Other countries probably start putting up Christmas decor around November, but here in the Philippines, Christmas season starts really early. And we mean, early. The first day of September marks the beginning of the much-awaited long, looooong season of Christmas in Pinoy homes, and it also means that we’re going to be hearing Christmas songs serenading us from the radio and playlists — all led by our favorite Christmas lolo (other than Santa), Jose Mari Chan! These memes of the singer welcoming the season are sure to make you smile and start your September right.
BER months na, Christmas countdown starts today here in the Philippines pic.twitter.com/Neop3zcW5V
— angelique (@linnaeusswife) August 31, 2021
Imaginary reaction to Jose Mari Chan pic.twitter.com/AfWWfTPqpZ
— Newk | On Limit (@SumNewk) August 31, 2021
Did Mr. Jose Mari Chan get an early night in yesterday to welcome the -ber months? Everyone thinks so. Excited na nga tayong lahat, kahapon pa.
Jose Mari Chan: Whenever….. pic.twitter.com/gg2BCZPVO4
— (@goddessyoona_) August 31, 2021
Jose Mari Chan comeback tomorrow y’all pic.twitter.com/5pTEi72Do5
— sevi // HAPPY JK DAY!! (@c_fangirling) August 31, 2021
September 1, 12 midnight
it’s officially Jose Mari Chan season, merry christmas y’all pic.twitter.com/zFPmitPtbA
— Kieran Tiu (@imkierantiu) August 31, 2021
Cinderella may run away when the clock strikes midnight, but Jose Mari Chan runs back in to serenade you with holiday songs.
jose mari chan’s comeback pic.twitter.com/na4lBUQbyP
— mari (@iscaladejnce) August 31, 2021
You’ll immediately notice the difference between Pinoys during August 31 and September 1. Because JMC is finally here.
it’s jose mari chan day pic.twitter.com/n8ZlsyZR0v
— owo (@moneypeniis_) August 31, 2021
How do you know the Christmas season is here?
When you hear Jose Mari Chan and Mariah Carey on the radio, of course. JMC isn’t our only constant during Christmases, after all.
Hello September 1! Hello Ber Months!
Mariah Carey and Jose Mari Chan is waving!
after all, “All we want for Christmas is Christmas in our Hearts”
Merry Christmas!! pic.twitter.com/tirXyWkLuu
— WALTER CES (@waltzjces) August 31, 2021
— angelica (@AstredDino) September 1, 2021
You won’t just hear JMC in the malls or public transpo like before. Even your neighbor would be blasting their Jose Mari Chan playlist to get into the season.
Jose mari chan songs blasting my neighbours’ speakers pic.twitter.com/4wP1AyDmBK
— flor ◆ cw black clover (@fleurezkaaa) August 31, 2021
Maybe your neighbor will even bring out a JMC remix like this — who knows?
Living for this remix!! JOSE MARI CHAN VOCALS!! pic.twitter.com/ygVDw9K6JB
— human tangerine (@ya_jonginini) August 31, 2021
Topping the charts
People like to joke so much about this season that K-pop fans treat September 1 like Jose Mari Chan and Mariah Carey’s comeback day.
mariah carey and jose mari chan is preparing for tomorrow’s opening remarks for the start of the Christmas season in the Philippines. pic.twitter.com/BoCxqC9USQ
— halogen (@hauntedhalogen) August 31, 2021
OMG Mariah Carey and Jose Mari Chan are preparing for their grand comeback on September 1, 2021! pic.twitter.com/yIja6pDgUx
— (@fritzjanross) August 30, 2021
Jose Mari Chan and Mariah Carey collab when?! They just might break the charts *and* Pinoy internet if that happens.
Jose Mari Chan tomorrow be like:
“Christmas In Our Hearts” — 08:00 KST
#1 MelOn TOP 100 [NEW] #1 Genie [NEW] #1 Bugs [NEW] #1 FLO [NEW] pic.twitter.com/DmtCUeEULH
— ʟᴀʟɪꜱᴀ ₉.₁₀.₂₁ ❤️ (@LiIiLocked) August 31, 2021
The real question
This person is here to ask you and me and everyone the real questions. This is the second Christmas season we’re spending in lockdown. Ano na na-achieve natin? Kumusta na na-ipon mong sama nang loob? Cue existential crisis.
ampota haha jose mari chan comeback pic.twitter.com/Lf8iOCWRaE
— ️ (@daniellemarie_e) August 31, 2021
The man himself loves the memes
Jose Mari Chan seems to be the one bright spot we’re getting these days. We’re glad he’s having a laugh out of these memes, too!
Jose Mari Chan reacting to memes issa mood.
“I have 3 Ps. Be patient, be protected and be prayerful most of all during this time of the pandemic.” pic.twitter.com/M9iU21fG5r
— Jeff Canoy (@jeffcanoy) August 31, 2021