I admire the courage of Christian Bautista in apologizing for his mistake in singing the National Anthem. But I don’t buy the reason that nerves got in the way of his singing. It’s the National Anthem for crying out loud! Unless he lived his whole life in an island in the middle of the Pacific he should be able to sing the National Anthem by heart.
For most of my life in the elementary I was assigned during flag ceremonies to sing and “make kumpas” the National Anthem. So I’m really embarrassed every time I hear some of our countrymen bungle the singing of Lupang Hinirang. Is that an indication of how we truly feel about our being Filipinos?
Some would argue that nationalism is not just about singing the anthem. Of course it is not just about that. But respect for the flag, respect for the National Anthem and respect for our heroes are at the core of that.
So, for those who might have forgotten, here are the lyrics of the National Anthem, composed by Julian Felipe in 1898, with the lyrics written by Jose Palma in 1899.
Perlas ng Silanganan,
Alab ng puso
Sa dibdib mo’y buhay.
Duyan ka ng magiting,
‘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.