MANILA, Philippines – Have you heard Marangal na Madalit ng Katagalugan, the composition that was supposed to be the Philippines’ National Anthem before Lupang Hinirang?
This Julio Nakpil composition, along with other multimedia features, is part of the Palace’s timeline on the Philippine Revolution that was launched Independence Day, June 12. (Listen to the composition below.)
The Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO), which produced the timeline, called it a familiar narrative “translated into a new medium.”
“It is a platform that exploits our perspective — we are privileged to stand more than a century beyond the history now being recalled,” the PCDSPO said in a statement.
The timeline spans the years 1872 to 1907, recounting key events of the Philippine Revolution. (To access the timeline, see this link.)
Its features include the text of the declaration of Philippine independence in 1898, whose 114th anniversary the country marks Tuesday.
The timeline also provides a peek into the characters that propelled the revolution, like Gen Emilio Aguinaldo whose voice is heard in a rare video.
The multimedia package, according to the PCDSPO, shows “the whole of our pursuit of independence from foreign rule.”
“The challenge for us now is to take piecemeal the events and the personalities, the intentions and the motivations. The challenge is for us to keep remembering that our nation has long been in possession of a dynamic, ever-evolving definition of independence, and that all these definitions must be acknowledged — all the better to form one for our times,” the PCDSPO said. – Rappler.com
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