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National Anthem of the Northern Mariana Islands - "Gi Talo Gi Halom Tasi"

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by Erik Schmuck, 10 months ago
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The Chamorro lyrics for the official anthem of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands was jointly written by the brothers Jose and Joaquin Pangelinan presumably around the time after World War II had ended. The Carolinian lyrics for the CNMI National Anthem were written by David Kapileo Peters "Taulaamwarr" the day before the signing of the Covenant in 1976. David Marciano edited the Carolinian lyrics and his contributions were incorporated before being published and recorded. Vicente "Kilili" Sablan Sr., former Mayor of Saipan, assisted by translating the lyrics into English and Japanese for the Rematau band album. The Rematau Band was the first group to sing and record the Commonwealth National Anthem.

During the First Constitutional Convention, a resolution was introduced to compel the new government to proclaim the song as the official anthem of the soon to be created Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. In 1996, it became the official anthem by virtue of Public Law 10-28, authored in the Tenth CNMI Legislature and signed by then-Governor Froilan Cruz Tenorio into law. Both versions of the anthem are taught to students as well as displayed prominently in official programs and posters. The melody of the song is taken from the German tune "Im Schoensten Wiesengrunde", written by Wilhelm Ganzhorn.

Since the islands are a United States dependency, the national anthem is still the "Star Spangled Banner"

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Gi Talo Gi Halom Tasi ist die Nationalhymne der Nördlichen Marianen. Der Text der Hymne wurde von Jose S. Pangelinan vermutlich kurz nach Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs verfasst. Die Melodie der Hymne ist die des deutschen Lieds Im schönsten Wiesengrunde von Wilhelm Ganzhorn. Das Lied wurde 1996 zur offiziellen Hymne des Landes erklärt. Da die Nördlichen Marianen ein autonomes US-Territorium sind, wird außerdem weiterhin die US-amerikanische Hymne gesungen.

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