Marangal na Dalit ng Katagalugan
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|English: Noble Hymn of the Tagalogs|
National anthem of Tagalog Republic (1896-1898)
|Lyrics||Juan Nakpil, 1899
Original Tagalog lyrics
|Music||Julio Nakpil, 1895|
The Marangál na Dalit ng̃ Katagalugan (English title: Noble Hymn of the Tagalogs) was the historic national anthem of the Tagalog Republic and is considered the first national anthem of the Philippines. It was later titled Salve Patria ("Hail, Fatherland"). Julio Nakpil composed the anthem in 1895 on the eve of the Philippine Revolution.
Filipino revolutionary Andres Bonifacio ordered a hymn to be composed to celebrate the founding of the Katipunan. Bonifacio hired Juan Nakpil, who composed Marangál na Dalit ng̃ Katagalugan. It first played in the vicinity of Balara in November 1896. While the hymn was originally intended only for the Katipunan, it eventually became the anthem for the Tagalog Republic. in 1903, Nakpil reworked his “Marangal na Dalit” as tribute to Rizal under the title “Salve, Patria,” but the only surviving copies of the original score were destroyed in 1945, during the [[Battle for Manila] (1945)]. The current version was reconstructed by Nakpil from memory when he was in his eighties. 
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When General Emilio Aguinaldo assumed control as President in 1897, the anthem was replaced with Lupang Hinirang, which was composed in 1898 by Julián Felipe. It is still the national anthem of the Philippines, and was legally defined as such in 1998.
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