"We Say Mabuhay", composed by the legendary bandmaster and orchestra leader, the late Tirso Cruz, Sr., is the anthem of the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
Unlike "Hail to the Chief", the march primarily associated with the President of the United States of America, "We Say Mabuhay" is not that well-known among Filipinos.
"We Say Mabuhay" is played during military and government ceremonies in which the President is in attendance; the arrival of the President at any given event and, in the tradition of US presidential inaugurations, right after the President-elect of the Philippines is sworn in during inaugural ceremonies that occur every six years (with the 21-gun salute at hand), as prescribed in the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines.
The anthem even has lyrics:
- We Say Mabuhay - Tirso Cruz, Sr.
[Four ruffles and flourishes] We say Mabuhay! We say Mabuhay! Under the blue skies, Where our friends sit by!
A greeting of farewell! A toast that will wear well! We raise our voices and say Mabuhay!
"Immediately upon conclusion of the oath, the traditional presidential anthem, 'Mabuhay' is played with the appropriate ruffles and flourishes, and the armed forces shall render its first 21-gun salute to the new commander in chief."