One of my fondest memories as a young boy was during our early morning ritual flag raising ceremony in school. In my memory, I can clearly see myself standing tall and proud, with my right palm slightly pressed above my left chest, singing with full valor our Philippine National Anthem.
As I grew up, this same ritual of singing the anthem was repeated when I watch plays, concerts and even last full evening shows in movie theaters.
Interestingly, when our national boxing icon Manny Pacquiao had international fights streamed via Satellite in Manila, Filipinos were constantly exposed to the other countries’ national anthems.
Before the boxing match begins, three national anthems are played. The Philippine National Anthem, the opponent’s national anthem, and that of the usual host, The United States of America’s National Anthem.
Through the years of watching the boxing matches, apart from the nationalism while hearing our national anthem, we have appreciated other countries’ anthems. In fact, with Mexico being the usual opponent of Manny Pacquiao, I must admit that in an instant, if you play the Mexican National Anthem, I can clearly recognize it. This goes the same for the anthem of USA.
Now being abroad here in Doha, I have also appreciated and loved the National Anthem of my host country, Qatar. Hearing their national anthem is now music to my ears and makes me proud of my second home.
In this regard, allow me to share with you a website link that I found where we can appreciate the beauty and the artistry of the melodic national anthem masterpiece of almost all of the countries around the world.
Here is the link – http://www.nationalanthems.info/
What’s great about this website is that it also presents the actual text of the anthem in its local language and at the same time, it also provides an English translation for English speaking individuals like us.
The website also gives a brief backstory on how the National anthem evolved from its beginning into where it is now.
Here in GlobalPolyglots.com, not only we do support written and spoken languages, we also would like to highlight the musical language of all the countries of the world. What a better way to appreciate another countries’ culture and language by hearing and understanding their National Anthems .
After all, the National Anthem is a country’s battle cry, its powerful message of independence to the world, its heart, and its soul.