8 Things We Love
in the Philippines
There’s no Christmas like Christmas in the Philippines. Pinoys and visiting tourists who have witnessed it know it, and attest to how the holidays here are distinct from the rest of the world – judging by the sights, sounds, taste, smells and heartwarming feelings that only a Pinoy Christmas can conjure up. We break them down more specifically into 8 notable items:
8. OPM Christmas Songs
Okay, we all know that hearing Jose Mari Chan blaring in every radio station is mandatory. But want a stronger kick of nostalgia? How about some “Himig ng Pasko” by APO Hiking Society or “Christmas Bonus” by Aegis? Or better yet, how about a whole OPM Christmas playlist? Bet you’ll be playing these songs beyond the holiday season too.
7. DIY Carolers
Who says you have to be a professional choir singer to do some door-to-door caroling? Any Pinoy neighborhood has its share of kids belting out classic and remixed carols, where you can either get a “thank you, ang babait niyo” or “thank you, ang babarat ninyo” complete with DIY instruments (ex. These rapping carolers, who can give FlipTop a run for their moneyz).
6. Simbang Gabi
Who the heck wakes up at dawn to hear mass? We do! Whether it’s for the solemn goal of completing the whole Simbang Gabi run, hanging out to see crush or the crew, we feel the Pinoy Simbang Gabi love all around. Rain or shine, the churches are full at these times.
5. Church-side Treats
Speaking of going to Church, know what else is worth waking up really, really early for? Puto bumbong. Or Bibingka. Or hot Castañas. Yummm.