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Independence Day: 5 ‘Lupang Hinirang’ Moments That Will Surely Instill Pinoy Pride

Lupang Hinirang

With June 12 fast approaching, it’s a great time to celebrate Philippine independence, appreciate Filipino culture, and embrace Pinoy pride. This is also the perfect opportunity to truly listen to “Lupang Hinirang” and understand its meaning on a deeper level.

Rediscovering “Lupang Hinirang”

Often, we hear the national anthem during flag ceremonies or in cinemas before the first screening. However, there’s much more to “Lupang Hinirang” than just standing at attention with our right hand over our hearts.

The anthem’s music was composed by Juan Felipe in 1898 for the Declaration of Independence, commissioned by Emilio Aguinaldo. The lyrics came a year later in 1899, initially adapted from a Spanish poem called “Filipinas” by Jose Palma.

Interestingly, an English translation preceded the Tagalog version in the 1920s. It wasn’t until the 1950s, during President Ramon Magsaysay’s time, that “Lupang Hinirang” was sung in Filipino. The Filipino translation by Ildefonso Santos and Julian Cruz Balmaceda was officially proclaimed on May 26, 1956. The present-day version resulted from a few more revisions in the ’60s.

To truly appreciate the history of our National Anthem, consider these five performances that highlight its significance and evoke Filipino pride:

1. Hidilyn Diaz at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

When Hidilyn Diaz won the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medal, “Lupang Hinirang” was played for the first time at the global event. Her teary-eyed salute during the anthem was a moment of immense pride for all Filipinos.

2. Lea Salonga at the Virtual Gala of Search To Involve Pilipino Americans, 2021

Lea Salonga‘s acapella rendition of “Lupang Hinirang” was pitch-perfect and true to the song’s challenging rhythm. Despite the virtual setting, her performance shone with crystal-clear quality.

3. Francis Reyes at NU Rock Awards 2007

At the NU Rock Awards in 2007, Francis Reyes delivered a Jimi Hendrix-inspired version of “Lupang Hinirang” on his electric guitar. The raw and powerful performance left a lasting impression.

4. Jessica Sanchez at Pacquiao-Bradley Fight 2014

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Jessica Sanchez, then 18, sang “Lupang Hinirang” at the Pacquiao-Bradley fight in 2014. Her powerful voice reverberated through the stadium, captivating the audience from the first note to the crescendo.

5. Joey Ayala at TEDx Talk, 2010

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Joey Ayala‘s unique take on “Lupang Hinirang” at a TEDx Talk was technically illegal, as tampering with national symbols is prohibited. However, by changing the song’s count to a kundiman and modifying a few words, he demonstrated how the anthem could better represent the Philippines and its people. The result was a beautiful, soaring rendition that resonated deeply.

These performances highlight the enduring power and emotional impact of “Lupang Hinirang,” reminding us of our shared heritage and the pride we feel as Filipinos.

To wrap it up…

As June 12 approaches, it’s a fitting time to delve deeper into the history and meaning of “Lupang Hinirang,” our National Anthem. From its composition by Juan Felipe in 1898 to its various lyrical translations, “Lupang Hinirang” reflects the evolving spirit and identity of the Filipino people.

These five remarkable performances by Hidilyn Diaz, Lea Salonga, Francis Reyes, Jessica Sanchez, and Joey Ayala each bring a unique interpretation that resonates with our pride and love for the Philippines. They remind us that our National Anthem is more than just a song; it’s a powerful symbol of our heritage, resilience, and unity.


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Written by Marjo Piedad

Traveler | Foodie | CONTENT EDITOR
📍Cebu, Philippines
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