While the rest of the world is anticipating other holidays like Thanksgiving and Halloween, Christmas songs are already played in malls and on radio stations. Glittering Christmas decorations adorn hotel lobbies and restaurants. Then there are those pre-Christmas sales and activities here and there. All these start as early as September 1, extending until January 6 during the Feast of the Three Kings, making this the longest Christmas in the world… Welcome to the Philippines!
For most Filipinos, September isn’t just the start of the Christmas Season, it’s also a sign (or rather a warning) that singer-composer Jose Mari Chan is about to take over speakers in shopping malls all over the Philippines. Referred to as the “Songbird Supreme”, Mariah Carey will also hit the airwaves from September to December ever since her iconic song “All I Want for Christmas is You” . Our local OPM artists Ariel Rivera and Gary Valenciano, etc will join the gang as well.
Prepare your wallets as more establishments and online shopping sites hold pre-Christmas sales until December. The Philippines is a 3rd world country but we shop as if there’s no tomorrow. “Sino may sabi naghihihirap ang Pinoy?”. Business owners have their own ways of attracting customers with vouchers, discounts, and promos. Here we are rushing to establishments and exploring every shopping app finding ways on how we can “save” money during a sale. Recently, 2 online shopping giants Lazada and Shopee announced their major sale events this September 9th together with Zilingo, Zalora, etc.
After the “Retail Therapy”, its time to eat! Filipinos are certified food lovers. Whether its breakfast, lunch and dinner, Filipinos love to eat snacks at mid morning including merienda in the afternoon. Food tastes better when its FREE! Enjoy FREE or discounted meals when you use these apps:
And… the Ultimate “Tipid” technique!
More than the sale and unlimited parties, Christmas in the Philippines is an opportunity for people to pause and go back to who really matters most – family.