Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Spirit Never Ends

December 27, 2011

The Christmas Spirit just never ends on the 25th Day of December especially here in the Philippines. Just like this LED Christmas Tree on Plaza Samonte at Cavite City Proper never fades as it continues to shine bright! The lights are still on, Carols still on the airwaves and the joy in everyone's faces are still aglow anywhere you go.

Christmas in the Philippines is truly the most celebrated and really the longest. Christ does live within all our hearts as we Celebrate and Commemorate his coming 2011 years ago. Merry Christmas Everyone!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2011 - Christmas Eve

This is my Christmas Village at Night. It has just been two years since I started building my annual Christmas Village and my friends and family are delighted by it! This always reminded me of Christmas Eve in movies that I watched when I was younger mostly about Christmas!

Everybody has been busy preparing for their Christmas Celebrations and this is the very last day to do those. But here in the Philippines, Christmas Starts at the night of 24th wherein families start gathering together for their Noche Buena or their Christmas Eve meal.

The Noche Buena is a Christmas Tradition of having a Good Dinner with the whole family wherein the tables are filled with Hams, Cheese, and fruits and everyone has a good time. In lesser fortunate families, even small meals are made festive because the true spirit of the Noche Buena is not the number of foods nor how delicious those are but being with the whole family.

It's sad though that a lot of families have been mourning this Christmas Season due to the Typhoon Sendong that struck Cagayan De Oro and nearby cities of Mindanao in the Southern part of the Country. We are all saddened by the incident and it was heart breaking. But as the true spirit of the Filipino people, they recover fast and in a way, they will still celebrate a happy Christmas because of everybody's helping them rise up.

I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to all the people and to all the countries who have expressed their deep sympathy to the victims of Sendong Particularly France, Japan, USA and Spain. And to all the CaviteƱos and Filipinos who shared their love through all types of help like monetary, actions and prayers.

Christmas really is a time to give not just gifts but thanks to our Lord who has always been watching and taking care of us! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Lola's Christmas Special - Morcon

December 23, 2011

Each and Every Christmas season, My Grandma, Lola Bebang, prepares and cooks her specialty, the Morcon. Morcon is a Festive Dish only served during Christmas, Fiestas and very special occasions due to its complexity and ingredients. It is made up of long and lean slices of beef rolled with celery, scrambled eggs, liver, sausages, Chorizo de Bilbao, Chinese Chorizo and Pork Fat then tied and cooked for a long period of time.

This has always been a specialty of my Grandma and I cannot argue with it, nor be biased, because I have tasted so many Morcons but my Grandma's THE BEST! 2 Days To Go! Merry Christmas Everyone!