Whether we are spending Christmas in the Philippines or in Europe doesn’t really matter. What’s more important is we celebrate it with our loved ones. After all, this is the season of joy, gift-giving and feasting. There’s no excuse why our home, wherever it is in the world, should not be filled with love, compassion, and laughter.
And the Filipino Expat magazine wants to be part of that.
Let’s show the world we really mean it when we say Filipino Christmas is a huge, important affair. We like to celebrate it big. It’s about family, food, friends, and gifts galore! And we dare not miss the Christmas tree, the colorful dancing Christmas lights and lanterns, Santa Claus bearing gifts, Christmas carols, etc.
We are excited to give you our second Christmas issue filled with lots of holiday stories and surprises, including gift ideas, to inspire you.
Our cover story, for instance, features the popular Azkals team players and brothers: Phil and James Younghusband. Glaiza Lee sat down with them back home in the Philippines to talk about how they are spending the holidays, their wish-list, and favourite Christmas fare.
Filipino expats share how they celebrate Christmas in different parts of Europe.
Publisher Dheza Marie Aguilar recalls her first Christmas Eve in the Netherlands. Melissa Legarda-Alcantara compares Christmas in London with the Philippines.
Carlo Mallo lists down a few gift ideas perfect for our European friends, in particular. Maan D’Asis Pamaran gives some tips on surviving the holiday season in the Philippines.
Husband and wife team Dolly Dy and Rafael Zulueta interviews famous chef Gene Gonzalez for his mouth-watering Noche Buena recipes that combine Filipino and European influences.
We also have a story on the parol-making industry in Pampanga.
Do not miss our travel stories that include swimming in the extremely cold Arctic seas and reliving the glorious past of Luneta Hotel in Manila.
Diana A. Uy