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by Carlos A. Angeles

C.A. Angeles ends his walk on the beach of "Gabu" with this musing:

" ... The vital splendor misses. For here, here
At Gabu where the ageless tide recurs
All things forfeited are most loved and dear.

It is the sea pursues a habit of shores. "

Last Updated ( Friday, 08 October 2010 20:09 )


"Bayan Ko" (My County)

The initial parts of the patriotic song "Bayan Ko" (My Country), captures how Filipinos feel about the country and the people.   The song was based from the original poem by José Corazón de Jesús written in 1929, and set to music by Constancio de Guzman.



What is even more powerful about the song  was  how it  encapsulates the desire of Filipinos to become free from its colonizers, and tyrants.  This was expressed beginning with the stanza:

"Ibong mong may layang lumipad
Kulungin mo at umiiyak
Bayan pa kayang sakdal dilag
Ang 'di magnasang makaalpas."


Last Updated ( Friday, 08 October 2010 20:08 )


"Anak" by Freddie Aguilar

The song, "Anak" (Child), composed and sang by Freddie Aguilar, made him one of the icons of Filipino music.

"Anak" (Child) speaks to all ages.  It is timeless as it explores  universal themes -- the love that motivates a couple to conceive a child, and the joy that comes with the birth, the rearing that follows to steer the child to find his way in this world.  But aometimes,  even with all the love bestowed and the guidance provided,  the child goes astray in his path to become independent. 

The song implies an end similar to the biblical story of "the prodigal son".  However, unlike the story in the Christian bible, the child sought solace from the Mother in the journey to find his way back.

Last Updated ( Friday, 08 October 2010 20:06 )

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