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Bayan Ko

Composer: De Guzman, Constancio
Lyricist: Jose Corazon De Jesus
Performer: Ruben Tagalog
Album: Bayan Ko (My Country)
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Key / Mode: C minor - C major
Genre: Songs of Nationhood / Patriotic Songs
Form: Kundiman
Historical Period: American Period
Date of Composition: 1928
About the Song: Written during the time when the Filipinos were fighting for independence from the United States, the song expresses a nationalist sentiment which eventually became a battlecry against colonialism and oppression at different periods in Philppine history. Popular during the Japanese regime, and later, in the rallies and protest marches against the Marcos administration, it tells about love for the nation, unlike many of the popular kundimans that tell about love for someone. (From the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art., vol. 6, p. 228)