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Updated: Dec 6, 2022

Text by Luz Therese Bergesen, Norway

Photos by Marco Reyes Camas

Christmas spirits were ushered in early in Oslo, with a first in the Filipino community: “Paskong Pinoy 2022: A Choral Festival”, spearheaded by the Philippine Embassy.

The festival drew a crowd of about 1,200 at the Filadelfia International Church in Oslo.

The event gathered performing Filipino choirs from various Christian churches which belted out heart warming Christmas songs, reminiscent of Christmas carolling in the Philippines.

A Filipino food bazaar which served bibingka, sapin-sapin, puto, mamon, siopao, and other mouth watering Pinoy delicacies, added to all the excitement.

The festive evening was also a gift-giving event with beneficiaries chosen by the participating choirs. They received ’Pamaskong Handog’ bags from the Philippine Government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of Migrant Workers Affairs, and Philippine Embassy in Norway.A grand raffle draw was held, with lucky winners from the audience taking home prizes which included gift certificates, hotel stays in Manila and in Oslo, and a round trip ticket (Oslo-MNL-Oslo)!

Heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the following Paskong Pinoy 2022 church choirs for lending their voices and spreading the Christmas cheer:

Filadelfia International Church Chorus,

St. Johannes English Choir

PMCC Norway Gospel Choir

Living Word Bible Center

Jesus is Lord Church Norway Chorale

St. Laurentius Choir and Ensemble

St. Joseph English Choir

St. Olav Cathedral’s English Choir


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