Maligayang Pasko! Feliz Navidad! Las Posadas and Simbang Gabi-two Christmas traditions/novenas from two different cultures. At Our Lady of the Mountains Parish we had both of them going on at the same time. I chose to attend the Filipino Simbang Gabi novena but did take part in the final day of the Hispanic Las Posasdas.
The party began with the singing of The Star-Spangled Banner followed by Lupang Hinirang-the Filipino national anthem.
At the Christmas party the new officers were installed for the FilAm Club and recognition was given to Ms. Dorothy who assumed the helm of the club for five years to get it back on its feet. It is definitely very much alive.
Another part of the entertainment was "mob carols". Different groups of people at the party spontaneously broke into carols and before we knew it they were on stage welcoming the newborn king.
Go Tell It On Mountain was sung from the top of a ladder.
Away in a Manger was sung.
Merry Christmas in Tagalog