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The Black Nazarene is a life-sized, dark-skinned statue of Jesus Christ, which was carved by an Aztec carpenter. A priest bought the statue in Mexico during the time of the Galleon Trade. The image is now enshrined in the minor basilica in Quiapo, Manila Friday is when devotees go to the church to pay homage. The Feast of the Black Nazarene, celebrated every year on January 9, is one of the largest and most popular religious festivals in the Philippines.




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"Happy New Year, Mindy! Everyone probably has a list of what goals they want to achieve this New Year. I have my own, too, but it seems like it's very hard to follow through the resolutions I set year in and year out. It's so frustrating! Any tips on how I can really see through my goals? Thanks! - Carlo"


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Happy New Year, too, Carlo!

Seeing through New Year's resolutions can be a bit challenging for everyone. Either we all end up checking just a few items off the list, or we never get around to doing anything at all.

I think the best way to go about this is to set realistic goals. Prioritize which ones are the most important and set a time frame for each item.

It is also helps a lot if you set goals that are of value to you, not just those that are “generic” like going on a diet. If you really need to aim for something like that, make sure you list down concrete ways, which you really see yourself committing to. For instance, if you want to get into healthy eating, try starting out with something like “Limit junk food consumption to only twice a month.”

Remember: don't list down too many, as that may be too overwhelming for you to commit to.

Have a great, new year!

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Filipino rock band Eraserheads
The Eraserheads, also popularly known as "Eheads", is a disbanded music group which came into national prominence in the 1990s. They are most remembered through their hit songs “Pare Ko,” “Alapaap,” “Magasin,” and “Ang Huling El Bimbo,” among others. Considered to be one of the most influential Filipino rock bands and biggest-selling musical acts of all time in the country, the group was formed by four alumni from the University of the Philippines-Diliman: Ely Buendia, Raymund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro.


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  • January 26, 1821 - Governor-General Mariano Fernández de Folgueras and Archbishop Luis de Arejola issued instructions for the election of Filipino deputies to the Spanish Cortes. The Cortes is a representative assembly, or parliament of Spain. Elected representatives of the free municipalities have the right to take part in the deliberations of the Curia Regis (Latin: “King’s Court”) on certain matters.
  • January 26, 1917 - Daisy Hontiveros Avellana was born. She was a Filipino stage actress, theater director and writer. She was named as National Artist of the Philippines for Theater and Film in 1999.
  • January 26, 1954 - President Ramon Magsaysay issued Executive Order No. 8 which prohibits, from January 31, 1954 to a period of one year, the slaughtering of carabaos, horses, mares, and cows, unless authorized by the Secretary of Agriculture and Natural Resources.


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Julian Felipe is the composer of the Philippine national anthem Lupang Hinirang. He was born in Cavite City, Cavite on January 28, 1861. A dedicated music teacher and composer, he was appointed by Emilio Aguinaldo as Director of the National Band of the First Philippine Republic. He died in Manila on October 2, 1944.


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