Filipino bravehearts true to national anthem’s final line


EVERY game in the 27th Fiba Asia Championship starts with the players’ usual warmup routines, their introductions and then the playing of their country’s respective national anthems.

All of the countries’ anthems are instrumentals—a veritable minus-one. Only when you watch Gilas Pilipinas games that the lyrics of the “Lupang Hinirang” are heard from about 17,000 fans each night at Mall of Asia Arena.

With each passing game—and with the Gilas national five advancing—the final line of the “Lupang Hinirang” that goes, “ang mamatay nang dahil sayo (to die for you),” is sung with increasing volume as more and more Filipino fans join in the singing.

Julian Felipe certainly did not compose the “Lupang Hinirang” back in 1898 with the view of having it played in a sporting stage, much less in a basketball arena like this Asian championship.

But every Filipino present at the Pasay venue who sang the national anthem before game time on Saturday night against South Korea must have expected something great to happen in the end.

After an 86-79 victory over the efficient Koreans that guaranteed the return of Filipinos to the World Championship for the first time in 35 years, the “Lupang Hinirang” will probably be remembered now in history classes as not just a song sung during wars of old.

Marc Pingris, who has played through a hamstring pull, said it best during the postgame interview after the win.

“Magpapakamatay kami para sa bansa namin (we are willing to die for our country),” he said.

That statement was enough for Filipinos who were part of that great win Saturday night to get goose bumps.

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  • anu12345

    I thought the topic refers to our conflict with China, just in case.

  • tarikan

    I saw my idol, the great PFilipino center from Sarat, Ilocos Norte, lakay Marcus Douthit sang the Lupang Hinirang with enviable pride. Go, go, go lakay Marcus, the Philippines’ pride is on your shoulders.

  • Julian de Sota

    ….Noong nasa college pa ako ang kinakanta sa dulo ay….

    …..ang pumatay ng dahil sayo!

    I guess with Napoles ang Senators and Congressman corrupting Filipinos hard earned money for their holiwood parties and new cars while many if us have to go through dilapidated roads and third rate health and hospital services….talagang mapapakanta ka ng …

    …ang pumatay ng dahil sayo!

    • GungGung

      Duh.. haluan ba naman ng pulitika.

  • PhonexPoliticalParty

    But I still believe the last line of the national anthem not only does not actually serve the national interest.but an illogical conclusion. If there should again be an oppressor, we simply fold over and die? The more logical statement would be that if there should again be an oppressor, the same should be killed by the populace, and not the populace dying just simply because of the presence of another oppressor.. Thus, “aming ligaya na pag may mang-aapi, ang patayin siya nang dahil sa iyo.”

    • s1ck0fit4ll

      implied na KAHIT mamatay habang ipinagtatanggol ang bansa (sa pakikipaglaban sa mananakop)

    • muddygoose

      Ang pumatay ng dahil sa iyo…

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