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DOH advises caution for the holidays
November 5, 2020 Analou De Vera

The Department of Health (DOH) advised the public to be cautious with the different activities during the holiday season amid the still ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Caroling ban imposed as anti-COVID infection measure
November 25, 2020 Genalyn Kabiling
Christmas nights will become silent as the government intends to prohibit caroling this holiday season as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus disease.

Loud singing can yield more virus, DOH exec says; backs ban on caroling
November 9, 2020 Noreen Jazul
An official of the Department of Health has discouraged the conduct of Christmas caroling this year.

Año eyes caroling ban this year
November 8, 2020 Aaron Recuenco
Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año will propose a ban on caroling this Yuletide season amid the threat of COVID-19.

Palace: IATF to discuss proposed ban on Christmas caroling
November 6, 2020 Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) will soon discuss the proposal to prohibit Christmas street caroling to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

DOH pushes for online celebration of Christmas season amid COVID-19
Consuelo Marquez November 05, 2020
The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday called on the public to make use of online activities for a safer celebration of the coming Christmas season due to the threat of COVID-19.

Palace lists down 2021 holidays

Look: UPDATED LIST Feb 26, 2021: The President declares All Souls' Day, Christmas Eve, and the last day of the year as 'special working days'

With most vacation plans for this year foiled by the COVID-19 pandemic, families and friends may now start planning their vacations for next year - should the health situation improve - as Malacañang released the list of holidays for the year 2021.

Robredo hits gov't for scrapping 3 holidays in 2021
Feb 28, 2021
Vice President Leni Robredo scores the Duterte government for declaring All Souls' Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve as 'special working days'

Hontiveros says cancelled holidays disastrous to workers, urges Duterte to recall order
March 1, 2021 Mario Casayuran
Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday warned the Duterte administration that making November 2, December 24 and 31 as “special working holidays” would cut the take-home pay of thousands of workers.

Palace urged to reverse Duterte proclamation on making Nov. 2, Dec. 24, Dec. 31 ‘special working holidays’
Christia Marie Ramos March 01, 2021
Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday called on Malacañang to reconsider and withdraw a decision making November 2, December 24 and 31 “special working holidays.”

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Vatican to hold Easter celebrations without congregation due to virus
Agence France-Presse March 15, 2020

The Vatican says all general audiences and the Angelus presided over by Pope Francis will be livestreamed until April 12.
The Vatican said March 15, that its traditional Easter week celebrations would be held this year without worshippers due to the coronavirus.
"Because of the current global public health emergency, all the liturgical celebrations of Holy Week will take place without the physical presence of the faithful," the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household said in a statement.

Vatican issues decree for Holy Week liturgies with pandemic restrictions
Cindy Wooden Mar 20, 2020 CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

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COVID-19: Vatican Holy Week celebrations under study
Vatican News 16 March 2020

Filipino Holiday Customs Discovering Philippine Traditions: 7 Filipino Holiday Customs

Sprinkling a Little Philippine Culture into the Holidays
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The “-Ber” months are here!
Alex M. Eduque September 1, 2018

Yep, that’s right! It’s September first today. The “-ber” months are officially upon us, and a Christmas carol or two may have already played on the radio. After all, we Pinoys are known for celebrating the longest holiday season.

Stats on holiday shopping in PH and why the ‘ber’ season is a myth
October 03, 2017

A survey conducted among Rappler readers reveals the new shopping habits of a modern, digitally-savvy market.
At least 100 days before Christmas, the ‘ber’ mode kicks in, in the Philippines. Here the ‘ber’ months are typically used to refer to one of the longest holiday seasons in the world.


Pasko na sa Divisoria
ABS-CBN News Nov 17, 2019
"Rated K" visits Tondo, Manila's commercial district, Divisoria, to check out early Holiday bargains.

'Ber months': Mga parol, ibinebenta na
Aug 31, 2018
Ber month na bukas. Nagsimula nang mag-display ng parol ang mga vendors. Sa Albay, patok ang mga palamuting gawa sa abaca.

Christmas in SEPTEMBER!??
Jeremy Kruis Sep 16, 2017
The Christmas season starts early in the Philippines. When the months start ending in "ber," that's when the Christmas season starts.

Pasko Na! Christmas and "ber" Months
Kevin Sanders Sep 28, 2016
Filipinos love Christmas season so they start it relatively early: months ending with "ber" mark the beginning of the holiday season, so you can expect to see decorations and hear Christmas songs starting in September.

Christ the King Sunday

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Christ the King Sunday

On the last Sunday of the liturgical year, Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King
commonly referred to as the Feast of Christ the King or Christ the King Sunday, is a relatively recent addition to the Western liturgical calendar, having been instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI for the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church

A King with a heart
Fr. Jerry M. Orbos SVD November 22, 2020
Today is the Solemnity of Christ, the King of the Universe. In today’s Gospel (Mt. 25, 31-46), we hear of the final judgment wherein the Lord will separate those who will or will not enter His kingdom, based on what they did, or did not do to others. The bottom line is our compliance to our King’s commandment that we love one another.

Christ the King feast marked; Catholics end liturgical year
November 21, 2020 Christina Hermoso
As Roman Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of the Christ the King tomorrow, November 22, a Church leader highlighted the kind of king that Jesus is – a king who serves.


Videos are in the album Advent

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The Season of Advent - Anticipation and Hope
Dennis Bratcher

The Colors of Advent - The Spirit of Advent - Evergreens and The Advent Wreath
Celebrating Advent - An Advent Reflection - Music for Advent


Pope's tips for Advent
Dec 7, 2020 ROME REPORTS in English
Advent Wreath Lighting - 4 Candles of Advent Season of Hope & Joy
Advent is a season of hopeful and joyful preparations for the Birthday of the Savior. The Advent Wreath: the circle symbolizes God's eternity. He has no beginning and no end. The green leaves - His evergreen and ever fresh love. The four candles - the four Sundays prior to December 25. The pink third candle - the pregnant joy in every heart as we come nearer and nearer to Christmas. The white candle - Christ is the light of the world. Christmas flowers (POINSETTIA or Pascua) - love turns deep red in the midst of darkness.
The "Asbury 2011 Advent candle lighting" telling about the story of the candles
Advent! His Eminence, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales of the Archdiocese of Manila shares his thoughts about the season of Advent.
Halina Hesus - Pinoy Advent Song
Sung during Advent... Come Jesus Come!

The Symbolism of the Advent Wreath


Advent Sundays masses 2020
Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu
Living out Advent in the home
John Kostoff and Patricia Dal Ben, Catholic Register Special
November 23, 2019

Advent for Filipinos
Msgr. Sabino Vengco Jr.
November 28, 2019

On waiting: A Simbang Gabi homily
Fr. Ro Atilano, SJ December 23, 2018

Hindi ka iiwan sa ere ng Panginoon. Hindi paasa ang Panginoon.
The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, which literally means "arrival" or "coming." The Advent season reminds us how humanity waited for centuries for the coming of the Messiah.

St. Lucy (Lucia)

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Died: December 13, 304 A.D.
Patron Saint of the Blind & Eye Disorders

St. Lucy is a virgin and martyr of Syracuse in Sicily, whose feast day is celebrated by Catholic and Orthodox Churches on December 13th

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Saint Lucy (283–304)

also known as Saint Lucia or Santa Lucia

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Jusette05 wrote on Dec 15, 2011:

Every December 13, Barangay Sta. Monica in Hagonoy, Bulacan has tradition to celebrate the feast of St. Lucy.

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Tradition tells us that Saint Lucy was born of noble, wealthy, Christian parents in Syracuse, Italy. The date of Lucy's martyrdom was December 13, 304.
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Santa Lucia hymn - song for Santa Lucia day DEC 13.

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Here are two different origins of this tradition.

1. In Sicily, Italy, where it comes from the christianity and Lucia being a saint.

2. That's not the case in the northern part of the world e.g. Scandinavia here it comes from a much older pagan tradition that has to do with bringing light in the time of darkness, as some days of the year you might not even se the sun there, simply just celebrated/marked the darkest night of the year (the midwinter solstice).

It is later on that people started to celebrate the Saint Lucia when christianity became a state religion!

The Lucia night was also holy according to the catholic faith (Many northern countries are or were earlier catholic) so you can say there have been mixes through history, first it was the pagan traditions mixed with the catholic, and then it developed and became a unic celebration in many countries around the whole christian world - both catholic and protestant - that was more and more going towards the christian part of the tradition. and the songs were added quite lately and where taken from the original Italian song and translated into many languages.

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Look Hymn song Santa Lucia with notes and Danish text - lyrics HERE

Look the original lyrics of "Santa Lucia" in Neapolitan, and so translated to Italian and again to English HERE

Misa de Gallo (Roosters Mass) - Simbang Gabi - Etc.

Look also above: On waiting: A Simbang Gabi homily

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CBCP sets guidelines for ‘Simbang Gabi’ amid COVID-19
Daphne Galvez December 02, 2020

In line with the public health protocols being implemented to stem the spread of the virus, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) released the guidelines under November 27 Circular No. 20-82 on the celebration of Aguinaldo masses, or the “Misa de Gallo.”

Church opens doors for ‘Simbang Gabi,’ ‘Misa de Gallo’
Jodee A. Agoncillo, Nestle Semilla December 15, 2020
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Catholic churches all over the country are opening their doors for the “Simbang Gabi” (anticipated Masses) and “Misa de Gallo” (dawn Masses) leading to Christmas Day, starting at sundown on Tuesday. The Masses will also be livestreamed on Facebook and other social media sites.

The Video: CBCP sets guidelines for safe observance of 'Simbang Gabi'
Dec 3, 2020 CNN Philippines
The Filipino Christmas isn't complete without the yearly tradition of 'Simbang Gabi.' The Catholic Church introduces changes to make sure devotees stay safe while keeping the faith.

CCPO: No need for social distancing sticks in Misa de Gallo
Morexette Marie B. Erram December 12,2020
Law enforcers in Cebu City are urging churches here assigned to hold Misa de Gallo (dawn Masses) to strictly enforce distancing protocols.
The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) announced that they would not be arming themselves with meter-long sticks to ensure that physical distancing in churches would be followed.

Cebu City ‘ready’ for Simbang Gabi, Misa de Gallo
Morexette Marie B. Erram December 14, 2020

The pilgrim’s center of the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño in Cebu City is being readied for the Misa de Gallo and Simbang Gabi Masses.
Except for several ‘minor’ concerns, churches and local officials here are ready to hold Simbang Gabi and Misa de Gallo (dawn Mass).


Simbang Gabi
History, Liturgy and Tradition

“Simbang Gabi” A Christmas Tradition in the Philippines
a series of nine dawn masses that starts as early as 4 a.m. on December 16th and ends on the midnight of December 24th

Misa de Gallo (Roosters Mass) - Simbang Gabi
Simbang Gabi - and - Misa de Gallo (Roosters Mass) 2020

Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu

LOOK: Photos of churches around Metro Cebu during first day of Misa de Gallo
CDN Digital December 16, 2020
Cebu City, The Catholic faithful flocked to churches holding dawn masses (Misa de Gallo) here on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

MASS SCHEDULES: Simbang Gabi 2020
Here is the schedule of Simbang Gabi Masses across the Philippines from December 15 to 23 (for the anticipated Masses in the evening) or from December 16 to 24 (for the dawn Masses).

2019-12-15 Pope Francis - Holy Mass for the Filipino Community
Dec 15, 2019 Vatican News - English

From St Peter's Basilica, Holy Mass presided over by Pope Francis for the Filipino Community

Pope Francis leads Simbang Gabi: ‘Be smugglers of faith’
Paterno Esmaquel II December 16, 2019 - with Videos
The Simbang Gabi has already been held 4 times in Saint Peter’s Basilica, but it is the first time that a Pope presided over a Simbang Gabi

Pope Francis presides over Mass for Rome's Filipino community
15 December 2019 Vatican News
Pope Francis on Sunday celebrates Mass in St Peter’s Basilica for Rome’s Filipino Community, telling them they have a special mission to share their faith.
Pope Francis said that “in the Philippines, for centuries, there has been a novena in preparation for a blessed Christmas called, Simbang-Gabi (Mass of the night). During nine days, the Filipino faithful gather in their parishes for a special Eucharistic celebration.”

“The Filipino people take their devotion seriously”
Lydia O'Kane 15 December 2019
As the Filipino community in Rome gathers in St Peter’s Basilica for Mass celebrated by Pope Francis, a nun from the Philippines speaks about the faith of the community living in the city.


A Christmas Story: Pope Benedict XVI and the Filipino's of Simbang Gabi

Nellie Hizon of the Catholic Church talks about her miraculous journey for the Filipinos who celebrate Simbang Gabi. Her efforts ultimately led Pope Benedict XVI to leave a blessing for the Filipino people worldwide who celebrate Simbang Gabi.

Video by Truth Esguerra

Pope Benedict XVI
Nellie Hizon

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Misa de Gallo or Misa de Aguinaldo – What’s the difference?
Filipino Christmas Tradition - Simbang Gabi

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On “Simbang Gabi”

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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila

Guidelines on the Celebration of SIMBANG GABI

Simbang Gabi

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Pagsilang ng Tagapagligtas - ‘nativity of Jesus Christ’

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Pagsilang ng Tagapagligtas
December 24, 2016

This video entitled ‘Pagsilang ng Tagapagligtas’ features ‘nativity of Jesus Christ.’

Maglalakbay si Sandra Aguinaldo patungong Holy Land upang sundan at sariwain ang mga eksenang nasusulat sa Bibliya ukol sa kapanakan ni Hesukristo.


Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ December 25, 2020
Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu


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Nuncio in Philippines: Christmas is a call to simplicity, humility
Vatican News 26 December 2020

In his first Christmas in the Philippines, the Holy See’s new Apostolic Nuncio urges Christians to strive to live a life of greater simplicity in imitation of the Babe of Bethlehem.


Christmas Eve Mass December 24, 2020

Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu


Pope Francis: Let yourselves de amazed by the message of Christmas
Dec 23, 2020 ROME REPORTS in English



First 'Christmas Star' in 800 years
Dec 7, 2020 Manila Bulletin

On December 21, a celestial phenomenon will occur when Jupiter and Saturn align, lighting the sky in a way that has not been seen since 1226

Christmas Star:’ A rare sighting amid the pandemic
Dec 21, 2020
In the nativity story of the Gospel of Matthew, the Star of Bethlehem or the Christmas Star appeared in the night sky and guided the three wise men on their way to the stable where Jesus Christ was born.

The Star of Bethlehem, or Christmas Star, appears only in the nativity story of the Gospel of Matthew where "wise men from the East" (Magi) are inspired by the star to travel to Jerusalem. There, they meet King Herod of Judea, and ask him:
Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.

What was the Christmas Star?
What was the Star of Bethlehem? Over the years many astronomical explanations have been suggested for this key aspect of the Christmas story.
The Christmas star in the Bible
Some of what we know of the Star of Bethlehem was originally included in St. Matthew’s Gospel, and some of it has come down to us as interpretation or embellishment.

LOOK: Christmas tree made out of plastic bottles, cups, utensils in Bulacan
December 08, 2019
The creation of an eco-lamp Christmas tree in Baliwag, Bulacan, is part of the town's campaign to recycle and create items from waste

Dreaming of a green Christmas? Here are 5 ways to make it more sustainable
Sharon George, Keele University December 15, 2018
A guide to a greener, more sustainable but generous Christmas

Christmas in a sea of sadness
December 24, 2018

We wish everyone clarity of thought to realize our contradictions, our duplicity, nay, our hypocrisy.

Stand up for the newborn Jesus!
by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas December 24, 2018

Stand up for life. Stand up for purity. Stand up for human dignity. We cannot find Christmas joy in timidity and cowardice. Stand up and choose the Lord!

WATCH: Christmas Eve Masses in Manila Cathedral and Ateneo
December 24, 2018 - with Videos

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is leading the Christmas Eve Mass at the Manila Cathedral, while Ateneo president Father Jose Ramon Villarin is saying Mass at the Church of the Gesù

Cardinal Tagle urges youth to make 'toxic' world better
'You don't deserve this world but you, young people, can make this world better, for the Savior was a child,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Christmas Eve

Amid 'dark' bullying, Ateneo president says defend light of Christmas
'If hate and pain seem to be enduring, these can never be greater than love,' says Ateneo president Fr Jose Ramon Villarin in his Christmas Eve homily

Is it wrong to say 'Xmas' instead of 'Christmas'?

In Greek, the original language of the New Testament, the word for “Christ” is Χριστός, which begins with the Greek letter that is essentially the same letter as the English letter X. So, originally, Xmas was simply an abbreviation of Christmas. No grand conspiracy to take Christ out of Christmas. Just an abbreviation.

Why does Christmas in the Philippines start in September?
by Marj Casal September 26, 2017

Experts weigh in on why among all other countries, Christmas is celebrated the longest in the Philippines

PH X'mas symbols, practices trace roots to Spanish era
by Nigel Tan December 23, 2016

UPDATED Here's a list of items and practices considered part of the Filipino Christmas but actually Spanish in origin.
Because Spanish missionaries brought Christmas to the Philippines, many cultural items and practices that are considered part of the Filipino Christmas actually trace their roots to Spanish tradition too.
Here are just some of them, many of them fixtures in Filipino Christmases.

What’s a classic Pinoy Christmas reunion like?
December 19, 2017

Does yours involve karaoke and a lot of food?
No one does reunions like Pinoys.

Why do Filipinos love to celebrate Christmas?
Sofia Tomacruz December 24, 2017
Sociologists explain why the holiday season is so widely celebrated in the country

5 signs you’re in a Pinoy Christmas get-together
Jules Matabuena December 20, 2017
Any of these sound familiar?

How Filipinos celebrated Christmas in the Spanish era
Nigel Tan December 24, 2016

Despite the Americanization of our Christmas celebration, old practices and traditions from the Spanish colonial period remain with us to this day.
Before “Merry Christmas” or even “Maligayang/Maayong Pasko,” the cry of the season then was Felices Pascuas.

Surigao tribes light first ever Christmas tree
November 30, 2019

Many of the IP communities were converted and have accepted the tradition of Christmas.
With the free, prior and informed consent from indigenous peoples (IP) leaders, the first ever Christmas tree was lighted at the tribal hall in Sitio Simuwao in Lianga, Surigao del Sur, on Wednesday, November 24.

IN PHOTOS: Children dress up in Christmas costumes for '45th Silahis ng Pasko' in Baguio
December 02, 2018

The kids are joined by their parents during the event
Hundreds of school children dressed up in colorful Christmas outfits on Saturday, December 1 for the 45th Silahis ng Pasko, held in Baguio City.

December 27, 2016

Christmas is for family, even when Papa is in a coffin and Mama disappears

Text by Patricia Evangelista, Photos by Carlo Gabuco, Research by Rambo Talabong

In Christmas denial 2016
Vergel O. Santos December 16, 2016
The streets have been quiet since – and should remain so until January 6, the Day of the Magi
Nothing gets in the way of a Filipino Christmas, not even the season's otherwise most provocative issues. And there are a number.
The streets have been quiet since – although Christmastime was yet to be ushered in officially by the first of nine dawn masses on the 16th – and should remain so until January 6, the Day of the Magi.
But then, again, time must be made for rest and re-energizing; Chripmas, for all its fun, can be exhausting, such that, by the time our lives are cleared of it, it’s Valentine’s
Gov't bans demolitions during Christmas season
Patty Pasion December 07, 2016

The Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor issues a moratorium on demolitions around the country until January 2017.

Anticipating Christmas in a time of killing
Jayeel Serrano Cornelio November 12, 2016
Life has become cheap. If this is what Christmas is now about, could it still be merry?
Undas is over, bazaars are everywhere, and reunions are filling up our calendar. The cold breeze is picking up too. Traffic in Manila is building up, which can only get worse before it gets better (if it ever does). Christmas is surely around the corner.
Filipino Superstitions

Filipino Superstitions about Christmas etc.

Compiled by Laura B. Corpuz

Tops for Christmas Sharing With Others and Simbang Gabi still Tops for Christmas

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Say: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Different Philippine Languages
1960s Native Philippine Christmas Cards

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Many great cards

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Paskong Pinoy

By Reynaldo Gamboa Alejandro, Marla Yotoko Chorengel

Philippine Christmas Art & Form

Just what the Philippine Christmas or, as we fondly call it, “Paskong Pinoy” is!

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IN PHOTOS: Christmas on Display returns to the Araneta Center
Alexa Villano November 24, 2018 - also with Video

After 16 years, the display is back in the Araneta Center

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Araneta Center revives Christmas on Display after 16 years
By: Krissy Aguilar November 23, 2018

LIST: Must-see Christmas sights and sounds in Metro Manila
November 14, 2018
Check out these photo op-worthy Christmas attractions around the city, including the Disney-themed Ayala Festival of Lights

IN PHOTOS and Video: Magical Christmas spots south of Metro Manila
by Claire Madarang December 10, 2018
The south also comes alive with Christmas colors, and the sights are just an hour or so away from Manila


Simbahan sa Rizal, ibinida ang ilang Christmas relics
Dec 27, 2014

Dinarayo ngayon ang simbahan sa San Mateo, Rizal dahil sa Christmas relic, kabilang ang hinigaan ni baby Jesus at belo ni Mama Mary.

Christmas - New Year - Epiphany (three Kings - Tatlong Hari)  the Filipino Way

A great article telling about all the traditions

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Noche buena
This article is about a traditional custom in the Philippines
Noche buena is a Spanish word referring to the night of Christmas Eve and celebrated on December 24 every year
Christmas: A National Fiesta

A lot of good informations about how to celebrate Christmas in the Philippines

These 7 places in PH shine bright and beautiful every Christmas
Rhea Claire Madarang December 14, 2015

Staying in the city or looking to travel this Christmas? Take a look at these magical destinations that shine bright during the holidays in the Philippines

Visit these 7 beautiful Christmas 2015 exhibits at PH malls, hotels
December 05, 2015

A ferris wheel is transformed into a massive lantern, a mesmerizing, hypnotic art installation, traditional, elegant holiday decor at a beloved hotel, and more

The two legends that we know behind the Pascua


e.g. POINSETTIA or Pascua and the panunuluyan and the parol

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Catholic Traditions for Advent and Christmas


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Discover the Advent / Christmas season

Christmas in the Philippine

Christmas in the Philippine

Pasko Sa Aming Bayang Pilipinas
Lindsey Scharpenter

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Forgotten Christmas Traditions
Dec 9, 2019 Manila Bulletin Online

Traditions are one way of celebrating the festive yuletide season. However, there are Christmas traditions that have been forgotten nowadays. Do you still practice some of these traditions?


Krismas Sarap
ABS-CBN News December 01, 2019

Rated K learns how to prepare Filipino Christmas holiday specialties such as bibingka, puto bumbong, and lechon.


Christmas in Bacolod, 'The City of Smiles', Negros

GMA Public Affairs Dec 7, 2019

Biyahero Drew went on a Christmas trip in 'The City of Smiles' - Bacolod! He visited a collector of Christmas villages, met local handicraft makers, and explored local Christmas favorites.


Christmas on Display back at Araneta Center after 16 years
Nov 23, 2018

Celebrity performances punctuated the return of Christmas on Display (COD) at the Araneta Center on Friday, Nov. 23, that was also highlighted by a fireworks show at the Times Square Food Park in Cubao. Look more above


Christmas in Baguio (Full episode)
Dec 11, 2018

Drew and the team experience the all-year round Christmas spirit in Baguio!

Malacañang Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Streamed live December 05, 2016


Tree of Hope lights Fuente Osmena Circle
Dec 1, 2016

Cebu City officials and representatives from M. Lhuillier Group lit up the 125-feet Christmas tree at the Fuente Osmena Circle on Thursday, December 1, signaling the opening of Pasko sa Sugbo.

A gigantic Christmas tree lights up beautiful Tagum City
This gigantic tree is 172.5 feet tall – a record-breaking height for Tagum City!


Pasko - A Filipino (typical) Christmas

Short documentary about Christmas celebration in the Philippines.


Children of OFWs talk about Christmas without their parents
December 23, 2015

The celebration is different for the children of overseas Filipino workers
How are the holidays like for these kids who live far away from their OFW parents? Watch this Rappler Christmas special.


Bring them home this Christmas
November 14, 2018

An OFW father and the son he left back home are at the core of a new digital film by Century Properties
Christmas is the most celebrated time of the year for us Filipinos. And for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), Christmas won’t be complete without celebrating it at home with their loved ones.


Christmas in Pampanga
Dec 26, 2016

Experience the all-year round Christmas spirit in Pampanga as Drew explores the Parol business and Giant Lantern culture of the Kapampangans, the sumptuous food with Atching Lilian Borromeo and Dasuri Choi and the Bale-Balayan Choir.


Christmas 2008 / Pasko 2008 - sa Pilipinas

This video features the yearly acitivities of establishments, malls, business districts and people in celebrating the spirit of christmas in the Philippines.

This video is dedicated to the people of the Philippines who are outside of the country working for a better future.



We are still waiting for part 2


Cebu Christmas special: Bethlehem sa Sugbo
Dec 23, 2014


Christmas in the Philippines

Hawaii State Senator Rick Reed and his wife Jenn Reed present an hour-long documentary showcasing the beauty of the Filipino culture and how Filipinos celebrate Christmas.


Christmas in the Philippines


Filipino Christmas Tradition


Tangub City The Christmas Symbols Capital of the Philippines

Welcome "The Christmas Symbols Capital of the Philippines, Tangub City, Misams Occidental, Region 10, Philippines
Video Footage Produced By: Nonoy Nano


2011 Policarpio Street, Mandaluyong

Christmas Decorations

Policarpio is a street in the city of Mandaluyong Philippines , the residents of Policarpio street yearly decorate their houses with many christmas lights and it has become a yearly christmas attraction. Many people visit this street during christmas and have their pictures taken with kids and families.


Philippines Kids Xmas Party 2015
Peter White


Kids Xmas Party 2016
Peter White
Our third annual Xmas party for the local children. Again this year the kids helped us plan an even better party than the first two.


Pilipinas Christmas Special 2016
Malipayong Pasko ug Mabulahang Bag-ong Tuig kanatong tanan. Ania ang mga estoryang mohatag kanato og paglaom, inspirasyon ug mas mopasabot sa kahulogan sa Pasko.


Planning for Christmas? There's an app for that

Are you starting your plans for Christmas? Good news! There are free applications for your smartphones and tablets that can help you make plans for this coming Christmas.
Oct 2, 2014


Filipino Christmas Tutorial 2011
Mikey Bustos

PANUNULUYAN: A Christmas Drama

Look the article as pdf HERE


The traditional PANULUYAN

(Mary and Joseph's search for shelter for Jesus who was to be born) was done in the evening of December 24, 2010 in selected depressed areas of San Pedro Apostol, Cavite City. Gift-giving, handled by the Wise men and the Shepherds, for the poorest of the poor accompanied the PANULUYAN

The OFW Christmas list
by/Shakira Sison December 17, 2015
'Instead of resenting them for being away, OFWs hope their families realize their lack of choice'

When OFWs party
by Don Kevin Hapal December 02, 2016
It’s a night of happiness and games and good food – but also a night to remind them of all the things they miss from home.
It’s that time of the year again.
They all share one thing in common: they are about to celebrate Christmas away from their loved ones.


 Naughty Christmas gifts

by/Dr. Margie Holmes

What gift should you get for someone you're flirting with?

Dec 22, 2012

How Filipinos Reinvented Christmas

Traditional Christmas Dances - Etc.

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Christmas Dances Philippine Christmas Dances

Philippine Christmas Dances are dances expressive of the Christmas season practiced in certain regions in the Philippines.

Aside from the Christmas carols most Filipinos are fond of during the yuletide season, there are also Christmas dances that are performed to celebrate this festive time of the year.


Pandanggo Rinconada

The Pandanggo Rinconada is a staple among the Christmas veladas (evening programs or shows) in Nabua, Camarines Sur.


PANDERETAS - "Las Panderetas" - Philippine Folk Dance

 the Las Panderetas is the Yuletide folk dance, which used to accompany the Christmas carols called Daigon, is the traditional Christmas dance of Tanza, Iloilo. The music used in the later is a typical Visayan "daygon - daigon"


"Panderetas de Amor" 2. version

A second version of this dance is also called "Panderetas de Amor". Panderetas means "tambourines" in Spanish. This dance portarays a heavy Spanish influence.


Pastora sa Belen

(Sheperds of Betlehem), from the Bicol region, is the presentation of the shepherds singing and dancing from house to house and is dancers in groups of 6 or 10 performers.  They are the PASTORAS SA BELEN.

A Bicol Christmas tradition



a dance from the Ilocos region - province of Abra It was originally an all-male dance performance presenting a mock fight between Ilocano Christians and non-Christian groups of the northern mountains using sticks. It is danced by children while striking together footlong sticks for rhythm when going from house to house to solicit gifts (Christmas)

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Look the history of the Sakuting Philippine Folk Dance

by Rianne Hill Soriano HERE


A Pinoy Christmas Ballet Concert

Christmas ballet concert by Steps Dance Project, directed and choreographed by James Laforteza (with excerpts from The Nutcracker choreographed by Jeffrey Espejo, not shown here).

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Advent & Christmas Songs

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Catholic Faith Education Top Ten Advent Songs
Music for Advent
Advent Songs

Tagalog only

Advent Hymns and Christmas Songs
Advent Day Hymns!

Enjoy the lovely words and lyrics of traditional and popular Advent Christian hymns. Have a great time searching our extensive list of online Advent songs. Printable Advent hymns of praise and worship which are suitable for all Christian denominations.

Filipino Christmas songs

Many Christmas songs and carols

Remark these are albums - videos in the album Christmas Hymns, Songs, Carols examples

On this day, we celebrate and give thanks for all the blessings we have received.
Let us have faith in God and in ourselves, to face the problems of life with our feet standing firmly on the ground.
Let us all believe in the true spirit of Christmas. Sharing our love with each other is the best gift we can ever give from our hearts.


"Father of Philippine Christmas Music" na si Jose Mari Chan, kilalanin!
Dec 26, 2019 GMA Public Affairs
3 Videos


Christmas Live Jam:
A special show dedicated to OFWs
Wyatt Ong
Five musicians comprise our Christmas Live Jam lineup. The show is especially dedicated to OFWs who will not be able to come home to their families this year.

Christmas Live Jam



Remark many medleys, songs & carols in the album

Look the lyrics in Tagalog and English for Mano Po Ninong Mano Po Ninang - Christmas Song


O Holy Night


Indigenous Visayan Christmas Carol Song of The Highland People

Visayan Christmas carol of the highland people of Iligan City, Philippines. Their way of singing is very much noted for the abrupt change in their vocal tone, from low to high pitch.


Bagong pakulo sa Carolling
ABS-CBN News Dec 15, 2019
The video features three groups that came up with unique ways to go Christmas caroling


Christmas carol - Cebu, Philippines style


OPM Christmas Songs Medley




List of Filipino Christmas carols

Tagalog Christmas Songs
Kasadya Ni-ining Takna-a Visayan Christmas carol

Kasadya Ni-ining Takna-a

Caroling is a part of the Filipino Christmas tradition

Links to many carols with text etc.

Look the article as pdf HERE

Christmas songs

A blog about Filipino culture, traditions and music which includes awiting Filipino, tula, parabula, bugtong, salawikain atbp. Hatid sa inyo ni cathy.

Many filipino songs both with text and chords


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CHRISTMAS MANGER SCENES (Beléns) constructed by Bill Egan


How to make a Nativity scene - Belén

In 8 minutes, an half day of work to make the Nativity Scene - Belén for Christmas.
With Christmas songs in background.

Remark these are albums in the album "Christmas in the Philippines"

Building your Belén

2016.12.09 St. Peter's Square: Inauguration of the Crib and Christmas Tree Lighting

2017.12.07 St Peter Square : Crib inauguration ceremony

Parol - Christmas lantern

Most of the Videos in this section are albums in the album Christmas in the Philippines

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In the Filipino language, a Christmas lantern is called a parol. There's no greater symbol of the Filipino Christmas spirit than the parol.

The History of Parol Christmas Lanterns

Filipino Christmas star-shaped lantern, its significance - meaning for Filipinos

A description of the Filipino Christmas star-shaped lantern - Parol, its significance and meaning for Filipinos.
Pampanga lantern-maker pays tribute to frontliners helping fight COVID-19
Tonette Orejas November 20, 2020
Medical and security frontliners get a colorful “thank you” through a lantern handcrafted by Roland Quiambao.
A 10-foot Christmas lantern expressing gratitude to medical and security frontliners has illuminated the facade of a civic center hosting an isolation facility for COVID-19 patients in this Pampanga capital.
“Thank You Frontliners” are the words etched on the lantern made by Roland Quiambao. It was first lit on Nov. 16.

Pampanga’s giant lanterns to shine in online festival
Tonette Orejas December 10, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has forced craftsmen, local officials and civic leaders in this Pampanga provincial capital to cancel the competition in this year’s giant lantern festival.
Instead, they have opted to “perform” the mammoth creations to an online audience on Dec. 16 to continue the tradition that began 112 years ago.


Making a Parol: A Filipino Christmas Tradition


Make a Parol - Tutorial


Symphonies of Parols

Sound & light display at the Ayala Triangle, Makati City to celebrate Christmas 2010


The golden man of parol

Dec 20, 2017 - Video by Vee Salazar

My life is not happy, when I don't make lanterns.

A parolmaker from San Fernando - home of the giant lanterns - spent most of his life making lanterns.

The article HERE




Mga higanteng parol nagpasiklaban sa Pampanga
Dec 15, 2019 ABS-CBN News
Bumida ang 12 higanteng parol sa isang pista sa Pampanga. Sa Naga City, umarangkada na ang Kamundagan o Christmas festival.
Nagpa-Patrol, Trisha Mostoles.


Giant Parols sa Pampanga, puwede pang balik-balikan!
GMA Public Affairs December 26, 2019
May Christmas hangover ka pa ba? Kung nais balikan ang simoy ng kapaskuhan, puwedeng-puwede pa rin daw bisitahin ang mga higanteng parol sa Pampanga! Ang kamangha-mangha nilang disenyo at sukat, silipin sa video!


Tradisyunal na paggawa ng fish lantern sa Pampanga, nanganganib na raw na maglaho?
Dec 22, 2019 GMA Public Affairs
Alam n'yo ba na ang tradisyunal na parol ng mga Kapampangan ay hindi hugis-bituin kundi hugis-isda? Ito ang tinatawag na "asan" o fish lantern. Ngunit ayon sa isang fish lantern maker, nanganganib na raw maglaho ang tradisyon na ito.

Barangay Sta. Lucia wins giant lantern contes
December 15, 2019
THE lantern entry from Barangay Sta. Lucia in the City of San Fernando shone the brightest during the Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) held at the Robinsons Starmills on Saturday, December 14.


This is the Philippines
Catriona Gray showcases PH's rich heritage
by Cat'elle December 09, 2018

This is the Philippines shows Catriona taking a tour of Luzon. She traveled to Manila, Pampanga, and Rizal, where she showed off Intramuros, Luneta Park, the art of the Higantes, parol (lantern) making, and paintings by the country's national artists.

The article HERE

Parol - Filipino Christmas Lantern

Look the article as pdf HERE

Kris Kringle

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Filipinos have their own version of exchanging gifts or Kris Kringle, it is called "Monito Monita".

Look the article HERE

Kris kringle - the Filipino way of Christmas exchange gifts
Christmas gift ideas

Look also all the good links on the page

The Traditions of Gift Giving in the Philippines
Inspirational gifts for you and your loved ones.

Christmas - Holiday Food and Drinks - Etc.

Read MUCH more about Christmas - Holiday food and drinks in the Philippines - and the general food culture

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IN CHARTS: Inflation spoils Filipino family’s noche buena
by Ralf Rivas December 08, 2018

Celebrating Christmas this year will cost Filipinos more due to high prices of goods.


Top 10 Pinoy Christmas Foods


Christmas recipes in Benguet
Dec 18, 2016
Learn how to cook these creative Cordillera dishes like the Itogon Bibingka, Pancit Ilokano, Kinuday and Boldyak.


Christmas Carbonara with Hamon de Bola and Queso de Bola
Dec 19, 2017

Make the most out of your Christmas ham and cheese with this delicious and easy to make carbonara.

Remark these are albums in the album "Different food and some recipes"

Christmas: Holiday Food
The table is set buffet style with as many 15-20 food items.
The food recipes are prepared for Christmas

Look also

The Noche Buena Feast
Ham, queso de bola (Edam cheese) and hot chocolate are traditional
By Connie Veneracion

Christmas Cuisine In The Philippines

By/ Thomas Wenge

Christmas etc. e.g. alcohol, crimes, decor & LGBT

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Should I lie to my kids about Santa?
by/ Rachael Sharman, The Conversation December 23, 2015
But does lying about whether Santa exists really do children any psychological harm? And if you do choose to lie to them, when’s the best age to break the news?
Holiday hangovers: What happens to us when we get drunk
by/Stephen Bright, The Conversation December 21, 2015

So, this Christmas, drink only if you’re feeling festive and maybe switch out the gin for some eggnog.
Humans' relationship with alcohol is complicated. It’s a colorful thread woven into the fabric of our society.
As a chemical, alcohol is a very simple molecule, but its effects on the brain are quite complex. And different people respond differently to alcohol in different situations.

Look also Date rape drug and Abuse

4 holiday quirks you need to keep #InControl

by/Michaela Romulo Dec 15, 2014

Yes, we’ve all experienced these quirks. And often, we’re even the ones guilty of them. So stop and get yourself #InControl
It’s Christmas time and before we get carried away with the year-end Yuletide celebrations, it may be a good idea to pause for a minute and assess your holiday habits.


Dec 12, 2018

"Red Alert" looks into the rise of criminal cases during the yuletide season. The program interviews people who experienced being victimized by snatchers while shopping.


Top 5 Christmas Modus

Bistado presents the top 5 modus operandis usually evident during the Christmas season. Be aware of these crimes by watching this video.
Dec 15, 2014

Christmas Décor Producers & Exporters Association of the Philippines (CDPEAP)

How to make your own Christmas decors

Kapamilya, for help you save money this Christmas, it is better if you will make your own Christmas decor. Nov 13, 2014

Remark this is an album in the sub-album "Christmas in the Philippines"


Winter wonderland of DTI

Visit the 'Winter Wonderland' features the different Christmas decor in trade fairs of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Pasay City.

Jun 28, 2014

Remark this is an album in the sub-album "Christmas in the Philippines"


Tourists visit 'Santa Claus mountain'

Find out why this mountain in Kapangan, Benguet is called "Santa Claus Mountain."

Dec 15, 2014

Remark this is an album in the album "Mountains" in the album "Mountains, Volcanoes, Lakes, Waterfalls, Rivers, Dams, Marsh, Mangrove, Etc."

Look more about the mountains etc.

The annual Christmas challenge of being gay
by/Shakira Sison Dec 11, 2014

'We are tired of being asked what is wrong with us that we can't find a partner or a spouse. We're not picky, afraid of commitment, or unable to keep a relationship. Believe it or not, we are actually loved.'

3 Kings Day in Philippines

Epiphany - Three Kings - Tres Reyes - Tatlong Hari

The Videos: Holy Masses for the Epiphany of the Lord

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The Epiphany of the Lord
Epiphany is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ.
The traditional date for the feast is January 6. However, since 1970, the celebration is held in some countries on the Sunday after January 1.

Epiphany in the Philippines

3 Kings day

January 6, it is known as the day of the Three Kings (or wise men/magi): Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.

the article above "Three Kings Celebration"

3 Kings day in the Philippines

the long Christmas season traditionally ends on this day, known colloquially as "Three Kings" or "Tres Reyes" (Filipino: Tatlong Hari).

The Feast of Three Kings (or Araw ng Tatlong Hari) is the official end of the liturgical Christmas season in the Philippines. It is also known as the Feast of the Epiphany, which commemorates the manifestation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi. It is also known as the Pasko ng Matatanda (Feast of the Elderly), the day that specially honors senior citizens.

The article above

Araw ng Tatlong Hari

For Centuries, the magical bearers of gifts for Filipino children were the Three Kings, not Santa Claus. Shoes were brightly polished and left on the window sills together with the cleanest socks, fresh from the laundry. The children knew that the Three Kings, on their way to Bethlehem, would pass by their homes to fill their shoes and socks with gifts. Some would thoughtfully leave some straw or dry grass for the camels; if these were gone in the morning, surely the cames must have been terribly hungry.


January 3, 2021 Sunday, Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu


Three Kings Celebration at the Kawakawa
Traditional Family Celebration of the Feast of the Three Kings, Kawakawa, Tuburan, Ligao City, Philippines.
Gift-giving to selected children of poor families will follow after the program. And the celebration cannot be complete without our Traditional Fireworks at the Kawakawa as our tribute to our honored Three Kings.
The Kawakawa Management Group together with the Carmelite Nuns of the Divine Mercy Shrine and Monastery, true to their mission of reviving our cultural practices and traditions invited families to unite during the re-enactment of the Nativity/Ephipany, this revered religious traditions of many generations.

Saint Valentine's Day

Look also for Valentines day in the sections Festivals - Fiestas - Events - Where to Stay - Etc!

and Where to Eat - and - Romantic date destinations

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The Legend of Saint Valentine

Historical archives make mention of at least three different individuals and perhaps as many as seven credited with the name of Saint Valentine or Valentinus. The three discussed here were all martyred for their faith and have been recognized by the Catholic Church.

Look The Legend of Saint Valentine as pdf

Saint Valentine's Day

commonly known as Valentine's Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year.

St. Valentine was a Priest, martyred in 269 at Rome and was buried on the Flaminian Way. He is the Patron Saint of affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travellers, young people.

Look also HERE, HERE and HERE


Remark this is an album in the album Patrons & Patronesses - Etc.

The History of Saint Valentine


Who is Saint Valentine?
Feb 14, 2017


Valentines Day Traditions etc. e.g.:

Tips and an example of "Happy Valentines Day"


Valentines Day - a Pagan Celebration "Christianity Took Over Valentines Day"

Look the full description of the video and how "Christianity Takes Over Valentines Day" HERE


Sarap o pangarap? PopCom uses cheesy taglines vs teenage pregnancy on V-Day
Feb 14, 2020
The Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) has decided to use cheesy taglines to send a strong message against teenage pregnancy on Valentine’s Day. For PopCom Executive Director and Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez, nothing could be more apt than the reminder “piliin ang pangarap, ‘wag ipagpalit sa panandaliang sarap” - which literally translates to “choose your dreams instead of momentary pleasures.”


Valentine's Day Pinoy Style

How do Real men Care? Real Men Surprise Their Dates. - Uploaded on Feb 14, 2012


Valentine's Day Q&A

It's the first day of the love month and this February, clinical psychologist Dr. Margie Holmes will be discussing several topics about Valentine's Day.

General questions about V-Day. Feb 1, 2014



This refers to men who take their wives to a romantic night out on February 14…and then their mistresses on the day after or indeed, before. Or both! I guess it depends how any mistresses one has -- grrrrr


Spending Valentine's alone
Is Valentine's Day just for couples? What if you're alone? Are you supposed to just sulk and let the love birds have all the fun?

This week's episode, clinical psychologist Dr. Margie Holmes talks about spending V-Day without a significant other. - Feb 8, 2014


10 ways to excite your Valentine's date! (1 sub-album - 1 video)

Aside from the usual roses and chocolates, here are a few more ways to make your dates exciting and extra romantic. Feb 9, 2014


Sweet gift ideas for Valentine's Day (1 sub-album - 1 video)

Catch the lovely tips for gifts this Valentines Day. Feb 9, 2014


Albay recipe, rose as an ingredient

Kung akala niyo’y panregalo lang sa Valentine’s Day ang rosas, sa Albay, inihahalo rin ito sa pagkain. Feb 5, 2015


Rose Recipes - Feb 9, 2015


The Video: Valentine's date suggestions
GMA Public Affairs February 4, 2021
Saan ang valentine's date mo, Kapuso? Si "Eat Girl" Love, may ilang suggestions na puwede ninyong puntahan sa Manila! Saan-saan kaya ang date ideas na ito?


Modern Valentine's Day:

Love Express
Feb 13, 2017

Modernong harana, handog ng PHLPost ngayong Valentine's Day
Feb 12, 2017
"Sabi sa kanta... Uso pa ba ang harana? Well sa Philippine Postal Corporation o PHLPost, mayroon silang pakulong ganyan ngayong Valentine's Day!

Remark this is an album in the album Philippine Postal Corporatio" in the album Government Authorities - Etc.


How Filipinos say 'I love you'
Feb 15, 2017
How do Filipinos express their love for one another?
On Valentine's Day, February 14, MovePH crowdsourced the different ways Filipinos say "I love you." There are more than 150 languages in the Philippines. That's more than 150 ways to express love.
Here are some contributions from our Movers across the country - from the Ilocano's "Ay-ayaten ka" to the Hiligaynon's "Palangga ta gid ka."

Remark this is an album in the album Romance, Dating, Courtship, Wedding, Anti Mail-Order Bride Law, Etc.

14 Regional languages of love on Valentine’s Day
February 14, 2021 Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Is saying “I love you” or “Mahal kita” not enough to express your feelings to your loved ones this Valentine’s Day?
If the answer is yes, why not express your love in a special and unique way by using these regional languages.

Valentine's Day

"Araw ng mga Puso" or "Hearts Day"

Look also Valentine’s Day in the Philippines

Celebrating Valentine’s Day the Filipino Way

The Single’s Diary: How to Have Fun during Valentine’s Day

Express your feelings in time for Valentine's Day
February 09, 2018

Grab the opportunity to tell your loved ones how you really feel!

Valentine Party Games and Ideas

Cupid Approved Valentine's Day Party Fun

Whether you need Valentine party games for a couples' or singles' valentine party, you're sure to find the perfect game for your party here


Gayuma tokhang
Feb 11, 2017
Video and editing by RYAN LEAGOGO
Gayuma, according to Filipino folk belief, gayuma is a love potion that is used to attract a mate.
The term gayuma may also refer to spells that bring love, bind couples, snatch someone's lover, or end an affair. Other than a potion or a spell, a gayuma may also take the form of a charm.
Igorot style - Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day, Igorot style

Lenten - Cuaresma

Remark some of the videos in this section are albums - in the album Lenten (Cuaresma)

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In Quezon, bishop suspends Lenten rites due to pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer March 03, 2021

The bishop of the Diocese of Lucena has suspended the holding of religious rites and practices during the Holy Week this year to avoid attracting crowds in churches and pilgrimage sites in the province and prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Shrove Tuesday
is the day before Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), observed in many Christian countries through participating in confession and absolution, the ritual burning of the previous year's Holy Week palms, finalizing one's Lenten sacrifice, as well as eating pancakes and other sweets

Look also: Shrove Tuesday
February 16, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino
“Shrove” is the past tense of the English verb “shrive” which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of confession and doing penance.

Why people eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday
Francisco Guzman and Pete Burn February 25, 2020
Shrove Tuesday also known as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras (in French) and by many other nicknames.
It's the big hurrah before Christians start Lent, a season of prayer, penance and fasting in preparation for the Easter season.


primarily a movement of willing abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time.

Religious views
For Roman Catholics, fasting, taken as a technical term, is the reduction of one's intake of food to one full meal (which may not contain meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays throughout Lent)

What are the origins of Lent?
Feb 27, 2021 The Conversation Joanne Pierce

The 40-day Lenten season, when many Christians observe fasting, began in mid-February. A scholar explains how the practice may have emerged around the 5th century.

Prayer for Lent
February 28, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino

A priest from the Diocese of Tarlac has composed and released a prayer for Lent.
Father Melvin Castro of the Mater Dolorosa Parish in Tarlac posted the prayer “To Mary (Ad Mariam)” in his Facebook page last week.

A time to listen: Why we fast during Lent
Fr. Jose Magadia, SJ March 27, 2018

I think that cutting down is done in order to make a little more room in our hearts for one another, and also maybe a little more room for God

Ash Wednesday
is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter.

Why do Christians wear ashes on Ash Wednesday?
Feb 17, 2021 The Conversation, Michael Laver
Churches started to use ashes early as the ninth century as a symbol of repentance. In 1091, Pope Urban II ritualized their use to mark the beginning of Lent.

IN PHOTOS: Catholics start Lent with tweaked Ash Wednesday ritual
Feb 17, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic forces the Catholic Church to modify this ritual to keep churchgoers safe from the coronavirus

The Video: CBCP issues guidelines for Ash Wednesday
Feb 16, 2021 ANC 24/7
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines issues guidelines to commemorate Ash Wednesday on February 17.

Ash Wednesday Liturgical Guidelines
February 16, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino
The Priest says the prayer for blessing the ashes and sprinkles the ashes with holy water, without saying anything.

Ash Wednesday 2021: Changes to expect during COVID-19 pandemic
Feb 16, 2021 Paterno R. Esmaquel II
Expect sprinkled ashes and take-home packets of ashes among new measures contained in the guidelines from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

Ash Wednesday 2021: Sprinkling ash on top of head still advised – IATF exec
Krissy Aguilar February 10, 2021
It seems that sprinkling ash on top of a devout’s head would still be the way to go in this year’s Ash Wednesday instead of the usual marking of the cross on the forehead.

Faithful may impose ashes on themselves on Ash Wednesday
February 4, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino
With the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David has allowed his priests to distribute ashes to those who won’t be able to physically go to church and attend Mass on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Old palm fronds now being collected for Ash Wednesday
January 31, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino
Old palm fronds are now being collected for Ash Wednesday on Feb. 17.

Bishops tell parishes: use other than palm leaf ashes for Ash Wednesday
January 16, 2021 Analou de Vera
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said that parishes may use other tree branches to make the ashes for this year’s observance of Ash Wednesday.

The Video: Ash Wednesday 'no contact' pa rin: Abo ibubudbod sa ulo sa halip na ipahid sa noo
ABS-CBN News Jan 14, 2021
Magpapatupad pa rin ng “no contact” ang simbahan sa paggunita ng Ash Wednesday na hudyat naman ng pagsisimula ng panahon ng kwaresma.

Vatican modifies distribution of ashes for Ash Wednesday
Vatican News 12 January 2021
The Congregation for Divine Worship releases a note laying out the procedures priests around the world are to follow for the distribution of ashes at the start of Lent.
The health situation caused by Covid-19 continues to forces changes on daily life, which are also reflected in the Church’s sphere.

The Video: Vatican adapts Ash Wednesday rite to pandemic measures
Jan 12, 2021 ROME REPORTS in English

Where do ashes for Ash Wednesday come from?
Paterno Esmaquel II March 05, 2019
No, they don't burn random leaves or pieces of paper for Ash Wednesday
The penitential season of Lent begins on Wednesday, March 6, as Catholics have their foreheads marked with ashes to symbolize repentance from sin.


Ash Wednesday 2021 - Mass with Bishop Ambo David
Feb 17, 2021

Catholics begin the penitential season of Lent on Wednesday, February 17, by observing a centuries-old ritual that uses ashes to symbolize repentance from sin.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, it’s still a mostly online Ash Wednesday for many Catholics. The tradition of marking foreheads with ashes has also been replaced, for now, with the sprinkling of ashes on churchgoers’ heads.

Ash Wednesday 2021 - Homily of Bishop Pablo Virgilio David
Feb 17, 2021
In his Ash Wednesday mass on February 17, 2021, Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David mentions the plight of detained Senator Leila de Lima and the people of Myanmar: "If we cannot hear their cries, how do we expect God to hear our own cries?"
Look also this article AND

400 days of Lent
Feb 17, 2021 Pablo Virgilio David
'I wonder how many people are unjustly detained in our country today. Have we even cared to ask? I never thought before that our indifference to their suffering can indefinitely prolong our Lent and make our rituals of penance meaningless.'

TRANSCRIPT: Cardinal Tagle on the start of Lent
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle March 04, 2017

'Kapag walang masyadong nangyayaring pagbabago sa lipunan, ang isa nating dapat tingnan ay ang loob'


Ash Wednesday

The Biblical Roots of Ash Wednesday
Catholic Productions Feb 23, 2017
Dr. Pitre gives insight into the Biblical foundation for Ash Wednesday, as well as the rationale and purpose of the season of Lent. He addresses questions such as:
• Why do you we use ashes?
• Why are we asked of the Church to increase our fasting, prayer, and almsgiving during Lent?
• Is Lent just about abstaining from a favorite food, or is there something more to it?


What Lent means for Catholics?

Being compassionate to others. This is the message of Pope Francis and Manila Archbishop Cardinal Tagle to the Catholics now that the lent season has started. Feb 18, 2015


"Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return."

Catholics flocked to churches last Wednesday to hear Mass and had their foreheads marked with black ashes in the shape of the cross, an annual ritual that mark the start of the Lenten season.


Simbahan naghahanda na para sa Ash Wednesday

Sinimulan na ng ilang simbahan ang pagsusunog ng mga palaspas na ginamit noong isang taon. Ito'y bilang paghahanda sa Ash Wednesday. Feb 15, 2015


Ash Wednesday 2017:

Cardinal Tagle on Ash Wednesday Change begins within

Filipinos take part in Ash Wednesday rites


“During the Lenten season penitential services should be arranged in such a way as to prepare these adults for the celebration of the sacrament of penance”.

“Penitential Rite (Scrutiny)”, which may be used on the Second Sunday of Lent or on a Lenten weekday either during Mass or outside Mass.


Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma Lenten message

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma delivers his yearly Lenten message to the faithful. (Nera Mariz Puyo/Jai Sandoval/Sunnex)

Apr 1, 2015

Holy Week Lenten - PABASA

This tradition begins during the days leading to Good Friday


Basbas - by Joaquin Gasgonia Palencia

Basbas explores the world of the Lenten rituals of rural Philippine Christendom


Pabasa (A Filipino Catholic Tradition)

Pabasa is a Filipino Catholic tradition done during the lent season featuring the burial of our Lord Jesus Christ. The life and passion of our Lord Jesus Christ is read / sung during the Pabasa. The hymns varies from region to region of the Philippines.

Pabasa Traditional Tune

Hear Pabasa Tune 1 (mp3) and

Hear Pabasa Tune 2 (mp3)

Choirbook II with notes

Includes many works especially appropriate for Lenten

Lent and Moriones
Moriones Festival, Marinduque

The Moriones Festival is known widely as one of the most colorful festivals celebrated on the island of Marinduque and the Philippines

The Moriones is an annual festival held on Holy Week on the island of Marinduque, Philippines. The "Moriones" are men and women in costumes and masks replicating the garb of biblical Roman soldiers as interpreted by local folks. The Moriones or Moryonan tradition has inspired the creation of other festivals in the Philippines where cultural practices or folk history is turned into street festivals.

LOOK: Lenten parade at the 2018 Moriones Festival
Aika Rey March 29, 2018 with Video and many photos
Penitents wear morions – these are masks depicting the faces of Roman centurions. They are called by locals as 'Moriones.'

The Videos in the album Holy Week "Semana Santa" & Easter:

Marinduque Moriones "Via Crusis 2010"
One of the highlights of this festival is the Via Crucis. A re-enactment of the suffering of Christ on his way to the calvary. This weeklong celebration starts on Holy Monday and ends on Easter Sunday.

Mar 7, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Learn more about Marinduque's vibrant Moriones culture from the perspective of renowned Morion mask masker Buddy Liwanagan.

Faces of Moriones
Mar 26, 2018

The Video Likhang Yaman ng Marinduque

Marinduque high school students win Battle of the Morions
by Abigail Abigan April 01, 2018 - with Video

The Battle of the Morions, or Moryonan, aims to encourage towns and schools to train the new generation in making morions and costumes

Pangasinan Lenten Cultural Practices

Pangasinan Lenten Cultural Practices: A Dying Ritual?

Pangasinan State University Lingayen Campus

Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday - Semana Santa "Holy Week" (Mahal na Araw) - Easter

Remark many of the videos in this section are albums in the album Holy Week "Semana Santa" & Easter

Look above Vatican to hold Easter celebrations without congregation due to virus
also these pages: Pilgrimage sites - etc., The Pope and the Vatican e.g.: Masses, messages and Blessings, Follow humble leaders, Holy Week 2019 in the Vatican with the Pope and Walk for Life

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First Easter Sunday mass was held in Limasawa
Published August 20, 2020 Hanah Tabios

After decades of debate, the long-standing issue of the exact location of the Easter Sunday Mass celebrated by Fr. Pedro Valderama during the Magellan-Elcano expedition on March 31, 1521 was finally resolved by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

Download the article

The computus (Latin for 'computation') is a calculation that determines the calendar date of Easter

Easter is traditionally celebrated on the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon, which is the first full moon on or after 21 March (an approximation of the March equinox). Determining this date in advance requires a correlation between the lunar months and the solar year, while also accounting for the month, date, and weekday of the calendar.
The calculations produce different results depending on whether the Julian calendar or the Gregorian calendar is used.

Why the Holy Week has no fixed dates
Nigel Tan
Compared to holidays like Christmas, the Holy Week doesn’t have fixed dates. Know the reasons behind the Holy Week's seemingly random feast dates.


Palm Sunday April 05 2020:

Palm Sunday 2020 with Pope Francis and of the Passion of the Lord - Recitation of the Angelus prayer

An empty Saint Peter’s Basilica is where Pope Francis is set to begin the most unusual celebration of Holy Week in history.
Francis is scheduled to preside over a Mass on Palm Sunday, April 5, in Vatican City, without the physical presence of the faithful due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Look also this article
Palm Sunday 2020 with Cardinal Tagle
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle leads an online Palm Sunday Mass at 2 pm, Manila time, from the Pontificio Collegio Filippino in Rom.
Tagle is now prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, one of 9 members of what can be considered the Pope’s Cabinet. He is archbishop emeritus of Manila. Look also this article

Don’t get tired of waving your palms
Father Benjamin B. Espiritu III
Proclaim our coming victory over this pandemic, a victory only possible if we don't give up on ourselves, if we don't give up on each other, if we don't give up on God

Catholics in quarantine mark first online Holy Week
Paterno Esmaquel II
‘There is still the Holy Week but we celebrate it differently, and hopefully, more deeply,’ says Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila






Maundy Thursday 2020 - Mass with Bishop Ambo David
April 09, 2020
Online Mass with Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

Good Friday 2020 with Archbishop Soc Villegas
April 10, 2020
Holy Week reaches its climax on Good Friday, April 10, when Catholics remember the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross.
Archbishop Socrates Villegas leads the live online Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday. The celebration this year is livestreamed, courtesy of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, as Masses remain suspended due to novel coronavirus pandemic.

Easter Vigil Mass with Ateneo president Fr Jett Villarin, SJ
April 11, 2020
The night before Easter Sunday, called the Easter Vigil, is the most special liturgy in the Catholic Church, breaking the darkness of Christ’s death and celebrating his resurrection.
The Easter Vigil also counts as an anticipated Sunday Mass


Good Friday 2020 with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
April 10, 2020
Online Good Friday service with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
Good Friday service with Tagle courtesy of the Pontificio Collegio Filippino, “home in Rome” of diocesan priests from the Philippines.
The Catholic Church turns somber on Good Friday, April 10, when Catholics remember Jesus’ crucifixion and death, made even gloomier this year by the coronavirus pandemic.

Easter Sunday 2020 - Mass with Pope Francis
April 12, 2020
Christianity celebrates its most important feast on Easter Sunday, April 12, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Pope Francis leads the celebration of Easter through a live online Mass at 5 pm, Manila time, on Sunday. The Mass is followed by the Pope’s “Urbi et Orbi” (To the City and to the World) blessing that is traditionally given only on Christmas and Easter.

FULL TEXT: Pope Francis' Easter message in the time of COVID-19
April 12, 2020
Indifference, self-centeredness, division, and forgetfulness are not words we want to hear at this time. We want to ban these words forever!

How virus changed Vatican's Holy Week, Easter Sunday celebrations
April 13, 2020
Here is a timeline with videos showing the way COVID-19 has affected the Vatican


Kapamilya Recollection:

Kapamilya recollection Maundy Thursday, 9 April 2020
Kapamilya Recollection with Fr. Tito, Ryan and Judy Ann Agoncillo, JC and Bianca Intal (Holy Thursday)

10 April 2020 Kapamilya Recollection (Good Friday)
Kapamilya Recollection with Fr. Tito, Karla Estrada, Pokwang (Good Friday)

Kapamilya recollection (Black Saturday, 11 April 2020)

Spiritual Conversations with Fr. Tito Caluag (Black Saturday)
April 11, 2020 ABS-CBN News

REFLECTIONS: Dare we not speak of Easter
Father Benjamin B. Espiritu III April 12, 2020
We can surely speak of Easter even in the midst of this crisis, but dare we not speak of Easter if this pandemic does not change us

REFLECTIONS: Finding the risen Christ
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David April 11, 2020
We participate in Christ's resurrection if we desire not just to be saved from COVID-19 but to help in saving people from this disease

REFLECTIONS: Easter hope rises from the depths of the pandemic
April 11, 2020
For those who have faith, death is not the end of life but marks the beginning of another journey. It is when life is transformed, and all of life’s sorrows are converted into a passage into another realm.

REFLECTIONS: Silence is the language of love
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas April 10, 2020 - with Video
Beyond this pandemic and unto life everlasting, may our only regret and sadness be that we have not loved enough

REFLECTIONS: A lot of good will come out of this period
Cathy S. Babao April 09, 2020
There is goodness everywhere now even in the middle of great sadness. And there is so much faith and full dependence on the One who sees everything.

REFLECTIONS: The good about Good Friday
Father Ro Atilano, SJ April 10, 2020
We are called by God to uphold justice and protect the least, the last, and the lost during this time of crisis

IN PHOTOS: Churchgoers 'present' despite empty pews on Easter 2020
April 12, 2020

From drive-by processions to photos of parishioners taped on church pews, here is how Filipinos celebrated Easter in the time of COVID-19

IN PHOTOS: Catholics get creative in 1st Holy Week under quarantine
April 10, 2020
This Holy Week, what used to be done inside jam-packed churches have been brought out into the empty streets

IN PHOTOS: From churches to jails, Filipinos mark Palm Sunday 2019
April 14, 2019
Here's how Filipinos observed Palm Sunday 2019 in different places of worship across the Philippines

Holy Week practices in the Philippines
March 28, 2018 - with Video
From crucifixion rites to the Easter egg hunt adopted from Western countries, the Catholic faithful in the Philippines observe practices and traditions in observing Holy Week

The purpose of Holy Week processions
Mavic Conde March 26, 2018
Every year thousands of Filipinos mark Holy Week by marching in the processions

Is it wrong to be happy this Holy Week?
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas March 26, 2018
Be happy this week. Resist that gloomy sad face. That does not lead to holiness.

Should you blindly follow those Holy Week traditions?
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas March 24, 2018
Can we go to the beach during Holy Week? If it will help you love like Jesus, yes, you can. But if it will distract you from the story of His love, please don't.

The cast of characters in Holy Week processions
Mavic Conde March 24, 2016
A look at the elements of a Holy Week procession, and some of the beautiful figures and statues that play a role in helping Catholics reflect on the Passion of Christ.

Holy Week Festivals

The grand carriages of Baliuag: Pomp and pageantry in piety
Marga Deona
In the town of Baliuag in Bulacan, Good Friday is more festive than Christmas - the video in the article you can also look in the album Holy Week "Semana Santa" & Easter

Holy Week & Easter

Semana Santa or Mahal na Araw

look also HERE


Easter Triduum - Paschal Triduum, or The Three Days

Holy Thursday and the Easter Triduum
18 April 2019

Holy Thursday marks the end of Lent. On this day there are two celebrations: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The evening Mass is also called "Coena Domini" and marks the beginning of the Easter Triduum, the three days in which the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus are commemorated.

IN PHOTOS: How Philippines celebrated Easter 2019
April 21, 2019

Filipinos celebrate the feast of Christ's resurrection through the Easter Vigil and the traditional Salubong procession

In the album: Special Catholic Shrines & Churches

Divine Mercy National Shrine, must-visit places ngayong nalalapit na Holy Week
GMA Public Affairs Apr 3, 2019
Naghahanap ba ang inyong pamilya ng lugar kung saan puwede magdasal at magnilay ngayong nalalapit na Semana Santa? Dadalhin tayo ni Love sa isang top destination sa Marilao, Bulacan sa video na ito!
Holy Week reflections: Alab ng Puso
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David March 28, 2018

Kapag ang relihiyon sa atin ay naging ritwal na lang; kapag ito'y parang obligasyon na lang na wala nang epekto sa buhay, pag-iisip at pag-uugali ng tao, para itong templong wala nang apoy

Passion for stewardship
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas March 25, 2018

Are you still a Christian with firm convictions, or have we become so deeply compromised that we are no longer sure on which we stand?

Holy Week superstitions in the Philippines
Reynaldo Santos Jr March 23, 2018

What's the difference between getting wet on Good Friday and on Easter Sunday? The Holy Week observance in the Philippines has combined the religious faith with folk and even pagan beliefs.

WATCH: Cardinal Tagle's Masses for Holy Week 2019
April 17, 2019

Bookmark this link to watch Cardinal Tagle's Holy Week services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Black Saturday (Easter Vigil)

Cardinal Tagle hits 'sellers' of people: Repent like Judas
Paterno Esmaquel II April 17, 2019
There is goodness even in Judas, says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as the Philippines marks Holy Week 2019

IN PHOTOS: Holy Week 2018 begins with Palm Sunday rites
March 25, 2018 - with the Video: Cardinal Tagle leads Palm Sunday mass

Cardinal Tagle leads the blessing of palm fronds (palaspas) outside the Manila Cathedral, while the same ritual takes place in other Philippine churches.

ALL Videos with descriptions

about Cardinal Tagle's different Holy Week services on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday - look the transcript of Cardinal Tagle's homily on Good Friday, and Black Saturday (Easter Vigil)

IN PHOTOS: Easter Vigil 2018 at the Manila Cathedral
April 01, 2018
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the blessing of fire during Easter Vigil

IN PHOTOS: Good Friday service at the Manila Cathedral
March 30, 2018
Catholics line up to kiss the feet of the image of Jesus Christ on the cross during the Good Friday service led by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

Tagle hits violent, arrogant 'kings' on Palm Sunday
Rambo Talabong March 25, 2018 - with the Video: Cardinal Tagle’s homily on Palm Sunday 2018
'Tinatanong tayo ni Pilato: Sino ang pipiliin ninyo – ang mga Barabas ng panahon ngayon, o si Hesus, ang Hari?' says Cardinal Tagle as Holy Week 2018 begins

TRANSCRIPT: Cardinal Tagle's homily on Palm Sunday 2018
March 25, 2018 - with the Video: Cardinal Tagle hits violent, arrogant ‘kings’ on Palm Sunday 2018
'Sa panahon natin ngayon, kay dami-raming sumusunod sa mga hari na ang ginagamit ay dahas, armas, pananakot – kapos na kapos sa pag-unawa at pakikiisa sa mga mahihina'


Pilgrim site sa Tanay, Rizal, dinarayo tuwing Semana Santa

Ngayong umaga ay bumisita si Love Añover sa Regina Rica, isang sikat na pilgrim site sa Tanay, Rizal na dinarayo raw ng mga deboto lalo na tuwing Semana Santa. Aired: (March 16, 2018)

Vigan’s Semana Santa: Between now and 130 years ago
by Frank Cimatu March 29, 2018

The Vigan Conservation Complex has a booth for ‘pasyon’ sing-along, except it’s open only on request. Still, the city continues with its century-old Holy Week traditions

IN VIDEOS: Holy Week 2017
From the mass exodus of city dwellers to the bloody penance of the Capampangans, Holy Week in the Philippines is an eventful, colorful spectacle. Holy Week in the Philippines is a colorful, annual religious event.
Watch ALL the highlights of the annual Catholic traditions, in and out of Metro Manila

The Bukas Palad Music Ministry

is a Roman Catholic community of young people who compose, record, and perform original Filipino religious music.

Holy Week Music Special
For Holy Week 2017, Bukas Palad serenades us with songs for reflection and of praise

Look also HERE


Food tips sa Semana Santa - The Holy Week
Apr 7, 2017
Kahit na inaasahang bahagyang magmamahal ang presyo ng isda sa susunod na linggo, hindi naman ibig sabihin ay kailangang mahal din ang mga putaheng ihahanda ninyo para sa Semana Santa. Ang ilang putahe tips for Holy Week.

Remark this is an album in the album Different food and some recipes


How do millennials spend their Holy Week?
Fasting, Abstinence: Gi-practice pa ba sa millennials?

Maayong adlaw mga higala. Ania ang SunStar Holy Week Special alang karong adlawa, April 13, 2017

Life and hope in a time of death
Sergio Gabriel April 13, 2017

More than ever we need to ask ourselves: Why do we do any of these things (mass, services, prayers, etc.) for Holy Week at all? Is it possible we’ve forgotten why?

Semana Santa [Holy Week] Mahal na Araw in The Philippines

Look the article as pdf HERE

Holy Week practices, rituals that never go out of style
"Siete Palabras" - Seven Last Words from the Cross
are seven expressions biblically attributed to Jesus during his crucifixion. Traditionally, the brief sayings have been called "words". They are gathered from the four Canonical Gospels.

Look also HERE



WATCH: 7 Last Words 2019

'7 Last Words of Jesus Christ' – on video – from the St. Paul's Audiovisuals
Do you want to reflect on Jesus Christ’s Siete Palabras (7 Last Words) this Holy Week?
The Siete Palabras is a Church devotion in which devotees are invited to recall and meditate on Jesus' last words as he hung on the cross, according to


10 April 2020 Seven Last Words (Good Friday)
The Sayings of Jesus on the cross are seven expressions biblically attributed to Jesus during his crucifixion. Traditionally, the brief sayings have been called "words". They are gathered from the four Canonical Gospels. Three of the sayings appear only in the Gospel of Luke and two only in the Gospel of John

7 Last Words 2018
The Seven Last Words is a religious tradition held by Catholics usually on Good Friday where the faithful meditate on the final words of Jesus on the cross. This year, 7 priests from the Society of St. Paul will focus on these Words of Jesus in relation to the life of discipleship, as priests and persons in Consecrated Life.

7 Last Words reflection:

1st word reflection:

The chain of anger-revenge is broken
April 16, 2019
Theologian Karl Rahner comments that the executioners of Jesus knew what they were doing; what they did not know was that they were deeply loved

‘Father, forgive them, they know not what they do’
Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas April 17, 2019
Ignorance is killing us as it killed our innocent Lord. There is a time for mercy but there will soon be a time for reckoning.

2nd word reflection:

'Today you will be with me in Paradise'
Majar Sabio April 16, 2019
The penitent thief admitted his deserved punishment and defended Jesus’ innocence, and now only asks future acknowledgment. The Savior King, generously giving until the end, promised immediate and eternal fellowship.

3rd word reflection:

Pagninilay sa Siete Palabras: Huling habilin ni Kristo ay mahalin ang iyong kapwa
Fr. Lopito "Bembol" Hiteroza April 17, 2019
Ang paghahabilin ni Hesus kay Maria at kay San Juan na magkanlong sa isa’t -isa ay tanging terrestrial na mensahe niya habang nakapako sa krus

4th word reflection:

Forsaken and desperate?
Fr Martin M. Macasaet SDB April 17, 2019
Cusswords, vulgarities, and obscenities are becoming common and ordinary. There are no longer any qualms of conscience in using them, and they have even become fodder for jokes, laughter, and applause in public.

5th word reflection:

'I thirst'
Sr. Mary John Mananzan, OSB April 18, 2019
Christ’s thirst was not only physical. It is the agonizing cry of one who is surrounded by blindness, hardness of heart, cruelty.

6th word reflection:

Pagninilay sa Siete Palabras: Naganap na
Rev. Charles Jenkin J. Mendoza April 18, 2019
Ano ang Naganap? Ang kanyang pinasimulang ministeryo ay natatapos doon sa Kalbaryo. Ang pagkakasugo ng Ama ay tinupad niya ng walang labis at walang kulang

7th word reflection:

Self-entrustment, not surrender
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David April 19, 2019
He is neither giving up nor giving in. No, he is not surrendering; he is embracing his Father’s will as his own, and doing it as an act of love.

Washing of the Feet with Cardinal Tagle

April 13, 2017 - with video
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the washing of the feet

Cardinal Tagle leads Easter Vigil in Manila
April 15, 2017 - with video

The Roman Missal and the Easter Vigil
The rubrics for Holy Saturday found in the Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia address several matters which will be helpful to those involved in the preparation of the celebration of the Easter Vigil.

Holy Week in the Philippines

Filipino Customs, Values and Beliefs in High Definition

Many good informations about the celebrations - traditions for - of the different days in "The Holy Week"

The Pasyon

is a verse narrative about the life and suffering of Jesus Christ. The verses are structured in five-line stanzas, with each line containing eight syllables. The pasyon is commonly sung during Holy Week, starting Holy Monday. The reading of the pasyon is a traditional religious practice in the Philippines and people gather around the reader of the pasyon to listen and reflect. It is seen by many of its practitioners as a vow or panata.


Lyrics - full text


Palaspas or Palm Fronds as Amulets?
April 3, 2012 by jptan2012

Growing up with a devout Catholic maternal grand mother, I’m quite familiar with how Catholics looks at a Palaspas or Palm Fronds. My Lola would always tell me that a palaspas is what saves us from the devil during Holy Week, because, she explains, this is the time when Christ is at his weakest. Like most superstitious Catholics, my Lola has a lot of beliefs that are technically not espouse by the Church.

Look the article as pdf HERE

Palaspas or decorative palm fronds, are part of the Catholic celebration of Palm Sunday in the Philippines, marking the start of Holy Week. They are brought to the Church to be blessed as part of the Palm Sunday mass and waved as the priest enters the Church, in commemoration of Jesus Christ's entry into Jerusalem

IN PHOTOS: Palaspas makers prepare for Palm Sunday
Mar 24, 2018
In different parts of the country, some people can be seen near churches, busy adorning palm fronds ahead of Palm Sunday

Holy Week 2020: Mass readings for Palm Sunday
April 04, 2020

Here is the set of Mass readings in Catholic churches around the world for Palm Sunday 2020.
Editor's Note: For Holy Week 2020, Rappler is publishing the Mass readings for each day of the week. Below is the set of Mass readings in Catholic churches around the world on Palm Sunday, April 5.


Remark these are albums in the album Palm Sunday - and - Making Palaspas

Before Palm Sunday - Making Palaspas

Palm Sunday

Traditional Blessing of Palms Procession
Traditional Latin Mass

Parish of Our Lord of the Divine Mercy, Sikatuna, Quezon City


Palm Sunday at Quiapo Church, Manila

Millions of faithful have trooped to different Catholic churches in the country today to commemorate Palm Sunday.

In Manila, parishioners filled Quiapo Church to hear the Holy Mass and have palm stalks and leaves they were carrying blessed by the priest and lay ministers.


Palm Sunday 2014, Cebu City

The blessing of palms on Palm Sunday (April 13) marked the beginning of the Holy Week celebration this year. (Sunnex)

Apr 13, 2014


Palm Sunday 2015 Cebu City

The blessing of palms on Palm Sunday (March 29) marked the beginning of the Holy Week celebration this year. Mar 29, 2015


Traditional Palm Sunday procession
Apr 8, 2017
Catholic worshippers in the Philippines are celebrating Palm Sunday, marking the start of the Holy Week.


Palm Sunday 2017, Cebu City
Apr 8, 2017
Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma called on the Catholic faithful to reflect on God's love to mankind and value life as he leads the Palm Sunday celebration, which marks the beginning of the Holy Week, on April 9, 2017 at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.

The lakeshore town of Paete in the province of Laguna is famed for its wood carving industry. During the Semana Santa or Holy Week, the spectacular jointed image of the Santo Sepulcro undergoes a unique ritual, the Pagsusuob, that can only be said as a pre-hispanic rite of the dead that is more closely identified now with the mummification rituals of high ranking citizens in some remote areas in the Cordillera region.
Music Suggestions
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries
Easter Vigil
In the Roman Catholic tradition, the Easter Vigil consists of four parts:
1.The Service of Light
2.The Liturgy of the Word
3.Christian Initiation and the Renewal of Baptismal Vows
4.Holy Eucharist
Easter in the Philippines

How Filipinos Celebrate Easter



Look the article HERE


Easter - Fun-filled family activities

Many fun-filled Easter family activities at Boiser's Residence.


Easter egg hunting

No to crucifixion – bishops

Rituals of Crucifixion Philippine Easter Rituals of Crucifixion

Bloody Filipino Observances for the Atonement of Sins

Last Supper in Mandaue

Life-size images of Jesus Christ and the twelve apostles during the Last Supper can be found in the National Shrine of St. Joseph right at the very heart of Mandaue City.




The Image of the Last Supper (Huring Pamanggi)

in Semana Santa processions Holy Wednesday, March 31, 2010 and Good Friday, April 02, 2010 along the streets of Ponso, Polangui, Albay.

Last Supper woodcarving

housed at Paulino family chapel in Ponso, Polangui, Albay.

This marvelous sculptural work is an obra maestra of master carver Justino 'Paloy' Cagayat Jr. of Paete, Laguna.

Remark this is an album in the album Woodcarvers, Sculptors etc. and their works

Justino 'Paloy' A. Cagayat Jr.

Visita Iglesia in the Philippines

History and tradition

Origins of the Visita Iglesia
Nigel Tan March 27, 2018 - with the Video: Virtual tour of 14 Philippine churches
Visita Iglesia, the Holy Week practice of visiting and praying in at least 7 churches, was introduced to the Philippines by Augustinian missionaries in the 1560s.

Touring Albay's churches through Visita Iglesia
Mavic Conde April 18, 2019
The rich Catholic heritage of Albay province is best seen during the traditional Visita Iglesia

7 Iloilo churches you can go to for Visita Iglesia
Carl Don S. Berwin April 18, 2019
One of the first places in the Philippines to accept Catholicism, Iloilo province has a lot to offer with its heritage

Virtual Visita Iglesia, in 360 degrees
April 08, 2017

Presented via 360-degree video on YouTube, the Virtual Visita Iglesia brings us to 14 different churches across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Virtual Visita Iglesia: Philippine churches in 360-degree video
March 23, 2018 - with Video

To navigate on mobile and see each church in 360-degree view, scroll up and down or swipe left and right on the screen, while listening to and praying the Stations of the Cross


Visita Iglesia 2020
April 06, 2020

St Pauls Philippines takes pilgrims rendered homebound by COVID-19 to a virtual Visita Iglesia of the ancient churches of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia in Ilocos Sur. Look also this article


Visita Iglesia 2019
Apr 14, 2019
The Society of St. Paul Philippines - Macau brings us to 7 churches of the Archdiocese of Nueva Caceres for the Visita Iglesia 2019. The congregation also invites everyone to join them in prayer for a meaningful commemoration of Holy Week
Holy Week Special: Visita Iglesia
Mar 27, 2018

Visita Iglesia is a pious religious exercise done by Christians on the evening of Holy Thursday, right after the Mass of the Lord's Supper. Traditionally, seven churches are visited by "pilgrims" to revere and pray before the Blessed Sacrament in the Altar of Repose.
Visita Iglesia, Manila

The Visita Iglesia is a tradition practiced every Maundy Thursday in the Philippines. Traditionally, one would visit 7 churches, to recite, pray and contemplate on the Stations of the Cross, two stations for each church. Some opted to extend this practice to 14 churches, one Station of the Cross for each church. This is usually done during the evening, after the Blessed Sacrament is exposed on the Altar of Repose. However, many people start the Visita Iglesia during the day.

Part One - Church of St. Anthony of Padua and Church of Our Lady of Loreto.
Part Two - Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat
Part Three - Minor Basilica of San Sebastian
Part Four - Holy Shrine of the Face of Jesus
Part Five - Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene
Part Six - Church of Sta Cruz
Part Seven - Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz
Part Eight - Manila Cathedral
Part Nine - Church of San Agustin

Look the full description of The Visita Iglesia and the 9 videos 
Visita Iglesia, Cebu

Holy Week or sa Latin Hebdomana Sancta o Hebdomana Mayor mao ang semana sa dili pa ang adlaw sa pagkabanhaw sa atong Ginoong Hesus. This week commemorates the passion of Christ. Roman Catholics ilabi na mga Sugbuano naila sab sa pagkarelihiyoso ug kada Holy week, locally known as "Semana Santa" ang mga Sugbuanon nagobsebara gayud aning maong kalihokan. Kay ang Sugbo mao man ang cradle of Christianity, dako kaayo ug bili ang mga simbahan sa Romano Katoliko dinhi sa lalawigan kay dinhi man gitudlo ang doctrine of faith and morals. Apr 11, 2012

Stations of the Cross

(or Way of the Cross; in Latin, Via Crucis; also called the Via Dolorosa or Way of Sorrows, or simply, The Way)

is a series of artistic representations, very often sculptural, depicting Christ Carrying the Cross to his crucifixion in the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus before he died, and the devotions using that series to commemorate the Passion, often moving physically around a set of stations. The vast majority of Roman Catholic churches now contain such a series, typically placed at intervals along the side walls of the nave; in most churches these are small plaques with reliefs or paintings. The tradition as chapel devotion began with St. Francis of Assisi and extended throughout the Roman Catholic Church in the medieval period. It may be done at any time, but is most commonly done during the Season of Lent, especially on Good Friday and on Friday evenings during Lent.

The stories behind the Passion of Jesus
Nile Villa March 30, 2018
These are the stories of the key characters in the Stations of the Cross

Origins of the Stations of the Cross
Nigel Tan March 28, 2018
Know the story behind the origins of this Catholic act of devotion that commemorates the passion and death of Jesus Christ

Stations of the Cross

with the opening prayer and the prayers for each stations

Look also HERE


April 10 2020 The Way of the Cross - Live from the Vatican
Vatican News - English, Streamed live

From the Sagrato of St Peter's Basilica -T he Way of the Cross presided over by Pope Francis


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Stations of the Cross
Holy Week 2020:

Stations of the Cross
Rappler Apr 04, 2020
St Pauls Philippines takes the faithful through the Way of the Cross in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur

Observe Holy Week from home with this virtual stations of the cross
April 09, 2020
Keep up with your Holy Week traditions from the safety of your own home
Stations of the Cross 2019
Apr 14, 2019
The Society of St. Paul's Philippines - Macau brings you into a virtual yet meaningful Way of the Cross in Ligao City for Holy Week 2019.
Way of the Cross 2018
Mar 27, 2018
The Way of the Cross, or Via Crucis, or Via Dolorosa, is a time-honored tradition started by St. Francis of Assisi which invites all Christians to meditate on the Paschal Mystery: The Passion of Jesus, His Death and His Resurrection. We enter into this sacred mystery by following the Lord Jesus on his way to Calvary.
Via Crucis sa Bonifacio High Street
Apr 12, 2017
Check out this modern take on the Stations of the Cross at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
Way of the Cross 2017
Apr 12, 2017
The Way of the Cross (or Stations of the Cross) is a religious exercise where the Christian faithful recalls the story of the final hours of Jesus' excruciating journey on the Via Dolorosa on the streets of Jerusalem towards his place of Crucifixion. It is a time of prayer and meditation on the Lord's suffering and death.
Via Crucis - Way of the Cross - Stations of the Cross, Cebu

Via Crucis.. Usa ka kalihukan where people gathered to sacrifice and reflect and meditate the passion of Christ. Apr 11, 2012
Stations of the Cross

Prayers - Tagalog


Holy Mass of Easter 2015

1. Holy Mass of Easter with Abp. Jose S. Palma, DD, celebrant.

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Cebu City, Apr 4, 2015

Salubong: an easter dawn celebration

"Sugat" in Cebuano

One of the Easter practices unique to the Philippines and other countries influenced by Spanish conquistadores is the celebration of the salubong. The word salubong refers to the act of meeting someone who is arriving. As the word connotes, the celebration is a reenactment of the first meeting of Christ and his mother, Mary.

IN PHOTOS: Filipinos mark Easter 2018 with 'Salubong'
April 01, 2018
Filipinos traditionally observe the Salubong through a dawn procession that ends in front of the church, with the statues of Jesus and Mary 'meeting' on Easter

in the article also recipe for: Lumpiang Ubod, the one dish that really deserves to be in every Filipino Easter fiesta


Sugat 2015

1. Procession of Statues of the Risen Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary
2. Sugat at Plaza c/o Mr. Val San Diego

Cebu City
Apr 4, 2015


Easter Sunday Jubilation - Salubong


Easter Sunday - Salubong

Easter Morning in San Remigio, Cebu - Procession arrives the church



Video of the traditional "Pagsalubong", the meeting of the Risen Christ and his Mother at the Parish of San Ildefonso de Toledo in Tanay, Rizal. The men proceeded from the Church with the image of the Risen Lord, while the women processioned from the corner of Catambay and Austria Sts. in Barangay Magampon. The two processions met at the corner of Cecilio Santos and Santos Jesuitas Sts. in Barangay Wawa. After a ceremony, the combined procession proceeded to the Church after an angel took a black veil from Mother Mary.

The image of the Risen Christ is carried to the Altar for the Easter Sunday first morning Mass.


Look the description of Salubong in the above link


2017.04.16 Sugat and Easter Sunday Mass in Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

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Modern-Day Flagellants

Every Easter in Victoria Town in the Tarlac province, Christian penitents take part in a self-flagellation ritual, where participants flog themselves with whips or chains to honor the suffering of Jesus

Filipinos celebrate Easter with crucifixion, flogging
Agence France-Presse March 30, 2018
Though frowned upon by the Church, the gruesome reenactments of Christ's final moments draw thousands of believers and tourists in a carnival-like atmosphere that is big business for locals.

Libad nang Apung Iru and Pamamaku king Krus

Performances of Ambivalence in Kapampangan Cultural Spectacles
Sir Anril P. Tiatco

Two Catholic rituals in the Pampanga province present a concatenation of theatre, faith, and cultural spectacle: libad (water ritual and festival) in Apalit; and the pamamaku king krus (nailing on the cross) in Cutud.

Crucifixions a big money spinner
Agence France-Presse March 27, 2016
A bishop says the Church discourages extreme forms of piety that fascinate many of the country's more than 80 million Catholics
The men being nailed to crosses in a Philippine village were seeking salvation, but for corporate sponsors and small-time vendors the Good Friday event was all about quick riches.

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Semana Santa Passion of Christ - Pinoy Style - "Sinakulo"-
Performed by Iriga Theater Arts / UNEP
AltaVista Studio
Shot & Edited by Anton Mapa
in his hometown, Baao Camarines, Philippines





Gilbert Bargayo gets crucified AGAIN in Cebu, Philippines. 6 inch nails in hands and feet secure him to a Philippine hardwood cross. He makes a 6 mile journey through the town in 95f heat to the crucifixion site, stopping at the 14 stations of the cross. The cross weight 280 pounds.
Once he fell asleep nailed to the cross because he was so exhausted!

IN PHOTOS: Filipino penitents atone for their sins on Holy Week 2019
April 19, 2019
While the annual tradition may seem extreme to some, penitents continue to perform the ritual to seek forgiveness for their sins and God's blessing

IN PHOTOS: For his children’s sake
LeAnne Jazul April 18, 2019
Eric Marcelino prays that his annual devotion will keep his family safe from illness.
Paombong town in Bulacan celebrates Holy Week differently from its neighboring towns in the province of Pampanga, which are famous for crucifixion rites. Traditions like the Pabasa, flagellation and the reenactment of the Passion of Christ start on the Friday before Palm Sunday.


Easter Vigil: Papuri Sa Diyos - Tagalog for Glory to God in the Highest

This is the Roman Catholic 'Gloria' sung in Tagalog whose tune was composed by Philippine composer E. P. Hontiveros. The Choir singing is from Cavite City and this was the Gloria on Easter Vigil which proceded the seventh reading (Ezekiel) and preceded the Epistle (Romans). This was performed on the recently restored (2006) Pels & Sons four-manual pipe organ of 104 ranks at the Manila Cathedral, Basilica Minor of the Immaculate Conception, Intramuros, Manila. This is the largest pipe organ in all of Southeast Asia.


Hannah Stutz Singing "The Angel Song" on Easter Sunday

I sang this song on Easter Sunday 2011. Enjoy! and God Bless!


Easter 2011 at the Annunciation Orthodox Church in Paranaque, Manila

Video taken during the 2011 Easter Paschal Vigil at the Annunciation of the Theotokos Orthodox Cathedral in Sucat, Paranaque, Manila, Philippines. The concelebrating Orthodox priests are the Reverend Father Nikitas Mellios, Episcopal Vicar of the Philippine Exarchate and Father James Doronela, parish priest of the Annunciation Orthodox Church.

Remark this is an album in the album The Annunciation Orthodox Church in Manila  in the album Religious beliefs outside the Roman Catholic Church

Look more about the Annunciation Orthodox Church in Paranaque, Manila HERE


Crafts - Making of Philippine Relicarios. Miniature Paintings by Gregory Halili

Remark this is an album in the album Lenten - Cuaresma, Palm Sunday, Easter, Ascension Day, Whitsun & Undas

The images are inspired by the saints of Semana Santa or Holy Week.

Miniature watercolors paintings on vintage, pre-ban ivory and mother-of-pearl, encased in genuine Philippine antique reliquary and brooches. The artworks are created between 2005 and 2011.


Mythology about "The Holy Week"

Pandora: The Wawa Dam lady

 and the Wawa Dam has claimed the lives of over 40 people starting 2007 according to a local. An engkanto named, Pandora was the reason behind the deaths.

Every holy week, almost 15 to 16 people died in the dam

The video:

Why does Pandora lure young men into the depths of the Wawa River?

The elders near Wawa River warn young men of Pandora, a nymph said to be luring young men into the river and drowning them. Is there a reason behind Pandora's affairs? (Date aired: October 24, 2014) Oct 29, 2014

Remark this is an album in the sub-album "Philippine Mythology" in the sub-album "Mythology, Babaylan Culture, Folktales, Superstitions & Beliefs"

Ascension of Jesus - Ascension Day

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The Ascension of Jesus is the Christian teaching found in the New Testament when the resurrected Jesus was taken up to heaven in his resurrected body, in the presence of eleven of his Apostles, occurring 40 days after the resurrection.

Look also about

Feast of the Ascension


His Excellency, Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo of the Archdiocese of Jaro, Iloilo returns for this weeks Gospel, Mark 16: 15-20 and reflects on the solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Remark this is an album in the album Lenten - Cuaresma, Palm Sunday, Easter, Ascension Day, Whitsun & Undas

Please send link, because we miss such ones

Whitsun - Pentecost & Trinity Sunday

Remark many of the videos in this section are albums in the album "Whitsun - Pentecost"

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Pentecost is one of the prominent feasts in the Christian liturgical year. The feast is also called Whitsun, Whitsunday, Whit Sunday, and Whitsuntide

Look also HERE

Vigil of the Pentecost and Whitsunday

Whitsun - Pentecost Sunday

Traditional Latin Mass - Pentecost Sunday - Parish of Our Lord of the Divine Mercy, Sikatuna, Quezon City

Pentecost (Whitsunday)

Whitsuntide parade

A little "Whitsuntide Parade" on a small street in Manila

What is Trinity Sunday?
Everything you should know about the first Sunday after Pentecost.

Trinity Sunday, officially called "The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity," is one of the few celebrations of the Christian Year that commemorates a reality and doctrine rather than a person or event. On Trinity Sunday, Christians remember and honor the eternal God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Trinity Sunday is celebrated the Sunday after Pentecost, and lasts only one day, which is symbolic of the unity of the Trinity.

Look also HERE and

the Video: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, May 27, 2018

St. John's - San Juan's Eve and Feast day

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The evening of June 23, St John's Eve, is the eve of celebration before the Feast Day of St John the Baptist.

Celebrating of "Araw ng San Juan or San Juan Day"

Pista ng Bayan ng San Juan

St. John's Eve

John the Baptist teaches us to bear witness to Jesus
Vatican News 24 June 2020

Pope Francis reminds the faithful that 24 June is the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, and invites everyone to draw closer to God.

IN PHOTOS: The 'taong putik' of Nueva Ecija
by Rob Reyes June 24, 2018

Filipinos in the town of Bibiclat, Nueva Ecija, mark the feast of Saint John the Baptist by transforming themselves into 'taong putik' or mud people.

The Videos: Taong Putik Festival, Bibiclat, Nueva Ecija

Wattah Wattah Festival or Basaan Festival
(literally: dousing of water) is the feast of St. John the Baptist, patron saint of San Juan, Metro Manila, and of many other communities throughout the Philippines, held every 24 June

Amid water crisis, San Juan’s Wattah Wattah festival pushes through
Ralf Rivas June 24, 2019
UPDATED The San Juan City government pushes through its annual Wattah Wattah festival amid a water supply crisis, but says it reduced the number of water trucks for the celebration

Less water to be used in San Juan's 'Wattah Wattah' Festival
June 18, 2019
Less wet, but more tourists for this year's 'Wattah Wattah' Festival in San Juan City
Less water will be gushing out of hoses during the revelry this year for the "Wattah Wattah" Festival of San Juan City, which was one of the several metro cities affected by the water shortage.


Feast of St. John the Baptist - Quiapo Church, Manila

Jul 14, 2014. Look more about the church HERE


2019 Wattah Wattah Festival - the feast of St. John the Baptist:
Wattah Wattah Festival sa San Juan, tuloy
Celebration of the feast of St. John the Baptist along F.Blumentritt in San Juan City


San Juan Day Festival June 24

The City of San Juan Philippines in Metro Manila is named after St. John the Baptist who was the person that supposedly baptized Jesus Christ himself with water. So to commemorate this, every June 24, which is the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist, people of San Juan, Manila celebrate "Araw ng San Juan or San Juan Day" by wetting everyone they see! - SO - Make sure to close your car windows and lock your doors... They will splash a bucket of water on you!!! All towns and suburbs named San Juan (St. John the Baptist) celebrate this festival.

Look the full desription of the video It's Raining in San Juan Without Rain


Regada Water Festival in Cavite
Aired: July 3, 2016

In honor of St. John the Baptist, people of Cavite celebrate Regada Water Festival every month of June. The word ‘Regada’ is actually derived from the Spanish word ‘regar’ which means to sprinkle. The event is special this year because the local government installed a one kilometer long sprinkle system for the whole city to enjoy the annual basaan.


The Parada ng lechon – Roasted Pigs Parade

This parade celebrates the feast of St John the Baptist on June 24 every year.


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Undas - All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day

November 1 – All Saints Day Special non-working day

Look also Live In A Graveyard

Because of the similarities between Halloween and Undas these have come to be linked, and even viewed by some as one celebration, so look about Halloween and On All Saints' Day, Duterte calls saints 'gago, drunkards'

Remark most of the videos in this section are in the album Undas "All Souls Day" & Halloween Celebration

Look above A special non-working holiday

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All Saints' Day Mass 2020
November 1, 2020

While cemeteries are closed on Sunday, November 1, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Catholic Church urges families to remember and pray for dead relatives and friends through virtual Masses on All Saints' Day.
All Saints' Day or Undas this year comes as Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni) batters the Philippines, prompting the Catholic Church to call for more prayers. Father Jerry Orbos, SVD, leads this online Mass on Sunday, November 1.

Even the dead can't accept visitors for Undas 2020
September 8, 2020 Rambo Talabong

Manila City cemeteries are ordered closed during Undas
Even the dead won't be allowed to accept visitors for Undas 2020 as Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Monday, September 7, ordered cemeteries to be placed on lockdown.

Make ‘Undas’ holy, prelate tells faithful
October 29, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino
Instead of focusing on being scary, a Catholic prelate has asked the faithful to focus on being holy during the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on Nov. 1 and 2.
“We should not make the eve of Nov. 1 scary nor should we make ourselves look scary,” Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos said in a pastoral letter dated Oct. 20.

Palace reminds LGUs to follow IATF Undas guidelines
September 26, 2020 Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang reminded local government units to close cemeteries from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 as ordered by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

With most cemeteries closed on Nov. 1 & 2, people urged to offer Mass for their dearly departed
September 21, 2020 Leslie Ann Aquino
Since the faithful won’t be able to visit their dead in cemeteries on November 1 and 2, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila Bishop Broderick Pabillo urged them to go to church instead and offer Mass for their dearly departed.

All PH cemeteries, memorial parks, columbariums, closed from Oct. 29-Nov. 4
September 18, 2020 Argyll Cyrus Geducos
To avoid huge crowds of people during Undas or All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, Malacañang said that all public and private cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbariums in the entire country will be closed from October 29 to November 4.

Gov’t orders nationwide closure of cemeteries from October 29 to November 4
September 18, 2020 Pia Ranada
Filipinos, including the elderly and children, will be allowed to physically visit the graves of their loved ones before and after Undas week

MMDA: Burials to still be allowed despite closure of cemeteries during Undas
Daphne Galvez September 14, 2020
Burials and “other regular things” done in cemeteries will still be allowed even though cemeteries will be closed during Undas season, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said Monday.

The Video: Metro Manila Mayors agree to close cemeteries on 'Undas'
Sep 14, 2020 CNN Philippines
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says cemeteries in Metro Manila will be closed on Undas.
Let's now talk to Metro Manila Council Chairman and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

Police commanders ordered to help craft Undas protocol
September 13, 2020 Aaron Recuenco
The Joint Task Force COVID Shield ordered on Sunday to initiate the early preparations for the All Saints’ and All Souls Days, locally known as Undas, in a bid to prevent the congestion of people in public and private cemeteries amid the threat of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19).

DILG chief: Shutdown of cemeteries needed to curb COVID spread
September 12, 2020 Chito Chavez
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año stressed today that the closure of cemeteries during this year’s observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days is needed to curb the transmission of the COVID-19.

CBCP: Going to cemeteries not an obligation
Jodee A. Agoncillo September 12, 2020
As Metro Manila cemeteries were ordered shut down from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has urged the public to view the “Undas” season with more understanding and prudence, noting that visiting the dearly departed is not an obligation.

Chan eyes earlier ‘Undas’ in case cemeteries nationwide be ordered closed
Morexette Marie B. Erram September 11, 2020
The Lapu-Lapu City Government is eyeing to allow cemetery visits earlier than usual.
In a press statement, Mayor Junard ‘Ahong’ Chan announced that local officials have started coming up with plans in anticipation of the possibility that all cemeteries nationwide would be ordered closed on All Saints’ Day (November 1, 2020) and All Souls’ Day (November 2, 2020) due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Labella on order to close cemeteries for Undas: ‘It is for the safety of the public’
Delta Dyrecka Letigio September 10,2020
Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella suggests that those who plan to visit their departed loved ones on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day this year should do it either before October 30, 2020 or after November 3, 2020.
Mayor Labella ordered that all cemeteries in the city, whether public or private, be closed from October 30 to November 3, 2020.

Isko Moreno seeks Manileños' understanding over cemetery closure for Undas
ABS-CBN News Sep 10 2020 - with Video
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Thursday sought his constituents' understanding over the closure of cemeteries during the observance of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Video: Above & Beyond: CBCP Spokesperson
Sep 9, 2020 CNN Philippines
More cities in Metro Manila will close cemeteries during the All Saint's and All Soul's days holidays. Does the Catholic church agree with the plan? Let's find out more as we go Above and Beyond the headlines with CBCP Spokesperson Fr. Jerome Secillano.

Angeles City orders closure of cemeteries from October 30 to November 2
September 9, 2020 Jun A. Malig
'While the city government respects the Filipino tradition of remembering our departed loved ones, the mass gathering of people on these particular days poses danger to spread disease due to the lack of social distancing,' says Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr

All cemeteries in Manila City ordered closed during 2020 ‘Undas’ season
Consuelo Marquez September 08, 2020
Public and private cemeteries in the city of Manila were ordered shut during this year’s “Undas” season to avoid the massive gathering of people, Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said Tuesday

The Video: PH cemeteries 'most likely' closed during Undas amid COVID-19 pandemic
Sep 8, 2020 ABS-CBN News
Cemeteries in the Philippines will be "most likely" closed during the observance of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, or Undas, due to the coronavirus pandemic, an official of the national COVID-19 task force said.

Manila Cathedral blesses cremated remains
October 3, 2020 Analou De Vera

The Manila Cathedral is blessing cremated remains starting Sunday in observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
The Manila Cathedral said that it will hold the “Rite of Blessing of Cremated Remains” after each Sunday Mass until Nov. 8.
“The family may bring the urn and a picture of their beloved dead, and we will celebrate a worthy liturgical blessing for them,” it said in an advisory.


All Saints' Day Mass

In today’s Mass, the whole Church commemorates all the saints - not only those whose names we celebrate in her calendar but all the heroic men and women who followed Christ faithfully during their lifetime. We pray that they may intercede for us so that we can join them in the joy that our Lord has prepared for all of us.

Undas travel tips for drivers and commuters
November 01, 2018

Here are some reminders and the government hot lines


globalvideopro1 Nov 3, 2019

EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTARY. All Saints day, All Souls day here in Cebu City and throughout the Philippines. A two day holiday where families from all over the Philippines come together and pray for the Dear departed. But it's for Family bonding, a reunion event... and it's more like a celebration. I saw no tears only laughter with the kids running around having fun. People eating, sitting on, or next to the grave. It's a happy time remember the past...

Families of desaparecidos call for justice on All Souls' Day
by Jodesz Gavilan November 03, 2018

Families of victims of enforced disappearances light candles and offer flowers as they continue searching for their missing loved ones

IMPORTANT: Look all the links in the article!


ALL SOULS DAY. No arms. Paints tombstones (lettering) with feet. Cebu
Oct 30, 2016
No arms. Paints tombstones (lettering) with feet. All Saints Day, All Souls Day. This is Vicente who has been earning a living painting & lettering tombstones since he was 10 years old to help support his Family. He lives and works in the cemetery. In the past week, he has painted over 50 tombstones in the Children's section, age up to 3 years old. He also does tile work and drawing house plans. Amazing guy!

Preparasyon para sa Undas, umarangkada na
Oct 27, 2017
Umarangkada na ang mga preparasyon sa sementeryo, mga kalsada, bus terminal, at paliparan para sa darating na Undas.

Undas 2017: Prohibited items inside cemeteries
October 30, 2017
Cops will confiscate the items once they see them inside public cemeteries


Documentary. All Souls day/Saints day. (Kalag-Kalag)
Culture, Ritual..... Nov 12, 2016
Filipino families travel from far and wide to the tombs of deceased loved ones to commune with the departed and one another. This is bonding time among the dead and the living! The video may surprise you because of the number of vendors and food stalls in the cemetery.... But keep in mind, it's also a time for celebration.

All Saint’s Day (or officially The Solemnity of All Saints)
instituted to honor all the saints, known and unknown, and, according to Urban IV, to supply any deficiencies in the faithful’s celebration of saints’ feasts during the year.


UNDAS, problema sa Catholic Cemetery, Palawan
Nov 1, 2016

Mga basura, problema sa Catholic Cemetery.


Millions of Filipinos visit cemeteries on All Saints' Day
Nov 1, 2016

To remember their deceased loved ones, millions of Filipinos visit cemeteries today, All Saints' Day. Being a predominantly Catholic country, All Saints' Day is among a few holidays in the Philippines.


Undas etiquette: Do's and don'ts in the cemetery

Aside from you and your family, there are others who will also pay respect to their departed loved ones. Know how to act properly in the cemetery with these reminders from Unang Hirit. Oct 27, 2014


Tips para sa 'waste-free' Undas
Oct 28, 2018

Nanawagan ang isang environmental group na huwag gawing basurahan ang mga sementeryo sa paparating na Undas. Nagbigay din sila ng tips para makasiguradong "waste-free" ang mga sementeryo.

Philippine Proclamation No. 265 A special non-working holiday

that gives full opportunity to our people to properly observe ’All Saints’ Day with all its religious fervor which invariably requires them to travel to and from different regions of the country.”

All Souls' Day

In Christianity, All Souls' Day commemorates the faithful departed, in particular (but not exclusively) one's relatives. In Western Christianity the annual celebration is now held on 2 November and is associated with the three days of Allhallowtide, including All Saints' Day (1 November) and its vigil, Halloween (31 October)

All Saints' Day

also known as All Hallows' Day, Hallowmas, Feast of All Saints, or Solemnity of All Saints, is a Christian festival celebrated in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. It occurs on different dates in different Christian traditions. Several Western Christian denominations celebrate it on 1 November, including the Roman Catholic Church

The Anglican Communion, the Methodist Church, the Lutheran Church, and other Protestant churches. Meanwhile, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Eastern Catholic churches celebrate it on the first Sunday after Pentecost.

Undas - All Saints' Day

also known as Todos los Santos, Araw ng mga Patay

Meaning of Undas for Filipinos

Catholic Online Reflection on All Saints Day and All Souls Day

Here is a translation of the address Pope Benedict XVI gave the solemnity of All Saints, when praying the Angelus from the window of his study. He spoke to the thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square.

Undas Online

Viewpoint: All Saints Day - All Souls Day

This site is being maintained by the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

This project has materialized with the following in mind:

a) Filipinos who are homebound and have no way of visiting the cemeteries
b) Filipinos who are far from their love-ones, such as those in other countries
c) Filipinos who are seafarers

On this page there are also many good links to prayers - videos and other informations

All Soul's Day Special

Catholics make way for the All Soul's Day
In a Muslim's way
Notions and Beliefs of other Sects
Chinese Customs on the All Soul's Day

By Karen A. de la Trinidad
Technical Writer,

The article above HERE

All Saints' Day in PHIL a generally festive affair (Feature)

By Honor Blanco Cabie, October 3, 2012


Undas Celebration

Undas Celebration - Bacao I Gen. Trias, Cavite Philippines (3 videos)

All Saints Day, Sta. Monica Parish, Minalin, Pampanga


Filipinoes Flock to Cemeteries on All Saints Day

Sagada Panag-apoy ritual

Every first day of November, Sagadians gather at the cemetery to remember their departed loved ones. But instead of lighting traditional candles, they use woods of old pine trees locally called “saeng“, a flammable wood from old pine trees, to create bonfires on the graves previously blessed by a priest, on the tombs of their deceased loved ones. They call it “panag-apoy”, a tradition long been practiced in Sagada, Mountain Province.

The article HERE

Got fear of cemeteries?

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The Video

Sagada Panag-apoy ritual, from preparation week to the evening NOV 1.

Christmas (Pasko) Approaches in the Philippines

But First, Undas!

The Day of the Dead Celebrated November 1 in Typical Pinoy Style

Day of the Dead: A Filipino Catholic Tradition
Undas (All Saints and All Souls Day)
How other religions in PH observe Undas
Michael Bueza November 01, 2017

UPDATED Some faiths have practices similar to Undas, while others do not commemorate it at all

Live In A Graveyard


All Souls Day Traditions of the Chinese-Filipinos.

An interview with a Chinese-Filipino family on November 1, 2010 about their old traditions during All Souls Day. Shot at Manila Chinese Cemetery, Philippines


November 1, 2010 at Chinese Cemetery, Davao

Remark these are sub-albums in the above album Undas "All Souls Day & Halloween Celebration"

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