The Philippines is a favorite destination for travelers because of its tropical weather, pristine beaches, and warm hospitality. Each year, tens of thousands of visitors come to this island nation during two seasons: summer to enjoy the weather and Christmas to experience its extended and colorful holiday celebrations.
Some tourists who fall in love with the tradition of eating festive treats, such as Puto Bumbong and Bibingka, keep coming back during this season. There’s also a growing number of foreigners who buy homes so they can fly in and out of the country as they please.
Companies such as landpricelist.ph help foreigners find a home they can settle in whenever they come to visit. There are prime spots in urban locations, as well as choices in provinces, where beaches and resorts are more accessible.
The Christmas season in the Philippines starts on September 1. It marks the beginning of planning parties, as well as setting up lights and decor everywhere. The holidays extend until the first week of January after the Feast of the Three Kings. Parties with friends and family never seem to end.
It is also during this time when the well-known Filipino hospitality can be experienced to the fullest. People you may have just met will welcome you to their homes and offer you a place at the table; often giving you the best parts of the meat or fish dish they are sharing. They are also very generous with their time, readily showing foreigners around and taking them to the best spots in their community – beaches, waterfalls, market stalls, or coves.
Sights and Sounds
The holiday is also the time when cities light up in the Philippines. Street lamps are transformed into colorful lanterns and thousands of multi-colored lights are hung up to make the streets look and feel even more festive. Christmas villages sprout with scheduled shows, festivals, and food markets.
If you’re a frequent visitor to the Philippines during the holidays and would love to experience it some more, why not consider making the country your second home?