Christmas in Manila

Merry Christmas! Maligayang Pasko!

The season is finally upon us. Here in Manila we have been celebrating Christmas since September. Or at least, that’s when the first Christmas decorations hit the malls and slowly took over the rest of the city. The festive spirit is strong here and I have encountered decorations in malls, in my classroom at Maryhill School of Theology, and of course, outside of churches and cathedrals, and peoples’ homes.

Here is a sampling of the Christmas spirit that surrounds us.

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The Christmas market in Cubao.

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Lots of lights and lightforms for sale.

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Christmas stars abound in Manila.

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Snowmen or snow clowns?

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A festive pack to please at any party courtesy of ShopWise

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Two weeks before our final Prophets class this Christmas tree arrived with gifts beneath it.

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Metallic paper plates spell out Merry Christmas and multilingual signs bear the same greeting

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Santa and Frosty the Snowman joined us for our final class

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Even the blackboard was decorated for the season

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The grand Christmas tree outside of Manila Cathedral

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The nativity scene outside the cathedral

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Christmas tree outside St. Augustine’s – the oldest church in Manila

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This snowman won’t melt under the tropical sun!

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Our Christmas tree, lovingly prepared by Tram

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Our nativity scene, also loving prepared by Tram

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A feast fit for Christmas Eve!

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Christmas presents on Christmas morning

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A Santa sighting at Robinsons mall!

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