GUIJO DUEÑAS/PN - A parol dangling on a tree at the public plaza of Molo, Iloilo City catches the attention of a child below. The traditional Filipino Christmas decoration evokes the Star of Bethlehem that shone bright when the Child Jesus was born. It also symbolizes the Filipinos’ hope and goodwill during the Christmas season.
A HUMBLE FEAST
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - A beggar celebrates Christmas alone on the sidewalk of Bonifaco Drive, Iloilo City. He’s eating food that a good Samaritan gave him on Dec. 25, 2014.
NATIVITY SCENE STEALER
JOSELITO VILLASIS/PN - A man sleeps on a concrete bench inside a cordoned area containing a Belen, giving a twist to this nativity scene in Iloilo City’s Jaro Plaza. Standing behind the sleeping man are the three magi, Mary and Joseph.
JOSELIUTO VILLASIS/PN - A sacristan at Sta. Teresita Church in Iloilo City walks around with an image of the Child Jesus on Christmas Day proclaiming the good news of Christ’s birth. Tradition allows the faithful to kiss the image.
GUIJO DUEÑAS/PN - In Pototan, Iloilo, Santa Claus ditches his reindeers and opts to use a hand tractor to move his sleigh loaded with passengers. The atmosphere is festive at the plaza of Pototan that is holding its annual Iwag Festival – a holiday celebration that transforms the public plaza into a cornucopia of dazzling Christmas lights.
ARCHIE REY ALIPALO/PN - Badjaos, commonly seen soliciting money from passersby and drivers during the Christmas season, find comfort on the concrete pathway outside stores on Rosario Street, Bacolod City. They say they will go back to their homes after the holidays.
BRIGHT AND COLORFUL
ARCHIE REY ALIPALO/PN - Christmas lights illuminate the lawn of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City, making the patients and their families feel the Yuletide spirit.