Christmas in our homes

by Steve Van Derodar

Christmas tree in a house in Brisbane, Australia. | Photo kgbo via Creative Commons

Christmas may be the most-awaited season of the year. The Philippines, a country influenced by Spanish colonialism, has adopted a long celebratory tradition of PASKO or Christmas. Joyous and warm as it can be, reflects the immensity of faith of its people, hospitality, and kind-hearted nature.

Increasing occupancy in apartments, hotels and residential units are in record numbers usually during Christmas as most Filipinos arrive from overseas assignments as well as those living abroad vacationing, spending the holidays in the country. Not only that, arrival of tourists is also higher because of regional festivities held weeks after Christmas.

“The Philippines is considerably Asia’s hospitable people, and with increasing trends, foreign arrivals are attracted to medical-tourism, biodiversity-tourism. Coupled with a strong Business Process Outsourcing industry, overseas remittances, and Online Gaming Operations.

Perhaps, it is a wise move to make investments in residential developments. Absolutely so, the longer you own the property, the more profitable it can be for a passive income. Occupancy rates are generally high while there is still no predicting of a housing bubble or oversupply. Condominium units are leased on an annual term, with post-dated checks as advance requirements for contract preparation.

The Philippines is considerably Asia’s hospitable people and with increasing trends, foreign arrivals are attracted to medical-tourism, biodiversity-tourism. Coupled with a strong Business Process Outsourcing industry, overseas remittances, and Online Gaming Operations. Residential unit uptake has been strong consistently even for mid-market and luxury markets.

Christmas in the home of a typical Filipino is highlighted by Parol or lantern. The lantern symbolizes the star that shone bright on the eve of Christmas, signaling the birth of Jesus Christ, the world’s savior bringing joy, peace, and happiness to mankind.

“Christmas to Filipinos and even diplomats in the Philippines is an especially important occasion. It brings families together and one gives hope for peace, joy, and an expression of benevolence.”

To the prime villages, buildings, and residential communities, Christmas lights are up, and carolers go house to house to provide melodies and cheer. What’s even unique with the festivities is that it can stay up to January’s Three Kings or even until the Sinulog celebrations. The Philippines is believed to have the longest Christmas celebration around the world.

Christmas to Filipinos and even diplomats in the Philippines is an especially important occasion. It brings families together and one gives hope for peace, joy, and an expression of benevolence. A happy occasion, a family affair that it is, is what Christmas is in the homes of the Filipinos.

The living room in a Filipino home maybe kind of different from the rest of the world. Family members gather up for some entertainment, exchange gifts and just the closeness among everyone is felt. The living room of a Philippine property is one that pay much respect to tradition.

Mymove.com articulates, “No matter what direction the interior design takes you, when it involves culture, it has a way of drawing others in and opening their eyes to something that already means the world to you. The visitors to your home may in turn decide to decorate their own homes to reflect their own cultures. What could be better than a world of originality where everyone shares their distinct cultural backgrounds with one another?”

Generally, living rooms are lively with well-lit Christmas trees. A typical Filipino living room is warm and inviting and for those who spend on interior design, they blend it to match the holidays color scheme in some respects.

“A typical Filipino living room is warm and inviting, and for those who spend on interior design, they blend it to match the holidays color scheme in some respects.”

Even for any expat’s residential unit, you will find that they too, have adherence to the manners of celebrations Filipinos do and the decors with traditional Belen are also being displayed in the living rooms.

The Philippines is a great destination. A country with a deep emotional attachment to seasons like Christmas speaks of a booming housing market. In highly urbanized areas, residential investment units are more popularly found. Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao are opening new developments consistently.

Diaspora groups are also manifesting strong adherence to culture and tradition. A Philippine residence conveys of cultural attraction, togetherness and for those who appreciate the warmth and hospitality, a sense of investment for this cultural peculiarities.

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(Stevenson’s experience in Philippine Real Estate spans more than 15 years. He has been involved in horizontal, vertical, vacation and commercial properties. He has worked as an International Property Specialist to markets in Asia, Europe and North America with Ayala Land, Federal Land and Century Properties. Through PhilHouseHunters, he offers real estate investment opportunities, marketing, and consultancy with a key focus to Metro Manila and Mega Cebu areas. Visit www.philhousehunters.com. Email at derodarsales@gmail.com.)

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