March of the President of the Philippines | AFP Military Honors





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Uploaded on Jan 6, 2011

As the President of the Republic of the Philippines arrives for any event that is affiliated with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, members of the AFP render full military honours to the President as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. This piece, unofficially entitled "March of the President", is played by the AFP marching band with a twenty-one cannon salute.

Preceded by four ruffles and flourishes, the march is played as the President stands before members of the AFP. The President then greets all the service commanders/branches of the AFP in what is known as the "Trooping the Line".

Many people have mistaken this march as the anthem of the President --- it is actually "We Say Mabuhay", composed by Tirso Cruz, Sr., which is played during military and government ceremonies alike, the arrival of the President at any given event and right after the President-elect is sworn in during inaugurals that occur every six years as prescribed in the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines. "We Say Mabuhay" is similar to "Hail to the Chief", the official anthem of the President of the United States of America.

This march has been replaced under incumbent Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III by "Parangal Sa Pangulo" (Honours for the President) composed by Major Xavier Celestial. Unlike the former march, "Parangal Sa Pangulo" has lyrics.


***Audio derived from the military honours rendered to the fifteenth President of the Philippines, President Benigno S. Aquino III, on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the AFP --- Armed Forces of the Philippines and the 2004 Presidential Inauguration of the Fourteenth President of the Philippines, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.


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