Keep the 'Walang Iwanan' spirit alive this holiday season

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) - Not even a pandemic can stop Filipinos from celebrating the holiday season, a timeless tradition ingrained in our culture.

The circumstances may be different this year but we can all celebrate Christmas and the New Year with activities that will keep the Walang Iwanan spirit alive among our family and friends.

Sing your hearts out in a virtual caroling

The voices of little kids shouting "namamasko po" outside our gates will not be heard this year due to the current quarantine protocols and LGU restrictions. But the power of technology can make Christmas caroling virtually possible.

Video conferencing apps have now become the norm in the way we work and communicate with our loved ones. These can also be useful in singing our favorite Christmas carols to our ninongs, ninangs, lolos and lolas. A virtual caroling or karaoke session can be set up using sites/apps like YouTube, StarMaker, and Smule.

PS: Prepare your vocal cords and stable internet connection. Your ninongs/ninangs can even surprise you with your aguinaldo or Christmas gift. Don't forget to virtually sing the classic "Thank you, thank you! Ang babait ninyo, thank you!"


Organize fun virtual games for more bonding moments

Board games can be played through virtual means with a wide array of choices on the internet. Classic board games like Monopoly, Risk, Clue, Game of Life, and Backgammon can now be played online. Test the competitiveness of each family member or friend to win the ultimate prize that the whole family will come up with.

A staple of holiday gatherings is the classic Filipino game Pinoy Henyo. It can also be played online, either by using an app or by writing on a piece of paper the word to be guessed. All of your family members in different places can either help you out or confuse you.

Savor the Christmas spirit with sumptuous meals

The Filipino holiday celebration is not complete without the many food choices on the family table. It is possible to share these blessings by sending some of the dishes to your family and friends as a way of keeping the Walang Iwanan spirit alive this Christmas.

Our Noche Buena and Media Noche will not be possible without beloved Christmas offerings like ham, queso de bola, fruit salad, and lechon. Eating is really the best way to every person's heart and brings our family and friends together, despite life's challenges throughout the year.

Enjoy your Walang Iwanan moments this Christmas with a bottle of beer


The best partner while savoring your Christmas dishes is a bottle of the perfectly balanced San Miguel Pale Pilsen. This iconic Filipino brand has been part of memorable occasions of families and friends for over 130 years. Its smooth and full-flavored taste backed by a pleasant aroma, makes every celebration more special.

San Miguel Pale Pilsen is known to champion the mantra "walang iwanan", which couldn't be more relevant to Filipinos during these difficult times. Each of us can keep the Walang Iwanan spirit alive this holiday season just by spending quality time with our families and friends through beer call sessions.

Grab your favorite San Miguel Pale Pilsen now in the nearest supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, and sari-sari stores nationwide. You can also order it online via SMBDelivers at or via SMC The Mall at