Every January 9, the streets of Old Manila get flooded by ecstatic crowds trying to touch - or at least catch a glance at - the revered religious statue of the Black Nazarene. It is a spectacle worth experiencing, but it can be pretty stressful if you are not used to these kinds of events.
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?
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.
All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day are important occasions for many Christians in the Philippines. This is the day that they visit their deceased loved ones. Filipinos have a special and often cheerful way of celebrating All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day ad it often entails big family picnics at the cemeteries.
The Supreme Court of the Philippines declared the Reproductive Health Law constitutional in April 2014, putting an end to the debate regarding birth control, sex education, and maternal care. By 2016, during his first State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned that the RH Law will be in full force.
Ramadan, the 9th and most sacred month of the Islamic Calendar, started after sunset on July 6, 2016. Like their fellow believers around the globe, Filipino Muslims are celebrating it with fasting, prayers, and contemplation. Ramadan will end on July 6 with a big feast during Eid-Al Fitr.
A long procession of young men, barefoot, heads covered, shirts torn apart, revealing lesions, wounds and sore, bleeding backs -the Penitensya (penitence) is a bloody but fascinating Good Friday tradition that can be observed in many Philippine provinces and parts of Metro Manila.
The annual holidays in the Philippines are a mix of various political, historical and religious celebrations and there are quite a number of them in the calendar. Here is all you should know about what you can and can not do on such holidays, and how local life is in the Megacity when the offices are closed.
Due to the strong Catholic belief in the country, Easter is a very important date throughout the Megacity. It is an exciting time in Manila, with lots of religious events and procedures to be attended, and many family events and commercial happenings taking place at the same time.
'Every year thousands of pilgrims from all over the country come to Manila to be part of the procession of the Black Nazarene. All participants in the procession hope that they will have the opportunity to touch the wooden statue. They hope that this will protect them from harm and ensure health in the future.'
Manila stands for a couple of things such as Politics, Economy and Crime. The most important things a Megacitizen has to know about this city are summarized below in some easy-to-remember paragraphs. With that in mind, go out and make experiences of your own - and let us know about it!
Funeral traditions among the Catholic majority in the Philippines are similar to other Catholic countries in the world. However, there are certain customs that are particularly Filipino.
With the Sta. Anang Banak Taguig River Festival the city of Taguig honors its patroness Sta. Ana. Every July 26, the people of Taguig celebrate the festival on the river - a reminder of the old days, when their ancestors' main source of living was fishing.
At first glance this seems to be just a parade of beautiful Filipinas, but it is actually a Christian festival, celebrated in the Philippines throughout May. Flores de Mayo is held in honour of Roman empress Helena and emperor Constantine finding the True Cross in Jerusalem.
Manila's Chinese Community has its own cemetery. Visitors of this extraordinary place do not only find splendid mausoleums, temples and monuments, but also learn a lot about the history and culture of the 'Chinoys'.
Precolonial traditions, Chinese merchants, catholic Spanish colonizers, American pop culture... the Philippine society is a fascinating amalgam of many influences. Learn more about the diverse Philippine customs and traditions in this section.
Bookworms of all ages and backgrounds are flocking to the SMX Convention Center this week for the 34th Manila International Book Fair.
The end of Ramadan on August 9 is celebrated with cultural presentations, special sales, and halal food in places all over Metro Manila.
Ramadan, the 9th and most sacred month of the Islamic Calendar, has this year started on July 10. Like their fellow believers around the globe, Filipino Muslims are celebrating it with fasting, prayers, and contemplation.
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