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is a religious observance lasting three days

6 things you need to know about Triduum

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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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LIST: Philippine holidays for 2022
Oct 29, 2021

Like in 2021, Christmas Eve, All Souls' Day, and the last day of the year will be 'special working holidays'
President Rodrigo Duterte signed on Friday, October 29, Proclamation No. 1236, declaring the regular holidays and special non-working and working days for 2022.

Palace lists down 2021 holidays

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

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

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

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

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

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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Filipino Holidays, Index, Laws etc.

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

The Vatican says all general audiences and the Angelus presided over by Pope Francis will be livestreamed until April 12.

The Video in the album Holy Week "Semana Santa" & Easter: Vatican decree “in time of Covid-19” explains changes to Holy Week celebrations

Filipino Holiday Customs Discovering Philippine Traditions: 7 Filipino Holiday Customs

Sprinkling a Little Philippine Culture into the Holidays
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“The -Ber” months

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The “-Ber” months are here!
Alex M. Eduque September 1, 2018

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Christ the King Sunday

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Christ the King Sunday

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

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

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


Videos are in the album Advent

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Liturgical year
The Catholic Church sets aside certain days and seasons of each year to recall and celebrate various events in the life of Christ.

In its Roman Rite the liturgical year begins with Advent, the time of preparation for both the celebration of Jesus' birth, and his expected second coming at the end of time.

The Season of Advent - Anticipation and Hope
Dennis Bratcher
The Colors of Advent - The Spirit of Advent - Evergreens and The Advent Wreath
Celebrating Advent - An Advent Reflection - Music for Advent
Is God before us, in our seeking gaze?
Ryan Browne 27 November 2021
The First Sunday of Advent presents us with some tough questions that Google cannot answer. Jesus doesn’t offer easy answers, but a renewed vision of who we are redeemed by his love.

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

The Symbolism of the Advent Wreath


Advent Sundays masses 2020, 2021
Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu
Living out Advent in the home
John Kostoff and Patricia Dal Ben, Catholic Register Special
November 23, 2019

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

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

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

St. Lucy (Lucia)

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

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

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Saint Lucy (283–304)

also known as Saint Lucia or Santa Lucia

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

Saint Lucy day

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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.
Look the full description of the video HERE


Santa Lucia hymn - song for Santa Lucia day DEC 13.

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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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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 - Etc.

Look also above: On waiting: A Simbang Gabi homily

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Simbang Gabi
History, Liturgy and Tradition

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

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

Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Video by Truth Esguerra

Pope Benedict XVI
Nellie Hizon

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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Pagsilang ng Tagapagligtas - ‘nativity of Jesus Christ’

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Pagsilang ng Tagapagligtas
December 24, 2016

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

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


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

Christmas - Santa Claus

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Catholic Traditions for Advent and Christmas


Christmas at Home and in the Liturgy

Feast of Santa Claus on Dec. 6
December 5, 2021 Christina Hermoso
The Roman Catholic Church will celebrate Monday, Dec. 6, the feast day of one of the primary figures of Christmas –Saint Nicholas – more popularly known around the world as Santa Claus.

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

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


Christmas Eve Mass December 24, 2020

Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu


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



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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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Discover the Advent / Christmas season

Christmas in the Philippine

Christmas in the Philippine

Pasko Sa Aming Bayang Pilipinas
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


Forgotten Christmas Traditions
Dec 9, 2019 Manila Bulletin Online

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


Krismas Sarap
ABS-CBN News December 01, 2019

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


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

GMA Public Affairs Dec 7, 2019

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


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

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


Christmas in Baguio (Full episode)
Dec 11, 2018

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

Malacañang Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Streamed live December 05, 2016


Tree of Hope lights Fuente Osmena Circle
Dec 1, 2016

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

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


Pasko - A Filipino (typical) Christmas

Short documentary about Christmas celebration in the Philippines.


Bring them home this Christmas
November 14, 2018

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


Christmas in Pampanga
Dec 26, 2016

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



We are still waiting for part 2


Cebu Christmas special: Bethlehem sa Sugbo
Dec 23, 2014


Christmas in the Philippines

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


Christmas in the Philippines


Filipino Christmas Tradition


Tangub City The Christmas Symbols Capital of the Philippines

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


2011 Policarpio Street, Mandaluyong

Christmas Decorations

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


Philippines Kids Xmas Party 2015
Peter White


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


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


Planning for Christmas? There's an app for that

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


Filipino Christmas Tutorial 2011
Mikey Bustos

PANUNULUYAN: A Christmas Drama

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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


 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
OFWs Christmas

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

Christmas Live Jam:
A special show dedicated to OFWs
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.

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the article by Wyatt Ong December 18, 2016
Christmas Live Jam


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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?


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. 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 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.

Traditional Christmas Dances - Etc.

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Christmas Dances Philippine Christmas Dances

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

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


Pandanggo Rinconada

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


PANDERETAS - "Las Panderetas" - Philippine Folk Dance

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


"Panderetas de Amor" 2. version

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


Pastora sa Belen

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

A Bicol Christmas tradition



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

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Look the history of the Sakuting Philippine Folk Dance

by Rianne Hill Soriano HERE


A Pinoy Christmas Ballet Concert

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

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Advent & Christmas Songs

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

Tagalog only

Advent Hymns and Christmas Songs
Advent Day Hymns!

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

Filipino Christmas songs

Many Christmas songs and carols

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


"Father of Philippine Christmas Music" na si Jose Mari Chan, kilalanin!
Dec 26, 2019 GMA Public Affairs
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Look the lyrics in Tagalog and English for Mano Po Ninong Mano Po Ninang - Christmas Song


O Holy Night


Indigenous Visayan Christmas Carol Song of The Highland People

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


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


Christmas carol - Cebu, Philippines style


OPM Christmas Songs Medley




List of Filipino Christmas carols

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

Kasadya Ni-ining Takna-a

Caroling is a part of the Filipino Christmas tradition

Links to many carols with text etc.

Look the article as pdf HERE

Christmas songs

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

Many filipino songs both with text and chords


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CHRISTMAS MANGER SCENES (Beléns) constructed by Bill Egan


How to make a Nativity scene - Belén

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

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Building your Belén

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

2017.12.07 St Peter Square : Crib inauguration ceremony

Parol - Christmas lantern

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

The History of Parol Christmas Lanterns

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

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

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


Making a Parol: A Filipino Christmas Tradition


Make a Parol - Tutorial


Symphonies of Parols

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


The golden man of parol

Dec 20, 2017 - Video by Vee Salazar

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

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




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


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


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

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


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

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

The article HERE

Parol - Filipino Christmas Lantern

Look the article as pdf HERE

Kris Kringle

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

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Kris kringle - the Filipino way of Christmas exchange gifts
The Traditions of Gift Giving in the Philippines
Inspirational gifts for you and your loved ones.

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

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

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

3 Kings Day in Philippines

Epiphany - Three Kings - Tres Reyes - Tatlong Hari

The Videos: Holy Masses for the Epiphany of the Lord

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

Epiphany in the Philippines

3 Kings day

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

the article above "Three Kings Celebration"

3 Kings day in the Philippines

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

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

The article above

Araw ng Tatlong Hari

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


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


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


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(also spelled Candlemass), also known as the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus and the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a Christian Holy Day commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple.
Many Christians (especially Roman Catholics Anglicans, Methodists, Lutherans, and Orthodox) also bring their candles to their local church, where they are blessed and then used for the rest of the year; for Christians, these blessed candles serve as a symbol of Jesus Christ, who referred to himself as the Light of the World.

The Virgin of Candelaria or Our Lady of Candelaria
In the Philippines, she is the patroness of Western Visayas region enshrined in Jaro Cathedral or the National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles under the Archdiocese of Jaro (with feast day every 2 February), and Barangay Tatala in Binangonan, Rizal, which celebrates her feast on the First Saturday of February. In Silang, Cavite, her feast is observed locally as a triduum from February 1 to 3, with February 2 kept as the actual feast day.

The Symbolism of Candlemas
February 2, 2017 Gretchen Filz

Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria de Jaro

Saint Valentine's Day

Look also for Valentines day in the sections Festivals - Fiestas - Events

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


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


Valentine's Day Pinoy Style

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


Valentine's Day Q&A

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

General questions about V-Day. Feb 1, 2014



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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Albay recipe, rose as an ingredient

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


Rose Recipes - Feb 9, 2015


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


Modern Valentine's Day:

Love Express
Feb 13, 2017

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

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

Valentine's Day

"Araw ng mga Puso" or "Hearts Day"

Look also Valentine’s Day in the Philippines

Celebrating Valentine’s Day the Filipino Way

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

Valentine Party Games and Ideas

Cupid Approved Valentine's Day Party Fun

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


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

Lenten - Cuaresma

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Prayer for Lent
February 28, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Ash Wednesday 2021 - Homily of Bishop Pablo Virgilio David
Feb 17, 2021
In his Ash Wednesday mass on February 17, 2021, Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David mentions the plight of detained Senator Leila de Lima and the people of Myanmar: "If we cannot hear their cries, how do we expect God to hear our own cries?"
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400 days of Lent
Feb 17, 2021 Pablo Virgilio David
'I wonder how many people are unjustly detained in our country today. Have we even cared to ask? I never thought before that our indifference to their suffering can indefinitely prolong our Lent and make our rituals of penance meaningless.'

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

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


Ash Wednesday

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

Being compassionate to others. This is the message of Pope Francis and Manila Archbishop Cardinal Tagle to the Catholics now that the lent season has started. Feb 18, 2015
"Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return."

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

Sinimulan na ng ilang simbahan ang pagsusunog ng mga palaspas na ginamit noong isang taon. Ito'y bilang paghahanda sa Ash Wednesday. Feb 15, 2015
Ash Wednesday 2017:

Cardinal Tagle on Ash Wednesday Change begins within

Filipinos take part in Ash Wednesday rites


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

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


Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma Lenten message

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

Apr 1, 2015

Holy Week Lenten - PABASA

This tradition begins during the days leading to Good Friday


Basbas - Joaquin Gasgonia Palencia

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


Pabasa (A Filipino Catholic Tradition)

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

Pabasa Traditional Tune

Hear Pabasa Tune 1 (mp3) and

Hear Pabasa Tune 2 (mp3)

Choirbook II with notes

Includes many works especially appropriate for Lenten

Lent and Moriones
Moriones Festival, Marinduque

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faces of Moriones
Mar 26, 2018

The Video Likhang Yaman ng Marinduque

Pangasinan Lenten Cultural Practices

Pangasinan Lenten Cultural Practices: A Dying Ritual?

Pangasinan State University Lingayen Campus

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

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

Look above Triduum and Vatican to hold Easter celebrations without congregation due to virus
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Why Easter is called Easter, and other little-known facts about the holiday
Apr 4, 2021 The Conversation, Brent Landau
A scholar explains the rich historical roots of Easter and how it has evolved over the centuries

What do eggs symbolize on Easter?
April 4, 2021 Gabriela Baron
Do eggs have a connection with Jesus Christ’s resurrection? Turns out there is.

Monday of the Angel: The Catholic Church’s Special Name For Easter Monday
ACI Prensa News April 22, 2019
On Easter Monday, the Catholic Church celebrates what’s called “Monday of the Angel.” In many countries in Europe and South America, this day, also known as “Little Easter,” is a national holiday.
In a Vatican Radio recording in 1994, Pope John Paul II gave an explanation for Monday of the Angel:
“Why is it called that?” the pope asked, highlighting the need for an angel to call out from the depths of the grave: “He is Risen.”

Pope at Regina Coeli: Encountering Christ means finding peace of heart
Vatican News 05 April 2021
At the Regina Coeli on Easter Monday, Pope Francis speaks of the angel's appearance and the proclamation of Christ's Resurrection, noting that in finding the Risen Christ we discover peace of heart.

Regina Caeli
Library of the Apostolic Palace 5 April 2021 - with Video
Dear brothers and sisters, buongiorno!
The Monday after Easter is also called the Monday of the Angel because we recall the meeting of the angel with the women who arrived at Jesus’s tomb (see Mt 28:1-15). The angel said to them: “I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has risen (vv. 5-6).

Holy Week 2021: Updates, reflections, livestreamed Masses

Livestreams of Masses, Bible verses, reflections, and observances of Holy Week traditions on Palm Sunday, Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday, and Easter Sunday.

The Video: Pope Francis explains Easter Triduum at General Audience
Mar 31, 2021 ROME REPORTS in English
He reflected on the significance of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

On Palm Sunday, Pope Francis says devil taking advantage of pandemic
Mar 28, 2021 Reuters
The Pope urges people to keep their faith from growing dull from habit and to let themselves be amazed by God and by good.

FULL TEXT: Pope Francis' homily for Palm Sunday 2021
Mar 28, 2021
'God is at our side in every affliction, in every fear. No evil, no sin, will ever have the final word,' says Pope Francis


Misa, idinaos para sa ika-500 anibersaryo ng unang Easter Mass sa bansa
Mar 31, 2021 ABS-CBN News

Nagsagawa ng Pontifical Mass sa Magallanes Shrine sa Limasawa Island bilang pagdiriwang sa ika-500 anibersaryo ng kauna-unahang Easter Mass sa bansa.

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

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

500 years since first Mass in the Philippines
Devin Watkins 31 March 2021
The Church marks the 500th anniversary of the first Mass in the Philippines, as Catholics gear up for a year-long jubilee of celebrations under the theme “Gifted to Give”.

Lenten rites to go online again
Meg Adonis March 29, 2021

While churches remained open on Palm Sunday to allow the Catholic faithful to observe the first day of Holy Week, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) reminded the public that Masses and other religious activities would be restricted to online livestreaming due to the more stringent quarantine restrictions imposed on Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

IN PHOTOS: Catholics join Palm Sunday rites before 'NCR Plus' lockdown
Mar 28, 2021

At the Saint Peter Parish in Quezon City, candles are attached to empty pews to represent parishioners taking part in Palm Sunday celebrations outside the church or online

Prelate laments prohibition on religious gatherings under GCQ
March 22, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino
Caloocan Bishop Pablo David lamented the decision of the government to prohibit religious gatherings in Metro Manila and other areas especially during Holy Week.

The Video: PH Gov't allows religious gatherings this Holy Week
Mar 26, 2021 ANC 24/7
The Inter-Agency Task Force is now allowing religious gatherings this Holy Week.

Amen! DILG welcomes IATF move to allow limited religious activities in ‘NCR Plus’
March 26, 2021 Chito A. Chavez
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) cited Friday, March 26, the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to accede to the request of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and allow church services of up to 10 percent capacity in the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal (NCR Plus) which are under a general community quarantine (GCQ) “bubble.”

Bishop David hits gov't: You lock down churches but allow gyms, spas?
Mar 22, 2021 Robbin M. Dagle
'May God have mercy on your souls!' says Bishop Pablo Virgilio David after the government banned religious gatherings in NCR Plus during Holy Week

9 Things You Should Know About Holy Week

Holy Week is the week before Easter, a period which includes the religious holidays of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Here’s what you should know about the days that commemorate the Passion of Christ:

The Paschal Triduum
or Easter Triduum (Latin: Triduum Paschale), Holy Triduum (Latin: Triduum Sacrum), or Easter Triduum, or the Three Days, is the period of three days that begins with the liturgy on the evening of Maundy Thursday

What Is the Easter Triduum?
The Significance of the Three Days Leading up to Easter
Scott P. Richert June 25, 2019
For Roman Catholic Christians as well as many Protestant denominations, the Easter Triduum (sometimes also referred to as the Paschal Triduum or simply, the Triduum) is the proper name for the three-day season that concludes Lent and introduces Easter. Look - download the article as pdf

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

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

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

Priests to bless palm fronds virtually on Palm Sunday
March 22, 2021 Leslie Ann Aquino

Since there will be no public Masses in some churches such as in Metro Manila for two weeks, the blessing of palm fronds on Palm Sunday will be done online.


Palm Sunday April 05 2020:

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

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

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






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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Kapamilya Recollection:

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

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

Kapamilya recollection (Black Saturday, 11 April 2020)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holy Week Festivals

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

Holy Week & Easter

Semana Santa or Mahal na Araw

look also HERE


Easter Triduum - Paschal Triduum, or The Three Days

Holy Thursday and the Easter Triduum
18 April 2019

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

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

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

In the album: Special Catholic Shrines & Churches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALL Videos with descriptions

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

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

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

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

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


Pilgrim site sa Tanay, Rizal, dinarayo tuwing Semana Santa

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

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

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

Look the article as pdf HERE

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

Look also HERE



WATCH: 7 Last Words 2019

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


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

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

Washing of the Feet with Cardinal Tagle

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

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

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

Holy Week in the Philippines

Filipino Customs, Values and Beliefs in High Definition

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

The Pasyon

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


Lyrics - full text


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

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

Look the article as pdf HERE

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

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

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

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


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

Before Palm Sunday - Making Palaspas

Palm Sunday

Traditional Blessing of Palms Procession
Traditional Latin Mass

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


Palm Sunday at Quiapo Church, Manila

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

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


Palm Sunday 2014, Cebu City

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

Apr 13, 2014


Palm Sunday 2015 Cebu City

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


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


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

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

How Filipinos Celebrate Easter



Look the article HERE


Easter - Fun-filled family activities

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


Easter egg hunting

No to crucifixion – bishops

Rituals of Crucifixion Philippine Easter Rituals of Crucifixion

Bloody Filipino Observances for the Atonement of Sins

Last Supper in Mandaue

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




The Image of the Last Supper (Huring Pamanggi)

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

Last Supper woodcarving

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

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

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

Justino 'Paloy' A. Cagayat Jr.

Visita Iglesia in the Philippines

History and tradition

The Video: Visita Iglesia not allowed on holy week
Mar 23, 2021

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

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

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


Visita Iglesia 2020
April 06, 2020

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Stations of the Cross

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

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

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

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

Stations of the Cross

with the opening prayer and the prayers for each stations

Look also HERE


Stations of the Cross
March 19, 2021

The Neu Way of the Cross

Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu


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

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


Remark these are albums in the album Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross
Holy Week 2020:

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

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

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

Prayers - Tagalog


Holy Mass of Easter 2015

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

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Cebu City, Apr 4, 2015

Salubong: an easter dawn celebration

"Sugat" in Cebuano

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

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

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


Sugat 2015

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

Cebu City
Apr 4, 2015


Easter Sunday Jubilation - Salubong


Easter Sunday - Salubong

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



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

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


Look the description of Salubong in the above link


2017.04.16 Sugat and Easter Sunday Mass in Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

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Modern-Day Flagellants

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

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

Libad nang Apung Iru and Pamamaku king Krus

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

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

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

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.

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

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


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

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

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

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


Mythology about "The Holy Week"

Pandora: The Wawa Dam lady

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

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

The video:

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

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

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

Ascension of Jesus - Ascension Day

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

Look also about Feast of the Ascension


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

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

Whitsun - Pentecost & Trinity Sunday

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

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Happy birthday, Catholic Church!: What you need to know about Pentecost
May 23, 2021 Charissa Luci-Atienza
Pentecost, one of the important Catholic feast days, marks the end of the Easter season and celebrates the so-called birthday of the Church.
It happens 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus, and 10 days after his ascension into heaven.

Pentecost Sunday: Easter Season ends today
May 23, 2021 Christina Hermoso
The Roman Catholic Church observes Pentecost Sunday, marking the end of the Easter season. The feast commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus Christ as He had promised.

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

Look also HERE

Vigil of the Pentecost and Whitsunday

Pentecost Sunday Mass May 23, 2021
Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu

Whitsun - Pentecost Sunday

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

Pentecost (Whitsunday)

Whitsuntide parade

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

Trinity Sunday
is the first Sunday after Pentecost and celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

In the Catholic Church it is officially known as the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Prior to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, it marked the end of a three-week period when church weddings were forbidden. The period began on Rogation Sunday, the fifth Sunday after Easter. The prescribed liturgical color is white

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.

The Videos:
Sunday, Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Mass
May 30, 2021 Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, May 27, 2018

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

Look also about Summer Solstice e.g. How to Celebrate the Summer Solstice, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

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

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

Pista ng Bayan ng San Juan

St. John's Eve

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

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

IN PHOTOS: The 'taong putik' of Nueva Ecija
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
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.

Midsummer: Its Pagan and Christian Histories
03 Oct, 2019 Universal Life Church Ministry

The Catholic Church simply co-opted midsummer festivals, converting them to feast days for St. John the Baptist. With the Gospels stating that John the Baptist was born six months before Jesus Christ, this timing also paved the way for Christmas to be celebrated in mid-December.


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

Jul 14, 2014. Look more about the church HERE


The Video: Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu June 24, 2021


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

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.


Remark these are albums in the album Feast of St. John the Baptist


Feast of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist
June 24, 2021 Christina Hermoso
Roman Catholics celebrate Thursday, June 24, the Solemnity of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist (San Juan de Bautista), one of only two saints, the other one being the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose birth anniversary is commemorated by the Roman Catholic Church.

Undas - All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day

November 1 – All Saints Day Special non-working day

Look also Live In A Graveyard

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

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

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It’s All Hallows’ Eve on Oct. 31
October 30, 2021 Christina Hermoso

It is All Hallows’ Eve Sunday, Oct. 31.
More popularly known as Halloween, All Hallows’ Eve is also known as All Saints’ Eve and Allhalloween.
Roman Catholics started observing All Hallows’ Eve as early as the 8th century after Pope Gregory III established Nov. 1 as All Saints’ Day and Oct. 31 as All Hallows’ Eve.
Liturgically, the Catholic Church celebrated the day as the Vigil of All Saints and until 1970, as a day of fasting and prayer.
The observance of Halloween was believed to have originated among the Celts in Ireland, Great Britain, and Northern France as the pagan Celtic harvest festival known as “Samhain” (end of summer), a pastoral and agricultural festival when the dead are believed to revisit the mortal world.

Centuries old ‘tumba-tumba’ in Ilocos Norte endures amid pandemic
Nov 1, 2021 John Michael Mugas - with Video

When nighttime falls in the small town of Paoay in Ilocos Norte, every All Saints' Day (November 1), it signals for most residents to go home from cemeteries after visiting their departed loved ones and prepare for another feast for the dead — the ‘tumba-tumba.’

Undas 2021: Cemeteries, memorial parks, columbariums in PH closed from Oct. 29-Nov. 2
October 25, 2021 Argyll Cyrus Geducos

The government’s pandemic task force announced that public and private cemeteries, memorial parks, and columbariums in the entire country will be closed from October 29 to November 2 to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Look the Video


All Souls Day, 2:00PM mass, November 2, 2021
Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu

All Saints' Day Mass 2020
November 1, 2020

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

All Saints' Day Mass 2017
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.

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

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

Undas travel tips for drivers and commuters
November 01, 2018

Here are some reminders and the government hot lines


globalvideopro1 Nov 3, 2019

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

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

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

IMPORTANT: Look all the links in the article!


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

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

Documentary. All Souls day/Saints day. (Kalag-Kalag)
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.

Proclamation No. 265 A special non-working holiday

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

All Souls' Day

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

All Saints' Day

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

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

Undas - All Saints' Day

also known as Todos los Santos, Araw ng mga Patay

Meaning of Undas for Filipinos

Catholic Online Reflection on All Saints Day and All Souls Day

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

Undas Online

Viewpoint: All Saints Day - All Souls Day

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

This project has materialized with the following in mind:

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

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

All Soul's Day Special

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

By Karen A. de la Trinidad
Technical Writer,

The article above HERE

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

By Honor Blanco Cabie, October 3, 2012


Undas Celebration

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

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


Filipinoes Flock to Cemeteries on All Saints Day

Sagada Panag-apoy ritual

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

The article HERE

Got fear of cemeteries?

The article HERE

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

Christmas (Pasko) Approaches in the Philippines

But First, Undas!

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

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

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

Live In A Graveyard


All Souls Day Traditions of the Chinese-Filipinos.

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


November 1, 2010 at Chinese Cemetery, Davao

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

Special non-working days in the family - Etc.

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New Year's Eve - Day - Etc.

Welcome the New Year

Bisperas ng Bagong Taon

January 1 – New Year’s Day Regular holiday

Most of the videos in this section are albums in Traditional New year and New year superstitions in the album Special non-working days - 'Public Holidays'

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December 31, 2020 New Year's Eve Mass


January 1, 2020 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Both: Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu

Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, World Peace Day observed today
January 1, 2021 Christina Hermoso
The Roman Catholic Church observes the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God and World Day of Peace on the first day of every year.

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

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

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


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.

Remark this is an album in the album Traditional New year and New year superstitions

Don’t use trumpets, whistles to welcome 2021, DOH warns public
Dona Z. Pazzibugan, Jerome Aning December 11, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, health officials have discouraged the use of trumpets and whistles as an alternative to firecrackers in welcoming the New Year.

Republic Act No. 7183

Signed on June 20, 2017

Fireworks to welcome 2021? What's allowed, not allowed
Dec 26, 2020 Pia Ranada
The police are not issuing new permits for community fireworks displays to discourage mass gatherings
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), on Thursday, December 24, said the rule prohibiting private households from staging their own fireworks displays still stands.

Any form of fireworks display of individuals banned
December 19, 2020 Chito Chavez
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is reminding the public that any form of fireworks display of individuals will be prohibited during the Holiday Season.

Banned firecrackers, fireworks will be seized, violators arrested
Consuelo Marquez December 18, 2020
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday ordered all police units to confiscate unauthorized fireworks and make arrests when the nation ushers in 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

DILG to enforce law on sale, use of firecrackers
December 9, 2020 Chito Chavez
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) assured Wednesday that the existing provision of Executive Order No. 28 will strictly be enforced with regards to the sale and use of fireworks display and firecrackers this Holiday Season.

PNP-FEO releases list of prohibited firecrackers November 13, 2019
Maris Federez November 13, 2019



Bentahan ng torotot, paputok matumal pero pailaw mabenta: manufacturers
Dec 29, 2019 ABS-CBN News

Ayon sa ilang manufacturer, bumaba ang bilang ng mga gumagamit ng paputok dahil sa anti-firecracker campaign ng gobyerno.


Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kapaligiran – Mga Panganib na Dulot ng Paputok
GMA Public Affairs Dec 31, 2019
Pampaswerte raw ang pagpapaputok tuwing bagong taon pero madalas din itong humahantong sa disgrasya. Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kapaligiran” kung ano namang panganib ang hinaharap ng mga taong hanapbuhay ang paggawa ng paputok. Samahan din si Susan Enriquez sa pagtuklas kung anu-ano ang mga safety precautions na dapat isaisip ng mga gumagawa ng paputok at ng mga gumagamit nito tuwing bagong taon.

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 mulls total fireworks ban in 2021
December 8, 2020 Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte is considering totally banning the use of fireworks in 2021, citing the risks they pose on the health and safety of the people.

The Video: Palace to firecracker makers: Find a different job
Dec 8, 2020 ABS-CBN
Manufacturers of firecrackers should look for an alternative livelihood as President Rodrigo Duterte mulls its total ban, Malacañang said Tuesday.

Look above about RA 7183


Total ban, ipatutupad sa paputok?
GMA Public Affairs December 14, 2020

Dahil sa pandemya at sunud-sunod na kalamidad, matumal daw ang bentahan ng paputok ngayon sa Bulacan! Ang industriyang ito, nanganganib pang magsara kung matutuloy ang total ban sa paputok na iminumungkahi ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte! Panoorin ang video.

Follow firecracker law to avoid injuries
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.


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

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

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


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
Red Alert together with safety expert Dr. Ted Esguerra give us some reminders on how to welcome 2015 by being injury-free.


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
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

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

Celebrating New Year The Filipino Way

Look the article as pdf HERE

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

Look the article as pdf HERE

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.


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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 Ressa, other journalists to be honored at Times Square NYE
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

Filipino-Chinese New Year

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

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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.


The Story of the Filipino: Chinese New Year
CNN Philippines February 12 2021

Many are hoping to attract prosperity and good health this coming lunar year. But with public festivities put to a halt, how will Chinese-Filipino communities celebrate? Cultural Guide Ivan Man Dy and Echague Bakery’s Peter Ong share how Chinese New Year celebrations are adapting this year on The Story of the Filipino.


Prosperity and Positivity in the year of the mighty Metal Ox
Manila Bulletin Online February 10,2021

In Chinese calendar, 2021 is the Year of the Mighty Metal Ox which is said to be a good and auspicious year.

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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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

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

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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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!

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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

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

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.

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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.

LIST: 2021 Independence Day protests, activities
Jun 9, 2021 Patricia Kahanap

To commemorate the country's 123rd Independence Day, various groups line up protests, webinars, and other activities

Esperon asks Filipinos on Independence Day: Are you joining govt's fight for PH territory?
June 12, 2021 Martin Sadongdong
“In the face of many challenges, we again are called to fight for the control of our own land and our own seas, and the call is on to everybody. Are you joining us? Kaya ba natin ito? (Can we do this?)”


Philippine Independence Day June 12- 2020

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

Cardinal Tagle hits 'fake freedom' on Independence Day 2018
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
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


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
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)

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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Cebu's founding anniversary

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RA 8952



August 6 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

Ninoy Aquino Day

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Ninoy Aquino Day

a national non-working holiday in the Philippines observed annually on August 21, commemorating the assassination of former Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr.

‘I wished he did not have to leave Boston’
August 21, 2020 Isabel de Leon
Thirty-seven years ago, in a small room near their garage that fateful day in August of 1983, in Boston, USA, a father gave one wistful look at his son and left the fate of their family to him with the words: “alam mo na lahat ng iyong gagawin (You know what to do).”
Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino III looked back to that day when his father, former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino II, packed his bag and decided to return to Manila after living in exile for three years.

Ninoy Aquino dared to believe in fairer, more humane Philippines
Pia Ranada Aug 21 2020
Ninoy Aquino's death helped Filipinos find the 'strength to take the first steps toward a freer, fairer, more humane society,' says Vice President Robredo

Ninoy: A story of redemption
Carlo Santiago Aug 21 2020
'Ninoy’s generation is fading away, as well as those that came after him. And as generations fade, so, too, will their memories.'

2 opposition senators remember Ninoy
August 21, 2020 Hannah Torregoza
Two opposition senators urged Filipinos Friday to remember the heroism, indomitable spirit, and the love for country that former Sen.
Ninoy Aquino exhibited during his lifetime before his tragic death in 1983.

Honor all freedom fighters on Ninoy Aquino Day
Mara Cepeda August 21, 2019
'Many talk about being willing to die for our country. Ninoy was one of the courageous few who actually did,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Kris Aquino remembers dad Ninoy on 36th death anniversary
August 21, 2019
'Dad knew how to make people feel special and important,' Kris says of her late father

FULL TEXT: Noynoy Aquino's message on Ninoy's 35th death anniversary
August 22, 2018 - with Video
Read former president Benigno Aquino III's speech during the 35th death anniversary of his father, the late senator Ninoy Aquino, who was assassinated in 1983

Kris Aquino remembers Ninoy Aquino on 37th death anniversary
Aug 21 2020

‘Thanks to my Dad for allowing me to believe that my dreams could and would come true’
As people remembered former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr as an icon of democracy on the 37th anniversary of his assassination, his youngest daughter Kris Aquino remembered him simply as a doting dad.

National Heroes Day

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FAST FACTS: What makes a Filipino historical figure a national hero?
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.

The Video: Who is our official national hero?
Aug 29, 2021 Manila Bulletin Online
As we celebrate the National Heroes Day, do you know who is the Philippines' National Hero?

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

Fast Facts: National Heroes Day
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.

On National Heroes' Day, Filipinos urged to love country, be heroes to others
August 26, 2019

Filipinos are urged to be the heroes they want to see in society

Leni Robredo on National Heroes' Day: You are the hero of your fellow Filipino
August 26, 2019
'Wala sa kamay ng iisang tao ang solusyon sa lahat ng ating mga suliranin, at walang iisang pinuno ang makapagbibigay sa atin ng mas magandang bukas,' Vice President Leni Robredo says


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.

National Heroes Day Aug 30, 2020:

National Heroes Day 2020
Sep 1, 2020 Bulatlat

Modern-Day Heroes (National Heroes' Day 2020)
Manila Bulletin Online

Commemoration of Araw ng mga Bayani at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

Heroes and martyrs
kodao phils

PH observes National Heroes' Day
CNN Philippines

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IBP pays tribute to fallen judges, lawyers, prosecutors on Nat’l Heroes Day
August 31, 2020 Rey Panaligan
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) paid tribute on National Heroes Day to fallen judges, prosecutors, and government and private lawyers “who were killed or harmed because they were doing their sworn duty.”
“The fact that quite a number of such cases remain unsolved is a shared frustration, shame, and responsibility of Filipino lawyers,” IBP National President Domingo Egon Q. Cayosa said in a press statement.

Duterte honors past, present heroes on National Heroes’ Day
August 31, 2020 Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte recognized the sacrifice of the country’s past and modern-day heroes as the Philippines commemorates National Heroes Day on August 31.

‘Be kind and be brave,’ Robredo says on National Heroes’ Day
August 31, 2020 Mara Cepeda
'Fight, if necessary. Do not shrink from struggle or sacrifice,' says Vice President Leni Robredo
Vice President Leni Robredo challenged Filipinos to be brave enough to love even those beyond their immediate circles as the nation marked National Heroes’ Day on Monday, August 31.

Bonifacio Day

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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

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

On Bonifacio Day, workers demand freedom from poverty
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

LIST: Bonifacio Day protests, activities
Nov 29, 2020

Inspired by Andres Bonifacio's activism, groups from various sectors are staging protests on Bonifacio Day, November 30, to speak out on issues surrounding the Duterte administration, including its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

IN PHOTOS: Remembering the Supremo through monuments
Nov 30, 2020 Judiel Libot
Who’s that man wielding the bolo?
The image of Andres Bonifacio wielding a bolo, raring to lead revolutionaries in battle is firmly etched in most Filipinos minds.

Robredo on Bonifacio Day: Courage is compassion, not brute strength
Nov 30, 2020 Mara Cepeda
Vice President Leni Robredo, who recently drew the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte, warns against 'the cosmetic courage of bluster'

Robredo urges Filipinos to emulate Bonifacio’s ‘courage of compassion’
November 30, 2020 Raymund Antonio
As the country celebrates the 157th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday reminded Filipinos that true courage can be exemplified in many ways.

Militant protesters surprise Mandaue cops in Bonifacio Day protest
Mary Rose Sagarino November 30, 2020

Militant protesters hold a rally to mark Andres Bonifacio Day in front of the Department of Agriculture in Central Visayas (DA-7) office on November 30. There was a tense standoff for a few minutes between the police and at least 80 members of militant groups in Cebu, who held a rally in Mandaue City to mark Andres Bonifacio’s 157th birth anniversary today, November 30.

On Bonifacio Day, protesters slam ‘gov’t inaction’ amid disasters, pandemic
Nov 30, 2020
Various sectoral groups across the Philippines took to the streets on Monday, November 30, to hold the Duterte administration accountable for its poor response towards the COVID-19 pandemic and recent disasters such as Super Typhoon Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses.

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'
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


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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Youth activists rally on Rizal Day to demand stop to rights violations, police abuses
Tonette Orejas December 30, 2020

Members of the Youth for Nationalism and Democracy (YND) hold a protest rally in Balanga City, Bataan City on Rizal Day to demand respect for human rights and a stop to extrajudicial killings and police abuses.
A small group of youth activists held a silent protest before the monument of national hero Jose Rizal on his 124th death anniversary on Wednesday (Dec. 30) in Balanga City, Bataan province.

Marcos day - Etc. Holidays

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Duterte defends Ilocos Norte holiday for Marcos birthday
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.

Open letter to PGH on the celebration of Marcos' 103rd birthday
Sep 25, 2020 Ralph Fonte - Ani Batangan - Josh San Pedro

'To have uncritically accepted the Nutribun donations, each one bearing the likeness of the dictator, from the office of Senator Marcos is to be complicit in the Marcosian revision of history'

Malacañang declares holiday in Ilocos Norte for Marcos' 100th birthday
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 About Philippines just ask: Is "Duterte, a Marcos lapdog"

FALSE: Nancy Binay 'approved' Marcos Day bill
Oct 29, 2020
Senator Nancy Binay did not vote to approve the bill. The senator says she left the committee hearing before it was tackled, and says she 'will not support any bill that would cause historical revisionism'

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

Marcos' 100th birthday 'no reason to celebrate' – lawmakers
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.

Groups dismayed over Marcos Day proposal: Why celebrate a ‘dictator, plunderer’?
Gabriel Pabico Lalu September 02, 2020
Various progressive groups have expressed dismay over a proposal to make Sep. 11 an Ilocos Norte holiday in commemoration of former President Ferdinand Marcos, asking whether people should celebrate the life of a “dictator and plunderer.”

‘Marcos Day’ bill? Nancy Binay says no to any ‘historical revisionism’
Maila Ager October 28, 2020
Senator Nancy Binay vehemently denied voting for the approval of the proposed “Marcos Day” in Ilocos Norte, saying she would not support any measure “that would cause historical revisionism.”

Senate panel endorses bill on ‘Marcos Day’ in Ilocos Norte to technical working group
Daphne Galvez October 26, 2020 - with Video
The Senate committee on local government on Monday approved – subject to some “wordings” of a technical working group – a bill declaring September 11 a special non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte to commemorate the birth anniversary of former president Ferdinand Marcos.

Pangilinan: Why push for Marcos Day declaration in face of pandemic?
Gabriel Pabico Lalu October 26, 2020
Senator Francis Pangilinan on Monday questioned the timing of a Senate committee’s approval of a bill declaring September 11 a local holiday in Ilocos Norte in honor of ousted dictator, former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Groups warn of growing authoritarian rule on 48th Martial Law anniversary
September 22, 2020
'Anong koneksyon ni Duterte kay Marcos? Parehong-pareho ang rehimen nila,' says Bayan Muna chairperson Neri Colmenares
Several groups marked the 48th anniversary of Ferdinand Marcos' declaration of Martial Law through a protest held at the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines on Monday, September 21.

Marcos' regime built on structure of falsehoods: journalist
ABS-CBN News Sep 21 2020
Marcos' martial rule regime was "built on a structure of falsehoods," a journalist said Monday, as the Philippines' marked the 48th anniversary of the declaration of martial law. Look the Video in the album Ferdinand E. E. Marcos, Sr. - President, Dictator, Martial Law, Burial, Etc.: Marcos' regime built on structure of falsehoods

Rallyists remember 48th year of martial law
September 17, 2020 Raymund Antonio
Several progressive groups and activists will stage protest actions on Monday, September 21, to mark the anniversary of former President Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law in 1972, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The Video: Duterte to respect Congress’ decision on proposed ‘Marcos Day’
Sep 3, 2020
Malacañang on Thursday distanced itself on the proposed measure to declare September 11 a holiday in Ilocos Norte to commemorate the birth anniversary of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, saying President Rodrigo Duterte will respect the decision of Congress on the matter. Video by RTVM

'Do not let revisionists win': #ArawNgMagnanakaw trends on Marcos’ birthday
September 11, 2020 Alois Isinika
With a mix of wit and facts, netizens were quick to ride the Twitter trend #ArawNgMagnanakaw on Friday, September 11, the birthday of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Looking Back - Marcos: Playing with history
Ambeth R. Ocampo September 11, 2020

‘Marcos Day’ in Ilocos Norte adds insult to injury
September 5, 2020 Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senator Leila de Lima is opposed to the proposal to declare a holiday in the province of Ilocos Norte in honor of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

The irony of a 'Ferdinand Marcos Day'
September 4, 2020 Fernan Talamayan
'Is it possible to honor the revolution and the dictator it overthrew at the same time?'

Human rights groups slam bill declaring Sept. 11 as FM Day in Ilocos Norte
September 3, 2020 Raymund Antonio
Human rights groups said House Bill No. 7137 declaring Sept. 11 as a special non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte to celebrate the birth anniversary of President Ferdinand Marcos is part of efforts to revise history by the Marcos family.

‘Senate may pass bill on Marcos day in Ilocos Norte,’ says Sotto; opposition rejects ‘insult’ to victims of abuses, rights violations
September 3, 2020 Vanne Elaine Terrazola
The Senate may pass a similar bill on the proposed declaration of a “President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos Day” in the province of Ilocos Norte.

House OKs bill declaring Sept. 11 ‘President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos Day’ in Ilocos Norte
Neil Arwin Mercado September 02, 2020
The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on final reading the bill declaring September 11 a special nonworking holiday in Ilocos Norte to commemorate the birth anniversary of former President Ferdinand Marcos.

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The Balikbayan family

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