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Christmas Caroling in the Philippines

Updated on October 18, 2018

Caroling is a part of the Filipino Christmas tradition. Once the Dawn Mass known as "Misa de Gallo" or "Simbang Gabi " starts, carolers will be on their feet singing Christmas carols from house to house spreading the spirit of the season through songs.

Children like to form groups and enjoy hopping from one house to another every night singing Jingle Bells, Silent Night and traditional Filipino Christmas songs like Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit, Pasko Na Naman, at Namamasko.

They usually have handmade musical instruments like tambourine, made from bottle tops, cans or biscuit tins used as drums. They will be happy if you give them a coin or if you're feeling generous a peso or more will make them sing another song for you.

And this is what they sing to thank you for your generosity... "Thank you, thank you, ang babait ninyo ...thank you...."

It is not only children who go on caroling, church organization, clubs, group of friends, raise funds through their yearly caroling. Some of these groups will give you a letter in advance, informing you the date and time they will sing carols to your house with an envelope attached to it for you to put your donation.

Most of these strolling minstrels are well equipped with their musical instruments like guitar, drums and tambourine, they have practice their songs weeks ahead and they are ready to sing with all their heart in spreading the joy and warmth of the Yultide season. They do hope that you will be generous enough to dig deep into your pocket to help them raise funds for their club or organization.

Pasko Na Naman - Its Christmas Time Once AgainI

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      I really miss Paskong Pinoy! 

      5 years ago

      I really miss Paskong Pinoy!

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      prof. wence ecoben 

      5 years ago

      Masaya ang pasko sa Pinas. Ang mga bata pabalik-balik na mangangaroling sa bahay. Hwag tayong magalit. They are just reminding us. we are like them - pa-ulit ulit na nagkasala (pabalik-balik ) at si Jesus Christ ay ang taong-bahay na hindi nagsasawa sa pagbibigay ng blessings kahit na tayo ay makasalanan. Christmas is giving.

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      ivy esguerra 

      6 years ago

      wala ng hihigit sa pasko ng pinas sobrang saya .. nakakamis mag carolling gaya ng dati pag bata pa ..

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      rosell angielar 

      6 years ago

      ang sarap pakinggan ang pag cacaroling ng mga bata sa ibat ibang bahay... napakasaya ng pasko pag may nagcacaroling... feel ko ang pasko pag may nakikita akong mga batang nagcacarpling sa mga bahay- bahay

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      Thzsa 

      6 years ago

      Pag ang mga kids ay nag caroling okey lang it's all about them :) pag matatanda na that asking for money? :) I don't know.:) God Bless To All and Maligayang Pasko. I miss Philippines....

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      lover boy 

      7 years ago

      sana lagi nalang pasko para laging masaya:))))

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      james 

      7 years ago

      May the Spirit of christmas be upon us....

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      :) 

      7 years ago

      I love this!!!!

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      alrats 

      7 years ago

      naku,wala nang papalit pa sa pasko ng pinas. sobrang saya.

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      Pinoy Chefs 

      7 years ago

      when i worked in Canada i spent Christmas with my Filipino Community Friends, when they heard the song Pasko na sinta ko, everyone just had dropped a tear, i really saw how Filipinos loved their country, family and Christmas that one Christmas eve.

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      anne cruz 

      7 years ago

      nice and cool

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      aeda 

      8 years ago

      ay kulang kaunti lng

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      pie 

      8 years ago

      i don't agree we carolers askong for money. sometimes peeople think Christmas is about making money!

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      pup student 

      8 years ago

      anu pong chords s gtara nung thank you ambabaet ninyo, thank you!

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      Ang Buhay 

      8 years ago

      Though caroling is an important pinoy tradition, no one can deny that sometimes its becoming irritating...

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      jason 

      8 years ago

      sobrang saya sa pinas pag pasko!

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      Monique jones 

      8 years ago

      i think that is really good the things tha you are doing

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      sam de guzman 

      9 years ago

      ang saya mangaroling sa pilipinas ang dami nakakabigay sayo ng pera

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      Gary 

      10 years ago

      Naku po ang saya ng mangaroling sa pinas..................

    • MM Del Rosario profile imageAUTHOR

      MM Del Rosario 

      10 years ago from NSW, Australia

      hi weng,

      i enjoy making this hub. One of my, is to let others know what are our traditions in the Philippines, I also like the Filipino kids who live overseas to read about Filipino culture and be proud of who we are. Thanks for the visit.

      MM

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      wheng 

      10 years ago

      Naks nman nkakatuwa nman ang kids carolling sa pinas, na miss ko 2loy ang paskao sa pinas. Thank for putting that kids carolling n d net. Mabuhay ang mga pinoy. God bless.....

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