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Happy Three Kings!

A funny greeting, no?

In the Philippines, January 6 is called Araw ng Tatlong Hari (Day of the Three Kings), after the magi or wise men who visited the Christ child bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. In Spanish-speaking parts of the world, the three kings are known as Los Reyes Magos de Oriente or Los Tres Reyes Magos. Also known as the Feast of Epiphany, this day marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas. However, in the United States and in English-speaking Christian countries, Epiphany is usually celebrated on the first Sunday of January, which this year was January 4.

Filipinos also recognize this day as Pasko ng Matatanda (Christmas of the Elderly), a day on which to honor senior citizens.

Maligayang Araw ng Tatlong Hari! Happy Three Kings’ Day!

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Happy New Year in Tagalog

The new year has already arrived in the Philippines. Thursday, January 1, 2009. You should greet your Filipino family and friends a ‘Happy New Year’ in Tagalog!

How to Say ‘Happy New Year’ in Tagalog

Thanks for all your support in 2008. Looking forward to serving you better in the new year. Mabuhay!

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Rizal Day (December 30) a Filipino Holiday

Araw ng Kabayanihan ni Rizal is Tagalog for Rizal’s Day of Heroism. It is observed in commemoration of the death of Filipino national hero Jose Rizal on December 30, 1896. He was executed by the Spanish colonial government in the Philippines for inciting rebellion. A firing squad was responsible for his death.

Rizal Day is a public holiday in the Philippines on December 30, 2008 (Tuesday). For the second year in a row, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will lead the commemoration in San Fernando City, La Union. It is the 112th Rizal Day celebration, and the ceremonies will televised live over the Philippine government’s TV stations.

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