Permits, a requisite for adult carolers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 14:47

Christmas carolers and those engaged in fund-raising activities during the Yuletide season are required to secure permits from the local government.

City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. said the policy, which has been in effect for the past several years, is intended to control the number of carolling groups as well as to discourage syndicates and money-making activities.

Based on the permit, carolling activities should not exceed beyond 10 p.m.

Among those required to secure permits from the City Administrator’s Office are adult carolers, civic clubs, religious groups, schools and other organized groups that intend to conduct carolling activities to raise funds.

Adult groups that will conduct carolling activities in their barangays will have to secure permits from the barangay councils concerned. Children carollers, however, are exempted from the permits, according to Orendain.

Orendain said authorities have to determine the exact objective of the proposed carolling activities which wills start December 16 until December 24.

Excerpts from Google’s hub pages describe caroling as part of the Filipino Christmas tradition which begins once the dawn mass known as “misa de gallo” or “simbang gabi” starts. Carolers go from house to house singing Christmas carols spreading the spirit of the season through songs.

Organized carollers are well equipped with their musical instruments like guitar, drums and tambourine. They rehearsed their songs weeks ahead and are ready to sing with all their heart in spreading the joy and warmth of the Yuletide season.

Children on the other hand, like to form groups and enjoy hopping from one house to another every night singing Jingle Bells, Silent Night and traditional Filipino Christmas songs like Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit, Pasko Na Naman including the chabacano-inspired song Feliz Navidad.

They usually have handmade musical instruments like tambourine, made from bottle tops, cans or biscuit tins used as drums. — Sheila Covarrubias