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Sa Aking Mga Kabata

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This is a classic Filipino poem attributed to Dr. Jose Rizal, "Sa Aking Mga Kabata", written in Baybayin.
A wonderful poem about asking a generation to embrace their own native language.

Sa Aking Mga Kabata

Kapagka ang baya'y sadyang umiibig
Sa kanyang salitang kaloob ng langit,
Sanglang kalayaan nasa ring masapit
Katulad ng ibong nasa himpapawid.

Pagka't ang salita'y isang kahatulan
Sa bayan, sa nayo't mga kaharian,
At ang isang tao'y katulad, kabagay
Ng alin mang likha noong kalayaan.

Ang hindi magmahal sa kanyang salita
Mahigit sa hayop at malansang isda,
Kaya ang marapat pagyamaning kusa
Na tulad sa inang tunay na nagpala.

Ang wikang Tagalog tulad din sa Latin
Sa Ingles, Kastila at salitang anghel,
Sapagka't ang Poong maalam tumingin
Ang siyang naggawad, nagbigay sa atin.

Ang salita nati'y huwad din sa iba
Na may alfabeto at sariling letra,
Na kaya nawala'y dinatnan ng sigwa
Ang lunday sa lawa noong dakong una.


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* 08/24/2007 update:

...changed file to a much larger image (1000 x 1250 1.08 MB) for better print.
...4x5 in. and 8x10 in. prints available in the DA store here: www.deviantart.com/print/16024…
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...new image has corrected title.
...also, needed to credit P.Morrow for the fonts: www.mts.net/~pmorrow/fonts.htm
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Beautiful work. It's rare to see our languages being writtin in the ancient alphabets. But...

First of all, it is doubtable if Pepe ever wrote that during his childhood, let alone wrote it at all. He was still young, and Spanish was the language of the Mercado/Rizal household, just like most of the well-off families at that time. It would to too good to be true to believe that he could make a comparative analysis of Spanish, Tagalog, and English, even.

Second, the idea that Tagalog is the native language of all Filipinos (as most of those Tagalista bastards) is preposterous and unfair. We have 151 languages, Tagalog being the langauge only of the Tagalog provinces. Everyone had their own language, distinct from each other. And even if Rizal DID write the poem, he probably adressed his fellow Tagalogs and no one else. Remember, the concept of "Filipino-ness" was fairly new; people identified themselves according to ethnic group (Capampangans, Ilocanos, Ilonggos, Tausugs, etc).

And third, Rizal's name is properly spelled JOSÉ. Not Jose. As a Spanish name, it must be written with the accent mark. Otherwise it would be pronounced HO-se, and not ho-SE. Besides, Pepe wrote and signed his name that way. Writing his name without the accent mark is a disservice to his memory. Let's show due respect.