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Jose Mari Chan goes viral again with ‘Christmas in Our Hearts’, and Luis Manzano knows why

/ 01:23 PM September 03, 2018
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Jose Mari Chan. Image: Philippine Daily Inquirer file photo

It seems nothing screams Christmas louder in the Philippines than Jose Mari Chan’s Christmas songs. Christmas in the Philippines means there’s no escape from hearing Chan’s popular original — and perhaps the most ubiquitous local holiday tune “Christmas in Our Hearts” — on the radio just about everywhere.

A certain Choco Martin took to Facebook on Sept. 1 to share an old video of Chan singing the beloved song in a mall. As per clarification made by the netizen with INQUIRER.net on Sept. 4, the video was from 2015, and which he found recently again in his files. He said he thought about posting it in the spirit of Christmas, and since the people are cheered up anyway by the “pambansang mang-aawit ng ‘Pinas tuwing Pasko” (our national singer every Christmas).

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In the viral video, Chan can be seen singing the song to the dining patron at the food court in SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, much to the joy of his manifold fans. Someone in the background can be heard asking, “Siya ba yun? (Is that him?)”

“Ahaha Ber Month na (already)!” wrote the netizen in the caption of his video. “[Nandito] na si idol ng bayan (The country’s idol is here)! Nyahaha! #josemarichan #bermonths #rapsa.”

Ahaha Ber Month na! nadito na si idol ng bayan! nyahaha! #josemarichan #bermonths #rapsa

Posted by Choco Martin on Friday, August 31, 2018

The video shows Chan walking around the food court, first approaching the people in front of Goto King while men with cameras followed him around. He then shakes the hands of people in other tables as more crowded around him to take selfies and videos.

“Christmas in Our Hearts” was released almost 28 years ago in November 1990. It was Chan’s first ever Christmas album and is said to be the first OPM (Original Pinoy Music) album to surpass Diamond status. Today, it is one of the biggest-selling albums in the Philippines.

Chan’s famous song has been a Yuletide joke for some, as it is usually played around public spaces even months before December. Whether it’s to get people excited for Christmas and simply spread joy to the hearts of many remains unknown, but it seems actor-host Luis Manzano has cracked the code.

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Manzano took to his Instagram on Sept. 2 to share an infographic explaining why Chan’s songs start playing every Sept. 1.

Ayan nasagot (This is the answer) mga Kapamilya !!!!” wrote Manzano. “Meant to be!!!”

In the infographic, the number of letters in Chan’s name were added together, which equates to 12. December, as known, is the twelfth month of the year.

Then, the letters in Chan’s name were added based on the number of their sequence in the alphabet. This equates to 116. September 1, which pertains to the date Chan’s songs are played every year, equates to 91, as September is the ninth month of the year, while 1 is the day. 91 was then subtracted from 116, totaling 25. Thus, Dec. 25.

“Solved: Why Jose Mari Chan songs start playing every September 1?” read the infographic. “Because December 25 or Christmas Day starts every September 1 according to Jose Mari Chan.”

Is it coincidence or destiny? NVG

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