Our Original Filipino Christmas Playlist

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 01:40 PM

The Philippines celebrates Christmas for four months. You’ve heard this before, but did you know that there is just one song that signals the start of the holidays? We here at the Lifestyle Network love our Christmas songs, and have been playing these songs on repeat as soon as the "-ber" months started. We also have no plans of stopping until mid-January. 

For a country that loves Christmas as much as the Philippines, it stands to reason that there are songs that serve as an ode to our favorite holiday. If you’re starting to think that "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is sounding a little bit repetitive, give these songs a listen!

 

Christmas In Our Hearts by Jose Mari Chan

 

 

Jose Mari Chan is the Mariah Carey of Filipino Christmas. Once you hear this song playing on the airwaves, you know it’s time to get started on that wishlist. It invokes feelings of lit up parols against windows, pretending to feel the winter chill in summer weather. 

 

Kumukutikutitap by Ryan Cayabyab

 

 

In 1991, Filipino music maestro Ryan Cayabyab released a Christmas album called "One Christmas" and promptly changed the way we all listened to Christmas. All the songs on the album are sung by an acapella choir, and are all solid hits for the holidays. But Kumukutikutitap (which means "sparkling" in Tagalog) is more an ode to the Christmas tree, and all the presents and ornaments we place around it. 

 

Bibingka by Ben and Ben

 

 

Surprise, surprise, you won’t find this song on your parents’ Filipino Christmas playlist! This charming and sweet song is all about falling in love during Simbang Gabi, and who doesn’t love that lovely harmony? 

 

Christmas Bonus by Aegis

 

 

This rougher, slightly more early nineties rock song is a tongue-in-cheek request for a Christmas bonus, and a fun song to rock out at any Christmas party!

 

Pasko na, Sinta Ko by Moonstar88 x Jensen and the Flips

 

 

This version is a cover of a classic Pasko tune for the lonely, but is a classic nevertheless. The bitter-sweetness accompanies the song’s soft melody, and is perfect for singing at a family reunion, when your Tita asks you to. 

 

Which Pinoy songs are on your playlist? Let us know!

 

 

About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!
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