Saturday, October 1, 2011


Today, the village of Yoña celebrates its patronal feast in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, in Chamorro, San Francisco de Asís.

There are several hymns to him, but the most commonly sung is "Mames na Tåta."  The above clip has part of the hymn.  It begins,

Mames na tåta, ma sen gofli'e hao,
(Sweet Father, you are very loved,)

sa' un fa' maolek i fumatoigue hao.
(because you make well those who come to you.)

O San Francisco!  Hungok i ginagao,
(Oh Saint Francis!  Hear the plea,)

i linahyan taotao ni umagånge hao.
(of the crowd of people who call to you.)

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