6. SOUNDBITE (English) August Pulido, parish priest:
"Simbang Gabi is a 'novena'. It means nine days of preparation for the birth of Jesus. It is a special induct given to the Catholic Church here in the Philippines, to celebrate this nine days before Christmas together with the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is actually a 'novena' to the Blessed Virgin Mary so that people may prepare themselves spiritually for the birth of Jesus."