At 4:30 this morning I presided at the Misa de Gallo - the 4th day of the nine dawn masses before Christmas. The church which can accomodate a thousand people was full and many had to stand at the back, the side of the church and even the car park.
After the mass, the church-goers had "puto-bombong" and chocolate drink
With some parish youth leaders. More than 50% of those who attend the Misa de Gallo are young people.
Liturgically, we are still in the advent season, yet the spirit of Christmas is already here.