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Philippines is best known for its vibrant festive atmosphere with events happening throughout the year. Celebrations can be even grander when the occasion is as big as Christmas. Filipinos are quite enthusiastic about Christmas celebrations, given the fact that their eagerness results in the beginning of preparations as early as September.
Metro Manila is the hub of all the happenings with some of the most amazing holiday festivities right at the end of the year. The surrounding neighborhoods of Metro Manila is a potential ground for retail bazaars and festivals to mark the season of year-end bonuses and gift-giving. Let us take a look at some of the Christmas events happening in Metro Manila for the year 2016:
St. James The Great Christmas Bazaar
Held every year in the Ayala Alabang Village of Muntinlupa, St James The Great Christmas Bazaar is currently in its 25th year running, and it begins a month before with more than 500 products available for you to shop at a reduced rate. Known to be the most anticipated Christmas events in the southern part of Metro Manila, a portion of revenue from this bazaar is used to support the St. James Foundation.
World Bazaar Festival
Scheduled to be held over a period of 20 days from 3rd to 23rd of December at the World Trade Center Manila in Pasay, the World Bazaar festival is known to be the longest existing annual charity event in Philippines. The key highlights of the Bazaar include fashion items, lifestyle products, clothes, bags, shoes, perfumes, novelty items, leather goods, toys and a lot more things to celebrate the true spirit of gift giving. More than 600 exhibition booths will spread their space on the ground to make it one great event!
Giant Lantern Festival
This historical festival has been a part of Philippines culture ever since the beginning of 20th century, when it first took place in 1904 in the city of San Fernando. Popularly known as the Ligligan Parul by the locals, the Lantern Competition festival is a highly anticipated one, given the fact it is celebrated in the Christmas capital of the Filipinos. The occasion is well complemented with a number of community events held for people of all ages and abilities
Paskong Himig and Paskotitap
Celebrated in the third week of December, Paskong Himig is a festival of music in which local talents from the Pasiguenos participate in a week long competition where participants from different sectors including businesses, schools and churches come under one roof to showcase their talent. On the other hand, Paskotitap is an exhibition of delicately crafted items which are inspired by movies and popular stories.
Christmas On Display Show
This Christmas tradition has a long history behind it, and it all started way back in 1980 as a store gimmick in Araneta Center’s Manila Christmas on display. With its current base in Greenhills Shopping Center, the event features animatronic mannequins re-enacting the conventional Filipino practices. Right from mid-November up until January, there are daily evening shows of unique themes.
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