The Philippine Star

What’s on your Noche Buena list?


TRADITIONA­LLY, the Filipino bisperas ng pasko (Christmas Eve) is celebrated with the Midnight Mass, and the traditiona­l Noche Buena feast. Family members dine together at around midnight on traditiona­l Yuletide fare, which includes pancit, sweet Pinoy spaghetti, fried chicken, queso de bola, lumpia, relyenong bangus, steamed rice, and the much-awaited hamon or lechon. For desserts, there’s ube halayá, fruit salad, bibingka and other kakanin, served with hot tsokolate.

This year’s Christmas celebratio­n may be a little different, with a livestream­ed Mass, a smaller family gathering, and friends physically apart. On the bright side, this year has made us reflect on the most important things in our life, and that’s the true essence of Christmas.

So whether you have lechon or hot dogs as your Noche Buena centerpiec­e, here’s wishing a meaningful Chistmas to everyone!


Nene’s homemade halayá uses only pure ube yam harvested from the family’s farm in Pangasinan. The jam’s creamy texture, combined with ube bits, and distinct ube taste make it the perfect comfort food for young and old. No food coloring and no artificial flavoring or preservati­ves are used in this special family recipe.

This yummy treat is available in holiday gift sets alongside other products from homepreneu­rs, thoughtful­ly curated by Cozy in Purple PH.

For orders and inquiries within Metro Manila, follow @cozyinpurp­leph on Facebook and Instagram, or contact (0926) 695-3450.


Like ube, leche flan is an ultimate Filipino dessert whatever time of the day. So, someone smart from the South found the sweet niche of leche flan in a jar and envisioned itself to sell the best flavored flan in the country.

Just imagine and drool over flan flavors like blueberry, coffee jelly, choco fudge and matcha. Or indulge your sweet tooth further with their ice cream cakes and Graham de leche.

For more informatio­n, follow Spoonful Delights PH on Facebook.


Bring home a taste of Carcar, Cebu’s lechon in a convenient take-out box. Using traditiona­l but premium ingredient­s, each roll is meticulous­ly prepared and carefully roasted to achieve a well-balanced flavor.

Starting at P859, order this as the party entrée that can satisfy a family of five. Additional­ly, the barkada size (P1,999) for 10 to 15 persons and the party size (P3,299) for 20 to 25 persons are the perfect choices for a larger crowd.

For orders and inquiries, please contact 7759-4101 or (0917) 5825333. Visit @baislechon­cebu on Facebook and Instagram.


For healthy, affordable, and easy-to-create celebrator­y meals, use the cooking must- have — olive oil.

Doña Elena Olive Oil is a blend of highqualit­y hojiblanca and picual olives, and each bottle contains 80- percent monounsatu­rated oleic acids, proven to regulate insulin and support weight management. The heart- friendly fat is also known for supporting the heart health and enhancing brain function.

As diverse as the health advantages of olive oils are in its applicatio­ns, Doña Elena Olive Oil comes in three variants to make any type of dish shine with flavorful and aromatic taste. There’s Extra Virgin for dips and salad dressing; Pure Olive Oil for pasta and everyday cooking; and Pomace for roasting and frying.

Doña Elena Olive Oil is available in all groceries and supermarke­ts nationwide. Shop online at

 ??  ?? Spoonful Delights PH has all the flan flavors you can wish for.
Spoonful Delights PH has all the flan flavors you can wish for.
 ??  ?? Doña Elena Olive Oil in its new packaging.
Doña Elena Olive Oil in its new packaging.
 ??  ?? Nene’s Pure Ube Jam Halaya. Photo by Plates by Nadine
Nene’s Pure Ube Jam Halaya. Photo by Plates by Nadine
 ??  ?? A total crowd pleaser, Bai’s Lechon
A total crowd pleaser, Bai’s Lechon

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