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Bukas Palad Music Ministry – The Best of Bukas Palad, Vol. 2 (Silver Anniversary Edition)

BUKAS PALAD is a community of young people who compose, record, and perform original Filipino religious music. Since 1986, Bukas Palad has recorded 14 albums under the Jesuit Music Ministry of the Ateneo de Manila University and has performed in over a hundred solo concerts across the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, and the United States.

Very few of Bukas Palad’s members received formal musical training, but in its 24 years, Bukas Palad has grown to become an important force in Filipino music. Many of the most popular and well-loved praise songs in the Philippines were first sung and recorded by Bukas Palad. “Hindi Kita Malilimutan”, “Tanging Yaman”, “Sa ‘Yo Lamang”, “Anima Christi”, and “I Will Sing Forever” are but a few of the songs Bukas Palad has sung and spread over its 23 years.

Bukas Palad has produced well over a hundred original liturgical and inspirational songs composed by Fr. Manoling Francisco, S.J., Norman A. Agatep, Jandi I. Arboleda, and other Bukas Palad members. Bukas Palad continues to create new religious songs because the heart of Bukas Palad’s ministry is to give a voice to people’s most fervent prayers. Bukas Palad hopes to put music to the desires and hopes that dwell in human hearts.

Bukas Palad Music Ministry – The Best of Bukas Palad (Songs in Filipino), Vol. 1

The Bukas Palad Music Ministry (Filipino for “generous”; literally, “open palm”) is a Roman Catholic, contemporary worship musical group in the Philippines that composes, records, and performs original religious music. Since 1986, Bukas Palad has recorded over a dozen albums with the Jesuit Music Ministry of Jesuit Communications Foundation, a ministry of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus, based in Ateneo de Manila University. The group has performed in over a hundred solo concerts across the country and overseas in Japan, Hong Kong, the United States, and Canada.

Norman Agatep, Jandi Arboleda, and Rev Fr. Manoling Francisco SJ began writing liturgical songs as high school students. Their songs were eventually popularised through use in Catholic Masses and other liturgical services nationwide.

After Francisco joined the Society of Jesus in 1986, Agatep and Arboleda gathered some friends to sing at a wedding. This group continued singing and soon recorded their first album of original songs, entitled “Bukas Palad”, which also became the group’s name

Bukas Palad Music Ministry – Bukas Palad

The Bukas Palad Music Ministry (Filipino for “generous”; literally, “open palm”) is a Roman Catholic, contemporary worship musical group in the Philippines that composes, records, and performs original religious music. Since 1986, Bukas Palad has recorded over a dozen albums with the Jesuit Music Ministry of Jesuit Communications Foundation, a ministry of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus, based in Ateneo de Manila University. The group has performed in over a hundred solo concerts across the country and overseas in Japan, Hong Kong, the United States, and Canada.

Norman Agatep, Jandi Arboleda, and Rev Fr. Manoling Francisco SJ began writing liturgical songs as high school students. Their songs were eventually popularised through use in Catholic Masses and other liturgical services nationwide.

After Francisco joined the Society of Jesus in 1986, Agatep and Arboleda gathered some friends to sing at a wedding. This group continued singing and soon recorded their first album of original songs, entitled “Bukas Palad”, which also became the group’s name.

Bukas Palad Music Ministry – In Him Alone

The Bukas Palad Music Ministry (Filipino for “generous”; literally, “open palm”) is a Roman Catholic, contemporary worship musical group in the Philippines that composes, records, and performs original religious music. Since 1986, Bukas Palad has recorded over a dozen albums with the Jesuit Music Ministry of Jesuit Communications Foundation, a ministry of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus, based in Ateneo de Manila University.The group has performed in over a hundred solo concerts across the country and overseas in Japan, Hong Kong, the United States, and Canada.

Norman Agatep, Jandi Arboleda, and Rev Fr. Manoling Francisco SJ began writing liturgical songs as high school students. Their songs were eventually popularised through use in Catholic Masses and other liturgical services nationwide.

After Francisco joined the Society of Jesus in 1986, Agatep and Arboleda gathered some friends to sing at a wedding. This group continued singing and soon recorded their first album of original songs, entitled “Bukas Palad”, which also became the group’s name.

Bukas Palad Music Ministry – Christify

The Bukas Palad Music Ministry (Filipino for “generous”; literally, “open palm”) is a Roman Catholic, contemporary worship musical group in the Philippines that composes, records, and performs original religious music. Since 1986, Bukas Palad has recorded over a dozen albums with the Jesuit Music Ministry of Jesuit Communications Foundation, a ministry of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus, based in Ateneo de Manila University. The group has performed in over a hundred solo concerts across the country and overseas in Japan, Hong Kong, the United States, and Canada.

TAKE AND BLESS THE WORK OF OUR HANDS

At every moment, somewhere in the world, a Mass is being celebrated. At every moment, somewhere in the world, a Catholic community offers bread and wine for God to Christify. As the community receives the bread and wine, so, too, are they sanctified, missioned to draw the world for God to Christify.

In commemoration of its 24th anniversary, the Bukas Palad Music Ministry offers its 15th album, Christify, a collection of 10 new songs for liturgy and worship. The second of three anniversary albums, Christify follows To Love & Serve: Bukas Palad Chants in continuing Bukas Palad’s mission to broaden the repertoire of Filipino liturgical music.

The songs in this album draw from the wealth of liturgical music that has inspired and influenced Bukas Palad in the last 24 years. These songs also explore new facets of what Jesuit historian Horacio de la Costa calls the “two jewels” of the Filipino soul: faith and music.

Three of these songs were products of a song writing workshop while others are fruits of collaboration between many Bukas Palad members and friends. All of the songs in this album and the accompanying songbook are intended to be congregation-friendly and replicable by parish choirs.

Christify renews Bukas Palad’s commitment to serve the Filipino Church through its music. We humbly dedicate this album to all Filipino parish choirs around the world, who inspire us with their tireless service of their parish communities.