Back in Manila, as part of our Christmas tradition as Catholics, a Dawn Mass or Simbang Gabi for 9 consecutive days (like a Novena) is held 9 days before Christmas. It began this morning, December 16.
Since this is really a Filipino tradition, it’s really difficult to find a Church here in Ho Chi Minh City celebrating dawn masses. Luckily, the Filipino community have arranged a couple of locations for this tradition to happen even if they don’t exactly happen at dawn.
6BIS Ton Duc Thang St. D1
6:30 PM anticipated (Starting December 15)
Huong Vuong 1, Bldg. E601 (7th floor), PMH
6:30 PM (Starting December 16)
Now, what’s only missing is our traditional treat after Mass — puto bumbong and bibingka! Sigh.