Christmas is all around in the Philippines

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It’s December and it’s not just the cold temperature and shorter days, but almost everywhere in the Philippines, you will almost, always stumble upon something that will remind you of the festive season: Christmas carols on radio, decors in many buildings, malls and houses, vendors selling lanterns and Christmas stuff and all these mall sales, gift packs and Christmas party reminders. Yes, Filipinos are serious about Christmas, and it’s a fact that once the ‘ber months come in, starting September, be sure to expect that preparations are a swing.

These post are all about images that I’ve taken while traveling around the country during the Christmas season. From shooting a star lantern at the belfry of Nagcarlan Church in Laguna, to vendors in the cities of Makati and Cebu, to the plaza setups in Laoag City to firecracker stalls, its here, culled from my photo archive spanning 11 years! Not exhaustive as I want it to be but 10 photos to set you in the mood.

A roll of Judas’s Belt, which consists a thousand pieces of firecrackers that is used to greet Christmas and New Year in the Philippines. Taken at a firecracker stall in Lapulapu City, Cebu.
An enterprising man selling ‘parols’ Filipino Christmas lantern in the shape of a star, Cebu City
Onlookers at the Giant Lantern Festival in San Fernando Pampanga
Santas invade Mulanay in Quezon province
Reinders made from native materials seem to jump over the Laoag Cathedral belfry
The House of Santa is one of the popular houses that are lighted in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Christmas tree at a park in Glorietta, Makati City
A boy looks inside a Christmas lantern made from capiz shells
A common sight in cities in major urban areas in the Philippines, lighter lanterns along a roadside
A Christmas lantern overlooking the town of Nagcarlan and Mt. Banahaw at the belfry of Nagcarlan Church in Laguna
I'm a Travel and Architecture photographer, blogger and writer based in Cebu, the Philippines.

A true blue Cebuano, I make stunning images and meaningful stories. My work has been published in various coffee table books as well as local and international publications including Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London), done photo assignments for Mabuhay and written posts in Smile.

My personal Photography work has been exhibited around Asia and Europe including Paris in France, Germany, The Netherlands, South Korea, China and around the ASEAN regional capitals.

I am a peripatetic traveler and have been to all 81 Philippine provinces and abroad.

Check out my portfolio site at StanCabigas.

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