The Kalayaan Philippines of Hawaii had a night of affair at the Laoag Amphitheater on February 05, 2008 in celebration of the Pamulinawen Festival. They invited the group Tawid for Christ International to render a performance on that affair. The guest of honor was Former First Lady Imelda Marcos.
The group Tawid has been organized 15 years ago by Mrs. Porfiria Raval, Music Supervisor of then DECS of Ilocos Norte. Members came from the different disciplines of the Ilocos community. The group originally started with the name Choir for Christ since they sing gospel songs, later renamed as Tawid Choir since they sing Ilocano songs and currently carries its official name. They had performed several times on invitations locally and internationally such as in the United States and Hongkong.
I was invited by Mrs Raval to join the group to serve as bass, on December 2007 with some rehearsals. The said affair was my debut performance with the group. We sang medley of Ilocano songs such as Manang Biday, Dungdunguen Ka, No Duaduaem and You are the Sunshine of My Life.
The following are the lyrics of the Ilocano songs:
Dundunguen kanto unay unay
Indayonen kanto iti sinamay
Tultuloden kanto nalumanay
Pagamuanen inka mailibay
Annay, pusok, annay, annay,
Nasaem, naut-ut la unay.
Itdem kaniak ta pannaranay
Ta kaasiak a maidasay.
Apaman nga inkanto makaturog,
Iyabbong konto ta rupam daytoy panyok
Tapno dinaka kagaten ti lamok
Ket maimas monto't maturog.(Repeat refrain)
Apaman nga inkanto makariing
Dagdagusen kanto nga sapuyoten
Nga ilellele a kas maysa nga ubing
Ta namnamaek sam-it ni issem.(Repeat refrain)
NO DUADUAEM PAY
No duaduaem pay laeng ti pegges ni ayat
Nalawag unayen a ranggas mo kaniak
Ala man biagko, sawem ti pamuspusak
Tapno mabalinka a lipaten o imnas
Lipatenkanton wen ngemaddaakton ti tanem
Ngem no itan, saanen nga mabalinen
Ay, itdem ni ayat, dinak kad pagtuoken
Yantangay siksika ti innak ay-ayaten.
Manang Biday, ilukat mo man
Ta bentanan ikalumbaban
Ta kitaec ta kinayawan
Ay matayakon no dinac caasyan
A sino ka nga aglabas-laabs
Toy jardin ko pagay-ayamak
Ammon ngarud a balasangak