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Vin d’Honneur
A traditional morning reception called the “Vin d’Honneur” takes place biannually at Malacañan Palace: first and primarily to mark the New Year, and second, held on June 12, to celebrate the anniversary of Philippine Independence.

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Filipino Holidays, Index, Laws etc.

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RA 8952

Cebu's founding anniversary


August six of every year is hereby declared a special nonworking public holiday for the Province of Cebu including its highly urbanized cities of Cebu and Mandaue and its component cities of Lapulapu, Danao and Toledo."

How Cebu's founding anniversary was reckoned? In 1993, the Provincial Board passed a resolution that set that it should be when Spain's King Philip II, in a royal cedula, appointed Miguel Lopez de Legazpi as Governor of Cebu on August 6, 1569

LIST: 2019 Philippine Holidays
August 16, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte signs Proclamation No. 555 declaring the regular holidays and special non-working days for 2019

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When are the 10 long weekends in 2019?
by Aika Rey December 30, 2018
You can now start planning your most awaited staycation and getaways. Grab your planner and mark the dates you need to file your leaves!

What’s the difference between a Regular Holiday and a Special Non-Working Day?
Answer: Among other things, THE PAY RULES.

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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.

16 stress-busting tips for holiday travel
by/Michelle Aventajado Dec 20, 2014

Trips are for creating wonderful new memories. They can be even better if the family also feels “at home” wherever you go.
Next to the fun and warmth of the holidays, nothing excites families more than traveling together.

Filipino Holiday Customs Discovering Philippine Traditions: 7 Filipino Holiday Customs

Sprinkling a Little Philippine Culture into the Holidays
Homilists explain Easter, Pentecost
“The -Ber” months

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The “-Ber” months are here!
By 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.

The season of ‘Ber Months’
by Camille Conopio & Tessa Distor

Things Filipinos Do In The Ber Months
by Rucha Lim

Merry Christmas! Just kidding. It’s not really Christmas yet, but if you were raised in a Filipino household, you know that almost the whole Philippines is already getting into a Christmas-y mood as early as the ber months.
From Christmas decorations to early gift shopping, it’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas. So sit back, put on the Jose Mari Chan, as we countdown things Filipinos do in the ber months.


'Ber months': Mga parol, ibinebenta na
Published on 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!??
by 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
by 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.


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His Eminence, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales of the Archdiocese of Manila shares his thoughts about the season of Advent.

The Season of Advent
Anticipation and Hope

by Dennis Bratcher

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

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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

The Symbolism of the Advent Wreath

On waiting: A Simbang Gabi homily
by 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

Life and Works
Popular celebration
List of dedications to St. Lucy

Saint Lucy day

How to celebrate Saint Lucy day


Feast of St. Lucy 2010 & 2011

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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.

Remark this is an album in the album "St. Lucy (Santa Lucia)" in the album "Patrons & Patronesses - Etc."

Collection from around the world

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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Remark 7 videos from a´round the world in the album

Look also Hymn for Santa Lucia Lyric English

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

Look also above: On waiting: A Simbang Gabi homily

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CAVINTI DIASPORA “Simbang Gabi” A Christmas Tradition in the Philippines

a series of nine dawn masses that starts on December 16th and ends on the midnight of December 24th

Misa de Gallo (Roosters Mass) - Simbang Gabi
LIST: Simbang Gabi schedules across the Philippines for 2018
by Kurt Dela Peña December 14, 2018

Rappler compiles the Simbang Gabi schedules in key churches and chapels – including those in shopping malls – across the country
If you want to share your church's Simbang Gabi schedules with us, feel free to tweet us @rapplerdotcom or to email the author at Please include the keywords "Simbang Gabi schedule" in the subject line.

EDSA Simbang Gabi: 'Killings put to shame our Christian nation'
by Patty Pasion December 16, 2016

'No to Marcos burial is just one issue. No to what kills the human spirit, the democratic spirit to speak, assert and express oneself, this we must fight for,' says an activist priest at the start of the 9-day Christmas season mass.


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

Interact with Philippine News

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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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Simbang Gabi

History, Liturgy and Tradition

"Simbang Gabi" is a Filipino Christmas tradition, a series of nine dawn masses that starts as early as 4 a.m. from December 16 and until December 24.


Simbang Gabi 2014

All 9 days masses 2014 from Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral & The Church of the Gesù, Ateneo de Manila University campus in Quezon City


Simbang Gabi 2015, 2016 & 2017

All 9 days masses from Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral


Simbang Gabi 2016 & 2018 at Society of St. Paul
Santuary of St. Paul, the Apostle
San Antonia Village, Makati


SIMBANG GABI - Black Nazarene 2016
Quiapo church, Manila
TV Masses


The article with Video of Simbang Gabi 2018:

Rappler brings you the 9 days of Simbang Gabi
from different churches around the Philippines and around the world
Watch each day of the traditional 9 days of Masses in preparation for Christmas


Read the Gospel for Simbang Gabi -  Christmas Day 2018
Read in Tagalog and English the mass readings and gospel:

Simbang Gabi day 1

Simbang Gabi day 2

Simbang Gabi day 3

Simbang Gabi day 4

Simbang Gabi day 5

Simbang Gabi day 6

Simbang Gabi day 7

Simbang Gabi day 8

Simbang Gabi day 9

Christmas Day - December 25, 2018

Pagsilang ng Tagapagligtas - ‘nativity of Jesus Christ’

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Pagsilang ng Tagapagligtas
Dec 26, 2016 - Aired: 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.


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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?
by 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
by Jules Matabuena December 20, 2017
Any of these sound familiar?

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

UPDATED 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.

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
by 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; Christmas, 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
by 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
by 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

Look the Tops

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

Look also "CHRISTMAS GREETINGS on Vintage Philippine Postcards" HERE

Many great cards

Look both as pdf in 1 file HERE

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!

Christmas in the Philippines Christmas in the Philippines
Rooster Masses
Christmas Carols
Christmas Trees
Nativity Scenes
Christmas Eve
Christmas Gifts
Christmas Day
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Holy Innocents’ Day
New Year
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

Look the article as pdf HERE

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
by/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

Catholic Home and Garden's

Gift to You

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Catholic Traditions for Advent and Christmas


Christmas at Home and in the Liturgy
Discover the Advent / Christmas season

Christmas in the Philippine

Christmas in the Philippine

Pasko Sa Aming Bayang Pilipinas

By/Lindsey Scharpenter

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A lot about Christmas in the Philippines

Christmas in the Philippines and HERE


in the album "Christmas in the Philippines"

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 - Aired: December 23, 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
by Peter White


Kids Xmas Party 2016
by 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
by 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)

Remark 4 videos in the album

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.
Christmas Live Jam:
A special show dedicated to OFWs
by 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 - HERE
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.
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

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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

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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

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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.

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


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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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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

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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

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Tourists visit 'Santa Claus mountain'

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

Dec 15, 2014

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Date rape drug

sometimes referred to as Party Drugs or simply Ecstasy, are medications that can be slipped into drinks and make a person unconscious for 15 minutes or so. There have been reports of dozens of women, who were under the influence of a date-drug known as GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate), a clear and flavorless liquid, when they were raped.

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By scanning the content of your drink Drugfindr will tell if any illicit substances are present.
We believe that by the use of Drugfindr abuse by using drugs added to drinks can be avoided completely.
It is our mission to ensure the safety of our users through the use of Drugfindr. Look also HERE

Cup and straw system detecting date rape drugs

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.'

New Year's Eve - Day - Etc.

Bisperas ng Bagong Taon

January 1 – New Year’s Day Regular holiday

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7 Pinoy New Year’s Eve superstitions
by Precious Del Valle December 30, 2017

Want health, wealth and happiness into your life this 2018?

7 tips for a prosperous New Year
by Princesse Lim Fernandez December 28, 2017

Getting ready for New Year's Eve? Read these tips to ring in the New Year with luck on your side

Republic Act No. 7183

Signed on June 20, 2017

Prohibited Firecrackers in the Philippines (PNP List)

Which firecrackers are allowed by law?

Gov’t orders shutdown of all firecracker establishments
The Department of Labor and Employment issued, on Thursday, an order stopping all work in establishments manufacturing and selling pyrotechnics and firecrackers nationwide.

Duterte to order ban on firecrackers
by Pia Ranada January 10, 2019
Previously, President Rodrigo Duterte had issued an executive order limiting the use of fireworks to community displays

Duterte weighs firecracker ban impact on 'industries'
January 02, 2017
'The President weighs/considers the welfare that would be for the greater good of all,' Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says

Look above about RA 7183

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Gov’t orders shutdown of all firecracker establishments
Thousands to lose jobs in shutdown order vs firecracker biz
Nov 26, 2016

Locations of firecracker zones in Metro Manila for New Year's Eve
by Mara Cepeda December 27, 2017

UPDATED A complete ban on firecrackers is imposed in Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Pasig, and Pateros

Follow firecracker law to avoid injuries

by Aika Rey December 30, 2017

Last June, President Rodrigo Duterte signed EO No. 28, banning private citizens from using firecrackers or staging their own firecracker displays at their homes.
According to the Department of Health, a total of 630 fireworks-related injuries were recorded from December 21, 2016, to January 5, 2017.

Firecrackers a waste of money and dangerous – Red Cross
December 29, 2018
Red Cross advises the public to keep safe during the New Year's Eve revelry


Life after firecracker accident
Dec 28, 2016
Sidecar driver Jerry Flores shares how his life changed when his left leg had to be amputated after he stepped on a firecracker called Goodbye Philippines.

an album in "Traditional New year and New year superstitions"

How to handle firecrackers safely new year's eve
by/Martin Aguda Jr. Dec 30, 2014

Emergency management expert Martin Aguda shares these family safety tips for handling firecrackers and fire

Look - or - Download the poster included "Emergency Numbers" in full size

Remark: Many cities have already implemented the 'firecracker ban' in their respective places. Look e.g. about the cities of Muntinlupa, Baguio, Olongapo, Davao, Kidapawan, and Zamboanga

How to observe a safe New Year
December 30, 2016

The Department of Health suggests ways to prevent firework injuries and stay safe on New Year's Eve

Iwas Paputok also means a fire-free New Year celebration
by Abigail Abigan December 30, 2017

The Bureau of Fire Protection urges the public to strictly observe safety measures to prevent fire incidents in New Year celebration


Fireworks should bear Philippine standard mark. - Dec 24, 2015
The Department of Trade and Industry is asking the consumers to make sure that the fireworks that they buy bears the "PS" or Philippine Standard Mark which will guarantee the safety of said product.


New Year safety tips - Dec 26, 2014
Red Alert together with safety expert Dr. Ted Esguerra give us some reminders on how to welcome 2015 by being injury-free. Watch it here!


DOH warns against firecrackers - DOH, nagbabala muli laban sa paputok -  Dec 11, 2014
Ilang linggo bago mag-Pasko at Bagong Taon, muling nagpaalala ang Department of Health sa publiko laban sa panganib ng pagpapaputok. Inihayag naman ng Bureau of Fire Protection ang anim na lungsod na magpapatupad ng total firecracker ban.


Firecracker injuries rise ahead of New Year -  Dec 25, 2014
Despite the "no firecracker" campaign of the Department of Health (DOH), many have been victimized already this Christmas season. A victim is sent to the hospital when he was shot by a stray bullet.

These are albums in the album "New Year safety tips & Warnings" in the album "Traditional New year and New year superstitions"

Common Filipino New Year Traditions
by/Krissna Isabele Cruz

Quick meal recipes to welcome 2016

If you still haven't figured out what to serve for tonight's Media Noche, check out these quick meal recipes. Dec 30, 2015

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Celebrating New Year The Filipino Way

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The article HERE

"Bisperas ng Bagong Taon" or the New Year's Eve celebration and The traditional "Kanyon"
New Year's eve celebration in the Philippines

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New Year's Eve

Filipino superstitions at New Year

New Year's Day

New Year's Day in Minalin, Pampanga

DING MUSA NING MINALIN (The Muses of Minalin)

a Kapampangan documentary - a Kalalangan Kamaru production

New Year's Day is not just about firecrackers and noise barrages for the residents of Minalin, Pampanga.

It's also about REAL MEN dressed in GOWNS.


Remark these are albums in the album "Traditional New year and New year superstitions"

New Year - Filipino - Prosperity Candles - for welcoming the new year

Lighted from 11:30 to midnight, the speed by which the different colored candles melted was supposed to give you a preview of what your preoccupation for the new year would be like. White for purity. Yellow for wisdom. Blue for harmony and peace. Pink for family, friendships and relationships. Red for love. Green for money. Purple is for ventures.
Do this every year just for fun... as a tradition and a respite from all the cleaning to do in preparation for welcoming the new year.


New Year in Manila & Cebu City 2019
Jan 1, 2019


New Years Eve 2016
Jan 01, 2017 by Peter White
Fireworks at midnight from around barangay Magay, Compostela, Cebu. It looked like everybody had something to explode or burn


Filipino New Year's Superstitions and Auld Lang Syne

AzNislander143 wrote on Jan 1, 2012: YAY! First ever video up on the first day of 2012 :) Here's a few Filipino superstitions during the New Year and a cover of the classic "Auld Lang Syne" Hope you enjoy and Happy New Year's.


New Year Celebration 2012 in the Philippines

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Maria Isabel Garcia December 30, 2016

Science Solitaire
'Deserve your privileged dash of spacetime.
You have it, for now.'

Happy New Year

This is called Considerata VI because this is my 6th version through the years of writing a New Year’s science column. It is inspired by Desiderata

2016, a year of sorrows and fear
December 26, 2016

Fear weakens our reasoning and leads us to cocoons of silence. Rather than take a stand and let our voices be heard, we retreat.
As the light of 2016 fades, we gather our thoughts and look back at a year that gave us sorrows.

Never in our contemporary history have we seen these many deaths in so short a time.

Good riddance, 2016!
by Marites Dañguilan Vitug December 02, 2016
6 reasons to look forward to the end of the year.
Like others, I can’t wait to say goodbye to 2016. Many awful things have happened and these are bearing down hard on our democratic values, striking at our long-held foundations, and even on our private spaces, our equanimity.
Our national conversation has crackled with threats and profanities, led by the angry voice of President Rodrigo Duterte. The polarization is so palpable on social media, where reason has given way to vitriolic emotions and lies have disguised as facts.
The saddest and most worrying thought, however, is that all these may continue into the new year. It’s up to us, to a vigilant public, to arrest the erosion of our democracy in this post-truth age.
Maria Ressa, other journalists to be honored at Times Square NYE
by Mara Cepeda December 30, 2018

Times Square Alliance president Tim Tompkins says it is fitting to honor free press and free speech in one of the world's most famous public squares as the world welcomes 2019

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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3 Kings day

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

Look also Epiphany in the Philippines and

"Three Kings Celebration" in the article above HERE

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 tgether 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.


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.

Filipino-Chinese New Year in Philippines

A Special non-working day between 21 January and 20 February

Remark the videos are albums in the album "Filipino-Chinese New Year" in the album "Special non-working days - 'Holidays'"

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农 历 新 年 Chinese New Year (also known as Spring Festival) is the first day of the Chinese calendar, which follows the lunar year cycle. It is the major festivity of the Philippine Chinese community or Tsinoys.
Chinese New Year Chinese Filipinos celebrate the Lunar New Year in January or February.

It is not an official holiday in the Philippines, but students in Chinese schools are let out early. Chinese Filipinos currently number four million, making up five percent of the Philippine population.

5 feng shui pieces that will bring you luck this Chinese New Year
February 14, 2018

These decorative pieces will help you out this Year of the Earth Dog

14 things you need to do for a lucky Chinese New Year
by Vernise L Tantuco February 07, 2018

Get ready for a lucky year ahead, regardless of your animal sign's horoscope!

The Chinese zodiac

is the classification scheme that assigns an animal to each year in a repeating twelve-year cycle. The 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac is an approximation to the 11.86-year cycle of Jupiter, the largest planet of the solar system.[1] It is a scheme and systematic plan of future action that relates each year to an animal and its reputed attributes according to a 12-year cycle.

The Video:

The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac
Jan 31, 2017
Paano nga ba nabuo ang mga zodiac signs? Alamin sa maikling alamat na handog ng Unang Hirit.

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Big Yang Theory: Chinese year of the sheep or the goat?
by/Fran Wang, Agence France-Presse Feb 17, 2015

China's coming lunar new year has stirred a debate over which zodiac creature is the correct one - but Chinese folklorists dismiss the fixation on animals as missing the point.

Folklorists say it does not matter which one is used since the zodiac sign was chosen for the Chinese character's auspicious connotation rather than the specific animal - at least in the beginning.

"This 'yang' is fictional. It does not refer to any specific kind (of sheep or goat)," Zhao Shu, a researcher with the Beijing Research Institute of Culture and History, told Agence France-Presse

8 things to do to ring in the year of the sheep

2015 is touted as a year of prosperity, peace and cooperation.

Here is a list of things to do to channel these attributes, and have a truly happy new year. For many, 2015 has already begun but for the country’s prominent Filipino-Chinese community, the start of the Lunar New Year officially begins on Thursday, February 19. Jan 30 2015


Chinese New Year 2019
Feb 1, 2019
Chinese New Year 2019 celebrations at JPark Island Resort and Waterpark in Mactan Island, Cebu.

Year of the pig limited editions stamps ginagamit na sang philpost
Feb 8, 2019

Where to celebrate Chinese New Year in Metro Manila
February 02, 2019
Here are all the places where you can ring in the Year of the Earth Pig

IN PHOTOS: Binondo celebrates Chinese New Year
February 05, 2019
People welcome the Year of the Pig with grand festivities

Chinatown New Year countdown led by Erap, China envoy
(many photos)
January 28, 2017

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, together with the Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua, lead the new year's eve countdown at Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz.


2012 - 2017 - etc.

Chinese New Year traditions explained
Gerry Chua, owner of Eng Bee Tin, explains the significance of customs and other rituals during Chinese New Year

2012 Chinese New Year parade in Manila

2013 Chinese New Year in China Town - Binondo

2014 The Horse Year - Chinese New Year Eve

2015 Chinese-Filipinos welcome Year of the Wood Sheep

2015 Jilin Art Troupe: Happy Chinese New Year 2015. Highlights of the Luzon Tour of the Jilin Art Troupe in celebration of the 40th year of Philippines-China Diplomatic Relations. Mar 15, 2015.

2016 Celebrations of Year of the Monkey - and - How to build a fortune in the Year of the Fire Monkey
Feb 6 - 8 - 10, 2016

Year of the Rooster 2017
Chinese New Year 2017, 28th Jan 2017 Anthony Taberna joins dragon dancers and business Chinese men in the discussion about what are the lucky things for the Chinese New Year. Jan 28, 2017

Jan 28, 2017

Constitution Day

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Constitution Day
by/Official Gazette

After the ratification of the 1987 Constitution, President Aquino issued Proclamation No. 211 s, 1988, which moved the commemoration of Constitution Day from January 17 to February 2 of every year, a proclamation still in effect.

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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.

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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.

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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


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


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!

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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."

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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
Araw ng Kagitingan - Day of Valor April 9

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Araw ng Kagitingan is celebrated as a public holiday in the Philippines.

The Araw ng Kagitingan or the Day of Valor is celebrated in the Philippines every 9th of April as a national memorial day for the brave souls who fought during the Fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942 during the World War II.

The holiday also pays respect and tribute to the many civilian men who died on the tragic Death March which started from Bataan and ended in Tarlac.

The Day of Valor a Public Holiday

FAST FACTS: Araw ng Kagitingan
Nigel Tan Updated April 09, 2017
Here are 9 important facts you should know about the 'Day of Valor'

Araw ng Kagitingan (Filipino for Day of Valor), also known as Bataan Day or Bataan and Corregidor Day
Official instruments designating this holiday have specified several different names.

77th Day of Valor Ceremony
Deputy Chief of Mission John C. Law Remarks
Mount Samat National Shrine in Bataan, April 9, 2019
Secretary Año, Madame Vice President, Congressman Garcia, Ambassador Haneda, His Excellency the Papal Nuncio, distinguished guests and most especially our honored veterans, their families and their loved ones.

Magandang umaga sa inyong lahat!

The Video in the album: Special non-working days - 'Public Holidays':
Officials highlight veterans' heroism on Day of Valor
CNN Philippines Apr 9, 2019
Again President Duterte chose to mark the Day of Valor by visiting soldiers in Jolo, Sulu. This story is about the ceremony President Duterte chose to skip at the historic Mt. Samat in Bataan.

On Day of Valor, Robredo tells Filipinos: Be valiant like our forefathers
Mara Cepeda April 09, 2019
The Vice President is attending the 77th commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan at the Mount Samat National Shrine in Pilar, Bataan

Lenten - Cuaresma

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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)

A time to listen: Why we fast during Lent
by 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

in the calendar of Western Christianity, is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter.

Where do ashes for Ash Wednesday come from?
by 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.

TRANSCRIPT: Cardinal Tagle on the start of Lent
by 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
by 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 Marinduque Moriones:
Remark this is an album 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.

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 also 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

go to overview

SCHEDULES: Masses and church services for Holy Week 2019
April 13, 2019
Check out the schedules of Masses and church services in different Catholic parishes across the Philippines for Holy Week 2019

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
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
by 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?
by 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?
by 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.

Holy Week practices in the Philippines
April 08, 2017 - 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 cast of characters in Holy Week processions
by 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

Why the Holy Week has no fixed dates
by 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.

The grand carriages of Baliuag: Pomp and pageantry in piety
by/Marga Deona - with Video
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

All About Holy Week

Holy Week History, Information, Prayers, Resources, Traditions,

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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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


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


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.

by/Estan Cabigas, a multiawarded blogger and freelance photographer based in Makati City, the Philippines

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




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 sub-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
by 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 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 HERE
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
by 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
by 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


Remark these are albums in the album "Stations of the Cross"

Stations of the Cross
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

Remark 4 parts

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
by 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
by/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
by/ 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.

Remark these are albums in the album "Semana Santa Passion of Christ - Pinoy Style - "Sinakulo"-"

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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Ascension Day Prayers

Prayers and Collects for the Feast of the Ascension

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Whitsun - Pentecost & Trinity Sunday

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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

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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

All About Pentecost (Whitsunday)

Pentecost History, Information, Prayers, Resources, Traditions, & More

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.

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Labor Day

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PH Labor Day: A history of struggle

The first recorded Labor Day in the Philippines takes place on May 1, 1913

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Independence Day

June 12 – Regular holiday

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Philippine Independence Day

On June 12, 1898, General Emilio F. Aguinaldo proclaimed at the balcony of his ancestral home on Calle Real in Kawit, Cavite, the independence of the Republic of the Philippines, and the Philippine flag was hoisted as the national anthem called Marcha Filipina was played in the presence of a huge crowd.

Why celebrate Philippine independence on June 12?
by Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza June 12, 2014
Those who paid attention to their history lessons will remember that the Philippines did not remain free of a colonizing power long after that declaration.

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Philippine Republic Day

Philippine Independence Day before 1962: July 4, not June 12

In 1962, President Diosdado Macapagal issued Proclamation No. 28, s. 1962, effectively moving the date of Philippine independence from July 4 to June 12 the date independence from Spain was proclaimed in Emilio Aguinaldo’s home in Kawit, Cavite.

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LIST: 2019 Independence Day rallies
Elijah Allen Macaspac June 11, 2019

Groups will stage protests in various parts of Metro Manila to commemorate the country's 121st Independence Day

IN PHOTOS: Celebrations, protests mark Independence Day 2019
June 12, 2019
Government officials proudly raise the Philippine flag in celebration of 121 years of independence, while protesters angrily lift their placards to call for 'true freedom' in the country

IN PHOTOS: How Poblacion in Makati celebrated Independence Day 2019
Amanda T. Lago June 12, 2019
Folk dances, lechon, OPM bands, and the determination to have a good time – Repoblacion 2019 was as Filipino as it got

Filipinos on Independence Day 2019: 'We’re far from free'
June 12, 2019
Are we – as individuals, as a people, and as a nation – truly free? Netizens don't seem to think so.

On Independence Day, mother who lost son to Oplan Tokhang calls for 'true freedom'
Elijah Allen Macaspac June 12, 2019
A woman who lost her son due to 'Oplan Tokhang' chooses to head to the streets and protest on Independence Day

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Protesters rally vs 'foreign powers' on PH Independence Day Jun 12, 2019
Over a hundred people protested outside the US Embassy and Chinese Consulate in Manila to mark the 121st anniversary of Philippine Independence

Philippine Independence Day 2018
June 08, 2018

At least 20 groups are planning to stage protest activities to hold 'HINDIpendence day' protest on June 12
With the theme "HINDIpendence Day" – a play on the words "hindi" (no) and "independence" – the activities will be highlighting a string of issues confronting the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Cardinal Tagle hits 'fake freedom' on Independence Day 2018
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 12, 2018

'Huwad ang kalayaan kapag pinaglalaruan ang katarungan,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on the 120th Independence Day.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle criticized "fake freedom" brought about by killings and other injustices, as the Philippines marked its 120th Independence Day on Tuesday, June 12.

Robredo's Independence Day 2017 message
June 12, 2017 - with video
Vice President Leni Robredo leads the annual Independence Day rites at the Rizal Park in Luneta.
On the 119th anniversary of the Philippines’ independence, Vice President Leni Robredo lauded the Filipino’s fight for democracy through time. She also stressed the importance of continuing to uphold democracy.

Duterte skips PH Independence Day rites in Luneta
June 12, 2017 - with video
(3rd UPDATE) This was supposed to be Duterte's first Independence Day as president

IN PHOTOS: Philippines marks Independence Day 2017
June 12,2017
From touching scenes in crisis-hit Marawi City to protests in Metro Manila, here is a look at how Filipinos celebrated the country's 119th Independence Day

Independence Day historic landmarks featured in stamps
June 12, 2017

PHLPost has printed 102,400 copies of the stamps, to be sold at P12 each
IN OBSERVANCE of Philippine Independence Day on June 12, the Philippine Postal Corporation will release on Monday, four of the prominent and historic landmarks visited during Independence Day celebrations. These are the Jose Rizal National Monument in Rizal Park, Manila; Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan; President Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite; and the Andres Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City.

PHLPost releases commemorative stamps to mark Philippine Independence Day
June 08, 2018
PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost has issued 50,000 copies of the single stamp design which can be bought at P12 each

#SalamatSaSerbisyo: Show your support for Marawi soldiers, cops
June 10, 2017
Let us show our support for Filipino soldiers and cops deployed to Marawi City. Thank them for their sacrifices and selflessness using the hashtag #SalamatSaSerbisyo.
The Philippines will commemorate its 119th Independence day on Monday, June 12, with martial law in Mindanao and the crisis in Marawi City as its backdrop.

Netizens show support for Marawi soldiers, cops
June 12, 2017
Responding to MovePH's callout, social media users share words of encouragement and gratitude for security forces battling terrorists in Marawi City


Celebrations of Independence Day

117th Philippine Independence Day Celebration JUN 12 2015

How Filipinos celebrate Independence Day
May iba-ibang paraan ang mga kababayan natin sa pagdiriwang ng ating kalayaan.

Why Independence Day celebrations are being held in this Iloilo town
Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon, gaganapin ang pagdiriwang ng ating Independence Day hindi sa Luzon, na siyang nakagawian, kundi sa Visayas sa makasaysayang bayan ng Santa Barbara sa Iloilo. Paano nga ba pinagyayaman ng mga Ilonggo ang makasaysayang lugar na ito?

PNoy's Speech during the 117th Anniversary of the Philippines Independence Day, June 12 2015
Santa Barbara Church, San Barbara, Iloilo City

How Filipinos celebrated Independence Day
Ipinagdiwang ng mga Pinoy ang ating Araw ng Kalayaan sa iba-ibang paraan. Bukod sa pagdalo sa mga flag-raising ceremony, dinayo rin ang Aguinaldo Museum sa Baguio City. Jun 12, 2015
118th Philippine Independence Day Celebration, Flag Raising and Wreath-Laying Ceremony, 12 June 2016
Outgoing President Benigno Aquino III on Sunday presided over Independence Day activities for the last time, as he prepares to bow out of office after assuming the presidency in 2010.
Aquino arrived at the Rizal Park in Manila at past 8 a.m. for the 118th Independence Day celebrations.
He was welcomed by Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estada, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gloriosio Miranda.

118th Philippine Independence Day Vin D’ Honneur

PNoy leads Independence Day rites for the last time
119 INDEPENDENCE DAY June 12, 2017
Sa episode samahan niyo kami sa ika-119 na pag-gunita ng Araw ng Kalayaan sa Luneta at sa Aguinaldo Shrine sa Kawit, Cavite.
Alamin ang pinag-mulan ng ating watawat at pambansang awit at kung ano ang isinasagisag ng mga ito para sa bawat Pilipino.


Stop EJKs to stage Day of Prayer and Action on Independence Day
Published on May 18, 2017

Former Rep. Teddy Casiño is urging concerned Filipinos to show their rejection of extrajudicial killings by joining the Day of Prayer and Action on June 12, 2017, in Malate, Manila. (Video and editing by RYAN LEAGOGO)

Xavier University urges youth to 'learn from history' on Independence Day
by/ Stephen J Pedroza June 12, 2016

'We celebrate this declaration as a symbol of our bravery, determination, and unity to live free, with human rights and dignity,' says Dulce Dawang of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan

How did the Philippines celebrate June 12 under Marcos' martial law?
June 11, 2017

This is the first time since the Marcos-era years that a portion of the country marks Independence Day under martial law rule.

Stories from the diaspora: PH Independence Day for young Filipinos abroad
by/ Don Kevin Hapal June 12, 2016

For Filipinos who grew up miles away from their home country, does Independence Day mean anything?

PIDCI, the Philippine Independence Day Council

PIDCI is the organization of organizations that plans, organizes, produces, executes, manages directs and presents the annual commemoration of Philippine Independence to the Filipino and Filipino-American and the mainstream community.

Philippine Independence Day Foundation.

A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Culture, History, Celebrations and Community of the Philippines but not limited to the Celebration of the Philippine Independence day June 12.

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Carson, CA 90745, USA

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 UPDATED 2019.06.22

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.

Water crisis leads San Juan to tweak Wattah Wattah Festival
Matthew Reysio-Cruz Philippine Daily Inquirer June 18, 2019


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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the Ghost Month

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What is Ghost Month? 5 things you need to know
August 22, 2017

Every year, Ghost Month affects wedding dates, business deals, and even the Philippine stock market – here's what you need to know to fend off bad luck.
Every year around August, Feng Shui experts warn us against a slew of activities, lest misfortunes happen.
The annual Ghost Month affects more aspects of your life than you think, having a hand in business openings, the Philippine stock market, and even wedding plans.

Want to stay lucky on ghost month? Wear red panties
Wearing red underwear may ward off spirits during the so-called ghost month, a feng shui expert said.


Pinoy Ghost Month

According to Chinese tradition, Feng Shui, the so-called "ghost month" designated in the calendar from August 14 to September 12, this year is "the time when the gate of hell will open to allow the ghosts and spirits to go back to the living world."

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National Heroes Day

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FAST FACTS: What makes a Filipino historical figure a national hero?
by Hannah Mallorca August 28, 2017

While there are no laws that officially proclaim a Filipino a national hero, there are criteria that determine how a historical figure qualifies as a national hero.

Selection And Proclamation Of National Heroes And Laws Honoring Filipino Historical Figures
May 18, 2015

Fast Facts: National Heroes Day
by Nigel Tan

Celebrated as early as 1931, the holiday honors and remembers all Philippine national heroes. Here are a few facts related to this occasion.


National Heroes Day

a national public holiday in the Philippines to honor the country's heroes and is held on the last Monday of every August to mark the anniversary of the Cry of Pugad Lawin, the beginning of the Philippine Revolution by the Katipunan and its Supremo Andrés Bonifacio in 1896.

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Undas - All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day

November 1 – All Saints Day Special non-working day

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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'

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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.

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

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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.

A special non-working holiday 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.”

Philippine Proclamation No. 265

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 About All Souls Day

All Souls Day History, Information, Prayers, Resources, Traditions, & More

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,

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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.

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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

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Bonifacio Day

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Bonifacio Day
This holiday is celebrated annually on 30 November.
Known as 'Araw ng Kapanganakan ni Bonifacio', this day commemorates the birth of Andrés Bonifacio on 30 November 1863.

Bonifacio Day 2016

LIST: Bonifacio Day activities, protests
November 29, 2017
Several protests and activities are lined up on Thursday, November 30, to mark Bonifacio Day not just in Metro Manila

Bonifacio Day rallies set to push, protest Duterte’s revolutionary gov’t
November 29, 2017
Rallies supporting President Rodrigo Duterte's proposed revolutionary government will be held on Thursday, November 30, 19 cities and towns, mostly areas where Duterte won in the 2016 presidential election

Duterte skips Bonifacio Day ceremony
by Pia Ranada November 30, 2018
UPDATED 'He has to fly to Mindanao to attend to the problem of insurgency in Mindanao,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, without elaborating

On Bonifacio Day, workers demand freedom from poverty
by Aika Rey November 30, 2018
'Hindi pa rin tayo malaya sa kontraktuwalisasyon. Hindi tayo malaya sa mababang sahod. Hindi tayo malaya sa kahirapan,' says Makabayan bloc leader Neri Colmenares

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Rizal Day

December 30 – Regular holiday

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Rizal Day

a Philippine national holiday commemorating the life and works of José Rizal, one of the Philippines' national heroes. It is celebrated every December 30, the day of Rizal's execution at Bagumbayan, now known as Rizal Park, in 1896.

Rizal a reminder that 'true freedom goes with kindness, integrity'
by Mara Cepeda December 30, 2018
Vice President Leni Robredo says the national hero should inspire Filipinos to 'work for his vision of a Philippines free from hate, division, and tyranny


Robredo on Rizal Day: 'Bravely defend the rights of Filipinos'
Vice President Leni Robredo says Jose Rizal's life and work 'brought hope to those in despair and courage to those living in fear'

Senators on Rizal Day: Protect the freedom he died for
Senator Francis Pangilinan calls Jose Rizal a 'millennial who cares, and says he used his talents to fight for the country's liberation from Spain

Both by Mara Cepeda December 30, 2016


By: Quennie Ann J. Palafox

Jose Rizal - His life and His works

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Dr. Jose Rizal's 119th anniversary of Martyrdom (2 videos)

Commemoration of the 120th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal 12.30.2016 (2 videos)

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Senators to Filipinos: Be like Rizal, 'fight inequality and abuse'
by Aika Rey December 30, 2018

'During this dark chapter in our history, when there is a prevailing culture of impunity and blatant attempts to desensitize us to violence and corruption, we are called upon to speak up, stand up, and fight back,' opposition Senator Leila de Lima says

Etc. Holidays

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Malacañang declares holiday in Ilocos Norte for Marcos' 100th birthday
by Frank Cimatu September 07, 2017

President Duterte's Proclamation Number 310 gives the late president's home province 'full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion'

Again "AboutPhilippines" just ask: Is "Duterte, a Marcos lapdog"

Ferdinand E. E. Marcos, Sr. - President, Dictator

Marcos' 100th birthday 'no reason to celebrate' – lawmakers
by Bea Cupin September 11, 2017
Legislators from the House point out that President Rodrigo Duterte's proclamation counters Philippine law, which recognizes the atrocities during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

On Marcos centennial, a call to post artworks about martial law atrocities
September 08, 2017
Molotov Pilipinas, a creative community, called on artists from different parts of the country to post their protest works on social media on September 11. They intend to depicts the outrage against the "culture of violence" that pervades the country, the group said.

Duterte defends Ilocos Norte holiday for Marcos birthday
by Carmela Fonbuena September 09, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte defended his decision to declare a holiday in Ilocos Norte on Monday, September 11, the 100th birthday of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
"Ang sabi nila, si Marcos masamang tao. (They say Marcos is a bad person.) That is a sentiment not shared by all," Duterte said.

Again "AboutPhilippines" just ask: Is "Duterte, a Marcos lapdog"

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