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My Country..

A tribute to the classic art of Fernando Amorsolo, the powerful filipino song, Bayan ko, and the timeless artist, Kuh Ledesma.
The song is taken from Kuh’s newest album, K. It is a precious collection of filipino songs given a neo-ethnic sound through the expertise of Bob Aves. This album is The Philippines’ proud contribution to World Music.
Though the song may promote nationalism, let us not forget that we are all ONE. Let this be a celebration of the beauty of diversity and uniqueness. Any thing unique, we value. Any thing we value, we lovingly accept


Tagalog ( Filipino) Lyrics

Ang bayan kong Pilipinas
Lupain ng ginto’t bulaklak
Pag-ibig na sa kanyang palad
Nag-alay ng ganda’t dilag.
At sa kanyang yumi at ganda
Dayuhan ay nahalina
Bayan ko, binihag ka
Nasadlak sa dusa.
Ibon mang may layang lumipad
kulungin mo at umiiyak
Bayan pa kayang sakdal dilag
Ang di magnasang makaalpas!
Pilipinas kong minumutya
Pugad ng luha ko’t dalita
Aking adhika,
Makita kang sakdal laya!

Here is the translation in  English lyrics “Bayan Ko  (My Country)”

My country the Philippines
Land of gold and flowers
With love in her palms
She offers beauty and virtue.
And of her modesty and beauty
The foreigner was attracted
O, my country, you were enslaved
Mired in hardship.
Even birds that are free to fly
Cage them and they cry,
Much more a beautiful country
Shall long to be free.
Philippines my beloved,
Cradle of my tears and poverty
I’ll aspire,
To see you truly free.

written by Eddie Aguilar a Filipino Folk singer and song composer.


Yesterday morning ..  I was bound to work , it was my turn to drive and pick my colleague  up.We take turns in driving for the sake of our beautiful environment and of course we save   money for it.  On our way, it came to a topic, about people in my country of origin, the Philippines. I haven’t forgotten  at all my roots and the country where  I was born.  I have lived in Europe for over 30 years now, I  lived  in England and grounded a family in Germany.  My grandmother ,from my mom’s side which I have visited  almost every year,  lived  with her other sisters in Chicago  and some other members of the family, she passed away a couple of years ago. My mother passed away  three years ago now in the Philippines.

The topic came  in the  1990s about the women working  in her country ( JAPAN) in the clubs as barmaids , singers or sorry but I have to say..from her own words ..prostitutes. In the 1990, as far as I know officially, there were jobs offered to women from the Philippines, trained as singers and dancers and not as Pro…..tes.  These women were in fact were forced to do the kind of job they wanted them to do.  It’s sad because they didn’t choose to be there as …. It was found out that these people who offered jobs were connected to suckers and gangsters.  Many of these women were trapped deeply, not knowing what to do.These gangers hold there passports , they could never go out freely  as they wanted or leave until they are released. One could not even imagine how they were able to pay all there expenses to apply a job. It caused them to borrow money from the banks or from friends or relatives. I  will not say I’m lucky but I’m fortunate not to experience such things but so sad to say .. they haven’t  chosen how they are now for many reasons or no  one have chosen to be poor. Many wanted to live a descent life with a descent job not being used and misused by people who have power in their hands. Thanks that the  Philippine government have reacted to these matter.  At end of her topic , I said to her, before you judge them and what they do,  and so with my country get to know the facts and then judge whatever. I  further said ,visit the Philippines and you will get to know the bad, the good, the ugly and the beautiful.   ***  connie***

Feb. 19,2011

This is the original song, sang by the original singer and song writer



31 responses

  1. Thank you so much for sharing me your time, your comments and your thoughts to this blog post.xo~connie

    March 5, 2011 at 8:48 pm

  2. Hello! A friend loveth at all times.

    March 5, 2011 at 11:00 am

    • Have a good weekend Marco.. take care ~ and thanks

      March 5, 2011 at 8:45 pm

  3. Hi, Connie!
    Have a nice day!
    You are a very beautiful person!

    March 3, 2011 at 3:20 am

    • Wish you a wonderful day/night dear Yara.. thnaks for calling by~

      March 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm

  4. andro51

    Good morning Ranny I hope that you are well and enjoying your week, Spring is in the air you know so grab your keyboard and write us all another wicked blog… Be good now Ranny or else? lol Just kidding…

    Androgoth XXx

    March 1, 2011 at 9:43 am

    • Hello Andro …thank you for dropping by ..Another blog is on the way too. Just waiting to drop by. …lol take care

      March 1, 2011 at 6:10 pm

  5. I have a few friends that have traveled from the Philippines – Manila. Just looking through their photo albums, I can see just how beautiful the country is, so easy to fall in love with, just like the people (the two that I have met are amazing individuals). They tell me stories of ‘back home’ and what an impression I get, a warmer more friendlier race of people. Honestly, there is a lot the west could learn from the asian communities especially that of the Philippines, where family values count above all else, where you are offered a seat at a table no matter how poor the family may be, where even as adults in their mid twenties they will still show respect to teachers & elders by holding the persons hand to their forehead & bowing slightly. A more friendly, modest, easy going race of people I have yet to meet.

    February 24, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    • Seth ..Thanks for sharing me your thoughts in this blog post.xo~connie

      March 5, 2011 at 8:53 pm

  6. Wonderfully written Connie and with so much passion. Never apologize for words spoken, especially when you speak them with truth and conviction. By the way, there’s not a darn thing wrong with being proud of one’s country. There’s a lot of good… bad and the ugly in every country. There is no more Garden of Eden, except for the paradise that we create in our own backyards.

    February 24, 2011 at 6:20 pm

  7. Jussara Luna

    My dear Connie, the video about solidarity is
    Thank you for sharing my dear.
    have a nice day, hugs, Jussara

    February 22, 2011 at 6:19 am

    • Thanks for sharing me you time in visiting my blog. IIt’s amazing how the people were united.
      The solidarity is very strong.

      February 22, 2011 at 8:38 pm

  8. Jussara Luna

    My dear Connie,
    wonderful post … this song is very beautiful and special.
    I’m very happy to read your beautiful and true text about Philippines.You have a wonderful country,Connie.
    Thank you very much for sharing, my precious friend.
    Congratulations for your beautiful blog, hugs
    love always, Jussara

    February 22, 2011 at 6:15 am

  9. Congratulations, my dear Connie!
    Very interesting topic!

    February 21, 2011 at 10:49 pm

  10. What was once done is still practiced and it is horrible to consider! How easy it is to fall victim to those who prey on the needy.
    You must be very thankful that you were not one of them.

    February 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    • I’m thankful but I feel sad for people or women who have been victims of suckers, gangsters and people who have powers in their hands to make use of persons who are needy and helpless. Thanks God that those were the past.. talking about the year 1990s. And now being controlled by the government to stop this practice from the people of other countries who organizes these crime against other people specially women.
      Thanks for your thoughts and time for calling by

      February 20, 2011 at 10:29 pm

  11. Ann

    Hello dear friend!
    Hope everyting is fine.
    Wishing you a bessed week. Take care. Hugs Ann

    February 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    • How nice to see you around at my site…thanks for calling by ..Take care .xo~connie

      February 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm

  12. MarcoHypno & Angy

    Hello my dear and sweet friend,I wish you a beatiful Sunday and good start to the week.
    Many hugs and kisses from Marco & Angy

    February 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    • Thanks for calling by ..a beautiful rose ..thank you ..xx~connie

      February 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm

  13. The last time I visited about 3 years ago now, I was very surprised and so proud that the people work together with strong solidarity and dedication to fight graft and corruption,people made the government be aware what was going on to people working abroad And thanks that these have help a lot. One step further the citizens are fighting more and more against this graft and corruption. Will not be a long way to go but they are all there in a right path, but when I compare the Phil. to other countries, there are a lot worst corrupt countries in the world than Philippines. The People’s Power Revolutions ..put the x president into exil.. put a president into prison for corruption. These are the biggest steps ever done fighting the graft and corruption. and restore the democracy of the country and the people-

    The video below showing the strong solidarity of the people of the whole land

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQdHzhseX0o .. video of the second people power revolution.

    Further parts of the video, can be viewed at You Tube.

    I QUOTE …….
    In February 1986, the People of the Philippines showed the world how to restore democracy peacefully and through democratic ways.

    After twenty years of enduring the iron-fist rule of President Ferdinand Marcos and his flamboyant wife, Imelda – a rule that made many coin the term, ‘Conjugal Dictatorship,’ our people showed their anger towards the actions of the dictatorship, and that we, the Filipino People, are the only ones who can decide the destiny of our nation.

    For four days, Filipinos from many walks of life went out into the streets – realizing the stolen victory won by the dictator in the Snap Presidential Elections – calling for the return of democratic institutions and the full respect of human rights.

    Backed by the influential Catholic Church and the final break of the military from the regime, the millions of civilians who flocked to EDSA – the Epifanio de Los Santos Avenue – did not stand by and allow blood to flow in the streets, stopping armed tanks and soldiers by kneeling in front of them, some raising up rosaries and bibles, holding up statues of the Blessed Mother and instead of hiding from the soldiers, they gave them flowers and offered them comfort and nourishments.

    Seeing the indescribable power of the people, the Marcos dictatorship finally collapsed, sending President Marcos and his allies out of the country and into exile, and with the people finally snatched their victory, installed the leader of the opposition, the wife of the assassinated freedom-fighter Senator Ninoy Aquino, Corazon Aquino, as the President of the now-free and democratic Philippines.

    Many all over the globe admired the courage shown by Filipinos, and did the same in their own homelands, toppling brutal dictatorships and successfully installing new democratic governments peacefully.

    After twenty-four years since that historic moment in our history, when we, the Filipino People, offered everything, even our very lives, for the democracy and freedoms that our forefather fought for, let us not forget what we did as one nation.

    In the recent death of our dear Tita Cory – President Cory Aquino, let us remember the sacrifices that we have done for the sake of our democracy.

    Though we might have had some failures since ’86, we must still remember in our hearts that we should be, nonetheless, thankful that we enjoy the freedom that Ninoy and Cory Aquino sacrificed so much for, and of course, the great generation who fought the regime, not with guns and blood, but with faith in God and in our people, reminiscing the famous quote of Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr., – that the Filipino is worth dying for, and what Corazon Aquino showed us as she guarded our democracy – that the Filipino is worth LIVING FOR.

    – PilipinasMabuhay100
    February 21, 2010

    February 20, 2011 at 1:00 am

    • In commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the 1986 People Power Revolution ..Feb 25, 2011
      President Cory Aquino’s historic speech (1/3) before the U.S. Congress (9-18-1986)

      Part 2 and 3 watch at You Tube

      NinoyAquinoTV | Nov 5, 2008

      On September 18, 1986, just 7 months after she was swept to power by a popular revolt against dictator Ferdinand Marcos, president Corazon C. Aquino addressed the joint session of the United States Congress during her first visit to the country since she came home to bury slain opposition leader and husband Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino, Jr. in August 1983.

      February 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm

  14. Beautiful words to a song on a beautiful country , I have known about the girls working in the Philippines for quite some time now and always knew that it was linked to the underworld in many ways , girls enticed by the lure of well paid employment and then exploited , having to buy their release ,they become trapped with no way out ,sadly this not only happens in the Philippines but in many Asian countries as well , they are beautiful girls the Philippinos and I feel sad for them and only hope that the government can somehow step in and stop this vile practice , somehow I think that graft and corruption prevents this.
    Ian aka Emu

    February 20, 2011 at 12:41 am

  15. HI Connie,very beautiful videos,pictures,text…these are so inspiration!
    Yesterday morning…have a peaceful evening…
    Many hugs….Kimi

    February 20, 2011 at 12:03 am

    • Kimi ..thanks for dropping ..happy Sunday.

      February 20, 2011 at 1:36 am

  16. andro51

    yes Ranny who is worthy to judge these girls? There is something very wrong with societies, and many are trapped into thse often seedy lifestyles, it is not their fault that they are chastised and used in many ways to suit another persons sickly ideals… the Philippines looks like a paradise, but has many aspects hidden from us, and you have highlighted the plight of many a poor young woman in this blog, letting the reader see a different view of paradise… Be very well now Ranny and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    Androgoth XXx

    February 19, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    • Andro, Me and Connie both want to know why Popowich deleted his space… do you know?

      February 20, 2011 at 12:05 am

      • I got no idea Lady Jude..I was astonished

        February 20, 2011 at 12:25 am

      • I pushed the damn wrong button!!! Aaaargh! I was having crap luck leaving comments and well being a man (well this man) I started pushing buttons that I shouldn’t have been pushing. (Normally I am only pushing women’s buttons but not this time.) And poof… gone! I guess when one is frustrated and beyond tired, they should just shut the lights off, crawl under the covers and do no more. 🙂

        February 24, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    • ..Andro ..the past left deep scars to all victims of exploitations of helpless people specially women and children alike by oppressor from other countries who orgsnized these criminalities. Thanks that the govrnment had an eye to it and been able to control, solve and stop these sort of criminalities against the helpless.

      February 21, 2011 at 12:34 am

      • The main thing Seth ..is you’re still here.it’s true when one is frustrated… get a short rest and will be better the next.

        March 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm

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