Misa de Gallo 2008

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Misa de Gallo, according to Fr. Samson - Ateneo de Davao University's President and the presiding priest for the first day of "Simbang Gabi" this year, is a Filipino's unique gift from the Church.

4.30 a.m. mass at Ateneo de Davao's covered court.

It has been 4 years since I last attended Misa de Gallo (Simbang Gabi) and this is the first time that I was keen not to fall asleep and really listen to the gospel.

Today we asked our Lord to bless us, the Filipino people, during this trying times of our economy. That may we continue to strive and look for the positive side of everything. Father Samson also reminded us of our history on how the Church and the State, who once ruled together has now separated due to treaties. Political innuendos aside, he also reminded us that completing the 9 days of Misa de Gallo for a wish to come true is all well and good but let us not forget the true essence of this tradition, which is celebrating in anticipation Jesus Christ's birth. ADDU's covered court was full of devoted people, mostly students, alumnis and campus neighbors.

I remember, when I was a student of this esteemed University, my friends and I would stay up all night drinking to keep our self awake walk towards the school (we live in a dorm a mere minutes away from the campus) and afterwards eat "Puto Maya" ( rice cake ) that's being sold outside the gate. I know that in Luzon area's "Puto Bumbong" was the ultimate after mass staple but I have to confess that I've never eaten nor seen a "Puto Bumbong" in all my catholic school girl history. Probably because it's not popular with the Visayan's although I was told that both are just a variation of the basic thing.

Misa de Gallo is a tradition that most of us, young and old alike, Filipino's looks forward to. Not only does it makes our spiritual values alive it also brings us closer to our friends and family as we plan and walk towards the church, it makes us appreciate the traditional foods and most of all it makes us even more excited of Christmas.

Christmas in the Philippines won't be complete without the Misa de Gallo.

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