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>> Thursday, August 02, 2007

the philippine national anthem goes like this:

Bayang magiliw
Perlas ng Silanganan
Alab ng puso
Sa dibdib mo'y buhay.

Lupang hinirang,
Duyan ka ng magiting,
Sa manlulupig
Di ka pasisiil.

Sa dagat at bundok
Sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw;
May dilag and tula
At awit sa paglayang minamahal.

Ang kislap ng watawat mo'y
Tagumpay na nagniningning,
Ang bituin at araw niya
Kailan pa ma'y di magdidilim.

Lupa ng araw, ng luwalhati't pagsinta,
Buhay at langit sa piling mo;
Aming ligaya na pag may mang-aapi
Ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo.

we were asked to memorize the song in preschool. what schools failed to teach is the meaning of the song. i'm sure majority of us do not even know what some of the words mean. i would admit that i only paid attention to the lyrics lately. picking up a dictionary to understand what the song really says isn't normal for us, especially when it's the national anthem. i think knowing the meaning of the song (or at least being aware of what the song says) is a requirement for everyone. no one should not be allowed to vote without memorizing and singing the national anthem without fumbling on the words. how could you say you're a citizen of the philippines if you don't know the lyrics to the country's national anthem? it's not a difficult task to know the song. if people can memorize lyrics to the popular songs, it wouldn't be a chore to memorize this one right?

it's a beautiful song. though i think that the music shouldn't be too march-y. it would be heartfelt if it were in a slower and melodic version, emphasizing on every vowel and word. but since we grew up to this tune and julian felipe would haunt me if i say we change it, we must at least pay respect to the lyrics.

if you're having a hard time translating the words, here's an english version. read through it, see how glorious and wonderful each line is.

Land of the morning
Child of the sun returning
With fervor burning
Thee do our souls adore.

Land dear and holy,
Cradle of noble heroes,
Ne'er shall invaders
Trample thy sacred shores.

Ever within thy skies and through thy clouds
And o'er thy hills and seas;
Do we behold thy radiance, feel the throb
Of glorious liberty.

Thy banner dear to all hearts
Its sun and stars alright,
Oh, never shall its shining fields
Be dimmed by tyrants might.

Beautiful land of love, oh land of light,
In thine embrace 'tis rapture to lie;
But it is glory ever when thou art wronged
For us thy sons to suffer and die.

now, are you a filipino citizen, willing to die for the country?


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