Christmas 2018 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Christmas 2018


[OPINION] My first Christmas without dad

Jan 09, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Every time there was barbecue grilling in front of our house, I knew that my father would live on in my memories and that I would always be home for Christmas

VIRAL: Laguna teacher draws portraits of her 27 students as Christmas gifts

Jan 08, 2019 - 2:12 PM

'I wanted to give them something special. That way they will be inspired to study harder,' says Roselyn Barcoma of the the Holy Redeemer School of Cabuyao

#InspireCourage: Little acts of kindness captivate netizens in Christmas 2018

Dec 28, 2018 - 9:16 PM

Little acts of kindness go a long way this Christmas 2018

Pacquiao, Broner train on Christmas

Dec 26, 2018 - 8:34 PM

Even Christmas can't stop Manny Pacquiao and his opponent Adrien Broner from training for their big fight

DAILY GRIND. Manny Pacquiao spends Christmas by working out with his team and his family. Photo from Manny Pacquiao's Instagram

PNP identifies 6 persons of interest in Batocabe murder | Evening wRap

Dec 26, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Watch the evening wRap with Ralf Rivas

WATCH: What does Jose Mari Chan do after December 25?

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:41 PM

The unofficial voice of the Filipino Christmas season stars in a cheeky ad for Netflix Philippines

AFTER DEC 25. Jose Mari Chan stars in a new – and cheeky – Netflix Philippines ad. Screenshot from the Netflix Philippines Facebook page

‘Uncivilized, undisciplined’: Netizens bash littering visitors in Luneta

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:38 PM

There was a lot of trash talk when netizens found out about the garbage in Luneta on Christmas Day

Luneta photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LOOK: NBA stars spend Christmas with their families

Dec 26, 2018 - 5:15 PM

NBA stars like LeBron James and Steph Curry make time for their families despite playing big games on Christmas day

#JAMESGANG. LeBron James and his family wishes everyone happy holidays in matching cozy Christmas outfits. Photo from LeBron James' Instagram

On Christmas Eve, Trump questions child about belief in Santa

Dec 26, 2018 - 3:13 PM

'This further proves that he is the grinch,' says a critic of US President Donald Trump on Twitter

CHRISTMAS EVE. US President Donald Trump speaks on the telephone as he answers calls from people calling into the NORAD Santa tracker phone line in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on December 24, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Tropical Depression Usman brings rain to Visayas, Mindanao | Midday wRap

Dec 26, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Watch the midday wRap with Paterno Esmaquel

After trash litters Luneta, watchdog asks: Keep parks clean

Dec 26, 2018 - 1:40 PM

After visitors left their trash in Luneta Park on Christmas Day, Ecowaste Coalition reminds the public that littering is strongly discouraged

CLEAN-UP. A street cleaner gathers used plastic bottles, plastic bags, and trash left behind from visitors during their holiday celebration in Luneta Park. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Woman gives birth along Makati street on Christmas Day

Dec 25, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Police say 3 cops assisted the woman as she went into labor

Christmas morning fire kills 12-year-old boy in Cebu

Dec 25, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The blaze on Tuesday, December 25, also leaves hundreds of families homeless

Photo from Nagiel Bañacia, Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head

Warriors-Lakers contest banners NBA Christmas day games

Dec 25, 2018 - 3:08 PM

LeBron is set to join the ranks of Shaquille O'Neal and former teammate Dwyane Wade as he matches the second-most Christmas appearances in NBA history

SUPER-SHOWDOWN. NBA idols Steph Curry and LeBron James go head-to-head on Christmas day. Photos by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP (Curry) and Harry How/Getty Images/AFP (James)

Here’s how the stars celebrated Christmas 2018

Dec 25, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Local celebrities get in on the holiday cheer

HAPPY HOLIDAYS. Carlo Aquino joins Angelica Panganiban and her family for Christmas. Screenshot from

2 Christmases later, Marawi hostages wait in vain for Duterte's promises

Dec 25, 2018 - 11:28 AM

'Mahirap ang buhay. Wala nga kami maihanda kagabi,' says Merlinda Obedencio. Her two children are among dozens of surviving Christian hostages from Marawi siege who regularly meet to draw strength from each other.

REHABILITATION. The ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City's Most Affected Area finally pushes through on October 30, after several delays and rescheduling. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Crystal Brosas' Christmas wish isn't for herself – it's for her mom K

Dec 25, 2018 - 11:15 AM

The rising singer talks Christmas traditions and more

READ: Gospel for Christmas Day - December 25, 2018

Dec 25, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Christmas day 2018

Amid 'dark' bullying, Ateneo president says defend light of Christmas

Dec 24, 2018 - 11:10 PM

'If hate and pain seem to be enduring, these can never be greater than love,' says Ateneo president Fr Jose Ramon Villarin in his Christmas Eve homily

LIGHT IN THE DARKESS. Ateneo president Father Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ, calls for the end of 'darkness' from the viral bullying incident. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle urges youth to make 'toxic' world better

Dec 24, 2018 - 10:40 PM

'You don't deserve this world but you, young people, can make this world better, for the Savior was a child,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Christmas Eve

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle lays down the image of baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve mass at Manila Cathedral, December 24, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Christmas Eve Masses in Manila Cathedral and Ateneo

Dec 24, 2018 - 7:47 PM

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

SIMBANG GABI. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the first Simbang Gabi this year at the Manila Cathedral on December 16, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pilgrims gather at Jesus' traditional birthplace for Christmas

Dec 24, 2018 - 7:26 PM

Tourism officials and hotel operators report their strongest season in years

‘End contractualization’: Sumifru workers spend Christmas at protest camp

Dec 24, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Instead of spending Christmas with their families in Compostela Valley, they build a Christmas tree made out of scraps at their protest camp in Liwasang Bonifacio

Gov't execs on Christmas 2018: Find hope amid challenges

Dec 24, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says Filipinos can draw strength from Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as the country faces challenges, such as rising prices of goods

SANTA CLAUS. A man portraying Santa Claus gets a kiss during a Chistmas parade in SM City Masinag, Antipolo, days before Christmas. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle to youth: Sorry for bullying, lies by elders

Dec 24, 2018 - 3:22 PM

In his Christmas message, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says Jesus can transform 'eerie silent nights' into 'holy nights'

SIMBANG GABI. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle presides over the first Simbang Gabi this year at the Manila Cathedral on December 16, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lola Saturnina’s holiday reunion survival guide

Dec 24, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Bookmark, save, screenshot – we got you covered, bes

Stand up for the newborn Jesus!

Dec 24, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Stand up for life. Stand up for purity. Stand up for human dignity. We cannot find Christmas joy in timidity and cowardice. Stand up and choose the Lord!

Last-minute gift guide: Watsons, the bottomless pit of beauty goods

Dec 24, 2018 - 2:01 PM

An unapologetic Watsons 'tambay' breaks down what you should cop from the ubiquitous drug store

(SELF) GIFT PARADISE. All the beauty products you needed – and didn't know you needed, all in one roof. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Catriona Gray’s 'O Holy Night' cover will make your Christmas merry indeed

Dec 24, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Miss Universe 2018 has some serious singing chops

SINGER. Catriona Gray, pictured her at the Frontrow/Miss Universe press conference, lends her angelic voice to a cover of 'O Holy Night.' File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

After almost 2 years in jail, De Lima finally sees mother

Dec 24, 2018 - 1:14 PM

'We cried while hugging each other,' says Senato Leila de Lima after seeing her 86-year-old mother, who is suffering from dementia

File photo

IN PHOTOS: Duterte visits kids with cancer days before Christmas

Dec 24, 2018 - 12:17 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte visits a foundation for Mindanaoan children with cancer, listening to them by their bedsides and gamely posing for photos with the center's staff

Why Christmas is sentimental for Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International 2018 Aya Fernandez

Dec 24, 2018 - 10:00 AM

We catch up with the beauty queen to talk Christmas traditions and why family matters

Christmas for Mar Roxas and Korina Sanchez: The basics with a touch of extra

Dec 24, 2018 - 9:49 AM

For the couple whose schedules are often action-packed, Christmas is both meaningful and simple: a chance to spend time with the people who matter the most

TIS THE SEASON. For Korina Sanchez and Mar Roxas, Christmas is about the basics. All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Christmas in a sea of sadness

Dec 24, 2018 - 9:00 AM

We wish everyone clarity of thought to realize our contradictions, our duplicity, nay, our hypocrisy

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 24, 2018

Dec 24, 2018 - 4:00 AM

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

LOOK: NBA gifts fans with Christmas super-showdowns

Dec 23, 2018 - 7:05 PM

The NBA is lighting up Christmas with thrilling games for fans to enjoy

MERRY CHRISTMAS. NBA idols Steph Curry and LeBron James go head-to-head on Christmas day. Photos by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP (Curry) and Harry How/Getty Images/AFP (James)

On waiting: A Simbang Gabi homily

Dec 23, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Hindi ka iiwan sa ere ng Panginoon. Hindi paasa ang Panginoon.

WATCH: Simbang Gabi 2018

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:51 AM

Rappler brings you the 9 days of Simbang Gabi – live, on video – from different churches around the Philippines and around the world

SIMBANG GABI. Filipinos prepare for Christmas through 9 days of dawn or evening Masses called Simbang Gabi. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The superpower gift to stop

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The one thing that smartphones have taken away from us is the Stop Sign. This holiday season is the perfect time to press pause on social media and pay attention to our real lives.

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 23, 2018

Dec 23, 2018 - 4:00 AM

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

Last-minute gift guide: Convenience store Christmas shopping

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:00 PM

We trawled the shelves of Ministop, 7-Eleven, and FamilyMart to find the perfect clutch time stocking stuffers

STOCKING STUFFERS. Convenience stores are surprisingly great for doing Christmas shopping. Photos by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Last-minute gift guide: Asian variety store edition

Dec 22, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The gifting possibilities are always endless in every Miniso store

P1M worth of high-end ammunition smuggled into PH before Christmas

Dec 22, 2018 - 4:38 PM

In a balikbayan box, smugglers mix the high-end ammunition with 3 used shirts, 3 pieces of bottled water, and one bottle of hot sauce

SMUGGLED. The Bureau of Customs seizes P1 million in high-end ammunition days before Christmas. File photo from Shutterstock

Robinson's Galleria celebrates the holiday season with new stories

Dec 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Robinsons Galleria’s campaign about creating “new stories” naturally coincided with the mall’s recently developed look

LIST: Unlikely and underrated Christmas movies

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Looking for alternatives to your usual holiday viewing?

CHRISTMAS MOVIE. 'Iron Man 3' is one of the unlikelier choices for holiday viewing. Screenshot from

LIST: Fast and easy holiday treats for the frazzled party-goer

Dec 22, 2018 - 7:30 AM

These ready-for-pickup Christmas-themed goodies will liven up any party

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 22, 2018

Dec 22, 2018 - 4:00 AM

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

The Christmas toy guide for kids (and kids-at-heart)

Dec 21, 2018 - 8:29 PM

We take the guesswork out of your last-minute gift shopping

In Christmas message, Duterte calls for compassion, kindness

Dec 21, 2018 - 8:11 PM

'Let the ideas of compassion, kindness, and reconciliation guide as we embrace our countrymen in the spirit of shared humanity,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. President Rodrigo Duterte tells Filipinos to remember lessons from Jesus' birth during Christmas. Malacañang file photo

Millie Bobby Brown sends special Christmas greetings to Pinay fan

Dec 21, 2018 - 4:48 PM

The 'Stranger Things' star first met a 7-year-old Sophie at AsiaPOP Comicon in 2016

ELEVEN. Millie Bobby Brown surprises a Filipina fan with a Christmas greeting. Screenshot from