It’s been a while since I last posted in this blog. I’ve been pretty busy with my studies, internship and other problems Y.Y
My blogs and I have this special connection that I can’t explain.
I’m just happy whenever I read your comments and opinions in my posts. I feel good for being able to share my knowledge and opinions to all of you. 🙂
I’ve stopped blogging because I can’t keep the responsibility that comes with it. I really have to be careful to what I post because a lot of people can read it. My posts are being used for assignments, projects, references and I just feel that its my responsibility to make all of my posts 99% sure, clear and based on true events and facts. It is really hard when you’re fully aware that one small mistake can affect a lot of people and can also alter some facts about the Philippines.
But due to your overwhelming comments, compliments and support, I’ve decided to post in this blog again. I’m not promising that I’ll be always updating but I can promise that whenever I get a chance and a free time, I will.
Thank you for supporting my blog. 🙂
God bless us all.
People are not usually aware that December 25th is not the actual birth of Jesus Christ. In fact, most historians believe he was likely born in the spring because of the Bible’s description of shepherds herding animals.
It was in the 4th Century, when the Roman Catholic Church decided to recognize Jesus’ birth as an official holiday. Pope Julius I chose December 25th for the “Feast of Nativity.” Now Christmas Day is celebrated as a major festival and public holiday in most countries of the world, even in many whose populations are not majority Christian.
Philippines is one of the predominantly catholic country in Asia. So Filipinos has a lot of known traditions and cultures in uniquely celebrating Christmas holidays.
Traditional Christmas here in the Philippines are:
- “Simbang gabi” or mass of the rooster
– a mass held before dawn that starts on December 16 up to the nine-day novena.
- Parol or star lanterns
– customized star lanterns that are commonly made from bamboo sticks.
- the Noche Buena
– a family feasts that takes place after midnight. It is an open house celebration for Filipino after attending “simbang gabi”.
– a group of singers that visit houses with musical instruments to serenade. Carolers must have different and unique strategies to stand out in a crowd. Money are given to them after they serenade.
– This is a re-enactment of the Holy Couple’s journey to Bethlehem and portrays the lack of hospitality they encountered along the way.
Philippines is a truly unique and full cultured country. I am glad to be born here. 🙂
1. Ilo-Ilo golf and country club is the oldest golf club in the Philippines. It was built at 1908 by Irish Engineers.
2· Limasawa Island – where Ferdinand Magellan first landed in the Philippines which give way to the discovery of the Philippines and where the first mass was celebrated.
3· San Juanico Strait – said to be the narrowest yet the most navigable strait in the world
4· Calbiga Cave – The Philippines’ biggest karst formations and one of the largest in Asia, the 2,968-hectare cave system is composed of 12 caves with wide underground spaces, unique rock formations and sub-terranean watercourse.
5· At the Immaculate Conception Cathedral can be found the only existing pipe organ in Mindanao. The 2nd largest pipe organ in the Phiippines. The huge instrument took 2 years to built and was brought over by sea from Germany in 23 crates.
6· Cagayan de Oro City – “The City of Golden Friendship,” known for its warm people and old-fashioned hospitality
7· Mt. Apo, the Philippines highest mountain at 10,311 feet above sea level, and considered as the “Grand-father of all Philippine Mountains”
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Filipino Women Live Longer
Life expectancy is estimated at 72.2 years for Filipino women and 66.9 years for Filipino men. Around 38 percent of the population is younger than 15 years old and 28 percent belongs to the 15 to 24 age bracket. Population experts claim it would take 25 years before the Philippine population reaches its peak.
91 Percent Proud to Be Filipinos
In a survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS) in November 2001, 57 percent of the 1,200 respondents said they were very proud to be Filipinos while 34 percent claimed they were proud of their national identity. Only 9 percent said they were not proud and 1 percent claimed they were not proud at all of becoming Filipinos. The respondents also cited the following qualities of the Filipinos: God-centered, industrious, faithful, has convictions, responsible, peaceful and law-abiding, and loving and caring.
With its strategic location at the heart of the vital sea lanes, the Philippines is a natural gateway to East Asia. To its north lie Taiwan, Japan and the Chines mainland, and directly south lies Indonesia. Across the South China Sea on the west are Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The eastern coasts look out to the Pacific Ocean, leading to North America’s western seaboard.The Philippines has witnessed waves of migration and trace across the centuries. Its Asian roots and religions, couples with its long history colony, have spawned a unique culture that blends East and West. It first became a free nation in 1898 after a successful revolution against Spain but fell under United States and Japanese rule before regaining independence in 1946. It remains the only predominantly Roman Catholic nation in Asia.
The Philippines is readily accessible from the world’s major cities. By air, Manila is an hour and 50 minutes from Hong Kong; 3 Hours and 50 minutes from Bangkok; 3 Hours and 10 minutes from Singapore; 4 hours and 15 minutes from Tokyo’ 10 hours and 20 minutes from Sydney; 20 hours and 45 minutes from London; 21 hours and 15 minutes from Paris; 19 hours and 40 minutes from Frankfurt; 16 hours and 15 minutes from San Francisco; 15 hours and 20 minutes from Los Angeles; and 25 hours and 20 minutes from New york.