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Marianas Anthems

At the start of each Chamorro language class I teach at UOG we go through a simple exercise based on the two anthems for the Mariana Islands, Fanohge Chamorro from Guam and Gi Talo Gi Halom Tasi from the CNMI. Each of them in their lyrics evoke different relationships to the homeland of the Chamorros. One seems to sing of a Chamorro nation in a very typical nationalist vein, through bombastic, patriotic imagery. The other seems to be more about a tender type of nurturing national love. It might seem that they contrast in the same ways the islands themselves contrast each other.

Imagine what a unified Marianas anthem might look and sound like? Would it be a blending of these two? Here are the lyrics below for the two anthems of the Marianas.

Fanohge Chamorro

Fanohge Chamorro put i tano’-ta
Kånta i ma tunå-ña gi todu i lugåt.

Para i onra, para i gloria
Abiba i isla sen parat.
Para i onra, para i gloria
Abiba i isla sen parat.

U todu i tiempo i pas para hita
Yan ginen i langet na bendesion.

Kontra i piligru, na’fansåfo’ ham
Yu’os prutehi i islan Guam.
Kontra i piligru, na’fansåfo’ ham
Yu’os prutehi i islan Guam.

 

Gi talo gi halom tåsi

Nai gaige tano’-hu
Ayu nai siempre hu såga
Malago-hu

Ya un dia bai hu hånåo
Bai fåtto ha’ ta’lo
Ti siña håo hu dingu
O tano’-hu!

CHORUS:
Mit beses yan mås
Hu saluda håo
Gatbo na islas Mariånas
Hu tuna håo

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