Dakami dagiti annak ti Ilocos, English

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DAKAMI DAGITI ANNAK TI ILOCOS, A CHORAL RECITATION PIECE

(Written for the Ilokano Program of GEAR-Up, Farrington High School, under the University of Hawai’i, for the joint cultural program of the Ilokano and Samoan Program, FHS)

 

AMIN/ALL:

Dakami dagiti Annak ti Ilocos.

We are the children of Ilocos.

 

Group 1:

Ditoykami a naisadsad

Ditoy nga ili ti arapaap

 

Over here in this land we came

In this land of our dreams became

 

 

Group 2:

 

Baro a ngayed kas iti baybay

Pakaigapuan adu a linglingay

 

This new beauty as is the sea

The reason for our joys, you see 

 

A:

Iti rabii a birokenmit’ tagainep

Mabukel labes salsalikepkep

 

In the night we look for the dreams

And in our embrace we find them

 

Group 2:

Ta, a, masapul ditoy ti gaget

Kasingin, kabsat, ina baket

Ama, kabagis, ti kinapinget

A bulonan pannakirinnanget

 

Then, of course, we work hard

Cousin brother, mother

Father, sister, we work hard

And the struggle to be fair

 

 

Group 1:

Iti man aldaw a panagbannog

Iti agmatuon a panagasug-asog

Iti nalamiis a rabii a ti Ilocos

Namaris nga arapaap di maibus.

 

In the days of our frantic labor

In the noontime of our tired bodies

In the cold Ilocos nights’ ardor

Colorful dreams do not come to pass

 

A:

Isublidakami iti Ilocos

Inkam koma kunaen,

A ngem ta piman ti Ilocos

Nga iti rigat inka sakaen.

 

You have me return to Ilocos

This we say some of the time for her

But then our beloved Ilocos

In hard labor we came to redeem her

 

Group 2:

Mabati kami ngarud iti Kalihi

And we are left in Kalihi

 

 

Group 1:

Iti umok ni ayat iti Farrington

Iti pannagibi dagiti arapaami

 

In this nest of love at Farrington

In the nurturing of our vision

 

 

 

Group 2:

Iti panagampayag nasam-it a kansion

In the sweet tune of music in the air

 

A:

Ta ditoy, iti baro a lugar dagiti darepdep

Ditoy a bangonenmi ti naiwawa a pateg

Ditoy a sangalenmi maris ti tagainep

Ken denggenmi ti ayug a nasam-it.

 

For here, in this new place, are our dreams

For here we build our lost sense of selves

For here we build up what we want to have

For here we listen to the sweet music of love

 

Group 1:

Dakami dagiti annak ti Ilocos

We are the children of Ilocos

 

Group 2:

Dakami dagiti annak ti Ilocos

We are the children of Ilocos

 

All:

Dakami dagiti annak ti Ilocos

We are the children of Ilocos

 

A:

Ta ditoy, iti baro a lugar dagiti darepdep

Ditoy a bangonenmi ti naiwawa a pateg

Ditoy a sangalenmi maris ti tagainep

Ken denggenmi ti ayug a nasam-it.

 

For here, in this new place, are our dreams

For here we build our lost sense of selves

For here we build up what we want to have

For here we listen to the sweet music of love

 

 

 

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