Bayan Ko (My Country)

Finally! I was able to extract the video file of Aya’s song, Bayan Ko from my old cellphone. This song was recorded last November 25, 2004. Aya was only 2 years old at that time. As to how she was able to memorize and sing this rather difficult song at such an early age…well, your guess is as good as mine! But anyway, she was only able to sing the latter half of this song.

Watch the YouTube video here!
This is such a very beautiful, patriotic song. This song tells of our story as a nation, of how our people aspired for their freedom. It seems an appropriate song to teach Aya – her full name, Kalayaan, means “freedom” in Filipino. And when the appropriate time comes, we will teach her our nation’s history as well, and through this may she realize how precious the concept of “Kalayaan” is to our nation and our people.

Ehem, ehem…before I forget, this song is dedicated to Tita Verns and Tito Prab (even if he’s MIA), and of course to all the Titas and Titos out there. :)

Bayan Ko (My Country)
Ang bayan kong Pilipinas
Lupain ng ginto’t bulaklak
Pag-ibig ang sa kanyang palad
Nag-alay ng ganda’t dilag

At sa kanyang yumi at ganda
Dayuhan ay nahalina
Bayan ko, binihag ka
Nasadlak sa dusa

Ibon mang may layang lumipad
Kulungin mo at umiiyak
Bayan pa kayang sakdal dilag
Ang di magnasang makaalpas

Pilipinas kong minumutya
Pugad ng luha ko’t dalita
Aking adhika
Makita kang sakdal laya

MY COUNTRY (English translation)
My country the Philippines
Land of gold and flowers
With love in her palms
She offers beauty and virtue.
And of her modesty and beauty
The foreigner was attracted
O, my country, you were enslaved
Mired in hardship.

Even birds that are free to fly
Cage them and they cry,
Much more a beautiful country
Shall long to be free.
Philippines my beloved,
Cradle of my tears and poverty
I’ll aspire,
To see you truly free.

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28 Responses to Bayan Ko (My Country)

  1. gina says:

    Ang cute talaga ni Aya! Ang galing pa! Pero kanino ba siya magmamana kundi kay——MOMMY! di ba?
    I love this song and I love our country. May the Philippines become great again , at sana walang kahirapan. Mabuhay ang Pilipino!

  2. Toe says:

    Oh, that is absolutely adorable!

    I like the way you’re bringing up your daughter Kathy. A lot of the Filipino children growing up abroad tend to lose their identity because their parents forget to teach them about who they are and where they come from. Bravo to you and Baggy.

  3. annamanila says:

    I tip my hat to you (just as soon as I find my lukban hat). haha You don’t let Aya (she’s a charmer, ha) forget her roots … mabuhay ka, Moming pinoy. Eh pangalan pa lang Aya, Kalayaaan. I like the way you translated the National Rally Anthem. haha.

  4. kathy says:

    Gina, thanks! Naku may kakampi ako hahaha. :)
    Yes, and may our aspirations for our country come true! I just realized, anniversary pala ng EDSA revolution tomorrow. Wasn’t this the theme song used then?

  5. kathy says:

    Thanks, Toe! I appreciate very much what you said. We try our best – it’s so easy for children to assimilate the culture of the society they live in, so as parents we have to work very hard to help them retain their roots.

  6. kathy says:

    Thanks Anna! Mabuhay tayong mga Pilipino! :)
    As much as I would like to claim that I translated it, I’m afraid I can’t. Actually I just lifted the translation from a website somewhere. 😉

  7. rhodora says:

    So cute… I think Aya resembles you a lot. Does she go to school na?

    You’re right. Bayan Ko is a beautiful, patriotic song.

  8. kathy says:

    Wow, thanks! Tita Rhoda, does that mean that I’m also cute, adorable and a charmer (based on the comments above hehe)? 😀

    Aya goes to daycare. She’s only 4 years old. :)

  9. Leah says:

    Oh so cute! Galing naman. What a good video to catch for posterity sake.

  10. dimaks says:

    Kinakanta namin ‘to sa school nung grade 3 ako, hehe.

  11. kathy says:

    Thanks! Buti na lang I had my cellphone that time, hehe.

  12. kathy says:

    Talaga? I can’t remember if we sang this or not. But I do remember we sang “Pilipinas Kong Mahal” during flag ceremonies in elementary. The lyrics are just as powerful.

  13. dimaks says:

    yep.. though we dont really care about the meaning by then :) dapat kasi kantahin yun bago umuwi. Pag hindi maayos ang pagka-kanta, pinapaulit ng titser lol.

  14. kathy says:

    Strict pala titser niyo! lol

  15. hazel says:

    ang galing naman ni Aya! i really adire you and Baggy for instilling the value of loving our country! We have a great nation and rich history…i’m sure ma-aapreciate nya ang efforts nyo paglaki nya!

  16. kathy says:

    Thanks Hazel…and I do hope that someday she will learn more about our country and appreciate her being a Filipino!

    Mabuhay! :)

  17. sexy mom says:

    beautiful…ang cute naman talaga. great mom, meron pa palang patriotic mom na gaya mo.

  18. kathy says:

    Thanks sexy mom! Wish ko lang ako yung kasama ng anak ko sa video no, hehe.
    BTW, is it okay if I link you up? Domo arigato! :)

  19. Belle says:

    Wow, for a two year old, that was amazing! kanino nagmana ang boses? sa mommy or daddy? Aya is such a cute and smart girl.

  20. Mon says:

    saludo ako kay aya, ang galing tumanda ng lyrics.

    ako hinde ko yan mabuo kung walang kodigo.

  21. kathy says:

    Thanks, thanks! Syempre flattered ang mommy *blush*
    I wish I could say na sa akin nagmana ng boses, pero mukhang “alto” si Aya, at ako naman ay “soprano.” :)

  22. kathy says:

    lol
    Naku talo ka pa pala ni Aya. :)

  23. pining says:

    I’m all for those “hot” gadgets, but my husband is not :-(, unfortunately the husband wears the trousers all the time!

  24. kathy says:

    Dito na lang ako sasagot din hahah.
    Well, maybe you can sweet-tempt him with your delicious pancakes, huh? :)

  25. Sonnie says:

    May the Lord increase your tribe.

  26. kathy says:

    Hi Sonnie, thanks for visiting and leaving your comment! :)
    Let us continue to be proud of our country!

  27. Mari says:

    I just happened on this blog, and watched that cute little 2-year-old sing Ang Bayan ko. She’s amazing! Bravo.

  28. kathy says:

    Hi Mari, thanks for dropping by!
    And thank you for your comments – boy, I’m very proud that my little girl has impressed so many people. Glad you liked the song. :)

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