We, Bukas Palad, are a Catholic Filipino music ministry, bound by our faith in God, passion for music, and dedication to serving others. Inspired by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, we strive to become co-creators with God in building a world of justice, peace, hope, and love by writing, performing, and propagating original liturgical and inspirational music.
Kami ang Bukas Palad Music Ministry, isang pamayanang Katoliko at Pilipino, pinagtipan ng aming pananalig sa Diyos, hilig sa musika, at dedikasyon sa paglingkod sa kapwa. Sa inspirasyon ng espiritwalidad ni San Ignacio ng Loyola, sinisikap naming maging ka-manlilikha ng Diyos sa pagpanday ng daigdig ng katarungan, kapayapaan, pag-asa, at pagmamahal, sa pamamagitan ng pagsulat, paghayag, at pagpalaganap ng musikang orihinal pang-liturhiya at pang-inspirasyon.
BUKAS PALAD is a community of young people who compose, record, and perform original Filipino religious music. Since 1986, Bukas Palad has recorded 18 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 27 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 27 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 ministers with music by singing in liturgy. Bukas Palad believes that voices raised in prayerful song add grace and fervor to life's pivotal moments. Masses, christenings, weddings, ordinations, and funerals are some occasions where Bukas Palad may be heard. Bukas Palad's ministry is a popular ministry as well. Bukas Palad is a highly acclaimed performing group in the Philippines. Bukas Palad and Bukas Palad's songs have been featured on countless occasions in concerts, on the radio, and on television. Bukas Palad has performed live in theaters, concert halls, convention centers, churches, and even shopping malls.
Popular Filipino artists like Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Gary V, Basil Valdez, Jamie Rivera, Joey Albert, Cooky Chua, and Noel Cabangon have recorded and popularized Bukas Palad songs. "Tanging Yaman", "Hindi Kita Malilimutan", "Sa 'Yo Lamang", and other Bukas Palad songs have even become theme songs and titles of movies and television shows. Finally, Bukas Palad hopes that other people begin to write and sing their own songs of praise and prayer and find their own voices. To this end, Bukas Palad conducts liturgical music workshops for parish communities and choral groups. Bukas Palad also conducts outreach activities for the marginalized, the elderly, the orphaned, the sick, and the imprisoned.
Norman Agatep, Jandi Arboleda, and Manoling Francisco began writing liturgical songs as high school students. But soon, their songs had broken out of school, spread across the Philippines, and would eventually resound wherever Filipinos gather in praise and prayer.
Almost by accident, the three had given voice to the fervent prayers of many.
In 1986, after Manoling joined the Society of Jesus, Norman and Jandi gathered some friends to sing at a wedding. The group continued to sing, and soon recorded their first album of original songs, entitled Bukas Palad, which also became the group's name.
Thus began Bukas Palad. And again, almost by accident, their songs spread, and Bukas Palad's music ministry grew. Bukas Palad has flourished since. Their songs have become a significant part of the Filipino Church and liturgy. And Bukas Palad and Bukas Palad's songs have broken out of church walls, and into the lives of people in search of faith, hope, and consolation.
It seems all this has happened almost by accident. But perhaps it seems that way because Bukas Palad has always been nurtured by the generosity of members, family, and friends. All this has been inspired and sustained by the grace of God, Whose love and generosity break all boundaries and confound all expectations, and Who shelters us always in the palm of His hand.