born to be a filipino.

yesterday was the 110th independence day of the my country and yours - philippines.. did you ever know of that? i supposed so because you're a pilipino and you've probably met some friends who greeted you yesterday. the real question is: "are we really free?" i'll leave that question to you 'cause we might have different views regarding it and i don't really like talking about our country..

actually, one funny thing happened at my philippine history class yesterday.. it was almost 1:25 when my teacher entered our classroom. she apologized for her late arrival. of course, we just said "it's okay". we prayed and after the prayer, she let us sit down back on our sits.. she was looking at us as though looking for somebody or something..

she then asked, "do you know what is it today?"
we answered, "yes."
"then, what is important about this day?"
"its independence day.."
"okay. *then she talked about the first time our flag was raised at cavite*"
we just listened..

her next question was, "who among you here did not study in the philippines during your elementary and high school years?"
three of my classmates raised their hands. one was a filipina who grew up at america and the other two were koreans..
"so, there are only three of you.. now, to those who studied here in the philippines from grade 1 up to 4th year high school, get 1/4 sheet of paper and write down the national anthem.. our national anthem.."

i took out a sheet of yellow paper and cut 1/4 of it.. then, i started writing the first lines of the lupang hinirang song and worried.. why? because i can't write down the whole lyrics of the song! what a shame on me. i was born in the philippines, grew up as a filipino and sang the song 5 times a week for 11 years. yet, i failed to write it. i was singing it over and over again but then, i still can't get the correct lyrics. i even ended up just humming the song. i didn't really finish the activity..

it was time for us to pass the papers to our teacher.. when she already had our paper, she asked us, "so, who got perfect?" none of us were right which made me feel a little bit good. di lang pala ako nag-iisa. haha. then she smiled at us, recited the official lyrics of our national anthem in a poem form and said, "don't worry class. i was just trying to test you.. i will not record this activity but i'll do a follow-up about this and be sure you'll get it perfect.. see you next week and check the notes i'll be forwarding this afternoon in your email adresses. CLASS DISMISSED.."

i still can't get over the feeling of what happened yesterday. i was embarassed because i was so stupid for not knowing the lyrics of the national anthem of my own country.. no, that would never happen again. i won't let that happen again.. now, i'm currently reading more about our country. i think, its my responsibility.

(Filipino - Original Version)

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.

(English Version)

Beloved country,
Pearl of the Orient,
The heart's fervor,
In your chest is ever alive.

Chosen Land,
You are the cradle of the brave,
To the conquerors,
You shall never surrender.

Through the seas and mountains,
Through the air and your blue sky,
There is splendor in the poem and song
of beloved freedom.

The sparkle of your flag
Is shining victory.
Its stars and sun
will never dim.

Land of glory, the sun of our affections,
Life is heaven in your arms;
When someone oppresses you, it is our pleasure
To die for you.

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