Religion: More Fun In The Philippines?


Panoramic view of the Black Nazarene. Photo courtesy of Azrael Colladilla.

This week’s edition of Balitang Pinoy brings you Pinoy success stories, the rebirth of a much-criticized ad campaign, and one unique measure to remember the feast of the Black Nazarene.

January 9 in the Philippines is the day of the Black Nazarene. For the rather curious, the celebration of Black Nazarene epitomizes our devotion to our faith, and is the source of strength for many Filipinos, no matter where they may be. This event is just one of the many events that make living in the Philippines an inherently memorable experience. Let’s look at more moments in (very) recent history that make Filipinos proud of the country they call home:

P-Noy looks to thwart an alleged local terrorist threat targeting the Black Nazarene festivites with the help of local telcos.

Sweeter the second time around; The Department of Tourism relaunches its tourism campaign under the new slogan “It’s More Fun In The Philippines”. The campaign has its critics, but netizens are blowing up the internet with all sorts of creative spinoffs on the campaign.

The Filipino worker is world class. Take it from the 2011 Bagong Bayani Awardee for Outstanding Employee, Marco Torres.

The Inquirer is starting a special feature on the notable men and women in the Philippine real estate scene. This week, get to know the driving force behind Rockwell Land.

The Philippines’ second largest developer is looking to start 2012 with a bang by launching 11 of its new projects in the first 6 months to its ever-growing portfolio of residential properties (40 and counting!).

Borrowers rejoice! Market liquidity and tight competition among lenders have made the cost of borrowing funds relatively lower in recent years. Better borrow now, before the government launches its newest spending initiative which will drive loan demand up.

Does the newest head of the Universal Motors Corporation (The Philippines’ largest distributor of Nissan light commercial vehicles) have what it takes to re-establish Nissan as one of the top auto brands in the country? Find out the challenges he faces, and what he values for Philippine car buyers.

Freedom of speech? Stiff competition amongst Philippine telcos and alternative communication channels such as Blackberry Messenger and Skype are driving down the costs Filipinos pay to interact with each other. As this trend continues, expect Pinoys abroad to communicate more frequently with their families here in the Philippines. In this game, the consumers are the winner.

In the spirit of goodwill towards fellow men, collegiate basketball stars have banded together for a game to support the victims of Typhoon “Sendong”.

The spotlight turns to Manila Bay in the shooting of the upcoming Hollywood movie, “Bourne Legacy”. Will the Bourne franchise’s new star Jeremy Renner enjoy the same success as Matt Damon?

Celebrating is definitely more fun in the Philippines. We’ve got two more festive reasons for Filipinos abroad to come home: The Sinulog festival and this year’s Philippine International Pyromusical Competition.

So how about you guys? What are you doing right now that would seem like a lot more fun if done in the Philippines? Here’s one last parting shot:

Photo courtesy of janietulip on Flickr