L-R: Matteo Gonzalez as a DEA agent, Mon Gonzalez as Pablo Escobar, Tweetie de Leon Gonzalez as Valeria, Bong Gonzalez as Gustavo and Lorenzo Gonzalez as a DEA agent Community / Events / People

History

In the olden times, people would usher the winter time gathered around a bonfire in costume to ward off roaming ghosts with origins from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. This festival marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter (the darker part of the year). In the 18th century, Pope Gregory III declared November 1 as the time to honour all saints and martyrs, hence All Saints’ Day. The term Halloween originated from All Hallow’s Eve, the eve before All Saints’ Day.

Halloween Today

Today, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition in some countries where they usher the winter season with tricks, treats, parties and costumes. The Philippines has finally caught up with the holiday as more and more children and adults (and their pets) come out in costume for trick or treat in their neighbourhood and at parties too. Halloween was more commonly known as the holiday before Christmas in the Philippines but things are starting to change as it’s increasingly known as the fun holiday where one can play dress up for the day. This 2016, more houses were decked out with jack-o’-lanterns, cobwebs, ghosts, and witches too with families offering treats to kids who come in costume.

This year, Petra & Pilar started the Halloween madness by hosting an exclusive pre-Halloween party. The food was delicious, the drinks were amazing (the cucumber gin pomelo was a big hit) and it was full of surprises – flashmob and giant Delimondo corned beef cans filled with treats as prizes for best in costume.

L-R: Lala Dinglasan, Theresa Leung, Monica Araneta, Noelle Hilario, Frank Briones and Cristalle Belo

L-R: Lala Dinglasan, Theresa Leung, Monica Araneta, Noelle Hilario, Frank Briones and Cristalle Belo

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Thriller Flash Mob led by Lala Dinglasan

L-R: Liez Estrada with her boyfriend dressed as Native Americans; Cristalle Belo as a Ghost Buster with hubby Justin Pitt as Jason

L-R: Liez Estrada with her boyfriend dressed as Native Americans; Cristalle Belo as a Ghostbuster with hubby Justin Pitt as Jason

Thriller flash mob

Jason cutting off a Ghostbuster’s hand!

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L-R: Our host Katrina Ponce-Enrile as Kim Kardashian with DJ Callum as a doctor; Jenny Epperson as Pokemon with Frank Briones as Sailor Moon

L-R: The fallen angel Theresa Leung lands on a whoopee cushion, Ina Ponce-Enrile; Monica Araneta in a Great Gatsby flapper girl inspired outfit and Noelle Hilario as a sexy referee

L-R: The fallen angel Theresa Leung lands on a whoopee cushion, Ina Ponce-Enrile; Monica Araneta in a Great Gatsby flapper girl inspired outfit and Noelle Hilario as a sexy referee

Anton del Rosario as Salvador Dali and Sam Richelle as Frida Kahlo

Anton del Rosario as Salvador Dali and Sam Richelle as Frida Kahlo

Doctor Callum

Doctor Callum

L-R: Boom Sason as Rihanna and Kristen Ponce-Enrile

L-R: Boom Sason as Rihanna and Kristen Ponce-Enrile as a melting skeleton

L-R: Bubbles Paraiso as a Power Ranger and Joanna del Rosario as Sia

L-R: Bubbles Paraiso as a Power Ranger and Joanna del Rosario as Sia

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House Parties

Halloween house parties are now a staple too – Here’s a “Narcos” gang hosted party.

L-R: Matteo Gonzalez as a DEA agent, Mon Gonzalez as Pablo Escobar, Tweetie de Leon Gonzalez as Valeria, Bong Gonzalez as Gustavo and Lorenzo Gonzalez as a DEA agent

L-R: Mateo Gonzalez as a DEA agent, Mon Gonzalez as Pablo Escobar, Tweetie de Leon Gonzalez as Valeria, Bong Gonzalez as Gustavo and Lorenzo Gonzalez as a DEA agent

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Mon Gonzalez as Pablo Escobar

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Mon Gonzalez and Theresa Leung

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Tinchu Gonzalez

The garage of Bong and Kat Gonzalez was transformed into a Stranger Things Haunted House.

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Clubbing

Valkyrie Nightclub and Revel at the Palace annually hosts the biggest Halloween party in Manila.

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Zombie cheerleader, Cristalle Belo with Frank Briones as Donald Tramp ready to hit Revel

Restaurant & Bars

Restaurants and Bars joined the fun too as they hosted parties left and right.

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Halloween in Boteco Brasil, Makati (photo from Rob Leung)

There were also a lot of activities outside Metro Manila to celebrate the holiday. Clearly, the Philippines is now one of the places to be on Halloween!


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