Christmastime In Manila

Jose Mari Chan's "Going Home to Christmas" tops the holiday's compact disc sales in the Philippines. Filipinos start celebrating Christmas as early as September 1 when radio stations begin to play "Christmas In Our Hearts" by Jose Mari Chan.

Colorful lanterns and Christmas trees adorn the streets and homes of Filipinos to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ, and the end of the year. Each year, Filipinos celebrate Christmas earlier than all countries.

By September 1st, radio stations start to play “Christmas In Our Hearts” by Jose Mari Chan, and other Christmastime hits.

Christmas decors on sale at HandyMan Cubao. A traditional Filipino family often saves up of Christmas decors that they will re-use for the coming years.

Shopping malls begin to be decorated with Christmas accessories, and shops inside begin to have sales to entice shoppers to buy their products.

In every Filipino home, families start to save up for a Christmas tree, which they often decorate as a family, and they also pepper their home with Christmas lights.

A small Christmas tree with decors displayed in the home of the Maza family. Families often decorate and assemble their homes with Christmas lights and the Christmas tree as a bonding experience.

Schools and workplaces also celebrate Christmas by holding parties and other celebrations. Most notable of them are the Lantern Parade of the University of the Philippines (UP), and Paskuhan of the University of Santo Tomas (UST). Both of these events signify the end of the semester (since the academic calendar shift in 2015) and the start of the Christmas break.

Noche buena, or Christmas Eve, is the most celebrated among the holidays because during the 25th of December, families are resting from the food they consumed the night before. Food commonly found on a table every Christmas are hamon de bola, ham in the shape of a ball; and keso de bola, derived from the Dutch edam cheese, also in the shape of a ball.

Families with overseas Filipino workers (OFW's) or relatives living outside the country also receive gifts from their loved ones in the form of “balikbayan boxes”. This unique Filipino tradition has served smiles from every corner of the world, where Filipinos live.

A "balikbayan box" from Texas. This unique Filipino tradition has served as a comfort for Filipino families who has relatives outside their home country.
Children testing a toy from a basket at Ever Commonwealth. The target demographic of most shopping malls are parent because of their children wanting to receive gifts.
A choir practicing a Christmas song at the lower ground floor of AliMall Cubao, Quezon City. Choirs are common during Christmas season because of their background in singing at churches and Christian schools.
A young girl stands beside Santa Claus at the lower ground floor of AliMall Cubao, Quezon City.
Shoppers in Ever Commonwealth doing their last minute shopping.
An influx of shoppers goes in and out of Ever Commonwealth.
A Christmas decor hangs on a tree in the Maza family residence.
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Anton Maza

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