Christmas 2016 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Christmas 2016


Tips for smart spending this holiday season

Dec 28, 2016 - 11:07 AM

Hark The holiday season’s here Here’s the smart way you can approach spending during the holiday shopping pandemonium

IN PHOTOS: Kardashians, Jenners at Christmas party 2016

Dec 26, 2016 - 10:26 AM

See Kendall Jenner Kim Kardashian John Legend and more at Kris Jenner s annual Christmas party

CHRISTMAS EVE PARTY 2016. Kendall Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner, and Kylie Jenner attend Kris Jenner's Christmas bash. Screengrab from Instagram/kylizzlesnapchats

Duterte visits Midsayap blast survivors on Christmas Day

Dec 25, 2016 - 10:50 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte distributes financial aid to the survivors and promises that the government will shoulder their hospital expenses

After an explosion left several civilians wounded in Midsyap, North Cotabato on Christmas Eve, President Rodrigo Duterte spent part of his Christmas Day visiting some of the victims at Anecito T. Pesante Sr. Memorial Hospital. KIWI BULACLAC/ Presidential Photo

IN PHOTOS: Christmas 2016 for Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, and more

Dec 25, 2016 - 9:29 PM

UPDATED Here s what Mariah Carey Taylor Swift Kendall Jenner and many more did during the holiday season

5,700 stranded passengers bound for Matnog Port to be evacuated

Dec 25, 2016 - 8:55 PM

Many of the passengers have been in line for ferry trips since Friday December 23

LONG WAIT. Around 500 buses and trucks have been stuck in Matnog Port since Friday, December 23, due to ferry cancellations caused by Typhoon Nina. Photos by Jhay-r Timosa/ RACER/ Rappler

WATCH: Girl wishes to be next Aeta teacher from her village

Dec 25, 2016 - 8:00 PM

In early December MovePH went to Sitio Burog Elementary School in Bamban Tarlac as part of the ShareLove campaign This is where we met Ericka Cosme

SHARE LOVE. Students from Sitio Burog Elementary School in Tarlac receive slippers and books from MovePH. Photo by Vina Salazar/ Rappler

WATCH: Pope urges peace, comforts terror victims in Christmas message

Dec 25, 2016 - 6:41 PM

UPDATED The leader of the world s 1 2 billion Catholics says he hopes for peace to those who have lost a person dear to them as a result of brutal acts of terrorism

Queen Elizabeth hails unsung heroes in Christmas speech

Dec 25, 2016 - 5:09 PM

UPDATED The Queen mentions the Olympics and her 90th birthday but not Brexit

MONARCH. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sits at a desk in the Regency Room in Buckingham Palace in London, after recording her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth on December 25, 2016. Yul Mok/Pool/AFP

WATCH: Mariah Carey drops 3 never-before-seen Christmas videos

Dec 25, 2016 - 4:17 PM

Mariah Carey releases 3 never before seen videos for Joy To The World Silent Night and The Christmas Party is on Santa Claus Lane

MARIAH CAREY. Mariah releases 3 music videos just in time for Christmas 2016. Screengrab from

#ShareLove: Volunteer group feeds Manila's homeless on Christmas Eve

Dec 25, 2016 - 2:59 PM

The volunteer non profit Food for Empowerment in Emergencies and Disasters feeds 1 000 homeless in Manila and gives them relief packs for Christmas

SPIRIT OF GIVING. FEED and Bike Scouts volunteers prepare meals for the homeless of Manila. Photo by Arlit Janry Parlero/ Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Christmas 2016 for your favorite PH stars

Dec 25, 2016 - 1:16 PM

UPDATED Check out how Billy Crawford Coleen Garcia Maine Mendoza and more spent the holidays

Senators' Christmas wish for PH: Respect, peace, and healing

Dec 25, 2016 - 11:35 AM

Senator Leila de Lima also wishes that President Rodrigo Duterte be blessed with the gift of life and the grace of compassion

CHRISTMAS. Senators wish for peace and healing for the country this Christmas.

Pope Francis urges compassion for children at Christmas

Dec 25, 2016 - 9:03 AM

Let us allow the child in the manger to challenge us but let us also allow ourselves to be challenged by the children of today s world

CHRISTMAS. Pope Francis carries the statue of baby Jesus during a mass on Christmas eve, marking the birth of Jesus Christ. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

WATCH: Obamas send final Christmas message from White House

Dec 25, 2016 - 8:48 AM

The outgoing US President and First Lady highlight the common values that unite Americans of all faiths and backgrounds

LAST CHRISTMAS. US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama send their final Christmas message from the White House, highlighting the common values that unite Americans. Screen shot from White House Youtube

WATCH: Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Midnight Mass

Dec 25, 2016 - 12:39 AM

The Mass is livestreamed straight from St Peter s Basiica on midnight Vatican time 4 am Manila time

WATCH: Demi Lovato belts out powerful rendition of 'Silent Night'

Dec 25, 2016 - 12:06 AM

Demi sings her favorite holiday song for her fans

'SILENT NIGHT.' Demi Lovato belts out her rendition of the Christmas classic. Screengrab from YouTube/DemiLovatoVEVO

IN PHOTOS: Duterte visits young cancer patients on Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2016 - 11:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte shows his affectionate side as he spends time with patients at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does a fist bump with a cancer-stricken child during his visit at the Southern Philippines Medical Center's Children's Cancer and Blood Diseases Unit in Davao City on December 24,2016. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

Crowds gather in Bethlehem ahead of Christmas mass

Dec 24, 2016 - 11:02 PM

There is more optimism this year in Israel and the West Bank after a wave of violence and protests that erupted in October 2015 sharply reduced visits for Christmas

Palestinian security members stand guard as Christian scouts perform at the Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity during Christmas celebrations in the city of Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on December 24, 2016. Hazem Bader/AFP

MRT-3 installs 27 new elevators

Dec 23, 2016 - 12:46 PM

In anticipation of the Christmas rush MRT 3 is extending peak hour operations on Friday December 23

7 in 10 Filipinos expect a happy Christmas – SWS

Dec 23, 2016 - 9:00 AM

This year 73 of Filipinos expect a happy Yuletide season Also 75 say it is better to give than to receive this Christmas

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Senate bill eyes long holiday break from Dec 25 to Jan 1

Dec 23, 2016 - 8:29 AM

The bill aims to spur local tourism during the yearend holiday season

LONG BREAK. A Senate bill seeks to institutionalize the observance of a long holiday break from December 25 to January 1 to 'spur local tourism.' File photo

The most abundant holiday currency

Dec 23, 2016 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] The overwhelming currency of the holidays is not the goodies – it is wishes in particular for happiness

5 people who bring in the Pinoy Christmas spirit

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:35 PM

This year let’s give some love to the 5 people who make Christmas complete

SNEAK PEEK: Okada Manila, grand entertainment venue soon to open in Manila

Dec 22, 2016 - 4:54 PM

On the day they opened their doors for previews Okada Manila held a Christmas concert with Toni Gonzaga Luis Manzano Bamboo and more Check out their photos here

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Finding each other again after 10 years

Dec 22, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Beginning of an invaluable and lasting reunion for a family starts with a single piece of paper

Mila meets her brother Johnny 10 years after losing contact. ©ICRC/Liw Agbayani

Duterte to NPA: Come down, visit your families on Christmas

Dec 21, 2016 - 6:05 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte assures the communist rebels that they will not be arrested

AFP ANNIVERSARY. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the celebration of the Philippine military's 81st anniversary celebration. Rappler photo

PPA: Manila ports' yard utilization 'very healthy'

Dec 21, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Cargo utilization at the Manila International Container Terminal MICT and the Manila South Harbor MSH remain very healthy at 60

PORT OF MANILA. In this photo taken on August 20, 2014, trucks drive past rows of cargo containers at the Port of Manila. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 21, 2016

Dec 21, 2016 - 9:00 AM

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People mourn on December 20, 2016 at a makeshift memorial in front of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedaechtniskirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church) in Berlin, where a truck crashed the day before into a Christmas market. Odd Andersen/AFP

How do Pinoys bring in the Christmas spirit?

Dec 20, 2016 - 12:21 PM

In a recent Twitter conversation readers paid tribute to the bringers of Christmas who make the season special Here are some of our favorite responses

Robredo wishes for patience, good health for Duterte this Christmas

Dec 18, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Parati tayong nag wi wish na sana pangalagaan niya ang kanyang kalusugan kasi talagang anim na taon siya ang naatasan mamuno sa atin says the Vice President

HAPPY HOLIDAYS. Vice President Leni Robredo wishes for patience and good health for President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

[WATCH] Rappler Christmas Live Jam: A special show dedicated to OFWs

Dec 18, 2016 - 1:55 PM

Five musicians comprise our Christmas Live Jam lineup The show is especially dedicated to OFWs who will not be able to come home to their families this year

Minimize your holiday trash, eco group reminds Filipinos

Dec 18, 2016 - 10:13 AM

The zero waste advocacy group EcoWaste Coalition urges Filipinos to be more eco friendly revelers as the Christmas and New Year celebrations approach

POST-NEW YEAR TRASH. Street sweepers clean some of the garbage left following the New Year celebration in Luneta Park on January 1, 2016. Photo by George Moya/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 18, 2016

Dec 18, 2016 - 10:00 AM

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IN PHOTOS: UP Lantern Parade 2016

Dec 16, 2016 - 10:05 PM

Colorful vibrant floats take their turns around the University of the Philippines in the annual Lantern Parade Take a look at scenes from the day s events

WATCH: Mariah Carey, Adele, and more in special Christmas 'Carpool Karaoke'

Dec 16, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Carpool Karaoke favorites like Selena Gomez Lady Gaga Gwen Stefani and many more rock out to Mariah s All I Want for Christmas with James Corden

#ShareLove this holiday season, one good deed at a time

Dec 16, 2016 - 11:01 AM

Check out this list of organizations with charitable activities you can join this Christmas

No time to shop? 5 Christmas gifts to get online

Dec 11, 2016 - 10:32 PM

Looking to beat the Christmas rush? Here s where you can buy gifts from the comfort of your own home

LOOK: 'Magical Field of Lights' in Nuvali is the perfect Christmas treat

Dec 11, 2016 - 9:27 PM

Imagine a gigantic field totally aglow with 5 000 stunning lights It s a romantic dreamy festive show for everyone to enjoy

DREAMLIKE. The beautiful arching lights in the tunnel often make people stop to take photos.

BPI, BPI Family Savings Bank extend banking hours for holidays

Dec 08, 2016 - 12:52 PM

The extended banking hours BPI says is to ensure that clients have sufficient time to complete their transactions this busy holiday season

2016 Christmas schedules for LRT, MRT, PNR

Dec 05, 2016 - 1:30 PM

2nd UPDATE Here s a list of operating hours of public train systems in December

2016 Christmas mall hours in Metro Manila

Dec 03, 2016 - 10:56 PM

Here s a list of Metro Manila malls and their operating hours from December 1 2016 to January 1 2017

During Christmas, malls are often crowded with many Filipinos who spend their time shopping or bonding with family and friends. Photo courtesy of Discover Pototan Iloilo Facebook page

Christmas 2016: BGC aglow with new holiday lights show

Dec 03, 2016 - 8:39 PM

There s a new Christmas attraction at BGC which you can catch every day until December 26

Who are your 'bringers of Christmas?'

Dec 02, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Thanks to those who joined our conversation last December 5 Here s what you all had to say about the Pinoy Christmas season

'They will remember you 2016': A holiday science and tech gift guide

Dec 02, 2016 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] May you give and receive interesting gifts this season

A gigantic Christmas tree lights up beautiful Tagum City

Nov 19, 2016 - 10:04 PM

This gigantic tree is 172 5 feet tall – a record breaking height for Tagum City

Tagum’s Giant Holiday Tree may just the country’s tallest. Photo by Kelvin Palermo

WATCH: Jose Mari Chan surprises fans with Christmas show

Nov 17, 2016 - 11:21 PM

Jose Mari Chan and the UE Chorale sing a few Christmas songs at the Ayala Triangle Gardens

IN PHOTOS: The 2016 Ayala Triangle Christmas 'Festival of Lights' is here!

Nov 16, 2016 - 3:38 PM

Ayala Triangle s annual Festival of Lights opens once again for the Christmas season

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Look: Beautiful, glowing Christmas Village in Baguio City

Nov 12, 2016 - 1:11 PM

Experience a white Christmas at Baguio Country Club s Christmas Village where artificial snow rains down as you enjoy carolers songs twinkling lights and more

After weather drops to 13degrees tourist and residence in the city of baguio enjoy the artificial snows in the christmas village. Photo by mau victa

LOOK: This is the Santa Hat frappe, the new Starbucks Christmas 2016 drink

Oct 26, 2016 - 12:13 AM

Two kinds of whipped cream? Yes please Plus the toffee nut and peppermint mocha drinks are back

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler