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.
- Christmas Tradition: Caroling in Small Towns and Big Cities
Jill relates her experience about Christmas Caroling in the Philippines.
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I really miss Paskong Pinoy! on December 04, 2012:
I really miss Paskong Pinoy!
prof. wence ecoben on November 15, 2012:
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.
ivy esguerra on December 10, 2011:
wala ng hihigit sa pasko ng pinas sobrang saya .. nakakamis mag carolling gaya ng dati pag bata pa ..
rosell angielar on December 02, 2011:
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
Thzsa on November 30, 2011:
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....
lover boy on October 15, 2011:
sana lagi nalang pasko para laging masaya:))))
james on October 13, 2011:
May the Spirit of christmas be upon us....
:) on September 06, 2011:
I love this!!!!
alrats on December 29, 2010:
naku,wala nang papalit pa sa pasko ng pinas. sobrang saya.
Pinoy Chefs on November 29, 2010:
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.
anne cruz on November 26, 2010:
nice and cool
aeda on October 17, 2010:
ay kulang kaunti lng
pie on December 23, 2009:
i don't agree we carolers askong for money. sometimes peeople think Christmas is about making money!
pup student on December 17, 2009:
anu pong chords s gtara nung thank you ambabaet ninyo, thank you!
Ang Buhay on December 12, 2009:
Though caroling is an important pinoy tradition, no one can deny that sometimes its becoming irritating...
jason on December 05, 2009:
sobrang saya sa pinas pag pasko!
Monique jones on December 03, 2009:
i think that is really good the things tha you are doing
sam de guzman on December 23, 2008:
ang saya mangaroling sa pilipinas ang dami nakakabigay sayo ng pera
Gary on December 30, 2007:
Naku po ang saya ng mangaroling sa pinas..................
MM Del Rosario (author) from NSW, Australia on December 28, 2007:
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.
wheng on December 14, 2007:
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.....