Tuesday, January 02, 2007

CNMI National Anthem

I attended the memorial service held for the late President Gerald R Ford yesterday afternoon at American Memorial Park. My good friend Gus Kaipat sang the US National Anthem and the CNMI National Anthem at the beginning of the service.

I recorded Gus singing the CNMI Anthem using the video option on my Canon S80. When I got home I downloaded a program that allows you to rip the sound off of video.

The sound is pretty clear. It was very windy, but I kept my hand over the microphone to keep it from howling. The thing that sounds like a dog barking is my Canon S2 snapping pictures while I take the video with the S80. If you listen carefully, you can hear birds in the background singing along with Gus.

I took Gus' singing and played it over some of the pictures that I have taken (and three that Herb Soll took in Pagan) over the last nine months in Saipan (and Tinian). I tried to incorporate elements of our culture, our natural beauty, and life in the CNMI.

The CNMI anthem is sung in Chamorro first and Carolinian second. Here are the lyrics, with the English translation posted at the bottom:

Gi Talo Gi Halom Tåsi/Satil Matawal Pasifiko (CNMI National Anthem)


Gi talo gi halom tåsi
Nai gaige tano-ho
Ayo nai siempre hu såga
Malago' ho
Ya un dia bai hu hånåo
Bai fåtto ha' ta'lo
Ti sina håo hu dingo
O tano-ho


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

Carolinian (Refalawasch):

Satil matawal Pacifico
Igha elo faluweey iye
Ighilal igha ebwe lootiw
Tipeey iye
Eew raal nge ibwe mwetesangi
Nge ibwal sefaalitiiy Ese mmwel bwe ibwe lighiti
Bwe falaweey


Sangaras faal bwughuwal
Ay tirow ngalugh
Ling ghatchul teel
Faluw Mariånas
Ay Mwareiti

English Translation:

In the middle of the sea
Is where my home is
That is where I will spend my days
It is my desire
If I ever leave this place
One day I will return
For I can never leave you
O land of mine


A thousand times and more
I will honor and salute you
Beautiful islands of the Mariånas
Glory be to you


Mona said...

I love it! Great juxtaposition of sound and pictures. What program did you use? Since I no longer work on a mac, I don't have access to the wonders of iMovie and Final Cut and Windows Movie Maker is blehhh...

mom said...

Wow! I love it. It sounds like your dad singing.

Saipan Chamoale said...

I used Movie Maker