Bangkok’s Filipino community finds comfort in food, Christmas coziness, sports, and singing in festive Paskong Pinoy

Photo: Deemoney

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Now that Christmas is behind us, and we stuffed ourselves silly with Christmas ham, cakes, and reruns of Home Alone, it’s time to come back down to Earth and return to the typical nine-to-five routine. And if you’re not born and bred right here in Bangkok, a certain feeling of homesickness might creep back every year around this time.

There are several ways to cure homesickness — you can appreciate all the great things about Thailand and count your lucky stars, take the vacay days and explore a new city or country like a local, take up a new challenge or hobby and master it like a boss, or find like-minded homesick folks and enjoy the company of your home-away-from-home community.

Photo: Deemoney
Photo: Deemoney

Did you know that one of Thailand’s major expat communities is from the Philippines? There are over 14,000 Pinoys in the APAC region. To make their community feel at home in Bangkok Deemoney, the people who simplify overseas money transferring, brought the Paskong Pinoy celebration to Thailand.

Photo: Deemoney

Paskong Pinoy, or Filipino Christmas, might just be the best way to celebrate the holiday. After all, it’s not many (or any!) countries that count Christmas season as four months long! That’s right, Christmas starts in September, all through the -ber months, until the end of December. During this time there are so many activities and ways to celebrate, all including food, dance, sport, games, and more.

Photo: Deemoney
Photo: Deemoney

So in honor of Paskong Pinoy, for the first time ever, over one thousand Filipinos gathered for the Deemoney Cup 2018. The sporting event was full of basketball action (if there’s a sport that Pinoys do it best, it’s basketball), to badminton, and volleyball.

Photo: Deemoney
Photo: Deemoney

How would a gathering of this size be joyous without a little bit of food and singing by Pinoy standards? (And by little, we mean a crazy amount). Deemoney also hosted a feast of home-cooked food, singing and dancing — the recipe for the perfect Paskong Pinoy.

Photo: Deemoney
Photo: Deemoney

For Pinoys and other expats who’ve missed out on this great gathering at Deemoney Cup 2018, there is much to be hopeful for as the chief of Deemoney promised that next year’s follow-up will be bigger and better. And for those who want to share a bit of festive spirit back home, wiring money with Deemoney is as friendly as their THB150 flat rate (depending on the recipient’s country).

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