It’s March and the lovely colours of spring, once again, bring us hope and cheer.

It’s March and the lovely colours of spring, once again, bring us hope and cheer. This is the time of year when the animal kingdom emerges from hibernation and the plant kingdom bursts forth into amazing blooms.

The American poet Elizabeth Akers Allen (1832-1911) puts into words the arrival of the season that we all look forward to:

The brown buds thicken on the trees,
Unbound, the free streams sing,
As March leads forth across the leas
The wild and windy spring…

Around 20 or 21 March is the vernal or spring equinox. On that day, the sun is directly above the equator, which makes daytime and night-time equal in length.

There are still some cold days during March, but there are warm days as well, giving us a hint that better weather is on its way. And as the leaves start growing on trees and plants again, we get a feeling of joy and happiness.

Clocks go forward on 27 March to start Daylight Saving Time this year. Mothers’ Day falls on the same day. If you were born in March, your birth flower is a daffodil, and for your birthstone, you can take your choice of either aquamarine or bloodstone.

In this issue of Yes Philippines, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

We continue with our special series on the May 2022 elections in our home country as we want to provide you with the relevant information to help you make an informed decision, if you’re voting.

We have a special feature on the eight presidential candidates wherein you get to know each one of them. We also have our regular Philippine history corner, and for this month, we walk you through back in time to re-visit significant events, such as the blood compact between Bohol chieftain Sikatuna and Spanish explorer Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.

Another continuing feature in your favourite news magazine is the community news, which chronicles the various activities and events of many Pinoy groups in our midst. These and many other bits of information and entertainment have been put together for your reading pleasure. So, take a break from whatever you’re doing and enjoy your copy of Yes Philippines.

Happy reading!

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