Street caroling in the Philippines is a little like the US’ Halloween trick or treat, where kids stand in front of some random doorstep and wait for candy. Except they don’t say "trick or treat", they just start singing Christmas songs.
The singers come in all shapes and sizes, age and styles. They belt out a few Christmas carols and then linger around until the homeowner comes out with money. I really don’t know why we give money; it’s just part of the spirit of giving.
Anyone can do caroling too. One doesn’t have to be a good singer or musician, just the guts to sing. One doesn’t even have to know the complete lyrics to a song. One can always wing it!
Sometimes the carolers sing for a cause, so they give the homeowners advance notice and let them know they’re asking for solicitations. Most of the time, especially among neighborhood groups, they will just arrive unannounced. If you’re Filipino, you know it’s part of life at Christmas, so no offense is taken. If the carolers are bold enough, they will come back day after day and serenade you. You grit your teeth, you smile and everyone says "Merry Christmas" in good nature.
Komikero’s Vlog captured one of the carolers at work, singing "All I want for Christmas" and you’ll get a taste of the Christmas season, Filipino style. (You might want to advance the video to 4:00 minutes, unless you want to watch the Komikero hanging out with his dalmatian.)