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. 


Who is the composer of Pilipinas Kong Mahal?

The composer of Pilipinas Kong Mahal is Francisco Santiago. Also knowns as the “Father of Kundiman Art Song,” Francisco was born in Santa Maria, Bulacan. Although he didn’t come from a wealthy family, Francisco continued on pursuing his studies in piano and later on became a piano instructor in 1916 when the University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music was established. Francisco is widely popular as the Pilipinas Kong Mahal composer but he has other compositions that also made a mark in the country like “Kundiman (Anak-Dalita),” “Sakali Man,” “Hibik ng Filipinas,” “Pakiusap,” “Ang Pag-ibig,” “Suyuan,” “Alaala Kita,” “Ikaw at Ako,” “Dalit ng Pag-ibig,” “Ano Kaya ang Kapalaran?”, “Hatol Hari Kaya?”, “Sakali’t Mamatay,” “Aking Bituin,” “Madaling Araw” and “Pagsikat ng Araw.” With that being said, it’s obvious that the Pilipinas Kong Mahal composer is surely talented.


Pilipinas Kong Mahal Notes Video

Now that you know the Pilipinas Kong Mahal lyrics and history, enjoy singing it. Watch the video of the song with Pilipinas Kong Mahal lyrics below:


Ako ay Pilipino Song

Aside from the Pilipinas Kong Mahal, there’s another patriotic song that Filipinos are singing. It 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 Father of Kundiman Art Song?
A: The Father of Kundiman Art Song is Francisco Santiago. He is the composer of Pilipinas Kong Mahal.

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.

Q: What song has the lyrics “Ang bayan ko’y tanging ikaw?
A: The song with the lyrics “Ang bayan ko’y tanging ikaw” is Pilipinas Kong Mahal.

Q: What is ang bayan ko’y tanging ikaw title?
A: The Ang bayan ko’y tanging ikaw song title is Pilipinas Kong Mahal.

Q: Saang palakumpasan nabibilang ang Pilipinas Kong Mahal?
A: Ang sagot sa iyong tanong na kung saang palakumpasan nabibilang ang Pilipinas Kong Mahal ay 3/4. Pag-aralan ang Pilipinas Kong Mahal lyrics para masabayan ang palakumpasan.

Q: What is Pilipinas Kong Mahal lyrics in English?
A: Below is the Pilipinas Kong Mahal lyrics in English.

Philippines My Philippines

(English Translation)
I Love my own, my native land
Philippines, my Philippines
To thee I give my heart and hand,
Philippines, my Philippines

The trees that crown thy mountains grand,
The seas that beat upon thy strand,
Awake my heart to thy command,
Philippines, my Philippines

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