Sing the Anthem of the Philippines

Even in 2013, despite the years under American rule the country still suffers huge poverty, corruption, squalor and the basics of divorce in the Philippines are not really possible to the masses. The country loves everything American, but does not have the money or infrastructure to make it real.

Even in 2013, despite the years under American rule the country still suffers huge poverty, corruption, squalor and the basics of divorce in the Philippines are not really possible to the masses. The country loves everything American, but does not have the money or infrastructure to make it real.

The National anthem of the Philippines is played in most public places once a week and people stand still or sing along. I use to do the same, but in the west we seem to have lost our national pride where the Pinoys have not. The anthem has the following English translation

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.

Julian Felipe

The national anthem, “Lupang Hinirang” was composed by Julian Felipe on June 12, 1898 for the Independence from the Spanish, after the Spanish had lost the war to the Americans. After 327 years under Spanish rule, the Spanish-American War ended the Spanish colonial period. The Filipinos thought that they won independence in 1898.  But that was a wishful thinking! The Philippines was controlled by the Americans from 1900-1942. Then a short Japanese occupation period 1942-1945 followed, before  the Americans defeated the Japanese army. Freedom at last! In 1946 the people of the Philippines attained their independence, 148 years later than the freedom which was written down by Julian Felipe in the “Lupang Hinirang”.

Even in 2013, despite the years under American rule the country still suffers huge poverty, corruption, squalor and the basics of divorce in the Philippines are not really possible to the masses. The country loves everything American, but does not have the money or infrastructure to make it real.

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