Levi Celerio is one of the best and unique musicians from the Philippines. This Filipino National Artist for Music has written countless Tagalog songs which are now certified classics.
He is also popular because of he can cajole a tune out of an ordinary leaf. Just give him a leaf and he can play it like a flute. He even has a Guiness World Records for his amazing leaf-playing ability!
Many pinoys would tell you that this music master will also forever be remembered for bringing the Filipinos some of the most well loved Christmas songs such as “Ang Pasko ay Sumapit” and “Noche Buena” . Find below the lyrics.
World Christmas Traditions now shares with you the lyrics of these famous Filipino Christmas Carols.
NOCHE BUENA (Lyrics: Levi Celerio)
Kay sigla ng gabi
Ang lahat ay kay saya
Nagluto ang Ate ng manok na tinola
Sa bahay ng Kuya ay mayro’ng litsonan pa
Ang bawat tahanan may handang iba’t iba
Tayo na giliw
Magsalo na tayo
Mayro’n na tayong
Tinapay at keso
Di ba Noche Buena
Sa gabing ito
At bukas ay araw ng Pasko
ANG PASKO AY SUMAPIT( Lyrics: Levi Celerio)
Ang Pasko ay sumapit
Tayo ay mangagsi-awit
Ng magagandang himig
Dahil sa ang Diyos ay pag-ibig
Nang si Kristo ay isilang
May tatlong haring nagsidalaw
At ang bawat isa
Ay nagsipaghandog ng tanging alay
Bagong taon ay magbagong-buhay
Nang lumigaya ang ating bayan
Tayo’y magsikap upang makamtan
Natin ang kasaganaan
Habang ang mundo’y tahimik
Ang araw ay sumapit
Ng Sanggol na dulot ng langit
Tayo ay magmahalan
Ating sundin ang gintong aral
At magbuhat ngayon
Kahit hindi Pasko ay magbigayan
Expects these songs to play over and over when the Christmas season hits the Philippines. Songs like this makes pinoys sentimental, especially those who are working across the globe and far from the families they have to left behind in the Philippines.
Celerio’s classic love songs includes favorites such as Saan Ka Man Naroroon?, Kahit Konting Pagtingin, Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal, Sa Ugoy ng Duyan and many more.
Get to know other classic Christmas songs from all over the world. Or you can also find out more about how Filipinos celebrate paskong pinoy by interacting with the community.