As the only Asian country with a predominantly Christian population, the Philippines goes all out during its Catholic holidays. And unlike the commercialized approach of Japan, Korea and other neighboring nations with regards to Christmas, the Philippines keeps its more spiritual traditions intact, with plenty of mass celebrations and nativity-themed displays to remind people of the true meaning of the season. Nevertheless, gift-giving, star-shaped lanterns, eating and shopping abound around the month of December, and despite the hard times, Filipinos find ways to joyously celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Visitors donâ€™t have to go far from the capital city of Manila to enjoy the Yuletide; every part of the metropolis have their own Christmas traditions, whether itâ€™s a colorful lantern parade or simply a street thatâ€™s bathed in lights.
Here are 7 must-visit Christmas attractions in Metro Manila:
UP Lantern Parade - usually held during the third Friday of December, the state university’s annual parade has most of the colleges and major organizations (as well as satellite campuses across the country) take their colorful lanterns around the university oval. The lanterns will stop at key points so that short performances can take place in front of assembled students. The final stop is in front of the administration building, where the judges will give out prizes to the winners. UP Diliman is located in Quezon City.
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