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CHRISTMAS is about giving. The custom of giving and receiving presents during Christmas is to remind us of the presents given to Jesus by the wise men: frankincense, gold and myrrh. Frankincense was a perfume used in Jewish worship and as a gift, it showed that people would worship Jesus.…

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FOR Filipinos, spending for their loved ones can’t be wrong, but there are new spending realities that are continually emerging these days, when holiday shopping is already in full swing. Traffic jam creates possibilities in capturing the attention of the buying public. It often garners brand loyalty but experts notice…

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It’s Christmas and everybody’s looking for ways to celebrate the most awaited season of all. Some are still busy shopping while others are already looking for places to celebrate the occasion. If you’re still thinking of how to give the best Christmas present, here are some suggestions: Megaworld Lifestyle Malls…

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(Continued from last week) As Halloween gets nearer, more events and treats become available. Here are more of The Sunday Times Magazine’s suggestions for a “spooky festival” around the metro. * * * @ Shangri-la Plaza Visit the Toy Frenzy with the Boo Crew happening until today at Level 1,…

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Traditionally, the eve of October 31 until November 2 in the Philippines have been about remembering dearly departed loved ones. In the past, Filipinos would spend the holiday going to the cemetery and praying with the family. But today, with the influence of the West, trick-or-treating has also become part…

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FOR 119 years, The Manila Times has been trusted by its faithful readers. The broadsheet daily has lived through many adversities, including national financial upheavals, natural disasters and the most trying was caused by the dictatorial and authoritarian Marcos government. Trusted since 1898, it firmly stands as it has been,…

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TAIWAN has approved visa-free status for Filipinos, according to Lin Song-huann, representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines. Lin made the announcement at the opening of the first Taiwan Expo at the SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia, on Friday. The decision was made…

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SEPTEMBER marks the beginning of the Philippine Christmas holiday season. The hundred-day countdown starts on September 16. Indeed, September signals Christmas shopping in almost all the malls in the country. While giving gift is a very good Filipino tradition, shopping for gifts and other holiday stuff can also damaged one’s…

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FOREIGN ministers from 27 member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have reached a landmark decision with China to adopt the framework of a code of conduct (COC) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) on August 6 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila. According…

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