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The Filipino National Anthem!
Lupang Hinirang

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. Felipe’s 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 Felipe’s 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.

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 ang 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 ay langit sa piling mo;
Aming ligaya, na pag may mang-aapi,
Ang mamatay nang dahil sa iyo.

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