Just like how Filipinos believe that pansit and 12 fruits must always be part of the New Year food spread, there are also pairings that help complete the holiday feel every Christmas. While festivities may be a bit different and toned down this year, that doesn’t mean we should let go of the happiness tied to our favorite holiday!
To help families feel the spirit of Christmas even during intimate celebrations, here are some of the top yuletide duos that can sprinkle more flavor and joy to every year-end occasion:
1. Bibingka and puto bumbong
If there’s a pair of food most associated with a uniquely Filipino Christmas, it has to be bibingka and puto bumbong. Sold outside churches after Simbang Gabi, the kakanin brings the warmth of Christmas to our bellies only our local dishes can. Since it’s not advisable to go out during a pandemic, this pairing can still be ordered for delivery or made with love at home through recipes that can easily be accessed online.
2. Parols and belens
Without parols, belens (and even Christmas trees), it just feels like an ordinary day! Adding vibrant and illuminated flavor to the holidays, parols and belens are the visual signals that Christmas is here. You can see them everywhere – from the facade of buildings and outside the window of every home. Meanwhile, belens, whether placed at home or outside with lights, show how Filipinos have faith in their religion and that of the true meaning of Christmas.
3. Jose Mari Chan and Nico Bolzico
Ending the list with a new pairing that I just have to share: While Jose Mari Chan is basically synonymous with Christmas in the Philippines, Nico Bolzico’s name is more associated with the top memes and engaging social media content. But this year, the legendary crooner and the funny man are an official Christmas duo with their new holiday music video entitled “Remix in Our Hearts.” Released just in time to add flavor to the season, the unlikely pair collaborated on a duet all about making everyone’s yuletide celebrations more fun and flavorful with the Lay’s Duo Pack.
Giving you twice the crispy snack so you can #DoubleTheHolidayFlavor for your online and offline Christmas gatherings, the Lay’s Duo Pack is an awesome twosome, just like Jose Mari Chan and Nico Bolzico, made for celebrating the holidays with more fun and excitement. Available in various combinations of the brand’s signature flavors: Classic, Barbecue, Sour Cream and Onion, and Cheddar and Sour Cream, the Lay’s Duo Pack is just what you need to close out 2020, and start 2021 in the best way possible.
Lay’s Duo Pack is available for only Php 246 (Buy 2, Save Php 40) in all groceries, supermarkets, and convenience stores nationwide and via e-commerce partners Lazada and Shopee. For more information, visit the Lay’s Philippines Facebook page.