This is a very popular Christmas song in the Philippines and the top favorite when Filipinos go carolling. In fact, this song whose original title is Namamasko is all about going to someone’s house to ask for aguinaldo — a Christmas gift usually taken to mean money.
Namamasko is from the Tagalog word Pasko meaning Christmas. It’s sort of like house-visiting wassailing.
Ninong is the Tagalog word for “godfather” and Ninang means “godmother.”
It is a tradition for Filipino children to kiss or touch to their forehead the hand of an old person they meet. This is called mano, from the Spanish word for “hand.” When done to their godfather or godmother, kids expect a monetary gift, especially during Christmas.