MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) Filipinos are among the most musically inclined people in Asia.
We love our music. We love to sing. Even as Filipinos have migrated to other countries around the world, we haven’t let go of our love for music – especially Filipino music. Try getting away from a Filipino party without belting at least one tune on the magic mic.
Nowadays it is more likely you would hear Filipinos doing stellar renditions of American tunes, but what about Americans and other countries singing our songs?
In the age of social media and content sharing, it is starting to happen.
Filipino folk songs and other classics are quickly becoming favorites and the most loved songs among more school and church choirs in America, Europe, and Asia. And they’re not just singing in Tagalog. See some of the most popular renditions of Tagalog and Visayan choir songs on YouTube below:
Watch: Dahil Sa Iyo performed by Illinois Rip Chords
Watch: Pusong Bato
Watch: Bayan Ko performed by Libera
Watch: ‘Rosas Pandan’ performed by University of North Texas College of Music
Watch: ‘Dandansoy’ performed by The College of New Jersey
Watch: ‘Bahay Kubo’
Watch:’ Paru-parong Bukid’ performed by Zionsville American High School
Watch: ‘Bayan Ko’
Watch: ‘Bituing Walang Ninging’ performed by the Infinito Singers of Indonesia
Watch: ‘Ikaw’ performed by the University Choir of Pardubice of the Czech Republic with the Ateneo Glee Club
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