Filipinos will continue to celebrate the holiday season with merrymaking, Christmas carols (maybe sans the actual singing), exchanging of gifts, virtual get-togethers with family and friends and, of course, enjoy Noche Buena and Media Noche with a delectable holiday spread.
Virulent virus. Typhoons. Unemployment. Sorry to start this with such negativity, but I just want it out of the way so I can tell you the good news: Christmas is still coming.
The lights dimmed and subsequently went out for the live entertainment scene as the global pandemic mercilessly hit not just public health but also the economy. The concert scene in the Philippines was evidently not spared from the impact of it all. Live events organizer PULP Live World’s Happee Sy-Go speaks out her thoughts to NewsFeed360 about the proverbial elephant in the room.
As the year comes to a close, a young man reflects and finds reasons why Christmas is still worth celebrating despite the pandemic and the disasters that have upended the lives of people.
Department of Finance Assistant Secretary Antonio Lambino is, without a doubt, destined for service. A nephew of two Jesuit priests, the former Smokey Mountain singer can scarcely remember a life experience that didn’t involve or revolve around being of service to others in some way. Throughout his life and career, he repeatedly found himself in positions where, as he puts it, “the world could make most use of me,” and for these he is forever grateful.
Now more than ever, the importance of home design surfaces as we collectively isolate and shelter in place to deal with a global pandemic. For Jar and Kay Concengco, it was a blessing that when they painstakingly worked on and built their dream home, it turned out to be a perfect sanctuary for the interesting times we now live in.
This year’s Christmas looks different as most households continue to shelter at home from the pandemic and set up holiday parties virtually for an added layer of caution without missing the festivities.
Despite the pandemic, the Philippines is back in business as the economy gradually reopens with health interventions set in place.
PR and communications firm WSP Inc. Chairman and President Diana V. Lesaca ponders on the impact of COVID-19 not just on the professional aspect but also on a personal level.
When God’s hand moves, there is no escaping the inevitable – something that ABS-CBN broadcast journalist Willard Cheng found out for himself.