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Philippine National Anthem Lyrics and Facts – Lupang Hinirang

Updated on January 18, 2018

The Philippine national anthem lyrics, versions, facts and complete information are contained in this article. Lupang Hinirang, the Filipino people’s national anthem was originally composed by Julian Felipe in 1898 in the proclamation of independence of the Philippines from Spain. The original lyrics were in Spanish and adapted from the words of Jose Palma’s poetry Filipinas which was written in 1899. The national anthem soon was translated and revised into Tagalog (Filipino) in the 1960s as it is the country’s national language.

Proclamation of Philippine Independence (source Photobucket)
Proclamation of Philippine Independence (source Photobucket)

Philippine national anthem lyrics

The lyrics of the official national anthem of the Philippines, Lupang Hinirang sung in the nation’s national language is here. It is required to be sung in accordance with the musical arrangement and composition of Julian Felipe which is in an instrumental march.

Lupang Hinirang Official Filipino Lyrics

Bayang magiliw,
Perlas ng Silanganan
Alab ng puso,
Sa Dibdib mo'y buhay.

Lupang Hinirang,
Duyan ka ng magiting,
Sa manlulupig,
Di ka pasisiil.

Sa dagat at bundok,
Sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw,
May dilag ang tula,
At awit sa paglayang minamahal.

Ang kislap ng watawat mo'y
Tagumpay na nagniningning,
Ang bituin at araw niya,
Kailan pa ma'y di magdidilim,

Lupa ng araw ng luwalhati't pagsinta,
Buhay ay langit sa piling mo,
Aming ligaya na pag may mang-aapi,
Ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo.

Philippine national anthem in Spanish

As mentioned, the original verse of the national anthem of the Philippines was in Spanish based from the poem Filipinas by Jose Palma. To those who want the Spanish lyrics, here it is…

Tierra adorada,
hija del sol de Oriente,
su fuego ardiente
en ti latiendo está.

Tierra de amores,
del heroísmo cuna,
los invasores
no the hollarán jamás.

En tu azul cielo, en tus auras,
en tus montes y en tu mar
esplende y late el poema
de tu amada libertad.

Tu pabellón que en las lides
la victoria iluminó,
no verá nunca apagados
sus estrellas ni su sol.

Tierra de dichas, de sol y amores
en tu regazo dulce es vivir;
es una gloria para tus hijos,
cuando the ofenden, por ti morir.

Philippine national anthem in English

Our dear Philippine national anthem had a version in English, too. Lupang Hinirang translated in English, perhaps you’re wondering why. The Philippines is such a beautiful country. It’s like a stunning pearl from the sea and just like many pretty places, many countries got so interested to get it, own it and rule it. So after it has been colonized by Spain, the American government was fascinated by this country of 7,107 beautiful islands in the Pacific so it tried to pursue it. However, the Philippines is so beautiful and so rich of natural resources that the Japanese were enchanted so they dared to fight and die just to grab it. So there was war. Seemed the Americans didn’t want to let go that’s why they stayed and comforted the nation that’s why there was the commonwealth era, where the Philippines was a commonwealth of the United States. Now that you get it, let’s proceed to the

English lyrics of the Philippine national anthem.

Land of the morning,
Child of the sun returning,
With fervor burning,
Thee do our souls adore.

Land dear and holy,
Cradle of noble heroes,
Ne'er shall invaders
Trample thy sacred shore.

Ever within thy skies and through thy clouds
And o'er thy hills and sea,
Do we behold the radiance, feel the throb,
Of glorious liberty.

Thy banner, dear to all our hearts,
Its sun and stars alight,
O never shall its shining field
Be dimmed by tyrant's might!

Beautiful land of love, o land of light,
In thine embrace 'tis rapture to lie,
But it is glory ever, when thou art wronged,
For us, thy sons to suffer and die.

Philippine national anthem law.

Today, the Philippine government is stricter than ever for implementing ways to penalize the people who violate and don’t comply with the prescribed law regarding the singing, performing and honoring the Philippine national anthem. National anthem law according to the Republic Act 8491, the following sections must be strictly followed:

“Sec. 37. The rendition of the National Anthem, whether played or sung, shall be in accordance with the musical arrangement and composition of Julian Felipe.

Sec. 38. When the National Anthem is played at a public gathering, whether by a band or by singing or both, or reproduced by any means, the attending public shall sing the anthem. The singing must be done with fervor.

As a sign of respect, all persons shall stand at attention and face the Philippine flag, if there is one displayed, and if there is none, they shall face the band or the conductor. At the first note, all persons shall execute a salute by placing their right palms over their left chests. Those in military, scouting, citizens military training and security guard uniforms shall give the salute prescribed by their regulations. The salute shall be completed upon the last note of the anthem.

The anthem shall not be played and sung for mere recreation, amusement or entertainment purposes except on the following occasions:

a) International competitions where the Philippines is the host or has a representative;

b) Local competitions;

c) During the "signing off" and "signing on" of radio broadcasting and television stations;

d) Before the initial and last screening of films and before the opening of theater performances; and

e) Other occasions as may be allowed by the Institute.

Sec. 39. All officials and employees of the national and local government, and any agency or instrumentality thereof, including government-owned or controlled corporations, privately-owned entities or offices displaying the national flag and government institutions of learning are hereby directed to comply strictly with the rules prescribed for the rendition of the anthem. Failure to observe the rules shall be a ground for administrative discipline.”

Philippine national anthem sheet music

If you’re looking for the Philippine national anthem sheet music, I’ve also included the link here. It contains the original version of the national anthem song composed by Julian Felipe. It is free to download by the way so enjoy.


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      adessa 3 years ago

      awesome i am proud to be a filipina

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      Monaliza amaro 4 years ago

      ang ganda ng kanta na yan

      parang inilarawan yung bandila

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      Jon E. Royeca 5 years ago from Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines

      I like.

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      Kudos! Proud to be Filipino. I love our anthem too :) It is so beautiful

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      miech14 5 years ago

      its very nice... i like the history of our national anthem.... feel it ..... lyrics by lyrics...... proud to be FILIPINO.....

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      Frenzel cleofe 5 years ago

      Kaya nga eh hindi nila binigyan ng galang eh alam naman nilang national anthem

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      very well said :) Cheers!

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      rejean ; )....., 5 years ago

      dapat lang na mhalin ntin ang national anthem natin dahil ito ang sumisimbulo ng ating pagkamakabyan.....




      kaso nga lang ung iba hindi ito binigyang galang : (.........

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      twentyfive 5 years ago

      Just feel its lyrics and your heart knows why and how true is that...

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      louber potente 5 years ago

      i have learned that our national anthem is considered one one of the best national anthem(marching song).how true?

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      maritess goshi en zaira panget.. 6 years ago

      we like that song everytime...peru kung minsan ang hrap bgkasin.........thats it.....birds ka vah?..............bk8.....jowk lng

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      nikka LEE 6 years ago

      i love love this song=P

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      who me? 6 years ago

      i like that song everytime :D

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      Thanks Yeng and Whedz. Proud to be Pinoy too :)

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      Whedz 6 years ago

      I love the philippines national athem, And i'am proud to be a filipino's man.

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      Yeng 6 years ago

      It's also nice to here if we try to sing in spanish...

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      Thelma Alberts 7 years ago from Germany

      Wow! It´s a great hub. I´m a proud Filipino, too. I have not heard our national anthem for so many years but then I realized that I still know the lyrics. I live in Germany longer than in the Phil. but I´m sorry to say that I don´t know the lyrics of the German national anthem. The singing of the national anthem is not really practise here in Germany the way we do in the Phil. Thanks for sharing.

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      twentyfive 7 years ago

      it's a part of our life :)

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      Mica 7 years ago

      I love this song because l am filippino!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):)

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      twentyfive 7 years ago

      They don't have the nerve of 'nationalism' perhaps LOL

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      Glee Emilio 7 years ago

      I love our National anthem but why do some do not care about our anthem..,

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      twentyfive 7 years ago

      Wow! Which one? The blogger or weebly? Love music! I'll check it out :) Forgot to reply with this comment, it's a little old LOL Anyway, curious bout your national anthem..

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Busy too moiself! Bought moi new (or old) website name, kitting it out! Check the Music page, jeez, it's like MTV! LOL! :) Cathy has a new job in a newspaper! Yaay! :D

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      twentyfive 7 years ago

      Wow, that's a very outstanding remark Prof. A :) Thank you.

      Yup, I'm proud to be a Filipino. Thank you for liking our national anthem. It became more famous because of Manny Pacquiao LOL It's good to be free yeah but sometimes I wonder what if the Philippines surrendered to Spain. Would that be cool moi friend? hehehe How are you two my lovely friends? Gotta reply with your emails, I've been so occupied lately. Say hi to Cathy!

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      This is a good Hub, Fehl. I am always interested in what happens there in your country, and it is a beautiful place. Nice anthem. You should be proud. And it is great to be free and live in a country owned by no one but the people who have always live there now. May the future be warm and everlastingly bountiful. Best wishes to you and all Filipinas and Philippine people from Cheeky me! :) (Or cheeky us, as Cathy is getting more cheeky by the day! LOL!)

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      Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Pride in one's country should be melodic;)


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