How many readers here know the name of the Philippine National Anthem? Until recently I didn’t know what it was, I assumed the name was Bayang Magiliw, as those are the first words of the National Anthem, and I always remembered those words. So for me, that was the name! Recently, though, I was talking with somebody and the National Anthem came up. He asked me what the name of the Philippine National Anthem was…. I was kind of stumped. I sheepishly said “Bayang Magiliw?” I knew I must be wrong, but that is what was in my head. He informed that that it was actually called “Lupang Hinirang.” He even told me that a lot of Filipinos don’t know what the name of the National Anthem is. I don’t know how true that is, but that is what I was told.
The National Anthem is taken very seriously here! Not long after moving here, Feyma and I went to the movie theater to see a show. The lights were still on in the theater, it was still early. They started playing some video on the screen and singing. We didn’t really pay attention, we were talking and getting ready for the movie to start. Little did we realize that they were playing the National Anthem. An usher at the movie came to us and told us that if we didn’t stand we would have to leave the show! Honestly, we didn’t mean any disrespect, we just didn’t realize that the National Anthem was being played! Where I come from, they don’t play the National Anthem in movie theaters before the movie. When I go to the movies now, I make sure to stand and show respect when they play the Anthem, though!!
For those who are curious, here are the lyrics to the Philippine National Anthem:
Perlas ng Silanganan
Alab ng Puso
Sa dibdib mo’y 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 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.