Tuesday, December 4, 2012


As I was around many hotels and malls in Manila, I found that the symbols now seen are the Christmas tree and Santa Claus!
But what is Christmas really about?
from Wikipedia:

Christmas (Old EnglishCrīstesmæsse, meaning "Christ's Mass") is an annual commemoration of the birth ofJesus Christ[5][6] and a widely observed holiday, celebrated generally on December 25[2][3][4] by billions of peoplearound the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide.[7] Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world's nations,[8][9][10] is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians,[1][11][12] and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.

So, we shouldn't forget one symbol so meaningful... the BELEN or the Nativity!!!
from Wikipedia:
The Nativity of Jesus, also The Nativity, refers to the accounts of the birth of Jesus, primarily based on the two accounts in the gospels of Luke and Matthew, and secondarily on some apocryphal texts. The word is anglicized from Latin De nativitate Iesu, a section title in the Vulgate.
The canonical gospels of Luke and Matthew describe Jesus being born in Bethlehem, in Judea, to a virgin mother. Luke features the Christmas story, in which Joseph and Mary, as part of a census, travel to Bethlehem, where Jesus is born and laid in a manger.[1] Angels proclaim him a savior for all people, and shepherds come to adore him. In Matthew, wise men follow a star to Bethlehem to bring gifts to Jesus, born the King of the Jews. King Herod massacres all the toddler boys in Bethlehem to kill Jesus, but the holy family flees to Egypt and later settles in Nazareth. 

I was glad I found a huge Nativity set on one of the facades in Ortigas across EDSA Shangrila and SM North EDSA...
In the area, I also saw a glimpse of a BELEN inside the Jollibee Center and asked my friend to take photos of it! 

I felt that these were the only two Nativity scenes  during my short stay in Manila other than those I saw in the Department Store!
I do hope to see more BELENs as Christmas approaches!!!

1 comment:

  1. We have a belen at home. If my memory serves me right, the belen set we have at home had been with our family even before I was born.