christmas in the Philippines

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Christmas is here! And we cannot stress enough how Filipinos take this holiday very seriously. To make the most out of this festive time of the year in the Megacity, here's our guide on what to expect and what not to miss, featuring crazy Christmas shopping, sparkling decorations, exciting traditions, delicious food, and the art of surviving traffic & traveling during the season.

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Still not done with your Christmas Shopping? Here are the mall hours for the holiday season 2016 in Manila.

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The holidays in the Philippines is a time for family, reflection, and contemplation. Food, presents, and lots of laughter are equally important every holiday season, too. So what's it like between December 24 and December 26 in Megacity Manila?

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Noche Buena is celebrated on Christmas Eve, or midnight of the 24th of December. It is the most anticipated part of the holidays for many Filipinos because it is that time of the year when Christmas delicacies are served. Among these delicacies are a number of Filipino favorites. Find out what is served in most Filipino homes for Noche Buena. 

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During the nine days before Christmas, Catholics in the Philippines attend Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo, a series of masses that take place late in the evening or before sunrise, between 3 and 5 am. 

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This sport is surely unusual in a tropical country like the Philippines. Whether you miss that winter feeling during Christmas season or you just want to try some new activity, there is no better place to go than the SM Ice Skating Rink.

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If you haven't decided on what present to give your loved ones back home this Christmas, Filipino handicrafts and other local products would be a good choice. Check out our list where you can find authentic Pinoy-made products. 

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Christmas is here! Yes, you heard right. In the Philippines, Christmas begins at the start of the “ber” months: SeptemBER, OctoBER, NovemBER, DecemBER. In fact, the country is known all over the world for celebrating Christmas the longest.

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A frenzy of activities is par for the course during the holiday season. Bazaars, Yuletide specials and promotions vie for everyone's attention. As such, Megacitizens will not run out of choices to shop or simply enjoy this merry month of December in the Megacity Manila.

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Only a couple of days left until Christmas! Here is what is going on during the last weeks before the holidays. Megacitizens.com lists the best Christmas bazaars, shows, and festivities in Metro Manila.

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The last Megacitizens Manila Stammtisch in 2013 was all about the year-end and the upcoming holidays.

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By popular demand, the next Megacitizens Stammtisch will for the first time be held on a Friday! Prepare for a long night of chatting and fun with other expats, professionals, Megacitizens and their families on November 15 at 121 in Salcedo Village.

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