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Hercules - Simbang Gabi - Philipino Christmas Breakfast 12/16-12/24


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Hercules - Simbang Gabi - Philipino Christmas Breakfast 12/16-12/24

rworange | Dec 3, 2005 12:58 PM

Just read about this and after failing to pre-announce the Nigerian yam fest, I thought I'd give a heads up on this.

From what I've read, in the Philipines, there is a morning mass after which feast on the food provided by street vendors surrounding the church.

At St. Patricks, in Hercules, there is a free breakfast which is open to all, parishiners and non parishiners. There will be traditional foods like puto, kutsinta, bibinka, suman, sopas and arrozcaldo. Don't know if salabat, a ginger tea will be available, but I'm guessing yes. There will also be American breakfast foods as well like scrambled eggs, sausages, bagels and cream cheese, fresh fruits, muffins, dinner rolls, croissants donuts and more.

St. John's in El Cerrito is also having Simbang Gabi in the evening, but no menu was mentioned. Actually they were asking for people to sign up last week.

Back to St. Patricks, Hercules has a VERY large Filipino population, so I'm guessing the food is going to be very authentic out of the kitchens of the ladies of the parish.

Heres a link about the foods:

Another about how it happens traditionally in the Phillipines:


The last link below has the best history and overall view of the celebration.


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