RSS Feed

Nuestra Patria / Bayan Ko

Posted on

DID YOU KNOW? The famous patriotic song “Bayan Ko” was originally written in Spanish by General José Alejandrino, a close associate of General Antonio Luna. The original title was “Nuestra Patria“. The Spanish lyrics were originally written for the famous 1898 zarzuela Walang Sugat” (No Wound) by Severino Reyes, and it expressed opposition to the ongoing United States Occupation. It was later translated into Tagalog by José Corazón de Jesús; the music was written by Constancio de Guzmán.

The Tagalog version became more popular during the Marcos dictatorship. It was heavily played during the funeral of opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr., during the People Power Revolution of 1986, and most recently during the funeral of Aquino’s widow, former president Corazón Aquino.

I could just imagine what song they would play in case the current president leaves us too soon. Anyway, the video below is a more popular rendition of Bayan Ko by folk musician Freddie Aguilar.

Click here for the original lyrics in Spanish!

Advertisements

One response »

  1. John Christian Canda

    “Bayan Ko” was also the anthem of the “First Quarter Storm”.

    Like

    Reply

Please share your thoughts about this article.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: