• Christine Liwag Dixon

Karaoke Songs You Hear At Every Filipino Party

Queue up these songs for your next bash.


My Way

“My Way” is one of Frank Sinatra’s most popular songs, and it may be partly due to the fact that Filipinos can’t get enough of it — especially during karaoke. Usually sung by one of your titos, probably after a few San Miguels.


Bebot


This classic by the Black Eyed Peas was the Filipino anthem many in the diaspora were waiting for. It’s usually performed by one of the younger members of the family, but everyone jumps in to yell “Filipino! Filipino! Filipino!” This is the one song that will get your Kuya to stop scrolling on Tinder and join in the karaoke fun.


Buwan


This is a newer song but one that is already a karaoke staple. Bonus points to anyone who can hit that high note.


I Will Survive


Probably performed by one of the titas at the party. She’s most likely divorced or never married and is happy about it. The “I Will Survive” singer knows she doesn’t need a partner to thrive and is confident AF.


Tala


Tala” is another new song that has become popular during karaoke. This is your younger cousin’s go-to, and it will almost certainly end up on their Instagram story.


I Will Always Love You


The Whitney Houston version, of course. This is the song that one of your relatives pushes their kid to sing, only to take over the mic halfway through.


Halik


Is a Filipino party complete without some Aegis?


My Heart Will Go On


It’s cheesy and overdone, but it still makes you tear up every time. "My Heart Will Go On" may be a love song, but it’s one that hits home for Filipinos since most of us have relatives living in another country that we rarely get to see.


Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang


An OPM must-sing. Whoever is singing this is probably serenading their spouse.


La Bamba


Never mind the fact that whoever is singing this probably only knows half the lyrics. It’s still fun, and everyone will join in the chorus.



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