If you are a Martial Law Baby, or technically someone born in the Philippines between 1972 and 1986 or during the Martial Law Years. Then you should be very familiar with the National Pledge of the Philippines.
Although, you can even include every Filipino that was born in the 1960s up to the 1990s, for these Filipinos generally were born and raised knowing only President Marcos–who first became President in 1965 and who declared Martial Law in the Land in 1972 until the late 80s.
For within these time, every Filipino was required to recite the Old Version of the “Panatang Makabayan” every time their school had their Flag Ceremony. And they had to recite it, after singing “Bayang Magiliw”, of course if you read my last blog you should be aware that it is called “Lupang Hinirang”.
But just like the National Anthem”, millions of Filipinos within this period recited the National Pledge but without really putting to heart what they are saying.
For did they ever love the Philippines? Were they ever proud of their heritage, their identity, their exotic looks, the color of their skin, the shape of their noses? Did they listen to their parents? Did they abide by the rules of their schools they went to? Did they ever obey the laws of the land? And after all these years, did they ever become true Filipinos in thought, in word, in deed?
I hope most of them did.
Panatang Makabayan (Old Version)
Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas.
Ito ang aking lupang sinilangan.
Ito ang tahanan ng aking lahi.
Ako’y kaniyang kinukupkop at tinutulungan, upang maging malakas, maligaya at kapakipakinabang.
Bilang ganti ay diringgin ko ang payo ng aking mga magulang.
Susundin ko ang tuntunin ng aking paaralan.
Tutuparin ko ang mga 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.