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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Bogo City Hymn: A song that every true Bogohanon should know

Sometime in April 1978, the Municipal Mayor of Bogo at that time, Mayor Junie Martinez, asked Bogo's known Musician Teodoro "Dodong" Pedroza to make a hymn for Bogo so that Bogo will have its own identity in the entire Province of Cebu.

To make the story short, Dodong Pedroza (who later became a Municipal Councilor of Bogo) composed the BOGO HYMN. It was in a "2/4" time signature and originally an "Allegro Moderato" tempo.

Bogo Hymn was sung then during the earlier terms of Mayor Junie Martinez in some occasions. But it never gain any popularity, nor many of the Bogohanons have known the song.

When Mayor Tining Martinez became the Municipal Mayor of Bogo, and the composer Dodong Pedroza became one of the Municipal Councilors, the Bogo Hymn was being taught to the Municipal Employees of Bogo. And every Monday, during the flag raising ceremony, the Bogo Hymn is sang by the employees right after the Panunumpa sa Watawat.

Last July 2007, Mayor Junie Martinez assumed his post as the newly and the first elected City Mayor of Bogo, he called the attention of Dante Mayor to head and reorganize the Bogo Employees Choir and to coordinate with former Councilor Dodong Pedroza regarding the BOGO HYMN.

And so the Bogo City Employees Chorale was organized. In that year also, upon request by Mayor Junie Martinez, the new City Council has passed an ordinance requiring all Schools to sing the Bogo Hymn in every Flag Raising Ceremonies and School Programs just like the Philippine National Anthem. Radio stations where also required to play the Hymn every sign-on and sign-off.

So to fully implement this, the Bogo City Hymn should be written in a Music Sheet to have a standard arrangement and exact tune of the song.  With the permission of the composer, Dodong Pedroza, Dante Mayor then transcribed the song into a Music Sheet with the aid of Adobe Finale software. The music sheet was then given to Dodong Pedroza for correction and was reviewed by Mr. Slavsky YbaƱez. It was then published in the Bogo Public Library as attachment to the ordinance mentioned above.

Since Elementary students needs to hear it often in order to learn how to sing it, Dante Mayor then created the accompaniment and recorded the Bogo City Hymn as performed by the Bogo City Employees Chorale.

Here's the lyrics of the song:

THE BOGO HYMN

BOGO DAKBAYAN NGA MATAHUM,
SA 'YANG KATAWHAN GIPANGGA, GIAMPINGAN
SA ATONG LALAWIGAN, 
MISULBONG ANG KAHAYAG DI HITUPNGAN
PADAYON BOGO, PADAYON
PADAYON AYAW PAGHUNONG
KAY ANG KALANGITAN NAGDAN-AG SA IMONG DALAN

ANG GASA SA KAHITAS-AN LAWOD SA KATUBHAN
KALUBIHAN, UG MAY KAMAISAN
ANG IMONG KADAGATAN PUNO SA KAISDAAN
ANG IMONG PALIBOT SA KATAWHAN GIKAIB-GAN

BOGO DAKBAYAN NGA MATAHUM,
SA 'YANG KATAWHAN GIPANGGA, GIAMPINGAN
SA ATONG LALAWIGAN, 
MISULBONG ANG KAHAYAG DI HITUPNGAN
PADAYON BOGO, PADAYON
PADAYON AYAW PAGHUNONG
KAY ANG KALANGITAN NAGDAN-AG SA IMONG DALAN
KAY ANG KALANGITAN NAGDAN-AG SA IMONG....
DA... LAN...

You can download the mp3 format of the Bogo City Hymn here, both with lyrics and minus-1:
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