With the Philippines known for celebrating an extended Christmas period, it is not uncommon for memes to pop up featuring singer Jose Mari Chan, who is also known as the “Father of Filipino Christmas Songs.” And with the start of the -ber months just a few days away, Pinoys have begun to show their creative flair by adjusting their memes to include updated versions of the memes featuring the veteran singer in humorous posts referring to the pandemic which include text like “Malapit Na Ako Lumabas, Kayo Hindi Pa.”
The singer, who is best known for OPM classic hits like “Christmas in Our Hearts,” “Can We Just Stop and Talk Awhile,” and “Deep in my Heart,” shared in an interview with TV Patrol last August 27 his thoughts on the pandemic-themed memes.
“I find it amusing, except that when they put it on a negative point of view, when they say, ‘Malapit na ako, kayo matagal pa, you know it’s like negative, (like) hoping this pandemic will last for a long time. I wish that the messages of the memes will be more positive like ‘Malapit na, don’t worry! I know it’s darkness all over, but the dawn is coming.’”
Used to being an in demand performer especially during the holiday season, Jose Mari Chan admitted he is also still adjusting to the changes brought about by the new safety protocols. “To be honest, there is none at the moment because of the limited protocol na no concert, no get togethers. Even going to church, we have to content ourselves with hearing mass online,” he said.
The 75-year-old singer and songwriter also shared that he would be graciously lend his talents to perform online for a good cause if he was given the chance to do so. “I have not really received an invitation to do a