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Bulusan’s Misa de Aguinaldo Gallery

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Bulusan's Misa de Aguinaldo 2013 Gallery

Misa de Aguinaldo* is popularly known as Simbang Gabi in the Philippines. The old Bulusanon term for this Christmas dawn masses is ‘suhot-suhot’. For several centuries in Bulusan it was referred to as such but now most  Bulusanons call it as Simbang Gabi. This is a recent development  brought about by the strong influence of Metro Manila’s trend among the younger generations. The tradition in fact dates back from the  Spanish colonial period and  remains to be extremely popular with the locals both young and old.

Suhot-suhot it seems is a word destined for antiquity and extinction. Nonetheless the tradition lives on.

The above photos are all recent photos taken before dawn of December 17 to 19, 2013 in Bulusan.  Since the ‘suhot-suhot’ runs until the Christmas Eve, the photos will keep on coming.

* http://www.mb.com.ph/misa-de-gallo-or-misa-de-aguinaldo-whats-the-difference/

Photos: Alma P. Gamil

Bulusan, Sorsogon, Philippines

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