Christmas in the Philippines

Christmas in the Philippines Abreeza Ayala

It’s just a few days before Christmas! Christmas in the Philippines is the happiest in the world and I am beyond excited to spend this year’s festivities with friends and family. Christmas in the Philippines is something very special. For the Filipinos, this season is the time to forget all our woes and just focus […]

Holy Week in Cebu

The Image of Christ's Crucifixion

Holy Week is one of the most awaited legal holidays not only in Cebu but also in other parts of the Philippines. Government agencies and private offices close on Maundy Thursday until Black Saturday, This is the time when Catholic devotees in different parts of the country reenact the events of the crucifixion and the […]

Popular Philippine Christmas Festivals

[11:27:03 PM] William Manor: Festival of the Black Nazarene

More and more westerners choose to spend their Christmas holidays somewhere warm. While their part of the world is freezing or blanketed with immaculate snow, our tropical climate can give them the warmth they so long for. There is nothing wrong with having a white Christmas; in fact, it’s in a lot of people’s bucket […]

Chinese New Year in the Philippines

© Hrlumanog on Dreamstime   I remember my grandmother once told me that every Filipino somehow has Chinese blood in them. This used to be a puzzle for me; not everyone has fine skin, cute eyes and a solid business somewhere in the city. Now that I have grown a little wiser, I realized that […]

Philippines Holidays – Special Days of Celebration & Commemoration

© Evelyn Avila on flickr   There probably isn’t anyone who does not look forward to holidays when there’s no work and the day is free to spend as one chooses. There’s no day quite like a holiday. There are at least 50 public holidays and countless festivals celebrated all over the Philippines and if […]

Philippines Holidays – Special Days of Celebration & Commemoration

© Evelyn Avila on flickr   There probably isn’t anyone who does not look forward to holidays when there’s no work and the day is free to spend as one chooses. There’s no day quite like a holiday. There are at least 50 public holidays and countless festivals celebrated all over the Philippines and if […]

Holy Week in the Philippines

© Vojtech Vlk on Dreamstime   Semana Santa (Holy Week) is one of the two most important religious events in the Philippines, the other one being Christmas. As Holy Week nears, the 75 million or so Catholics in the country prepare themselves for sacrifice, prayer and celebration of the life, passion and resurrection of Jesus […]