Thousands of Filipinos gathered yesterday to protest against the extra judicial killings under Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, and also the possibility of another Martial Law declaration. The “End Tyranny” rallies were overall peaceful. While witty and funny placards were everywhere on social media, the Filipino version of Les Miserables’ “Do You Hear the People Sing?” also went viral.
“Di Niyo Ba Naririnig?” was translated by composer Vincent De Jesus, Palanca Awardee Rody Vera, and actor Joel Saracho in light of the National Day of Protest. This rendition reflects Filipinos’ plight for change amid the violence that’s happening in our country. The message is not too far from the Les Mis version, which was originally composed by Claude-Michel Schönberg.
The song went on to become the official song during the rallies. Artista ng Bayan, along with the rallyists, performed the song at Luneta Park.
We’re sure people at work and home also sang along to show their love and support for our country. It’s not too late to participate in the cause so go listen and memorize the lyrics below. It might come in handy in the future.
Please take time to study the lyrics of this song (to the tune of Do You Hear the People Sing from Les Mis). Translated by Vincent De Jesus pic.twitter.com/oMQMSuRzbs