Another Lupang Hinirang version

Is it just me or is there anyone out there who is also annoyed that the way the national anthem is sung by whoever is tasked to sing it before Manny Pacquiao's fights is always a subject for discussion afterwards?  

But you know what is worse than someone who tries to invoke "artistic freedom" on the way Lupang Hinirang is sung?  Someone who invokes it after singing a really, reaaaallllllyyyy bad rendition of their very own interpretation of the anthem.  

Put another way, it's bad enough that Martin Nievera tried to pass off as valid his own interpretation of the national anthem.  What is worse is that his rendition of his own interpretation sucked. 

I've already said this before and I am going to say it again here and now.  The people who are behind the telecast of Pacquiao's fight just need to be more responsible.  It seems pretty simple actually.  They should just teach whoever is tasked to sing the anthem how to sing it the right way.  Period.  It's something that should have been done before.  

It's time to put a stop to this madness.


Antonio said…
The original military cadence the anthem's original score included is still my favorite.

The drumline and trumpets evoke images of soldiers, freedom fighters, and fellow countrymen, past and present, who fought and died against one form of oppression after another.

It is sad, and solemn, and yet fills me with pride to hear this song properly sung.

The version sung on at Manny's bout, on the other hand, only evokes one image, of me hitting the singer's jaw with a left-hook counter. Lolz!
Antonio said…
I almost forgot...

"It's time to put a stop to this madness"


Bong C. Austero said…
exactly. it's frustrating that people invoke artistic license as if the particular work being re-interpreted was not an output of another artist.
fil.ako said…
i completely agree with you. i read a comment in youtube saying that it is unfair that other artists can sing their own versions of other countries' national anthem (specifically the Star Spangled Banner) but here in the Philippines it is "forbidden". Shouldn't we be proud of this difference? it only means that our nation is well-respected and our very own Lupang Hinirang earns the same pride and honor it earned when it was first sang by our ancestors, unlike other national anthems that sound like pop songs because of the variations injected by whoever wishes to sing them.

when we sing it, we must sing it with its pristine simplicity and when we do that, we are singing it by heart.

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