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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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.
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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 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. National Artist Levi Celerio also wrote Tagalog lyrics to the song during the s. The song is still sung today in various communities, especially in churches both in the Philippines and abroad. Mao ray among nakita, Ang panagway nga masanagon. Christmas has come Come, let us go forth singing Beautiful hymns For God is love. When Christ was born, There were three kings who did visit, And each one did present A unique offering.