Entry 059

UP Beloved, UP Naming Mahal, “Gising Na, O Inang Ko”, Dapithapon

I have been collecting music sheets for nearly 10 years now. And I am inclined of acquiring Filipino music sheets. Usually I transcribe them using a music software (I use Finale, by the way). This is my naive way of listening to the wonderful (yet forgotten, sometimes unappreciated) music of Philippine maestros and composers–of time past. Naive because I am incapable of playing an instrument. Yet I love music, bet it classical, contemporary, J-pop, soundtracks–anything that is pleasing to my auditory perception.

Here, I indulge you as you listen to audio files that I prepared based from my transcription of some music sheets. There are no vocals, I’m afraid. You’ll enjoy the piano accompaniments, I bet.

I have an eclectic taste for music.

UP Beloved
Music: Nicanor Abelardo
Words: Teogenes Velez

Different from the usual upbeat marches of alma mater songs, the UP Beloved (UP stands for University of the Philippines) is rather solemn and slow. Nevertheless, it can evoke the profound sentiments that a UP student engenders. The music sheet indicates the piece to be is played moderato quasi andante. Here is the words written by Teogenes Velez.

UP beloved, thou Alma Mater dear
For thee united, our joyful voices hear
Far tho we wander, o’er island yonder
Loyal thy sons we’ll ever be
Loyal thy sons we’ll ever be.

Echo the watchword, the Red and Green forever.
Give out the password, to the Hall of Brave sons rare.
Sing forth the message, ring out with courage
All hail, thou hope of our dear land,
All hail, thou hope of our dear land.


UP Naming Mahal
Music: Nicanor Abelardo
Arrangement: Nhick Ramiro Pacis

Now here is the version sung today. This is a mixed voice arrangement by Nhick Ramiro Pacis. The key is lower, set to Ab, compared to the original Bb. The composite translation, said to be by Hilarion Rubio and Tomas Aguirre, of original words is provided below.

UP naming mahal, pamantasang hirang
Ang tinig namin, sana’y iyong dinggin
Malayong lupain, amin mang marating
Di rin magbabago ang damdamin
Di rin magbabago ang damdamin.

Luntian at pula, sagisag magpakailanman
Ating ipagdiwang, bulwagan ng dangal
Humayo’t itanghal, giting at tapang
Mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan!
Mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan!


“Gising Na O, Inang Ko”
Music: Felipe Padilla de Leon
Words: Guillermo Tolentino

This is not the title of this piece. I merely stated the first line sung (as the customary title given to a passage) by the character Basilio. In that scene, he sings a mournful song to his demised mother, Sisa.

I heard this sung in Dulaang UP’s production of Noli the Opera. That moment, I cried. The lonely air about Basilio on that staged forest scene would make you exude the piteous tears.

Gising na O, Inang ko!
Ako’y si Basilio
Gising na O, Inang ko!

Aking Inang sinisinta
Idilat mo’ng iyong mata
Ako ngayo’y nag-iisa
Si Crispin ma’y wala na
Bakit ako’y inulila?

Aking Inang minumutya
Kasama ko ngayo’y wala
Masdan ako’t abang-aba
Mga mata’y pigtang-pigta

Aking Inang minamahal
Huwag mo akong pabayaan
Ako’y iyong babantayan
Kahit wala ka na Inang

Aking Ina, sinisinta
Idilat mo’ng iyong mga mata

Aking Inang minamahal
Huwag mo akong pabayaan
Ako’y iyong babantayan
Kahit wala ka na Inang

To follow in my next blog entries: “Kay Tamis ng Buhay”, an aria of Maria Clara, and “Sa Lupang Pangako”, a duet of Crisostomo Ibarra and Maria Clara–both from the same work of de Leon and Guillermo. By the way, the two of them would be later declared as National Artists, one for Music and one for Sculpture, respectively.


Music: Lucio San Pedro

This work is part of the “Suite Pastorale”. The file plays only the piano accompaniment.

That’s all from me for now.



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