Mar 14, 2010

It's Been Done Again - The Philippine National Anthem, Raped Another Time

Well, as it is Manny Pacquiao won the battle again, this time against Clottey. No surprises, there. No surprises, too, when it came to the singing of the Lupang Hinirang - raped and stripped of all dignity ... again.

It happens every time. I wonder when our singers will ever learn the proper way to sing the Philippine National Anthem. Don't get me wrong, I admire Arnel Pineda. He's got a great voice which explains his meteoric rise to fame. But his rendition of the National Anthem just wasn't how it was supposed to be.

It must be clearly emphasized that the Philippine National Anthem is more than just a song. Line by line, it tells of our rich history. Singing the national anthem is not the time to showcase one's vocal talents. There is a correct and proper way on how to do it, and it's been all over the papers and the internet, and still ...

It does say somewhere that the anthem should be sung with fervor, as if you're praying. But you can be fervent and expressive without changing the tempo or the notes, can you not? Perhaps, it does take a lot of discipline not to get carried away with the idea that one is singing for the whole world to hear. Still, it's not enough reason to go against the law.

Yes, there is a law on how the Philippine National Anthem is supposed to be sung. Republic Act 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines clearly states that all renditions of the Lupang Hinirang “shall be in accordance with the musical arrangement and composition of Julian Felipe.

So far, only Leah Salonga, world class singer that she is, did justice to Felipe's composition. Listen to this ...

Leah Salonga Sings The Philippine National Anthem





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