Christmas in the Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Christmas in the Philippines


Here's how our favorite celebrities are spending the holidays

Dec 27, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Celebs take a break from their hectic scheds

For makeup artist Jake Galvez, Christmas is time with his mom, siblings

Dec 25, 2019 - 10:38 AM

The makeup artist to celebrities such as Kim Chiu, Kylie Verzosa, Andi Eigenmann, and Yassi Pressman say that he and siblings have created new traditions for the holiday celebration

Shared on FB: Benguet praying grandpa finds lost ‘abuloy’ in time for Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2019 - 9:17 PM

'He came to our church for prayer,' Jayson Pascual Tulabis of Benguet shares on Facebook

CANDIDO BANIAGA, a collector of donation for the dead in Benguet, comes to a local church for prayer after he lost his collection on December 23, 2019. The money is returned to him the next day. Photo courtesy of Jayson Tulabis

In Davao del Sur, earthquake victims to have noche buena in tents

Dec 24, 2019 - 5:10 PM

‘If we will celebrate, we will just open canned goods and cook rice.... But we are thankful to be alive’

COPING. Children play, trying to cope with their situation as evacuees. Photo by Allan Nawal/Rappler

Regine Velasquez treats loyal PLDT Home subscribers with a surprise Christmas carol

Dec 24, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Lucky subscribers got more than a Smart home upgrade this Holiday season

[OPINION] Celebrating the birth of a radical activist on Christmas

Dec 24, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'People should be reminded that Jesus, in choosing the side of the downtrodden, was a radical change maker who dreamt and worked for a better world'

[OPINION] Christmas isn't necessarily merry for people with depression and anxiety

Dec 23, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The family unit – more so the Filipino family – is a complicated creature, and whether or not we want to admit it, not all issues can be wrapped in sparkly paper and topped with a festive bow.

How this Albay village keeps its Christmas tradition alive with ‘Bulilit Pastores’

Dec 23, 2019 - 5:15 PM

In Legazpi City, young children sing and dance to 'Pastores-A-Belen' before Christmas Day, continuing the age-old and unique Christmas tradition of Bicol to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ

BLOOMING. Bulilit Pastores, comprised of 12 young boys and girls performing a reenactment of the birth of Jesus Christ, showcases the colorful Christmas tradition of Bicol through a contest at the Penaranda Park on December 19. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

LIST: Metro Manila restaurants open for your Christmas Eve 2019 dinners

Dec 23, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Dining out with the fam for noche buena? No worries! Here are 7 restos in the metro for you.

Metro Manila number coding suspended December 23-January 2

Dec 23, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority says there will be no number coding during the holidays, with the suspension of the scheme longer for provincial buses

Hundreds of passengers bound for the provinces for Christmas vacation troop at the Bus Terminal along Edsa in Quezon City on Monday, December 23, 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

[OPINION] This Christmas, put down your phones and truly reconnect

Dec 22, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Go, re-connect, and allow your selves to be found. Recover your sense of delight and then once again hear yourself praying, ‘O God, it feels great to be alive.’

[OPINION] Advent: Learning to wait with hope

Dec 22, 2019 - 10:48 AM

If we fail to observe the season of advent properly, our Christmas celebration will become an empty ritual, full of endless parties forgetting its significance

CCP to hold Misa de Aguinaldo 2019

Dec 20, 2019 - 4:29 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The CCP will hold the Misa de Aguinaldo on Tuesday, December 24, at the CCP Main Theater

Christmas Eve Mass CCP. Photo by CCP

For fashion designer Mikee Andrei, Christmas is about family

Dec 20, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The fashion designer shares how Christmas has changed for her through the years

IN PHOTOS: Divisoria and Dapitan Arcade, Metro Manila's joyful Christmas corners

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The holiday season is stressful all over Metro Manila, but there's Christmas cheer to be found, if you only know where to look

'TIS THE SEASON. Miniature Christmas trees light up the night at Tutuban Center in Manila. All photos by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle hits materialism, fake news on Simbang Gabi

Dec 16, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Jesus needs real witnesses, not fake news makers, says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the first day of the traditional Simbang Gabi at the Manila Cathedral on December 16, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Vic Sotto says MMFF entry 'Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity' 'definitely different' from past movies

Dec 15, 2019 - 3:11 PM

'Gusto ko naman kasi paglabas nila ng sinehan may mga ngiti sa kanilang mga mukha,' Vic says

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Shop online and pay using only your mobile number with ‘Pay with PayMaya’

Dec 13, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Here's a faster and more secure way to pay online

Vice Ganda to MMFF movie critics: 'Can you imagine Christmas without comedy?'

Dec 13, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'Comedy is a genre. It’s a legit genre. It’s as special as drama, adventure, action,' says Vice

Photo by rob reyes

Holi-slay the holidays: What Christmas is like for the drag queens at Nectar

Dec 11, 2019 - 5:38 PM

There’s a range of characters: the Grinch, a balikbayan tita, Mariah Carey, and more

GAY CHRISTMAS REALNESS. Drag queens come dressed for the holidays and turn it out to carols for Drag Cartel’s Christmas special. All photos by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Eco-friendly Christmas gift ideas other than metal straws

Dec 11, 2019 - 12:01 PM

There's a host of useful sustainable gifts other than bamboo toothbrushes, too!

Bank schedules for Christmas 2019

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Here are the operating hours of banks in the Philippines during the holiday season

PHLPost unveils 2019 Christmas stamps

Dec 07, 2019 - 5:24 PM

This year's Christmas stamps feature Filipino Christmas traditions

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: Pasko na, sinta ko, saan na regalo ko?

Dec 06, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Why don't we give love – and gifts – on Christmas day?

Surigao tribes light first ever Christmas tree

Nov 30, 2019 - 3:35 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Many of the IP communities were converted and have accepted the tradition of Christmas

Pasig’s Vico Sotto kicks off ‘Pamaskong Handog’ distribution

Nov 28, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Savings from cleaning up the local government enables the city to produce 400,000 goody bags – enough for every Pasigueño family – to end the old 'palakasan' system, says Sotto

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto leads the distribution of the first batch of Pamaskong Handog goody bags to residents on November 28, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Mango Tree serves new Thai dishes for the holidays

Nov 24, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Crispy pad thai? Yes please! Mango Tree features both new dishes and signature Thai staples – and they're all pretty appethaizing!

5 water bottles to stuff stockings with this Christmas 2019

Nov 22, 2019 - 1:00 PM

What better gift to give your loved ones and friends than the gift of hydration?

THE GIFT OF HYDRATION. Water bottles look good under the Christmas tree. Photos from and

Online beauty portal BeautyMNL to open first pop-up store

Nov 22, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Right in time for holiday shopping season!

Image courtesy of BeautyMNL

Christmas eyes PBA comeback after winless stint with Magnolia

Jul 23, 2019 - 8:59 PM

Rakeem Christmas sees action for Magnolia in just 3 games at the Commissioner's Cup, all of which ended in a loss

HIATUS. Rakeem Christmas admits not playing organized basketball for more than a year affected his game. Photo from PBA Images

Christmas putting quiet PBA debut behind as Ginebra awaits in playoffs

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:41 PM

Rakeem Christmas will have his hands full in his next PBA game as he faces reigning Best Import Justin Brownlee and defending champion Barangay Ginebra

ADJUSTMENT PERIOD. Rakeem Christmas will have to fast-track his adjustment to the Magnolia system entering the quarterfinals. Photo from PBA Images

IN PHOTOS: Magical Christmas spots south of Metro Manila

Dec 10, 2018 - 2:30 PM

The south also comes alive with Christmas colors, and the sights are just an hour or so away from Manila

LIGHT SHOW. On weekends during the holiday season, the gingerbread house lights up and changes color to holiday music and performances. Photo courtesy of The Gingerbread House PH Photo by Claire MadarangÂ

HIGHLIGHTS: Ginebra vs Magnolia - 2017 Christmas Clasico

Dec 25, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Follow along as NLEX faces GlobalPort at 3 pm and Ginebra battles Magnolia at 5:15 pm

What’s a classic Pinoy Christmas reunion like?

Dec 19, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Does yours involve karaoke and a lot of food?

IN PHOTOS: Starbucks PH's 2018 planner

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Plus a look at Starbucks' new Christmas drink, the Vanilla Nougat Latte!

Starbucks Planner 2018

Why does Christmas in the Philippines start in September?

Sep 26, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Experts weigh in on why among all other countries, Christmas is celebrated the longest in the Philippines

SM Supermalls launches Christmas countdown

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Special treats await shoppers during the hundred-day countdown. Check out the full list of promos, activities, and exhibits below

FULL TEXT: Huwag maging manhid sa mga pagpatay kahit Pasko – Villegas

Dec 25, 2016 - 7:38 AM

Mayroon tayong Pasko ngunit patuloy ang pagdanak ng dugo sa ating mga lansangan sabi ni CBCP president at Archbishop Socrates Villegas sa kanyang December 25 pastoral letter

NO TO KILLINGS. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas denounces the recent killings in the Philippines in a pastoral letter for Christmas Day. File photo courtesy of CBCP News

7 in 10 Filipinos expect a happy Christmas – SWS

Dec 23, 2016 - 9:00 AM

This year 73 of Filipinos expect a happy Yuletide season Also 75 say it is better to give than to receive this Christmas

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Who are your 'bringers of Christmas?'

Dec 02, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Thanks to those who joined our conversation last December 5 Here s what you all had to say about the Pinoy Christmas season

Anticipating Christmas in a time of killing

Nov 12, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Life has become cheap If this is what Christmas is now about could it still be merry?

LOOK: This is the Santa Hat frappe, the new Starbucks Christmas 2016 drink

Oct 26, 2016 - 12:13 AM

Two kinds of whipped cream? Yes please Plus the toffee nut and peppermint mocha drinks are back

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Number of Filipinos expecting happy Christmas highest in 12 years – survey

Dec 24, 2015 - 9:28 PM

More Filipinos also believe that it is better to give than to receive according to a poll conducted by the Social Weather Stations in December

WATCH: Children of OFWs talk about Christmas without their parents

Dec 23, 2015 - 8:53 PM

The celebration is different for the children of overseas Filipino workers

These 7 places in PH shine bright and beautiful every Christmas

Dec 14, 2015 - 11:35 AM

Staying in the city or looking to travel this Christmas? Take a look at these magical destinations that shine bright during the holidays in the Philippines

CHRISTMAS IN PH. Where will you be this holiday season? Photo courtesy of Naga Smiles to the World Facebook page

Pemberton trial, Lacson resignation, Sony film release | The wRap

Dec 24, 2014 - 6:18 PM

Philippine court suspends US Marine trial Lacson steps down February 2015 Sony will release controversial film “The Interview” on Christmas Day

Losing sight of things more important on Christmas

Dec 24, 2014 - 1:00 PM

I want to be able to do what really matters this Christmas: Be able to reflect on what the reason for the season really is

IN PHOTOS: At Christmas, this PH city glows bright with stunning lights

Dec 22, 2014 - 2:46 PM

The beautiful Christmas display in Tangub City the Christmas Symbols Capital of the Philippines is a holiday tradition inspired by one lonely Christmas 22 years ago

Christmas, parol makers, just around the corner

Nov 15, 2014 - 10:33 AM

Christmas is just around the corner in some Metro Manila streets where lantern vendors peddle their festive lanterns

MANANG JOSIE. Josefina Ang, 63, has been in the parol business for 12 years. Filipinos buy lanterns this time of the year, which have become a symbol of Christmas in the Philippines. All photos by Josh Albelda/Rappler

INFOGRAPHIC: A merry Filipino Christmas

Jan 06, 2013 - 7:55 AM

The Christmas season is the busiest and most lucrative holiday season in the Philippines