Monito Monita - Exchange Gifts

I love my monita/monito ... yes I do, I love my monita/monito, yes I do, but I won't tell you .....


Christmas is the season of gift giving. In keeping with the tradition of giving, Filipinos have their own version of exchanging gifts or Kris Kringle, it is called "Monito Monita". This is usually done among groups of friends, classmates or office mates.

The mechanics of exchanging varies, some can be as simple as asking the participants to bring a gift, on an agreed amount which are later on raffled off to the participants, on Christmas Party.

Others starts several weeks ahead of the gift-giving time which is usually the Christmas party.

All of the participant's name are place in a box and each member will draw a name from the box and whoever you got will be your Monito/Monita and you have to buy a Christmas present for him/her.

You cannot reveal your Monito/Monita's name- it will be a secret until the revelation day.

The rule is simple.

The mechanics is easy. You have to give your Monito/Monita a small gift every day or every week, the frequency depends on the rules the group have set upon.

Most group choose a theme each week such as:

  • something soft
  • something sweet
  • something long and hard
  • something green or blue
  • something round
  • something you make / cook / bake
  • something pink
  • something useful
  • something wet
  • something made of wood / fabric
  • something you can wear in your head
  • something made of glass
  • something with a handle
  • something sour
  • something that grows

It can be a lot of fun to see the different ideas people come up with and it get everyone in the holiday spirit.

Revelation Day

The identity of the giver is only known at the Revelation Day when the final gift is given to participants' Monito or Monita, usually there is an agreed amount on how much the gift will cost.

In some cases, all the participants have to post their "wish list" about what gift they want to receive so it won't be hard for the giver to decide on what to give their Monito /Monita and you will receive a gift you have been expecting.

How about this for a gift? -Something that starts with i !

Something black and small
Something black and small

Just a reminder

Don't ask to trade names with anyone.

Maybe you don't know the person, or perhaps you're nervous to give the boss or your teacher a gift. No matter what is your reason, never ask anyone to trade names with you--it could get back to the person and they may feel you have something against them. If your monito or monita is someone you you don't like, Christmas is the time to forget your differences.

Family Monito / Monita


Christmas in the Philippines Hubs

  • Parol - Filipino Christmas Lantern

    Parol is a traditional Filipino Christmas decoration, a five point star-shaped Christmas lantern.Parol reminds the Filipino Christians of the star of Bethlehem that guided the Three Wise Men on their way in search of Baby Jesus.

  • Christmas Caroling in the Philippines

    Caroling is a part of the Filipino Christmas tradition. Once the Dawn Mass known as "Misa de Gallo" or "Simbang Gabi " starts, carolers will be on their feet singing Christmas carols from house to house...

  • Filipino Christmas Tradition - Simbang Gabi

    Simbang Gabi is a Filipino Christmas tradition, it is is a series of nine dawn masses, the mass starts as early as 4:00 a.m. It begins on December 16 and ends on the midnight of the 24th of December.

  • New Year Celebration in the Philippines

    New Year's eve celebration in the Philippines is quite different compared to other countries. Filipinos literally start the year with a bang, with lots of firecrackers. This article also includes some of Filipinos New Year's beliefs and practices.

More by this Author

Comments 8 comments

Katherine 9 months ago

Guys patulong naman po ng idea sa Monito Monita namin. Ano po ba ang magandang iregalo na "Hard and Long"?

TheAGirl 10 months ago

I got my childhood best friend/long time best friend at this game! ^_^

Eryn 21 months ago

Great fun. First for my family

mg 3 years ago

is anyone know what is monita or monito mean also, pls tell me

Dick 4 years ago

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to All!!!!!

mistletoe 5 years ago

just had my first monito monita today..'twas fun! :)

jojie 5 years ago

that's very nice

mik 6 years ago


    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.

    Click to Rate This Article