Tuesday, November 25, 2014

'Cebuano' speaking pinoys or the 'Bisdaks' who are active in the social media are definitely familiar with these five awe-inspiring gentlemen from the United States whose passion is to create videos using the Cebuano vernacular. 

Hey Joe is a group of five young Americans composed of Sumner, Connor, Jake, Tylan and Davis who are members of The Church of Latter Day Saints and were once assigned as missionaries in Cebu thus explaining why these youngsters speak 'Bisaya" almost perfectly.

In October 1 this year, the group posted its first video entitled 'Amerikanong Bisaya' which took Facebook and You Tube by storm. Since then, it has produced more interesting videos and the video below is the fifth of their releases. 

Kasadya Ning Taknaa is a Cebuano Christmas carol composed in 1933 by Vicente Rubi with lyrics by Mariano Vestil. It's famous counterpart is Ang Pasko ay Sumapit, a modified version of the song written by Levi Celerio with lyrics in Tagalog (but not as a translation of the original); however, Celerio is often given all songwriting credits without any acknowledgement of Rubi and Vestil. (Source: Wikipedia)

The Lyrics:

Kasadya ning taknaa
Dapit sa kahimayaan
Mao ay akong nakita
Ang panagway nga masanglagon
Bulahan ug bulahan
Ang tagbalay nga giawitan
Awit nga halangdonon sa tanang Pasko


Repeat Preface
Bag-ong tuig
Bag-ong kinabuhi
Duyog sa atong mga pagbati
Atong awiton ug atong laylayon
aron magmalipayon!


Awit nga halangdonon ug sa tanang Pasko magmalipayon

If you want to check out more videos of Hey Joe, you can check their website: Hey Joe Show , follow them in Facebook, or subscribe in the their You Tube Channel


  1. It's nice to hear Christmas carols in a different dialect. Watching Americans speaking in Bisaya is really cool and it almost makes me want to also learn it!

  2. Wow, I never knew that trivia about "Ang Pasko ay Sumapit." Thanks for the info.

  3. I can only understand a little Bisaya, so it's definitely amazing that these American guys are speaking, and even singing in Bisaya so fluently! ^^

  4. I don't understand Bisaya but it's nice to hear a Chirstmas Song in a different dialect