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Manila Cathedral

Churches are very interesting structures. For the Filipinos, it serves as a milestone in our spanish history. I view them in level with how I view the interesting temples of our neighboring countries. One tradition that Filipinos hold dear, is the Misa de gallo or Simbang Gabi. It’s a mass held early in the morning which starts on the 16th of December and ends on the eve of Christmas. It was believed that when you complete the nine day morning mass you could make a wish and it will come true.

Manila Cathedral

The Manila Cathedral at Simbang Gabi

Churches are very interesting structures. For the Filipinos, it serves as a milestone in our spanish history. I view them in level with how I view the interesting temples of our neighboring countries. One tradition that Filipinos hold dear, is the Misa de gallo or Simbang Gabi. It’s a mass held early in the morning which starts on the 16th of December and ends on the eve of Christmas. It was believed that when you complete the nine day morning mass you could make a wish and it will come true.

Quiapo Church

The Quiapo Church early in the morning.

I’m no catholic nor am a religious person, but I hold high esteem for this tradition. Though it’s not really Filipino in origin, since this was started in Mexico back in 1587, through out the years, it has been adopted by Filipinos and made changes that suits it’s unique taste.

Goto Lugaw

Goto and lugaw after the mass.

Well one good thing to look after each mass is the food! Yep. If you fail to have breakfast because you’re rushing to catch the mass, desperately hoping to make that wish of yours come true (Whatever it is) and you find your stomach churning loud and loud. There are usually food waiting outside the church. From lugaw to goto, puto bumbong and of course Taho. So you can grab a bite before you enter the church. Perfect as well to the cool morning wind.

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