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Importance of Taxation

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We Filipinos often disregard the value of tax. We always complain whenever we compute how much tax are deducted in our salaries. So to make you feel better I will give you a small list of Importance of Taxation which I read in our Economics book.

Through tax, citizens can contribute and give their fair-share to the cost and expenses of government in order for the state to:

  1. Raise revenue
    – No government can exist without it, it cannot promote the welfare of the people.
  2. Protect locally produced goods against competition from import by imposing higher custom duties.
  3. Protect new industries by granting tax exemptions.
  4. Regulate property.
  5. Distribute equally the wealth of the nation.

Credits: “Introduction to Economics” by Roman D. Leano, Jr. and Ronald M. Corpuz.

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Philippine Traditions in Celebrating Christmas

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People are not usually aware that December 25th is not the actual birth of Jesus Christ. In fact, most historians believe he was likely born in the spring because of the Bible’s description of shepherds herding animals.
It was in the 4th Century, when the Roman Catholic Church decided to recognize Jesus’ birth as an official holiday. Pope Julius I chose December 25th for the “Feast of Nativity.” Now Christmas Day is celebrated as a major festival and public holiday in most countries of the world, even in many whose populations are not majority Christian.

Philippines is one of the predominantly catholic country in Asia. So Filipinos has a lot of known traditions and cultures in uniquely celebrating Christmas holidays.

Traditional Christmas here in the Philippines are:

  1. “Simbang gabi”  or mass of the rooster
    – a mass held before dawn that starts on December 16 up to the nine-day novena.
  2. Parol or star lanterns
    customized star lanterns that are commonly made from bamboo sticks.
  3. the Noche Buena
    – a family feasts that takes place after midnight. It is an open house celebration for Filipino after attending  “simbang gabi”.
  4. Carolers
    – a group of singers that visit houses with musical instruments to serenade. Carolers must have different and unique strategies to stand out in a crowd. Money are given to them after they serenade.
  5. “Panunuluyan”
    – This is a re-enactment of the Holy Couple’s journey to Bethlehem and portrays the lack of hospitality they encountered along the way.

Philippines is a truly unique and full cultured country. I am glad to be born here. 🙂

Happy Holidays!