My Philippines/Bayan Ko

My parents sought nothing less and died for nothing less than democracy, peace and prosperity. I am blessed by this legacy. I shall carry the torch forward.
- President Benigno Aquino III


Benigno Aquino III
has been sworn in as the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines. Even if I was not rooting for President Aquino, this new administration makes me hopeful. For full transcript of President Aquino's inaugural speech, please click here.

I'm feeling nationalistic.

I cannot stress how much I love the Philippines. My country. Ang bayan ko.

My favorite version of the song Bayan Ko was sung by Lea Salonga at the funeral of President Aquino's mother, former President Corazon Aquino.

Bayan Ko
by José Corazon de Jesus



Ang bayan kong Pilipinas,
Lupain ng ginto't bulaklak.
Pag-ibig ang sa kaniyang palad
Nag-alay ng ganda't dilag.
At sa kaniyang yumi at ganda,
Dayuhan ay nahalina.
Bayan ko, binihag ka,
Nasadlak sa dusa.

Koro:
Ibon mang may layang lumipad,
kulungin mo at umiiyak!
Bayan pa kayang sakdal dilag,
Ang 'di magnasang makaalpas!
Pilipinas kong minumutya,
Pugad ng luha ko't dalita,
Aking adhika,
Makita kang sakdal laya!

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