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Pasko sa Binilanggo

December 17th, 2005

It’s now only seven days before Christmas. Everyone is off and ready for parties, reunions, exchange gifts, and assorted happy whatsoever. After all, Christmas is “the most wonderul time of the year” and everyone is supposed to be happy. Christmas time as a joyous and festive occasion comes to be accepted as a universal norm. And becuse of this state of mind, the joyful atmosphere of Christmas also serves as the most perfect backdrop for irony. In the midst of the season of plenty and celebration there are poor souls suffering from tragedies, despondent and languishing in silent misery. A lot of stories and songs have been made in this context, like the old classic movie, All Mine to Give, and the Band Aid song, Do They Know its Christmas.

There is one song that struck me deeply with this same thought. It is a Cebuano song I heard sung regularly by the istambays in our place in Iligan City during drinking sessions a long Christmastime ago. It is said that the song was composed by a prisoner whose name remain in legendary anonymity. Incarcerated away from his family and friends, he sadly wished them merry Christmas. The lyrics of the song depicts injustice, imparts a feeling of intense unhappiness and its melody is tuned almost like a melancholic lullaby. The song is aptly titled, Pasko sa Binilanggo (A Prisoner’s Christmas).

Pasko sa Binilanggo

Sa gikauban ko pa
Ang mahal nakong ginikanan
Inig abot sa Pasko
malipayon, masadya ang tanan.
Karon ay wala na
ang Pasko ko ay kagul-anan
ako karon ani-a na
sa mabugnaw nga bilanggo-an

Nabilanggo ako
sa kaso nga sanglit lamang.
Naapil sa Barkada
sa salang way nahibaw-an.
Wa nay mahimo pa
isa ako ka sentensyahan.
Bisan magbasol man ako
maoy badlis sa kapalaran.

Korus:

Meri Krismas na lang
Sa akong mga minahal
Sa akong mga kahigalaan
Sa malipayong puluy-anan
Ako may nag-antus
Wa magpaabot nga kaloy-an
I-ampo lamang ninyo ako
ug Meri Krismas na lang.

Meri Krismas na lang
sa mga tawong way kasing-kasing
nga nagduot kanako
aron ako mabilanggo.
Kanang pagduot nyo
ay ako na nga gikalimtan
ayaw kahadlok nga ikaw
ay ako nga pahimungtan.

A Prisoner’s Christmas

When I was still
with my loving parents
comes Christmas
we were all happy and joyful.
Now this is all gone.
My Christmas is just a misery
Here in a cold prison cell.

I was jailed for a petty reason
Implicated with friends
in a crime I didn’t commit.
I can no longer do anything
they have already sentenced me.
Though I regret
I surrender to fate.

Chorus:

Merry Christmas is all I can wish
to my loved ones
to my friends
to my happy home.
Even if I suffer
I do not expect to be pitied.
Just pray for me and may you
have a Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas is all I can wish
to the heartless people
who sent me to prison.
I have already forgotten
what you did to me.
And don’t be afraid
I won’t blame you.

This song strikes me not just because of its general emotional appeal. My heart hangs heavy with the thoughts of the thousands of Children languishing in our prisons today. According to the Coalition to Stop Child Detention Through Restorative Justice, in their petition to the United Nations, the number of small children as young as 8 years old in the Philippines who become victims of sodomy, rape and abuse for being imprisoned with hardened adult criminals has risen from 20,000 in 2003 to a soaring 52,000 in 2004.

On Christmas eve, imagine what happens to these Children in the midst of adult criminals and rapists celebrating Christmas inside their cramped, dark and cold prison cells.

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  1. JULIUS
    May 4th, 2006 at 17:54 | #1

    please send me the song… DUGAY na kaayo ko nangita ani.. wla jud tawon ko naka KITA sa SONG.. in MP3 FORMAT lang sir ha.. thanks…

  2. July 2nd, 2006 at 23:15 | #2

    Does anybody knows who is the artist of this song? “Pasko Sa Binilanggo” I have this song before in a recorded cassette tape but I do not know where’s this tape now as I could remember I was at 17 yr old (student) and yet i am working and 30th!

    I also heard it in Tagalog version if i’m not mistaken it was sang by Yoyoy Villame as his accent so familiar to me. BUT I would prefer to have the Cebuano version not for the Original but the voice was cold and great!

    I would appreciate if any one have remain a copy of this song as I long wishes to get it in an mp3 format. I LOVE TO HEAR IT AGAIN & AGAIN!

    Thank you very much in advance.

    Jerry Dignos

  3. October 9th, 2006 at 09:01 | #3

    no bail band is the name of the artist

  4. November 16th, 2006 at 11:09 | #4

    helloooOOOooo!!!

    people…ngano man nga wala moy mp3 or kanta?nganong lyrics ra man?

    palihog ko sa kanta beh!!!

    please…

    kabalo mo, i spend a almost a half of thousand para makita nako ang song…pero wala jud oi….

    over na gyud…

    sige na please…

    ang kanta….

    huhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuh

  5. arnel
    November 28th, 2006 at 19:52 | #5

    sir gai ko ugma mp3 format sa song.. Dugay na ayo ko nangitA waz jud ko nakakita…

  6. roel
    December 8th, 2006 at 07:20 | #6

    wer man ta makakuha anang kantaha?..send me anang kantaha plz…

  7. Raul T. Balan
    December 11th, 2006 at 23:09 | #7

    sir, i would like to request for a copy of this song. i tried to scan in the internet but was not found. thank you

  8. junx
    December 13th, 2006 at 11:45 | #8

    pwde po ma send ung music yan.. d2 po sa address ko junx_17@yahoo.com thanx po

  9. Bong
    December 13th, 2006 at 19:59 | #9

    likewise I really like this song (pasko sa binilanggo) if possible send to my e-mail add pls…. appreciate for your immediate action.

    x-mas to every1.

  10. December 18th, 2006 at 14:38 | #10

    i deeply send my regards to all the children and people who are in prison rightnow which is wrongfully accused and put in the cells by the crime that they did not committ.

    i also like this song because i have a friend who’s in life is in the song. god bless us all and merry christmas…

  11. chris
    December 20th, 2006 at 11:39 | #11

    Mga ginsakupan nga mga Bisdak… Palihog nalang ug pasa sa ako kung duna moy copy ani nga kanta.. Like everyone Dugay na gyud nakoni gi pangita….. Mingaw kaayo nga kanta ba!! Bugnaw pa sa Hotmilk.. Ug maka hinumdom ta sa atong mga utang!!! Merry X’mas kaninyong tanan!!

  12. junx
    December 20th, 2006 at 16:21 | #12

    bro thanks for sending me a mp3 format of d song.. thanks a lot i receive your message thanks you very much.. btw merry x-mas and happy new year god bless…

  13. dens
    December 21st, 2006 at 13:53 | #13

    sir, pwede send ka ani na kanta sa ako? i love this song jud.. pls.. tnx and God bless.. merry xmas..

  14. junx
    December 21st, 2006 at 17:11 | #14

    bro… pwde last request hehehe d ba my tagalong version na song na yan? pwde mo send sa emial add ko … yung tagalog version di ko kasi mahanap sa limewire e.. kung meron ba… thanks anyway

  15. Anthony
    December 22nd, 2006 at 17:12 | #15

    Please send me an mp3 copy of thie song.. I’ve been looking this one desperately.

    Thanks!

  16. maricel
    December 23rd, 2006 at 12:04 | #16

    can you send me an mp3 format of the song “pasko sa binilanggo” please? thanks a bunch! luv the song soOo much.. =)

  17. December 23rd, 2006 at 12:43 | #17

    @ nebuchadnezzar and dens:

    My mail to you bounced back. Please check your email address or send me a new one.

  18. jay
    December 23rd, 2006 at 20:47 | #18

    pwede mangayo ug mp3 sa kanta tnx

  19. oxy
    December 25th, 2006 at 22:23 | #19

    ei sir…

    i also would like to request an MP3 copy of this song…

    thnk u so much!

    merry xmas!

    :)

  20. chris
    December 28th, 2006 at 09:09 | #20

    Sam,
    Bai.. Thank you kaayo sa gwapo nga pinaskohan, really apreciate it.. Again Thank you!!!

    You really made me go back to time.. I use to listen to this back in Mis. Or… Sa radio pa bai ha!! AM dili FM!!! didto mi sa akong mga igagaw sa taas sapunu-an nga balingbing !!! The best days of my life that was!!!

    Usbon ko.. Daghan Salamat !! Hina-ut unta nga taga-an ka sa gino-o sa ta-as nga lawas ug mubo nga ti-il..hehehehe joke joke joke lang!!!

    Taga-an ka s gino-o sa maayong panglawas ug ta–as nga kinabuhi..diay to bai!!!

    Ingat!!!

  21. Bong
    January 16th, 2007 at 16:59 | #21

    Mga higala ko, kahibalo ba kamo aning sunataha pastilan pud aroy dugay nako ani nangita sa lyrics pero di man ko hibalo kung kinsay nag kanta ani… among silingan sa una gikan sa saudi kani permi ang ipa tugtug. tabigni ko ninyo bhe.

    its hard to be away from the one you love
    and the days seems lonely pretend by
    but my darling i’ll be home in your arm ill be long
    your the nices nices love ive ever had

    chorus

    dream of me when your lonely
    dream of me when your sad
    oh darling i want to…… ambot unsay sundo….
    your the nices nices love ive ever had…..

  22. January 19th, 2007 at 12:39 | #22

    kung kinsa man tong naka receive na sa MP3 ani nga song.. please send it to me on email please…

    dugay na kaayo ko nangita ani.. wala jud koy makit an… pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee….

    juliuscebu@yahoo.com is my email add.. thanks…

  23. grazie
    October 9th, 2007 at 09:46 | #23

    i been looking for tis song but i really cant find it. could you pls send it to me the mp3 of this song. here’s my email add: jhuracemay@yahoo.com. thanks in advance.

  24. Ronan
    October 16th, 2007 at 14:45 | #24

    mga bros naa pamo mp3 ani?please share pud sa akoa.. mao ni akong email row_none@yahoo.com
    thanks n advance! Merry Christmas!

  25. r2
    October 21st, 2007 at 22:25 | #25

    ako pd be.. pls send a copy to royce2x@gmail.com. salamat daan. :)

  26. rainel
    November 6th, 2007 at 14:15 | #26

    pwede ko ask sa song…thanks… ganahan au ko ani nga kanta woi kay mo hoot ako dughan din mura ko kahilakon..pwede ko ask sa song if possible sa mp3 nga format..

    Daghang ayong Salamat…

  27. airstone lustiva
    November 9th, 2007 at 12:11 | #27

    Gud day…! im so much happy that i got a lyrics…..nalilito ako kung ano ba talaga ang title na song na ito…..last 2002 sa school namin we are champion in the carolling contest….now, i forgot the lyrics and tune of the pasko sa binilanggo…pwede ba pakisend sa akin pls..or in the mp3…

    More power and God Bless

  28. xander
    November 12th, 2007 at 10:20 | #28

    bro, narinig ko to’ng “Pasko sa Binilanggo” matagal na panahon na. hihingi sana ako ng mp3 format sa kantang ito “Pasko sa Binilanggo”, aside from gusto ko to’ng kanta na to, ito kasi yung naisipan naming i-present sa aming Christmas Party. Sana’y mabigayan mo ako sa aking hiling. Salamat and More Power

  29. November 14th, 2007 at 14:34 | #29

    Dearest Sam,

    Happy Holidays. Kumusta . hain man diay ka karon. Salamat kaayo sa imong lyrics sa Pasko Na Binilanggo. God Bless You.

  30. Sol
    December 2nd, 2007 at 10:38 | #30

    May CD ba ‘yang song?

  31. Carlo
    December 9th, 2007 at 14:51 | #31

    daghan kaayong salamat sa imong pinaskohan bai, makahilak man pod ta aning kantaha. it’s one of my favorite christmas songs of all time. i grew up with it while still in cagayan de oro, and it’s been at least 23 years, but i finally got this song thanks to you. peace bro, and thanks again. merry christmas nalang.

  32. December 10th, 2007 at 09:38 | #32

    hmmmmmm

    max suban may nag kanta anoi.. akopud ngita unta ko lyrics diri as soon as posible but.. wal aman jud cgro.. hehhee

    but i tink kapoi napud pangita patudlo nalng pud ta ani wui…

  33. December 10th, 2007 at 09:40 | #33

    i mean chords d-i….. bali noOn hehhe.. inu_yashakuo my YM.. hehhe

    im ur higala…

  34. December 12th, 2007 at 08:57 | #34

    please send me also a copy of the song “Pasko sa Binilanggo” kung kinsa may nakadawat ato e send sa ako. matsalams

    bapcwheeltek@yahoo.com

  35. radz
    December 13th, 2007 at 16:48 | #35

    oi ang akong email diay bapcwheeltek@yahoo.com salamat!!!!!!!

  36. radz
    December 13th, 2007 at 16:48 | #36

    oi ang akong email diay bapcwheeltek@yahoo.com salamat kaau

  37. Robert
    December 14th, 2007 at 17:19 | #37

    hello…pwede ko ngayo xa song ana? kana naka mp3 format please…i love that song…anyone here has this kind of song? please send me please…here my e-mail… undefinen@yahoo.com

  38. December 20th, 2007 at 12:56 | #38

    pwede ko mangayo sa song.kanang nka mp3 format.thank’s mao ni akong email exinrex@gmail.com

  39. totong
    December 20th, 2007 at 17:38 | #39

    palihog ko hatag sa song mp3. format

  40. Monica
    December 21st, 2007 at 04:52 | #40

    I am Italian. I didn’t understand anything but everybody ask for a song, so I want the song too.

    kiss

  41. Glenn
    December 25th, 2007 at 18:17 | #41

    brod sam,

    apil na lang pud ko mangayo tawon sa mp3, maluoy tawon mo… kng naa pud naay chords, pakapini na lng pud…

  42. Glenn
    December 25th, 2007 at 18:19 | #42

    brod.. bokiam66@yahoo.com.. daghang salamat sa pinaskuhan

  43. jeany
    January 2nd, 2008 at 00:55 | #43

    Please, pwede emailan ko nimo sa mp3 format sa Pasko sa Binilanggo. 10 years na tawn ko ug pinangita anang kantaha. thank you daan ha

  44. ed
    April 26th, 2008 at 13:30 | #44

    Bisdak here, please send me a copy. Dugay nakong nagita ani. And the link nga gi-post dili ga-work. Salamat.

    remrimsgems@yahoo.com

  45. jake@davao
    July 22nd, 2008 at 04:27 | #45

    hello.. kung kinsa need pa ani na mp3 format.. ingna lang ko ha.. anytime kay muhatag jud ko.. hehe, email lang sako.. jake_goodboy17@yahoo.com.ph cge amping mo mga brad..

  46. Roy
    September 4th, 2008 at 15:06 | #46

    please send me a copy of the song cielroy@yahoo.com. thanks

  47. Rosalie
    September 9th, 2008 at 04:56 | #47

    This song has been a song my dad used to sing when he was still alive. This song will always touch my heart.

  48. ryven
    October 13th, 2008 at 14:32 | #48

    paki send naman po and mp3 format ng song na to. please. thanks a lot. eto po email ko, ryven_c@yahoo.com

  49. November 13th, 2008 at 12:54 | #49

    me too please stiltzkin_0092yahoo.com

  50. November 13th, 2008 at 12:54 | #50

    me too please stiltzkin_009@yahoo.com

  51. November 25th, 2008 at 14:47 | #51

    hi kua.. tagae kug MP3 format ana na song beehh.. ganahan man gud kaau ku ana unya wa koi copy buhh.. every christmas lang sad nako na madunggan,, maau ng maminaw ta ana everyday of our life di lang kai xmas diba? heheh,, amping mung tnan,, hapit ang pasko.. 😀 mery xmas!! god bless sa inyu tnan mga igsuon!!

  52. Divina
    December 6th, 2008 at 04:55 | #52

    Hi,

  53. Divina
    December 6th, 2008 at 05:04 | #53

    My brother is in the prison right now in Cebu, he is 17 I felt so sorry for him. He was influenced by his friends to use drugs and now he can’t stop. Why our society, espescially where I came from, is in drugs not all but the victims are the youth. I wish someday there is a stop of this sickness that the human made it. Taga kanta nako aning kantaha nga binilanggo dili nako kapugngan ang akong mga luha nga motulo. It’s pretty sad. I was there, in Phils. and I visit him inside the big house. I felt so sorry for him that he has to sleep by the place where they cook their rice. There are too many of them and there’s not much space, in a place looks like a tent, inside the building. I wish this Christmas the folks inside the big house have good health.

  54. jesse
    December 10th, 2008 at 03:23 | #54

    hi pips…. naa mo chords sa pasko sa binilanggo? pls email me at bluejay_817@yahoo.com. thanx
    merry christmas to all

  55. December 11th, 2008 at 15:00 | #55

    Mga people favorite baya na sa ako mga klasm8’s knang pasko sa binilanggo..naa mo guitar chords ana???

  56. December 11th, 2008 at 15:02 | #56

    ahm,…mangayo unta ko…pwede pud inyo na e-mail or pki-send lang sa ako profile..sa ttisi_info@yahoo.com..friends tah ninyo!!friendly btaw ko!!..hehehehhehe

  57. December 15th, 2008 at 15:35 | #57

    amvot lng ala jud ko kta sa mga chords…..kpoy

  58. December 15th, 2008 at 15:36 | #58

    tbang mo guys veh,,,,gae ko chords nga binilanggo

  59. glennj
    February 4th, 2009 at 01:03 | #59

    huhuhu… naara man diay ka dria… almost 5 yrs k nku gipangita nga kanta… its too late na, peru ukie lang atleast nita rjud k nku. huhuhu.. mkalibang man sab ta og thumbstack ani nga song oi…
    sir f naa k time, e send pod s akoa ha.. tnx ‘n advance… advance meri xmas..

  60. glennj
    February 4th, 2009 at 01:07 | #60
  61. October 15th, 2009 at 11:24 | #61

    Wow very, very nice translation!

  62. raih
    October 26th, 2009 at 18:19 | #62

    sinong composer nang kantang ito? at anong year lumabas ang kanyang ito.

  63. November 17th, 2009 at 11:43 | #63

    naa na cya sa youtube bai, “pasko sa usa ka binilanggo” paminawa lng nya nnyu ang kanta.. :]

  64. Bong
    November 30th, 2009 at 18:07 | #64

    kinsa tong gusto aning kantaha email lang (bongcaps_8570@yahoo.com

  65. Bong
    November 30th, 2009 at 18:09 | #65

    naay akong mp3 ani free of charge kay pasko man ako nalang pinaskuhan ninyo mga higala. (bongcaps_8570@yahoo.com)

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