Excerpt from Like the Molave
by Rafael Zulueta y da Costa (1915 – 1990)
Note: The molave is a Philippine hardwood, resistant to fire, used frequently in the construction of Philippine churches and dwellings, now extinct in the Islands.
My American friend says:
show me one great Filipino speech to make your people
listen through the centuries;
show me one great Filipino song rich with the soul of your
seven thousand isles;
show me one great Filipino dream, forever sword and
speech eloquent and simple as our My Country ‘Tis of Thee;
dream age-enduring, sacred as our American democracy!
Friend, our silences are long but we also have our speeches.
Father, with my whole heart, I forgive all.
Believe me, your reverence.