return to simple values at Christmas

Dec 25, 2015 - 10:55 AM

Pope Francis ushers in Christmas by urging the faithful to reject the materialism that pervades the gift giving season and to embrace simple balanced values as violence subdues festivities in the Holy Land

HOLY NIGHT. Pope Francis kisses a figurine of baby Jesus during a mass on Christmas eve marking the birth of Jesus Christ on December 24, 2015 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican. Phoyo by Vincenzo Pinto / AFP

Santa tracked by Google, Microsoft

Dec 25, 2015 - 10:44 AM

The tech giants continue the holiday tradition of following Santa Claus and his sleigh

Attacks cast pall over Christmas in Paris, world

Dec 25, 2015 - 8:13 AM

It was a subdued Christmas Eve in Paris with tourist numbers down security bolstered at shops and churches and locals still on edge after last month s jihadist attacks

ON GUARD. A French soldier patrols next to the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris on December 24, 2015 as part of security measures set following the November 13 Paris terror attacks. Photo by AFP

Christmas 2015 playlist: Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and more

Dec 24, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Holiday covers and originals by Mariah Carey John Legend and many more to sing along to this Christmas

CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST 2015. Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry release original Christmas songs and covers this 2015. File photo of Ariana Grande by Mast Irham/EPA, Screengrabs from, YouTube/H&M

Christmas 2015: 'Welcome Jesus in the hungry'

Dec 24, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle stresses the need for mercy while Archbishop Socrates Villegas says Christmas is a mission

Beatles songs to stream on Spotify, other sites on Christmas Eve

Dec 23, 2015 - 11:50 PM

The Beatles albums like Sgt Pepper s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Revolver will be available for streaming just in time for Christmas

THE BEATLES. The band's songs will be available for streaming on Christmas Eve. Screengrab from Facebook/thebeatles

Brunei's sultan bans Christmas in hardline shift

Dec 23, 2015 - 6:45 PM

Most people are too scared to speak up about the ban and while some privately gripe about the rule they know there is little to be done

CONTRAST. This photo taken on December 22, 2015 shows The Dorchester hotel in central London which is owned by the Sultan of Brunei decked out with Christmas decorations, in contrast to Brunei where Christmas celebrations are banned. Ben Stanstall/AFP

LIST: LRT, MRT, PNR schedules for Christmas 2015

Dec 23, 2015 - 12:57 PM

UPDATED Be guided as most transportation services will be operating on limited hours during the holidays

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE. LRT, MRT, and PNR services will operate on shortened schedules during the holidays.

5 tips: What to wear to your office Christmas party

Dec 23, 2015 - 12:30 PM

Strike a balance between personal and professional before the party even starts

HOLIDAY OUTFITS. Keep in mind to dress for the occasion at your next office Christmas party. Screengrab from Instagram/hm

INFOGRAPHIC: Holiday health tips for your 30s and beyond

Dec 23, 2015 - 12:11 PM

Whether you’re in your 30s 40s or 50s staying healthy during the holidays helps to spread the cheer

Metro Manila mall hours for Christmas 2015

Dec 21, 2015 - 8:49 PM

Most Metro Manila malls will be open for service on December 24 and 25 Check their schedules here

The Philippines is known for having the longest Christmas celebration, which starts in September and ends in January. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

WATCH: Mariah Carey creates new Christmas song onstage

Dec 20, 2015 - 5:13 PM

Mariah Carey croons about Christmas in New York during a concert

CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK. Mariah Carey freestyles a new Christmas song on the last night of her Beacon Theatre residency. Screengrab from YouTube/PorkNewYork

WEBHITS: Christmas Ads 2015

Dec 19, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Tear jerkers or feel good Christmas ads? Take your pick

Apl de ap on new book, Christmas in PH, Black Eyed Peas comeback

Dec 18, 2015 - 6:00 PM

The Filipino American singer partners with the Department of Tourism for the campaign Visit the Philippines Again 2016

WATCH: Hozier covers 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen'

Dec 17, 2015 - 11:44 AM

The Take Me To Church singer performs his take on the Christmas classic

HOZIER. The singer performs 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' on BBC Radio 1. Screengrab from YouTube/BBCRadio1VEVO

These 7 places in PH shine bright and beautiful every Christmas

Dec 14, 2015 - 11:35 AM

Staying in the city or looking to travel this Christmas? Take a look at these magical destinations that shine bright during the holidays in the Philippines

CHRISTMAS IN PH. Where will you be this holiday season? Photo courtesy of Naga Smiles to the World Facebook page

The stories behind Jose Mari Chan's iconic Christmas songs

Dec 13, 2015 - 5:39 PM

When the Christmas season rolls around you ll most certainly hear Christmas In Our Hearts and Perfect Christmas playing everywhere Jose Mari Chan tells the story behind the making of the two iconic holiday hits

Jose Mari Chan and family for Rappler Christmas Live Jam on November 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Celine Dion performs 'O Holy Night'

Dec 12, 2015 - 8:10 AM

Celine also performs Happy Xmas War is Over with Michael

'O HOLY NIGHT.' Celine Dion sings 'O Holy Night' on Michael Buble's 'Christmas in Hollywood' special. Screengrab from YouTube/Up-Periscope

WATCH: Celine Dion and Michael Bublé perform Christmas duet

Dec 11, 2015 - 2:41 PM

The two sing John Lennon and Yoko Ono s Happy Xmas War is Over

'HAPPY XMAS.' Celine Dion and Michael Buble sing Yoko Ono and John Lennon's song during Michael's 'Christmas in Hollywood' special. Screengrab from YouTube/Up-Periscope

First look: Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Peanuts characters are next McDonalds Happy Meal toys

Dec 10, 2015 - 2:31 PM

Rappler exclusively reveals the newest Happy Meal toy lineup: the Peanuts characters including Snoopy and Charlie Brown Plus see how you can get these toys early and all in one go

Sustaina Claus has a Christmas message for you

Dec 09, 2015 - 6:05 PM

This Green Santa wants you to rethink the consumerist driven holiday season

'GREEN SANTA.' Sustaina Claus is in Paris for the UN climate change conference. Photo from Sustaina Claus Facebook account

IN PHOTOS: KC and Piolo, KimXi, KathNiel, Vice, and more at ABS-CBN Christmas show

Dec 09, 2015 - 12:01 PM

ABS CBN stars gather for their annual Christmas special – an epic cast reunion and a sweet evening for fans of the network s many popular love teams

Christmas 2015: 25 mouthwatering treats for Noche Buena, potluck, parties

Dec 06, 2015 - 7:43 PM

From artisanal pastries to savory dishes suited to big gatherings from healthy options to booze spiked sweets – these are great ideas for Noche Buena potluck dinners or gifts

 AHH, PAELLA. Just one of many potluck dinner ideas to pick up just in time for the holiday season. All photos by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Visit these 7 beautiful Christmas 2015 exhibits at PH malls, hotels

Dec 05, 2015 - 9:12 PM

A ferris wheel is transformed into a massive lantern; a mesmerizing hypnotic art installation; traditional elegant holiday decor at a beloved hotel and more

LOOK AT ME. Mesmerizing art installation by Leeroy New at SM Aura this holiday season. Photo courtesy of SM Aura

WATCH: Miley Cyrus performs 'Silent Night'

Dec 05, 2015 - 5:02 PM

Miley Cyrus surprises audiences on Netflix s A Very Murray Christmas special

MILEY CYRUS. Miley performs 'Silent Night' on Netflix's 'A Very Murray Christmas.' Screengrab from

QC Food Festival 2015 at Maginhawa Street: 7 things to expect

Dec 05, 2015 - 11:09 AM

This year s festival titled Maginhawang Pasko is bringing in food stalls musical guests and more to the famous Maginhawa Street

QC FOOD FESTIVAL. This year's Quezon City Food Festival is titled "Maginhawang Pasko." File photo by Manman deJeto/

Mind your gifts 2015

Dec 04, 2015 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] Here are some gifts I picked brought to you by this wondrous and sometimes hilarious twin endeavor called science and technology

IN PHOTOS: Beautiful Christmas lights at UP Diliman

Dec 03, 2015 - 4:46 PM

Aninag 2015 kicks off UP Diliman s Christmas festivities

University of the Philippines Diliman, in a photo taken November 25. Intricate Pampanga lanterns and installation by sculptor Toym Imao took center stage at Aninag 2015. All photos by Jansen Romero/Rappler

The power of a wish this Christmas

Dec 01, 2015 - 3:35 PM

What do you wish for this holiday season?

Where you can get a 'Peppermint Chocnut Latte' and 24 amazing PH holiday drinks

Dec 01, 2015 - 10:16 AM

This year you can try a Cranberry Bliss a Winter Dream Tea Latte a Hazelnut Jelly Float and many more

Photo courtesy of Seattle's Best Coffee

IN PHOTOS: 'Festival of Lights' show at Ayala Triangle Gardens back for 2015 holidays

Nov 09, 2015 - 9:43 PM

The annual festival kicks off with a beautiful display of lights and sounds

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

60 amazing planners, journals, and datebooks for 2016

Oct 25, 2015 - 7:59 PM

We re back with our compilation of tons of stunning planners to inspire you this 2016

Doodle planner, P595. Photo courtesy of FILED

Starbucks PH unveils new Christmas drinks, full holiday menu

Oct 24, 2015 - 8:52 PM

Meet the Christmas Panettone Latte

NEW CHRISTMAS DRINK. Starbucks releases the Christmas Panettone Latte this 2015. Photo courtesy of Starbucks Philippines

Up-close look: The 2016 Starbucks PH x Moleskine planners

Oct 24, 2015 - 3:32 PM

Check out the designs and prices of the Starbucks by Moleskine planners here

Christmas and New Year stray bullet incidents reach 61

Jan 04, 2015 - 3:04 PM

In the incidents reported between December 16 2014 and January 4 2015 43 were injured by stray bullets while one was killed the Philippine National Police says