MANILA—Given the more relaxed COVID-19 alert level in Metro Manila, the Cultural Center of the Philippines brings back its long-established tradition of the Simbang Gabi with real-time, on-site celebrations.
In partnership with the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish and other hermanas (sponsors) around the Complex, the Misa de Gallo started from December 16 and will go on until December 24, 2021, 5AM, at the CCP Main Ramp.
The Misa de Aguinaldo (Christmas Eve Mass) will be held on December 24, 8PM at the CCP Main Theater, with a pre-mass program. This will be broadcast on the CNN Philippines channel.
With encouraging feedback from last year’s virtual Simbang Gabi, the CCP also renewed its partnership with various parishes from the different regions of the country to celebrate anticipated Simbang Gabi masses.
The Anticipated Mass from the Regions, from December 15 to 23, 9pm, will be streamed simultaneously at the CCP Facebook Page and CNN’s Kumu App.
Featured parishes are: Sto. Niño Parish in Pandacan, Manila (Dec. 15); St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral Parish in Dumaguete City (Dec. 16); National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles (Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral) in Iloilo (Dec. 17); Holy Cross Parish (Margot) in Angeles City, Pampanga (Dec. 18); Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu in Cebu (Dec. 19); St. Francis Xavier Parish in Cagayan de Oro City (Dec. 20); Our Lady of Piat Basilica in Piat, Cagayan (Dec. 21); Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño in Tacloban City (Dec. 22); and St. Gregory the Great Cathedral Parish in Daraga, Albay (Dec. 23).
The Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group’s Pastores, a traditional re-enactment of the shepherds’ jubilation on the birth of the Messiah, will be played before the mass streaming.
Meanwhile, the Center will launch its annual Christmas lighting event, dubbed “PASKO 2021: The CCP Façade Lights and Sound Show,” on December 15, 7pm, at the Main Building Façade. The launch will also be live streamed on the CCP Facebook Page.
Designed by the Technical Team from the CCP Production Design and Technical Services Division, the annual holiday event features projected images of Christmas symbols and select, well-loved Christmas carols.
The onsite launching program will be streamed live on CCP’s Facebook page on December 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM. Onsite shows will continue until January 2, 2022 at 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM. There will be no performances on Mondays and during inclement weather.
Join us as we celebrate the season of faith, hope, joy and love!
For its Christmas activities, the CCP will strictly follow the IATF guidelines. The Center will implement 70 per cent outdoor capacity for the Misa de Gallo (CCP Main Ramp), and 50 per cent venue capacity for the Misa de Aguinaldo (CCP Main Theater).
In keeping with the New Normal and the solemn celebration of this long-held Filipino tradition, please read the CCP’s new normal health protocols at http://bit.ly/CCPNewNormalProtocol.
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