The music, “Bayan Ko (My Country)” is attributed to Jose Alejandrino, a Filipino rebel who opposed both Spain and the United States in the late 19th century. These are the lyrics in English:
My country, the Philippines,
land of gold and flowers.
Love is in her palms
that offered beauty and splendour.
And, for her refinement and beauty,
foreigners were enticed.
My country, thou wast enslaved,
mired in suffering.
Even birds that are free to fly–
cage them and they shall cry!
How much more for country so beautiful;
would she not yearn to be free?
My Philippines that I treasure,
cradle of my tears and suffering
is to see thee truly free!