Filipinos in New York start preparing Simbang Gabi

  NEW YORK -- It's that time of year again when Filipinos and Filipino Americans from various organizations come together for nine consecutive Yuletide nights of prayer and camaraderie. A unique opportunity for networking, raffle prizes, giveaways and traditional noche buena await all attendees after each Mass sponsored by assigned organizations. Cultural Attache Olive Magpile and Vice Consul Khrys Corpuz led the first general meeting of organization representatives. A returning diplomat to New York, Olive Magpile is familiar with most of the community members involved. She recalled: "It started in 1986, but we had a two-year gap in 2012 and 2013, it would have been ...

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