The National Anthem embodies the aspirations of the people
to nationhood, a song which keeps alive the memories of the long
struggle for freedom. It expresses praise, joy and other noble
sentiments of the race.
The National Anthem has a common historical background with the
National Flag, since it evolved as the nation was struggling for
freedom and seeking international recognition. They were produced
at different times and at different places, but both were made by
people seeking to gain a nation for themselves.
Aguinaldo, while busily planning the resumption of the revolution, was
visited by a young composer and pianist named Julian Felipe. He was recommended by
General Mariano Trias because Aguinaldo was looking for a musician.
requested him to play a hymn on the piano which a Filipino had composed
in Hong Kong. The music of the hymn was good, but Aguinaldo and the others
wanted something more solemn, majestic, and dignified.
days later, on the 11th of June, Julian Felipe composed the new hymn and
Aguinaldo and his men set aside their plans to focus on that hymn.
"Marcha Nacional Filipina", otherwise known as the "Himno Nacional Filipino", thrilled the
vast crowd, swept them off their feet and aroused them to great enthusiasm.