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A Filipino Tradition

What are the 'Ber Months'?

Monday, September 13, 2021

It’s September, meaning the start of the Philippine ‘Ber Months’. The long countdown towards Christmas has begun, and it is time to get cozy! And how better to do that than with the right hot drinks and snacks?

What are the ‘Ber Months’?

The period from September to December is also called the ‘Ber months’ in the Philippines. Why this name you might wonder? Well, it’s: SeptemBER, OctoBER, NovemBER, DecemBER, pretty straightforward, right? 

In these months, Filipinos countdown to their most beloved holiday: Christmas. It is the longest Christmas season in the world! Starting on the first of September, Christmas songs are being played on the TV and radio, bringing that early Christmas vibe.  

Shops are getting busier

When we think of Christmas, we think of food and gifts. So in the Ber Months, it tends to be busier in Filipino stores. Store owners want to profit from this trend by promoting special Christmas deals.

Rappler researched the shopping behavior of Filipinos during these months. As you can see in the image below, most of the Ber Months shopping is being done in November and December. So it’s important to make sure you have enough stock for these months!


True Filipino Comfort food

One thing is for sure: during the Ber Months, the nights will be longer and the weather colder. This means it’s time for comfort food! We’ve listed a few products that are perfect for the Ber Months, click on the image to take a closer look.

2230 & 2229 - The perfect pastes for your Kare-Kare

The perfect partners for your Kare-Kare, Pork Ginagoongan, Pinakbet, Binagoongan rice and much more!

0508 & 0509 - A cup of Kopiko Coffee


Getting comfortable in your favorite chair with a steaming cup of Kopiko coffee, is there anything better in the cold months? 

1634 - Golden Canton Noodle

These noodles are the first step to making a traditional Philippine Pancit Canton dish. Nothing screams comfort food like a bowl of Pancit Canton!

2984 - Perfectly balanced soy sauce

Not too sweet, not too salty: this Philippine soy sauce is perfectly balanced. The perfect addition for a delicious dipping sauce!

6565 & 65037 - Cozy Crisps by Oishi

Sweet or salty? Oishi's got something for everyone! Made by one of the most popular snack brands in The Philippines, this comfort food really needs to be in your snack stock during the Ber Months. 

4171 & 4169 - Get baking with Ubeness & Mangoness!



Feel like baking? This great Ube and Mango flavoring will bring instant flavor, fragrance and color to your bakery!


Need more Filipino product inspiration? Check out our Philippine products category.

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