With the Giant Christmas Tree

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It’s been a while since I have updated my online diary. Well, I have been very busy in the last days because of our presentation for our Christmas party. I also took advantage of the “huge sales” from different companies for my Christmas lists. It was really a tiring week last week. Infact, I still have flu but I reported to work today. I had been absent from work for 2 days.

When I was young, I always look forward to seeing the giant Christmas which stood somewhere in Araneta Center.  My parents never fail to bring us there. It was like Christmas is not complete without admiring the big tree and watching the COD Christmas display. How simple Christmas is being celebrated then.

I was very excited when I learned that I will be able to see this year’s Giant Christmas tree. But then, I got disappointed when I saw it. It seems like they put the tree for the sake of the yearly “tradition”. I can’t find the “heart” that they place in it, like in the past years. When I first saw it, I just told myself, “so this is the giant Christmas tree”. I felt sad. Maybe because, it was not the tree which I expected it to be. Anyway, I still took some pictures with it.  I and my friend O were crossing the connecting bridge from Gateway Mall to Farmer’s for MRT ride when he took the picture.

Maybe, the trees may differ from one year to another, but I hope that the tradition goes on. Until the day, when my great-grand children push my wheelchair for me to reminisce my good old Christmas holidays! :)

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Araneta Center’s Giant Christmas Tree

Ciao! :)

The Show Goes On

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I passed Pure Gold Express yesterday my way to band practice. As I pass the store, my memory took me back during the old times, when Manila COD Department used to occupy it. I remember when I was young, my parents used to bring us there to watch their Christmas display. We never miss any show. It was like our Christmas will never be complete without watching their annual puppet show. I remember my father used to carry my younger sister on his shoulder to get a good view of the show.

If my memory is correct, there was a time that the show needed an emergency light for just a quick power interruption. It was really a memorable experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Though the department store has been gone for a long time, the show goes on to continue that “tradition” which has been part of every Filipino family. Thanks to Greenhills Shopping Center for acquiring this Christmas display. Filipinos will still be able to watch those moving puppets that showcases Christmas stories and Filipinos way of life. :)

Setting Up Christmas Tree

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It’s Christmas season once again. As usual we are so excited putting up our Christmas tree. Our Christmas celebration is not complete without a Christmas tree. When I was young and we don’t have enough money to buy expensive trees, my mother will just do a home made tree. Over the years, we have had Yuletide tree made up of yarn, and of “walis tingting”(broom). My mother will just place it on clean rugs, where we also place our little gifts.

I we’re growing up, our first real “Christmas tree” was a 3-ft tree. I called it real Christmas tree for it was once of the usual trees we see. We’re so excited to hang Christmas balls and bells on our little tree. Then, we can already afford buying some cheap rugs where we place our little tree.

As time passes by, we have had different trees of different sizes. My sisters and I, always look forward in putting up our Christmas tree. We hang different decorations of our own choices. Some are even older than my youngest sister!

This year, we will put up our 5-ft, 4-year-old tree. I bought it from SM City Lucena about 4 years ago. I was with ney then and that tree was on sale. So, I brought it all the way from Lucena City to Manila. I am eyeing on getting area rugs where I plan to place the tree with gifts for my godchildren, my family, friends, for ney and of course Antoinette.

This year, it is no longer my youngest sister who is very excited about our Christmas tree. Well, since our little princess can now appreciate the beauty of a Christmas tree, she is the one who always reminds my mother to set up our tree. I even bought some Winnie the Pooh trinkets which is hers and my mom’s favorite Disney character, to be hang on our tree.

Setting up our tree maybe different this year. Although, papa passed away last year, we still miss him especially during this time of the year, for like us, he is also excited in hanging his own choice of decorations. Well, I know that he is happy now with God. I know that when the time we set up our tree, he will be watching over us and will be sharing our happiness.

Remembering the Departed Love Ones

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November 1 is a day we celebrate All Saints Day. This is a national holiday wherein people are given a chance to visit the resting place of their departed love ones. November 1 is actually the day for remembering the Saints, known and unknown. And, November 2 is set to celebrate All Souls Day. But we usually visit the tomb of our departed love ones on November 1.

All Saints Day is also known as All Hallows or Hallowmas. Hallows “Hallows” meaning saint,” and “mas” meaning “mass”; the preceding evening, Halloween, is the Vigil or Eve of All Hallows. On this day, Catholics remember the saints. But then as wikipedia mentioned, saints are not limited to Christianity. Other world’s religions have saints also, “or people who have  who have been recognised as having fulfilled the highest aspirations of religious teaching and have realised God’s will in their actions”.

During All Saints Day or Undas (which we referred to it in the Philippines), we went to cemeteries where our departed relatives are laid. Though, we celebrate All Souls Day on November 2, we get accustomed in going to cemeteries on November 1. On this day,  we light candles and offer prayers for the departed people. The light of the candle would guide them to the path where they should go. A light especially for those lost souls who are still wandering around and trying to find their way back to their Creator. Ney and I often have an argument about the departed people. He is an Iglesia ni Kristo believer. He often tells me that when someone dies, his soul dies with him. So, whatever prayers and holy masses being offered to these departed will really not make any sense at all. He doesn’t even believe in saints either.  Well, we really have different beliefs as per religion is concern. Though sometimes I really get irritated about him bragging me about different things, and frankly telling me that I will not be saved unless I will be baptized in the religion he believes in, I just kept my irritations aside and respect whatever his faith is. Though, he himself doesn’t respect my own religion and keep on mocking me about my faith. Nevertheless, I have my own faith and I know that God loves me so much inspite of my shortcomings and wrong decisions in life.

Going back to the celebration of the All Saints Day, when I was younger I used to go to cemetery to accompany a friend. For my departed relatives are interned in the province cemetery. But then after my father died, last January 2007, me and my family have visited the cemetery on November 1twice already. My father died of Lymphoma. Though doctors said that it is curable, we learned about his sickness, too late. And he really suffered because of it.

He was laid to a public cemetary in Pasig City. We went there in the afternoon for my mother waited for me to arrive from work. We got there at around 3:30 PM and there were a lot of people visiting the burial place of their relatives. Papa’s is in a “apartment” type place. The cemetery that day was really different from its usual days. There was like a “fiesta in the barrio”. There were many food stalls. Of course flowers and candles vendors around. People made their departed relatives’ grave a “picnic area”. Other people also celebrates All Saints Day like family reunion.

We bought a malaysian mums and roses for papa. Red was his favorite color so, I bought red candles for him. :)   We just stayed there for about 2 hours and then went home. But before going home, we still prayed before his grave. Papa is not a perfect father. But inspite of his incompleteness, I love him so much and if I will be born again and will be given a chance to choose a father, it will still be papa, whom I will choose.

 

Arranging the candles. I look so “dugyot”.. hehehe!

Nonet striked a pose beside papa’s grave. See the monkey stuff toy that clings on her neck? We bought it for her when we visited Manila Zoo last week. She said she will bring it to the cemetery and will show it to papa. :)

This is my youngest sister, Pauline. 

Nonet and her ta Ti chatting. Hmmm.. I wonder what they’re talking about..

Mama and Nonet.

These are my cousins, Joy and April. They accompanied us to the cemetery. Their mother and my father are siblings. April is supposed to spend her holiday in the province but due to work related matters,  she has to stay in Manila and joined us in visiting Papa’s grave.

I cannot think of the right word to say to describe that day. But it was fulfilling. Though papa is no longer physically with us, I know and I believe that he found his way home to God and that he’s is watching over us from above.

As for us, the living people, we really don’t what’s going to happen after we die, what is important is that we live a good life. For one thing is for sure, that if we will live a good life and follow God’s will then rewards will be ours in the end! :)

Trick or Treat

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We had a day  break in the office today for we had our Halloween celebration. In line with Halloween, there were trick or treat and children were dressed up in different costumes like angels, fairies, superheros, witches, dracula, vampire, ghost and a lot more. I read diffent article on how trick or treat began.

According to Wikipedia:

The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays goes back to the Middle Ages, and includes Christmas wassailing. Trick-or-treating resembles the late medieval practice of souling, when poor folk would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day (November 2). It originated in Ireland and Britain,[3] although similar practices for the souls of the dead were found as far south as Italy.[4] 

Yet there is no evidence that souling was ever practiced in North America, and trick-or-treating may have developed in North America independent of any Irish or British antecedent.[6] There is little primary documentation of masking or costuming on Halloween — in Ireland, the UK, or America — before 1900.[7] The earliest known reference to ritual begging on Halloween in English speaking North America occurs in 1911, when a newspaper in Kingston, Ontario, near the border of upstate New York, reported that it was normal for the smaller children to go street guising (see below) on Halloween between 6 and 7 p.m., visiting shops and neighbors to be rewarded with nuts and candies for their rhymes and songs.

 

The children were so cool in their costumes. Our supervisor got two buckets of assorted chocolates and candies which we gave to the kids. I don’t know if those children know what they are into. What is important is that I know for sure that they enjoy that activities.

Happy Halloween!

Enjoying “Perya”

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I live in Brgy Rosario. As the name depicts, our barangay celebrated its feast day last October 7. It was a day of thanksgiving to God and to our patron, the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There was a huge celebration and everybody participated energetically. After hearing the mass and taking part of the procession, my cousin Joy asked to visit the Perya which is just walking distance from where we live.

Perya has been there long before theme parks were born. There were different games to play and rides to enjoy. Who would not know about Ferris Wheel? Of course I didn’t dare to ride on it. But my daughter and I took a ride in one of the rides there, the Elephant ride. Nonet really had a lot of fun! She was shouting at her Tita Joy as we enjoy the Elephant ride.

Ticket booth of Ferris wheel. See the queue?

I took this picture as Nonet and I enjoy the Elephant Ride.

Ticket booth of Elephant Ride.

This is the Elephant Ride. We’re in one of the “Elephants”.

Joy on the other hand amused herself by playing “Hagis Piso.” ? There was board that has quadrangular drawings with different amount of money and other prices if you successfully thrown a 1 peso coin within it.

“Hagis Piso” game. Whew! I lost 50 pesos here. :)

This is where Tita Joy enjoyed!

Well, I enjoyed myself playing bingo! ? I remember when I was pregnant with Nonet about 3 years ago, Ney and I used to play bingo there and we constantly won. It was very true that pregnant women are lucky! ?

Bingo Bonanza!

And as Filipinos known are known for being music lover, having a Videoke in the Perya really made the people flock to it.

Videokehan sa Perya.

Our barangay fiesta was really fun and we’re looking forward to another year of abundance and blessings from God, and prayers and guidance from Mama Mary. :)

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