Christmas 2017 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Christmas 2017


IN PHOTOS: Bikers spend Christmas with homeless Filipinos

Dec 26, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Every year, volunteer bikers from the Bike Scouts Philippines organize the 'Midnight Ride' to deliver gifts to homeless kids and their parents

FULL TEXT: Pope Francis' Christmas 2017 message

Dec 25, 2017 - 8:46 PM

On Christmas Day, Pope Francis prays for peace and urges the world to see Jesus in the faces of little children caught in the middle of war

Pope Francis (C) waves from the balcony of St Peter's basilica during the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" Christmas address and blessing given to the city of Rome and to the World, on December 25, 2017 at St Peter's square in Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / Andreas SOLARO

Pope Francis pleads for migrants at Christmas Mass

Dec 25, 2017 - 9:29 AM

In the Philippines, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urges Filipinos to remember people suffering from calamities, including typhoon victims

CHRISTMAS EVE. Pope Francis kisses a figurine of the Baby Jesus during a Christmas Eve Mass on December 24, 2017, at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Reasons to smile this season

Dec 25, 2017 - 9:04 AM

Thank you for a year when you chose to stay honest, decent, and true!

Remember typhoon victims on Christmas – Cardinal Tagle

Dec 24, 2017 - 10:35 PM

'Christmas will not be complete' if we forget 'our poor and suffering brothers and sisters all over the world,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle lays down the image of Baby Jesus in a “manger” at the start of the Christmas Mass at the Manila Cathedral. Photo by Angie de Silva

Fire hits residential area in Cebu on Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2017 - 9:45 PM

'Initial reports showed many houses were destroyed, although we have not received reports of casualties as of 9 pm,' says an employee of the Talisay City Fire Department

LOOK: 7 magical Christmas light and sound shows to catch until the new year

Dec 24, 2017 - 9:21 PM

Check out these dazzling displays of colorful lights dancing to holiday music

MAGICAL LIGHTS. There are several dazzling Christmas light and sound shows to catch this holiday season, and all are painstakingly made. Each minute of this 18-minute Magical Field of Lights show in Nuvali, Laguna, for example, takes four hours to program. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang unless otherwise specified

Pope Francis prays for Vinta's victims in Mindanao

Dec 24, 2017 - 8:35 PM

'I wish to assure my prayers for the population of Mindanao in the Philippines,' Pope Francis says on Christmas Eve

PRAYING FOR MINDANAO. Pope Francis in his remarks after the Angelus on December 24, 2017, assures Mindanao of his prayers after Typhoon Vinta (Tembin) killed at least 200 people and forced 70,000 others out of their homes. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Mindanaoans most optimistic about Christmas, until...

Dec 24, 2017 - 4:10 PM

The Social Weather Stations survey is conducted December 8-16, before floods, landslides, fire, and the extension of martial law happen

FLASH FLOODS. Flash floods and landslides kill at least 18 in the town of Sibuco in Zamboanga Del Norte. Photo from the AFP Western Mindanao Command

Davao City cancels Christmas, New Year feasts to condole with fire, flood victims

Dec 24, 2017 - 3:27 PM

'This is not the time for merrymaking,' says Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who has also asked the city council to declare Davao City under state of calamity

EMPLOYEES TRAPPED? Authorities are verifying reports that at least 10 employees of NCCC Mall of Davao are still inside as fire rages on Saturday, December 23, 2017. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

LISTEN: Jose Mari Chan's 'Christmas in our Hearts' in Filipino

Dec 24, 2017 - 1:54 PM

'Pinoy na Pinoy ang melody ng kanta kaya naisipan ko na mainam na lagyan ng letra sa Filipino,' sabi ng premyadong makatang si Michael Coroza

Lawmakers' Christmas wish? Justice for EJK victims

Dec 23, 2017 - 10:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Legislators also call for peace and unity among Filipinos

Rappler Gift Guide: Presents that artists will appreciate

Dec 22, 2017 - 10:55 PM

For the artsy person on your gift list

Rappler Gift Guide: Presents for your mom

Dec 22, 2017 - 9:10 PM

What to give your no. 1 woman

This holiday season, treat your balikbayans to an indulgent, festive experience

Dec 22, 2017 - 3:08 PM

Got loved ones flying in for Christmas and New Year’s Day? Indulge them through staycations, meals, and holiday hampers exclusively available at Solaire Resort and Casino

FOR SOPHISTICATED PALATES: Special Holiday Menus for Christmas Eve, Christmas Lunch, and New Year’s Eve are available at the following Solaire restaurants: Finestra, Yakumi, Red Lantern, and Waterside. Sets start at P2,200 / person

Duterte: Remember Marawi heroes, displaced residents this Christmas

Dec 22, 2017 - 12:00 AM

'Let us pause and remember our countrymen who have lost their lives fighting for the integrity of our country, and for those who lost their homes and loved ones in the recent war,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in his Christmas message

Rappler Gift Guide: Gifts for your godkids

Dec 21, 2017 - 3:34 PM

Fulfill your ninong/ninang duties with these cool stocking stuffers

Jailed senators' Christmas: Revilla home Dec. 24, De Lima allowed visitors Dec. 25

Dec 21, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Bong Revilla has asked for furlough from the anti-graft court hearing his plunder case, while Leila de Lima only asks her family to be allowed to visit on Christmas

LOOK: Art by kids with cancer featured in PH Christmas stamps

Dec 21, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Each block of 4 costs P12, while the souvenir sheet is available at P55 each. Get them while supply last at your local post offices.

Christmas 2017 bank schedules

Dec 20, 2017 - 9:00 PM

(4th UPDATE) Here are Philippine banks' operating hours for the holiday season

Rappler Gift Guide: Stocking stuffers for travelers

Dec 20, 2017 - 12:04 PM

Make sure you give their gifts to them before their next flight out!

Rappler Gift Guide: What to give your boss

Dec 19, 2017 - 4:47 PM

Show your boss some much-needed appreciation with these gifts

IN PHOTOS: 10 Christmas trees in Manila that will put you in a festive mood

Dec 16, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The holiday spirit is in the metro with these bright, beautiful Christmas trees

O, CHRISTMAS TREE. Christmas trees all over the city put people in a festive mood. Photos by Precious del Valle and courtesy of Sofitel Manila

Tagle leads Simbang Gabi, hits discrimination vs Muslims

Dec 16, 2017 - 10:06 AM

'Walang magandang nadudulot ang pagsisiraan na nauuwi sa pagkakahati-hati,' Cardinal Tagle says on the first Simbang Gabi this year

SIMBANG GABI. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers the homily on the first Simbang Gabi on December 16, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Haunted Forest': A different type of horror film

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The cast, including the director Ian Loreños share what to expect in the only horror film in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival

LIST: Simbang Gabi schedules across the Philippines for 2017

Dec 14, 2017 - 11:23 PM

For Christmas this year, Rappler compiles the Simbang Gabi schedules in key churches and chapels – including those in shopping malls – across the country

SIMBANG GABI. Baclaran Church is among hundreds of churches welcoming Catholics for the 9 days of Simbang Gabi this year. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mumuso Haul: 20 gifts under P200

Dec 14, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Fair warning: you may want to keep all of these things to yourself

IN PHOTOS: Christmas 2017 at Manila's hotels

Dec 13, 2017 - 2:48 PM

We're feeling festive just looking at these lights and trees!

Rappler Gift Guide: Gifts for guys that are anything but basic

Dec 13, 2017 - 1:28 PM

These are the perfect presents for any man – from the dude you're secretly crushing on to your favorite lolo

LISTEN: Your alternative Christmas playlist

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:04 PM

Sick of ‘Christmas in Our Hearts' and 'Last Christmas’? Listen to this alternative playlist to get that Christmas feeling back.

CHRISTMAS SONGS. These artists Christmas songs maybe something you want to listen to.

Rappler Gift Guide: Presents for the Tita in your life

Dec 11, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Whether it's your friends who've embraced the #titalife or your actual aunt, these gifts are sure to please her like a Mary Grace cheese roll.

Why Ballet Philippines' 'The Nutcracker' is a holiday must-watch

Dec 10, 2017 - 3:07 PM

The classic production is given a Filipino twist, choregraphed by Edna Vida and Alice Reyes

LOOK: Upside down Christmas trees are trending this 2017

Dec 09, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Nope, we aren't in an alternate dimension on 'Stranger Things'

Rappler Gift Guide: Gifts for the beauty addict in your life

Dec 08, 2017 - 6:39 PM

Makeup and skincare giftables

Disneyland HK has a special Christmas geared towards Pinoys

Dec 07, 2017 - 8:06 PM

Now, if we can only get Santa Goofy to sing 'Christmas in our Hearts' then that would truly be a Pinoy Christmas for the books.

Rappler Gift Guide: What to give your book lover friends this Christmas

Dec 07, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Aside from books, obviously

CAAP all set for holiday passenger rush in airports

Dec 03, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Director-General Jim Sydiongco tells employees not to ask or receive gifts from passengers

File photo by AFP

LOOK: UP unveils Oblation Christmas centerpiece 'Mulat'

Nov 25, 2017 - 6:48 PM

University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman lights the Oblation centerpiece called Mulat for this year's Christmas season

WATCHING OVER PEOPLE. According to artist Toym Imao, Mulat serves as 'an entity that watches over its people and serves as an oculus to critical thought.' Photo by Iona Mendoza/Rappler

Christmas 2017: These limited edition gifts are cute and sustainable

Nov 23, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Looking for stuffing stuffers? Here are some cool stuff you can get from Lush

Labor inspections suspended during Christmas season – DOLE

Nov 21, 2017 - 2:16 PM

This is to prevent labor inspectors from receiving bribes from business establishments, says the Department of Labor and Employment

SUSPENSION. DOLE Undersecretary Joel Maglungsod announces the suspension of labor inspection for the Christmas season. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

LOOK: The 2017 Festival of Lights at Ayala Triangle

Nov 15, 2017 - 9:00 PM

It's that time of the year again!

RAINBOW LIGHTS. A gloomy, rainy night is effectively brightened by the colorful dancing lights. Photo by Inoue Jaena

Beginner tips for Christmas shopping in Divisoria

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:02 PM

First time to shop in Divisoria? here's a quick guide for you!

Christmas 2017 mall schedules

Nov 06, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Here's a list of malls and their operating hours from December 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018

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

IN PHOTOS: Tim Hortons' Christmas menu 2017

Nov 05, 2017 - 9:21 PM

These yummy drinks will welcome you this Holiday season

A healthy habit for a happy Christmas

Oct 13, 2017 - 10:00 AM

There’s a simple way to prevent germs from spreading to your loved ones this holiday season

SM Supermalls launches Christmas countdown

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Special treats await shoppers during the hundred-day countdown. Check out the full list of promos, activities, and exhibits below