Ibong Malaya’s “Unang Alay”

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A popular protest song during the Marcos dictatorship. It was usually sung during a “Misang Bayan” or People’s Mass or when a kasama passed away. I first heard this song in 1984 in honor of those who fell along the way to national liberation. This song remains relevant today as darkness reigns in our land while the masses once again fatally bear the brunt of the consequences of the indifference of the powers that be. This is one of the songs, according to veteran journalist Ma. Ceres Doyo, “that kept the fires burning before the break of dawn,” and I say it still does today as dawn has not yet come.

 

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