christmas in the philippines

Christmas in the philippines

The Complete Guide to Christmas in the Philippines

Introduction: What is Christmas in the Philippines?

Christmas in the Philippines is a mix of Catholic and Filipino traditions. Filipinos often celebrate Christmas with family, friends, and loved ones. The people of the Philippines are very religious so they take time to reflect on their faith during this time.

The Philippines celebrates Christmas on December 25th which is not only a celebration of Jesus’ birth but also a celebration of the birthday of the Virgin Mary. Filipinos celebrate by attending Mass, exchanging gifts, and spending time with family. There are many different ways that Filipinos celebrate Christmas including caroling, going to church, singing traditional songs about Jesus’ birth, decorating homes with lights and nipa palm leaves or baybayin (an ancient Filipino script), eating traditional foods like puto bumbong (steamed rice cakes wrapped in banana leaves) or turon (banana fritters), drinking hot chocolate or eating fruit salad called buko pandan (young coconut meat mixed with jellies).

Christmas Traditions and Customs in the Philippines

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There are many Christmas traditions and customs in the Philippines that have been passed on from generation to generation. Here are some of them.

Christmas Eve is a time for families to come together, eat a meal, and share their love for one another. Families will sometimes have a feast on Christmas Eve and serve dishes with symbolic meaning. For instance, fish is served because it symbolizes Jesus’ sacrifice while rice is served because it was the staple food in ancient times.

The next day, December 25th, is more about spending time with loved ones than exchanging gifts or eating a big meal. Families will gather together to sing Christmas carols and exchange gifts before opening their presents after dinner.

In some areas of the country, people celebrate by lighting lanterns or candles in front of their homes to symbolize Jesus’ birth and light as a metaphor for hope. Some also leave pieces of fruit on banana leaves outside their homes as an offering for the spirits believed to be

How to Celebrate Christmas in the Philippines

In the Philippines, Christmas is celebrated in a very different way than in other countries. Filipinos celebrate this holiday by going to church, having a feast with their family, and exchanging gifts.

The celebration of Christmas in the Philippines is centered around the Catholic faith. The holiday season starts with preparations for the Noche Buena or Christmas Eve dinner which is traditionally eaten after midnight Masses on December 24th. Families often gather together to enjoy some traditional dishes such as lechon (roasted pig), hamonado (a dish made from roasted pig’s head), and many more.

After dinner, Filipinos will often exchange gifts and visit friends and family members to wish them Merry Christmas. This custom is known as “Pasko-puso” which means “Christmas heart”.

What is a Traditional Filipino Christmas Meal?

A traditional Filipino Christmas meal is a sumptuous array of dishes that are served on the table. The dishes vary from region to region but some of the most popular ones are lechon, hamonado, kare-kare, adobo, and sinigang.

Filipinos have a tradition of eating lechon for Christmas. Lechon is a roasted suckling pig which is served with the Filipino staple, hamonado and kare-ka. Hamonado is made from cornstarch, sugar, water and cinnamon, while kare-ka is made from coconut cream and condensed milk.

Christmas in the Philippines People in the Philippines like to celebrate Christmas for as long as possible! The playing of Christmas carols in shops can start in September!

The Philippines boasts the longest yuletide season in the world. September inaugurates the start of what is known as the “Ber” months (September

Everyone knows about Christmas lights, but the Philippines has the parol, a Christmas ornament unique to us. Traditionally, parols come in different shapes and colors

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Houses and buildings within the entire country are filled with Christmas lanterns (parols), Christmas trees, parols, belens, and twinkling

Christmas in the Philippines (Filipino: Pasko sa Pilipinas), one of two predominantly Catholic countries in Asia is one of the biggest holidays in the island.

When it comes to Christmas, no one celebrates it better than the Filipinos. Philippines is known for celebrating the longest Christmas season in the world.

While Christmas is a holiday celebrated worldwide, some Filipino traditions uniquely embraced and have transformed

Christmas in the Philippines is like no other. Learn how to join in on the holiday fun and celebrate the holidays the Filipino way.

In the Philippines, Christmas starts early September until January, making it the longest Christmas in the world

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Paskuhan sa Pagadian City Zamboanga del sur

Paskuhan sa Pagadian 2019 opening will be on December 13, 2019! Witness the lights on ceremony of the 88ft tall Christmas tree, tallest in whole Mindanao

This is the famous musical dancing fountain of Pagadian City

KAMUNDAGAN FESTIVAL
December 1- December 31 | Naga City
Bustling Naga City becomes doubly busy this month as it celebrates Christmas along with its charter anniversary day.

Except the residents of this community to play, pray and party with an extended schedule of cultural shows, trade fairs and civic parades.

Not to be missed: the “kiri-kiri” and “pastores” performances, both unique showcases of traditional Bicolano culture

PASKO SA SUGBU
December 1- December 31 | Cebu
Christmas in Cebu is celebrated with songs, gifts, twinkling lights—and a month-long program of yuletide events.

Check out the nightly cultural shows for taste of the season, Cebuano-style. There’s also the various parol, christmas tree and “daygon” competitions, participated in by students from the city’s numerous schools

PASKO SA SUGBU

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CHRISTMAS IN BAGUIO
December 1- December 31 | Baguio City
Mardi Gras, fireworks, lantern and decor contest

Baguio Country Club Opens Christmas Village 2019

When it comes to decking the halls, Filipinos in almost every part of the country go all out.

And if you want to experience winter wonderland (or at least, something close to it) locally, you can hop on a bus and go on a trip to one of the chilliest places in the country—Baguio Country Club Christmas Village in Baguio City, Benguet.

The holiday attraction is open daily until January 5, 2020. Entrance fee is at P120.

“Our Christmas celebration in the city will be fun and exciting because of our unique offerings for this year in partnership with the private sector that will play a key role in the implementation of our programs and projects,” Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong said in a statement after the soft opening of the Baguio Country Club (BCC) Christmas Village on October 23.

Baguio Country Club Christmas Village 2019

For 2019, BCC takes inspiration from the most famous movie and TV series of the year: Avengers and Game of Thrones. Dragons made of flowers and a replica of the Avengers headquarters, reportedly made from recycled materials, are a couple of the most eye-catching features. Staff members dress up as your favorite Avengers and GoTcharacters, too.

Baguio Country Club Christmas Village is open from Monday to Thursday, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and from Friday to Sunday (including holidays), from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. It runs until January 5, 2020. Entrance fee is at P120. learn more https://www.wheretogo.com.ph/traveling/baguio-country-club-opens-christmas-village-2019

LITTLE AND GIANT CHRISTMAS TREES AT THE PLAZA
December 1- December 31 | San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
A display of brightly illuminated Christmas Trees around the public plaza where one can see varied interesting and unique designs and colors depicting the ingenuity of the people

BELEN MAKING CONTEST
December 1- December 31 | Plaza, Bago City, Negros Occidental
An annual event conducted by the City Government of Bago through the Tourism Affairs Office. This contest aims to develop the creativity and ingenuity of Bagonhon artists.

NEGROS ANNUAL CULTURAL TOUR
December 1- December 31 | Silay/Bacolod City
A tour of Bacolod, Silay, Bago & neighboring areas showcasing Negros history & culture, arts and attractions.

GALICAYO FESTIVAL

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December 1- December 9 | Manaoag, Pangasinan
A province-wide cultural and religious celebration in honor of
Pangasinan’s patroness

What is Galicayo festival?
The Galicayo Festival is a province-wide cultural and religious celebration in honor of Pangasinan’s patroness, Our Lady of Manaoag. Back in the late 1500’s, an apparition of the Virgin Mary was believed to call on the people to build a church.

SINUKWAN FESTIVAL

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December 1- December 10 | San Fernando, Pampanga
The sinukwan Festival heralds the unique culture and distinct beliefs of the Kapampangans through a colorful street dancing parade

Sinukwan Festival is a weeklong festival that truly captures the Kapampangan spirit. The main highlight is the street dance competition where students from different municipalities of the province battle it out with its colorful costumes and headdresses to the tune of the famous Kapampangan song, Atin Cu Pung Singsing.

What month is Sinukwan Festival?
Highlighting the cultural diversity of Pampanga and the week-long Pampanga Foundation Day Festivities, the annual celebration of Sinukwan Festival is held from November 29 to December 6.

HUGYAWAN DALANSAYAW
December 1- December 10 | Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Hugyawan means “merrymaking and is the main concept of the celebration and presentation of the street dancing contingents, whose members come from all parts of the province

PASKUHAN SA DUMAGUETE
December 16 31 | Dumaguete City, Negros Oiental
Dumaguete observes Christmas with that patented flavor of Negros Oriental.

Expect the city streets to be lit up with millions of light bulbs, complemented by delicate ornaments made from handwoven sinamay fabric. Still not impressed? Check out the numerous art and craft exhibits and garden shows.

There’s also a food festival and grand choral presentations, held, of course, in the glowing spirit of the season.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo led the lighting up of the community Christmas tree at the Manuel L. Quezon Park this evening with city officials and hundreds of excited citizens of all ages.
Residents representing the various sectors of the community expressed their most desired wishes for a safe, healthy and progressive Dumaguete City in the year 2022.


Mayor Remollo, while mourning the lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, also expressed gratitude to the many thousands of residents who recovered from the dreaded virus and to the brave government workers and frontliners taking good care of those who are sick to nurse them back to health.
This year’s Pasko sa Dumaguete underscores the theme: Proclaiming Peace this Christmas!


The community also pays tribute to all the local artists and electricians and welders of the City Engineer’s Office who created the Christmas doves and other beloved symbols now mounted along the streets, Pantawan 2 People’s Park and the giant Christmas tree, which added color and life to our festivities and enriched our Christian tradition.


Among the officials present are Vice-Mayor Karissa Tolentino-Maxino, Councilors Manuel Sagarbarria, Michael Bandal, Edgar Lentorio Jr., Lilani Ramon, Manuel Patrimonio, Liga ng mga Barangay President Dionie Amores, SK President Renz Macion, Calindagan Punong Barangay Maisa Sagarbarria, Poblacion 8 Punong Barangay Maelyne Mariano, former Vice-Mayor Franklin Esmeña Jr., former Councilor Samuel Dicen, Retired General Rey Lyndon Lawas, Barangay and SK Officials and heads of the various departments in the city government. source

PASTORES BICOL
December 18 | Legazpi City
Caroling, Bicol-style. The Pastores is a musical re-enactment of the age-old nativity story.

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Colorful costumes are worn by singers, in honor of the biblical sheperds who sang the first Christmas carols.

The performance is done with an entourage of traditional musikeros, lots of dancing, and a generous dose of Christmas cheer.

Bicol ‘Pastores’: Reliving the song of the shepherds

Story and photos by Bernard L Supetran / Special to the BusinessMirror

WITH the onset of the Advent Season, signalling the start of Christmas in the Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar, local governments will be busy lighting up Christmas trees and Belen tableaus to observe the birth of the Christ Child.

In the Bicol region folks are doing more than the ceremonial lighting as they relive an age-old tradition depicting the first Christmas night.

Known as “Pastores” (Shepherds), the tradition was introduced by Spanish priests in the late-1800s, and spread across the region and become part of the Yuletide celebration in Bicolandia. It depicts the shepherds’ jubilation on the birth of Jesus, and features musical groups interpreting “Pastores a Belen” (“Shepherds to Bethlehem”), a traditional Spanish song whose composer is largely unknown.

While there were accounts the lyrics were written by national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, the most he could have done was edit them and come up with a rebooted version as Pastores was already widely practiced then.

Doña Metring Reniva of Oas town, one of the very first organizers of the Bicol Pastores, made some revisions to the hymn during the post-Spanish era.

The lyrics go this way:

Pastores a Belén, vamos con alegría
a ver a nuestro bien, al Hijo de Maria.
Allí, allí, nos espera Jesús.

Pastores entrad, entrad zagales también. Vamos a ver al recién nacido,
vamos a ver al Niño Emmanuel.

(Shepherds to Bethlehem We are going with happiness, to see, to our good, the Son of Mary. There, Jesus waits for us. learn more at https://businessmirror.com.ph/2017/12/03/bicol-pastores-reliving-the-song-of-the-shepherds/

MAYTINIS FESTIVAL (GRAND CELEBRATION)
December 24 | Kawit, Cavite
A well-loved Caviteno tradition, the Maytinis is a dramatic retelling of St. Joseph’s and Virrgin Mary’ search in Bethlehem for a place to stay.

They found not a room, of course, but a stable where Christ was eventually born.

Much rejoicing erupts as the play ends, culminating in a lively parade down the street of Kawit. It is a uniquely Filipino translation of this ancient biblical episode

How long is Christmas in Philippines?
In the Philippines, it is not Christmas Day, it is Christmas Season – which lasts for three months

Where should I go for Christmas in Philippines?
These Philippine Christmas destinations prove that the season of cheer is always best spent in the country.

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Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. Image credit: Bong Bong’s Piaya. …
San Fernando, Pampanga. …
Baguio City, Benguet. …
Zambales. …
Cebu. …
Palawan. …
Manila. …
Cavite

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Christmas in the Philippines
Parol

A parol is an ornamental, star-shaped Christmas lantern from the Philippines. It is traditionally made out of bamboo and paper and comes in various sizes

One of the most iconic symbol of Filipino Christmas spirit, is the Christmas lantern or locally known as “paról”. The star-shaped lanterns

philippines christmas tradition

In the Philippines, where over 80% of the nation is Roman Catholic, many adhere to the Christmas tradition of simbang gabi, wherein people wake up at the break of dawn (around 3 to 5 o’clock in the morning) to attend mass. These masses run everyday from the 16th of December up until Christmas Eve

How do they celebrate Christmas in Philippines?
Christmas in the Philippines. … The Christmas celebrations continue to the First Sunday in January when Epiphany or the Feast of the Three Kings is celebrated.

In the Philippines the early masses held before Christmas are called the ‘Misa de Gallo’ or ‘Simbang Gabi’ in Filipino

Why Filipino celebrate Christmas early?
Filipinos supported the extended observance of Christmas because we are really suckers for anything that will allow us to celebrate and spend more time with our loved ones.” … Sorita.

“100 days until Christmas start on September 16th but we, Filipinos, we always like to start celebrating earlier.

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The City of San Fernando is the capital of Pampanga province and is also popularly known as the ‘Christmas Capital of the Philippines’ what city claims the title “christmas capital of the philippines?

And it is because of the Parul Sampernandu that San Fernando has earned for itself the title of “Christmas Capital of the Philippines.”

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO— “Christmas Capital of the Philippines” and “Home of the Giant Lanterns” are titles claimed by this Pampanga capital since the 1990s, and the city has stuck to that stature with community pride.

Where is the Christmas capital in the Philippines?
San Fernando
And it is because of the Parul Sampernandu that San Fernando has earned for itself the title of “Christmas Capital of the Philippines.” The San Fernando lantern industry progressed from the Giant Lantern Festival of San Fernando.

Why Pampanga is known as the Christmas Capital of the Philippines?
It is an annual festival held in December, the highlight of which is on the Saturday before Christmas Eve, in the City of San Fernando. It features a competition of giant lanterns. Because of the popularity of the festival, the city has been nicknamed the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines.”

Is Pampanga the Christmas Capital of the Philippines?
The City of San Fernando is the capital of Pampanga province and is also popularly known as the ‘Christmas Capital of the Philippines’.

How Pampanga celebrate Christmas?
Kapampangans are lucky because they get to experience Christmas in their hometown in Pampanga every year. You can see magnificent Christmas lanterns and hear the singing of the choirs from Churches nearby. There are also a lot of choices regarding where to eat because Kapampangans are food lovers.

Giant Lantern Festival

Christmas in the Philippines Giant Lantern Festival

The Giant Lantern Festival (Kapampangan: Ligligan Parul) is an annual festival held in mid-December in the City of San Fernando in the Philippines.

Why is the Giant Lantern Festival celebrated?
Why is Giant Lantern Festival celebrated? It was in 1931 that electricity was introduced to the San Fernando lantern, thus sparking the birth of the first Giant Lantern Festival. … As a show of gratitude to Quezon, the people of San Fernando held a Christmas lantern contest to honor the first family

How is Giant Lantern Festival celebrated?
The festival celebrates the Christmas spirit by making different large and giant lanterns designed with different colors and lights. During the event period, you’d see the City sparkling with rainbow colors during the night.

Is giant lantern a religious festival?
This forerunner of the present day Giant Lantern Festival was in a religious activity which we know today as “lubenas”, a nine-day novena before Christmas, which coincided with the “simbang gabi” from December 16 to 24. This tradition gradually evolved as the lanterns became bigger and the designs more intricate.

What is the symbol of Giant Lantern Festival?
The parol of star lantern is perhaps the paramount Filipino Christmas symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The Christmas lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando

philippines christmas food

Christmas in the Philippines is about festivals, celebrations with loved ones, loads of singing, and great food. The merry season starts as soon as September. As a matter of fact, Christmas in the Philippines is the longest Christmas festivity on the planet, just closure in January.

Following 9 days of mass in December, individuals of the Philippines observe Christmas Eve with a conventional Noche Buena feast with loved ones.

Filipino Christmas food thoughts
Food is a major piece of the Christmas festivities in the Philippines. During the Noche Buena feast, you get to encounter a portion of the rich and striking kinds of Filipino food. For the Christmas feast, families draw out their best dishes, from Filipino spaghetti to Filipino meal turkey, alongside a few novel treats.

Assuming you’re pondering Filipino Christmas food thoughts, the following are 20 Christmas food varieties you might track down in the Philippines.

  1. Lechon
    Simmered pork meat cooked on barbecue.
    Lechon is quite possibly of the most famous dish in the Philippines and is customarily served for merriments and festivities. It is a gradually simmered pig, frequently loaded down with different fixings like lemongrass, garlic, spring onions, chilies, ginger, peppers, or pineapples and presented with a plunging sauce.
  2. Bibingka
    Produced using glutinous rice, coconut, sugar, and margarine, bibingka is a rice cake that is particularly famous during the Christmas season. Generally cooked by road sellers, bibingka is heated in an earth pot fixed with leaves over hot coal for additional character.
  3. Filipino-style spaghetti
    Dissimilar to any spaghetti you have had, the Filipino form has wiener cuts alongside ground meat. Also, its one of a kind sweet flavor comes from its sauce produced using tomato puree, earthy colored sugar, and banana ketchup.
  4. Buko salad
    This Filipino natural product salad is produced using destroyed youthful coconut and different fixings, for example, organic products, jam like desserts, custard pearls, sago, sugar palm, cream, and consolidated milk. It is served chilled.
  5. Lumpiang ubod
    This is a crisp spring roll loaded down with a julienned heart of palm and carrots alongside different veggies, coconut, shrimp, and pork. It is presented with a lumpia sauce made with earthy colored sugar, soy sauce, and different fixings.
  6. Embutido
    Another famous Filipino Christmas food is this meatloaf produced using ground pork, veggies, cheeses, and raisins. It is loaded down with hard-bubbled eggs and cut ham or with wieners and different hotdogs.
  7. Pancit Malabon
    Photograph of newly prepared Filipino food called Pancit Malabon.
    This is a Filipino noodle dish with a trademark yellow-orange sauce that comes from annatto seeds. The recipe utilizes thick rice noodles and is finished off with a variety of fish and cut bubbled eggs.
  8. Morcon
    Morcon is very similar to embutido. It is a braised meat roulade where hamburger flank steaks are loaded down with different frankfurters, hard-bubbled eggs, cheddar, pickles, and carrots.
  9. Leche flan
    This tasty pastry looks like a caramel custard or a crème caramel and is the ideal method for observing Christmas. This exemplary flan recipe is produced using improved consolidated milk or vanished milk for a more extravagant desire.
  10. Puto bumbong
    This purple-tinted rice cake is customarily sold during the Christmas season. Produced using steamed glutinous rice cooked in bamboo, puto bumbong is enveloped by banana leaves and presented with warm spread, ground coconut, and earthy colored sugar.
  11. Lechon manok
    Lechon manok, or spit-cook chicken, is one more Filipino #1 for merriments. The chicken is marinated in a combination of garlic, onions, narrows leaf, dark pepper, soy sauce, and fish sauce and simmered or cooked on a rotisserie.
  12. Kaldereta
    filipino hamburger kaldereta in bowl close up
    A Filipino hamburger stew, kaldereta can be cooked with chicken, pork, meat, or goat meat in a tomato-based sauce with liver spread.
  13. Macaroni natural product salad
    This simple and straightforward natural product salad dish is a Filipino exemplary made with macaroni and natural product mixed drink, pineapple pieces, dense milk, and mayonnaise, alongside a few different fixings.
  14. Arroz Valenciana
    This Filipino-style paella is one more number one for Christmas festivities produced using glutinous rice, coconut milk, chicken, wieners, bubbled eggs, and fish, alongside potatoes, red and green peppers, and different fixings.
  15. Rellenong bangus
    A famous party food dish, Rellenong bangus is full milkfish, which is loaded up with its own meat, potatoes, carrots, and ringer peppers and seared until it is brilliant and fresh.
  16. Buko pandan
    Buko Pandan, a treat from Philippines, produced using jam, youthful coconut, dissipated milk, improved dense milk, and ice.
    Buko pandan is a Filipino cold treat that promptly stands out with radiant green jam 3D shapes and tropical palm organic products imbued and blended in with destroyed coconut and improved cream.
  17. Meat mechado
    Another tomato-based meat stew like kaldereta, hamburger mechado is likewise one of the many dishes served for a Christmas feast in the Philippines. Meats like pork and hamburger are cut into blocks and cooked with potato, narrows leaves, soy sauce, and lemon skin or lemon juice.
  18. Liempo
    Liempo is barbecued pork stomach in Filipino. The pork stomach is marinated in soy sauce, banana sauce, dark pepper, and lemon and barbecued on a grill.
  19. Lumpia Shanghai
    A delicious Filipino canapé, Lumpia Shanghai is fundamentally an egg roll with a filling comprising of pork, onions, carrots, and preparing enclosed by a dainty egg crepe and afterward rotisserie.
  20. Hamon
    Otherwise called “Hamonada”, this Filipino-style pineapple-coated Christmas ham is one of the primary dinners for a Noche Buena feast.

Remember Filipino Christmas drinks
Filipinos partake in their Christmas feast with their number one occasion beverages, for example,

Sangria made with new natural products
Filipino fruit juice that is non-alcoholic
Home grown tea, particularly ginger tea with lemon and honey
An exemplary tsokolate, or hot cocoa, produced using a glue of cooked cocoa beans and sugar

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What are Philippines Christmas decorations?
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Every Christmas season, Filipino homes and buildings are adorned with star-shaped lanterns, called paról from the Spanish farol, meaning “lantern” or “lamp”. These lanterns represent the Star of Bethlehem that guided the magi, also known as the Three Kings (Tagalog: Tatlóng Harì).

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What is Christmas parol in the Philippines?
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A parol (pronounced [paˈɾol], US: /pɑːˈroʊl/ ( listen), also written as paról or parul, from Spanish farol, meaning lantern) is a Filipino ornamental lantern displayed during the Christmas season.

What does parol symbolizes in the Philippines?
For Filipinos, parol has been considered to symbolize hope even during the darkest nights. Hence, in this time of pandemic, by lighting parols and hanging Christmas ornaments, Albayanos may be uplifted and be ignited with hope.

Why is the parol called the Filipino Christmas symbol?
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The parol symbolizes that their home is open and ready to receive Jesus Christ (as we know the 9-day novena masses represents the 9 months Christ was in Mary’s womb), also, it symbolizes that they are awake and ready to join the procession towards the church.

What is the original purpose of parol?
For Filipinos, making parols and hanging them outside their windows symbolise the victory of light over darkness as well as their shared expression of faith, hope, and goodwill during the Christmas season. Parol-making is a very important part of Filipino tradition, arts, and heritage.

Why do Filipino make parol?
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It was a tradition back in elementary school to make star-shaped lanterns to celebrate Christmas. The popular paról — the Filipino word is derived from the Spanish farol, which means lantern — is ubiquitous during the Holidays. They are proudly displayed in homes by windows, in porches, or in verandahs

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Who is the Christmas capital of Philippines?

San Fernando
And it is because of the Parul Sampernandu that San Fernando has earned for itself the title of “Christmas Capital of the Philippines.” The San Fernando lantern industry progressed from the Giant Lantern Festival of San Fernando.

Where is the Christmas capital of the Philippines?
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San Fernando, PampangaSan Fernando, Pampanga​ First on the list is San Fernando, Pampanga, the Christmas Capital of the Philippines. This is where people from different parts of the country flock to get a sight of the best parol (Christmas lanterns) and of course, to witness the Giant Lantern Festival also known as Ligligan Parul.

Why is Pampanga the Christmas Capital of the Philippines?
It is an annual festival held in December, the highlight of which is on the Saturday before Christmas Eve, in the City of San Fernando. It features a competition of giant lanterns. Because of the popularity of the festival, the city has been nicknamed the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines.

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How do Philippines say Merry Christmas?
Merry Christmas! Maligayang Pasko sa Iyo!

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Where can I buy Christmas gifts online Philippines?
Here are several online shopping sites where you can do early Christmas gifts online shopping:
All Home: An online Shopping Portal for Home and Furniture Gift Ideas.
Lazada: One-Stop Online Shopping Site for Your Mall Staples.
Shopee: Your Budget Online Shopping Store.

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Boracay – Christmas at the Best Beach in the World.
Palawan – Christmas in the Wonders of Nature.
Baguio – A Happy Christmas In The Hills.
Tagaytay – A Christmas with a View!
Pampanga – For an old school festive celebration!

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In the extremely old hymn “The 12 Days of Christmas,” festivities length under about fourteen days.

Today Christmas is routinely celebrated all through December, and in certain spots, a decent piece of November as well.

Yet, four months of merriments in the Philippines shines a different light on the expression “Christmas season.”

The ‘ber’ months
Christmas is praised during the “ber” months, as it’s brought in the Philippines — that is, September, October, November and December, said Robert Blancaflor, leader of the Manila-based occasions configuration organization Robert Blancaflor Group.

“Christmas is the longest celebrated season in the Philippines and … our nation celebrates it the longest universally,” he said. “Might you at any point envision an entire country readily sharing warmth and love … this long?”

“Wherever you look here is simply unadulterated Christmas,” said Robert Blancaflor, an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, adding he’s “delighted to be residing in a particularly glad country.”
“Wherever you look here is simply unadulterated Christmas,” said Robert Blancaflor, an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, adding he’s “delighted to be residing in a particularly upbeat country.”
Kindness of Robert Blancaflor
Yet, the gatherings don’t end in December.

“Christmas fever begins on Sept. 1 and closures the main seven day stretch of January,” said Marot Nelmida-Flores, a teacher of Philippine investigations at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

This is, be that as it may, “a new peculiarity,” she said. What’s more, the justification for what reason is a natural one.

Commercialization of the occasion
“With the multiplication of shopping centers, first in metro Manila which later on expanded far into the areas, Christmas songs began to be heard not long after All Saints Day [on] Nov. 1,” said Joven Cuanang, a nervous system specialist and regarded craftsmanship and culture lover in the Philippines. “This was to draw in individuals to begin looking for Christmas presents — it was business driven.”

Retail locations pushing out Christmas-themed stock sooner than in the past is liable for purported “Christmas creep” in numerous nations. A massive contrast is that while others denounce the training, Filipinos generally embrace it.

A Manila seller dozes among Christmas “parol,” or lights made of paper and bamboo that are molded to look like the Star of Bethlehem.
A Manila merchant dozes among Christmas “parol,” or lights made of paper and bamboo that are molded to look like the Star of Bethlehem.
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“Filipinos begin to make parol, or Christmas lamps, as soon as September,” said Nelmida-Flores. “Presently, many pieces of the islands have their own brand name parol and Christmas subject courts and stops.”

Families rejoin
Another element which adds to occasional cheer, said Nelmida-Flores, is the arrival of the “balikbayan” — the assessed 2.2 million Filipino residents who work abroad, as per the Philippines Statistics Authority. Abroad Filipino specialists sent almost $30 billion bucks back to the Philippines in 2020, which addresses almost 10% of the nation’s absolute GDP, as per information site Statista.

A model in Manila honors abroad Filipino specialists, large numbers of whom are guardians who go through years from their youngsters and friends and family to procure wages to help them monetarily.
A figure in Manila honors abroad Filipino laborers, large numbers of whom are guardians who go through years from their kids and friends and family to procure wages to help them monetarily.
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That probably will not occur this year. A considerable lot of the abroad specialists, who live in places like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong, aren’t making a trip this year because of the worldwide pandemic.

Marites Rheme Lopez Javier, who has been living and working in Singapore for a long time, hasn’t seen her family in that frame of mind beginning around 2019. She intends to observe Christmas with them, including her most memorable grandkid conceived last month, by means of video visit.

Javier said radio broadcasts start to play English and Tagalog Christmas melodies in September. This is additionally when designs — including Christmas trees — go up. Celebrations and magnificence exhibitions, a questionable yet ridiculously famous action in the Philippines, begin in October, she said.

L: Ramiro Hinojas, known as the “moving traffic cop” coordinates Manila traffic in a Santa Claus outfit; R: Marites Rheme Lopez Javier said Santa isn’t as famous in that frame of mind as in different nations. “It’s the aunts [female relatives] who slide cash
L: Ramiro Hinojas, known as the “moving traffic cop” coordinates Manila traffic in a Santa Claus ensemble; R: Marites Rheme Lopez Javier said Santa isn’t as famous in that frame of mind as in different nations. “It’s the aunts [female relatives] who slide cash into children’s stockings.”
L: TED ALJIBE | AFP | Getty Images; R: Courtesy of Marites Javier
She said as a youngster her family made their Christmas tree from manila paper and cardboard. Presently, economical plastic trees are the standard in her town.

When inquired as to whether she feels there’s “an excess of Christmas” in the Philippines, the 45-year-old local of Luzon island said, “No, we appreciate it! It’s an exceptionally cheerful time.”

Moving festivals prior
The Peninsula Manila used to light its 45-foot Christmas tree toward the beginning of November, however “we’ve moved it a smidgen before to the second Friday of October,” said Mariano Garchitorena, the inn’s head of advertising.

He said “there’s not an obvious explanation for postponing Christmas, since Christmas is generally smart,” adding that this is what “any great Filipino, such as myself, would agree.”

The Peninsula Manila’s staff begins arranging Christmas beautifications and food in June, said Mariano Garchitorena.
The Peninsula Manila’s staff begins making arrangements for Christmas in June, said Mariano Garchitorena.
Civility of The Peninsula Manila
The inn incorporates outdoors eating in its vacation plans “to exploit the nippy climate,” said Garchitorena. The typical temperature in Manila in December is 25 C (78 F), as per Climate-Data.org.

Nina Halley, organizer behind the Manila flower and style organization The Love Garden, said she begins getting Christmas orders in July.

“Philippines is especially impacted by the West, especially the U.S.,” said Halley. “So similar pines and cypresses, pinecones and dried oranges are vigorously utilized in our stylistic theme. In all honesty, we import fir trees … from Europe.”

An honest country
Religion is the groundwork of the Philippines’ long bubbly period, said Blancaflor, adding that “the nation is praising [its] 500th year of Christianity” this year.

Some 92% of individuals in the Philippines are Christian, as per the Stanford School of Medicine. Among the number of inhabitants in 110 million, over 80% distinguish as Roman Catholic — a figure more noteworthy than that of Italy.

Some 88% of Filipinos said they were really or respectably strict, as indicated by a 2020 review by the Philippines social exploration establishment, Social Weather Stations.

Catholics who went to nine days of pre-sunrise “Simbang Gabi” masses in 2020 needed to socially separate or go to meetings practically in certain areas, because of the worldwide pandemic.
Catholics who went to nine days of pre-sunrise “Simbang Gabi” masses in 2020 needed to socially separate or go to meetings practically in certain areas, because of the worldwide pandemic.

Large numbers of the dedicated take part in the practice of Simbang Gabi, a nine-day time of pre-day break mass participation that endures from Dec. 16 to 24, said Blancaflor. The training is remembered to have been presented by Spanish ministers in the seventeenth hundred years.

This used to check the beginning of Christmas, said Cuanang, who partook as a kid: “Each first light for nine days, we would cluster in the chill, going to chapel, finishing in the 12 PM mass on Christmas Eve.”

Joven Cuanang said when he was experiencing childhood in Ilocos on the island of Luzon, kids went door to door singing Christmas ditties in return for tupig, a kind of sweet rice cake, similar to the youthful Filipino choralists, around 1955, displayed here.
Joven Cuanang said when he was experiencing childhood in Ilocos in Luzon, kids went door to door singing Christmas songs in return for tupig, a sort of sweet rice cake, similar to the youthful Filipino songbirds, around 1955, displayed here.
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In those days, festivities were something like three weeks in length, he said.

“The vast majority of my age find the four-month time frame excessively lengthy,” said 81-year-old Cuanang.

What so much celebrating says regarding the way of life
“Filipinos are a cheerful group,” said Halley, who added that her compatriots will find “any motivation to celebrate and plan food, accumulate around a table, sing, dance and be happy.”

Nina Halley and her “Pink Roses Christmas Tree” game plan, made with roses, carnations, gypsophila (green filler’s) and eucalyptus.
Nina Halley and her “Pink Roses Christmas Tree” course of action, made with roses, carnations, gypsophila (green filler’s) and eucalyptus.
Kindness of Nina Halley and The Love Garden
Blancaflor said the Christmas season features the best attributes of the Filipino public: neighborliness, liberality, imagination and devotion to family.

In particular, he said, Christmas exhibits the way of life’s dedication to aiding each other.

“Filipinos rush to answer and channel the Christmas soul to earnestly [help] impacted individuals regardless of anything else,” said Blancaflor. “Perhaps of the most gorgeous thing about the Filipinos [is] having the option to grin through the drawback of life yet be grateful in the midst of hindrances — realizing there will be a superior day.”

Funny Jose Mari Chan Memes To Welcome The Start of “Ber” Months

jose mari chan christmas meme

In the Philippines, we generally anticipate “ber” months since it implies that the roads will be loaded up with magnificence Christmas lights and designs! Moreover, Christmas music additionally keeps us advertised each Christmas season. As a country that flaunts gifted vocalists, it’s nothing unexpected that music has turned into an extraordinary welcomer for the “ber” months.

Jose Mari Chan Merry Christmas GIF – JoseMariChan MerryChristmas ChristmasSong – Discover and Share GIFs

Furthermore, the most well known Pinoy artist come September? Jose Mari Chan! His music, especially “Christmas in Our Hearts”, has left an imprint in the hearts of millions of Filipinos. Despite the fact that it’s difficult to commend the Christmas season during these exceptional times, Pinoys actually figured out how to flood online entertainment with endless interesting Jose Mari Chan images to satisfy all of us. Look at some of them underneath:

Baguio Country Club Christmas Village

How much is the entrance fee in Christmas Village Baguio?
Christmas Village 2022

Open from 10:00am to 10:00pm daily. From 10 AM to 4:59 PM, the entrance fee for adults is P90, for kids 4 to 12 years old is P30, and P50 for senior citizens. From 5 PM to 10 PM, the entrance fee for adults is P125, for kids 4 to 12 years old is P50, and P90 for senior citizens.

The Christmas Village at the Baguio Country Club will be opening its doors to the public on October 10, 2022. This year’s theme is Oriental Winter Wonderland. For several years, the Baguio Country Club Christmas Village is among the top destinations in Baguio City during the Christmas season. The opening is also in time with the onset of the cold dry season in the Philippines as the Habagat was just declared by PAGASA to have ended, which means, visitors of the Christmas village will be able to enjoy the place without or at least minimum risk of rain.

If you’re planning to visit the Baguio Christmas Village this 2022, below are the opening hours, ticket prices, location, and other guidelines you need to know before visiting. You may use the Table of Contents for faster navigation. learn more at Baguio City Guide

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