This poem was written in Tagalog by one of the heroes of the Philippines but there are English translations as well,probably since it is a very good poem that not only Filipinos can read and appreciate it but other nationalities can too. Some lines that struck me are:
“Aling pag-ibig pa ang hihigit kaya
sa pagkadalisay at pagkadakila gaya ng pag-ibig sa tinubuang lupa? Aling pag-ibig pa? Wala na nga, wala.”
This stanza translates to- ‘What love can surpass purity or greatness like love of country? None.’ It can be seen in the first part of the poem. I like the message of this because it will be agreeable to most people. When we think of it, if you love your country, it means you do not only think of yourself, but all the people around you. You care for the well-being of other people, and only wish them well. You try to help others in the best way you can. If you love your country, it means you are loyal and committed and that you are too with the people you encounter in your life.
Overall, this poem is about being proud of one’s nationality and country. We have to love, praise, and fight for our own country and appreciate the things that it has to offer for us. This poem makes me proud to be a Filipino and proud to have a hero like Andres Bonifacio who fought and battled to save his fellowmen and country. He was not only thinking of himself, but also the sake of other people. We should be just like him and start loving our country and not complain about things we don’t like in it since it will not do anyone good anyway, instead we should start helping out in our own simple ways to make our country a better place.
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