Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who remit earnings to their families back home are now exempt from paying the documentary stamp tax (DST), following the implementation of the amended law on migrant Filipinos. In a release posted on its website, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said OFW remittances will now be exempt upon showing of proof of entitlement by the recipient. The exemption came with the implementation of Republic Act 10022, a law amending RA [...]
“Simbang Gabi” a Filipino Christmas tradition, it is is a series of nine (9) dawn masses, the mass starts as early as 4:00 a.m. It begins on December 16 and ends on the midnight of the 24th of December, which is the midnight mass.This tradition was introduced by the Spanish friars to allow the farmers to hear mass before going to the fields early in the morning. Simbang Gabi is also known by its popular [...]
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“Masarap ang Pasko sa Pilipinas, parang puto bumbong…” Puto Bumbong is a type of puto or rice cake named after the bamboo tube in which it is steamed. It is unusual among puto, being sticky and having a long thin shape and purple color. The elongated shape results from the method of cooking while its color comes from the violet pirurutong rice it is made of. It is served with grated coconut and brown sugar. Along with bibingka, [...]
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Cultural Origins In the Filipino language, a Christmas lantern is called a parol. There’s no greater symbol of the Filipino Christmas spirit than the parol. All through the Christmas season, star-shaped lanterns can be found hanging outside homes and along the streets of cities and small provincial towns, farms and fishing villages. For Filipinos, making a parol, decorating one and lighting a parol is an expression of shared faith and hope. The earliest parols were traditionally [...]