The streets began to ring with Christmas music everywhere, in every shopping district. It heralds us an approaching Christmas season. So we can hear Christmas music playing everywhere because the holiday season is coming. Especially, Jose Mari Chan Christmas songs are played everywhere. Because this remarkable man was attached to the Christmas season. There are great personalities that have become the image of the Christmas season. However, for the Filipino people, Jose Mari Chan is the most iconic and legendary. Let’s listen to Jose Mari Chan’s Christmas songs that you can listen to with your family this year.
Who’s Jose Mari Chan?
Jose Mari Lim Chan was born on March 11, 1945. He is a Filipino singer, TV host, songwriter, and businessman in the sugar industry. He is currently chairman and CEO of Binalbagan Isabela Sugar Company, Inc. (BASCOM) in Negros Occidental and A. Chan Sugar Corporation. He is also the chairman and president of Signature Music, Inc. Awarded in 1974 as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philippine Association of the Recording Industry and The Metro Pop Foundation. Recipient of the first ever ABS-CBN “ELITE Platinum Award” in 2005 and a recipient of the 2006 Dr. Jose P Rizal Award For Excellence.
Jose Mari Chan: Father Of Philippine Christmas Music
Due to his popular song entitled Christmas In Our Hearts, he earned the title Father of Philippine Christmas Music. As a matter of fact, the band’s CD obtained more than 800,000 copies.
Most Filipinos grew up listening to Jose Mari Chan’s songs. In fact, many young kids know the song and even sang it during Christmas caroling. In addition, the song Christmas in Our Hearts is frequently played at this time of year in the Philippines. Moreover, even before the pandemic, everyone can hear it on the radio or in public spaces like jeepneys or malls.
1. Jose Mari Chan Christmas Songs – Christmas In Our Hearts (Song)
According to Chan, the song Christmas in Our Hearts happened to be an arrangement called Ang Tubig Ay Buhay. Subsequently, it was written just for the Assumption High School Class of 1963’s silver reunion. After two years, Universal Records asked him to write a complete holiday compilation. Therefore, Chan recalled the song he had created for the Assumption High School class of 1963. Thus, he decided to revive it to use it for a Christmas song. This is Jose Mari Chan’s A Perfect Christmas song.
Thereafter, the song became popular. In addition, the Philippine Association of the Record Industry gave it a triple platinum award. Moreover, the song grew to be the best-selling OPM Christmas album ever.
2. Jose Mari Chan Christmas Songs – A Perfect Christmas
My idea of a perfect Christmas
Is to spend it with you
In a party
Or dinner for two
Anywhere would do
Celebrating the yuletide season
Always lights up our lives
Simple pleasures are made special too
When they’re shared with you
Looking through some old photographs
Faces of friends we’ll always remember
Watching busy shoppers rushing about
In the cool breeze of December
Sparkling lights, all over town
Children’s carols in the air
By the Christmas tree
A shower of stardust on your hair
I can’t think of a better Christmas
Then my wish came true
And my wish is you’d let me spend my whole life with you (2x)
My idea of a perfect Christmas is to spend it with you
3. Jose Mari Chan Christmas Songs – A Wish On Christmas Night
4. Jose Mari Chan Christmas Songs – Little Christmas Tree
5. Jose Mari Chan Christmas Songs – A Christmas Carol
Due to his contributions to the music industry, along with Jose Mari Chan Christmas Songs, he has earned the nickname “Father of Philippine Christmas Music”. Thereby, he is constantly attached to Filipino Christmas. And I think we can all agree that he has become the iconic figure of Christmas in the Philippines.
However, apart from the symbols and music of Christmas, I hope that we will not all forget the main reason for Christmas. And that was the birth of Jesus, our savior. Merry Christmas!!