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.
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
10 songs that capture the spirit of Pinoy Christmas
This article lists Christmas carols sung by the Filipinos during local Christmas season. As with much Filipino music , some of these songs have their origins in the Spanish and American colonial periods, with others written as part of the OPM movement. It was originally composed by Vicente D.
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.