Wednesday, March 23, 2011


One of our Chamorro Christmas songs is "Iya Belen."  The Chamorro lyrics go :

Iya Belen, tåno' Jesus / må'gas na songsong / iya Belen.
(At Bethlehem, land of Jesus / a great town / at Bethlehem.)

The original hymn was a Christmas carol from the Basque region of Spain called "Oi Betlehem."  It was written by a Capuchin priest and Pale' Roman de Vera translated it into Chamorro.  This performer is singing it in the Basque language, not in Spanish.  The Spanish version is "Dulce Belén."

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