Fiestas & Festivals - December

Belen sa Makati - Makati City
Considered to be one of the biggest events of Makati, this month-long Christmas commemoration started in 1987.  Makati buildings suddenly shine with Christmas lights with matching Christmas decors.  Even the center islands and sidewalks of the busy thoroughfares are decorated with running Christmas lights.  This is a big signal for Filipinos that the holidays are just around the corner. 

Grand Marian Procession - Intramuros, Manila
A Eucharistic celebration of the feast day of La Immaculada Concepcion, patrones of Intramuros, on 08 December capped by a grand procession of more than 50 Marian images from all over the country and participated by thousands of devotees.

Maytinis - Kawit, Cavite
A town-wide Christmas tableau of biblical events and re-enactment of the search for a room by the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph being held every 24 December.

Philippine Christmas Festivities - Nationwide
The coming of Christ is commemorated every 25 December through a nine-day early morning novena mass called Simbang Gabi or Misa de GalloSimbang Gabi, accompanied by parish choir, starts on 16 December and ends on Christmas eve.  Christmas festivities end on the first Sunday of January, Three Kings Day.

Salubong - Plaridel, Bulacan
Every 30 December, karistelas from as far as Tondo and other parts of Bulacan troop to Plaridel to start this annual event.  The "Salubong" is fetching of the Santiago Mata Moros from Barangay Sipat with a long procession of colorfully costumed groups of women gaily dancing to native music.  

San Fernando Giant Lantern Festival - San Fernando, Pampanga
A festival of gigantic lanterns in multi-colored designs unique only to the participating barangays of Pampanga's capital town.  Held every third week of December.

Kamundagan Festival - Naga City
Bustling Naga City becomes doubly busy this whole month as it celebrates Christmas along with its charter anniversary day. Expect the residents of this community to play, pray and party with an extended schedule of cultural shows, trade fairs and civic parades. Not to be missed: the “kiri-kiri” and “pastores” performances, both unique showcases of traditional Bicolano culture.

Pasko sa Sugbu - Cebu
Christmas in Cebu is celebrated with songs, gifts, twinkling lights—and a month-long program of yuletide events. Check out the nightly cultural shows for taste of the season, Cebuano-style. There’s also the various parol, christmas tree and “daygon” competitions, participated in by students from the city’s numerous schools.