Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Pasko is the Filipino term for Christmas.

Well, just like last year, I will be celebrating this day away from my family. And here in Japan, its a regular working day which means, I, together with some of my Filipino officemates are obliged to do our jobs.

We will be ignoring the glittering lights and illuminations of the city. Never mind the Christmas songs filling the airwaves. Just focus first on our respective responsibilities but after the bell rings, we deserve to have a party. Okay, I admit, I am just assuming that there is a get-together party tonight (come what may after office hours).


This reminds me of Simbang Gabi, a tradition I never completed and, I think, I'll never will. Too lazy to wake up I guess.

Traditionally, Christmas Day in the Philippines is ushered in by the nine-day dawn masses that start on December 16. Known as the Misa de Gallo (Rooster's Mass) in the traditional Spanish and in Filipino as Simbang Gabi, or "Night Mass", this novena of Masses is the most important Filipino Christmas tradition.

These nine dawn Masses are also considered as a Novena by the Catholic and Aglipayan faithfuls. This refers to the Roman Catholic and Aglipayan practice of performing nine days of private or public devotion to obtain special graces.

Night Mass

The sound of brass bell
cracks the dawn;
I pull myself from bed
and march to church.

In my usual Sunday suit
I follow the guidance of man-made stars
and footsteps of other early risers.

The December chill embraces me,
greeted by the smell of rice cakes
and sacred scent of sampaguitas.

Inside the church, the resonance
of carols and hymns,
Father begins and ends the sermon with
"Blessings to everyone".

For nine consecutive mornings, same number
Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem,

I wake up at 4 am
to celebrate the centuries-old tradition
with my neighbors, and prepare for the
coming of our King.


But anyway, a day after Christmas, I will be going home to the Philippines to welcome the coming year with my family of course.


To all my friends, and to everyone who reads this, I am wishing you and your family a very blessed holiday season.

Maligayang Pasko!



  1. Ay, you're still in Japan pa, Kuya? Tsk, I just got home here in Shizuoka. Took the last bullet train trip. Sayang nagbonding sana ta sa illumination??? Nag cry me always kay alone lang ko nag stroll sa city lights... :)

  2. By the way, I haven't done yet the tag. Because the more I think how weird I am, I can't write about it anymore. Just imagine that it's part of me already, each day I wake up with the same horrid face, it becomes normal to me. How weird I am bah? I dress crossly is one of the strange things I do every morning I guess.

  3. @Mariale, oo dito pa ako sa Japan. dami pa work sa 26 pa ako uwi. dun lang pinayagan ng boss ko e. hehehe

    naku crying mode ka pala sa tokyo hehe.

    hehe ok lang take your time sa tag. si attorney nga daw pass muna sya hehe

  4. Merry Christmas!

    Last year sa Japan din ako nagcelebrate, walang kwenta hahaha. Lalo na yung new year, bagong bili pa ng dslr ko, akala ko makakafireworks shots ako. Wala pala.

    Ingat sa biyahe! :)

  5. merry christmas mai...

    mejo tao ang mga tao d2 kya wla pasok ng 25 at ginawa na ring holiday ang 26, oki di nambabati sila ng "merry christmas"...unlike jan, hmp! hehe...

    pero mas malaki ang palitan ng yen kesa sa dollar, panalo!!...merry christmas ulit mai, hahaha...



  6. @Winnie, salamat at merry christmas din sa yo.

    pangatlong beses ko na to dito at ganun pa rin ang pasko haha walang pagbabago

    @Mata, hehe thanks. oo sabi nga nung mga koreano sa planta bakit daw walang pasko dito at sila'y nagulat na regular working day to haha

    ingat din sa byahe bukas

  7. Awww.. merry xmas totomai :) Galing talaga ng pics mo, ngayon gumagalaw na! Hahaha

  8. hehehe. oo nga naaliw kasi ako sa gif haha. happy new year

  9. maayong pasko ? i don't think i've spent christmas in the philippines, not that i can remember. it sounds like a lot of fun.

  10. yes it is. by the way, are you a filipino?

  11. oh thats nice to know. mabuhay kabayan. :-)

  12. salamat po. i at least know as much as you wrote ;D

  13. ehehe, actually i have difficulties in expressing in tagalog too as i came from different island (ilonggo as dialect) :-)

    happy new year

  14. that make as two from the visayas :-)


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