Ogie Alcasid Pasko ng mga Pinoy

Typical of his melodies, Ogie Alcasid writes another song that taps the heart and brings listeners into a mood of reminiscing. This time, it’s all about the warmth of a Pinoy Christmas celebration.

Counting the days before the big occasion, Ogie plans to make the usual family Noche Buena a little more intimate. He’d be with his wife Regine Velasquez and their son, Nate, while his eldest daughter Leila will be flying to Australia to spend the holidays with her mom.

Talking about the holidays, Ogie can’t help but have a nostalgic trip down his childhood where the happiest December memories are. Ogie remembers how his father acted like Santa Claus granting his wish list. He vividly imagines the yellow bike he secretly wanted, and without even asking, was gifted to him by his dad. Then around 19, he received his first effects machine from a Christmas sale, “That served as my first equipment that I used to write many, many songs.”

“Fresh na fresh sa memory ko ‘yun lalo na dahil ang father ko, ang laki-laki ng impluwensiya sa akin. Hindi ko makakalimutan ‘yung mga times na ‘yun.” And to such beautiful memories, he holds on now that his dad is gone. Ogie’s father passed away in September last year.

These unforgettable tales and ‘feels’ of Christmas inspired him to write his latest single “Pasko Ng Mga Pinoy.” He composed the holiday anthem in the beginning of ‘ber’ months this year, “I was wondering, will we have a happy Christmas? Magkakaroon ba tayo ng Pasko na makakahinga tayo nang maluwag, na masasabi nating we’re looking forward to the next year?”

The It’s Showtime host and Tawag Ng Tanghalan hurado would admit that 2020 came with a lot of doubts. That feeling when you’re trying to be festive for the New Year but it seems so heavy inside. That’s why he wanted to write a Christmas song that will remind listeners of the simple joys of the season.

“Pasko Ng Mga Pinoy” will tap on your senses. Infused with old elements as well as those that became prominent during the pandemic (there’s a mention of ‘lugaw’ and ‘ayuda,’ for instance), the jingle is reminiscent of the old Christmas breeze, the noise of kiddie carollers –  the spirit of Pinoy holidays we miss.

“Pag pinakinggan mo ‘yung song, although it’s a happy song, you kind of feel that you want to reminisce. Ganyan tayong mga Pilipino, we love the season. We love Christmas day,” said the singer-songwriter. 

The OPM icon wishes his new single will cheer up listeners and remind them that the season brings us new reasons  to believe, “Let’s not stop hoping. Let’s not stop praying. We have to not necessarily move on but move forward. Mahirap kasi mag-move on kasi tayong mga mahal sa buhay na kinuha ng COVID.”

He added that one way to honor those we have loved and lost is to keep on fighting and for sure they’d be smiling back at us from heaven.

Make your Christmas a little bit nostalgic by listening to “Pasko Ng Mga Pinoy” now available on Star Music’s YouTube Channel and other streaming platforms.

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