Long Live, Bienvenido Lumbera, Bien Lumbera, National Artist

Rama Hari the musicale

Libretto by Bienvenido Lumbera.

Melody by Ryan Cayabyab.

Recorded here as performed live onstage and originally by Kuh Ledesma

(there is an English translation of all the lyrics in the musicale by National Artist Rolando Tinio, streamed as subtitles during the 2012 revival performances at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Apologies, i cannot find it ) (Since i am sure that that was a definitive translation, we will let readers search it online)

Here is the definitive original performance, live:

LONG LIVE, NATIONAL ARTIST, PEOPLE’S POET, AND LITERARY GIANT BIENVENIDO LUMBERA

okay. here’s how i would have translated the first three lines:

Bawat patak man ng ulang masinsin

ay lagyan ng talim ako ay sasayi

Let each drop of rain

cut like a blade of pain

i will reign

rein it in

(written and posted at 5:47pm Sept. 28, 2021, translation of first three lines by blog admin with apologies)

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