Cheers To A Fruitful 2013!

New year is always festively celebrated here in the Philippines with lots of food, lucky charms and fabulous fireworks. Filipinos have strong beliefs that when the year is started abundantly right, the whole year will be filled with luck and prosperity.

13 round fruits that will give my family luck and prosperity this 2013

Last New Year’s eve, my family celebrated it here at home. We prepared delish dishes and desserts perfect in welcoming the year 2013. We had dinner and videoke while waiting for 12 midnight.

What we had on new year's eve.
Delectable dishes and desserts on new year’s eve.

When it was close to 12 midnight, we started witnessing beautiful fireworks display up in the sky. And, when the clock struck at 12 a.m., we started jumping and shouting “Happy New Year”. My husband also lighted our fountain and roman candles. Sounds of firecrackers lasted more than 30 minutes causing too much air pollution making it harder for me to breathe. Good thing I have an olbas inhaler that made me feel better.

Fireworks display on new year's eve.
Fireworks display on new year’s eve.

 My husband and my brothers had few rounds of tequila while the girls drank red wine excluding me. It was indeed a joyous night with the family welcoming the new year and praying that it will be a better and fruitful year for all of us.



  1. January 11, 2013 / 10:45 am

    We had a different celebration as to 2012 to 2013 as well. We were out partying in 2012 while this year we celebrated at home. The fireworks show always are awesome to watch / witness. Love it to bits.

  2. January 11, 2013 / 1:15 pm

    I guess t’s been 3 Christmases already that we did not spend it at home. I feel sad in a way but God knows I so long to be home one of the coming holiday seasons.

    Happy new year, sis!

  3. January 11, 2013 / 1:32 pm

    a great festivity. hope we had a great year and tequila , ohh i miss them

    • Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion
      January 12, 2013 / 2:32 am

      Yes, let’s claim that 2013 will be a great year for all of us.

  4. January 11, 2013 / 1:34 pm

    Happy New Year! What a lovely table full of delicious foods.

    • Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion
      January 12, 2013 / 2:31 am

      Happy new year to you and your family as well.

  5. January 11, 2013 / 3:24 pm

    Nakakamiss ang suman and bayabas, great feast you have!

    • Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion
      January 12, 2013 / 2:30 am

      Thank you!

  6. January 11, 2013 / 9:16 pm

    Happy new Year.i miss this every year, my family back home are always having celebration, with all the food and the fireworks.

  7. January 12, 2013 / 1:54 am

    yummy food, fruits and fireworks definitely goes together while celebrating new year.

  8. January 12, 2013 / 7:31 am

    I miss the Philippine celebration so much. Us here in the US is so different. It was kind of quiet and we heard some fireworks at midnight, but it didn’t last that long. I miss the Pinas celebration so much. Sounds and looks like your New Year was wonderful. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  9. January 12, 2013 / 3:06 pm

    Happy New Year! Celebration in the Philippines is really hard to find abroad. We spent New Year in the bus and looking for a place to stay in because most guest house are full.

  10. January 12, 2013 / 6:55 pm

    Happy New Year! i remember those back when I was still in the Philippines, we used to do the same thing. I stopped doing it though here. Maybe, i can do it next year!

  11. January 13, 2013 / 12:56 am

    Celebrating with family is something to cheers about. Happy New Year to you sis and your family as well.

    • Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion
      January 25, 2013 / 2:23 am

      Thank you! Happy new year!

  12. January 13, 2013 / 4:20 pm

    Wow those are yummy fruits and those foods are delicious. Hoping to have some…

    • Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion
      January 25, 2013 / 2:23 am

      Thank you!

    • Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion
      January 25, 2013 / 2:23 am

      Happy New Year too!

  13. January 14, 2013 / 1:01 am

    We decided to leave the city to avoid the firecrackers and stray bullets and went to cold Baguio. It was the best decision as we truly enjoyed the cold and there weren’t too many firecrackers. I guess we’ll be doing this again next year.

    Happy New Year, btw. 😉

    • Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion
      January 25, 2013 / 2:23 am

      Wow! Celebrating in Baguio is really cool! It’s great to know that you enjoyed your celebration too.

  14. January 15, 2013 / 5:07 am

    Abundant new year that was in your household! Nakamiss talaga ang holidays sa Pinas! I hope I can spend holiday season back home someday soon! 🙂

    • Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion
      January 25, 2013 / 2:22 am

      Come home! There’s no place as beautiful as our country.

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