Hangad – Hangad Acapella! (A Celebration of Jesuit Music)

Hangad a Capella is the second album recorded by Philippine-based vocal ensemble Hangad. As the title says, all songs in this album were recorded without any musical accompaniment. Most songs in a Capella are arrangements of familiar Filipino religious and inspirational songs; with the exception of two tracks, a Capella was indeed to be a collection of songs composed by Jesuit composers.

Hangad a Capella was launched on June 23, 2002, at the Oratory of St. Ignatius at the Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City.

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Hangad – Pasko Naming Hangad

Hangad is a group of friends, both young professionals and students, bound by our shared desire of knowing God, and helping others know God, through song.

Since our formation in 1991, we in Hangad have spread our deeply personal brand of inspirational and liturgical music through seven albums and four music videos produced by the Jesuit Communications Foundation; as well as Masses, weddings, full-length concerts, concert guestings, parish choir workshops, and other events, both around the Philippines in the United States.

Even as the group reaches outward, Hangad also regularly undergoes our own spiritual formation activities, towards ceaselessly fueling and deepening our individual and collective pagha-Hangad.

Hangad – The Easter Journey

Hangad’s origins begin with the Days with the Lord (DWTL) retreat/recollection at the all-boys Ateneo de Manila High School. In need of a singing group for their own group, Chad Arcinue and Lance Lazatin recruited classmates and friends. A high school faculty member, Gabby Mallillin, encouraged the then-unnamed group to sing in the next DWTL sessions.

Because of this, the same group of people would often find themselves participating in school activities. As the members were known to be participants of the DWTL seminars, the group has often been mistaken for the DWTL’s “official” choir. Hence, on October 1991, the group decided to establish their own identity and adapted the name Hangad. Hangad made its debut concert in 1992.

By the time they were in college, Hangad began to accept female members, initially from high schools and colleges such as College of the Holy Spirit, Miriam College and Stella Maris. The reconstituted Hangad continued with their participation in activities at the Ateneo de Manila University, including masses; the newly reorganized group also held its first concert in 1994. For their service to the university community, they were awarded the Dean’s Award for Service.

Hangad – Dwells God

Hangád is an inspirational vocal ensemble known for songs like Pananatili, Pagkakaibigan, and Panunumpâ (covered by pop singer Carol Banawa). They have also recorded albums which are co-produced with the Jesuit Music Ministry (JMM), the musical arm of Jesuit Communications Foundation (JesCom) of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus.

In 2006, Hangad won an Awit Award for Best Inspirational or Religious Song