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Moscow hotel goes ‘halal’ in bid to woo Muslim visitors

No bacon for breakfast, a room for prayers and a Quran on your bedside table: a hotel in Moscow has launched a special “halal” service as Russia tries to attract visitors from the Muslim world.

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Replica of Manopello icon enthroned in Nampicuan, Nueva Ecija; thousands expected at La Naval grand procession today


Nampicuan, Nueva Ecija has received a spiritual blessing: the enthronement of the replica icon of the Holy Face of Jesus of Manopello in the small town’s Immaculate Conception Church on Sept. 16.

Posted: October 12th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Argentine exhibit of Barbie Virgin Mary, Ken Jesus Christ pulled

Argentine religious barbie

Barbie has long been an icon, just not a holy one. A provocative art exhibit featuring Barbie fashion dolls as religious figures such as the Virgin Mary and her boyfriend Ken as a crucified Jesus Christ has been cancelled amid complaints and threats by angry believers, the artists behind the collection said Friday.

Posted: October 11th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Morocco mulls legal pot growing, breaking taboo

This Sept. 14, 2014 photo shows a view of swaths of cannabis near the village of Ketama in the Village of Bni Hmed in the Ketama Abdelghaya valley, northern Morocco. AP FILE PHOTO

Abdelkhalek Benabdallah strode among towering marijuana plants and checked the buds for the telltale spots of white, indicating they are ready for harvest.

Posted: October 7th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

La Naval: Heritage icon of heroism and holiness

LA NAVAL grand procession will be on Oct. 12. Santissimo Rosario LaNaval de Manila is the biggest locally made Marian ivory icon in the Philippines.

The five La Naval battles, fought fiercely at sea from March 15 to Oct. 4, 1646, by the Spanish and Filipino soldiers against the mightier, more heavily armed Dutch invaders, were a painful birthing of saints and heroes.

Posted: October 6th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »