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Events in November

In the northern hemisphere, November is usually considered the last month of autumn. The word “November” is derived from the latin word novem, meaning “nine” because originally it was the ninth month in the Roman calendar. This was changed to the present day order which is the eleventh month when catholic countries adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1582.

To the Filipino people, November is an eventful month. From good news to bad news, from triumph to defeat, from happiness and sadness, the month has been a mix of celebrations, memorable events, stories which will surely be remembered forever by everyone. Below are the major events which occurred in the month of November 2013. These events have touched the lives of millions of Filipinos and has also touched the hearts of each and every one from around the globe. The month has exposed the lives of the Filipinos to the world, and the events has put the limelight to a small nation in the pacific – The Philippines. Truly, the Filipino spirit at its best was revealed to the world in November.

November 1 – All Saints day (Todos Los Santos)

All Saints day (Todos Los Santos)

All Saints day (Todos Los Santos)

All Saints’ Day is a celebration of all Christian saints and is a solemnity celebrated on 1 November by the Catholic Church in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. It is held, not only to remember Saints, but also to remember all those who have died & were members of the local church congregation. This is a joyous feast and Filipinos flock the cemeteries and churches to offer prayers, candles, mass, and celebrate the day with family and friends, similar to All Souls Day.

November 2 – All Souls Day (Araw ng Mga Patay)

All Souls Day (Araw ng Mga Patay)

All Souls Day (Araw ng Mga Patay)

All Souls’ Day is a day of alms giving and prayers for the dead, remembering the dead family members and friends. This day focuses on gatherings of Filipino family and friends and visiting the cemeteries, and it is supposed to be a sad day but as it turns out, is becomes a joyous event instead; because it paves the way for reunions and gatherings of distant relatives and friends. Tombs are cleaned and repainted, candles are lit, prayers, flowers, and the favorite dishes of the departed are offered to the tombs. Entire families camp in cemeteries and sometimes spend a night or two near their relatives’ tombs. Card games, eating, drinking, singing and dancing are common activities in the cemetery. Often included in these traditions are food and beverages, in addition to prayers and remembrances of the departed in a joyous way often showcasing the uniqueness of the Filipino culture.

November 8 – Disaster in PH – Strongest typhoon “Haiyan” battered the Philippines

Philippines Typhoon - Haiyan

Typhoon Yolanda in Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda) is unofficially the strongest recorded tropical cyclone to make landfall in the Philippines, with wind speeds up to 315 km/h (195 mph). The cyclone caused vast devastation in the Philippines, particularly on Samar Island, Leyte, and other part of the central visayas region. There is an estimate that at least 5,000 – 7,000 people may have died or missing, and still many people are unaccounted till date. According to UN officials, about 11 million people have been affected and many have been left homeless. Guiuan in Eastern Samar was the point of Haiyan’s first landfall, and was severely affected due to the typhoon’s impacts and storm surge. The devastation in Central Visayas has been described by journalists on the ground as “off the scale, and apocalyptic”. Donations and international aid came in from different parts of the globe to help the victims of the typhoon, and the affected areas has been dubbed as “wastelands” and will take time to recover from the tragedy.

November 9 – Philippines won 3rd runner up in Ms Universe held in Moscow, Russia

Miss Philippines - Universe Ariella Arida

Miss Philippines – Universe Ariella Arida

Miss Philippines – Universe Ariella Arida won 3rd runner-up in the Miss Universe 2013 pageant held in Moscow, Russia. Miss Venezuela, Gabriela Isler, a 25-year-old television presenter, bested Arida, a 24-year-old chemistry graduate from the University of the Philippines – Los Baños, and 84 other contestants. Said to have one billion viewers in over 190 countries, the event was announced in the opening minutes to be dedicated to the Philippines and Vietnam, neighboring countries in the path of destruction of super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan). The runners-up, in order, were Spain’s Patricia Rodríguez, Ecuador’s Constanza Báez, Arida, and Brazil’s Jakelyne Oliveira. The Philippines’ bet was notably the only Asian in the Top 5, and the only contestant who could speak English.

November 10- Pinoy Boxer Nonito Donaire won in Boxing against Vic Darchinyan

Pinoy Boxer Nonito Donaire won

Pinoy Boxer Nonito Donaire won

Nonito Donaire fought Vic Darchinyan in non-title fight that was a rematch of their 2007 fight and won a TKO after the ninth round at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. He stopped Australian-based Armenian southpaw Vic Darchinyan in the ninth round of a 10-round non title bout to boost his bid to return to boxing’s elite. Nonito Donaire, Jr. (born November 16, 1982) is a Filipino American professional boxer known as “The Filipino Flash,”. Donaire is a three-division world champion and the former IBF, WBO, The Ring Super Bantamweight Champion. He is also the former WBC, WBO Bantamweight, Interim WBA Super Flyweight, IBF and IBO Flyweight Champion. He is a known switch-hitter. Donaire is currently rated by The Ring as the number ten pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

November 24 – Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios in Macau

'Clash in Cotai'

Filipino boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao

The world famous Filipino boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao thrashed the Mexican-American boxer Brandon Rios in their ‘Clash in Cotai’ WBO International Welterweight title fight on November 24, 2013 in Macau, China before a sell out crowd of more than 13,000 at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Macao, winning a unanimous decision in their 12 round battle. The fight in Macau ended the losing streak of the 35 years old congressman and famous boxer who have dedicated his fight to his fellow countrymen who are victims of the Typhoon Yolanda in Philippines. His victory has brought cheers, hope and inspiration to the Filipino people.

November 30 – Andres Bonifacio Day (National Holiday)

Andres Bonifacio Day in Philippines

Andres Bonifacio Day in Philippines

The last day of November is a national public holiday in the Philippines that celebrates the birthday of one of the Philippines’ greatest heroes, Andrés Bonifacio. He is often called “the father of the Philippine Revolution”. He was a founder and became the Supremo (Supreme Leader) of the KKK movement (Kataastaasang Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan), a secret society which sought the independence of the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule and started the Philippine Revolution.- Send money to Philippines via Remit2Home Online Money Transfers.

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