Julián Felipe

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Julián Felipe
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Julián Felipe, Composer of the Philippine national anthem
Born January 28, 1861
Cavite City, Cavite, Captaincy General of the Philippines
Died October 2, 1944 (aged 83)
Manila, Commonwealth of the Philippines
Occupation Composer
Known for Composer of the National Anthem of the Philippines
Monument at Cavite City

Julián Felipe (January 28, 1861 – October 2, 1944), was the composer of the music of the Philippine national anthem, formerly known as "Marcha Nacional Magdalo", now known as Lupang Hinirang.[1]

Early life[edit]

Julián Felipe was born in Cavite City. A dedicated music teacher and composer, he was appointed by then-President Emilio Aguinaldo as Director of the National Band of the First Philippine Republic. He died in Manila.

He studied at a public school in Cavite and Binondo, Manila for his primary education. At an early age, he showed his talent in music. He also learned how to play the piano and the organ. Later, He became an organist in St. Peter's Parish Church. As an organist, Felipe was given the chance to hone his gift. Soon after he was composing songs.

Among his early popular compositions were Moteti el Santesisimo, Sintos y Floras Rogodones, Amorita Danza, and Reina de Cavite (In honor of Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Porta Vaga). He impressed many music enthusiasts with the said pieces. Though still young, his works were already at par with the seasoned musicians.

In recognition of his remarkable contributions in the field of music, he was given awards and accolades.

Involvement in the Philippine Revolution[edit]

When the revolution broke out, Felipe joined his fellow Cavitenos who fought against the Spaniards. He was arrested and jailed at Fort San Felipe in Cavite.

When freed, he again joined Emilio Aguinaldo's troop. He composed nationalistic songs that inspired his compatriots to continue fighting against the Spaniards. A bust of Felipe can be found in Cavite City, located near San Sebastian College – Recoletos de Cavite.

National Anthem[edit]

Aguinaldo asked him to provide a stirring composition to be played in the historic proclamation of Philippine independence. His composition 'Marcha Nacional Filipina', played on June 12, 1898 in Aguinaldo's home in Kawit, was adopted as the Philippine national anthem on September 5, 1938.

Later life[edit]

Julián Felipe and his wife Irene Tapia had four daughters and a son. He died on October 2, 1944, at age of 83.

   1. Soledad FELIPE [married Gregorio GIRON and had 8 children]
     1a. Adela Felipe GIRON [married Juan NAVARRO Sr. and had 8 children]
       1a.1. - Carolina Giron NAVARRO
       1a.2. - Angeles Giron NAVARRO
       1a.3.- Juan Giron NAVARRO Jr. [married Nilda ALCANTARA and had 4 children] 
         1a.3a - Josephine Alcantara NAVARRO [married Jeremias PONTAOE and had 4 children]
           1a.3a.1 - Patrick Navarro PONTAOE
           1a.3a.2 - Dharell Navarro PONTAOE
           1a.3a.3 - Yashmin Navarro PONTAOE
           1a.3a.4 - Kathryn Navarro PONTAOE
         1a.3b - Marissa Alcantara NAVARRO [married Alejandro DELA CRUZ Jr. and had 2 children]
           1a.3b.1 - Karen Hannah Navarro DELA CRUZ [married Robert BELL and had 2 children]
             1a.3b.1a - A'lessia Nyannah-Tajanaé Dela Cruz BELL
             1a.3b.1b - Nyarrah LaVeah Dela Cruz BELL
           1a.3b.2 - Alessah Navarro DELA CRUZ
         1a.3c - Ma. Cristina Alcantara NAVARRO [married Genovivo ATAY Jr. and had 2 children]
           1a.3c.1 - Byron John Navarro ATAY
           1a.3c.2 - Christine Mae Navarro ATAY
         1a.3d - Mary Ann Alcantara NAVARRO [married Robert SIEBENLAER]
       1a.4. - Aida Giron NAVARRO
         1a.4a - Ma. Cecilia NAVARRO
       1a.5. - Emma Giron NAVARRO [married Mangiguin MAGOMNANG and had 4 children]
         1a.5a - Faroukh Navarro MAGOMNANG
         1a.5b - Farrah Navarro MAGOMNANG
         1a.5c - Faisal Navarro MAGOMNANG [married Marjorie ABUBACAR and had 3 children]
           1a.5c.1 Ameerah Abubacar MAGOMNANG
           1a.5c.2 Mohd. Faisal Abubacar MAGOMNANG
           1a.5c.3 Haadia Abubacar MAGOMNANG
         1a.5d - Faridah Navarro MAGOMNANG [married Jonathan PANGCATAN and had 3 children]
           1a.5d.1 Hesham Magomnang PANGCATAN
           1a.5d.2 Sittie Hanna Magomnang PANGCATAN
           1a.5d.2 Hamza Magomnang PANGCATAN
       1a.6.- Octavio Giron NAVARRO
         1a.6a - Christian NAVARRO
       1a.7. - Raul Giron NAVARRO
       1a.8. - Olga Giron NAVARRO [married Getulio CIMENI and had 4 children]
         1a.8a - Carlo Navarro CIMENI
            1a.8a.1 - Carlo II B. CIMENI
         1a.8b - Carol Navarro CIMENI [married and had 2 children]
           1a.8b.1- Matthew Owen Cimeni DEQUINA
           1a.8b.2- Seth Daniel Cimeni DEQUINA
         1a.8c - Craig Navarro CIMENI
         1a.8d - Chris Navarro CIMENI
     1b. Rosa Felipe GIRON, b. 12 Sep 1910, d. 10 Sep 1966. [married Ramon Navarro and had 6 children]
       1b.1. - Elvira Giron NAVARRO [married Bienvenido NICANOR]
       1b.2. - Norma Giron NAVARRO [married Ramon V. ROBLES and had 2 children]
         1b.2a. - Rey Navarro ROBLES [married Carolina M. MANILAY and had 1 child]
           1b.2a.1 - Ryan James M. ROBLES 
         1b.2b - Rene Navarro ROBLES [married Wilrose GALANO-TAN and had 3 children]
           1b.2b.1 - Adrian ROBLES
           1b.2b.2 - Bryce ROBLES
           1b.2b.3 - Cecilia ROBLES
       1b.3. - Ramon Giron NAVARRO [married Eva MANALO and had 3 children]
         1b.3a. - Monica Manalo NAVARRO [married Paul KRAUSE and had 3 children]
         1b.3b. - Raymond Manalo NAVARRO
         1b.3c. - Ronald Manalo NAVARRO
       1b.4. - Nora Giron NAVARRO [married Jesus ESTEBAN and had 3 children]
         1b.4a. - Jesus Navarro ESTEBAN
         1b.4b. - Norman Navarro ESTEBAN
         1b.4c. - Jessica Navarro ESTEBAN
       1b.5. - Myrna Giron NAVARRO [married Wilfredo CARRACEDO and had 2 children]
         1b.5a. - Christina Navarro CARRACEDO
         1b.5b. - Myra Navarro CARRACEDO
       1b.6. - Ruby Giron NAVARRO [married Norman REYES and had 2 children]
         1b.6a. - Richard Navarro REYES
         1b.6b. - Michael Danial NAvarro REYES
     1c. Mercedes Felipe GIRON. (married Robert James Thomson) b. 14 Jun 1917 d. 25 Dec 1983 and had 1 child.
     1d. Soledad Felipe GIRON.
     1e. Jose Noli Felipe GIRON [married Florencia PIRAMIDE, b. 10 Apr 1930, d.  and had 6 children]
            1e.1 - Henry Piramide GIRON
            1e.2 - Susan Piramide GIRON
            1e.3 - Sylvia Piramide GIRON, b. 31 Dec 1950 [married Douglas C. BLACK, b. 6 Jan 1951, and had 4 children]
                        1e.3a - Elaine Grace Giron BLACK, b. 28 Oct 1974
                        1e.3b - Lesley Anne Giron BLACK, b. 13 Feb 1978
                        1e.3c - Christine Marie Giron BLACK,  b. 7 May 1984 [married Adrian Albert BISQUERA, b. 6 Apr 1983, and had 3 children]
                                1e.3c.1 - Angelo Black Bisquera, b. 6 Jun 2006
                                1e.3c.2 - Chriselle Ariana Black Bisquera, b. 8 Feb 2008
                                1e.3c.3 - Averey Black Bisquera, b. 5 July 2013
                        1e.3d - Kimberly Giron BLACK, b. 24 Jan 1987
            1e.4 - Marco Piramide GIRON
            1e.5 - Nolita Piramide GIRON
            1e.6 - Rex Piramide GIRON
     1f. Antonio Felipe GIRON, b. 04 Jun 1924, d. 23 May 1994.
     1g.Ramiro Felipe GIRON.
     1h.Remedios Felipe GIRON.
   2. Aurora FELIPE, d. date unknown.
   3. Irene Tapia FELIPE, d. date unknown.
   4. Agapito FELIPE, d. date unknown.

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ Lim, Josh. "Philippines "Lupang Hinirang" (Beloved Land)". Retrieved 2007-08-02. 

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