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Paskong Pinoy celebrations across US

December 12, 2011 1:30pm

Filipino Christmas celebrations are being held across the United States. 

In Washington D.C.,  a Philippine-themed Christmas celebration was held at the Edward J. Pryzbyla Center of the Catholic University of America last Dec. 3.
Choral groups and instrumentalists performed Filipino and English Christmas carols before more than 400 guests, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.
"With the theme 'Kulturang Pamana, Alaala ng Bayan' (Cultural Heritage, Gift from Home), this year's Paskong Pinoy celebrated the Filipino American community and its many contributions to the Philippines and the United States," the DFA said.

In Chicago, Filipino-Americans joined the annual “Christmas Around the World & Holidays of Lights” at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago last November 20 and 27.
The Filipino community rendered cultural presentations dubbed “Paskong Pinoy,” with cultural groups incorporating a medley of Filipino Christmas carols and folk dances.
“The Philippine Consulate and the Filipino-American Community also decorated a Filipiniana-inspired Christmas tree on display with other trees around the world at the Museum of Science and Industry and Navy Pier,” the DFA said.
A similar festivity was also held during the Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall on December 3, the DFA said.

San Francisco

In San Francisco, Filipino Americans welcomed the Christmas season with a celebration of the Holy Mass and the lighting of parol (Christmas lantern) last December 3, the Philippine Consulate General there said Monday.
The concelebrated Mass was held at St. Anne of the Sunset Church in San Francisco, with Robert McElroy, Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, as the main celebrant.
"With the (Annual Simbang Gabi Commissioning and Parol-Lighting) ceremony, the Archdiocese affirmed its recognition of the significant spiritual impact of Simbang Gabi, and sent the Filipino community members in a mission to be the light in spreading the message of the Christmas season to their respective parishes," the DFA said.

The ceremony ushered the Simbang Gabi Masses starting December 15 in the various parishes in the Bay area.
In his remarks during the commissioning Mass and ceremony, McElroy lauded the Filipino tradition of Simbang Gabi in celebrating Christmas.
Attending the "Philippine-inspired" Mass and ceremony were Filipino community members in Filipiniana attire.
Highlighting the Mass were a rendition of songs by the St. Thomas Moore Choir, the reading of the prayers of the faithful in various Philippine languages and dialects, and a parade of colorful and parols representing each parish commissioned for the Simbang Gabi.
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, the Simbang Gabi will also be held at the Parish of the Resurrection  December 15 to 23, 7:15 p.m. and on Sundays at 7:00 p.m.  - VVP, GMA News