15 Sep Featured Song: Sa Magandang Silangan
En El Bello Oriente, one of Jose Rizal’s poems, was set to music to produce the song Magandang Silangan (In the Beautiful East), also known as Sa Dakong Silangan.
The poem, which was set to music in 1898 by Pedro Gatmaitan Santos, a composer from Bulacan, Bulacan, tells of how the lyricist treasured and loved a beautiful land in the East and longed for its freedom from oppression.
Below are the lyrics of the song in Filipino and English translations:
|Sa dakong sikatan ng masayang araw
May lupang sagana’t puspos ng kariktan
Na sinisiphayo ng palalong asal
Nang makapagliligtas kapalad-palaran
Sa dakong sikatan ng masayang araw
Mawalay sa kaniya’y ang laking sakit
|Where the joyful sun rises
Lies a land abundant and full of beauty
That is oppressed by a proud character
From which we long to be free
Where the joyful sun rises
To be parted from her is such pain
Kundiman ni Rizal (1997). Tawid Publications.
Jose Rizal with friends (Retrato Photo Archive)