It’s been a long-running joke among Filipinos that once the “ber” months kick in, the Christmas season in the Philippines has also started. In fact, in recent weeks leading up to September, social media has been filled with memes of Jose Mari Chan, a.k.a. the “Father of Philippine Christmas Carols.”
The “Christmas in Our Hearts” singer has become an important figure representing our favorite time of the year. And this year, Chan has especially expressed his sentiments about staying hopeful amid the pandemic.
“We see around, we have a lot of our countrymen who are out of work, a lot of our countrymen are hungry,” he says in an interview. “So my message is let all of us who have been blessed with sufficiency share our blessings and make Christmas more joyful, more meaningful to our countrymen who are suffering.” (Read: Three Ways to Celebrate the True Meaning of Christmas)
To celebrate the “start” of the holiday season in the country and to help you feel the Christmas spirit more, here are five other songs you can listen to!
“All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
The insanely catchy pop tune of this Christmas song by Mariah Carey will surely make you dance the blues of the pandemic away as you wait for Christmas Day to roll around. After all, we don’t want a lot of Christmas aside from this pandemic to end, right? Watch it here.
“Kumukutikutitap” by Ryan Cayabyab
This song by Ryan Cayabyab perfectly captures how beautiful and supple the Filipino language is. Written like a big musical number, the song bursts with life, warmth, and energy. Hearing “Kumukutikutitap” is like watching a big musical number unfold—thrilling and wonderful as Christmas is! Watch it here.
“Christmas Bonus” by Aegis
One of the things that many Filipinos look forward to during the holidays is the financial rewards given to employees. And Aegis’ “Christmas Bonus” is the perfect song to make everyone excited about it! However, one must always remember that Christmas is more than the material things we hope to gain—it’s about our families and how grateful we are for them amid the ongoing health crisis. Watch it here. (Read: 5 Tips For Safer Transactions Online)
“Star ng Pasko” by Kapamilya Artists
ABS-CBN’s 2009 Christmas station ID has been part of Filipinos’ Christmas playlist not only because of its catchy beat, but also because of its message of positivity and hope. “Star ng Pasko” captures the spiritual meaning of Christmas that every Filipino household embodies. Watch it here. (Read: What is the story behind the Christmas parol?)
“Sa May Bahay Ang Aming Bati” by Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company
Who wouldn’t know every kid’s favorite “Sa May Bahay Ang Aming Bati?” The go-to Christmas carol of kids to get their aguinaldo will surely make one feel fuzzy and warm with Christmas feels. It doesn’t matter if little kids fumble with the lyrics because we all know the song by heart, making it a nostalgic experience each time we hear it. Watch it here.