Symbols of Bohol
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The "Awit sa Bohol", or "Bohol Hymn" is the official hymn of the province of Bohol. The lyrics and music were written by Justino Romea, and arranged by Maxelende Ganade. The original lyrics are in English, but a translated Boholano version is currently[when?] being used. The Cebuano translation is credited to Ganade. During every program, or gathering, the Boholanos sing the Bohol Hymn after the Philippine National Anthem.
It has been said that it is "No wonder...the province even has its own provincial anthem".
Awit sa Bohol
(Lyrics in Boholano)
Yuta kong minahal
Hatag ni Bathala
Sa adlaw'g gabii
Sa mga bayani yutawhan
Imong kalinaw giampingan
Lungsod sa bungtod nga matunhay
Ug matam-is nga kinampay
Puti ang kabaybayonan
Walog sa suba binisbisan
Bahandi ang dagat ug kapatagan
Gugma ang tuburan
Sa kagawasan, sa tanan
Ihalad ko lawas ug kalag
Sa mutya kong Bohol
This is our land I love,
The land God gave to me,
Caressed by the sun,
Bathed by the sea,
And kissed by the cool breeze
Night and day.
Here’s where the early heroes lived,
Here’s where they wrought peace and here they bled,
Here rise the marvelous cone-shaped hills,
Here’s sweet kinampay grows.
Blessed with white sandy beaches,
Rivers that water valleys,
Seas team with fishes and cows graze
on the plains,
In ev’ry home love reigns,
God keep my homeland always free,
Let her forever be,
I pledge my strength, my heart and soul,
To my dear home, Bohol
Justino Romea is a native of Bohol, and composed the Bohol Hymn "Awit sa Bohol". He is also the composer of the Rafael Palma College; or RPC Song (now UB Hymn) and many other school anthems. He is best remembered for the love song Ako Kang Paabuton, the folk song Sa Daplin sa Baybayon as well as most of the songs featured in the annual 'drama' presentations in his native Napo for which he served as writer, director and musical composer.
The provincial seal features the Chocolate Hills, which is one of Bohol's notable geographic features. The green color symbolizes the importance of agriculture in Bohol. The Blood Compact is also represented.[how?]
The official flag of the province of Bohol also has symbolism. The blue symbolises nobility, the white purity, and the red courage. The bolos are there to commemorate the Tamblot and Dagohoy rebellions. The two arms in the center stand for the Blood Compact between Datu Sikatuna and Miguel López de Legazpi. Behind are the Chocolate Hills. The lone star in the top left is to honour Carlos P. Garcia, a past Boholano president of the Philippines.
The provincial dance is the Kuratsa Boholana.
- "Provincial Symbols of Bohol". Bohol. 17 May 2002. Retrieved 8 December 2006.