LISTEN: Quincentennial theme song ‘Bagani’ honors Filipino heroism and bravery

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“Bagani” is composed by Roel Rostata and performed by Anthony Castillo with his award-winning a capella group PINOPELA. Screengrab from official lyric video.

The new song “Bagani”, the official theme of the Philippine Quincentennial celebrations in 2021, depicts Filipino heroism and bravery.

‘Bagani’, composed by Roel Rostata and performed by Anthony Castillo with his award-winning a capella group PINOPELA, was chosen as the celebration’s official theme song as it was developed during the Philpop Bootcamps 2019 under the supervision of National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab.

The song was officially launched by the National Quincentennial Committee, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, on December 14 during the kick-off to the 2021 celebrations.

The simultaneous ceremonies marked the start of the 500-day countdown towards the nationwide Quincentennial celebrations to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Victory at Mactan, the First Circumnavigation of the World, and other related events such as the arrival of the Christian Faith and the first Baptism.

The term ‘Bagani’ is an indigenous word that refers to the “peace-keeping force” of tribal warriors who defend their community, protect the people’s lives as well as their properties.

In the lyrics of the newly released song, the Filipinos are branded as “Bagani”, not to engage in wars but to inspire them to be always of service to the community and country, even in small ways.

Mandaue Children and Youth Choir during their rehearsal of the song ‘Bagani’ prior to their performance at the Hoops Dome in Lapu Lapu City last December 14. Credits to NQCP

Here are the lyrics of “Bagani” for you to enjoy as you watch the video below:

Hubarin ang takot sa iyong damdamin
Ipamalas ang angking galing
Tumayong buong tapang
Harapin ang buhay
Yakapin ang tagumpay

Tulungan ang kapwa’t bigyang halaga
Huwag hatakin nang pababa
Isipin huwag sana ang sarili lang
Pakisama’t bayanihan

Subukan nating isulong at ligawan
ang magandang bukas
Ikaw at ako, magkasama tayo
Salubungin ang kinabukasan

Bagani ating lahi
Mandirigmang Filipino
Dakila ang lahi ko
Bayaning Filipino
Sa makabagong panahon

Halina’t hawakan ang aking kamay
Sabay abutin natin ang tagumpay
Patuloy lang tayosa pagpapanday
Tiwala sa Diyos ang sandata’t gabay

Subukan nating isulong at ligawan
ang magandang bukas
Ikaw at ako, magkasama tayo
Salubungin ang kinabukasan

Bagani ating lahi
Mandirigmang Filipino
Dakila ang lahi ko
Bayaning Filipino
Sa makabagong panahon

Music and Lyrics: Roel Rostata
Interpreters: Anthony Castillo with PINOPELA
Producer: Jungee Marcelo
Arranger: Jungee Marcelo

Recording Studio: Bellhaus Studio
Sound Engineer (Recording): Nicholai Minion
Sound Engineer (Pre & Post Production): Jungee Marcelo
Executive Producers: Noel Cabangon and Ma. Dinah Remolacio
Publisher: PhilPop Musicfest Foundation, Inc.

WATCH the music video of Bagani and SEND cheers to the Filipino nation for marking milestones with the upcoming 500th Anniversary celebrations!

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