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2007-12-03

Maligayang Pasko (Merry Christmas)

The San Sebastian Church on Christmas Eve
The Philippines is a largely Catholic Country. 60% of Filipinos are Roman Catholic while the remainder comprise the Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu filipinos.




Though filipinos mostly enjoy parties on special ocassions, Christmas is always celebrated with solemnity. The Christmas fever usually starts in September where most malls are decorated with Christmas ornaments. At the start of December when strong winds blow, night markets start to rise in Manila and other big cities. The high demand for ham and cheese (queso de bola) starts and cheap bargains for christmas lights and trees swarm the Markets.

In December 16, the night mass or most commonly known as simbang gabi starts. People (especially the elder ones) are the first ones in the churches. After the mass, filipinos love to eat the bibingka and puto bumbong, a native delicacy that are commonly sold outside the churches.
Children start to serenade the neighborhood with their lamps, flashlights and instruments. In the eve of Christmas (Bisperas ng Pasko), people go for the last simbang gabi and, whoever completes their attendance on all night masses (as what I was told of), their wishes are said to come true. After it, families gather for Noche Buena and eat the all-time filipino christmas favorite, ham and cheese with hot chocolate.

On the day of christmas, children go to their godparents' house and recieve their gifts for being good kids.

So let's be good kids and recieve gifts at the end of the year!

HAVE A WORLD CLASS, FILIPINO CHRISTMAS!



The "parol", a traditional filipino lantern


Some of the majestic churches on christmas

The SM Mall of Asia on Christmas
pictures courtesy of Yahoo! and Google Philippines






NOTE: The percentage on filipino catholics have recently been corrected. Thanks to our readers!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

You got your figures wrong.

66% are Catholics
12% are Protestants
17% are Christians

Catholics are not Christians are not Protestants are not Catholics;
Christians are not Catholics are not Protestants are not Christians;

4% are the Islam, Hindu, Buddhist
1% the cults, occults, and scammers/pretenders

eyron said...

catholics are not just 66% of the philippine population. its above 80%

olec said...

According to NSO 2000 Census
Roman Catholic 80.9%
Evangelical 2.8%
Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%
Aglipayan 2%
other Christian 4.5%
Muslim 5%
other 1.8%
unspecified 0.6%
none 0.1%

Allen Yuarata said...

sorry for that. let me correct it... ^_^

Jiwa Matahari said...

"Maligayang Pasko", my ASEAN friends! "Selamat Hari Natal" from Indonesia!