Keso de Gallo with Eden— LittleNars’ Day 9 of Simbang Gabi

December 27th, 2009 by Dianne Peña

Simbang Gabi… Misa De Gallo… 9 Mornings… A tradition for Filipino Catholics where in group of friends, families, etc… attends all 9 consecutive dawn masses at 4 or 5AM starting December 16 to December 24, after completing Simbang Gabi, you can have your wish. Simbang Gabi is a time of the year where the Church overflows with people everyday that you wish it’s always Christmas.

I have completed Simbang Gabi 4 times including this year. I have started attending it since 2002. So far, all my wishes were granted. The awesome part was this year’s wish because it was granted even before I finished Simbang Gabi. God is reaaaaally GOOD. He truly never let me down.

My Misa De Gallo experience for year 2009 was different because I attended mass at four different churches. The first day was at the Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Tagaytay City with my College friends, third day was at the Immaculate Conception Parish, Pateros also with my other College friends and a great way to end it was by attending the last stretch of Kraft Eden Cheese, Keso De Gallo— a nationwide event coinciding with the traditionally celebrated Misa de Gallo.

I, together with my mum and brother, Jeric had the privilege to attend our last day for Simbang gabi at San Guillermo Parish Church in Bacolor, Pampanga. The mass was in Kapampangan and I only followed through the mass because of the order, I even responded in Tagalog. (I was kind of worried if I were able to complete it because I didn’t understand the homily. Hihi). It was my first time to hear a Kapampangan mass and that was a splendid experience.

Parallel to the nine-day Simbang Gabi, Eden brought the goodness of Filipino dishes to Pinoys in nine different towns including Bacolod City, Iloilo, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu City, Naga, Butuan City, Laoag and Pampanga.

After the mass, At least 300 “kabalens” enjoyed the “Cheesy Squash Puto” a recipe done by pupils from the San Matias Elementary School in Pampanga sponsored by Kraft Eden Cheese. I can see those pretty little smiles from them that brightened the whole event after tasting the YUMM-Y Cheesy Squash Puto. You’ll never notice that there was a veggie in it. It was some sort of an alternative for our famous Bibingka and Puto Bumbong every after a Simbang Gabi mass.

Everyone was happy eating, chatting, singing, playing and taking pictures… It was a peaceful, triumphant, and superb event. I felt the warmness of the event even though its really cold outside the Church because I was able to savor this experience with my family—the most important thing of all.

Keso De Gallo as it aims to will explore the wonders of our country’s cuisine while providing an extended feast that will bring joy and delight to as many families as possible, was indeed a great means of celebrating the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. This event really brought out the true essence of Christmas. Nothing beats sharing, loving and togetherness in this season.

Thank You Kraft Eden Cheese for this wonderful experience.

“Dahil kay rami talgaga nating nagagawa pag may Eden Cheese”


My mum kept on repeating this experience to our relatives during our family Noche Buena.

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6 Responses to “Keso de Gallo with Eden— LittleNars’ Day 9 of Simbang Gabi”

  1. annalie nacario Says:

    lam mo Dianne..kya ganyan si Mum mo is kc lumaki kmi sa urban area not like sa province na ang christmas is tlagang ramdam..dito ang ginawa ko kc nga di uso pasko d2 nag celebrate kmi mga pinoy d2 sa compound nagluto ng inihaw na baboy,palabok etc and then nag pa raffle ako ng mga gift pro (just to share the blessings) lhat meron basta nasabi lang na may raffle (heheheh)..u can see their gladness nun open nila mga gift..nakakatuwa din!!it made my christmas complete khit mlayo sa family…enjoy mo lang ang pag explore..tama yan gawa u..Lam mo pag Leo ka laging like mag travel..napansin ko lang..

  2. dianne Says:

    @tita ly- at isa pa, si mama reminiscing the past, jan daw kami ginawa ni jeric pati naalala niya si lolo dahil kapampangan daw. hehe good thing may christmas ka din jan. true essence of christmas is sharing 🙂 correct tita ly, hilig talaga maglakwatcha at magtravel hehe 🙂

  3. Janette Toral Says:

    Hi Dianne. I’m sure not sure if this misa/keso de gallo experience is our first meet up. But for sure, I’m glad that we finally met. Look forward in chatting more in future meet ups. Happy New Year Dianne and may all your 2010 wishes come true!

  4. Dianne Peña Says:

    @ms. janette- well technically, that was our first meet “formally” 🙂 but I have known you from iblog4 and 5 :)) also, I even won a prize (raffle) for influential blogger 2008 for my blog ( Happy New Year and more events to come :)) Thank You!!!

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