Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo

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"Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo"
Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo - album cover.jpg
Single by Various artists
A-side"Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo"
B-side"Ang Bayan Kong Pilipinas"
ReleasedApril 1986
FormatCD single, 7", 12", cassette single, music download
LabelWEA, Riva Records
Songwriter(s)Jim Paredes
Music video
"Handog Ng Pilipino Sa Mundo" on YouTube

"Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo" (lit. "The Gift of the Filipinos to the World") is a 1986 song recorded in Filipino by a supergroup composed of 15 Filipino artists. The song became the anthem of the bloodless People Power Revolution. The lyrics of the song are inscribed on a wall of Our Lady of EDSA Shrine, the center of the revolution.


Jim Paredes composed the song in 1986.

Songwriter Jim Paredes wrote the song in three minutes, with no revisions, using the success of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution as his inspiration. After finishing the composition, he sent it to WEA Records, who at that time is compiling an album of patriotic songs. The song eventually became its carrier single.[1][2] The song was then performed by artists who became actively involved during the People Power Revolution. An English version of this song was also made entitled "A New and Better Way - The People's Anthem", released in Australia and the United Kingdom. Both the original and English version were released as singles, with the proceeds to be donated for the rehabilitation of DZRV, which its main transmitter was destroyed by Marcos' troops while covering the events of the EDSA Revolution.[3]

The English version of the single includes a letter from Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin.[3]

A music video was also made for the song made by director Mike de Leon. Kris Aquino, then a teenager, also appeared in the music video, together with the artists that rendered the song. National heroes since the Spanish period like Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio, prominent anti-Marcos figures and scenes from the revolution were also featured.[2] The video was removed by censors shortly after it aired in television as the video containing crowds battering pictures of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos might be "too strong" to the public.[4] The music video reappeared decades after through the Filipino music channel Myx and was uploaded in YouTube under Jim Paredes' account.

Featured artists[edit]

The lyrics of "Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo" as seen in a wall at EDSA Shrine.
Kuh Ledesma is one of the original singers of the song.

2011 revival[edit]

As part of the 25th Anniversary of the EDSA Revolution, broadcast television network ABS-CBN created a cover version of the song, with slightly different arrangements.


Gary Valenciano along with other ABS-CBN singers made a cover version for the 25th anniversary of EDSA Revolution.

In order of appearance

In popular culture[edit]

During the funeral of Corazon Aquino, the song was performed by several artists that include the APO Hiking Society, Jose Mari Chan, Sarah Geronimo, Piolo Pascual, Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Martin Nievera, Erik Santos, Jed Madela and Dulce.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ EDSA 20: Isang Larawan [Documentary] (2006). Philippines: Philippine Daily Inquirer and Associated Broadcasting Company.
  2. ^ a b Trivia: Handog ng Pilipino Sa Mundo by Jim Paredes
  3. ^ a b WEA Release Aid Manila's Radio Veritas, Glenn Baker, Billboard, September 20, 1986
  4. ^ Reviving the Spirit of Revolution - Songs of EDSA, Christi-Anne Castro, Oxford Scholarship
  5. ^ "Chan sings Ninoy's poem for Cory anew". ABS-CBNNews.com. 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2016-02-25.