Why many Filipinos celebrate Christmas from September 1 – Manila News

Sick of the silly season already? Spare a thought for the Filipino community. In the Philippines, tinsel adorns shopping centres and audiences are bombarded by Christmas carols on TV and radio starting on September 1. In the South-East Asian nation — one of the largest Catholic-majority countries on the planet — the “ber” months (September, October, November, December) are spent preparing for the commemoration of Jesus Christ’s birth. Manila shops are open after one of the world’s longest lockdowns.(AP: Aaron…

In London, Kulay Labitigan tells the story of home – Manila News

London’s gastronomic epicenter, Soho, recently welcomed a new Filipino restaurant in its fold: Kasa & Kin. It was conceptualized by the owners behind Romulo Cafe, and serves contemporary Filipino cuisine developed by a team that includes a Michelin-starred chef. But those are not the only reasons why Kasa & Kin is being talked about. There’s also the stunning mural that wraps the restaurant interior in kaleidoscopic patterns, harlequin imagery, and the exuberant plumage of an Ibong Adarna, brightening everyone’s meals. …