Republic of the Philippines - Stamps & Postal History

RP Issues of 2018











2018, October 31.  Christmas "Noche Buena"

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Se-tenant Strips of 4, Miniature Sheets of 16



Se-tenant Strips of Four - 12,500


12p  Boy with Puto Bumbong

12p  Father & Daughter with Lechon (Roast Pig)

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, a predominantly Christian country, is one of the biggest holidays in the archipelago. The country celebrates the world's  longest Christmas 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 Christmas gifts.





  •   Holidays / Christmas

  •   Food 




Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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Issues of 2018