Mag-amba sang Pagdayaw Lyrics and History

Central Philippine University Blog

CHORUS I:

Mag-amba sang pagdayaw sa aton Dios
Dios nga Manunuga
Ihatag ta sa Iya ang mga tinion
Himayaon naton Sia.

Sa aton nga pagtoo kag pagsalig
Nagakalipay Sia
Isikway naton ang sala
Kag Sia pagadayawon ta

I

Si Cristo ang nagkari sa pagluwas sa aton
Sia magakari liwat kadalag-an naton

(Repeat Chorus)

II*

Amba pagdayaw, amba pagdayaw
Si Hesus ko buhi sa gihapon
Amba pagdaya, amba pagdaya
Si Hesus ko buhi

(Repeat Chorus)

CHORUS II

Dayawon naton Sia sa kada adlaw
Isinggit naton ang Hallelujah
Isugid naton sa mga katawhan
Ang Dios Sia lang ang gamhanan

Ibayaw mga kamot, magtoo kita
Isinggit sa katawhan,
Isinggit sa katawhan,
Isinggit sa katawhan,
Ang Dios…Ang Dios Gugma!

*I took these lines from the popular Sunday school song, “Alive, Alive Forevermore”.

History of “Mag-amba sang Pagdayaw”

Through all years of singing and hearing “Alive, Alive Forevermore” being sung in Sunday schools and gathering, I prayed that God would give me a tune that would somehow become an alternative song.

In first quarter of 1989, I recall playing a melody at Sambag Baptist Church piano and suddenly the inspiration for lyrics came. Thus, “Mag-amba sang Pagdayaw” was composed and first performed at Sambag Baptist Church worship service.

“Mag-amba sang Pagdayaw” was first taught among Sambag Baptist Church youth. Then they sung it in one program during the Iloilo Kasapulanan Baptist Youth Fellowship Union in Concepcion, Iloilo in summer 1989.

Each time I had the opportunity, especially during youth gatherings, I would teach the song. I remembered teaching delegates at the CBFYP leadership training in 1989.

The Bethany Baptist Temple choir in Bacolod City sang “Mag-amba sang Pagdayaw” in 1991 during their Original Contemporary Christian Song concert. I stayed at the household of Rev. Jacob Delfin for two weeks to teach their choir the Ilonggo songs that I composed.

The OCCS concert with Bethany Baptist Temple choir was quite memorable because more than my first opportunity to perform in Bacolod City was the great chance to meet and befriended many brothers and sisters in Christ. My deep gratitude for Bethany Baptist Temple choir and congregation for their support and ministry.

Of course, Aileen Banasing, my co-officer in the Convention Baptist Youth Fellowship of the Philippines (CBYFP) suggested my name.

In September 1995, I submitted “Mag-amba sang Pagdayaw” to Far East Broadcasting Company who launch a contest for the “Pagdayaw” (Hiligaynon Papuri) album they were producing. Praise God, “Mag-amba sang Pagdayaw” became one of the songs of the “Pagdayaw” Album.

What started as an earnest wish to come up with an alternative song a song came up in God’s own perfect time.

Today, churches in Panay, Negros, and Mindanao continue to sing “Mag-amba sang Pagdayaw” or “Pagdayaw”. It is my prayer that they will teach the song from generation to generation.

All glory be to God, our Almighty Composer!

For lyrics with chords, please click this link –> MAG-AMBA SANG PAGDAYAW LYRICS WITH CHORDS

 

14 thoughts on “Mag-amba sang Pagdayaw Lyrics and History

  1. gracemcd says:

    Madamo gid ang na bless sang sini nga ambahanon, Pre Jonan! Sa nahibaluan ko, may mga Ilonggo compositions pa gid nga ginkanta ang Pagtukib Choir wherein most of the songs were composed by you. Kabay nga pareho sang “Mag-amba sa Pagdayaw”, ma record man ang ato nga mga ambahanon nga sarang makahatag inspirasyon sa pagdayaw kag pagsimba sa aton buhi nga Dios.

  2. Banerx! says:

    So far ini na lang ang kanta nga indi ko malimtan that originated from Nong Jonan and SBC. Nagupod ko kanta sang una sa SBC choir (though I’m from UC) sang nag mini-concert sila sa Cosmo and Bethany Churches sa Bacolod. Lipat nako sang exact date or year. This song was also sung in a lot of young teens and youth camps nga na attendan ko as well as sa VCS sa Sambag. Brings back good memories…

  3. Mitchel says:

    this is the Lyrics that i remember;
    Ang isa ka pamatan-un isa ka tiun nga indi mo na guid mabalikan gani Kung ano nalang ang mahalamut-an amo ang buhaton naton sa atobang Niya…
    Kadamo na sang pamatan-un na naguba ang kabuhi, naguba ang ila nag buwas damlag. Kabuhi nga way padulongan, kabuhi nga way paglaum, kada adlaw permi lang may problema…..
    O hesus sa kabuhi ko maghari ka, kalipay ko nga bug-os alagaron ka.

    • Jonan Castillon says:

      Yup, nadumduman ko ini nga lyrics. I was with the Pagdayaw singers recording these songs at FEBC Valenzuela. I also attended the launching of the “Pagdayaw” album in Bacolod. I’m sure, DYVS has a copy of this or ang PCBS.

    • Sharon joy junsay Dela pena says:

      hello nong jonan. Sa akon na dumduman 10 yrs old ako.isa ina sa mga kalantawon nga indi ko gd malimtan asta sa sbng kag siguro asta mag tigulang ko.Kag ang mga kalantahon gin pang compose sng iban pa gid ng young people.dumduman ko damu na nga simbahan ang naga invite sa aton para magkanta.”PAGTUKIB”tama?.Pati ang kumpas ni Inday Grace indi ko man malipatan.Salamat sa inyo nga naging parti ako sang ina ng kalantahon.salamat nong Jonan.

  4. dzlyn narciso says:

    Indi ko God I I malipatan nga ambahanun. Elementary ako sini sang gin choir namun sa Concepción baptist church in our home town. This song inspires me.

      • Mitchel says:

        Thank you for continuing inspiring ur fellow christian, and mga tinaga nga inde malipatan tani bisan diin kita antun pirmi dumdumun how Great is our God. That continue walking with us ups and down. May isa ka kanta nga paborito ko gid pro lipatan ko na ang Lyrics pls kindly post naman “Pamatanon” under ng Pagdayaw album. This is Mitchie from Amaga Evangelical Church Capiz. to God be the Glory!

        • Jonan Castillon says:

          Hi Mitchel, thanks for dropping a comment here. Kamusta gid sa mga taga-Amaga EC. Kada speaker ni Tatay dira naga upod gid ako. I can’t forget sang mga pantat nga inasal during Thanksgiving Sunday. Si Maruth Marcelino classmate ko sang elementary sa Filamer taga dira gid. Blessings gid sa imo. Do subscribe sa aton mga posts diri for more inspiring stories.

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