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'Sang Buhay
Ani
Anungan
Ader
Ay, Leng
Paglalakbay
Manama
Pag-iisang-Puso
Samba
Ikaw Ako
Simula Na Naman
Kadkadduwa

CREDITS

Produced by GRACE NONO AND BOB AVES
Original Recording by TAO MUSIC
Under License to and Released by BMG PILIPINAS
Recorded at SOUNDQUEST RECORDING STUDIOS
289 Roosevelt Avenue, Quezon City Philippines
Mastered by ARNOLD JALLORES
Mixed by BOB AVES, ARNOLD JALLORES AND ELMER HIDALGO
Art Direction by JOANNE DE LEON
Photography by DANNY BUENAVENTURA

PHILIPPINE COPYRIGHT 1997 BY TAO MUSIC
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 


 

'SANG BUHAY

 

  ONE LIFE

Completing one cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Acceptance, thanksgiving and affirmation of this bittersweet fruit called life. Lyrics, music and vocals by Grace Nono. Arrangement, 12-string guitars and rainstick by Bob Aves.

'SANG BUHAY, 'SANG BUHAY
SALAMAT, 'SANG BUHAY
ISANG TUWA, ISANG PAIT,
ISANG HIYAW

'SANG BUHAY, 'SANG BUHAY
SALAMAT, 'SANG BUHAY
IKA'Y SAYAW, IKA'Y AWIT
NG PAG-IBIG

'SANG BUHAY, 'SANG BUHAY
IKA'Y AKIN, 'SANG BUHAY
AKING TUWA, AKING PAIT,
AKING HIYAW

'SANG BUHAY, 'SANG BUHAY
AKO'Y SA 'YO, 'SANG BUHAY
ISANG SULYAP NA MAY NGITI,
ISANG IGLAP,
'SANG BUHAY


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ONE LIFE,
THANK YOU.
ONE JOY, ONE PAIN
ONE CRY

ONE LIFE,
THANK YOU.
YOU ARE A DANCE, YOU ARE A SONG
OF LOVE

ONE LIFE,
MINE,
MY JOY, MY PAIN
MY CRY

ONE LIFE,
I AM YOURS
ONE GLANCE WITH A SMILE
ONE MOMENT SO FLEETING
ONE LIFE

 

ANI

 

  HARVEST
May the blessings be! From the earth grows the fruit of life. From the heart blooms the soul's riches. Lyrics and main vocals by Grace Nono. Music by Bob Aves and Grace Nono. Arrangement by Bob Aves. Drums by Roy Mercado. Bass and guitars by Bo Razon. Kulintang by Malou Matute. Community chorus by Jingle Sayson, Joey Aracama, Nonoy Alcalde, Tammy Magsalin and Jacqueline Hernaez.

 

IYEIYEIYE...

MAY PANAHON NG PAGPUNLA
NG MGA BINHI SA LUPA
MAY PANAHON NG PAMUMULAKLAK
PAG-ALAY NG MGA BUNGA

AKO AY MAY 'SANG PAANYAYA
SA LAHAT NG MAY IBIG
ISANG PAG-ANI NG BIYAYA
BUNGA NG PAWIS AT LANGIT

ARAW NG PAGDIRIWANG
AT PASASALAMAT
TAGUMPAY NG PAGSISIKAP
PAGTUPAD NG MGA PANGARAP

ITO AY KAPISTAHAN
NG PAGPAPANUMBALIK
NG SIGLA NG BISIG
NG ATING PANANALIG


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THERE'S A TIME FOR SOWING
SEEDS ON THE EARTH
AND A TIME FOR FLOWERING
FOR OFFERING THE FRUITS

I HAVE AN INVITATION
FOR ALL WHO WISH TO PARTAKE
A HARVEST OF BLESSINGS
FROM HARD WORK AND THE HEAVENS

A CELEBRATION
A THANKSGIVING
TRIUMPH OF ZEAL
REALIZATION OF DREAMS

A FEAST
OF RENEWAL
FOR STRENGTH
AND FAITH

ANUNGAN

 

   

Anungan is a chanted lullaby from the Hanunuo Mangyan in the coasts of Oriental Mindoro, Luzon, Philippines. Additional lyrics, main vocals and original chants by Grace Nono. Additional music, arrangement and guitars by Bob Aves. Community vocals by Noel Cabangon, Jingle Sayson, Joey Aracama, Nonoy Alcalde, Jeritsa Bucoy, Kimmy Bartolome and Alexis Rutaquio.

 

 
NU ANUNG NU ANUNG ANUNGAN
NU ANUNG ANUNG ANUNG ANUNGAN
NU ANUNG ANUNG ANUNG ANUNG
NUNGANI ANUNGAN

NU ANUNG ANUNGAN NUNGANU
NU DA NGA KAWO MAGLUME NU ANU
TURUG ANUNG ANUNG ANUNGAN

DREAM
WITH EYES OPEN
THIS UNFOLDING
IS YOUR OWN

BE
WHAT YOUR HEART DESIRES
BE NOT FEAR
BE NOT DOUBT

FLY
YOU ARE WIND ITSELF
EVER CHANGING
EVER FREE

FALL
AND BE STRENGTHENED
EVERY SCAR
IS A PRIZE

RISE
SPIRIT HUMBLED
WITH COMPASSION
IN YOUR SOUL

DANCE
LIKE THE OCEAN
LIBERATION
IS YOUR NAME


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ADER

 

Expounding on the main theme of the Maguindanaon courtship song Ader, collected by Labaya Piang. Original chants and main vocals by Grace Nono. Arrangement, kudlong 2-string lute, pitched bamboo drums and skin percussions by Bob Aves.

 

AY, AYAYAY
AY, AYAYAY

HAHAHA HUHAHUHAHAHA
HUHAHUHA

ADER ENNA ENNA NA ENNA
NA ADER ENNA ENNA NA ENNA
NA ADER ENNA ENNA NA ENNA
NA ADER ENNA ENNA NA ENNA


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AY, LENG

 

   

A lullaby with death and loss as sub-themes. Collected by Prof. Elena Rivera Mirano from Euphemia Caringal in Batangas. Arranged by Bob Aves. Interpreted by Grace Nono.

 

AY, LENG, HULUNA
MAY AMA AT MAY INA'Y
MATULOG KAY GINHAWA
AKO'Y ABANG ULILA
KAHIMBINGAN
AY, NAGIGITLA


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OH, LENG, SLEEP NOW
YOU WHO HAVE BOTH A FATHER
   AND A MOTHER
YOU SLEEP SO SOUNDLY
I AM BUT AN ORPHAN
TROUBLED IN MY SLEEP

PAGLALAKBAY

 

  JOURNEY

Search for one's roots, for one's identity and for true meaning. Lyrics and main vocals by Grace Nono. Music by Bob Aves and Grace Nono. Arrangement and guitars by Bob Aves. Community vocals by Jingle Sayson, Joey Aracama, Nonoy Alcalde.

DI BA'T ANG BUHAY
PAGLALAKBAY, PAGLALAKBAY
MAGMULA PAGSILANG
KAWALAN NG MGA LIGALIG
MAGMULA PAGLILIKOM
NG MGA KASANGKAPAN
HANGGANG SA PAGHAHANDA
SA PAGTATALAGA

BUHAY AY UPANG
MAKATAGPO ANG KABANALAN
SA BAWAT MAY-BUHAY
KILALANIN AT BIGYANG-GALANG
IKAW AY MAGPAHAYAG
KUNG ANO ANG IYONG LAYON
ITO BA AY PAG-IBIG?
IBIG KITANG MARINIG

BUYA, BUYA, BUYA, BUYA, BUYA

SUKO, IPAGKALOOB MO
NG LUBOS ANG IYONG SARILI
YAKAP NG MAHIGPIT
KAHARAPIN MO ANG LINGID
MAGNINGAS KA SA DILIM
PAGLIYABIN ANG PANANALIG
UMAKYAT SA PAIKID
ISANG SULYAP SA LANGIT

DI BA'T ANG BUHAY
PAGLALAKBAY, PAGLALAKBAY
'SANG DAANG MAKITID
NA PUNO NG MGA TINIK


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IS LIFE NOT A JOURNEY?
A JOURNEY.
SINCE BIRTH
AND THE ABSENCE OF CARES;
FROM THE GATHERING OF
ONE'S TOOLS
TO PREPARING FOR ONE'S
INITIATION

LIFE IS SO ONE COMES
FACE TO FACE WITH THE SACRED
IN ALL BEINGS, TO GET TO KNOW EACH
AND TO PAY ONE'S RESPECTS
TELL ME WHAT YOUR
INTENTION IS.
IS IT LOVE?
I WANT TO HEAR YOU SPEAK

SURRENDER, GIVE OF YOURSELF
COMPLETELY
EMBRACE WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT
FACE THE UNKNOWN
KINDLE A FLAME IN THIS DARKNESS
KEEP THE FAITH BURNING
CLIMB THE SPIRAL
ONE GLACE OF HEAVEN

IS LIFE NOT A JOURNEY?
A JOURNEY.
A NARROW ROAD
LINED WITH THORNS

MANAMA

 

 

Manama is the highest god of the myth-entrenched Manuvu of the hinterlands of Mindanao, Southern Philippines, a people noted for their warrior spirit. Music by Grace Nono. Arrangement and guitars by Bob Aves. Drums by Roy Mercado. Guest vocals by Noel Cabangon.

MANAMA
MANAMA
MANAMA .....


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PAG-IISANG PUSO

 

 

Searching for and finding the mate of one's soul. Symbolic marriage and giving of one's life to the other. Prayers and blessings from heaven and earth. Lyrics, original chants and main vocals by Grace Nono. Music by Bob Aves and Grace Nono. Arrangement and guitars by Bob Aves. Guest vocal tracks by Noel Cabangon.

ARAW NG PAG-IISANG PUSO
ARAW NG PAG-IISANG TIBOK
ANG DALAWA'Y PAG-ISAHIN
SAKSI ANG LUPA AT MGA BITUIN




IKAW, KAKAMBAL NG AKING KALULUWA
KAY TAGAL KITANG HINANAP-HANAP
NANG KITA AY MATAGPUAN
ANG MAGBIGAY, AKING NATUTUNAN

EYA! EIYEIYEA!
AAH .....

BUHAY, ITO AY ATING PAGSALUHAN
BAWAT TAG-ARAW AT TAG-ULAN
ANG PAKATI'T PAGTAOG NG TUBIG
ANG BUKANG-LIWAYWAY AT ANG TAKIP-SILIM




NAWA, TAYO AY BIYAYANAN
NG LAKAS, GINHAWA AT KAPAYAPAAN
NG PANANAMPALATAYA
PAGLIYAB NG ATING P


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THE DAY WHEN TWO HEARTS UNITE
THE DAY WHEN TWO HEARTBEATS MERGE
WHEN TWO BECOME AS ONE
THE LAND AND STARS BEAR WITNESS

YOU, MY SOUL'S TWIN
I SEARCHED FOR YOU A LONG TIME,
WHEN AT LAST I FOUND YOU
I UNDERSTOOD THE MEANING OF GIVING



TOGETHER, LET US CELEBRATE THIS
LIFE
EVERY SEASON, RAIN AND SUNSHINE
THE RISING AND FALLING OF THE TIDES
EACH DAWN, EACH TWILIGHT

MAY WE BE BLESSED
WITH STRENGTH, BOUNTY AND PEACE, FAITH, LOVE, ABLAZE

SAMBA

 

  WORSHIP

Both nature and community celebrate God and creation. Lyrics, music and main vocals by Grace Nono. Arrangement, skin and bamboo percussion by Bob Aves. Community vocals by Jingle Sayson, Joey Aracama, Nonoy Alcalde, Tammy Magsalin and Jacqueline Hernaez.

SAMBA, SAMBA, SAMBANG-BAYAN
LAHAT AY NAGKAKAISA,
SAMBANG-BAYAN
PAGPUPUGAY SA SIMULA'T
WAKAS NG BUHAY
MAG-ALAY KA
NG BUNGA'T BULAKLAK
NG PUSONG DALISAY



LAMBAK, ILOG, KABUNDUKAN
KIDLAT, ALON AT HANGIN,
KAPATAGAN
BIGYANG-DAAN ANG SIMULA'T
   WAKAS NG BUHAY
IWAGAYWAY,
AWIT AT KULAY
SAYAW AT SALAYSAY

MAGPASALAMAT
SA HANDOG NG BUHAY
BAWAT KALAGAYAN AY
   BUKAL NG ARAL

KILALANIN ANG
   KATANGIANG TUNAY
ANG MANANATILI PAGLUBOG
   NG IYONG ARAW


PAG-IBIG LAMANG
PAG-IBIG LAMANG
PAG-IBIG LAMANG

HALINA, MGA KAPATID
UMAWIT NG PAPURI


HALINA, MINSAN PA'Y TUNGHAYAN
HIWAGANG 'SANGNILIKHA


LAY LA LAY, LA LAY LA LAY LA LAY
LA LAY LAY, LA LAY LA LAY


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THE COMMUNITY GATHERS TO WORSHIP
AS ONE
TO WORSHIP
AND PAY HOMAGE TO LIFE'S BEGINNING
AND END
MAKE AN OFFERING
OF FRUITS AND FLOWERS
AND A PURE HEART

VALLEY, RIVER, MOUNTAIN
LIGHTNING, WAVE, WIND,
FLAT STRETCHES OF LAND
PREPARE A ROAD FOR LIFE'S
   BEGINNING AND END
FLAUNT
YOUR SONGS AND COLORS
DANCES AND STORIES

GIVE THANKS
FOR LIFE'S GIFTS
EACH SITUATION IS A
   WELLSPRING OF LEARNING

GET TO KNOW THY
   TRUE NATURE
THE ONE THAT REMAINS AT THE END
 OF YOUR DAYS

ONLY LOVE
ONLY LOVE
ONLY LOVE

COME TOGETHER, SISTERS, BROTHERS
SING A SONG OF PRAISE

COME NOW AND WITNESS ONCE MORE
THIS MYSTERY OF CREATION

IKAW, AKO

 

  YOU, I

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - M.M.
Lyrics and main vocals by Grace Nono. Music by Bob Aves and Grace Nono. Arrangement by Bob Aves. Drums by Bo Razon, Jose Dufourt and Gary Rivas. Community vocals by Jingle Sayson, Joey Aracama, Nonoy Alcalde, Tammy Magsalin and Jacqueline Hernaez.

IKAW, AKO
AKO, IKAW
SILA, KAYO, KAMI
AY MAGKAIBANG LIPI
AT SALINLAHI
KULAY AT UGALI
DILAW AT PUTI AT KAYUMANGGI
PULA, ITIM
NGUNIT IISANG
PINANGANGARAP
ABUTIN


KAPAYAPAAN
KASAGANAAN
MALAYANG PAGPAPASYA
ISANG KATAUHANG
MAG PAGGALANG SA
KALIKASAN
MAKATARUNGANG PAGKAKATAON
SA BAWAT ISA
'SANGSINUKUBANG
SA PUSO N'YA AY
PAG-ASA

IKAW, AKO
AKO, IKAW
SILA, KAYO, KAMI
MAGKAIBANG PINAGMULAN
AT PATUTUNGUHAN
PINAGLALABAN
PANUNTUNAN
PARAAN
HANTUNGAN
NGUNIT DI HADLANG
SA ISANG
PAGKAKAIBIGAN

IKAW, AKO
AKO, IKAW
SILA, KAYO, KAMI
HINABI SA ISANG HIBLA
IISA


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YOU, I
I, YOU
THEY, YOU, US
ARE OF DIFFERENT ANCESTRY,
GENERATIONS
COLOR, LIFEWAYS
YELLOW, WHITE, BROWN
RED, BLACK
ALL
DREAMING
ONE DREAM

PEACE
ABUNDANCE
FREEDOM
HUMANITY
WITH REVERENCE
FOR NATURE
JUST OPPORTUNITY
FOR ALL
UNIVERSAL HOPE



YOU, I
I, YOU
THEY, YOU, US
HAVE DIFFERENT ORIGINS
DESTINATIONS
STRUGGLES
PRINCIPLES
MEANS
ENDS
NONE OF WHICH AN OBSTACLE
TO TRUE FRIENDSHIP


YOU, I
I, YOU
THEY, YOU, US
WOVEN FROM THE SAME STRAND
ONE

SIMULA NA NAMAN

 

 

Initiation. Rite of passage from one threshold to another. Reference made to the ancient practice among Cagayan de Oro, Southern Philippines natives of making a girl jump over three steps of a staircase on her first day of menstruation/passage to womanhood. (Demetrio, Francisco, S.J. Philippine Folk Beliefs and Customs. Xavier University: Cagayan de Oro City, 1991). Lyrics, chants and main vocals by Grace Nono. Music by Bob Aves and Grace Nono. Arrangement and guitars by Bob Aves. Drums by Roy Mercado. Additional vocals by Noel Cabangon.

HAAY, HAAY, HAAY, EYAAH

SIMULA NA NAMAN
SA SILANGAN
NILUWAL SA DILIM
BINHI NG
KATUPARAN

SIMULA NA NAMAN
WALANG HANGGANAN
PASULONG ANG HAKBANG
KITLIN ANG
ALINLANGAN

HAAY, HAAY, HAAY, EYAAH

ANG BAWAT DIWA
AY GUHIT-TAGPUAN
BAWAT SAGLIT
KATAPUSAN
AT SIMULA

LUKSO NG TAPANG AT
LARAWANG-DIWA
TATLONG BAYTANG
SA HAGDAN NG
PANANAMPALATAYA

MAKITID ANG DAANANG
TINATAHAK
NGUNIT H'WAG
MAIBSAN NG IYONG
PAG-ASA

HAAY, HAAY, HAAY, EYAAH

ANG AKING DIWA'Y
GUHIT-TAGPUAN
BAWAT HAKBANG
KATAPUSAN AT SIMULA

EUAAH, AHAH ....

YE, YE, YEHEH .....


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A NEW BEGINNING DAWNS
IN THE EAST;
CONCEIVED IN THE NIGHT,
WAS THE SEED OF
FULFILMENT

A NEW BEGINNING
ALWAYS;
MARCH FORWARD,
BREAK FREE FROM
DOUBT



EVERY SPIRIT IS ONE
WITH THE HORIZON;
EVERY MOMENT
AN END AND A
BEGINNING

LEAP IN COURAGE
AND IN VISION;
THREE STEPS
IN THE LADDER OF FAITH


NARROW IS THE PATH
WE TREAD
DON'T LET YOUR HOPE
RUN DRY




MY SPIRIT AND THE HORIZON
ARE ONE;
EVERY STEP
AN END AND
A BEGINNING

KADKADDUWA

 

 

Kadkadduwa is the Ilocano word for 'companion'. It may also refer to the 'soul', the 'constant companion' of the physical body. Reference made to ancient belief in the soul getting ferried across streams and rivers and finally to Mt. Kanlaon, land of the dead to early Negros natives; Kadungayan to the early Ifugao; Mt. Madjaas to the Sulods of upland Panay; and Mt. Magdiwata to the Mamanua (Demetrio, Fernando, Zialcita: The Soul Book, GCF Books: Quezon City, 1991). Middle lament based on Maranaw 'runok' or passage interspersed with main Dikker text, chanted during wakes, funerals and religious Holy Days; collected by Sindao Banisil. Lyrics, original chants and main vocals by Grace Nono. Music by Bob Aves and Grace Nono. Arrangement and guitars by Bob Aves. Drums by Roy Mercado. Additional vocal tracks by Noel Cabangon.

GIYANDA WIYUANUNOAAAA
EEYOAA

KADKADDUWA

PAALAM, AKING SINTA,
KAPATID, KADKADDUWA;
SALAMAT, SA IYONG NGITI,
PAGKALINGA AT PAG-IBIG

AOOOOOOO .....

GIYANDA WIYUANUNOAAAA
EEYOAA

KADKADDUWA

LIWANAG, NA KAY HINGPIT
ILAYAG MO AKONG PAPAUWI
SA LUPANG PINAGMULAN
WALANG KAPARIS NA KALAYAAN

SA KANLAON! SA KADUNGAYAN!
SA MADJAAS! SA MAGDIWATA!

GIYANDA WIYUANUNOAAAA
EEYOAA

KADKADDUWA


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GOODBYE, LOVER,
BROTHER, SISTER, COMPANION;
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SMILE,
YOUR KINDNESS AND LOVE






OH, BRIGHTNESS, SO PERFECT
SAIL ME HOME
TO THE LAND OF MY ORIGINS
A FREEDOM LIKE NO OTHER

TO KANLAON! TO KADUNGAYAN!
TO MADJAAS! TO MAGDIWATA!

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