Top 10 Filipino Christmas Songs
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The Philippines celebrates the Christmas season the longest. Filipinos are musically-inclined and there are a number of Christmas songs composed by Filipinos that can be heard over the airwaves as early as September. Groups of children and adults do the traditional house-to-house caroling for gifts and monetary handouts every year.
This Christmas song was composed by Felipe de Leon. Lyrics were provided by Levi Celerio. The song heralds the coming of Christmas, season to sing and rejoice. An article from the Film Academy credits lyricist, arranger, musical director/conductor Pablo Vergara as the original composer of this song.
Sa Paskong Darating tells of the anticipation people, especially children who have been obedient the whole year, for an extraordinary feast of fruits, chocolates and candies and more brought by Santa Claus. The carol is composed by S. Y. Ramos.
Silent Night is an English Christmas carol about the calm that is present every where prior to the birth of Jesus. The German hymn was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber. Father Josef Mohr wrote the German lyrics which were translated into English by Reverend John Freeman Young in 1859. The English version has been popular ever since.
The Apo Hiking Society made a Tagalog version of the Twelve Days of Christmas, substituting local items to what was originally written in the song. Basketball, umbrella, sacks of rice, turtles, red balloons, sofa, green pillows, pork lechon, cases of beer, godchildren, puppies and lanterns complete the set.
Composed by A. Torres and M.P. Villar, Sr., Mano Po Ninong (Mano Po Ninang) is about the Filipino tradition of greeting godparents and elders by touching the elder’s hand to a younger person’s forehead as a sign of respect. Of course, when done during Christmas, younger people expect to be given gifts.
A Christmas song what wishes for everyone to be happy and prosperous. It also prays for the nation and its citizens to live in peace.
Noche Buena is another Christmas song from the tandem of Felipe de Leon and Levi Celerio. The carol tells the story of the preparations everyone makes for a Noche Buena (Christmas Eve feast). Even if one only has bread and cheese to eat, it can still be a feast when shared with a loved one.
- Film Academy.
- Filipino Songs.
- Pinoys are Also Good Composers of Christmas Songs.
- Filipino Achievers.
- Composers of Cebuano Songs to be Given Tribute in Concert.
- Levi Celerio.
- Jose Mari Chan.
- Vicente Rubi.
- Aurelio Estanislao.
- Felipe De Leon.