Have you experienced being serenaded?

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2 years ago

Hello everyone. It's summer here in the Philippines but since last week we experienced heavy rain falls. As of this time, it is still raining.

To my friends who were there in noise.cash I posted early in the morning that we are going somewhere for serenading. I don't know if all of you were familiar about. I don't know if you experienced to go with the serenading team or you experienced being serenaded.

Today I will share to you about it.

What is serenading?

Before anything else, I just want you to know that I will define it according to what we are doing. Serenading is an activity where a group of people who gathered together to a place of a birthday celebrant during the dawn and sung a series of songs outside the house accompanied with guitars.

The group will be singing until the celebrant will open the door,come out and invites the group to come in.

In our case we call our group as Team Harana or the serenading team.

What to do before serenading?

First and foremost, we identify the birthday celebrants of the month. We have a list of birthdays to know when we are going for serenading.

Next, we will point out a meet up place and time. Time should be as early as possible. Dawn is the best time. It was the group goal if possible to start singing when the celebrant is still sleeping and let the beautiful songs wakes him/her up.

After gathering, we will go straight to the celebrant's house and the singers will sing a series of songs.

What to do during serenading?

As i mentioned above, after singing the series of songs, the celebrant will go out and let the group come in.

When we are set inside, we will be having a short program. The program consists the following:

Opening song. A person or the group offers one song.

Opening prayer. A prayer to open the program.

Special song. Another person or the group will offer another song.

Message. This is one of the most important part of the program where a speaker will give a message. A message is usually came from the Bible. A Bible text that will remind how blessed everyone specially the celebrant to celebrate another year in life. A Bible text that will remind to be thankful for the gift of life. A Bible text that will encourage the listener to hold on and enjoy life with God, to have faith and trust in Him. A message will vary depending on the speaker.

Wishes and prayers. Everyone or might be a selected persons will give their well wishes and prayers for the celebrant. It will start from the group and the last to give their wishes and prayers are the family members.

I love the last part because here i can hear the messages from the family member. Sometimes I am teary eyed on this part as i will be touched in hearing the messages of a children to their parents, a parents to their children, a wife to her husband and vice versa. Sometimes kinikilig when hearing a message from a boyfriend to his girlfriend and vice versa.

Response. The celebrant will give his/her response. Usually a word of thanks and appreciation for the efforts given by the group or team.

Closing song. To sing a song to close the program.

Closing prayer. To offer a prayer for the celebrant and his/her family and to thank God for the success of the activity.

What will happen after serenading?

Most of the time, the food is being served. Oh kainan na! No more diet again lol. Food is not required though but most of the celebrant prepare or buy some food to offer for the serenading team.

Have you experienced being serenaded?

Me? yes! I experienced a lot of times and i really used to it. It seems that my birthday is incomplete without it. I love to hear them saying their wishes, their prayers and their messages in front of me. I can see their facial expressions, i can see how serious they were to give their messages for me.

When the pandemic strikes the world, our serenading was stopped and it makes us sad. You cannot even celebrate your birthday with the other family members who were far from you place. They can't visit and celebrate with you due to lockdowns.

If you weren't experienced it yet, you must try and experience a special feeling of happiness.

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never experienced it is but someone made a song for me before and tried to sing it kahit di ganun kaganda and boses niya

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2 years ago

Wow, this is nice. The experience will really make the celebrant feel very special

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2 years ago

Yes sis, if you haven't tried it yet.. i hope so you can try son your next birthday.. The feeling is so special.

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2 years ago

I just learnt a whole lot about serenading. Never knew that was the name it is called. I've never experienced it though but I hope to experience it someday.

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2 years ago

I really hope so sis that you can experienced it soon. The feeling is so special and happy.

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2 years ago

yung asawa ko, sis. yung nga lang sa videoke lol

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2 years ago

Hehehe.. try to make it original

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2 years ago

Oh I never heard of this practice before. That is truly unique! And of course so sweet. What we usually do here is to have a surprise gathering for the birthday girl/boy. It's the usual stuff - birthday song, cake cutting and stuff. And after food, everyone will take turns to share something to encourage the birthday girl/boy. I love this part the most because people would use this time to lift the person, sort of giving affirmations.

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2 years ago

You can have a group to do these, even a family members serenading a family member too or a group of friends to a friend or workmates serenading some supervisor.

Yes the message is the most important thing. This is what i am looking for every birthday celebrations.

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2 years ago

We did it before "harana" in our church. That everytime there is a celebrant we need to practice and night and gather at dawn to go to the house of celebrant.. Yeah ! I enjoyed it a lot.

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2 years ago

Yes sis it is our church activity too.. ang saya diba

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2 years ago

This is commonly done in the province sis. I already experience this thing to.

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2 years ago

Siguro mas surprise if mangyari even in the city..

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2 years ago

Yan ba ang tinatawag na manaƱita sis?Never pa akong naa try ng ganyan sa birthday ko.

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2 years ago

Siguro sis.. harada or serenade kasi alam ko dyan hehehe.. ang sarap sa feelings sis sana matry mo din someday.

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2 years ago

It was a long time ago na since na try kong sumama sa ganyan. Yung snacks talaga yung habol ko those times ee hahha kasi bata pa, ganun lagi mindset huhi

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2 years ago

hahahah tama ka kids nga naman. On my part, gusto kong present lagi coz i want to hear messages.. na iinspire din ako

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2 years ago

It's interesting I didn't know such thing like this now I know what is serenading and I'm pretty fascinate about this idea.

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2 years ago

You can make a group to do it... usually group like this came from church members

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2 years ago

Yups, it needs company to do so that activity.

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2 years ago

Hi sis,nice to meet you here,we also do the serenade in our church at dawn,we still doing it even during pandemic since we are in the province ,the local govt was not so strict about that . I didn't experience serenade but I always serenade other peoplešŸ˜…

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2 years ago

I hope you will experience it too sis.. iba ang feeling na ikaw yung celebrant hehehe

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2 years ago

If they will volunteer sis,ako kasi palage nag suggest na na mag serenade kami,hehe.,yong ina takot baka walang maipakain na snack.

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2 years ago

hehehe di naman ang snack ang pinaka important kundi yung mga messages nila.. peru of meron ding pang snack why not din diba

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2 years ago

Oo nga,kaso syempre page pinoy yong pagkahospitable natin ba na nahijiya lag walang ma e offer,kaya Minsan kami ang nagdadala ng snack sa nag birthday

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2 years ago

Meron ding mga chances na ganyan sis.. knowing that the family is less fortunate than others. The team will bring food to be enjoyed together with the celebrants..

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