Trinidad hymn finally sung

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet –- A municipal hymn is now formally written into law recognizing composer Dr. Dennis Flores and ensuring its correct tempo.

Councilor Jim Botiwey started singing the La Trinidad hymn as he explained how it should be sung using an upbeat tempo, conforming to its composer’s request of using a “Tempo la Marcha” speed.

Other councilors sang along sans a few first termers who were not familiar with the hymn.


“All municipal employees and officials should know how to sing it,” Botiwey said.

Botiwey authored the ordinance, which passed third and final reading during Tuesday’s regular meeting, entitled “Adopting and declaring the official municipal hymn of the municipality of La Trinidad, Benguet.”

Botiwey said the law now formally makes the hymn the official song of the Valley although it has been sung since 1998 when Flores won a local contest in search for a hymn.

The winning composition embodied the theme of the 1998 contest which should embody the Valley in its past, present and future including the depiction of in the lyrics of the customs, traditions, industry and beauty of the town.

The law also aims to capture and signify a sense of patriotism, loyalty and honor through the composition as part of the hymn sings, “‘tis my home La Trinidad my pride and joy, Where peace and love ever shine, Nevermore shall anyone dare to destroy, this beloved land of mine.”

With the law in place the official hymn is to be memorized by all institutions and schools in the Valley and is to be played during special occasions including all residents of the Valley.

The official hymn is now to be reproduced and given to all line agencies as well as distributed as promotional material and as gifts to visitors of the Valley.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 11, 2011.

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