Can we just have a choir sing the anthem during these fights in the way it is supposed to be sung?
According to historian Ambeth Ocampo, chair of the National Historical Institute (NHI), guidelines on how the anthem should be sung are enshrined in the law.
Section 37 of Republic Act No. 8491 (An Act Prescribing the Code of the National Flag, Anthem, Motto, Coat of Arms, and other Heraldic Items and Devices of the Philippines) — passed in 1998, the year of the Philippine centennia — says the “rendition of the National Anthem, whether played or sung, shall be in accordance with the musical arrangement and composition of Julian Felipe.”
Ocampo said that the anthem, when played, “must carry a brisk martial tone and tempo.”
Teodoro Atienza, heraldry section head of the NHI’s Research, Publications and Heraldry Division, said that when sung “at the proper pace,” the national anthem should last from only “53 seconds to less than a minute.”
Here’s a perfect example:
Apparently, Nievera isn’t the first one to mess it up in Las Vegas. Lani Misalucha, Bituin Escalante, Jennifer Bautista and Kyla all took liberties as global audiences looked on.
Singers who do not follow the rules can be fined P50,000 or imprisoned, or both. But then you know how admirably the law works here.
Some say these performers can’t be persecuted because they were abroad when they sang. That’s idiotic. Because it’s when we have these international events that we become even prouder of who we are and thus have a greater responsibility to represent us well.
That these singers are celebrities make it even more important that they do it right since they represent the best talents and most realized aspirations we as a people have to offer. They have to be responsible too.
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