Monday, May 23, 2005

Himno a Talisay

Hail, Talisay,

firm and faithful,

ever forward

march elate!

You, victorious,

the elements

—land, sea and air—

shall dominate!

The sandy beach of Dapitan

and the rocks of its lofty mountain

are your throne. O sacred asylum

where I passed my childhood days!

In your valley covered with flowers

and shaded by fruitful orchards,

our minds received their formation,

both body and soul, by your grace.

We are children, children born late,

but our spirits are fresh and healthy;

strong men shall we be tomorrow

that can guard a family right.

We are children that nothing frightens,

not the waves, nor the storm, nor the thunder;

the arm ready, the young face tranquil,

in a fix we shall know how to fight.

We ransack the sand in our frolic;

through the caves and the thickets we ramble;

our houses are built upon rocks;

our arms reach far and wide.

No darkness, and no dark night,

that we fear, no savage tempest;

if the devil himself comes forward,

we shall catch him, dead or alive!

Talisayon, the people call us:

a great soul in a little body;

in Dapitan and all its region

Talisay has no match!

Our reservoir is unequalled;

our precipice is a deep chasm;

and when we go rowing, our bancas

no banca in the world can catch!

We study the problems of science

and the history of the nation.

We speak some three or four languages;

faith and reason we span.

Our hands can wield at the same time

the knife, the pen and the spade,

the picket, the rifle, the sword—

companions of a brave man.

Long live luxuriant Talisay!

Our voices exalt you in chorus,

clear star, dear treasure of childhood,

a childhood you guide and please.

In the struggles that await the grown man,

subject to pain and sorrow,

your memory shall be his amulet;

snd your name, in the tomb, his peace.