LUPANG HINIRANG (CHOSEN LAND)
The Philippine National Anthem was composed by Julian Felipe as instructed by General Emilio Aguinaldo. It was first played publicly on June 12, 1898 by the town band of San Francisco de Malabon on the occasion of the proclamation of Philippine Independence and the unfurling of the Philippine Flag in Kawit, Cavite.
For more than a year the Philippine National Anthem... remained without any lyrics, until Jose Palma wrote the poem Filipinas in Spanish, which became the original words of the anthem.
During the American colonial rule of the Philippines, the Spanish lyrics of the anthem was translated into English titled The Philippine Hymn by a Filipino writer, Camilo Osias, and an American, A.L. Lane.
Finally, during the term of President Ramon Magsaysay, two Filipinos by the name of Julian Cruz Balmaceda and Ildefonso Santos translated the lyrics into Filipino with the title "Lupang Hinirang", which became the official version of the Philippine National Anthem in 1956.