Hangad (Tagalog for "yearning" or "desire") is an inspirational vocal ensemble first known for its songs Pananatili and Panunumpa (covered by pop singer Carol Banawa). They have also recorded albums which are co-produced with the Jesuit Music Ministry (JMM), the musical arm of Jesuit Communications Foundation (JesCom) of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus. JesCom is located on the campus of the Ateneo de Manila University.
Because of this, the same group of people would often find themselves participating in school activities. As the members were known to be participants of the DWTL seminars, the group has often been mistaken for the DWTL's "official" choir. Hence, on October 1991, the group decided to establish their own identity and adapted the name Hangad. Hangad made its debut concert in 1992.
By the time they were in college, Hangad began to accept female members, initially from high schools and colleges such as College of the Holy Spirit, Miriam College and Stella Maris. The reconstituted Hangad continued with their participation in activities at the Ateneo de Manila University, including masses; the newly-reorganized group also held its first concert in 1994. For their service to the university community, they were awarded the Dean's Award for Service.
These will be followed soon by three more albums and two additional music videos, all recorded under the auspices of the Jesuit Music Ministry. As of October 21, 2005, Hangad lists 82 persons on its membership register, with 31 members on active status.
Being known as a musical group, Hangad has recorded several albums (see below), all of them of a religious or inspirational nature. They have performed at various concerts in the Philippines and in the United States.
Hangad has appeared on several notable events by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Catholic Mass Media Awards, the Awit Awards. They have performed with other notable Filipino singers like Basil Valdez, Gary Valenciano, the APO Hiking Society and Noel Cabangon.
They have also lent their voices and music for Philippine television shows as the children's show Batibot (now out of production) and the Saturday cooking special Del Monte Kitchenomics.
Besides their musical work, they also participate in outreach projects and fundraisers. In addition, they also conduct workshops for parish-based choirs.
Four music videos were also released by Hangad. For more information about each music video, visit each album's article: