The celebration of Christmas in the Philippines wouldn't be as merry and as spirited without Christmas carols.
In every barangay children in small groups go from house to house singing Christmas carols, which they called pangangaroling. Jingle Bells, Silent Night and traditional Filipino Christmas songs like Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit, Pasko Na Naman, at Namamasko are the usual playlist.
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.
“Ang babait niyo, thank you!” This was our chant every after neighbor gives us something after we serenade us with Christmas songs.
This experience never fails to bring a smile on my face and to children alike.