It is hard to get out of bed in the wee hours of the morning in December. That is why, if you want to complete one of Pinoy’s most loved and cherished Christmas tradition, the 9 novena mass of the Simbang Gabi, you’ll need the help of your barkada and friends to drop by your house and wake you up. A big portion of Simbang Gabi goers are young people, especially teen-agers. The morning air will be filled with their laughter while they go out in droves towards the nearest Church or Chapels.
Simbang Gabi or early morning mass enjoins all Catholic Filipinos to come and celebrate the novena mass at the break of dawn for 9 consecutive days to Christmas Day or Pasko. From December 16 to Dec 24 the parish churches will be deck with beautiful lights and parol (Filipino traditional christmas lantern) welcoming all families, friends, and everyone who wants to celebrate the birth of Christ.
Filipinos are very musical people and it is even more evident with the abundance of pinoy christmas carols thats starts airing in the radios as early as September. Malls would start decorating their stores with christmas decorations and starts putting up giant christmas trees to the delights of small children. The following are Paskong Pinoy Top 10 Filipino Christmas Carols:
Philippine Christmas or 'Paskong Pinoy' is really different from how other countries in the world celebrate this joyous season. Filipino or Pinoys simple love pasko or christmas that we hold the unofficial world record of 'the longest christmas celebration' that starts when the "...ber" months kick-in and ends with the celebration of the Epiphany of the Three Kings. In short the Filipino christmas celebration starts on September 1 and ends (hold your seats!) 12 days after christmas, that's already January of the new year!
If you are foreigner you might find it hard to believe but