Will There Still Be Christmas Caroling and Parties in 2021?

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Christmas is a big thing in the Philippines, not to celebrate it is unthinkable. Once the calendar month hits the “er” letters, you will start to hear carol songs on the radio and in commercial establishments. The month of September is the time for many to put up their decorations. So many forms of Christmas traditions are being practiced by the Filipinos.

One of these is caroling. By the later days of November, you could see children and beggars along the streets caroling to drivers and pedestrians. Many organizations, private and government employees, parishioners, and family clans start practicing carol songs as early as November in preparation for December caroling. The money they raised is usually given to a charitable project or for their Christmas parties. Since Christmas comes only once a year, many people are generous and easily part with their money to these carolers.

Everybody is looking forward to the Christmas parties held at home with family and friends, office parties, church gatherings, Christmas reunions, and many more. You can attend so many parties in the month of December. Of course, there will be many exchange gifts between families, friends, co-workers, and business people.

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Unfortunately, the pandemic spoiled the coming Christmas celebrations. The local executive of Cebu City was one of the first to announce a “no caroling” and “no Christmas party” policy in their place. This is to prevent mass gatherings as caroling by groups would attract crowds making people vulnerable to Covid-19 transmission. The mayor of the city canceled the employee’s Christmas party and encouraged all private enterprises to forgo their Yuletide parties so as not to violate the protocol against mass gatherings.

On the national front, the Department of Health issued an advisory for people to refrain from caroling, the DOH Undersecretary cited a study where loud singing may increase Covid-19 infections. An infected person can yield the most virus when singing loudly. DOH further released public health guidelines on holiday celebrations for this year emphasizing the observance of physical distancing.

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The Secretary of Interior and Local Government Eduardo Año said that he will propose to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EIF) a nationwide ban on face-to-face caroling for this year. The Secretary, who is also the vice-chair of the National Task Force Against Covid-19 recommended online caroling instead of physical caroling because we have not yet flattened the curve of this infectious disease. This was also recommended by all of the mayors of the National Capital Region.

Even the Joint Task Force Covid Shield headed by Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazer supported the proposal to ban face-to-face Christmas caroling to prevent further transmission of the Covid-19. He stated that we are facing a serious threat of disease in our country and it is in the best interest of the people to stay at home and celebrate with their family only. Should the ban on caroling be approved then it is the duty of the parents to explain to their children why we have to skip caroling for the year.

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Christmas is an important holiday for all people. Despite the pandemic, we want to celebrate it well, prepare delicious dishes, and present gifts to family and friends even if we have to deliver them by courier. However, not everyone now has money for Christmas celebrations. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, there is a solution, that is, a quick loan. For example, the first loan can be taken without interest, where you will return as much as you took. This is convenient if you know exactly when the money will go into your budget.

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The distinguishing feature of this online lender is that money is not issued by a person, but by a computer. Borrowing from a robot is easier than from a bank employee because a robot does not require you to present numerous documents, does not ask extraneous questions about your personal information, does not impose the company’s products, and will not disturb guarantors to make sure that you are capable of paying your debt.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put a dent in the Philippine economy as well as other economies around the world. For the first half of 2020, businesses have closed down, hospitals were overwhelmed with patients, and medical supply shortages were quite hot topics. But governments didn’t just sit down and wait for the end. The Philippine government, as an example, created the Bayanihan 1 and 2 republic acts.

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The aim of these is to provide financial assistance to affected industries across the board, seeing that this required additional budget was not included in the 2020 budget allocation plans for 2021. No one could have foreseen the pandemic happening and just how devastating it will be.

With the Philippine economy being reopened, there will be some issues that need to be covered such as helping businesses affected to recover. Businesses can avail of loans under the CARES for TRAVEL program. The latest iteration known as CARES 2 was signed on the 12th of October by Romulo-Puyat of the Department of Tourism and Ramon Lopez of the Department of Trade and Industry.