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."
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.
Photograph by Wilma Mack. Sampaguita is the national flower of the Philippines, and a part of life among Filipinos. Sampaguita evokes the Filipino legend of true love -- "sumpa kita", thus the Filipino name, sampaguita.
In cities, like Manila, it is not uncommon to encounter a young boy or a girl, braving the traffic to sell a necklace of sampaguita to passing motorists and tourist. Among ...