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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Experience a Merrier Christmas at these Top 6 Holiday Destinations!

It’s not a secret that the Philippines have the longest celebration of Christmas season in the world when in fact, it's one of the most anticipated holidays of the year and a big deal for most Filipinos.
Starting in September, you’ll see colorful lanterns and Christmas lights illuminate the night, families are already busy decorating their homes and putting up Christmas trees, children singing Christmas carols, malls overflowing with people looking for gifts, and some locals attending early Catholic masses known as “Misa de Gallo” or “Simbang Gabi”.

You might hear it before but let us accentuate it: “Holidays are really more fun in the Philippines!”. Here are some suggestions of where best to experience a cheery Christmas, the Filipino way!

Experience a different kind of holiday at one of the most historical places in the country! Imus is not called the “Christmas Capital of Cavite” for nothing, from a 30-day countdown, adorned Christmas tree and lanterns, vibrant flashing lights, and series of programs organized by the local government for the locals and tourists, it’s the jolliest celebration you’ll ever have!

Plus, its neighboring cities also have their own way of celebrating this festivity. General Trias City celebrates the “Arroz Valenciana Festival”, street dance competition and other Christmas activities, while in Dasmarinas City, residents and officials hold the annual “Paru-Paru (Butterfly) and Street Dance Festival” to mark the city’s founding anniversary and the Christmas season.

While everyone is merrymaking, Caviteños don’t forget the essence of this season, which is the birth of Jesus Christ.

Looking for somewhere to perk up your Christmas vibes? Then head on to Cebu because the Queen City of the South got you covered.

Feel like a local and join them light up the biggest Christmas Tree in the City also known as Tree of Hope and enjoy the annual "Pasko sa Sugbo" offering everyone various activities from different organization and various sectors of the community.

Get ready for a shopping spree ‘cause numerous bazaars kicks off during this time of the year. After, get mesmerized by Ayala Mall's Symphony of Lights featuring a 5-minute show of lights and sounds.

Photo courtesy of Zamboanga Hermosa Festival Facebook Page
When you’re thinking of spending your Christmas holiday away from home, Zamboanga may be an underrated choice for you, but it’s something that you won’t regret. Got a doubt on this one? Here’s something to convince you.

In recent years, Pascua de Zamboanga Festival has become a more spectacular sight. This year, the century-old and historic City Hall was illuminated by thousands of lights and so are other more landmarks such as Plaza Pershing, Paseo del Mar, Rizal Street, Veterans Memorial Monument, and Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca Park.

Complementing this year’s theme “I Love Zamboanga”, the lights is not just for show but to encourage everyone to love the city more and be united in the spirit of Christmas!

As bright and as sparkly as the Christmas lights and lanterns all over the metropolis, Manila indeed makes the perfect place to celebrate the holidays.

Considering that it’s the capital of the country, Manila got an array of everything from entertainment, activities, to food crawl. Everything is alive from day to night and what more if it’s the Yuletide season? 

Grab your cameras to take the perfect shot of various shows all around the metro. From an entertaining parade in Taguig City to the Disney-themed lights and sound show in Makati and BGC, both locals and visitors get the best of everything; the convenience of the modern city, its rich history, and a cheery holiday celebration.


Want to know the most Filipino way to celebrate Christmas? Spend the holidays at Baguio City. Though it is dubbed as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines”, this city is also the top choice of most locals during the Yuletide Season because of the cool weather making you forget that you’re in a tropical country!

What not to miss? The Christmas Village attraction by Baguio Country Club! This year, they got a treat for every spectator which is the Santa's Village theme. It’ll be filled with thousands of fresh and artificial flowers, artificial snow show, and bright lights.

Various artists will also re-enact the scene of Nativity and offer nightly entertainment. Now that's something to get you into a festive mood.


Top of the list is none other than the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines”. This is what we guarantee, there’s no place you’d rather be during the Yuletide Season but in Pampanga.
We see why people from different regions and even from outside the country visits Pampanga. 

During this time of the year, feed your eyes with their giant lanterns skilfully handcrafted by the locals. They also hold a contest for it where villages compete, proudly showcasing huge intricate lanterns for everyone to see. It's not just their creativity that leaves spectators in awe but also how big and bright the way they celebrate the Christmas Season.

As if they’re not creative enough, spectators come back for more as their lanterns gets more extravagant and vibrant each year! And that’s something worth waiting for right?
These are just some of the few places you can visit while spending the holidays in the Philippines, but there are still so much more to see, activities to do, and attraction to get mesmerized with. Just make sure to mark these places on your calendar when planning the best Christmas Celebration!

Oh, and take our advice for this upcoming holiday season, there are many underrated towns and islands in this country that you can visit, so do not limit yourself in the city or comforts of your hotel. What's important is that you respect what this season is all about, make the most out of your stay, and create the best Philippine Christmas memories together with the locals!


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