CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES
Celebrating Christmas in the Philippine is probably the longest! When the calendar hits September, it's already Christmas here. It's quite normal to hear christmas carols on the radio, holiday sales etc.
what we also do that is unique to Filipino Catholics is the observation of the "Dawm Masses" or as we locally call "Simbang Gabi". The Holy Mass is celebrated from 16th of December and ends with the Midnight Mass on December 24. This is usually very early in the morning like 4 a.m or early evenings. Most Filipino Catholics attend this as a tradition and as an advent activity.
outside the churches, we would usually enjoy native hot chocolate and the puto bumbong ( a kind of rice cake) that is traditionally prepared in christmas only.
The Simbang Gabi is like a sacrifice too because we have to get up early to attend mass.