Saturday, December 11, 2010

Simbang Gabi at the CCP 2010

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will hold Misa de Gallo (dawn mass) or Simbang Gabi and a Misa de Aguinaldo.

Being one of the longest and most popular Filipino traditions in the country, the Simbang Gabi is a nine-day novena to the Blessed Mother which starts on December 16 early morning and culminates with a 9pm Christmas eve mass on December 24. It is said that its roots began in Mexico in 1587, where the Pope granted the petition of Fray Diego de Soria, prior of the convent of San Agustin Acolman, to hold Christmas mass outdoors since the Church could not accommodate the many people attending the evening mass.

The Simbang Gabi @ d'CCP is held in coordination with Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, with various agencies participating as hermanas such as Gloriamaris Restaurant, Orchid Garden Suites Hotel, Philippine Navy, Philippine International Convention Center, Manila Broadcasting Corporation/Star City, Ticketworld, Design Center of the Philippines, Amazing Philippine Theater, Harbour Square, Senate Spouses Foundation, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and the CCP Complex Employees' Organization, among other sponsors.

Misa de Gallo (dawn mass) or Simbang Gabi from December 16 to 24 at 5am and a Misa de Aguinaldo on December 24 at 9pm at the CCP Main Building Ramp.

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