Despite the problems they faced this year, nearly nine out of 10 Filipinos or 88 percent will face the coming New Year with hope, according to a new survey by pollster Pulse Asia. In its survey conducted Nov. 14 to 20, Pulse Asia said this was the "predominant sentiment in every geographic area and socio-economic class," reports GMA News.
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Pope Francis may not be able to attend the Sinulog festivities when he visits the Philippines next month, but he will see the famous dance with which the faithful venerate the Holy Child Jesus. A renowned dance troupe in Cebu City has been tapped to perform the Sinulog during the Mass that Pope Francis will celebrate in Luneta on Jan. 18, reports Inquirer.net.
Trustee-elect Noelani Sallings will swear in as the first Filipino-American to be elected into office representing the cities of Santa Clara and Sunnyvale for the Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD), reports GMA News.
The Philippines' unemployment rate eased in October as more people found jobs in the service and farming sectors, reports ABS-CBN News. The unemployment rate dropped to 6 percent in October, representing an estimated 2.5 million jobless Filipinos, slightly down from 2.6 million a year earlier using data adjusted to exclude Leyte province.
First lady Michelle Obama on the 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., wore a stunning blush-pink Monique Lhuillier gown featuring a sheer panel overlay and iridescent beading, reports Eonline.com.
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said the Philippines “zero casualty” approach to managing Typhoon Hagupit and reducing casualties shows "that the Philippines government has done an excellent job of putting into action the lessons learned from Typhoon Haiyan, according to the UNISDR website.
Filipinos working abroad are being warned to be more vigilant in investing their hard-earned money because of several scams that are targeting the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) sector, reports ABS-CBN News. Some common investment scams include Ponzi and pyramiding schemes; fake multi-level marketing schemes; real estate scams; stocks or forex investment scams.