Recently, a heartwarming video of a class of Grade 6 Israeli students in a school in Jerusalem went viral online. According to the uploader of the video, the whole class decided to do “harana” to the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat.
As seen on the one minute and 30-second snippet, the students were holding pieces of papers with the lyrics of the iconic Filipino Christmas Song, “Star ng Pasko” written on it. In 0:21 mark, student Joshua Lopez started the first two verses of the song.
As most of us are familiar, the beginning of the song goes like this:
“Kung kailan pinakamadilim, mga tala ay mas nagniningning. Gaano man kakapal ang ulap, sa likod nito ay may liwanag. Ang liwanag na ito’y nasa ating lahat. May sinag ang bawat pusong bukas. Sa init ng mga yakap, maghihilom ang lahat ng sugat.”
Consequently, the whole class then sang the chorus, with teachers and government officials watching and taking videos of their epic performance. Despite the language barrier, the students seem to have mastered the song and they even sang it gracefully like any other Filipino kids.
They sang in choral:
“Ang nagsindi nitong ilaw, walang iba kung hindi Ikaw. Salamat sa liwanag mo, muling magkakakulay ang pasko. Salamat sa liwanag mo, muling magkakakulay ang pasko.”
We can recall that it was in 2009 when ABS-CBN launched the song “Bro, Ikaw ang Star ng Pasko” as their Christmas station ID. And the message comes from the song, the “goodness shines the brightest in the darkest hours.”
As of writing, the heartwarming video has racked up a staggering 642,000 views, with more than 16,000 netizens sharing the clip on Facebook. Not only that more than 737 commenters also left their sweet messages in the comment section.
Here are some of their comments:
“Ang galing,di ko alam pero parang naiiyak ako habang kinakanta nila ung kanta ng pilipino,kakaproud!”
“Wow! Nakakaproud filipino song pa yong kinanta.tapos yong mga bata ng back up na kahit hindi sila pinoy i appreciatte them much.God Bless!”
Star ng Pasko sa Israel #Pasko #ABSCBN #Christmas #IsraelGrade 6 Section 1 did harana to Nir Barkat Mayor of JerusalemThe song Star ng Pasko lead by Joshua Lopez
Posted by Laong Laan on Wednesday, September 5, 2018
“I’m so amazed and so blessed,di npigilan yung tears of joy n pati ibang lahi kayang kantahin,sayang hindi natapos..God bless you all.”