First Ever Church Hymn for Blessed Takayama – in Tagalog

Tokyo Concert featuring first hymn for Blessed Takayama — in Tagalog

Lingkod ng Pag-ibig Concert

(Based  on information posted by Ms Puchie Gan of “The Gathering of Filipino Groups and Communities” (GFGC), co-sponsors of the “Servants of Love” Benefit Concert)

►The “Servants of Love” (Lingkod ng Pag-ibig) Concert, which was held at the Shibuya Cultural Center / Owada (Sakura Hall) in Tokyo, Japan on Aug. 31, 2018, presented a raft of Tagalog hymns, among them the first Takayama Ukon Hymn, composed by Jay Gomez, JMM (Himig Heswita) artist, and sung by Rey Malipot, JMM artist.

The Ateneo-based Jesuit Music Ministry (JMM) has pioneered in Tagalog liturgical music since Vatican II encouraged greater partification of congregations in singing hymns during the Mass.

►Ministries of Music have been an important feature of Eucharistic celebrations throughout the centuries. The Filipino hymn “Salamat sa Iyo” (Tanging Alay) was sung as the Offertory Hymn at the Beatification Rites of Blessed Takayama in Osaka on Feb. 7, 2017. The Tagalog hymn was selected as a nod to Takayama’s being “born to Heaven” in Manila, on account of his “death by martyrdom” in Intramuros in 1615.


►The ”Servants of Love” concert featured “PHILMISS,” an organization of priests, nuns and lay missionaries in the Kanto area. (The Kantō region [関東地方] includes the Greater Tokyo Area encompassing seven prefectures: Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tokyo, Chiba, and Kanagawa.)

Included in the concert are two recording artists from “Himig Heswita” — Rey Malipot and Jay Gomez. Rey is featured in the latest Himig Heswita album, “Nauna na Kitang Mahalin” and Jay Gome, flutist, in Vesper 7.

Jesuit Music Ministry (JMM)

►The Jesuit Music Ministry (JMM) is a producer and publisher of music for use in the liturgy of the Roman Catholic church. It was established in response to Vatican II’s “Sacrosanctum Concilium” which urged the entire congregation to actively participate in the liturgy that includes singing. JMM songs are now sung in churches not only in the Philippines but throughout the world.

By 1965, JMM began composing songs in the Filipino idiom. Many well-remembered compositions followed throughout the 70’s, resulting in what could be called “classics” of Filipino Liturgical Music: “Ama Namin (Our Father),” “Ang Puso Ko’y Nagpupuri (Magnificat)” and “Pananagutan.” 1981 saw the release of “Himig Heswita,” an album celebrating 400 years since the arrival of the Jesuits in the Philippines. JMM has built on this splendid track record since then.

🎼 🎶 🎵 🎶 ‘TO THE END’ 🎶 🎵
(Takayama Ukon Hymn)
Words and Music by Jay Gomez

How do we make the choice
As you have made to hear His voice?
What did you see? What did you know?
All that you had, for Him, you let go.

Takayama Ukon, we will follow your lead.
Together as one, His call, we shall heed.
The life that you lived will show us the way.
Walk us through this journey.
We will not astray.

You honored and loved the Father
In the midst of martial power.
You stood by the church, held on to His word,
Withstanding the draw of this blinding world

Takayama Ukon, your faith is esteemed
A reminder that we, through CHRIST, are redeemed.
Takayama Ukon, you did not bend.
While there’s fear and doubt in others,
You believed in Him to the end.


Isa kang sorpresa, mula bansang Hapon.
Sana’y nagkapiling ng mas mahabang panahon.
Di man nagtagal ang naging samahan
Minahal ka ng bayan, ang Perlas Ng Silangan!#

Photos from the Wall of Jan Michael Acaylar and Fumi Terada:

… And they sang their hearts out — for a cause
The Kiyose Vocal Ensemble is the choir of the Kiyose Catholic Church.
Philippine Missionaries in the Kanto Region showed they could sing!
The Tagalog hymns resonated with an audience that left their hearts in the old country.
It was not just one choir that responded to the cause. They all came from the Kanto region.

►The last piece of the concert — “Ang Puso Ko’y Nagpupuri” (composed by Eduardo Hontiveros, SJ).

Classic hymn by Fr. Eduardo Hontiveros, SJ.

First Ever Concert Rendition of Takayama Hymn

►Here is Rey Malipot, JMM artist singing “To The End” — Takayama Ukon Hymn.

The Takayama Hymn composed by G. J. Herman Gomez was sung for the first time in a concert
JMM artist Rey Malipot singing Jay Gomez’s “To The End.”

Credits for a Successful Benefit Concert!

►Great appreciation to Maria Kasuya for directing the entire show and Puchie Gan for teaching the songs and choreography of the grand choir. 💓  💕!!!

►From Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon Canonization Movement to the Jesuit Music Ministry (JMM): Maraming Salamat!  🙏  💓  💕!!!

Compiled by Dr. Ernesto A. de Pedro
Takayama Trustee


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