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Forum highlights revolutionary songs, words in Maragondon museum

MARAGONDON, Cavite — The Bonifacio Trial House, a historical and landmark museum here hosted a lecture-seminar on Thursday on the words and songs that our valiant forebears used to express their love of country and dreams for freedom.
Attended by high school students from Maragondon National High School and Cavite National High School, the lecture was conducted by Philippine Historical Association (PSA) President Dr. Emmanuel F. Calairo.
The event served as the museum offering for the Pambansang Buwan ng Musika (National Music Month) that was slated in July "but inclement weather caused its postponement to this month," according to Bonifacio museum curator Rolando Guevarra.
The forum augurs well for this month's celebration of National Heroes Day with Andres Bonifacio, a folk hero and acknowledged "Father of the Katipunan" or the revolutionary movement, who also sparked the spirit of nationalism and freedom. Guevarra said the lecture serves as a prelude for the online release of "Supremo" — a special audio-visual presentation to commemorate the life and works, and pay tribute to Bonifacio — which is set for release this August.
On the other hand, Calairo, currently a history professor at De La Salle University said that the "himigs" (songs) and poems spoke about heroism, victory, sentiments, loneliness, courtship, dedication to motherland, and for the freedom they fought for.
Although history books have been highlighting Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal's poems, Calairo said there are a lot more, prompting organizers to present other available songs and poems are given credence because "these songs, words were used by Filipino revolutionaries to boost their spirits, morale, as they fought during those trying times."
His lecture reflected on the poems and songs like Jocelynang Baliwag, also known as "Kundiman ng Himagsikan" (Song of the Revolution) which is clearly dedicated to a lady, but could also be associated with love of country.
The history professor also dwelled on Andres Bonifacio's "Pag-ibig sa Tibubuang Lupa" (love for hometown) which is an exhortation to the Filipino people to partake of the crusade for Philippine Independence, and others like: "Alerta Katipunan," "Mabuhay ang Kalayaan," "Sa Apostol ng Kalayaan," "Sa Isa sa Mapalarig General," "Ang Revolucionario," and "Ang Paglalagom."
Also featured were poems of Bonifacio's wife Gregoria De Jesus who penned the literary pieces in August and September of 1897 after Bonifacio's execution as she expressed her loneliness and longing for her departed husband.
Filipino songwriter-singer, and now Undersecretary for the government's youth affairs, Cariza "Aiza" Yamson Seguerra rendered the song interpretation of De Jesus' poem "Sa Huli and Sikat," a love song which now enjoys more than three million views on Youtube.
Calairo hoped that the present generation will further study, reflect and be inspired by these poems and songs written from our forefather's heart.
Bonifacio Trial House in Maragondon town is open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 8am to 4pm and feature various interactive displays on the events that led to the trial and execution of the Katipunan Supremo Andres Bonifacio, and the special bond he shared with his young wife Gregoria de Jesus.
The museum's e-learning facility encourages students to enjoy online history lessons on Bonifacio and other Filipino heroes. (PNA)
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Last Modified: 2017-Dec-12 06.25.00 UTC+0800