Here's Martin Nievera's rendition of the Philippine National Anthem or 'Lupang Hinirang'
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Martin Nievera wearing the 3 Stars & A Sun by FMCC (Francis Magalona)
Martin Nievera sang ‘Lupang Hinirang’ wrong
By Jerome Aning
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 21:52:00 05/03/2009
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Historical Institute (NHI) criticized on Sunday singer Martin Nievara's rendition of the Philippine National Anthem at the beginning of the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton bout in Las Vegas earlier Sunday.
In a text message, NHI chairman Ambeth Ocampo expressed dissatisfaction with the latest rendition and added that the flashing of the agency's seal was "without our permission."
Ocampo, who was on a provincial trip on Sunday, said he did not see Nievera's rendition. But he learned from those who watched the bout that the anthem, officially titled “Lupang Hinirang,” was sung with a martial tone but had a slow opening and closing.
Nievera sang the first stanza softly and slowly; he sang the last line with prolonged, high notes.
“Despite repeated reminders, some artists continue to make adjustments to the anthem, which is not an ordinary piece of music open to free interpretation,” Ocampo said.
Section 37 of the Republic Act No. 8491, also known as the 1998 Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, provides that "the rendition of the National Anthem, whether played or sung, shall be in accordance with the musical arrangement and composition of Julian Felipe."
Felipe composed in 1898 the anthem's music, which has the tune of a march. It was played during the proclamation of the country's independence from Spain at Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898.
The current Tagalog lyrics were adapted from the Spanish poem "Filipinas" written by Jose Palma in 1899.
In a May 2005 column at the Philippine Daily Inquirer (http://web.archive.org/web/20050526123412/http://news.inq7.net/opinion/index.php?index=2&story_id=38046&col=80) , Ocampo said that if the law were taken literally, then the song should be sung with a solo piano or a brass band. He added, "If we follow the 1898 Felipe original, either the lyrics will slow down the music or we will be unable to sing and keep up with the music."
Republic Act 8341 punishes failure or refusal to observe the provisions of the code with public censure, which shall be published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation. The guilty person may be fined up to P5,000 or imprisoned not more than a year, or be meted with both penalties, at the discretion of the court.
In the past, the NHI criticized the incorrect singing of the anthem during international events such as sporting events that were aired over television and radio. The agency also criticized the renditions of singers Sarah Geronimo, Kyla, Lani Misalucha and Bituin Escalante during previous Pacquiao bouts.
article source: Inquirer.Net