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Published on May 30, 2008
* This rendition of Lupang Hinirang is intended for reflection. It is not meant to replace the official anthem normally played as a march.
Recently a talented and nationally known film director, Mae Paner, crafted a new and moving version of our national anthem. This unusual audio visual presentation of "Lupang Hinirang"* has been shown many times in various events and has consistently touched the hearts and minds of viewers to the point of tears of awakening and gratefulness.
Because of its consistent positive impact, PAGASA and Ehem! have decided to make this version of "Lupang Hinirang" available nationwide as a reflection piece to trigger a deeper awareness of oneself in relation to the country and encourage the emergence of positive images of the Philippine future. This new partnership of Ehem! with PAGASA is an addition to the existing anti-corruption initiatives of the Society of Jesus. For PAGASA it is a profound convergence with a "like-hearted" initiative grounded in authentic integrity, towards a massive ripple effect of truth-living towards nation building.
We are writing to invite you and all the teachers and students of your school to participate in a timely and unprecedented nationwide effort to constructively reflect, through the medium of "Lupang Hinirang," on the present conditions of the Philippines and envision the Philippines of our hopes and dreams.
The process we envision is simple and straightforward: *Download the video or email us if you need a copy in DVD format. *Teachers play this version of Lupang Hinirang in their high school and college classes. *They then ask their students two questions: 1) What feelings and thoughts did you experience from viewing the new version of "Lupang Hinirang?" 2) What positive vision of the Philippines do you now have from this experience? *Teachers then instruct students to form small groups of 5 to share their experiences. *Then the teachers reassemble the whole class and have a conversation with their students regarding their answers. Deep mutual learning and engagement is sure to emerge from this process. *In addition, you and your teachers will choose the best expressions that will arise out of this exercise and these results, combined with results from other schools, will be showcased as the best reflections and positive visions of the country, as articulated by our youth in the Karangalan Festival in September, which celebrates Filipino excellence.
Details and mechanics of this endeavor will be posted at the PAGASA website by June 15, 2008: www.pagasa.net.ph.