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LIST: 2019 Philippine Holidays
August 16, 2018

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

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

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

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Stats on holiday shopping in PH and why the ‘ber’ season is a myth
October 03, 2017
A survey conducted among Rappler readers reveals the new shopping habits of a modern, digitally-savvy market.
At least 100 days before Christmas, the ‘ber’ mode kicks in, in the Philippines. Here the ‘ber’ months are typically used to refer to one of the longest holiday seasons in the world.

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

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

Filipino Holiday Customs Discovering Philippine Traditions: 7 Filipino Holiday Customs

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

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

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

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

Videos

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

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

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

Advent

Videos are in the sub-album "Advent"

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Advent!

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

The Season of Advent
Anticipation and Hope

by Dennis Bratcher

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

Look the article HERE

Videos

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.

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The "Asbury 2011 Advent candle lighting" telling about the story of the candles

The Symbolism of the Advent Wreath

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

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

St. Lucy (Lucia)

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ST. LUCY

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

Contents:
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List of dedications to St. Lucy

Saint Lucy day

How to celebrate Saint Lucy day

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Feast of St. Lucy 2010 & 2011

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

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FEAST OF ST. LUCY, 2010 DEC 13, SAINT LUCY ASSOCIATED WITH LIGHT

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

Videos

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

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

Collection from around the world

Here are two different origins of this tradition.

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

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

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

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

Look also above HERE and the article HERE

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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

Look also above: On waiting: A Simbang Gabi homily

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Look as pdf HERE

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Simbang Gabi

History, Liturgy and Tradition

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

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Simbang Gabi 2014

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

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Simbang Gabi 2015, 2016 & 2017

All 9 days masses from Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

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

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

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The article with Video of Simbang Gabi 2018:

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

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

Simbang Gabi day 1

Simbang Gabi day 2

Simbang Gabi day 3

Simbang Gabi day 4

Simbang Gabi day 5

Simbang Gabi day 6

Simbang Gabi day 7

Simbang Gabi day 8

Simbang Gabi day 9

Christmas Day - December 25, 2018

Pagsilang ng Tagapagligtas - ‘nativity of Jesus Christ’

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Pagsilang ng Tagapagligtas
Dec 26, 2016 - Aired: December 24, 2016

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

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

Christmas

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Christmas in a sea of sadness
December 24, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
December 27, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Filipino Superstitions about Christmas etc.

Compiled by Laura B. Corpuz

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

Look the Tops

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

Look also "CHRISTMAS GREETINGS on Vintage Philippine Postcards" HERE

Many great cards

Look both as pdf in 1 file HERE

Paskong Pinoy

By Reynaldo Gamboa Alejandro, Marla Yotoko Chorengel

Philippine Christmas Art & Form

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

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

Video

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

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

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

A great article telling about all the traditions

Look the article as pdf HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

The two legends that we know behind the Pascua

MEXICO'S  CHRISTMAS  GIFTS  TO  THE  PHILIPPINES

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

Catholic Home and Garden's

Gift to You

Downloadable e-Book

Catholic Traditions for Advent and Christmas

MICHAELANN MARTIN

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

Christmas in the Philippine

Christmas in the Philippine

Pasko Sa Aming Bayang Pilipinas

By/Lindsey Scharpenter

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A lot about Christmas in the Philippines

Christmas in the Philippines and HERE

Videos

in the album "Christmas in the Philippines"

Christmas on Display back at Araneta Center after 16 years
Nov 23, 2018
Celebrity performances punctuated the return of Christmas on Display (COD) at the Araneta Center on Friday, Nov. 23, that was also highlighted by a fireworks show at the Times Square Food Park in Cubao. Look more above

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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

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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!

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Pasko - A Filipino (typical) Christmas

Short documentary about Christmas celebration in the Philippines.
by/www.BurrisFilm.com

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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? Watch this Rappler Christmas special.

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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.

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Christmas in Pampanga
Dec 26, 2016 - Aired: December 23, 2016
Experience the all-year round Christmas spirit in Pampanga as Drew explores the Parol business and Giant Lantern culture of the Kapampangans, the sumptuous food with Atching Lilian Borromeo and Dasuri Choi and the Bale-Balayan Choir.

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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.

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Cebu SUROY SUROY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2012 - Sugbo TV

We are still waiting for part 2

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Cebu Christmas special: Bethlehem sa Sugbo
Dec 23, 2014

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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.

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Christmas in the Philippines

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Filipino Christmas Tradition

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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

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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.

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Philippines Kids Xmas Party 2015
by Peter White

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

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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.

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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

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Filipino Christmas Tutorial 2011
by Mikey Bustos

PANUNULUYAN: A Christmas Drama

Look the article as pdf HERE

Video

The traditional PANULUYAN

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

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

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

Video

 Naughty Christmas gifts

by/Dr. Margie Holmes

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

Dec 22, 2012

How Filipinos Reinvented Christmas

Traditional Christmas Dances - Etc.

Look MUCH more about Philippine Traditional Dances

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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.

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Pandanggo Rinconada

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

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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"

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"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.

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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

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Sakuting

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

Remark 4 videos in the album

Look the history of the Sakuting Philippine Folk Dance

by Rianne Hill Soriano HERE

Video

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
Videos

Many Christmas songs and carols

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

On this day, we celebrate and give thanks for all the blessings we have received.

Let us have faith in God and in ourselves, to face the problems of life with our feet standing firmly on the ground.

Let us all believe in the true spirit of Christmas. Sharing our love with each other is the best gift we can ever give from our hearts.
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Christmas Live Jam:
A special show dedicated to OFWs
by Wyatt Ong
Five musicians comprise our Christmas Live Jam lineup. The show is especially dedicated to OFWs who will not be able to come home to their families this year.

Christmas Live Jam
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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!
MALIGAYANG PASKO SA INYONG LAHAT!

Remark many medleys, songs & carols in the album

Look the lyrics in Tagalog and English for Mano Po Ninong Mano Po Ninang - Christmas Song - HERE
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O Holy Night
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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.
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Christmas carol - Cebu, Philippines style
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OPM Christmas Songs "Medley"
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AND MANY MANY MORE
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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

Belén

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CHRISTMAS MANGER SCENES (Beléns) constructed by Bill Egan

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How to make a Nativity scene - Belén

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

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

Building your Belén

Look the article HERE

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2016.12.09 St. Peter's Square: Inauguration of the Crib and Christmas Tree Lighting
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2017.12.07 St Peter Square : Crib inauguration ceremony
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Parol - Christmas lantern

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

The History of Parol Christmas Lanterns

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

A description of the Filipino Christmas star-shaped lantern - Parol, its significance and meaning for Filipinos.
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Making a Parol: A Filipino Christmas Tradition

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Make a Parol - Tutorial

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Symphonies of Parols

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

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The golden man of parol

Dec 20, 2017 - Video by Vee Salazar

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

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

The article HERE

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

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

The article HERE

Parol - Filipino Christmas Lantern

Look the article as pdf HERE

Kris Kringle

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

Look the article HERE

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

Look also all the good links on the page

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

Christmas - Holiday Food and Drinks - Etc.

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

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

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

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Top 10 Pinoy Christmas Foods

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas Cuisine In The Philippines

By/ Thomas Wenge

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

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

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

Look also Date rape drug and Abuse

4 holiday quirks you need to keep #InControl

by/Michaela Romulo Dec 15, 2014

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

Videos

Oportunista
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.

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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)
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How to make your own Christmas decors

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

Look more about the mountains etc.

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

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

3 Kings Day in Philippines

Epiphany - Three Kings - Tres Reyes - Tatlong Hari

The Videos: Holy Masses for the Epiphany of the Lord

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3 Kings day

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

Look also Epiphany in the Philippines and

"Three Kings Celebration" in the article above HERE

3 Kings day in the Philippines

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

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

The article above

Araw ng Tatlong Hari

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

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Three Kings Celebration at the Kawakawa

Traditional Family Celebration of the Feast of the Three Kings, Kawakawa, Tuburan, Ligao City, Philippines.

Gift-giving to selected children of poor families will follow after the program. And the celebration cannot be complete without our Traditional Fireworks at the Kawakawa as our tribute to our honored Three Kings.

The Kawakawa Management Group together with the Carmelite Nuns of the Divine Mercy Shrine and Monastery, true to their mission of reviving our cultural practices and traditions invited families to unite during the re-enactment of the Nativity/Ephipany, this revered religious traditions of many generations.

Saint Valentine's Day

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

and Where to Eat - and - Romantic date destinations

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The Legend of Saint Valentine

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

Look The Legend of Saint Valentine as pdf

Saint Valentine's Day

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

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

Look also HERE, HERE and HERE

Videos

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

The History of Saint Valentine

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Who is Saint Valentine?
Feb 14, 2017

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Valentines Day Traditions etc. e.g.:

Tips and an example of "Happy Valentines Day"

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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

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Valentine's Day Pinoy Style

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

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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

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“Valenswine”

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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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Rose Recipes - Feb 9, 2015

Videos

Modern Valentine's Day:

Love Express
Feb 13, 2017

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

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

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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."

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

Valentine's Day

"Araw ng mga Puso" or "Hearts Day"

Look also Valentine’s Day in the Philippines

Celebrating Valentine’s Day the Filipino Way

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

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

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

Valentine Party Games and Ideas

Cupid Approved Valentine's Day Party Fun

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

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

Lenten - Cuaresma

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

Look also The Pope and the Vatican

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Fasting

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

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

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

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

THE LENTEN SEASON MEANING AND MEAN TO ALL CHRISTIANS
Ash Wednesday

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

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

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

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

Videos

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?

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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

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"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.

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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

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Ash Wednesday 2017:

Cardinal Tagle on Ash Wednesday Change begins within

Filipinos take part in Ash Wednesday rites

PENITENTIAL CELEBRATION

“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.

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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

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Basbas - by Joaquin Gasgonia Palencia

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

Videos

Pabasa (A Filipino Catholic Tradition)

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

Pabasa Traditional Tune

Hear Pabasa Tune 1 (mp3) and

Hear Pabasa Tune 2 (mp3)

Choirbook II with notes

Includes many works especially appropriate for Lenten

Lent and Moriones
Moriones Festival, Marinduque

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

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

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

The Videos Marinduque Moriones:
Remark this is an album in the album "Holy Week "Semana Santa" & Easter"

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

Faces of Moriones
Mar 26, 2018

The Video Likhang Yaman ng Marinduque

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

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

Pangasinan Lenten Cultural Practices

Pangasinan Lenten Cultural Practices: A Dying Ritual?
By ELNORA B. DUDANG

Pangasinan State University Lingayen Campus

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

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

Look also Pilgrimage sites - etc., The Pope and the Vatican e.g.: Masses, messages and Blessings, Follow humble leaders, Holy Week 2019 in the Vatican with the Pope and Walk for Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holy Week practices in the Philippines
April 08, 2017 - with video
From crucifixion rites to the Easter egg hunt adopted from Western countries, the Catholic faithful in the Philippines observe practices and traditions in observing Holy Week.

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

Holy Week Festivals

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

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

Holy Week & Easter

Semana Santa or Mahal na Araw

look also HERE

Easter

Easter Triduum - Paschal Triduum, or The Three Days

Holy Thursday and the Easter Triduum
18 April 2019

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

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

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

All About Holy Week

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

Video
In the album: Special Catholic Shrines & Churches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALL Videos with descriptions

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

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

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

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

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

Video

Pilgrim site sa Tanay, Rizal, dinarayo tuwing Semana Santa

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

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

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

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

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

Video

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"

Video

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

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

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

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

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

Look the article as pdf HERE

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

Look also HERE

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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 stjosemaria.org.

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7 Last Words 2018

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

7 Last Words reflection:

1st word reflection:

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

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

2nd word reflection:

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

3rd word reflection:

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

4th word reflection:

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

5th word reflection:

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

6th word reflection:

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

7th word reflection:

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

Washing of the Feet with Cardinal Tagle

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

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

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

Holy Week in the Philippines

Filipino Customs, Values and Beliefs in High Definition

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

The Pasyon

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

KASAYSAYAN NG PASYONG MAHAL NI HESUKRISTONG PANGINOON NATIN

Lyrics - full text

BY IGNACIO LUNA & SONS

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

Videos

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

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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.

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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

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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

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

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

The lakeshore town of Paete in the province of Laguna is famed for its wood carving industry. During the Semana Santa or Holy Week, the spectacular jointed image of the Santo Sepulcro undergoes a unique ritual, the Pagsusuob, that can only be said as a pre-hispanic rite of the dead that is more closely identified now with the mummification rituals of high ranking citizens in some remote areas in the Cordillera region.

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

Music Suggestions
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries
Easter Vigil
In the Roman Catholic tradition, the Easter Vigil consists of four parts:
1.The Service of Light
2.The Liturgy of the Word
3.Christian Initiation and the Renewal of Baptismal Vows
4.Holy Eucharist
Easter in the Philippines

How Filipinos Celebrate Easter

Let's go EASTER EGG HUNTING!

OTHER WAYS OF CELEBRATING EASTER FOR FILIPINOS

Look the article HERE

Videos

Easter - Fun-filled family activities

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

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Easter egg hunting

No to crucifixion – bishops

By CHRISTINA I. HERMOSO
Rituals of Crucifixion Philippine Easter Rituals of Crucifixion

Bloody Filipino Observances for the Atonement of Sins

Videos

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The Image of the Last Supper (Huring Pamanggi)

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

Last Supper woodcarving

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

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

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

Justino 'Paloy' A. Cagayat Jr.

Visita Iglesia in the Philippines

History and tradition

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

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

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

Virtual Visita Iglesia, in 360 degrees
April 08, 2017

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

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

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

Videos

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
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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.
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Visita Iglesia, Manila

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

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

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

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

Stations of the Cross

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

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

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

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

Stations of the Cross

with the opening prayer and the prayers for each stations

Look also HERE

Videos

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

Stations of the Cross
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Stations of the Cross

Prayers - Tagalog

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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

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

Videos

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

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Easter Sunday Jubilation - Salubong

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Easter Sunday - Salubong

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

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PAGSALUBONG sa Tanay

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.

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Look the description of Salubong in the above link

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2017.04.16 Sugat and Easter Sunday Mass in Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Remark 4 parts

Modern-Day Flagellants

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

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

Libad nang Apung Iru and Pamamaku king Krus

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

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

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

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

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REAL CRUCIFIXION - BLOODY EASTER TRADITION IN PHILIPPINES

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BIZARRE CRUCIFIXION, CEBU

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.

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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.

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Hannah Stutz Singing "The Angel Song" on Easter Sunday

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

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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 sub-album "Religious beliefs outside the Roman Catholic Church"

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

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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.

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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

go to overview

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 HERE AND about

Feast of the Ascension

Video

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"

Ascension Day Prayers

Prayers and Collects for the Feast of the Ascension

Please send link, because we miss such ones

Whitsun - Pentecost & Trinity Sunday

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

go to overview

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
Videos

Whitsun - Pentecost Sunday

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

All About Pentecost (Whitsunday)

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

Pentecost (Whitsunday)
Video

Whitsuntide parade

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

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

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

Look also HERE and HERE and

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

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

Please send link, because we miss such ones

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

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

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

Pista ng Bayan ng San Juan

St. John's Eve UPDATED 2019.06.22

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

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

The Videos: Taong Putik Festival, Bibiclat, Nueva Ecija

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

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

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

Videos

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

Jul 14, 2014. Look more about the church HERE

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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

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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

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Regada Water Festival in Cavite
Aired: July 3, 2016

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

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The Parada ng lechon – Roasted Pigs Parade

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

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

Please send link, because we miss such ones
Please send link, because we miss such ones

Undas - All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day

November 1 – All Saints Day Special non-working day

Look also Live In A Graveyard

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

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

Look above A special non-working holiday

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All Saints' Day Mass
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.

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

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

IMPORTANT: Look all the links in the article!

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ALL SOULS DAY. No arms. Paints tombstones (lettering) with feet. Cebu
Oct 30, 2016
No arms. Paints tombstones (lettering) with feet. All Saints Day, All Souls Day. This is Vicente who has been earning a living painting & lettering tombstones since he was 10 years old to help support his Family. He lives and works in the cemetery. In the past week, he has painted over 50 tombstones in the Children's section, age up to 3 years old. He also does tile work and drawing house plans. Amazing guy!
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Preparasyon para sa Undas, umarangkada na
Oct 27, 2017
Umarangkada na ang mga preparasyon sa sementeryo, mga kalsada, bus terminal, at paliparan para sa darating na Undas.

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

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

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

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

Mga basura, problema sa Catholic Cemetery.

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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.

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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

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

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

Philippine Proclamation No. 265 A special non-working holiday

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

All Souls' Day

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

All About All Souls Day

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

All Saints' Day

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

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

Undas - All Saints' Day

also known as Todos los Santos, Araw ng mga Patay

Meaning of Undas for Filipinos

Catholic Online Reflection on All Saints Day and All Souls Day

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

Undas Online

Viewpoint: All Saints Day - All Souls Day

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

This project has materialized with the following in mind:

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

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

All Soul's Day Special

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

By Karen A. de la Trinidad
Technical Writer, camarinessur.gov.ph

The article above HERE

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

By Honor Blanco Cabie, October 3, 2012

Videos

Undas Celebration

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

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

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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

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

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

Live In A Graveyard

Video

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

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November 1, 2010 at Chinese Cemetery, Davao

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

Please send link, because we miss such ones

God Bless you & Many regards
from
"A Balikbayan family"

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