Christmas is fast approaching and in the Philippines every family looks forward for the Noche Buena. Christmas in the Philippines is quite unique with its very own traditions and symbols.The cold night of Christmas Eve is matched by the warm family get-together and laughter. In the tradition of family reunions giving gifts and food sharing is ever present. In our big family, weeks even months before Christmas Eve we already begin to plan the meals to be served for the family and guests. We have the heirloom meals served at the dinner table- the Cheesy Beef Caldereta of Mommy Estang, The festive Meaty Spaghetti of Tita Tessie, Tito Greg's Rich Paella, My Father's Bicol Express, Laing and Adobadong Manok sa Gata and my very own version of Callos - Maria's Callos.