Christmas in Pinas

Philippines as one of  two predominantly Catholic countries in Asia has been known for celebrating the longest Christmas festival. As early as September, Filipinos are starting to decorate their home and Christmas trees and you can hear Christmas songs from time to time.

Christmas is undeniably the most important festivity in the country. There are many traditions in connection with this.

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giant parol of San Fernando, Pampanga

Lantern festival

Lantern festival

There are lantern festival and San Fernando, Pampanga is very well known as the Parol capital of the Philippines, where the most decorated and innovative parol came. They have also the festival of Giant Lantern and many parol maker participated with this.

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Belen at Highway

Belen at Highway

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Asiaten Belen

Asiaten Belen

Tarlac is known as the Belen (Nativity) capital of the country, where the biggest Belen were created. From the trashes like plastic bottles to the creative abaniko (abaca fan) Belen, even the National Police commission participated in making their version of Belen.

House at Policarpio St. Mandaluyong city

House at Policarpio St. Mandaluyong city

Sparkling Lights at Policarpio St.

Sparkling Lights at Policarpio St.

Policarpio's own version of santa

Policarpio's own version of santa

Policarpio Street in Mandaluyong city has its own Christmas mark. They are known to have “twinkling community” where all the houses filled with different colors and designs of Christmas light and many visitor love to go there to see them.

steamer of puto bumbong

steamer of puto bumbong

puto bumbong

puto bumbong
bibingka (native cake)

Christmas tradition will not be completed if you can’t attend the Misa de Gallo or Simbang gabi (of course if you are Catholic) this 9 days activity starting at the dawn of December 16 and ends up on December 24. And after you attended the mass, you can now go to your favorite “puto bumbong” or “bibingka” (rice cake) stall and eat these native cakes with matching hot tea. Soooo yummy and it’s not expensive huh.

Caroling is one of the children’s  favorite activity. They are singing Christmas carols and wait for some coins.

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caroling pinoy style
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caroling festival

To all godfathers and godmothers here, this season is costly for them especially if you are with your “inaanak” (godchildren). They need (quite obligatory lol) to give presents to them. Christmas is truly in every child spirits.

Christmas is more of a family tradition. Members of the family gather to eat Noche Buena with the ever favorite lechon (roasted pig) traditional ham and queso de bola. Lucky for those who can still eat these food nowadays. With the increasing poverty of Filipinos, only  few families blessed with this kind of salo-salo.

This season continue till New year and ends up after “Three Kings”

If you didn’t experience Christmas in the Philippines, try to visit us and feel the excitement of this festivity.

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