Monday, May 04, 2009
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?
There's a reason why it is called The Philippine National Anthem. There's a reason why where supposed to know the anthem by heart and sing it with fervor. It's the National Anthem of the Republic of the Philippines, for crying out loud. It embodies a lot of things about us as a people.
There's a correct way of singing it and we're all supposed to know it by heart. Anyone who went through elementary and high school sang it every single school day. All official functions of government, private institutions, etc, begin with the singing of the anthem.
The national anthem is not a song that one can make "versions" of without getting approval from the appropriate government office, in this case the National Historical Institute. This is because there is a law that prescribes the way it is supposed to be sung - Republic Act 8491, AN ACT PRESCRIBING THE CODE OF THE NATIONAL FLAG, ANTHEM, MOTTO, COAT-OF-ARMS AND OTHER HERALDIC ITEMS AND DEVICES OF THE PHILIPPINES.
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.