What is pasko without the parol?

First published in Tulay Monthly, Chinese-Filipino Digest 1, no. 7 (December 11, 1988): 9. There may be Christmas trees, artificial snow, twinkling lights and mistletoe, but Christmas in the Philippines is simply not complete without the star lantern. The use of lanterns is believed by some to have been introduced to our country by Chinese […]


Keep the holidays safe & happy

T he holiday season is a good time to get together with friends, family, colleagues. It is also a time for sharing with the less fortunate. Here are a few tips to keep the times merry, avoiding hazards that can spoil the season.  Kitchen safety. In many households, the kitchen is busier as food is prepared […]