Kerlyn is a proud Filipina who loves to share her culture with others, including recipes and more. As early as the first ber month of the year—September—many of us would play Christmas songs in our homes, offices, malls, and just about everywhere. From December 16 up to the first Sunday of January—the official Christmas period in the Philippines—we would hear almost only Christmas songs in the airwaves. Still, some songs mirror the joy and festivity of Christmas as well as the sadness and longing for our loved ones during this special occasion. Created by the legendary Filipino music composer Levi Celerio from the work of Filipino poet Vicente Rubi, the Christmas carol Ang Pasko ay Sumapit is arguably the most popular of all Christmas songs in the Philippines. It can be heard from carolers or cumbancheros in the Philippines who go from house to house and sing Christmas songs in exchange for some coins or bills. This song is all about the true essence of Christmas—the birth of Jesus Christ—and how the Filipinos honor the event by doing good things towards neighbors and families. Himig ng Pasko is a hymn of how the Christmas season brings joy to almost everyone in the Philippines in December, when the air becomes a little chilly and the view everywhere turns colorful and lively. The song Kampana ng Simbahan is all about the bells in the Catholic churches in the Philippines. These bells ring in the wee hours of the morning to wake Filipinos up so they can go to Catholic dawn masses.
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Christmas has inspired a very large collection of music and songs. With such ingenuity in music and penchant for singing, Filipinos are complete with innumerable Christmas carols to dominate the airwaves during the holiday. Sayang sinta ang sinumpaan At pagtitinginang tunay Nais mo bang kalimutang ganap Ang ating suyuan at galak. This has been the official anthem of OFWs who most of the time spend their Christmas away from their families. It was originally performed by Gary Valenciano in
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Manila CNN Philippines Life — It is hard to imagine any Christmas celebration without the songs that have lived forever in the occasion. Especially for a country with a highly musical tradition like the Philippines, the sights are inseparable from the sounds. The flashy decorations of houses and offices, the customary gift-giving and food-sharing, the long lines at cashier counters, and the joyless hours spent in traffic jams always come with the never-ending music playlists in malls and public transportation, the young carollers with their grating voices and recycled instruments knocking on homes and car windows, and the indoor and outdoor parties whose idea of festivity is overusing bass-heavy amplifiers. Christmas is in the air as much as it is in the ear. And it is not surprising that the very indicator of its arrival is when the nearby shopping mall starts playing Mariah Carey or Jose Mari Chan at the official beginning of the season, on the first of September, on repeat. The popular Filipino Christmas carols have always been reliable as reinforcements of tradition. One learns these songs just by having listened to them as a kid. They are generally reminders of cheer, of the largeness of life, of possibly bright futures, although later on they can become admonitions of age, of the sad passing of time, of the inevitable swoop of mortality. When all is said and done, it is good to have these songs as stable fixtures of life. But thankfully Filipinos have other Christmas songs to turn to in a cruelly social season like this.
But come Christmas time, the Philippines is incomparable — colourful parols lighting up the streets, numerous parties filling our calendars, and everyone flocking to malls for gift shopping. And of course, the children knocking on doors, announcing with their sing-song voices — namamasko po! Here are some Christmas songs you can play to remind you of the Philippines. When malls start playing Jose Mari Chan on repeat, we know that Christmas season has officially begun in the country. As depicted in the lyrics, Filipinos celebrate Christmas as it symbolises the birth of Jesus Christ. Exchanging gifts, singing Christmas carols, and reconciling with loved ones are just a few practices mentioned in the song that Filipinos do in the spirit of Christmas. It sings about the nativity of Jesus, and how the story brings joy to the people. Just how excited we are for the season of love and giving to come. Talking about the flickering Christmas lights and colourful lanterns, Ryan Cayabyab celebrates the luminosity of the season through playing with tune and syllables. The song captures some signature Filipino dishes — tinola, lechon , bread, and cheese — that make Christmas eve as merry as can be.