Sunday, January 13, 2008

It's Time

This is Chapter 8 of "The Pearl Principle" book.

It’s time to do it right.

We need to properly express a collective consciousness through a national philosophy that will unify the Filipino people.

This national philosophy must be traceable to our roots as a people. It should reflect our heritage and our history that will define our soul as a nation, and proclaim our true identity as the pride of the Malayan race.

We are the Pearl of the Orient.

Ang lupa nating hinirang, ang Inang Bayang Pilipinas, na kung saan tayong lahat ay nagmula, ay siyang sinasambit ng ating mga ninuno na namumukod-tangi sa dakong Silangan.

Bayang magiliw,
Perlas ng Silanganan.
Alab ng puso,
Sa dibdib moý buhay.

We sing this song almost everyday of our lives, but do we really understand what it means?

Why don’t you try singing the Lupang Hinirang softly, the way it’s meant to be sung as an anthem, and not as a call to march to a war? Maybe by singing it softly, gently, with closed eyes, we can understand what the song is trying to tell us.

Let’s ponder on the significance of this beautiful song in our lives as citizens of this country.

Beloved country, Pearl of the Orient
The fervor of our love burns our being.
Chosen land, cradle of noble heroes,
You overcome by your tenacity.

Over the hills, valleys, mountains and seas
Skies so blue, royal blood, noble and true
Poems and songs of freedom soar through the breeze
Our love for you shall never ever cease.

To the triumphant luster of our flag
Shining brightly over the chosen land,
The sun, our beacon, and the stars, our guide
In the quest for eternal enlightenment.

O land of the enlightened,
To adore you is glorious!
In your paradise,
We live a gem of a life!

Our hearts overflow with joy and gladness
As we struggle for our nation’s rebirth.
Our happiness is to live our destiny,
Transformation over adversity.
It is not just the lyrics. It is the story.

It is our story.

It is our destiny.

Lupang Hinirang
The Philippine National Anthem
By Julian Felipe

Bayang magiliw,
Perlas ng Silanganan.
Alab ng puso,
Sa dibdib moý 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 nya’y
Kailan pa maý di magdidilim.

Lupa ng araw,
Ng luwalhati’t pagsinta,
Buhay ay langit
Sa piling mo.

Aming ligaya
Na pag may mangaapi,
Ang mamatay ng
Dahil sa ‘yo.

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