Going to my kids Christmas Program made me nostalgic about "caroling" in the Philippines....
Here's an excerpt from Wikipedia on what this caroling is about:
In the Philippines, children also celebrate Christmas with the traditional Christmas caroling --going from house to house singing Christmas carols. Makeshift instruments include tambourines made with tansans (aluminum bottle caps) strung on a piece of wire. With the traditional chant of "Namamasko po!", these carolers wait expectantly for the owner of the house to reward them with coins. After being rewarded, the carolers thank the owner by singing "Thank you, thank you, ang babait ninyo (you are so kind), thank you!"
I happen to find a site called Maligayang Pasko that contains lyrics of some of the familiar Filipino Christmas songs. This made me feel nostalgic. I threatened my husband that I am going to buy a "karaoke" to sing Christmas carols every night until Christmas. You should have seen the horror in his face!
FOR 2007 UPDATE and to listen to tagalog Christmas songs, click HERE