Bituing Natatangi

Since we managed to enter the Final Round of the Paskorus (without any effort), we needed to decide on the second contest piece. We were to choose between “O Holy Night” N’Sync Version and “Bituing Natatangi”. At first, we were fascinated at the melody of “O Holy Night”, only the disadvantage was it’s pop style and very hard to learn. So we ended up with “Bituing Natatangi”.

I think it was a good thing we chose this piece, because it has a nice and solemn melody. It’s really a song arranged for choir singing, and  our classmate pointed out that it would put out the choir’s versatility if we sang it. It’s about the Nativity scene, more focused on the star of Bethlehem.

We really practiced a lot more than before; every free period and afternoon dismissals would all be dedicated for practice. And we would always gather in the front gazebo, and sometimes, we got time to buy ice cream from the vendors outside the fence.

Sometimes we improved, sometimes we did not. And it would always frustrate our classmate, especially the common mistakes we couldn’t get over with: not enough “O”, sharp notes, sliding notes, flat notes, not loud enough, etc. And with the addition of the cold season, our voices were surely having a hard time hitting the right melody.

And thus the contest came and we ended up in second place. It was disappointing because we knew we could have done better. We were beaten in less than a percent difference! We made a lot of mistakes during the competition, including our off-pitch start in “Pamaskong Anyaya”. Honestly, we were better in our last practice but after all, it’s a matter of performance in the contest.

Here are the lyrics:

Doon sa bayan ng Bethlehem,
Isang gabing kay dilim
Sa langit sumilay ang isang bituin,
Liwanag nito’y kay ningning

Nagbigay ng tanglaw sa bawat nilalang
Ang anak ng Diyos ay sumilang

Doon sa bayan ng Bethlehem,
May isang talang nagningning
Higit sa liwanag ng mga bituin
Sa langit ay mapapansin

O bituing natatangi, sa ‘yong liwanag
Pagsilang ni Kristo iyong inihahayag
Purihin ang Diyos, purihin ang Diyos!
Sa pagdating ng manunubos

Doon sa bayan ng Bethlehem
Isang sanggol ang dumating
Higit sa liwanag ng mga bituin
Minsan ay ‘di napapansin

O Bituing natatangi, sa ‘Yong liwanag
Pagsilang ni Kristo Iyong inihahayag
Purihin ang Diyos, purihin ang Diyos!
Sa pagdating ni Kristo Hesus!

O Bituing natatangi, sa ‘Yong liwanag
Pag-asa ng tao Iyong inihahayag
Purihin ang Diyos, purihin ang Diyos!
Sa pagdating ni Kristo Hesus!

Sa pagdating ni Kristo Hesus!

NOTE: I do not have a SATB copy of this piece anymore.

2 comments
  1. Elysse said:

    Bea! Hahaha, ang galing! Naalala ko bigla yung song na to (since it’s SeptemBER na and all). But for the life of me, I couldn’t remember the lyrics! So I googled it and your blog was the first link to appear. Sabi ko, “hmm, paskorus? Pisay siguro to. May ibang batch ba na gumamit ng kantang ito?” And then as I read further, narealize ko na cesium ’10 yung writer and BOOM! Ikaw nga!😄

    • bcbgarcia said:

      Waaa, Elysse. Ngayon ko lang uli nabisita ito. Maraming salamat! Hehe, nakakatuwa naman. Yeah, blog ko ito.😀

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