Sa aking mga Kababata
Kapagka ang baya’y sadyáng umiibig
Sa kanyáng salitang kaloob ng langit,
Sanglang kalayaan nasa ring masapit
Katulad ng ibong nasa himpapawid.
Pagka’t ang salita’y isang kahatulan
Sa bayan, sa nayo’t mga kaharián,
At ang isáng tao’y katulad, kabagay
Ng alin mang likha noong kalayaán.
Ang hindi magmahal sa kanyang salitâ
Mahigit sa hayop at malansáng isdâ,
Kaya ang marapat pagyamaning kusa
Na tulad sa ináng tunay na nagpalà.
Ang wikang Tagalog tulad din sa Latin
Sa Ingles, Kastilà at salitang anghel,
Sapagka’t ang Poong maalam tumingín
Ang siyang naggawad, nagbigay sa atin.
Ang salita nati’y huwad din sa iba
Na may alfabeto at sariling letra,
Na kaya nawala’y dinatnan ng sigwâ
Ang lunday sa lawà noong dakong una.
Unofficial English Translation
To my Fellow Youth
If ever the country will fall in love,
To the language the heavens had gave upon her,
The compounded liberty will have on cherished,
Like a free bird that flows freely through the skies.
Since words are mirrors of judgment
To the villages, towns and countless kingdoms
And to its man, which look partaking
Of any forms done by a compatriot love.
The one who does not love his own language
Is definitely worse than an animal and a putrid fish
It is more proper to use it and prosper it
Comparable to the mother[land] which gave that to us.
Tagalog language is similar to Latin
In English, Spanish and angelic dialects
This is so the Lord who granted this thing
Is equal and thoughtful in giving
Our wordings, is copied from the others
That have own alphabet and pictured letters
That once lost because of an unnoticed typhoon
That drenched and washed our language in the first place.
Although the Philippines’ 112th Independence Celebration has passed already,I would very much love to share with everyone (Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike,that’s why I’m typing this in English) this beautiful poem that our national hero wrote regarding the love for our national language.It is my first time reading it,but I cannot help but feel inspired and patriotic after reading this.:)