What the song “Pilipinas Kong Mahal” Means and Its Importance

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For all the Filipino struggles as a nation, there are still a lot of things that Filipinos take pride in aside from the beautiful islands and beaches. The Filipinos pride themselves on being patriotic to their country in so many ways—promoting and supporting local, arts, crafts, and music. The song “Pilipinas Kong Mahal” is among the many things that show patriotism to the country.

Let’s get to know more about this song: from the Pilipinas Kong Mahal notes and composer to its meaning.

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Pilipinas Kong Mahal Lyrics

Pilipinas Kong Mahal by Francisco Santiago

Ang bayan ko’y tanging ikaw

Pilipinas kong mahal

Ang puso ko at buhay man

Sa iyo’y ibibigay

Tungkulin ko’y gagampanan

Na lagi kang paglingkuran

Ang laya mo’y babantayan

Pilipinas kong hirang

Bayan sa silanga’y hiyas

Pilipinas kong mahal

Kami’y iyo hanggang wakas

Pilipinas kong mahal

Mga ninuno naming lahat

Sa iyo’y naglingkod ng tapat

Ligaya mo’y aming hangad

Pilipinas kong mahal

Pilipinas Kong Mahal History

Pilipinas Kong Mahal is a patriotic song that was composed by Francisco Santiago and written by Ildefonso Santos in 1931. It became popular during the American colonial period from 1898 to 1946. Pilipinas Kong Mahal by Francisco Santiago is usually sung in big events like political rallies, demonstrations and protests. It is also performed as a song or a dance number in Independence Day celebrations, flag retreats or when the flag is being lowered from its pole.

The lyrics of Ang Pilipinas Kong Mahal perfectly evokes the love and loyalty of the Filipino people to its country. 

Pilipinas Kong Mahal Notes Video


Watch the video of the song below:

Ako ay Pilipino Song

Another patriotic song that Filipinos are singing is the “Ako Ay Pilipino”. Read on to learn more about the song.

Ako ay Pilipino, meaning I am a Filipino, is a patriotic song written by George Canseco and sung by Kuh Ledesma. Then First Lady Imelda Marcos commissioned the project

Ako ay Pilipino Song Lyrics

Ako ay Pilipino

Ang dugo’y maharlika

Likas sa aking puso

Adhikaing kay ganda

Sa Pilipinas na aking bayan

Lantay na Perlas ng Silanganan

Wari’y natipon ang kayamanan ng Maykapal

Bigay sa ‘king talino

Sa mabuti lang laan

Sa aki’y katutubo

Ang maging mapagmahal

Ako ay Pilipino,

Ako ay Pilipino

Isang bansa isang diwa

Ang minimithi ko

Sa Bayan ko’t Bandila

Laan Buhay ko’t Diwa

Ako ay Pilipino,

Pilipinong totoo

Ako ay Pilipino,

Ako ay Pilipino

Taas noo kahit kanino

Ang Pilipino ay Ako!

Kuh Ledesma Ako Ay Pilipino Video

Watch the video below:

Frequently Asked Questions About Pilipinas Kong Mahal Song


Q: Who is the Pilipinas Kong Mahal composer?

A: The Pilipinas Kong Mahal composer is Francisco Santiago while the lyrics were written by Ildefonso Santos in 1931.

Q: Who is the composer of Ako ay Pilipino?

A: The composer of Ako ay Pilipino is George Canseco while Kuh Ledesma sang Ako ay Pilipino.

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