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Why do Filipinos love to celebrate Christmas?

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The holiday season is widely celebrated in the Philippines.

In the last decade alone, expectations of a happy Christmas have increased by more than 10%, with 64% of Filipinos saying they expect a happy Christmas in 2007 compared to 77% in 2017.  

In the last decade, expecta...

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1. FESTIVALS, FAMILIES, TRADITIONS

- because its regarded as a festival. There is already the expectation of celebration that sets it apart from other days/seasons of the year(Sapitula)

- Filipinos also celebrate Christmas as a largely religious occasion

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- the traditions and the religious practices that mark the season are also what gives Filipinos a sense of ownership of Christmas (Sapitula)

- Christmas is widely celebrated as a time for family. Even OFWs who live and work overseas come home to the Ph...

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2. WIDE COMMERCIALIZATION & GIFT-GIVING

Christmas is a happy time of the year because of its commercialization and practice of gift-giving

"The joy of the family is intertwined with the joys of travel, gifts, bountiful feasts, sale.."(C)

The monetary dimensi...

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“I think more Filipinos are getting richer, so they are expecting a happier Christmas…Purchasing power does not technically kill cultural expectations – it stays there, and I think part of the reason why people are looking forward to it is they have the means to fully abide by cultural expec...

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For Sapitula and Cornelio, the two dimensions are intertwined.  

“They mutually reinforce each other. They’re always connected because there are always commercial implications of religious practices.(S)

While the essence of Christmas is religious in character, a lot of econo...

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3. ITS A SEASON THAT ALLOWS FILIPINOS TO SEE THE GOOD THINGS

For Cornelio, this has allowed Christmas to become universally celebrated, regardless of its religious essence.

With the challenges Filipinos face everyday for the rest of the year, how are Filipinos still able to see Christ...

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Filipinos are a tight-knit bunch. They use any occasion as an excuse to get together and celebrate. The biggest, most important celebration of the year is of course Christmas. It’s such a big deal that preparations begin several weeks, if not months, prior. 

Pinoy Christmas get-to...

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1. A PROGRAMME THAT INCLUDES A TALENT SHOW/CONTEST

Pinoy Get-togethers aren’t eat-and-run affairs. Any Pinoy celebration, from annual company-wide ...

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2. The CHILDREN MAKE THEIR ROUNDS OF MANO TO THE ELDERS

Filipinos have much respect for the elders, and pagmamano is one of the many gest...

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3. SOMEONE YELLS "PICTURE - PICTURE" EVERY FEW MINUTES OR SO

When in a Pinoy get-together, anytime you hear someone say “picture, picture!”, you be...

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4. KARAOKE

Filipinos love to sing, and the existence of a videoke microphone or machine in practically every home is a testament to this. 

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5. CHEESE EVERYWHERE

Sprinkled on spaghetti, rolled up like spring rolls, even mixed in caldereta and buko salad! They eve...

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