Himno Á Talisay

por José Rizal y Alonso

Rizal sought to make the boys (his students in Dapitan) afraid of nothing in the world.  Since they had been told that momos (ghosts) dwelt in balete trees, he required timid boys to climb a balete tree on the hill all alone at night.  Their favorite rendezvous was under a talisay tree, after which his home was named, and in honor of which he wrote a poem for his boys to sing:

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