Death at Christmas: A Guinarona Story

It’s now 44 years since Papa died on December 24, 1970 at 1 p.m. to be exact. And it was a traumatic and horrible Christmas for us. Guinarona then had just become a newly minted parish, and we organized a youth choir to assist in the series of dawn masses, culminating in the Midnight Christmas…

Linubihan as Christmas Treat

Linubihan is THE food for the gods.  It is a Leyte delicacy, so named because Lubi or coconut is one of its major components.  Can you commercialize Linubihan?  If you can put a price tag to your labor of love–to your soul–then go ahead. Guinarona, with its world-class irrigation system, is a major rice producer…

A Guinarona Christmas

Whereas Christmas in the U.S. officially starts on Thanksgiving Day (last Thursday of November), in the Philippines, you could already smell Christmas on September 1, and it lasts until Three Kings (January 6). In theory, Christmas Day is supposed to be the birthday of Jesus Christ, whereas it is just a celebration of when the…