The Lost Tradition Of Filipino Caroling

@ilocosboy (39047)
Philippines
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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@SIMPLYD (84823)
• Philippines
19 Dec
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.
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@ilocosboy (39047)
• Philippines
19 Dec
Nowadays its the small children making up the Christmas caroling
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@SIMPLYD (84823)
• Philippines
20 Dec
@ilocosboy The street children most especially. Good thing I cannot see the Badjao people who come inside jeepneys and gives envelopes to the passengers.
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@ilocosboy (39047)
• Philippines
21 Dec
Speaking of badjao, there are so many of them here now.
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• Philippines
19 Dec
There's still people here in my neighborhood that does caroling. But I will make a post of that later on.
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@ilocosboy (39047)
• Philippines
19 Dec
I miss the days when you are awaken by the guitar and ukelele and the blending voice in the midnight.
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• Philippines
19 Dec
@ilocosboy I used to carol. But there was one house we went caroling but most of the time they just ignore us.
@ilocosboy (39047)
• Philippines
20 Dec
Ha ha there is always a house like that. Like my kids group went to one of our neighbors but they just gave one peso
@YrNemo (14768)
16 Dec
1. those singers got too old? 2. they got too wealthy to bother? 3. they moved houses? 4. etc?
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@ilocosboy (39047)
• Philippines
17 Dec
All of the above.
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@YrNemo (14768)
17 Dec
@DianneN (88052)
• United States
15 Dec
I've never seen or heard caroling ever.
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@ilocosboy (39047)
• Philippines
17 Dec
Its like trick or treat where children go house to house.
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@DianneN (88052)
• United States
17 Dec
@ilocosboy That would be so lovely.
@Madshadi (8991)
• Brussels, Belgium
15 Dec
I was invited to see Christmas carols in Brussels. If it wasn't on Sunday I would've probably gone. But I prefer to stay home.
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@ilocosboy (39047)
• Philippines
15 Dec
Caeoling now has lost spirits of Christmas. I see some groups, religious and youths, doing it by day, but only the politicians and rich they sing and passed the poor ones.
• Calgary, Alberta
15 Dec
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.
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@ilocosboy (39047)
• Philippines
15 Dec
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
15 Dec
@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.
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@ilocosboy (39047)
• Philippines
15 Dec
I see, and you are still living in the Philippines?
@jobelbojel (8676)
• Philippines
20 Dec
I miss the life in the province where I can hear adult folks singing Christmas songs.
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@ilocosboy (39047)
• Philippines
21 Dec
That was veey natural celebration of Christmas day
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• Philippines
26 Dec
@ilocosboy Yes it is. Good thing I heard adult people doing the caroling here in the city where I live.
• United States
15 Dec
It's a shame the tradition has stopped, hopefully it will start again one day.
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@ilocosboy (39047)
• Philippines
15 Dec
People are more about technology and work now, some traditions are left behind.
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• United States
15 Dec
@ilocosboy It's kind of sad, new isn't bad, but why not have the old also.
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@sallypup (29346)
• Moses Lake, Washington
16 Dec
Thank you for sharing your rich past. That must have been quite a lovely time.
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@ilocosboy (39047)
• Philippines
17 Dec
That is so true
@OreoBrownie (3657)
• Commerce, Georgia
16 Dec
It's too bad the tradition is going away. It's the same here in the States. When I was a child church children and a few adults would sing at houses. It doesn't happen anymore in my life.
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@ilocosboy (39047)
• Philippines
17 Dec
How I wish some people would do caroling like the way it was.
@shaggin (38556)
• United States
16 Dec
That sounds like a nice tradition. Sad it is no more!
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@ilocosboy (39047)
• Philippines
17 Dec
How I wish it will return
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@rina110383 (24069)
16 Dec
I rarely see people caroling here in my place.
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@ilocosboy (39047)
• Philippines
17 Dec
Only children are doing the caroling nowadays.
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@amadeo (75971)
• United States
15 Dec
they used to drop by many years ago.Not any more
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@ilocosboy (39047)
• Philippines
15 Dec
And that's what I'm missing, the true caroling
@Kandae11 (40358)
15 Dec
The last time l saw carolers was Christmas 2008.
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@ilocosboy (39047)
• Philippines
15 Dec
The only carolers I'm seeing now are the kids in my place. The kids singing until 7pm and getting few coins from the homeowners.
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@sharon6345 (142461)
• United States
15 Dec
That happened here a long while ago. I don't miss it.
@ilocosboy (39047)
• Philippines
15 Dec
Maybe I just missed my childhood