Malacañan Palace now open to public for 'Simbang Gabi'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 17) — The public can now attend “Simbang Gabi” at Malacañan Palace.

The Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) said President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. made the announcement on Friday during a Christmas party held for employees of his office.

According to Marcos, daily masses will be held at 4:30 a.m. in front of Mabini Hall, and attendees may enter through Gate 6 directly in front of Kalayaan Hall.

Dec. 16 marked the first day of the nine-day Simbang Gabi, a tradition of Filipino Catholics ahead of Christmas day.

Two weeks ago, Marcos led a Christmas tree lighting and gift-giving event at the Palace, where several children were invited, the OPS said.