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RA 8952

Cebu's founding anniversary


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

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

"Commemoration of the Founding Anniversary of Iglesia ni Cristo Act".
July 27 of every year is hereby declared as a special national working holiday in commemoration of the founding anniversary of the Iglesia ni Cristo in the Philippines.
A special non-working holiday A special non-working holiday

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

Philippine Proclamation No. 265

LIST: 2017 Philippine Holidays

Malacañang has released the list of holidays for 2017.
It was released for public dissemination on Thursday, August 18.

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Proclamation No. 50, s. 2016
Signed on August 16, 2016

Palace issues list of holidays for 2017
August 18, 2016 By Ruth Abbey Gita
MALACAÑANG on Thursday has issued Proclamation 50 listing the regular holidays and special non-working days for 2017.

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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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

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

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The Season of Advent
Anticipation and Hope

Dennis Bratcher

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

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Advent Wreath Lighting - 4 Candles of Advent Season of Hope & Joy

Advent is a season of hopeful and joyful preparations for the Birthday of the Savior. The Advent Wreath: the circle symbolizes God's eternity. He has no beginning and no end. The green leaves - His evergreen and ever fresh love. The four candles - the four Sundays prior to December 25. The pink third candle - the pregnant joy in every heart as we come nearer and nearer to Christmas. The white candle - Christ is the light of the world. Christmas flowers (POINSETTIA or Pascua) - love turns deep red in the midst of darkness.


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

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St. Lucy (Lucia)

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

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

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Memorial of St. Lucy
Saint Lucy (283–304)

also known as Saint Lucia or Santa Lucia

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

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Look also "How to celebrate Saint Lucy day" HERE


Feast of St. Lucy 2010 & 2011

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Jusette05 wrote on Dec 15, 2011:

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

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

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

Collection from around the world

There are two different origins of this tradition.

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

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

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

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

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

Look also Hymn for Santa Lucia Lyric English

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

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

Look also the article HERE

Misa de Gallo (Roosters Mass) - Simbang Gabi

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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

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Christmas for Archbishop Jose S. Palma
December 11, 2016 By Jenara Regis Newman
THE Christmas season is upon us. And for most bishops and archbishops all over the Philippines, it is time “to be seen and heard in as many parishes as possible.”
To achieve this, it is customary for them to preside at the Misa de Gallo in each of the novena days. It is a custom followed by Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma who will officiate the dawn mass at the San Pedro Calungsod Shrine along D. Jakosalem St. on Dec. 16.

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.

Misa de Gallo or Misa de Aguinaldo – What’s the difference?

Look also "The origin and meaning of the Simbang Gabi novena" HERE

Filipino Christmas Tradition - Simbang Gabi

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On “Simbang Gabi”

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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila

Guidelines on the Celebration of SIMBANG GABI

Simbang Gabi

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Simbang Gabi

History, Liturgy and Tradition

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


Simbang Gabi 2014

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


Simbang Gabi 2015

All 9 days masses from Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral


Simbang Gabi 2016

from Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral


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


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

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.


Remark many of the below videos in this section are albums in the album "Christmas in the Philippines"

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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.
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.
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
Christmas in the eyes of poor children
December 21, 2016 By Ivy C. Tejano
Christmas is a glorious season of the year. It is not only because of the Christmas presents, but because Jesus Christ the savior was born.
This is how the eight-year-old Shermaan Dallawis, a resident from Maa, describes the real essence of the celebration, despite their living condition.
Her mother and father are sidewalk vendors in Davao City. Poor as she is, she believes that Christmas is happiness for all, no matter what station in life a person is. Just the twinkling lights of Christmas decors on the streets are already a source of happiness.
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.

The season of sharing
December 17, 2016 By Christine Joice C. Cudis
Christmas is coming home to family. Spending the holiday together and singing songs of worship while in the comforts of our house, eating festive foods.
But to some, it isn’t. To the Indigenous People in the Davao Region, the streetlights and the parading lanterns in Davao City are their delight. It is so alluring that they come here and bear sleeping on cold cement at the park or village gyms just so they could witness with their own eyes how the city lights up every night; like moths attracted to the flame.

A Guide to Philippine Christmas Traditions

Alluring Christmas colors
December 04, 2016 by Claude Albert Motoomull
It's already December and I can already feel the spirit of Christmas through the songs we always hear. We can see how dazzling are the varying decorations and lights that are installed everywhere.
May I ask, do you already know the meaning of each color that usually represent our Christmas decorations?
Here are some of the colors and symbols that it represents.
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

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

Look also "CHRISTMAS GREETINGS on Vintage Philippine Postcards" HERE

Many great cards

Look both as pdf in 1 file HERE

Paskong Pinoy

By Reynaldo Gamboa Alejandro, Marla Yotoko Chorengel

Philippine Christmas Art & Form

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

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

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

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

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

A great article telling about all the traditions

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Christmas: A National Fiesta

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

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

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

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

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

The two legends that we know behind the Pascua


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

Catholic Christmas Traditions
Catholic Home and Garden's

Gift to You

Downloadable e-Book

Catholic Traditions for Advent and Christmas


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Christmas at Home and in the Liturgy

Look the article HERE

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


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


Malacañang Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Streamed live December 05, 2016


Tree of Hope lights Fuente Osmena Circle
Dec 1, 2016
Cebu City officials and representatives from M. Lhuillier Group lit up the 125-feet Christmas tree at the Fuente Osmena Circle on Thursday, December 1, signaling the opening of Pasko sa Sugbo.

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


Pasko - A Filipino (typical) Christmas

Short documentary about Christmas celebration in the Philippines.


Children of OFWs talk about Christmas without their parents
December 23, 2015
The celebration is different for the children of overseas Filipino workers
How are the holidays like for these kids who live far away from their OFW parents? Watch this Rappler Christmas special.


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


Christmas 2008 / Pasko 2008 - sa Pilipinas
This video features the yearly acitivities of establishments, malls, business districts and people in celebrating the spirit of christmas in the Philippines.

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



We are still waiting for part 2


Cebu Christmas special: Bethlehem sa Sugbo
Dec 23, 2014


Christmas in the Philippines

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


Christmas in the Philippines


Filipino Christmas Tradition


Tangub City The Christmas Symbols Capital of the Philippines

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


2011 Policarpio Street, Mandaluyong

Christmas Decorations

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


Philippines Kids Xmas Party 2015
by Peter White


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


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


Planning for Christmas? There's an app for that

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


Filipino Christmas Tutorial 2011
by Mikey Bustos

PANUNULUYAN: A Christmas Drama

Look the article as pdf HERE


The traditional PANULUYAN

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

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

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


 Naughty Christmas gifts

by/Dr. Margie Holmes

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

Dec 22, 2012

How Filipinos Reinvented Christmas

Traditional Christmas Dances - Etc.

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Christmas Dances Philippine Christmas Dances

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

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


Pandanggo Rinconada

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


PANDERETAS - "Las Panderetas" - Philippine Folk Dance

"Las Panderetas"

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


"Panderetas de Amor" 2. version

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


Pastora sa Belen

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

A Bicol Christmas tradition



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

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Look the history of the Sakuting Philippine Folk Dance

by Rianne Hill Soriano HERE


A Pinoy Christmas Ballet Concert

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

Remark this is an album in the sub-album "Dance & Ballet Ensembles"

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Philippine Traditional Dances HERE

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

Look all the Hymns and Christmas Songs HERE

Advent Day Hymns!

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

Filipino Christmas songs

Many Christmas songs and carols

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

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

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

Let us all believe in the true spirit of Christmas. Sharing our love with each other is the best gift we can ever give from our hearts.
Christmas Live Jam:
A special show dedicated to OFWs
by Wyatt Ong December 18, 2016
Five musicians comprise our Christmas Live Jam lineup. The show is especially dedicated to OFWs who will not be able to come home to their families this year.

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Remark many medleys, songs & carols in the album

Look the lyrics in Tagalog and English for Mano Po Ninong Mano Po Ninang - Christmas Song - HERE
O Holy Night
Indigenous Visayan Christmas Carol Song of The Highland People

Visayan Christmas carol of the highland people of Iligan City, Philippines. Their way of singing is very much noted for the abrupt change in their vocal tone, from low to high pitch.
Christmas carol - Cebu, Philippines style
OPM Christmas Songs "Medley"
Dec 9, 2016
Look also the article "List of Filipino Christmas carols" HERE

Tagalog Christmas Songs
Filipino Christmas Songs

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Kasadya Ni-ining Takna-a Visayan Christmas carol

Kasadya Ni-ining Takna-a

Caroling is a part of the Filipino Christmas tradition

Links to many carols with text etc.

Look the article as pdf HERE

Christmas songs

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

Many filipino songs both with text and chords


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Belén is a three-dimensional art depiction of the nativity scene of Jesus Christ.

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CHRISTMAS MANGER SCENES (Beléns) constructed by Bill Egan


How to make a Nativity scene - Belén

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

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

Building your Belén

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

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.

Look The History of Parol Christmas Lanterns as pdf and

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

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

Making a Parol: A Filipino Christmas Tradition


Make a Parol - Tutorial


Symphonies of Parols

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

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

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

Christmas - Holiday Food and Drinks

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

Top 10 Pinoy Christmas Foods


Christmas recipes in Benguet
Dec 19, 2016 - Aired: December 18, 2016
Learn how to cook these creative Cordillera dishes like the Itogon Bibingka, Pancit Ilokano, Kinuday and Boldyak.

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

Christmas Cuisine In The Philippines

By/ Thomas Wenge

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

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

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

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4 holiday quirks you need to keep #InControl

by/Michaela Romulo Dec 15, 2014

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


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

Remark this is an album in the sub-album "Gangs - Etc." in the album "Terrorism, Kidnapping, Private Armies, Gangs - Etc."

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

How to make your own Christmas decors

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

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


Winter wonderland of DTI

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

Jun 28, 2014

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


Tourists visit 'Santa Claus mountain'

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

Dec 15, 2014

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

Look more about the nature, mountains etc. HERE

"Dating wisdom advent"

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

Look also HERE

Look also e.g. the articles:

"Nail polish detects date rape drugs" - "Cup and straw system detecting date rape drugs" - "30 second date rape drug test"

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

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

New Year's Eve - Day - Etc.

"Bisperas ng Bagong Taon"

January 1 – New Year’s Day Regular holiday

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

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

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

Republic Act No. 7183

Prohibited Firecrackers in the Philippines (PNP List)

Which firecrackers are allowed by law?

Good riddance, 2016!
by Marites Dañguilan Vitug December 02, 2016
6 reasons to look forward to the end of the year.
Like others, I can’t wait to say goodbye to 2016. Many awful things have happened and these are bearing down hard on our democratic values, striking at our long-held foundations, and even on our private spaces, our equanimity.
Our national conversation has crackled with threats and profanities, led by the angry voice of President Rodrigo Duterte. The polarization is so palpable on social media, where reason has given way to vitriolic emotions and lies have disguised as facts.
The saddest and most worrying thought, however, is that all these may continue into the new year. It’s up to us, to a vigilant public, to arrest the erosion of our democracy in this post-truth age.
Gov’t orders shutdown of all firecracker establishments
by November 25th, 2016
The Department of Labor and Employment issued, on Thursday, an order stopping all work in establishments manufacturing and selling pyrotechnics and firecrackers nationwide.

Look also HERE and

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

Editorial: Jittery firecracker makers
December 01, 2016

Mandaue City a ‘no-firecracker zone’ by/Rebelander S. Basilan

Look above about RA 7183

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

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

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

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

Remark: Many cities have already implemented the 'firecracker ban' in their respective places. Look e.g. about the cities of Muntinlupa, Baguio, Olongapo, Davao, Kidapawan, and Zamboanga HERE and Mandaue City, Cebu a ‘no-firecracker zone’ by/Rebelander S. Basilan December 15, 2014

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#IwasPaputok count: 2 girls, 1 boy injured
by Jee Y. Geronimo December 22, 2016
The youngest victim so far is a 6-year-old girl from Ilocos Norte who injured an eye due to an improvised cannon called boga.

How to observe a safe New Year
December 30, 2016

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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

Common Filipino New Year Traditions
by/Krissna Isabele Cruz

Quick meal recipes to welcome 2016

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

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

Celebrating New Year The Filipino Way

Look the article as pdf HERE

Look also the article HERE

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

Look the article as pdf HERE

New Year's Eve

Filipino superstitions at New Year

How to Celebrate New Year's Eve the Filipino Way
New Year's Day

New Year's Day in Minalin, Pampanga

DING MUSA NING MINALIN (The Muses of Minalin)

a Kapampangan documentary - a Kalalangan Kamaru production

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

It's also about REAL MEN dressed in GOWNS.

Look also about the "Colorful Festivals in Pampanga"


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

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

Lighted from 11:30 to midnight, the speed by which the different colored candles melted was supposed to give you a preview of what your preoccupation for the new year would be like. White for purity. Yellow for wisdom. Blue for harmony and peace. Pink for family, friendships and relationships. Red for love. Green for money. Purple is for ventures.

Do this every year just for fun... as a tradition and a respite from all the cleaning to do in preparation for welcoming the new year.


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

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


Filipino New Year's Superstitions and Auld Lang Syne

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


New Year Celebration 2012 in the Philippines

Look the full descriptions of the video and more about New Year Celebration in the Philippines HERE

Maria Isabel Garcia December 30, 2016

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

Happy New Year

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

3 Kings Day in Philippines

"Epiphany" - "Three Kings" - "Tres Reyes" - "Tatlong Hari"

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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.

Look also the article above HERE

Araw ng Tatlong Hari

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


Three Kings Celebration at the Kawakawa

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

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

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

Filipino-Chinese New Year in Philippines

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

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

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

The Chinese zodiac

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

Look also HERE and the Video:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2012 - 2017 - etc.

Remark these are albums in the album "Filipino-Chinese New Year"

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

2012 Chinese New Year parade in Manila

2013 Chinese New Year in China Town - Binondo

2014 The Horse Year - Chinese New Year Eve

2015 Chinese-Filipinos welcome Year of the Wood Sheep

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

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

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

Jan 28, 2017

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Constitution Day

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Constitution Day
by/Official Gazette

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

Look also Araw ng Saligang Batas

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 HERE

Saint Valentine's Day

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

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

Look also HERE, HERE and HERE


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

The History of Saint Valentine


Who is Saint Valentine?
Feb 14, 2017


Valentines Day Traditions etc. e.g.:

Tips and an example of "Happy Valentines Day"


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

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


Valentine's Day Pinoy Style

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


Valentine's Day Q&A

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

General questions about V-Day. Feb 1, 2014



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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Albay recipe, rose as an ingredient

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


Rose Recipes - Feb 9, 2015


Modern Valentine's Day:

Love Express
Feb 13, 2017

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

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


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

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

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

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

Valentine Party Games and Ideas

Cupid Approved Valentine's Day Party Fun

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


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

Lenten (or Cuaresma)

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

Look also in The Pope and the Vatican

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

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

Ash Wednesday

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

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

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


Ash Wednesday

What Lent means for Catholics?

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


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

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


Simbahan naghahanda na para sa Ash Wednesday

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


Ash Wednesday 2017:

Cardinal Tagle on Ash Wednesday Change begins within

Filipinos take part in Ash Wednesday rites


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

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


Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma Lenten message

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

Apr 1, 2015

Fasting, beliefs and other Lenten traditions
March 24, 2016

CATHOLIC faithful are once again expected to troop to churches and participate in some of the Lenten practices the Holy Week.

Holy Week Lenten - PABASA

This tradition begins during the days leading to Good Friday


Basbas - by Joaquin Gasgonia Palencia

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


Pabasa (A Filipino Catholic Tradition)

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

Pabasa Traditional Tune

Hear Pabasa Tune 1 HERE (mp3) and

Hear Pabasa Tune 2 (mp3) HERE

Choirbook II with notes

Includes many works especially appropriate for Lenten

Lent and Moriones
Pangasinan Lenten Cultural Practices

Pangasinan Lenten Cultural Practices: A Dying Ritual?


Pangasinan State University Lingayen Campus

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

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

Look also in The Pope and the Vatican

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Overview: Holy Week rituals in the Philippines
by/Michael Bueza March 22, 2016

From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, here's how the Catholic faithful in the Philippines observe the Holy Week
The Holy Week (or Mahal na Araw) features the story of Jesus Christ's passion, death, and resurrection.

The different levels of devotion of the Catholic faithful are visible this week, as they reflect on the agony and sacrifice of the Son of God to deliver the world from sin.

Here's a quick overview of rites and rituals during Holy Week in the Philippines.

Look the "Overview" as pdf HERE

Look also the articles

Holy Week Festivals

The grand carriages of Baliuag: Pomp and pageantry in piety
by/Marga Deona 8:10 AM, Apr 03, 2015
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 sub-album "Holy Week "Semana Santa" & Easter"

Holy Week & Easter

Semana Santa or Mahal na Araw

look also HERE

and about "Easter" HERE and about "Easter Triduum - Paschal Triduum, or The Three Days" HERE

All About Holy Week

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

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
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"

Look the article as pdf HERE

Holy Week superstitions in the Philippines
by/Reynaldo Santos Jr. Apr 04, 2015

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.

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.

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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.

and the Video Likhang Yaman ng Marinduque

The Pasyon

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


Lyrics - full text



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

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

Turn Palms into Meaningful Palm Sunday Symbols and Decorations

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

Before Palm Sunday - Making Palaspas

Palm Sunday

Traditional Blessing of Palms Procession
Traditional Latin Mass

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


Palm Sunday at Quiapo Church, Manila

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

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


Palm Sunday 2014, Cebu City

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

Apr 13, 2014


Palm Sunday 2015 Cebu City

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

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



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Easter - Fun-filled family activities

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


Easter egg hunting

No to crucifixion – bishops

Rituals of Crucifixion Philippine Easter Rituals of Crucifixion

Bloody Filipino Observances for the Atonement of Sins




The Image of the Last Supper (Huring Pamanggi)

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

Last Supper woodcarving

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

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

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

Look also about Justino 'Paloy' A. Cagayat Jr. HERE

Visita Iglesia in the Philippines

History and tradition


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

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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.

Stations of the Cross

with the opening prayer and the prayers for each stations

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Stations of the Cross

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Via Crucis - Way of the Cross - Stations of the Cross


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


Stations of the Cross

Prayers - Tagalog


Holy Mass of Easter 2015

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

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Cebu City.

Apr 4, 2015

Salubong: an easter dawn celebration

"Sugat" in Cebuano

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

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

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Sugat 2015

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

Cebu City
Apr 4, 2015


Easter Sunday Jubilation - Salubong


Easter Sunday - Salubong

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



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

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


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Modern-Day Flagellants

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

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.

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





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


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

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


Hannah Stutz Singing "The Angel Song" on Easter Sunday

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


Easter 2011 at the Annunciation Orthodox Church in Paranaque, Manila

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

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

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

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


Mythology about "The Holy Week"

Pandora: The Wawa Dam lady

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

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

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

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

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Ascension of Jesus - Ascension Day

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

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

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Ascension Day Prayers

Prayers and Collects for the Feast of the Ascension

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Whitsun - Pentecost

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

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Vigil of the Pentecost and Whitsunday

Whitsun - Pentecost Sunday

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

All About Pentecost (Whitsunday)

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

Pentecost (Whitsunday)

Whitsuntide parade

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

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Independence Day

June 12 – Regular holiday

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Philippine Independence Day

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

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Philippine Republic Day

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

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

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Celebrations of Independence Day

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117th Philippine Independence Day Celebration JUN 12 2015

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

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

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

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

118th Philippine Independence Day Vin D’ Honneur

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

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

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

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

PIDCI, the Philippine Independence Day Council

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

Philippine Independence Day Foundation.

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

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Carson, CA 90745, USA

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

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

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

Pista ng Bayan ng San Juan

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Look also the below videos about festivals celebrating "Araw ng San Juan or San Juan Day"


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

Jul 14, 2014. Look more about the church HERE


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" HERE


Regada Water Festival in Cavite
Aired: July 3, 2016

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


The Parada ng lechon – Roasted Pigs Parade

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


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National Heroes Day

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National Heroes Day

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

Things to know about national heroes
August 29, 2016 By Daryl D. Anunciado

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Undas - All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day

November 1 – All Saints Day Special non-working day

Because of the similarities between Halloween and Undas these have come to be linked, and even viewed by some as one celebration, so look also about Halloween

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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! Email us if you want to help:

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

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

Mga basura, problema sa Catholic Cemetery.


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

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


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

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

A special non-working holiday A special non-working holiday

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

Philippine Proclamation No. 265

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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.

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Undas Online

Viewpoint: All Saints Day - All Souls Day

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

This project has materialized with the following in mind:

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

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

All Soul's Day Special

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

By: Karen A. de la Trinidad
Technical Writer,

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

By Honor Blanco Cabie, October 3, 2012


Undas Celebration

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

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


Filipinoes Flock to Cemeteries on All Saints Day

Sagada Panag-apoy ritual

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

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Sagada Panag-apoy ritual

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Undas (All Saints and All Souls Day)

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

All Souls Day Traditions of the Chinese-Filipinos.

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


November 1, 2010 at Chinese Cemetery, Davao

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Bonifacio Day

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

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Rizal Day

December 30 – Regular holiday

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Rizal Day

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

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Robredo on Rizal Day: 'Bravely defend the rights of Filipinos'
Vice President Leni Robredo says Jose Rizal's life and work 'brought hope to those in despair and courage to those living in fear'
Senators on Rizal Day: Protect the freedom he died for
Senator Francis Pangilinan calls Jose Rizal a 'millennial who cares, and says he used his talents to fight for the country's liberation from Spain
Both by Mara Cepeda December 30, 2016

By: Quennie Ann J. Palafox

Jose Rizal - His life and His works


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

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

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