Lea Salonga and Pentatonix
Pentatonix members in a screenshot of this video posted to their Instagram on October 28, 2022 (left) and Lea Salonga in this photo on her Instagram on June 29, 2022 (right).

“Pinoy represents!”

That’s what Filipinos commented on after learning that the Broadway star Lea Salonga collaborated with the American a cappella ensemble pentatonix give a modern touch to a Jose Mari Chan classic.

The multi-award winning singer has announced that she performed a 2022 rendition of Holiday’s iconic song “Christmas in our hearts” with the Grammy-winning pop group.

“Yes, friends! It’s happening! I had a wonderful time recording this classic Filipino Christmas song with @ptxofficial! Lea wrote on Instagram, tagging the Pentatonix account.

“And yes, dear Pinoys, it is the Christmas in our hearts that you think it is!” she added.

The song is part of the band’s sixth album, “Holidays around the world”, which features several collaborations with the biggest pop singers and idols from different parts of the world.

Among the artists are the Chinese pianist Lang-LangCongolese gospel singer Grace Lokwalebanese singer Hiba Tawajilatin strip The Santa Ceciliaindian star Shreya GoshalJapanese YouTubers HIKAKIN & SEIKINBritish a cappella ensemble The King’s Singersand American superstar Meghan Trainor.

Pentatonix’ rendition of the classic Christmas song with Lea revisits the holidays with a heartwarming, dreamlike twist.

The collaboration delighted Lea, Pinoy and non-Pinoy fans.

“I loved !! You all sound so good together!!! Thank you for getting us into the Christmas spirit early…we need it!!” a foreign fan said.

“To love! Pinoy represents!” a Filipino commented with heart emojis and the Filipino flag.

“OMG finally this song deserved (a) global stream,” another facebook user wrote upon learning about the collaboration.

“Wow, Jose Mari Chan, the world took notice!” shouted another Pinoy.

“Christmas In Our Hearts” was originally written and performed by Diamond-certified Filipino artist Jose Mari Chan as part of his 1990 Christmas debut album of the same name.

Jose Mari sang it as a duet with his then-teenage daughter Liza Chan.

It became her holiday-themed album’s favorite song and was certified triple platinum by the Philippine Recording Industry Association within weeks of its initial release.

Reports said the duet part was originally offered to Lea, who was at the height of her career at the time after the musical “Miss Saigon.”

His label abroad wouldn’t allow him to record it.

“Christmas In Our Hearts” continues to hit the airwaves and public spaces more than three decades after its initial release.


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