There was a time in our lives when we were kids and citizenship duty was on top of the list every time we go to school each morning. How things have changed and how “occupied” the lives of our children are. Below is “Panatang Makabayan” which we dutifully recite after singing the Philippine National Anthem. We kept it close to our hearts and was always proud. How far have we gone? Please share your thoughts with us at the bottom of this post.
Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas.
Ito ang aking lupang sinilangan.
Ito ang tahanan ng aking lahi.
Ako’y kanyang kinukupkop at tinutulungan,
Upang maging malakas, maligaya at kapakipakinabang.
Bilang ganti ay diringgin ko ang payo ng aking mga magulang.
Susundin ko ang mga tuntunin ng aking paaralan.
Tutuparin ko ang tungkulin ng isang mamamayang makabayan at masunurin sa batas.
Paglilingkuran ko ang aking bayan nang walang pag-iimbot at nang buong katapatan.
Sisikapin kong maging isang tunay na Pilipino,
sa isip, sa salita at sa gawa.
Photo: Children participating in an early civic parade in Tagum City, Davao in celebration of Philippine Independence Day.