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wilfrido david
wilfrido david IT IS a given that most of us, including (and most especially) government people, cannot sing the national anthem, both in Tagalog and in English, from memory. Rather, it is either lip-synced or altogether lost in translation. Isn't that a shame when even four-year-olds can sing Miley Cyrus or Madonna songs like professionals as if they were born to join those TV amateur programs and nothing else matters?

In a lighter vein, let us now dwell on the phraseology well thought out by the composer—as patriotically as he saw it fit [ and what it now means ]* :

Bayang magiliw [ Bayang hindi kagiliw-giliw ]
Perlas ng silanganan [ Ikinahihiya ng silanganan ]
Alab ng puso [ Alab ng media ]
Sa dibdib mo'y buhay [ Sa cellphone mo'y buhay ]

Lupang hinirang [ Lupang kinagisnan ]
Duyan ka nang magiting [ Duyan ka ng mandarambong ]
Sa manlulupig [ Sa mga smugglers ]
Di ka pasisiil [ Di ka magpapa-agrabiyado ]
Sa dagat at bundok [ Sa mga resorts sa dagat at bundok ]
Sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw [ Sagana sa mga aircon at neon lights ]
May dilag ang tula [ Maniwala ka sa mga advertisements ]
At awit sa paglayang minamahal [ O kaya sa writ of habeas corpus ]

Ang kislap ng watawat mo'y [ Sikapin mong magkroon ka ng U.S. visa ]
Tagumpay na nagniningning [ At doon kikita ka, makakapag-remit ng dollars ]
Ang bituin at araw niya [ At kung magsusumikap ka ]
Kailan paman di magdidilim [ Tiyak yayaman ka ]
Lupa ng araw ng luwalhati't pagsinta [ America kong sinisinta ]
Ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo [ Kahit ako'y tago nang tago ]

*Author's note: Don't cry treason or bigotry just yet; it's all done tongue-in-cheek.


[About the author. Wilfrido David is a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico since 1985. He is an avid news consumer, habitually tuned to global TV via satellite. In turn, he occasionally comes up with spiced up essays and anecdotes liberally sprinkled with his wry humor, at times irreverent, oftentimes as corny as corn-on-the-cob, but nontheless thought provoking. He thinks of himself as a "junior senior," a mature gentleman with very active brain cells but a waning testosterone count. He is an American citizen by necessity, not by choice, as he so aptly put it. He is as Kapampangan as sisig, no more, no less.]

-Posted: 10:11 PM 9/3/15 | More of this author on eK!
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