The Filipino National Anthem!
Short history of the National Anthem of the Philippines.
Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo asks musician Julian Felipe in preparation for the Proclamation of Independence, to compose a march suitable for the occasion. Felipes composition, titled Marcha Nacional Filipina, is approved by Aguinaldo and the other nationalistic leaders. On June 12 1898, the band of San Francisco de Malabon plays the march for the first time in public after the reading of the Proclamation and the Philippine flag is raised.
The newspaper La Independencia, where poet Jose Palma is a staff member, publishes the score of Felipes march on the 3rd of September 1899. It is with the lyrics of a Palma poem, titled Filipinas.
In May 1956 President Ramon Magsaysay proclaims the Filipino translation of the lyrics by Ildefonso Santos and Julian Cruz Balmaceda as the official Filipino version. It appeared in the 1940s.
The National Anthem of the Philippines
You now hear the melody of the National Anthem of the Philippines as background sound. The anthem is sung by children every morning in schools all over the Philippines.
Perlas ng Silanganan.
Alab ng puso
Sa dibdib moy buhay.
Duyan ka ng magiting,
Di ka pasisiil.
Sa dagat at bundok,
Sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw,
May dilag ang tula
At awit sa paglayang minamahal.
Ang kislap ng watawat moy
Tagumpay na nagniningning;
Ang bituin at araw niya,
Kailan pa may di magdidilim.
Lupa ng araw, ng luwalhatit pagsinta,
Buhay ay langit sa piling mo;
Aming ligaya, na pag may mang-aapi,
Ang mamatay nang dahil sa iyo.
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