IN a bid to commemorate his role during the Filipino-American war and contribution to the nation, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista signed an ordinance into a law mandating the establishment of a senior high school to be named after Jose V. Palma.
Palma, a poet and soldier pf Aguinaldo’s republic during the Filipino-American war, was on the staff of La Independencia, a wartime newspaper. He wrote inspiring poems, sang kundiman songs to entertain the troops and provided the lyrics to Juan Felipe’s Marcha Nacional Filipina, otherwise now known as Lupang Hinirang.
Marcha Nacional Filipina (Lupang Hinirang)
Tierra adorada, hija del sol de Oriente,
su fuego ardiente en ti latiendo está.
Tierra de amores, del heroísmo cuna,
los invasores no te hollarán jamás.
En tu azul cielo, en tus auras, en tus montes y en tu mar
esplende y late el poema de tu amada libertad.
Tu pabellón que en las lides la victoria iluminó,
no verá nunca apagados sus estrellas ni su sol.
Tierra de dichas, de sol y amores
en tu regazo dulce es vivir;
es una gloria para tus hijos,
cuando te ofenden, por ti morir.
Bautista, in a press statement, said the Jose V. Palma Senior High School will be located at Barangay Pinyahan, according to City Ordinance 2659-2018.
The Local School Board of Quezon City, through Resolution No. 3, Series of 2017 recommended to the City Council to name the senior high school after the patriot.
Proposed names of public schools “must have historical and cultural significance and must contribute to the positive development of national pride through the good example exhibited by the name being used,” the revised guidelines of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines states.
The Jose V. Palma Senior High School aims to initially offer accountancy, business and management strand and humanities and social sciences strands.