2018, October 31. Christmas "Noche Buena"
Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,
Se-tenant Strips of 4, Miniature Sheets of
Se-tenant Strips of Four - 12,500
12p Boy with Puto Bumbong
12p Father & Daughter with Lechon (Roast
12p Mother & Son with Bibingka
12p Girl with Queso de Bola
Miniature Sheets of 16 (Four
Se-tenant S/4) - 3,125
First Day Covers: Manila
CHRISTMAS IN THE PHILIPPINES - NOCHE BUENA
Christmas in the Philippines, a
predominantly Christian country, is one of the biggest holidays in
the archipelago. The country celebrates the world's
season, with Christmas carols heard as early as September and
lasting variously until either Epiphany, the Feast of the Black
Nazarene on 9 January, or the Feast of the Santo Niño on the third
Sunday of January. The official observance by the Catholic Church in
the Philippines is from the beginning of the Simbang Gabi (Midnight
Mass) on 16 December until the Feast of the Epiphany on the first
Sunday of the year.
Every year, Filipinos from around the
world mark September 1st as the beginning of the countdown to
Christmas. This countdown, which spans from September to December,
otherwise known as the "Ber Months", is one of the most important
traditions that makes the world's earliest and longest time span of
a Christmas season.
For Filipinos, Christmas Eve
on December 24 is celebrated with the Midnight Mass, and the
traditional Noche Buena feast.
Family members dine together at around
midnight on traditional yuletide fare, which includes: Queso de
bola (Filipino-Spanish for "ball of cheese") which is made of edam
cheese usually sealed with red paraffin wax); Lechon (Roast Pig),
Pancit (noodles) Fruit salad, Pandesal (Bread Roll), Hamón (Christmas
ham), native delicacies like Bibingka (Rice Cake) & Puto Bubong
(Steamed Rice Cake).
Some families would also start exchanging