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To The Virgin Mary

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To The Virgin Mary

Mary, sweet peace, solace dear
Of pained mortal ! You’re the fount
Whence emanates the stream of succour,
That without cease our soil fructifies.

From thy throne, from heaven high,
Kindly hear my sorrowful cry !
And may thy shining veil protect
My voice that rises with rapid flight.

Thou art my Mother, Mary, pure;
Thou’ll be the fortress of my life;
Thou’ll be my guide on this angry sea.
If ferociously vice pursues me,
If in my pains death harasses me,
Help me, and drive away my woes !

This is one of the poem of our national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

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Song of Maria Clara

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Song Of Maria Clara
Sweet are the hours in one’s own Native Land,
All there is friendly o’er which the sun shines above;
Vivifying is the breeze that wafts over her fields;
Even death is gratifying and more tender is love.

Ardent kissed on a mother’s lips are at play,
On her lap, upon the infant child’s awakening,
The extended arms do seek her neck to entwine,
And the eyes at each other’s glimpse are smiling.

It is sweet to die in one’s own Native Land,
All there is friendly o’er which the sun shines above;
And deathly is the breeze for one without
A country, without a mother and without love.

To the Philippines

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Rizal wrote the original sonnet in Spanish

To the Philippines

Aglowing and fair like a houri on high,
Full of grace and pure like the Morn that peeps
When in the sky the clouds are tinted blue,
Of th’ Indian land, a goddess sleeps.

The light foam of the son’rous sea
Doth kiss her feet with loving desire;
The cultured West adores her smile
And the frosty Pole her flow’red attire.

With tenderness, stammering, my Muse
To her ‘midst undines and naiads does sing;
I offer her my fortune and bliss:
Oh, artists! her brow chaste ring
With myrtle green and roses red
And lilies, and extol the Philippines!

Macario Sakay

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Macario Sakay
Born: 1870
Died: September 13, 1907

Sakay started of as a barber in Manila and became an early member of Bonifacio’s Katipunan. An active participant in the revolutions against both Spain and the US. Captured in 1901, and later set free, he continued to oppose US sovereignty. In 1902, Sakay became the head of the Republic of Katagalugan, a revolutionary organization aimed at reviving the spirit of the original Katipunan. In 1905, intensified military operations resulted in the capture of many leaders of Sakay’s republic. After the Americans offered him some reform, he surrendered in,  July 1906. Sakay was betrayed and later tried and executed by the Americans.

Apolinario Mabini

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Mabini

Born of a poor family, Apolinario Mabini was always studious. He was always sad and silent and liked to sit alone to meditate.

Mabini studied at San Juan de Letran where he got his Bachelor of Arts degree and Professor of Latin. He also finished Law. He was a spokesman of the Congress, and a notary public.

In early 1896, he contracted a severe fever which paralyzed him for the rest of his life. He was later called the Sublime Paralytic.

Mabini was most active in the revolution in 1898, when he became the chief adviser of Gen. Aguinaldo during the revolution. He drafted decrees and proposed a constitution for the Philippine Republic. He made the plans for the revolutionary government.

In 1899, he was captured by the Americans but was later set free. In 1901, he was exiled to Guam but returned to the Philippines in 1903 after agreeing to take an oath of allegiance to the US. He took his oath on February 26, 1903 before the Collector of Customs.

On May 13, 1903, he died of cholera in Manila.

Excerpt from Talambuhay ng mga Bayani by Rene Alba