With the changing times, Filipinos have changed their ways of celebrating the New Year Season.

Some of the customs and traditions are still followed but millennials and the Generation Z population have provided a twist to the New Year festivities.

As the countdown to the start of 2020 begins, Filipinos of this genre spend the remaining time with special activities. GEP Limited gathered information on how the New Year is welcomed in the Philippines.

Enjoy the Cold Weather

December is considered one of the coldest months of the year but Filipinos want to feel the freezing moment. Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines, is teeming with local and foreign tourists are dressed in thick clothes. Experience mist coming out of your mouth while talking. Freshly picked farm produce flood the public market. You’ll never run out of things to do with a bevy of activities lined up by business owners and the local government.

Tagaytay, an alternative to Baguio in the South, overlooks the active Taal volcano. Surrounded by the endless beauty of nature, caressed with soothing mountain breeze. Be sure to have your headlight on while traversing the roads during the daytime, the fog is heavy. A perfect place for people who wants a respite from the hullabaloo of noisemakers, lurid revelries, and hustle and bustle of city life.

Fireworks Galore

Filipinos are known for pitching a great party. Aside from the overflowing food and joyous revelry, the fireworks spectacle is one of the most awaited events to usher in the New Year.

President Duterte banned the use of fireworks in houses or places of residence, only community fireworks display are allowed. Don’t be dismayed, there are spots in Metro-Manila were you will be mesmerized by the grand display of fireworks.

SM Mall of Asia is synonymous with a fireworks display, it is home to the annual Philippine International Pyromusical Competition participated by different countries.

For the past years the local government of Quezon City prepared celebrity-packed concert, 3-D mapping light, and grand pyro musical display as the countdown for the New Year begins.

Christmassaya at the Marikina River Banks ends the year with a bang. While waiting for the fireworks display shop till you drop at the famous bazaar, watch the musical show participated by well-known singers, and enjoy carnival rides for kids and adults.

Light Show

Revel in the light show at Ayala Triangle in Makati with lights gyrating to the beat of the music.

See more flashy lights, displays of tinsels and garlands, Santas of varying shapes and sizes, parols, and the “Belen” at Policarpio Street, Mandaluyong. Every house on the street are adorned with Christmas ornaments.

The Lantern Festival, called as Ligligan Parul, in Pampanga are getting more and more vibrant attracting foreign and local tourists. Giant lanterns are made of bamboo,, plastic or fiberglass frames with electronic devices to control the light system. There are over 5,000 lights and wires to make the parol more exciting and inviting to the eyes.


What comes to mind of every local and foreigner is Boracay when you mention the word beach. It turns out that there are more things to do than swimming; go scuba diving, check up on local attractions, savor the mouth-watering dishes, and party, party.

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