Thursday, November 30, 2017

Bonifacio Day 2017

On November 30 we celebrate Bonifacio Day in the Philippines. 

Andres Bonifacio was a hero and leader who spent his life fighting to uphold justice for his people.

Today we recall him in his poem, "Pag-Ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa" - love of country or better yet love of my homeland

What love can be
purer and greater
than love of country?
What love? No other love, none.

Even when the mind repeatedly reads
and tries to understand
the history that is written and printed
by humanity, this (love of country) can be seen.

Holy love! when born
of a pure heart,
the humble and the backwoodsman, the poor, the unlettered
become great and respected.

Too bad much of the poetry is lost in translation.

Sadder still that his sentiments seem lost with time.

Mabuhay, Pilipinas!

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