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RP Issues of 2014










2014, October 30.  Christmas (Pasko 2014)

Litho Offset, Amstar Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Se-tenant Blocks of Four, Miniature Sheets of 16



Se-tenant Blocks of Four    (26,000)

10p  Brothers with Baby Sister

10p  Children Carolers

10p  Boy with Grandma

10p  Family at Christmas Table


Miniature Sheets of 16    (6,500) 


Designer:  Rodine Teodoro



First Day Covers:  Manila



Phlpost Official FDC Envelope


Privately Issued




Christmas Day in the Philippines is primarily a family affair. The Misa de Aguinaldo is celebrated on December 25 and is usually one of several Masses that all family members (including non-churchgoers) are present. The Misa de Aguinaldo is often celebrated by midnight, a schedule preferred by many Filipinos who stay up late on Christmas Eve for the night-long celebration of the Noche Buena.

Preferably in the morning, Filipinos typically visit their extended family, especially to pay their respects to senior relatives. This custom of giving respect is enacted through the "Págmamáno". A supplicant takes the back of an elder's hand and presses it against the forehead, while giving the greeting, “Máno, pô” (lit. "[Thy] hand, please"). The elder often responds by reciting a blessing or simply acknowledging the gesture, and in return gives "Aguinaldo" or money in the form of crisp banknotes, often placed in a sealed envelopes.  Godparents in particular are socially obligated to give presents or aguinaldo to their godchildren, to whom they often give larger amounts compared to other younger relatives.

A festive lunch may follow the "Págmamáno". The menu is heavily dependent upon the finances of the family, with richer families preparing grand feasts, while poorer families choose to cook simple yet special dishes. Some families choose to open presents on this day after the lunch.

When nighttime falls, members of the family usually return home or linger to drink, play parlour games, and chat. Some may opt to have another feast for dinner, while a minority spend the entire day at home to rest after the previous days' festivities.






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