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Pandemic or not, here comes Christmas



REMINDERS to observe safety protocols against the spread of Covid-19 compete with the lights of Davao City’s capitol building. President’s daughter and Mayor Sara Duterte banned all Christmas activities, except for the yearly gift-giving to vulnerable sectors and dawn Masses.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

BAGUIO will do away with the traditional fireworks display to celebrate Christmas and welcome the New Year. Instead, a light show from some 5,000 drones that will emit different colors, shapes and formations will be seen in most parts of the city on 25 and 31 December. (Inset) From the roof deck of SM City Legazpi and with majestic Mayon Volcano in the background, there are no traces of the recent calamities that hit the Bicol Region.

But is it, really, when family gatherings are banned and even the traditional mano is discouraged?
At this time of the coronavirus pandemic and with the vaccine still uncertain, the most important thing is to stay Covid-free. Of course, it helps that you’re not among the 3.8 million unemployed Filipinos, as of the Labor department’s October data.

Venezuelan migrant boys look at a man dressed as Santa Claus in Bogota on December 15, 2020. (Photo by Juan BARRETO / AFP)

Family, loved ones and friends will always be around. Maybe next year, things will be back to normal. And it will again be the happiest, most wonderful time of the year.


A diver dressed as Santa Claus waves surrounded by fishes at the Creta Aquarium in the city of Heraklion on the Greek southern island of Crete on December 15, 2020. (Photo by Jason Tavlas / AFP)

A man walks past light sculptures of polar bears set up for the upcoming New Year and Christmas holidays in Moscow on December 16, 2020. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

MYEONGDONG shopping district in Seoul, South Korea joins the holiday vibe.