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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Iloilo City Hymn Lyrics and English Translation

This is Iloilo City official hymn. The lyrics and music arranged by Professor Arne Lubasan and written in Hiligaynon. Here is the lyrics in Hiligaynon language and its English translation.

Iloilo City Hymn Lyrics featuring places and events in the city of Iloilo

“Himno Sang Dakbanwa Sang Iloilo” - Iloilo City Hymn
Lyrics and Music by: Prof. Arne Lubasan


Puluy-an ka sang mga dungganon
Guindihon sa imong gugmang bilidhon
Namat-an sang mga baganihan
Nakigbato para sa kahilwayan


Dunang manggad sa amon guin-aman
Manggaran sa kulturang kinaadman
May maragtas nga madinu-agon
Bulawanon ang mga palanubli-on


Iloilo, Iloilo
Dakbanwa kong nahamut-an
Iloilo, Iloilo
Bugal magpadulong diin man
Tampad nga magpabilin sa imo
Tungod palangga ko
Dakbanwang Iloilo, bugal ko!


Himpit nga gugma sa imo halad
Sakdagon ang imong katuyuan
Itib-ong ang kauswagan
Padayun nga angkunon ang katin-aran

English Translation

I Home of the dignified
Taken from your pure love
Cradle of heroes
Fought for freedom

Natural resources bestowed on us
Rich in indigenous culture
Has a colorful history
Golden heritage


Iloilo, Iloilo
My hometown I love
Iloilo, Iloilo
The pride which will be carried anywhere
Faithfully stays with you
Because I love
My city, my pride!


Formidable love I offer to you
Patronize your intentions
Promote progress
Continue to own prosperity

Video Courtesy of:

Mark Vic Rejaba Youtube Channel

Monday, March 16, 2015

ILOILO ANG BANWA KO Song Lyrics and English Translation

This is Iloilo province most popular folk song which is already anthemic to the people of the place. Written in Hiligaynon, the song evokes a sense of pride, loyalty and patriotism to the land where we born and grow up. Included here is the lyrics of the song in Hiligaynon with its English translation.

Iloilo Ang Banwa Ko Song featuring all the towns, festival, events and happenings in Iloilo 

Iloilo Ang Banwa Ko Reggae Version 

Iloilo Ang Banwa Ko performed by the University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra


Iloilo ang banwa ko guinahingadlan
Matam-is nga pulong ang amon guinmat-an
Indi ko ikaw bulagan
Banwa kong nahamut-an
Ikaw ang guintunaan sang kalipayan

Ilonggo ako nga tunay
Nga nagapuyo sa higad sang baybay
Manami magkiay-kiay
Sa tagipusuon
Bug-os ang kalipay


My beloved hometown Iloilo
Sweet words which we grew up with
I will not leave you my dear hometown
You are the source of joy and happiness

I'm a true Ilonggo
That lives by the coast
Beautifully swaying hips
In my heart full of joy

Video Courtesy of:

Youtube Channels:

Ulysses Loresto
MrAlmio's Channel
Bernardo Arellano III

Sunday, March 15, 2015

ILOILO BANWANG PINALANGGA Song Lyrics and English Translation

This is another popular song in Hiligaynon written and composed by Tunog Amakan. This song is dedicated to all Ilonggos spread around the world. The song is about the cry of the mother hometown Iloilo calling out her Ilonggo / Ilongga sons and daughters around the world to remember her and look back to where they came from and also an Ilonggo who is reminiscing and yearns to go back to his hometown of Iloilo. Here's the lyrics of the song written in Hiligaynon language and translated in English.

Iloilo Banwang Pinalangga Music Video with Tunog Amakan as the vocalist, the lyricist and composer of the song.

Iloilo Banwang Pinalangga Music Video with lyric (with minor errors on the lyrics)

Iloilo Banwang Pinalangga - Iloilo Beloved Hometown
Lyrics and Music by: Tunog Amakan

Dali na sa duog nga luyag ko pagapuy-an
Hiyas man o bulawan indi gid matupungan
Madamo nga tinuig na nga sya naligaran
Daw sang-una kun imo madum-duman


Bangod lang guid sa gugma kag tungod sang katahom
Ikaw ang nabun-ag nga may upod man nga likom
Indi ka gid malimtan kung ikaw ang makit-an
Puno ka sang madamo nga handumanan..ooooh



Iloilo banwang pinalangga
Sa diin mo ako pagadal-on
Duog sang mga damgu
Dughan ko ang nabihag mo
San-o mo ako madumduman

Repeat Chorus

Halin pa sang una kag tubtub sa karon
Madamo nga tinuig na ang gin sugpon sugpon
Kalinong sang balatyagon luyag ko nga maangkon
Ayhan sa mga palad mo imo ako bulngon.. ohh

Repeat Chorus 2x

San-o mo ako mabalikdan

hooohh.. Iloilo banwa ko...

English Translation

Iloilo Beloved Town

Hurry to the place I want to live
Jewel or gold cannot equal
So many years that has passed
Looks like before if you remember

Just because of love and of the beauty
You were born shrouded with mystery
You will never be forgotten when I see you
You are full of so many valuable treasures... ohhh....


Iloilo beloved hometown
Where will you bring me
Place of dreams
You captured my heart
When will you remember me

Repeat Chorus

Since then until now
So many years has been chronicled
Peace and calmness of feeling I wanted to have
Will your hands be the one to cure me... ohh

Repeat Chorus 2x

When will you look back on me

hooohh.. Iloilo my hometown..
I love


Video Courtesy of:

Tunog Amakan Facebook Page -

Mosh Magbanua Youtube Channel

Monday, March 9, 2015

Iloilo Province Feast Days and Patron Saints

Iloilo Province - Cities and Municipalities
These are town or municipalities in the province of Iloilo, the date of their feast day celebration and the respective patron saints it gives honor to. Some towns has a separate

Ajuy                   - September 10  - San Nicholas of Tolentino
Alimodian              - September 22  - Saint Thomas of Villanova
Anilao                 - May 22        - St. Rita of Cascia
Badiangan              - January 17    - St. John the Baptist
Balasan                - July 26       - St. Anne
Banate                 - June 24       - St. John the Baptist
Barotac Nuevo          - June 13       - St. Anthony of Padua
Barotac Viejo          - June 29       - St. Peter the Apostle
Batad                  - April 5       - St. Vincent Ferrer
Bingawan               - January 25    - St. Paul Conversion
Cabatuan               - September 10 (Religious) March 2 (Municipal) - San Nicholas of Tolentino
Calinog                - December 8    - Immaculate Conception
Carles                 - October 15    - St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Concepcion             - December 8    - Immaculate Conception
Dingle                 - June 24       - St. John the Baptist
Dueñas                 - September 30  - St. Jerome
Dumangas               - May 5 (Municipal) August 29 (Religious) - St. Augustine
Estancia               - March 15-16   - The Most Holy Virgin Mary
Guimbal                - September 10 (Religious) October 7 (Municipal) - Saint Nicholas of Tolentino
Igbaras                - May 22 (Municipal) June 24 (Religious) - St. John the Baptist
Janiuay                - January 28    - Saint Julian of Cuenca
Lambunao               - September 10  - Saint Nicholas of Tolentino
Leganes                - April 5       - St. Vincent Ferrer
Lemery                 - January 28    - Santo Niño (Holy Child Jesus)
Leon                   - November 25   - St. catherine of Alexandria
Maasin                 - December 30   - Saint James the Great
Miagao                 - September 22  - St. Thomas of Villanova
Mina                   - October 12    - Our Lady of the Pillar
New Lucena             - January 24    - Our Lady of Good Voyage
Oton                   - December 8    - Immaculate Conception
Passi City             - February 10   -  San Guillermo /Saint Guilhem
Pavia                  - May 4         - St. Monica
Pototan                - May 8         - St. Joseph
San Dionisio           - May 5         - St. Vincent Ferrer
San Enrique            - May 24        - Virgin Mary
San Joaquin            - January 3 (Municipal) August 16 (Religious) - St. Joachim
San Miguel             - May 8         - St. Joseph
San Rafael             - October 24    - St. Raphael
Santa Barbara          - December 4    - St. Barbara
Sara                   - June 24       - St. John the Baptist
Tigbauan               - Third Sunday of January (Religious) June 12 (Municipal) - St. John of Sahagun
Tubungan               - January 17    - St. Anthony the Abbott
Zarraga                - May 15        - St. Isidore the Farmer


Monday, February 23, 2015

RISING DRAGON OF THE SOUTH: Two Newest Construction Projects In Iloilo City

Two of the newest planned and proposed construction projects in Iloilo City, Philippines

New Residential and Commercial Complex to be constructed in Iloilo City 

Proposed Mall In Iloilo City

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Leading Filipino Women: Magdalena Jalandoni

Magdalena G. Jalandoni 
Prolific Ilongga Woman Writer and Artist 
(1891 - 1978) 

Magdalena Jalandoni was known as Western Visayas first woman writer. She is now remembered as one of the most prolific Filipino writer in the Hiligaynon language. She was the first recipient of the Republic Culture Heritage Award for Literature in 1969 by President Ferdinand Marcos. She also wrote poems and novels in Filipino and English language. She did 36 novels, 122 short stories, 231 short lyrics, 8 narrative poems, 7 novelettes, 5 corridos, 7 long plays, a number of sculptures and hundreds of paintings throughout her lifetime. Her works are said to have left permanent and significant milestones in Philippine literature. 

Birth and Early Years 

She was born on May 27, 1891 in Calle Alvarez in the old city of Salog (now Jaro, a district of Iloilo City) to the pious, devout Catholic couple Gregorio Jalandoni y Jopson from Jaro and Francisca Gonzaga who hails from the town of Pavia. Magdalena had an only younger brother Luis who later married Amelia Benedicto Ledesma , also of Jaro. 

Her formal schooling started in the school of Clemente Gonzales and his wife Donata. In June 1902 she studied at the Colegio de San Jose where she was a day boarder, and in 1904 she entered the same school as an enterna. She wrote her fist corrido “Padre Juan and Beata Maria’ at the age of ten, and “Don Juan Gonzaga” also a corrido at the age of twelve. Later on she wrote “Lucibar and Portivillar”, “Principe Recaredo” and Heneral Manfredo.” Her mother brought these corridos at the La Editorial Publishing House where these were printed and sold to the public. 

On November 6, 1906 she entered the Iloilo High School. She stopped her studies after the first year because her mother did not approve of co-education and just stayed at their home where she wrote in her native tongue. 

Childhood and Early Works 

She began writing at a young age wherein she already had her poems published at the age of 12. At the age of sixteen, she published her first novel in Hiligaynon, "Ang Mga Tunoc Sang Isa Ca Bulac" (The Thorns of a Flower) which she finished in December of 1907, which was later followed by many novels, compilations of poems and short stories. Jalandoni only wrote for publication purposes due to the male-dominated society at the time. Back then, female voices in literature were not taken seriously by the general public. Although her mother strictly forbade her to take literature seriously, she refused to do so and devoted her life entirely to literature. 

In her childhood autobiography Ang Matam-is Kong Pagkabata (My Sweet Childhood), she cites: "I will be forced to write when I feel that my nose is being assaulted by the scent of flowers, when my sight is filled with the promises of the sun and when my soul is lifted by winged dreams to the blue heavens." 

Significant Works 

Her famous poem Ang Guitara (The Guitar) is read in classrooms all over the country today. Literary critics and historians claim that she has mastered a special talent for poetry and description as well as dramatic evocations of landscapes and events in her novels and short stories. Her works span from the coming of Malay settlers in the Middle Ages up to the Spanish and American colonial era as well as the Japanese occupation of World War II, all portraying the history of Panay and the evolution of the Ilonggo culture. According to Riitta Varitti of the Finnish-Philippine Society in Helsinki, "Jalandoni was the most productive Philippine writer of all time." 

Other famous works include Anabella, Sa Kapaang Sang Inaway (In the Heat of War), Ang Dalaga sa Tindahan (The Young Woman in the Market) and Ang Kahapon ng Panay (The Past of Panay). Throughout her turbulent and displaced life, she still managed to publish 36 novels, 122 short stories, 7 novelettes, 7 long plays, 24 short plays and dialogos in verse complied in two volumes, seven volumes of personally compiled essays including some translations from Spanish and two autobiographies. She has been displaced from her hometown twice and has survived the Philippine Revolution, the Filipino-American War and the Japanese Occupation. In 1977, she received the prestigious Republic Cultural Heritage Award for her literary achievements from the government, about one year before her death. 

Her works are kept in the University of the Philippines in Diliman and in the Visayas, the Ateneo de Manila, the Universities of Iloilo and San Agustin, the Universities of Syracuse and Yale in the United States and in the National Library. 

Death Of A Great Writer

She died on September 14, 1978 at the age of 87. At the time of her death she had written a total of 66 volumes composed of 24 novels, long poems, dramas, historical epics, translations, meditations, poems, her autobiography, a bibliography of her works and many other literary pieces. The author lost twenty novels during the Second World War when these were burned inside the Archbishop’s Palace in Jaro where she kept them. 

During her lifetime she had received many awards recognizing her contribution to the enrichment of Hiligaynon, her native tongue and the genius that made her such a prolific writer. She never married. She is now survived by a few nieces as well as several other close relatives. Magdalena Jalandoni's birth place and ancestral house still stands today as a historical landmark and a museum not far from the cathedral of Jaro and is frequented by students. A street at the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex in Pasay City, Philippines is named in her honor. 


Magdalena Jalandoni Wikipedia entry, 

First Thoughts: Magdalena G. Jalandoni blog, 

Magdalena Jalandoni Blog, 

Photo Sources: 

Today In Philippines History, The Kahimyang Project May 26, 2012, 

Heroines, News Today December 13, 2007, 

Magdalena G. Jalandoni Ancestral House Facade,,


Friday, February 20, 2015

Leading Filipino Women: Nazaria Lagos

Nazaria Lagos 
Florence Nightingale of Panay 
(1851 - 1945) 

Nazaria Lagos is known as the Florence Nightingale of Panay. She was a pioneer Red Cross leader in the Visayas region. She was a strong woman, compassionate mother and has a deep and deathless love for God and country. She was born not only to become a mother of her own children but of the many wounded Filipino soldiers, sick civilians and of the sick children during the war. 

Born From A Wealthy Family 

Nazaria L. Lagos was born on August 28, 1851 in Barrio Burongan (now Jaguimit), Laglag town (now Dueñas), Iloilo. Her parents were Don Juan de la Cruz Lagos and Doña Saturnina Labrillaso. As an only child, she was well taken cared of and brought up in comfort but she was not a spoiled girl. When she was six, her mother hired Maestro Gregorio "Oyong" Tingzon as her teacher. She was a beautiful, brilliant young girl who could speak Spanish well and talk to the Spanish officials. 

Married Life 

At a very young age of 12, she married her second cousin Segundo Lagos, a son of a wealthy land owner, Don Bartolome Lagos whose ancestors were the founders of Dueñas town and the religion. During her years in marriage life, Nazaria faced lots of challenges of home life with patience. She possessed good qualities of being a wife and a mother and was equipped with proper knowledge on nursing and medical care by Dr. Cuadra, a family friend and doctor, who often visited the family and stayed in the vast family hacienda. 

Red Cross and Revolutionary Work 

Through the order of Military Governor Don Ricardo Monet with the support of parish priest Father Lorenzo Suarez, Nazaria was appointed as President of the first local unit of Red Cross in the province of Iloilo. 

During the revolution under the general supervision of Gen. Martin Delgado, Nazaria Lagos was chosen as secretary and Segundo (her husband) as the adviser of the Revolutionary Volunteers to go against the Spanish Government. Her house in Barrio Burongan (now Jaguimit) was made as a secret meeting place of the high-ranking officers of the revolution in the whole province of Iloilo. Nazaria and Segundo built a secret Army Hospital in their Hacienda in Jaguimit and which Nazaria was appointed as Chief of the Army Hospital and Manager of the Army Food Supply Depot for the Filipino soldiers. This is for the preparation of the revolutionists for the war against the Spaniards. The building of the hospital came from Nazaria and Segundo's own money. The supplies of the food came from the production of their farm. She gave an all out support for the welfare of the Filipinos. Nazaria Lagos and her family together with their "obreros" or workers began to work secretly in Hacienda Jaguimit. She personally supervised the construction of the hospital made from local materials. They made bamboos as beds, chairs and tables and cabinets for the wounded Filipino soldiers. 

The war started. Many Filipino soldiers were sick and wounded, and they were brought to the hospital in Jaguimit. The hospital was not only for the Filipino soldiers but as well as the sick and wounded civilians. Since the hospital is certainly located between the North and South revolutionary groups, supply almost ran out. For such a gigantic tack for a woman to bear, the Red Cross helped her in asking donations like food, clothing and medicine. Her tenants had contributed their time and efforts to help in caring for the wounded soldiers. Her knowledge in herbal medicine played an important role in this extraordinary task during the Revolution. Spending almost all her time, effort and fortune for the brother Filipinos, she even was able to bear the death of her two children when the smallpox epidemic struck the country during the years of the turmoil. 

Role In Philippine Independence Day Celebration 

In Dueñas Nazaria Lagos and her two daughters together with the Red Cross members, sew the Philippine flag. In spite of the scarcity of the clothes, sewing needles and threads, they made improvised needles out of umbrella wire and abaca fibers as the threads. The flag was hoisted at 9 o' clock in the morning of June 12, 1899 in the Dueñas town plaza. Nazaria and the people of Dueñas knelled down with tears rolling down their cheeks and prayed for their safety and independence while the National Hymn was played. 

Her Last Years 

Nazaria Lagos reserved a legacy not in wealth but as a model mother, leader and a great woman in history.  Unfortunately, she became blind and on January 27, 1945, at the age of 93, silently passed away at Sitio Amuyao, Jaguimit, Dueñas, Iloilo. She had served her country and family with love and devotion. 

Nazaria and Segundo Lagos will long be remembered from generation to generation. Their service to their fellowmen is worth emulating and their names will be written in Bold Letters in the minds and hearts of all Filipinos, patriots, nationalist and lover of democracy. 


Wikipilipinas: Nazaria Lagos, 

Nazaria Lagos, A Great Woman In History, Newstoday 2007, 

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