Albert Francis E. Domingo, MD

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Philippine History in Around Two Minutes

Posted on | October 31, 2014 | No Comments

I’ve been away from the Philippines for almost two months now – the longest I’ve ever been abroad. But I am enjoying ‪#‎MyCheveningJourney‬. And because I’m feeling a bit ‪#‎homesick‬ today, I decided to share this primarily for the benefit of my new international friends.

Many of you have wondered why I speak as if English is my native language, asking sometimes if indeed it is my country’s official language. Some have also been surprised when I tell the time in Spanish, and on occasion why my cooking draws on traditional Chinese flavours. The Indonesians and Malaysians among you smile whenever I say “mahal” in reference to expensive goods, and find it weird that “salamat” is actually “thank you” in Filipino.

This clip I’m sharing is a somewhat dramatised take on “Lupang Hinirang,” the Philippine National Anthem (which by the way has official Spanish and English versions). Up to 1:10 (when the Lupang Hinirang starts playing), our history from Ferdinand Magellan’s discovery of the islands up to the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal is shown. From 1:11 to 2:00, you will see depictions of our time as an American colony/commonwealth, up to World War II. Then from 2:01 to 2:10, a scene from the EDSA I “People Power” revolt against the dictator Ferdinand Marcos (husband of Imelda who has 3,000+ pairs of shoes) is shown.

Never mind 2:11 onwards, unless you’re interested in Philippine showbiz and the talents of GMA7 (which by the way I am not officially endorsing).

Below are the lyrics in English, as they were during the American Commonwealth era (Source: Wikipedia. It is not a direct translation of the current Filipino version.):

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 sea
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 tyrants 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


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