The Lost Tradition Of Filipino Caroling
December 15, 2017 12:47pm CST
When I was a child we used to make caroling in the nipa hut houses in our neighbors in the barrio. But what is missing now is the tradition of caroling of our old folks during Christmas. At night, the whole whole family is used to be awaken by the group of 5 or more carolers singing the old ilocano Christmas song. The blending of their voices are accompanied with guitar and ukelele. During those times the night still so serene as electricity in the barrio was not yet available. From the distance you can already hear them singing. Their voice come nearer and nearer expecting them to sing infront of your house. Because life is hard at that time very few you can give money. Most of the time you give them present in the form of rice, rootcrops and fruits. The carolers stopped caroling when the sun rays are up. By that time they already have sacks of rice, rootcrops, delicacies and fruits. They will equally divided it among themselves. Its been decades I have not heard of old folks doing caroling overnight with their guitar and ukelele singing traditional Christmas songs stopping all the houses, rich or poor.
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Yes, I wonder why caroling has stopped. I remember two to 3 letters of carolers to my parents, to tell them that they will be caroling at such date in the evening. My parents would prepare bills in envelopes to give to them. I too, together with the church choir when we were in our youth had experienced caroling and it was so enjoyable. The money we accumulated we bought something for the choir.
• Calgary, Alberta
Oh The Good old days of kids calling me barat despite of giving them piso while I scream to them "You can't F*cking sing subhuman hampaslupas" Oh the Good old days of displaying my dog to scare away the carolers. The Good old days of not having Decorations because my religion dont celebrate it and my family dont want to be noticed by carolers.
I thought you are not Filipino. In my region we have a very old Christmas song for kuripot and it says like this: Bulong ti apatot (leaves of apatot tree) Paskuayo ti naimot (your Christmas is stingy) No siak makarurod (when I get scold) Pak-ulak ti sarukod (I will hit you with cane)
• Calgary, Alberta
@ilocosboy I am Peruvian but I spent like 25 years of my life in the Philippines that no one thought I am a foreigner. I basically grew up in the Philippines. The only Peruvian thing about me is eating rabbits and guinea pigs.