Manolo Quezon is The Explainer Newsletter — Issue #5 (Explainer Podcast!)

Manuel L. Quezon III
5 min readJun 12, 2021

Happy Independence Day!

After the brave new world of Revue, now comes the brave new world of Anchor: Welcome to Manolo Quezon is The Explainer Podcast!

Manolo Quezon is The Explainer Podcast

Nothing like Independence Day to launch, at long last, the Manolo Quezon is The Explainer Podcast, thanks to the technology made available by Anchor.

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Welcome to the first episode of The Explainer Podcast with Manolo Quezon. This is latest iteration of a show that began back in 2006 on ANC, and again in 2016. Now we’re on our own and exploring an audio format. I’m covering a topic I’ve lectured and even Tweeted about — political music. No better day than Independence Day, which also happens to be the birthday of our National Anthem, to encounter some music, some of it perhaps familiar, and much of it likely unfamiliar, to you. But together they form one of the soundtracks to our story as a nation.

Some sources: from the Presidential Museum and Library, The National Anthem’s predecessor and influences and Songs of the Revolution. In Arnold Zwicky’s blog, an interesting entry on No te vayas de Zamboanga. Wikipedia actually has a very nice and thorough article on Walter Loving. See also The Explainer: The music of our past and Magsaysay Didn’t Boogie But Boy, Could He Mambo.

Additional Independence Day Listens

I didn’t include these in the podcast to keep it from being too long but these make for additional interesting listening.

Listen to the original lyrics of the Philippine National Anthem, Marcha Nacional Filipina (in Spanish and then the official English)

Sadly, technically, singing the lyrics in the original Spanish or formerly official English are illegal now.

Listen to the Philippine National Anthem at maximum speed (a 1972 recording by the Philippine Constabulary Band)

A sign of how the Marcos dictatorship tried to signify it was revving things up.

The Open City March was composed to welcome Japanese troops to Manila in

I am not sure, but it’s entirely possible it incorporates a Japanese military march. A generation later, the composer would write the official march of Marcos’ New Society: a dictatorship that borrowed many ideas and institutions from the Japanese Occupation.

Independence Day readings

Just a couple of articles for Independence Day. The first, from 2006, was commissioned as an independence day special; the other, from 2017, asks why we chose a day in 1898 and not 1896 as the date of independence.

A Complex Achievement — Manuel L. Quezon

Arab News A Complex Achievement by Manuel L. Quezon III June 12, 2006 If today Filipinos live under their Fifth Republic, their familiar symbols of national identity were born under the First. Commentary: Why Isn’t Independence Day in August? — Manuel L. Quezon

Win Why Isn’t Independence Day in August? We’re legalistic and confuse heroism with sainthood. by Manuel L. Quezon III Aug 31, 2017

Philippine Diary Project

June 12th, in diaries:

1898: A Spanish Jesuit mentions a great fire in Mandaluyong, and Spanish forces having captured 100 Filipino soldiers at an Augustianian Convent.

1899: In Las Piñas, an American officer finds a cache of Filipino weapons; an American soldier lists American casualty numbers and gunboats bombarding towns; John E.T. Milsaps, a Salvation Army missionary, describes errands in Manila: post office, photography studio, and sights and conversations.

1936: Francis Burton Harrison recounts conversations at sea with Quezon; observations on presidential visit to Dumaguete; recounts Quezon’s candid character assessments of Osmeña and Roxas.

1942: A glimpse of the Commonwealth government-in-exile through Francis Burton Harrison’s diary: Quezon and Osmeña depressed after talk with leading American publishers. In Manila, Fr. Juan Labrador OP describes how the Japanese military have affected commerce and shopping in the city.

1944: Detained in Baguio, Natalie Crouter describes the moral agony of being given vitamins at the expense of her family.

1945: Detained in Iwahig Penal Colony, Antonio de las Alas watches a newsreel and reminisces about what studying in Yale as a Filipino was like.

1972: Ferdinand Marcos muses about family lore and advise he says he gave to Ferdinand Jr. who has his family’s ancestral defects.

1985: Salvador H. Laurel holds the UNIDO nominating convention at the Araneta Coliseum. Convinced Cory Aquino will support his candidacy.

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