Monday, December 20, 2010

Mango Picks: Filipino Christmas Songs


by Roy Cagalingan

With a few days left before Christmas, carolers will once again fill the streets with familiar Christmas songs in anticipation of our Savior’s birth. Here are some handpicked Filipino Christmas Songs for your listening pleasure:

Jose Mari Chan- Christmas in our Hearts (composed and written by Jose Mari Chan and Rina CaƱiza)

A perfect warm-up to the season, this song evokes a familiar feeling to the coming of Christmas. Crooner Jose Mari Chan smoothly serenades and reminds us at the same time of the true meaning of it all.

Sarah Geronimo- Sana Ngayong Pasko ( composed by Jimmy Borja)

This is a fine companion to those who are longing for their loved ones. Other artists who have made covers of this classic include Sharon Cuneta, Jed Madela, Jolina Magdanggal, and Ariel Rivera. This version by the Pop Princess stands out among these other great renditions because of her ability to bring this classic to a new generation of listeners.

Gary V- Pasko na Sinta Ko ( composed by Francis M. Dandan)

Mr. Pure Energy’s sets aside his dancing shoes to add emotional intensity to this song’s sad premise. Also try the other interpretations by Christian Bautista, Charice, and Piolo Pascual.

Kukutikutitap-Joey Albert (Composed by Ryan Cayabyab)

Maestro Ryan Cayabyab’s composition beautifully gives life to the fascinating display of Christmas lights. The wonderful interplay of verse and sound adds a delightful ring to this classic.


Boom Tarat Tarat- Willie Revillame (Composed by Lito Camo)

Time to get a little feisty and sing with Kuya Willie! Get on your dancing shoes and dance to the infectious beat of this Christmas tune. This song is a perfect example of the Filipinos’ penchant for novelty with its fun and catchy lyrics.


May these songs fill you with the spirit of a Filipino Christmas!

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