Bayan Ko

"Bayan Ko" (English: "My Country") is one of the most recognizable patriotic songs in the Philippines that, because of its popularity, is sometimes assumed to be a folk song and the unofficial national anthem of the Philippines. It was originally written as a poem by José Corazón de Jesús in 1929, and set to music by Constancio de Guzman.

Brief history

Written as a protest song during the American occupation of the Philippines, it is often sung in protest rallies and demonstrations throughout Philippine history, notably during the funeral of Sen. Benigno Aquino, Jr. and the ensuing People Power Revolution where Freddie Aguilar led the crowd to sing the song's chorus. [cite book|last=Rodell|first=Paul A.|title=Culture and Customs of the Philippines|publisher=Greenwood Publishing|date=2001|pages=187|isbn=0313304157|url=http://books.google.com/books?id=TyH01t-6HbcC|accessdate=2008-04-05] It has also been re-arranged and recorded by different composers and singers, notably by Lucio San Pedro (National Artist for music) and Freddie Aguilar.

Lyrics

Ang bayan kong Pilipinas
Lupain ng ginto't bulaklak
Pag-ibig na sa kanyang palad
Nag-alay ng ganda't dilag.
At sa kanyang yumi at ganda
Dayuhan ay nahalina
Bayan ko, binihag ka
Nasadlak sa dusa.

Ibon mang may layang lumipad
kulungin mo at umiiyak
Bayan pa kayang sakdal dilag
Ang di magnasang makaalpas!
Pilipinas kong minumutya
Pugad ng luha ko't dalita
Aking adhika,
Makita kang sakdal laya.

References

External links

* [http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/freddie_aguilar/bayan_ko-lyrics-1140749.html Bayan Ko (Lyrics)]


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