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The Philippine National Anthem – Lupang Hinirang

Posted by FAN Admin in Back To Our Roots, Home on 06 24th, 2010

At first glance the Philippine National anthem can seem very intimidating especially for someone who is not regularly exposed the the Filipino language. The more Filipino events you attend the more you will realize that one if not two anthems are traditionally sung. With constant practice it can be as easily remembered just as the anthem that you know by heart now.

Here is a video version on Youtube with lyrics that you can follow along with.

Filipino translation:

Bayang magiliw,
Perlas ng Silanganan
Alab ng puso,
Sa dibdib Mo’y buhay.

Lupang Hinirang,
Duyan Ka ng magiting,
Sa manlulupig,
‘Di Ka pasisiil.

Sa dagat at bundok,
Sa simoy at sa langit Mong bughaw,
May dilag ang tula,
At awit sa paglayang minamahal.

Ang kislap ng watawat Mo’y
Tagumpay na nagniningning,
Ang Bituin at Araw niya,
Kailan pa ma’y ‘di magdidilim,

Lupa ng araw, ng luwalhati’t pagsinta,
Buhay ay Langit sa piling Mo;
Aming ligaya na pag may mang-aapi,
Ang mamatay nang dahil sa ‘Yo.

Unofficial English translation:

Country Beloved,
Pearl of the Orient,
The burning [fervour] of the heart
In Thy Breast is alive.

Chosen Land,
Cradle Thou [art] of the valourous.
To the invaders,
Thou shalt never submit.

In [the] seas and [the] mountains,
in [the] air, and in skies of Thine azure,
There is beauty in the poem
And [in the] song for freedom beloved.

The sparkle of the flag of Thine
Is victory that is shining.
The Stars and Sun of it
Forevermore shall never darken.

Land of the sun, of glory, and loving,
Life is Heaven in Thine embrace.
‘Tis our joy, when there be oppressors,
To die because of Thee.

Filipino Culture and Heritage Camps 2010

Posted by lecrowder in Back To Our Roots, Events, Home, News on 06 1st, 2010

Camp Mabuhay Indiana

Kokomo, Indiana

June 10, 2010

This is a one-day Filipino culture camp to be held in Kokomo, Indiana on June 12, 2010. Since 2004, parents and with Filipino volunteers from the Barangay Club of Indiana have worked together to prepare a fun-filled Filipino culture camp for families called Camp Mabuhay. Participants primarily come from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky. Although the camp is primarily designed for children of Filipino descent, all children are welcome to join in the fun. No prior knowledge of the Philippines is required of children or their parents. An interest in discovering Filipino culture is all that you need to have a great time at Camp Mabuhay Indiana, Inc. Activities for the day include: Traditional Dances,  Music Activities,  Language Activities,  Museum,  Art Projects,  A Filipino Meal, Cooking Lessons,  History of the Philippines, Games, Camp T-Shirt.  To learn more and to register, click on brochure.

Filipino Heritage Camp

Winter Park Mountain Lodge, Colorado

July 15-17, 2010

” NO history, NO self, KNOW history, KNOW self: Honoring Filipino Americans”

2010 is a U.S. Census year and the Filipino American community is anticipated to become the first largest Asian American group, surpassing the Chinese Americans. The U.S. Census reported in 2007 that 3.1 million Filipinos reside in America and 80% of Filipino Americans are U.S. citizens. Also in 2007, the U.S. Census reported the Filipino American community to be 4 million or 1.5% of the U.S. population.

Who are the Notable Filipino Americans? What have been their contributions?

This year’s Filipino Heritage Camp, you will learn about the rich history of Filipinos in America that date as far back as 1587 to present day. The workshops and activities will focus on prominent Filipino Americans in the various industries such as entertainment, science, education, sports, medicine and arts. There will also be educational and fun workshops that will look at music, art, dance, history and games that celebrate our Filipino American heritage.

The elementary workshops will include sessions on:
• Filipino/American history
• Craft projects
• discovering love of Filipino music, and dance,
• entertainment and games!

There is specialized programming for our middle and high school aged campers, including:
• Learning about our Filipino American history
• “Survivor Philippines”
• Filipinos in the music industry
• Babayin – the ancient Filipino sanskrit
• “More than Me” project, partner organization to be announced. For more on this trademark Colorado Heritage Camps project, click here:

Workshops for Parents will include;
• The popular cooking classes,
• Adoptee panel,
• An overview of the history of Filipinos in America
• Parent run workshops

The Filipino-American Community of Colorado (FACC) will be celebrating their 10th year volunteering with FHC. The members have had an invaluable role with the camp over the years providing a connection to our Filipino culture by teaching us about culture, cuisine, dance, music and history of the Philippines.

For more information contact: or visit the FHC site

Camp Mabuhay North 2010

Friday, September 24 to Sunday, September 26th

Camp Woodstock, a YMCA camp – Woodstock Valley, Connecticut.

The theme of this year’s camp will be: “Beautiful People, Beautiful Islands: the Philippines.”  It will feature some families who have recently returned to the Philippines for their children to visit and tour their homeland: The Lewis and Andrews families went over in February, another family is there right now, for the second time, and  2 other families are currently making plans to go over this summer. So, you will hear from the parents and children all about their exciting experiences!

We have reserved the weekend of September 24-26, 2010 at Camp Woodstock. Camp would start on Friday night (6:30p.m.) and run through Sunday afternoon(2:00). The cost would be @ $100 per person. This cost includes 2 nights of lodging, 6 meals, full use of the camp facilities, equipment, activities: kayaking, canoeing, hiking, swimming, fishing, basketball courts, climbing walls, etc. YMCA staff would run some of the activities, CMN volunteers would do the cooking and run other activities.

Please let us know if this is a possibility for your family. We hope you can make it.

For additional information, please contact Bunny Lewis at (860) 219-9573.