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Philippines - national anthem

  • The national anthem of the Philippines is titled "Lupang Hinirang", which translates to "Chosen Land" in English.

  • The music was originally composed by Julian Felipe, and the lyrics were adapted from the Spanish poem "Filipinas," written by José Palma.

  • The anthem was initially instrumental and without lyrics when it was first performed in 1898.

  • The anthem was originally written in Spanish and has since been translated into English and Filipino. The Filipino version, written by Felipe Padilla de León, has been the official version since 1956.

  • The lyrics of the anthem are a reflection of Filipino patriotism, referencing the country's natural beauty, struggle for freedom, and the courage of its citizens.

  • It is traditionally played at official state functions, during national holidays, and at international events where the Philippines is represented.

The lyrics translated into English:

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 the radiance, feel the throb

Of glorious liberty.

Thy banner dear to all our hearts,

Its sun and stars alight,

Oh, never shall its shining fields

Be dimmed by tyrant's might!

Beautiful land of love, o land of light,

In thine embrace 'tis rapture to lie,

But it is glory ever, when thou art wronged,

For us, thy sons to suffer and die.

Original lyrics:

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 'yo.


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