15 Aug Featured Song: Alin Mang Lahi
Among Jose Rizal’s musical compositions is the song Alin Mang Lahi (In Any Race). The lyrics of the song, also penned by Rizal, talk about the quest for freedom from oppression by foreign invaders, and the willingness to fight battles to restore freedom for one’s countrymen.
It was popularized when Dr. Antonio J. Molina, National Artist for Music, “transcribed it for coloratura soprano with piano and orchestral accompaniment” (Rubio, 1978, p. 1920). Below are the lyrics of the patriotic song:
Alin mang lahi, insinasanggalang
Ang kamatayan man, kung saka-sakaling
Nguni’t pagkasawing-palad yata
Sabagay di kulang sa pupuhunanin
Rubio, H.F. (1978). Songs for my people. Filipino heritage: the making of a nation, vol. 7. Lahing Pilipino Publishing.