This video is just a sneak preview (taken days before Pacquiao vs Hatton match). Anyway, this is actually the way Martin Nievera sang the Philippine National Anthem "Lupang Hinirang" during the event.
May 5, 2009
Martin Nievera gave a different rendition of the Philippine National Anthem before the actual match of Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and Ricky "Hitman" Hatton 2 days ago, May 3, 2009 at MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada. He sang the first stanza slowly, then shifted to a marching tone, and gave a totally new version for the last line.
It is a nice version, I should admit. But the National Historical Institute (NHI) doesn't feel the same way about his singing. According to the law, the Philippine National Anthem should be sang like a marching song. And based on Republic Act 8491, Sec. 37: "The rendition of the national anthem, whether played or sung, shall be in accordance with the musical arrangement and composition of Julian Felipe.
If you were able to watch the whole match, after his singing, something appeared like "Approved by the NHI" but when Atienza was interviewed, he mentioned that no one asked for their approval and Martin Nievera should give a public apology.
However, Martin said that there's "Nothing to apologize". On the other hand, he feels sorry that some people didn't like the way he sang it but he insisted that he didn't ask to sing the National Anthem and it was Manny Pacquiao himself who asked him and it was his honor to do this responsibility.
Martin wasn't the only one who gave a different rendition of Lupang Hinirang... Geneva Cruz, Jennifer Bautista, etc... even Sarah Geronimo didn't follow this "marching tune" rule.
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Sometimes rendition is good, but this should be the last rendition of the Philippine National Anthem. This may serve as a lesson to everyone, especially to those singers who will do the honor for Pacman's upcoming fights. So, don't take Jay-R! Peace.:-)