Pinoys undoubtedly have the longest Christmas season. We begin during the “Ber” months (sometimes even earlier) up to the Feast of Three Kings, which is in the first week of January. That’s 5 months of non-stop Christmas jingles in malls and endless holiday sales in stores. This year is a bit different though, as we can’t celebrate the season with the usual traditions. But that doesn’t mean we can’t feel the spirit even at home and there’s one staple we couldn’t forget: Jose Mari Chan.
The only exception
How are we feeling?
We’re nearing 6 months into the quarantine but someone new is added to the list of people who can go outside: Jose Mari Chan. In our playlists, radio, and streaming sites, at least! We hope the legendary singer is safe at home.
It’s Christmas Season
tomorrow is the start of the Christmas season here in the Philippines!! can’t wait to hear jose mari chan’s voice again 🙈
— bea (@reduluvs) August 31, 2020
You know it’s the Christmas season in the Philippines when news channels begin countdowns on the evening news as early as September 1st, sleighbells are ringing in commercials, and of course, hear “Christmas In Our Hearts” pretty much everywhere.
If Jose Mari Chan were an anime character. Too kawaii!
JMC is the new Green Day
Jose Mari Chan slapping Billie Joe Armstrong pic.twitter.com/29PaCcvi0A
— Ди Соринё (@DeeSorino) August 31, 2020
“Wake me up when September ends” is a decades-old meme from the 2004 Green Day song and it’s the motto for the entire month. (We’re all tired and sleepy). But Pinoys have it different: we only know Jose Mari Chan.
K-Pop groups who?
JOSE MARI CHAN COMEBACK
-> 09 / 01 / 20 TEASER
-> 12 / 25 / 20 RELEASE pic.twitter.com/Gonn5IpDCN
— ᴋɪᴇʟ¹²⁽⁷ᵈʳᵉᵃᵐ⁾ᵛ : wonyoung day!! (@reveliody) August 31, 2020
K-pop groups are shaking. Even the 75-year old singer has his own countdown for the much-awaited comeback! “Christmas In Our Hearts”, the song of the year!
Jose Mari Chan Sunbaenim welcome back ♡♡♡ pic.twitter.com/zpHEkBeGLs
— ria生 | ongoing au 📌 (@INNIESTAGRAM) August 31, 2020
This year’s much-awaited comeback from soloist Jose Mari Chan! We look forward to this season, sunbaenim!
— 슭 (@fanpriyamanoban) August 31, 2020
Congratulations on your first win, sir!
Time to update the playlists
Jose Mari chan is coming to town.
no one :
Me later at 12 am : pic.twitter.com/CmisVt03oh
— Hey lance! (@lancedl_) August 31, 2020
Forget your favorite playlists, this is what we’re having on loop for the next months.
New dance challenge
This one might just be the next viral TikTok challenge. The “Kiki Challenge” just fits perfectly with the song remix! Drake x Jose Mari Chan collab, when?!
Uplifting spirits at home
the new lyrics of Mr. Jose Mari Chan’s fitting the new normal is sooo nice… Lord pls give this man a long long long life. i can’t just keep smiling looking at him singing. he’s always smiling, genuine, warm and sincere. memes aside,he’s respectable&brings so much positivity 💕 pic.twitter.com/ERuxi4iN94
— sɥɐʎuǝ쉬는 중… ᕱ⑅ᕱ (@two_oh_teen) August 31, 2020
Aside from this very nakaka-LSS Christmas songs, Jose Mari Chan is among the many artists who are trying to uplift spirits in These Trying Times™. In this clip, he replaces the lyrics of his song “Can We Just Stop and Talk Awhile” with something more fitting to our current situation. He opens with, “Fancy meeting you on my internet…”; truly, the internet has helped us make the distance feel less all these past months. Don’t forget to stop and talk for a while with your friends — see how they’re doing!
What are your favorite Christmas songs? Share with us below!