As “Lupang Hinirang”, the Philippine National Anthem, continues to be sung in medal ceremonies at the ongoing 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), the same song is being circulated online in its Spanish language version, “Tierra Adorada”.
Schoolchildren in Mexico are seen singing the “Tierra Adorada” in a video posted on Facebook by Ting Caedo on December 3. The video has since gone viral raking in over a million views as of this writing.
The Philippine National Anthem was first performed on June 12, 1898, during the Declaration of Independence in Kawit, Cavite, as the Marcha Nacional Filipina composed by Julian Felipe. The Spanish lyrics of “Tierra Adorada” were written by Jose Palma. In 1963 the title was changed to “Lupang Hinirang”.
Caedo captioned his post that the Philippine National Anthem was sung to mark the 455th Anniversary of the Mexico-Filipinas Galleon Trade at Barra de Navidad in Mexico.
Barra de Navidad is where shipyards built the galleons for the Spanish fleet that set sail on an expedition to the Philippines following the order of King Philip II of Spain in 1559. Today, the main Guadalajara-Barra de Navidad road is still known as The Philippines Way.
The date November 21, 1564, is the date when the expedition under commander López de Legazpi set off, marking 455 years of commercial and cultural exchange between Mexico and the Philippines.
The 455th Anniversary of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade was commemorated in Barra de Navidad in November with the Parangal Dance Company of California representing the Philippines in the celebration from November 20 to 21 that featured art, music, dance, folklore, gastronomy, and history of the two nations.
The Academic Program of the 455 Anniversary of the Mexico-Philippines Expedition and the II Forum of Studies on the Manila Galleon in the Mexican Pacific was organized by the Government of Cihuatlán, Jalisco, in coordination with the University of Guadalajara, La Benemérita Geography Society and Jalisco AC State Statistics the Secretary of Culture of the State of Jalisco and the Thematic Network of Multi and Transdisciplinary Studies of the Manila Galleon.
WATCH the schoolchildren of Mexico singing the “Tierra Adorada” version of the Philippine National Anthem and SEND the people of Barra de Navidad your cheerful greetings in the comments below!
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