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Dec 18, 2013
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Songs of cheer and bright lights are everywhere—we're barely a week away from Christmas! But before anything else, let's all attend first the annual nine-day Misa de Gallo, also known among Filipinos as simbang gabi.

Those who have completed this ritual can back us up on this particular sentiment: The churchgoers at dawn are extra interesting (and extra sleepy, too)! Read on to check out our list of the type of people you meet during simbang gabi!


The Religiously Religious

These are the people who pray solemnly, listen attentively, and most importantly, are not there just for the bibingka. Amen. 

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The Wishful Thinkers
Those who believe that churches are wish-granting factories. The notion is if you complete all nine mornings, you're entitled to a wish. You know, Filipinos.

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The Puto Bumbongers
Their favorite part of the mass is when the priest hands out the final blessings, because that means it’s now time for puto bumbong!

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The Post-Inuman Dwellers
Smells like booze, wobbles like a hobo: Alam na! They only catch the mass to help shake off the amats before driving home. Shame!

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The Snoozers

The ones who are only there because their momma or girlfriend forced them to come along. Look everywhere, you'll see one in every family.

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The Morning Runners
Run, pray, run! The Morning Runners have owned the 4 a.m. timeslot in your neighborhood all year long, and they're not about to adjust their routine just because simbang gabi is already underway. They do however stop for a few minutes to pay homage from outside.

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The Raketeros
Whether it's food, sampaguita, or a pedicab ride home, he's the first person you'll see on the exit as soon as the mass draws to an end.

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The Latecomer

Rings the alarm at three in the morning; leaves his bed right around four. The Latecomer usually misses the homily and only manages to catch the latter part of the mass, but is proud of himself for being there anyway. Pumunta ka pa, hayop ka!

Simbang Gabi

Illustrations Mark Jesalva

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