ENCORE FEATURE: Jose Mari Chan – 6 Things You Didn’t Know
September 4, 2018 UDOU TEAM
It’s the start of the -ber months again, and you know what that means! Jose Mari Chan is back at our doors with his undying Christmas carol.
Everyone knows Jose Mari Chan as the singer-songwriter of the favorite Filipino Christmas song, Christmas in Our Hearts. But what else do we know about him aside from being that guy who turns up in our feeds when someone mentions Christmas?
Here’s an early rendition of Christmas in Our Hearts for you to listen to while thinking about it.
For this ENCORE FEATURE, we’ve rounded up 6 things you probably didn’t know about The King of Philippine Christmas Carols himself!
1. He has more songs than Christmas In Our Hearts
He’s a legit singer-songwriter, you guys. Aside from the Christmas carol we all know and love, Jose Mari Chan has been releasing singles for more than 50 years!
His first single called “Afterglow” was released in 1967. This was followed by an album “Deep In My Heart” in 1969. After a brief stay in the United States in the 70s, he returned to the Philippines in the 80s where he released a couple more albums.
It was in 1990 that The King of Philippine Christmas Carols released Christmas in Our Hearts. In 2015, the track was re-released in celebration of its 25th anniversary.
2. He’s the CEO of a sugar company
Jose Mari Chan is legit, man. Aside from singing carols in the Philippines’s overextended Christmas season, he also has a day job.
Jose Mari Chan is the CEO of Binalbagan Isabela Sugar Company, Inc. (BISCOM) and A. Chan Sugar Corporation. No wonder he’s such a sweet old man!
3. He also heads a music company
Being business-minded with a passion and heart for music, Jose Mari Chan is also the Chair and President of Signature Music Inc.
Under this company are some names you might be familiar with: Gary V., Lea Salonga, Apo Hiking Society, and Sarah Geronimo to name a few. They’re not The King of Philippines Christmas, but you’ve probably heard of them.
4. He’s your usual Pisces
Born on March 11, the singer-songwrtier and CEO (as we now know) is your usual Pisces.
Usually described as a holistic and dedicated musician, Chan can easily fit this astrology.com definition of the zodiac sign:
Pisces are generally gentle, easy-going folk, who are on the shy and reticent side. They are modest to the point of impracticality, often stepping up only to show their talents in painting or music. Easiest for the Fish (and still great fun) is living in their lush dream world.
5. He’s a father of 5
Married to Mary Ann Ansaldo, Jose Mari Chan has five children who are also musically-inclined.
As you may find in the video above, his daughter, Liza joins him in several duets. His son, Michael, is also a singer and guitarist.
6. He sings Christmas in Our Hearts any time of the year
In a TV interview, Chan revealed that he doesn’t only sing Christmas in Our Hearts during the Christmas season.
The popular Christmas song is a favorite request, especially in his shows and concert tours abroad. And being the Pisces that he is, of course the easy-going singer would oblige.
Bears hibernate for up to seven months. Jose Mari Chan hibernates up until the Ber months. 👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/ZMZID3447g
— Bogart the Explorer (@BogartDexplorer) August 31, 2018
As huge as being The King of Philippine Christmas Carols is, Jose Mari Chan is even more than that. And we love him not just for his songs and talent, but also because of his modesty and industry. U do u, Jose Mari!