One thing that I really miss doing is singing my heart out the National Anthem of the Philippines with my right hand placed on the left side of my chest – as a symbol of respect and patriotism to my beloved country!
The Philippine National Anthem, “Lupang Hinirang”
Composed by Julian Felipe on June 12, 1898
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 may di magdidilim.
Lupa ng araw, ng lualhati’t pagsinta,
buhay ay langit sa piling mo.
Aming ligaya na pag may mang-aapi,
ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo
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.
By the way, one hundred fourteen years ago today, the Philippine Declaration of Independence (from Spain) was proclaimed. I bet the citizens of the Republic of the Philippines are partying not because the country is indeed free from Spain or other sovereign states who want to colonize it, but simply because today is also declared as a national holiday. It means rest day or double pay! :)
LONG LIVE THE PHILIPPINES!