It is known that Filipinos celebrate their Christmas early, but a yearly tradition at ABS-CBN has been considered as the most telling sign that indeed, it is Christmastime!
While TV networks would dedicate air time to greet one and all a Merry Christmas, the Kapamilya network had started a tradition in 2002, allotting their station IDs as the platform to convey their Yuletide messages, featuring its biggest stars singing a specially written song in chorus.
But what’s more special about these Christmas station IDs is that it has captured Kapamilyas’ hearts through the years with their relevant, endearing and enrapturing messages.
Here are the unforgettable ABS-CBN Christmas station IDs that have become an integral part of the Filipino celebration of the season.
ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2018: “Family is Love"
In times of joy or despair, triumphs or trials, we all go back to where we feel love, comfort, acceptance and hope – our family. This Christmas, we share five stories of families of different shapes and forms, to remind every Filipino to value and celebrate the love that we have for the ones that we consider as family. Together with almost 400 artists, we sing words of love and inspiration in this season of love as one family.
ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2017: “Just Love Ngayong Christmas"
“Just Love Ngayong Christmas" featured snippets of real people sharing what they have with strangers, helping one another in times of distress, or showing hope and resilience in videos or photos that went viral online and touched the hearts of many people. Stars and artists from ABS-CBN’s News and Entertainment programs and subsidiaries can also be seen writing notes to cheer up and console the people in Marawi city, and doing their own acts of charity.
ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2016: “Isang Pamilya Tayo Ngayong Pasko”
Colorful medallions were given away by some of the Kapamilya Network’s biggest stars to inspiring individuals and groups who continue to help others despite of the adversities they experience in life. Sang by The Voice Philippines coaches Bamboo, Lea Salonga, Sarah Geronimo, and Sharon Cuneta, and kids edition winners Joshua Oliveros, Lyca Gairanod, Elha Nympha, and Antonette Tismo, “Isang Pamilya Tayo Ngayong Pasko” reminds us that as long as we have God in our lives, our hopes and ambitions are going to be alive whatever hardships that may come our way.
ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2015: “Thank You For The Love”
Through the ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2015, the Kapamilya stars expressed their gratitude to countless Filipinos whose stories inspire them in their work and in their personal lives. By showing these moments, we remind them that all their efforts in making a difference in the lives of others are never forgotten. For the first time, three of the most popular loveteams in the archipelago – KathNiel, JaDine, and LizQuen led the singing of “Thank You For The Love.”
ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2014: “Thank you, Ang Babait Ninyo”
Enthused by the colloquial Christmas jingle “Thank you, Ang Babait Ninyo”, the 2014 Christmas SID put a different flavor to the street carolers’ anthem by injecting deeper and evocative meaning to it. The Voice Kids Season 1 Top 4 finalists Lyca Gairanod, Darren Espanto, Juan Karlos Labajo, and Darlene Vibares lent their beautiful voices for this. “Thank you, Ang Babait Ninyo” focuses on ordinary people and celebrities expressing their gratitude towards the significant persons in their lives and giving tribute to all those who serve as inspiration and willingly serve others.
ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2013: “Magkasama Tayo sa Kwento ng Pasko”
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Philippine television, ABS-CBN put into the spotlight the audience whose stories ignited the company's passion. The 2013 SID paid tribute to different Filipinos with inspiring and success stories, such as the survivor-advocates of the Women's Crisis Center, a war veteran, the residents of the San Lorenzo Ruiz Home for the Aged, the kids of Boys' Institution, brave kids of Child Haus, a Filipino couple in California that speak of true love, and the people of Cebu. Each of the stories was told by a Kapamilya artist who also extended a helping hand.
"Magkasama Tayo sa Kwento ng Pasko" echoes the shared history of every Filipino. The Voice PH coaches Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo, and Lea Salonga led the singing and were joined by their protégés Mitoy Yonting Klarisse de Guzman, Janice Javier, and Myk Perez.
ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2012: “Lumiliwanag ang Mundo sa Kwento ng Pasko”
Inspired by real, hapless events that devastated the country in the past years, the Station ID aims to give hope and cheer to every Filipino which was symbolized by lanterns in various sizes, shapes, and colors. Since lantern is the typical symbol of Christmas here in the Philippines, directors Paolo Ramos and Peewee Gonzales deliberately made use of it throughout the whole music video, either as ornament or as the main item for the artists’ gift-giving.
Interspersed with real events and true stories on the strength and heroism of Filipinos, “Lumiliwanag ang Mundo sa Kwento ng Pasko” features hundreds of Kapamilya stars paying tribute to ordinary Filipino people while helping spread light across the globe.
ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2011: “Da Best ang Pasko ng Pilipino”
What makes Paskong Pinoy unique? We start the Christmas season in September, end it in January, wake up at dawn to attend Simbang Gabi, fill our tables (and tummies) with hamonado and lechon during Noche Buena, give aginaldos, and the list just goes on and on. Above all these, the true Paskong Pinoy speaks of love no matter the distance.
“Da Best ang Pasko ng Pilipino” showcases how Filipinos around the world celebrate Christmas, whether they are with their family or not. Families who were separated by miles and oceans were able to get connected through various means of communications and were shown in split screens.
ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2010: “Ngayong Pasko Magniningning ang Pilipino”
Pinoy Christmas traditions shine bright in the “Ngayong Pasko Magniningning ang Pilipino” through a streak of “magic.” The video is accompanied by the magnificent song crooned by Gary Valenciano, Toni Gonzaga, and the University of the Sto. Tomas singers.
In the 2010 Christmas SID, the Kapamilya Network reminds us that our innate values of love, unity, and dedication are the true sources of Pinoy pride. It also brings into forefront the various artists, organizations, teams, and performers, which have boasted Filipino talents here and abroad.
ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2009: “Bro, Ikaw ang Star ng Pasko”
“Bro, Ikaw ang Star ng Pasko” was inspired by that year’s top-rating primetime series “May Bukas Pa.” Its video was one of the most remarkable for the handheld parols clasped by the Kapamilya celebrities as they sang along with KC Concepcion, Piolo Pascual, and the ASAP Champions and Sessionistas.
Following the devastating Typhoon Yolanda, the Kapamilya Network launched an inspiring SID that reminded Filipinos that no calamity can break the country's resiliency. The SID features ABS-CBN's more than 300 talents, artists, broadcasters, child stars; and our fellow Kapamilya from different walks of life.
ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2008: “May Katuparan ang Hiling sa Kapamilyang Kapiling”
Before the word “drawing” were able to have a connotative negative definition nowadays, the sketches in the music video come to life, which implies that the desires of our hearts can come true if we work hard for it and at the right time.
“May Katuparan ang Hiling sa Kapamilyang Kapiling” zeroes more on several artists’ Christmas wishes and their fondest memories of it with Popstar Royalty Sarah Geronimo singing a few lines of the holiday song in a few intervals. Kapamilya Stars are asked what they wish for Christmas and what Christmas is for them. Answers may vary but it all boils down to the true meaning of the season—granting wishes through a helping hand.
ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2007: ”Walang Mag-iisa Ngayong Pasko”
"Walang Mag-Iisa Ngayong Pasko" in 2007 focused on the sense of community among Filipinos even those based overseas. The station ID featured spoken messages from Kapamilya personalities instead of a music video.
ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2006: “Angat ang Ligaya ng Pasko”
“Angat ang Ligaya ng Pasko” could be the most famous holiday tune the network has ever released for it’s one of the most common pieces choirs include in their sets during Christmas choral competitions. Sang by the pop rock band Orange and Lemons, it reminds us that the true essence of Christmas is not the festivities but Jesus Christ, thus it must be celebrated no matter what our life disposition would be. It stars various Kapamilya actors riding jeepneys, visiting the imprisoned, making orphans smiles, and other manifestations of the true Christmas spirit.
ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2005: “Magpasaya Ng Kapamilya”
This is the shortest station ID ever produced because it only runs for almost two minutes. Aside from that, it also uses a more mellow rendition of the APO Hiking Society hit “Himig ng Pasko” and there are no artist present in the video as it shows simple acts of kindness done by ordinary people.
Opening with the hum of the famous "Himig ng Pasko," the 2005 SID pays tribute to the OFWs spending their Christmases away from home, the soldiers who are helping out communities in far away communities, and other members of the Filipino family.
ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2004: “Sabay Tayo, Kapamilya”
The value for family is always put at forefront by the ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID and 2004 is no different. "Sabay Tayo, Kapamilya" is the first SID conceptualized and written by Robert Labayen. It combines the industry's most powerful voices such as Martin Nievera, Zsazsa Padilla, Kuh Ledesma, Gary Valenciano, Sarah Geronimo and a whole lot more. It is even infused by a short rap that emphasizes the unity of the whole Philippines despite the differences in languages and culture.
ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2003: “DisyembRegalo”
The country's King of Comedy took the dramatic role of introducing the second Christmas Station ID through a voice over. Unlike the previous SID which featured a song, the 2003 edition only had the dramatic monologue of the late Dolphy reiterating the true meaning of Christmas as “selflessness” vis-a-vis a montage of Filipino Christmas traditions such as the hanging of parol, the Simbang Gabi, and giving of gifts. "'Yan ang Kapamilya Pasko, dito at sa buong mundo," the video concludes.
ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2002: “Isang Pamilya, Isang Puso Ngayong Pasko”
Firsts are always special, right? And it was true with ABS-CBN’s first station ID entitled “Isang Pamilya, Isang Puso Ngayong Pasko” which doesn’t only feature the brightest young stars of that era, but the biggest names in the industry as well, such as Congresswoman Vilma Santos, Nora Aunor, Lorna Tolentino, Dolphy, and Da King Fernando Poe Jr.