Archive for February, 2006

Bayan Ko

This song has accompanied most protest movements in the Philippines since 1920 until today. It depicts the Filipino struggle for freedom.  and  during The EDSA Revolution in 1986, this became the battle song of Filipinos who defied the Marcos government.


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

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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Orignal Tagalog lyrics by Jose Corazon de Jesus and melody by Constancio De Guzman.

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Memories of EDSA Revolution 1986

Today marks the start of the 20th year anniversary of  The EDSA People Power Revolution 1986.

Personally, EDSA Revolution means more than just a four-day peaceful and non-violent uprising of millions of Filipinos in 1986 against an authoritarian rule of Marcos. It is neither a thing of the past nor another story written in history where most if not all Filipinos have already forgotten but rather a lifelong experience of my liberation, my freedom, and my act of courage and bravery, one of the most unforgettable and scariest moments, and the most fulfilling act I ever did in my life.

Indeed, my country was liberated from the dictator’s grip and so was I but it was more than that. Fear, I had them all piled up inside me the past couple of years starting from the unusual deaths and disappearances of some people I know. Fear, that had me whispering my anger in smog.  But 1986 EDSA Revolution changed all that. Suddenly, fear to me was just a four letter word.  I lost it but I got  myself back.

Even death that stared at my face with its terrifying scent that made my stomach to grumble, it was nothing. I stood tall. I had my faith in the Unknown, in myself, and the people I was with, provided the unusual inspiration and inner strength to willingly risk my body and life with so much courage and pride for something I believed is right.

Indeed, I took the biggest risk of my life, got the courage to say “Enough is Enough!” At last, my country learned how to speak and stand once again to redeem itself and celebrate freedom.

My memories are still fresh even after 20 years had passed. I could still remember those seconds and minutes when throng of people, my wife, and me faced the Tanks of Marcos. We were not armed. We only had our faith, our bodies, our collective spirits, and our voices “Kapit Bisig!” against those rolling machines of death.

I was there and so my wife and my unborn child. We were there.

That was EDSA.

One week after EDSA People Power, we found out that my wife was one month pregnant with our first baby.

Ortigas Avenue is the place where we faced the tanks of Marcos. The place (an open field) where EDSA Shrine and Robinson Galleria stand is where the tanks retreated.

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