10 Timeless Philippine Christmas Songs
Kumukutikutitap - A Classic
We Filipinos from the Philippines and across the world love our local Christmas songs.
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.
Many of our Christmas songs reflect the religious importance of the yuletide season.
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.
Below is a list of the ten timeless English and Filipino Christmas songs from the Philippines.
1. Ang Pasko ay Sumapit
Created by the legendary Filipino music composer Levi Celerio from the 1933 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.
It has a strong recall, especially among kids.
2. Christmas in Our Hearts
An English Christmas song that has tugged at the heartstrings of millions of Filipinos is musician Jose Mari Chan’s Christmas in Our Hearts.
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.
3. Himig ng Pasko
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 tune of this song is certainly mellow, lending the feeling of charm to it.
4. Kampana ng Simbahan
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 Catholic dawn masses.
Filipinos traditionally attend dawn masses that start as early as 3 a.m. each morning from December 16 to December 24 every year.
A fast-beat and joyful Christmas song that Filipinos love is Kumukutikutitap, a song about the stars, star lights, and star lanterns that flicker, gleam, and shimmer during the yuletide season.
Kumukutikutitap is also about the Christmas season’s gifts, candies, and ribbons that not only sparkle but also give joy to those who see them.
6. Mano po Ninong, Mano po Ninang
The Christmas song in the Philippines for expressing gratitude for gifts that would be received from godfathers and godmothers is Mano po Ninong, Mano po Ninang.
This song is also about wishing for happiness, prosperity, luck and peace – said to be priceless gifts for anyone.
7. Noche Buena
A Tagalog song about the special dinner that Filipinos eat with their families from the midnight of December 24 until the early hours of December 25 is Noche Buena.
This song tells how families get together and become closer as they share traditional Filipino foods like lechon and tinola.
8. Pasko na Naman
A Christmas song about how eagerly Filipinos anticipate Christmas day is Pasko na Naman.
This song says that time flies and that soon people would again have to celebrate Christmas, a day when love reigns and people sing songs together.
9. Pasko Na Sinta Ko
A song about longing for a special someone on the very special day of Christmas is Pasko na Sinta Ko.
The melody of this timeless Filipino love song is very melancholic, making it utterly fitting for people who miss their loved ones in the cold Christmas season.
10. Sa May Bahay ang Aming Bati
A favorite of kid carolers who sing Christmas songs for some favors is the upbeat Sa May Bahay and Aming Bati.
This song is actually a greeting of the cumbancheros for the people in the household and a request for the household members to hand over some coins in the spirit of Christmas giving.
Christmas in Our Hearts - A Popular Song
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