Tag Archives: Holidays

The Light and Tree of the World’s Longest Christmas Celebration: Photo of the Day

Christmas is big in the Philippines, the only predomindantly Christian country in Asia. Filipinos — wherever they may be found — celebrate the longest Christmas season in the whole world. The Christmas tree is common everywhere in the world where Christmas is celebrated, but there’s something else that dominates the Christmas festivities than a Christmas tree — the parol. The star-shaped parol, or Christmas lantern is distinctly Filipino, having been created in the early 1900s by a Filipino artisan. When the Spaniards occupied the Philippines and spread Christianity in this part of the world, the parol was used to light up the way leading to the church. Simbang Gabi, or misa de gallo, is celebrated at dawn (yes, dawn, not the midnight as practiced anywhere else, because the Philippines was primarily agricultural, and farmers sleep early at night and wake up early at dawn). There’s a more distinctly Filipino creation — the Christmas tree created from the star-shaped parol. Here, look at this photo by Earl Masangkay (check his Instagram acount, @earlmasangkay, for more photos). “Probably the best christmas tree I have seen thus far,” says Earl. We couldn’t agree more. Onli in da Pilipins. Awesome! Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading The Light and Tree of the World’s Longest Christmas Celebration: Photo of the Day

Sampaloc Lake (San Pablo City, Laguna): Photo of the Day

It’s amazing when the Philippines looks like it’s not the Philippines. You go around the different islands of the Philippines, and there are more than 7,000 islands, and you discover that it looks like a foreign land. That’s certainly how we felt when we saw the karst landscape of Palawan. That’s the same feeling when we saw this lovely sunset photo of Sampaloc Lake in San Pablo City, province of Laguna, courtesy of Judy Talan (check her Instagram acccount, @judyeatworld, for more photos). Majestic, beautiful nature. Click the photo to enlarge:

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Visit Pinas: Visit the Philippines

We could very well post travel logs in our own sites. Still, with a sense of community, promoting travel to and in our country is much easier and more meaningful. This is where we join our fellow Filipinos in exploring the Philippines – its beauty should be enjoyed by Filipinos. This is also a site where we invite non-Filipinos to visit the Philippines. If you love to travel (or would want to write something about why everyone should visit a place, see or do something, somewhere in the Philippines), then you’re most welcome in this collaborative site. Please feel free to share your Philippine travel logs and invite others to join the group, and, of course, visit the Philippines. Continue reading Visit Pinas: Visit the Philippines