Facts About Christmas in the Philippines
We have a Filipino Version of Leaving Empty Stockings.
A holdover from the Spanish era, the tradition is set during the Feast of the Three Kings when Filipino children would put out their newest of best-polished shoes outside the door or window so the passing of three kings could fill it up with treats. Sometime, children would also put out grass and water as their offering to the kings camels. Unfortunately, the tradition is practiced in only a few parts of the country today.
One Filipino Christmas Song was inspired by World War II.
Although we may be more familiar with the jingles of “Sa Maybahay ang Aming Bati” and “Ang Pasko ay Sumapit,” there is also the hauntingly beautiful “Payapang Daigdig.” Composed by National Artist Felipe Padilla De Leon, “Payapang daigdig was the Filipino equivalent of “Silent Night” and was first sung during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines.
The First True Filipino Christmas Cards Came out only in 1950s.
Manuel Rodriquez Sr, widely regarded as the Father of Contemporary Printmaking in the Philippines produced what could be described as the first truly Filipino-themed Christmas cards in the 1950s when he painstakingly printed a set containing pictures of Simbang Gabi, Filipino churchgoers and carolers, etc.
Although he was at first afraid the concept wouldn’t take off, Rodriquez saw his fears dissipate when his Christmas cards were well-received due to their revolutionary and nationalistc stance.