December 16 is the start of Simbang Gabi. This is the Filipino version of the Misa de Gallo and usually begins on December 16 and ends on December 24. This celebration is held during dawn hours at around four o’clock in the morning.
According to the old belief of the Filipinos, if you completed all nine days of the Simbang Gabi and made a wish it would come true. Until now this belief is acceptable.
At this time also Christmas foods are available in the street right after the mass. Foods like puto bumbong (purple-colored rice pastry with grated coconut and brown sugar) and bibingka (rice cake).
When I was young I used to attend Simbang Gabi because the church was near in our place. Sadly, when we moved in our current house I haven’t attended any Simbang Gabi. We have here in the subdivision I think it is held every night at 7pm but for some reasons I haven’t tried attending the said Simbang Gabi.