The Palacio de Memoria facade and its impressive interior staircase. Photograph by Jilson Tiu
Culture Spotlight

Want a glimpse of a pre-war Philippine Christmas? Come to Palacio de Memoria this weekend

Turn back the time by coming to this Pasay mansion.
ANCX | Dec 06 2019

The stunningly restored Pasay mansion Palacio de Memoria celebrates its first holiday season this Saturday, December 7, with festivities inspired by pre-war times. 

Performing on the Palacio grounds as night falls is the The Kulturang Kayumanggi Dance Troupe under the tutelage of Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. For over 25 years the Kulturang Kayumanggi has created a niche in the world of Philippine dance performed closest to its original form. The Dance Troupe under the directorship of Ms. Christine Barrios has served to preserve the dance heritage of the Philippines.

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“As our first Christmas here right on Roxas Boulevard, we are opening our home to all,” says Camille Lhuillier, General Manager of the mansion and auction house. Lhuillier says the Palacio is a great place to feel the Christmas spirit. “There is no place more appropriate than at the estate, lit with parols, and with the cool breeze. We are supporting the community of Paranaque City, and your visit will be of great help as we ‘revive’ our own heritage that is being overtaken by Western traditions.” 

The Pasko sa Palacio’s highlights include the Los Pastores — folk dances and song practiced in many parts of the country during the novenario, or through the Simbang Gabi. The pastores (shepherds), in this case the performers, recount the story of the shepherds who visited the child Jesus in the manger through song. Going house to house, they serenade singing the daygon (worship).

Pasko sa Palacio promises to be an evening of history and yuletide festivities from a bygone era. The festivities begin at 6pm, with rondalla, songs and dances, highlighted with a buffet, local food fair, and drinks by Remy Martin. The event is made possible with the support of the Paranaque City Tourism Division, ANCX, and WhenInManila.com.

 

For tickets, please contact [email protected] or (02) 8-253-3994. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Kulturang Kayumanggi.