Imno sa Paggawa (Hymn to Labor)

KORO Dahilan sa Bayan sa pagdirigmaan, Dahil sa Bayan din sa kapayapaan, Itong Pilipino ay maasahang Marunong mabuhay o kaya’y mamatay. (Mga Lalaki) Nakukulayan na ang dakong Silangan, Tayo na sa bukid, paggawa’y simulan, Pagka’t ang paggawa’y siyang sumusuhay Sa bayan, sa angkan, sa ating tahanan. Lupa’y maaring magmamatigas naman, At magwalang-awa ang sikat ng … Read more

My Last Thought

Land I adore, farewell! thou land of the southern sun’s choosing! Pearl of the Orient seas! our forfeited Garden of Eden! Joyous I yield up for thee my sad life, and were it far brighter, Young, rose-strewn, for thee and thy happiness still would I give it. Far afield, in the din and rush of … Read more

Goodbye to Leonor

And so it has arrived — the fatal instant, the dismal injunction of my cruel fate; so it has come at last — the moment, the date, when I must separate myself from you. Goodbye, Leonor, goodbye! I take my leave, leaving behind with you my lover’s heart! Goodbye, Leonor: from here I now depart. … Read more

Felictación

Felictación or “Felicitation” was written by Jose Rizal in 1875 to greet his brother-in-law, Antonio Lopez on his saint’s day. Rizal was just fourteen years old then. I Si filomena con arpada lengua Al rubio Apolo, que su fa asoma Tras alta loma o encumbrado monte, Trinos envía. II También nosotras de contento Ilenas Te saludamos … Read more

Mi Retiro

Mi Retiro or “My Retreat” was written by Rizal while on exile in Dapitan. From his mother’s prodding, Rizal revived his writing of poems where he expressed his serene life and his acceptance of his destiny and whatever justice will be given him. Cabe anchurosa playa de fina y suave arena y al pie de una … Read more

Kundiman (English Translation)

Now mute indeed are tongue and heart: love shies away, joy stands apart. Neglected by its leaders and defeated, the country was subdued and it submitted. But O the sun will shine again! Itself the land shall disenchain; and once more round the world with growing praise shall sound the name of the Tagalog race. … Read more