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Christmas is Jesus Christ Mass – Does Holding a Party Makes Sense?

December is most Christian’s celebration month of the birth of Jesus Christ. In the Philippines, holding a party in a company, organization, group of friends or in a family is a very common Filipino tradition. As early as December 1 and as late as January 15th, party is everywhere. To party means to have foods, Christmas decors, gifts and presentations like songs, dance numbers and plays. The whole party time is all about enjoyment and sharing of blessings. Different groups might have different styles but the essence of holding a party is typically the same - celebrate Christmas.

On the Photo: Christmas Party Celebration with a Live Band

On the Photos: Foods Typically Seen During Christmas Season



However, there are some aspects of this Filipino tradition that are almost ignoring the real meaning of Christmas. Some parties are inviting wines and liquors to fulfill the happiness of many. Some groups are spending too much – live bands, performing artists, group competitions in costumes and …

The Divisoria Malls - Defining Shopping in the Philippines

They call it the 168 Mall. It is one of the busiest places in the Philippines during shopping days like Christmas season when longing for enjoyment and relaxation is on the air once again. From Cavite, my home place, going to Divisoria, it will take you about an hour travel under normal traffic flow.

What is in this place? Well, Divisoria is the Bargain Shopping Capital of the Philippines. This is where wholesale and retail prices make shoppers say “WOW!” on delight. Visiting this place will definitely give you a realization about shopping on a different dimension. Find out why on the next paragraphs.

On the Photo: The Popular 168 Mall in Divisoria, Manila, Philippines


Divisoria is located in Binondo, Manila. It is accessible via Quiapo(where the famous Black Nazarene of Quiapo Church is) thru Recto Avenue and via Lawton near Manila City Hall. Divisoria has been there since the early 90’s. As it is near the North Harbour, Manila’s main seaport, the freshest and cheapest products usuall…