Posted on Friday, 20th August 2010 by All Philippines

Lupang Hinirang is the official national anthem of the Republic of the Philippines. The music used in the official anthem was composed by Julian Felipe in 1898 as a marching tune originally titled ‘Marcha Filipina Magdalo’. The title was later changed to ‘Marcha Nacional Filipina’ (Philippine National March) and was played at the proclamation of Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898.

The lyrics of ‘Lupang Hinirang’ were adapted from a patriotic poem written by poet and revolutionary soldier Jose Palma. The poem entitled ‘Filipinas’ (Philippines) was written by Palma in Spanish and was subsequently translated into English during the American colonial period (Commonwealth Era) and later into Tagalog (Filipino) during and after the Second World War.

Lupang Hinirang

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 ng dahil sa iyo.

English Translation

Chosen Land

Country Beloved,
Pearl of the Orient,
The burning [fervour] of the heart
In thy chest is alive.

Chosen Land,
Cradle Thou [art] of the valourous.
To the invaders,
Thou shalt never submit.

In [the] seas and [the] mountains,
in [the] air, and in skies of Thine azure,
There is beauty in the poem
And [in the] song for freedom beloved.

The sparkle of the flag of Thine
Is victory that is shining.
The Stars and Sun of it
Forevermore shall never dim.

Land of the sun, of glory, and loving,
Life is Heaven in Thine embrace.
‘Tis our joy, when there be oppressors,
To die because of Thee. 

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