Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla | Pasko Sa Amerika! (Christmas in America)

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Pasko Sa Amerika! (Christmas in America)

by Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla

The stringed instruments of the rondalla, with their bright sound and shimmering tremolo, interpret new and traditional Christmas music from the Philippines and the West in this unique album.
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1. Pasko Na Naman
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2. Sa Maybahay
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1:51 album only
3. Silent Night
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2:37 album only
4. Angels We Have Heard on High
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1:52 album only
5. Sa Paskong Darating
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2:00 album only
6. Pastores/Maupay Nga Pasko
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2:07 album only
7. Payapang Daigdig
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4:22 album only
8. Sumlilang Ang Mesiyas
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2:09 album only
9. Fanfare
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2:08 album only
10. God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
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2:50 album only
11. Himig Pasko
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3:19 album only
12. Air on G String
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4:30 album only
13. Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit
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2:28 album only
14. Mano Po, Ninong/Here We Come Awassailing
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1:58 album only
15. Simbang Gabi
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3:54 album only
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Album Notes
Pasko Sa Amerika (Christmas in America) follows the Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla's first release, Crossing Over, a collection of folk songs and original arrangements and compositions recorded in 1994 that reflects the Filipino American roots of the group. In this spirit, most of the arrangements in Pasko Sa Amerika are original and offer a fresh take on classic Christmas songs beloved in both the Philippines and the U.S.

Maligayang Pasko (merry Christmas) and happy listening!

Iskwelahang Pilipino (Filipino School) is a non-profit organization run by volunteers in the Greater Boston area. It was founded in 1976 by a group of parents to create an environment where their children will have the opportunity to learn about their Filipino heritage. Parent participation in school activities is a pre-requisite in joining Iskwelahang Pilipino.

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Below is the review from

Here is something very unique and special. I review a lot of holiday music, and I mean A LOT of holiday music, and it's not very often that something genuinely unusual presents itself. Pasko Sa Amerika! with the Iskwelahang Pilipino (I.P.) Rondalla of Boston is one of those albums.

So this cross-cultural, instrumental experience is all about strings, and the mood is of the happiest sort. Three or four songs will be recognizable to general U.S. audiences; the rest are more specific to Filipino traditions. The ample liner notes spell out the various meanings underlying each number. The music is very well executed and full of heart. Because the primary "voices" here are those of bandurias, the plucking tends to be relatively bright, fast, and high. As a result, even the most somber numbers ("Silent Night," "Payapang Daigdig"--composed the day after Manila was leveled during WWII bombing) have an optimistic and merry air.

Pasko Sa Amerika is a fascinating study in Christmas across national boundaries. The musical approach is different, but totally accessible and often surprising. My favorite tracks include Bach's immortal "Air on G String" (no, not a bikini), one of the most beautiful melodies on earth, which is a revelation in the hands of the I.P. Rondalla, and the "Mano Po, Ninong/Here We Come A Wassailing" medley, which nicely melds the two cultural approaches.

So, as the I.P. Rondalla itself advises, "Maligayang Pasko (Merry Christmas), and happy listening!"

--Carol Swanson
(Reviewed in 2005)


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Reminds me of home
I just love this CD! I've been giving it as a gift to American friends to introduce them to Pilipino music in general and to Pilipino Christmas music in particular. I hope the Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla will release another CD.

Yvonne Wingard

Pasko Sa Amerika!
I didn't know what to expect, but if you want something different for the holidays, this is it and it is JOYOUS! A unique sound that reminds me of my beloved mandolin orchestras and balalaika ensembles yet still with its own flavor--what WONDERFUL SONGS!

kim son mendoza

pasko na naman
its a great traditional filipino christmas carols
i want the whole world listen to this cd.

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Created by Iskwelahang Pilipino (Filipino School), a non-profit organization dedicated to educating children about their Filipino heritage, "Pasko Sa Amerika!" or "Christmas in America" celebrates holiday music from both the East and the West in this charming folk album filled with traditional stringed instruments. A refreshing break from the norm, this seasonal album is crisp and colorful.