Gi Talo Gi Halom Tasi

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i Talo i Halom Tasi
English: In the Middle of the Sea
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National anthem of  Northern Mariana Islands
Also known as Satil matawal Pacifico
Lyrics David Kapileo Taulamwaar Peter, 1976
Music Jose & Joaqin Pangelinan, 1945
Adopted 1996

The Chamorro lyrics for the official anthem of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands was jointly written by the brothers Jose and Joaquin Pangelinan presumably around the time after World War II had ended. The Carolinian lyrics for the CNMI National Anthem were written by David Kapileo Peters "Taulaamwarr" the day before the signing of the Covenant in 1976. David Marciano edited the Carolinian lyrics and his contributions were incorporated before being published and recorded. Vicente "Kilili" Sablan Sr., former Mayor of Saipan, assisted by translating the lyrics into English and Japanese for the Rematau band album. The Rematau Band was the first group to sing and record the Commonwealth National Anthem.

During the First Constitutional Convention, a resolution was introduced to compel the new government to proclaim the song as the official anthem of the soon to be created Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. In 1996, it became the official anthem by virtue of Public Law 10-28, authored in the Tenth CNMI Legislature and signed by then-Governor Froilan Cruz Tenorio into law. Both versions of the anthem are taught to students as well as displayed prominently in official programs and posters. The melody of the song is taken from the German tune "Im schönsten Wiesengrunde", written by Wilhelm Ganzhorn.

Since the islands are a United States dependency, the national anthem is still "The Star-Spangled Banner"

Gi Talo Gi Halom Tasi/Satil Matawal Pasifiko
Chamorro lyric Carolinian lyric (Refalawasch) English lyric

i talo i halom tåsi
Nai gaige tano-ho
Ayo nai siempre hu såga
Malago' ho.
Ya un dia bai hu hånåo
Bai fåtto ha' ta'lo
Ti sina håo hu dingo
O' tano-ho.

Satil matawal Pacifico
Igha elo faluweey iye
Ighilal igha ebwe lootiw
Tipeey iye.
Eew raal nge ibwe mwetesangi
Nge ibwal sefaalitiiy
Ese mmwel bwe ibwe lighiti
Bwe falaweey.

In the middle of the sea
Is where my home is
That is where I will spend my days
It is my desire.
If I ever leave this place
One day I will return
For I can never leave you
O land of mine.

Chorus (x2)

Mit beses yan mås
Hu saluda håo
Gatbo na islas O'Mariånas
Hu tano håo

Sangaras faal bwughuwal
Ay tirow ngalugh
Ling ghatchul teel
Faluw Mariånas
Ay Mwareiti

A thousand times and more
I will honor and salute you
Beautiful islands of the Mariånas
Glory be to you

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