Christmas is one of the (if not THE) most important holidays in the Philippines, and it certainly is the longest, as people start celebrating it or at least looking forward to it as early as September. And by the last quarter of each year, private individuals, government offices, and private institutions are already finding ways to make the Christmas spirit felt. The Ororama chain of stores is no different. They have lined up an array of exciting offerings and activities for the holiday season. Here are some of the most notable ones and a few offerings you can still take advantage of.
It has long been known that Christmas starts early in the Philippines. So at Ororama, the Holiday Sale was held a month before Christmas! Their Pre-holiday Sale on November 27-30 gave people a chance to do some early holiday shopping, if not for things to give their loved ones on Christmas Day, then at least for gifts to give during their office/school/organization Christmas party. There were also those who got the chance to buy new clothes to wear for Christmas and for the endless December parties.
The Pre-holiday Sale was indeed good news for shoppers, as Ororama offered as much as 70% discount on selected items as well as a 10% discount on regular items. Not only that, they also offered FREE GIFT WRAPPING for the entire duration of the sale, making it truly convenient to shop for gifts at that time. Shoppers only had to present their purchased items with the corresponding receipt at the designated counter, and they leave the store with their gifts ready! Those who are members of their Rewards Club had it even better, because the first day of the sale was exclusively for them.
World AIDS Day Run
Christmas is about giving, and giving goes beyond the exchange of material gifts during the Christmas season. This is something Ororama clearly understands, as they went beyond offering discounts and special promos this December. They also offered much-needed support to the campaign for AIDS awareness by being one of the sponsors of the Kapamilya World AIDS Day Run last December 5. They set up a registration booth at the Ororama Supercenter (Cogon). Proceeds of the activity will go to the HIV/AIDS shelter and help provide support to people living with HIV and AIDS.
Misa de Gallo Treat
It has always been part of the Filipino tradition to wake up and hear mass in the early morning hours for 9 days, from December 16-24. The 9 morning masses known as Misa de Gallo because the mass begins at the time when roosters usually start crowing (“Gallo” is Spanish for chicken) have been part of Philippine culture from as far back as we can remember, and most Filipino Catholics most probably grew up attending these masses each year.
Part of this tradition is to have pamainit after mass. Churchgoers share a feast of kakanin—puto-bumbong, suman, bibingka, palitao, biko, etc.—paired with either hot chocolate or coffee. If you’re one of those who regularly attend Misa de Gallo, then you may have noticed that there are vendors selling these pamainit goodies just a few steps from the church gates. Standing around the vendors’ carts, chatting with family and friends as you get your fill of kakanin and hot drinks can be a nice way to cap each Misa de Gallo morning.
If you aren’t too fond of standing while you eat your food, you could always go to the nearest market and have your pamainit at any of the painitan stalls there. These stalls typically have bar stool-type chairs for customers to sit on and a long counter where you can place your food. But why go anywhere to pay for your kakanin and coffee/hot choco when you can actually get them for free? Yes, free!
The Ororama chain of stores also has a tradition of their own: for several years now, they’ve been giving free pamainit for the first morning of Misa de Gallo. You don’t even have to purchase anything, as they won’t be asking for receipts or any proof of purchase. You simply need to approach the staff serving the kakanin and hot drinks, and they’ll offer the food for free. There are tables and chairs provided, so you won’t have to eat standing up.
Ororama is indeed having a very merry Christmas and spreading their joy to their loyal patrons. So the next time you’re anywhere near their stores this December, why not drop by? You just might be in for a pleasant surprise. Happy Holidays!