Friday, June 12, 2009

Panatang Makabayan

Kasalukuyang salin mula sa Filipino:
Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas, aking lupang sinilangan
Tahanan ng aking lahi, kinukupkop ako at tinutulungang
Maging malakas, masipag at marangal
Dahil mahal ko ang Pilipinas,
Diringgin ko ang payo ng aking mga magulang,
Susundin ko ang tuntunin ng paaralan,
Tutuparin ko ang tungkulin ng isang mamamayang makabayan,
Naglilingkod, nag-aaral at nagdarasal nang buong katapatan.
Iaalay ko ang aking buhay, pangarap, pagsisikap
Sa bansang Pilipinas.

English version:
I love the Philippines, the land of my birth,
The home of my people, it protects me and helps me
Become strong, hardworking and honorable.
Because I love the Philippines,
I will heed the counsel of my parents,
I will obey the rules of my school,
I will perform the duties of a patriotic citizen,
Serving, studying, and praying faithfully.
I offer my life, dreams, successes
To the Philippine nation.

source: wikipedia

I used to memorize these lines when I was still a kid. We recite these lines everyday after singing our national anthem. Now, I don't think I can still memorize it (by heart and mind). I even barely memorize our national anthem. But it does not really mean that I don't love my country. I just believe that actions are much way important than just memorizing some lines. A lot of politicians and government employees recite these verses every Monday yet some of them (if not most) are corrupt. I guess it is better to show one's love to a country (or to others) through actions rather than just words.

I also wonder if the people I see today who wore the 3 Stars and a Sun shirt memorize the Panatang Makabayan or they just wore it for the sake of being noticed (false patriotism).


Danny Boy, FCD said...

That's a different pledge from what I remembered in high school. Similar but there's some wording changes, and a distressing addition of a "praying faithfully" line. I'll teach my son to use the older pledge.

As for myself, I am not patriotic or nationalistic. And I don't have the 3 stars and the sun shirt but I like the design.

Discreet Infidel said...

i saw two version from wikipedia. this version is i guess the current version. this is not what i remembered also when i was in grade school.

Ernie said...

Who ever revised the wordings of Panatang Makabayan has intentions to steal from the government and not to follow the law of the land so that they won't feel guilty when they read the old version. The wordings they removed in tagalog was "masunurin sa batas" and "paglilingkuran ko ang aking bayan nang walang pag iimbot"

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