Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Most Memorable Way to Spend Christmas in Manila

The most memorable way to spend Christmas is to eat like never before. We start by buying bibingkas and puto bumbongs sold during the Simbang Gabi, then we have the traditional Filipino Feast called Noche Buena on Christmas eve, followed by a reserved 10-course meal in a fine restaurant on Christmas day (in my case), then some left-overs for a day or 2. Finally, we end the year right with another feast on New Year's eve called Media Noche. All the pounds will have come off before next Christmas. It's fun to do with all the Christmas carols and decorations in the background. It's just one of the things that make the Philippines a nice place to visit during the Christmas season. It's one of the secrets as to why we love Christmas - eating. We complain after because we get heavier but we do it again and again.

Finally, it just gets exciting when all of the dates where there are feasts are declared as holidays in this country. You work and you get extra or you don't work and eat with your friends and family! 

Here's a list of the 2010 Christmas holidays: 

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