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shame on martin niviera for incorrectly singing the national anthem during the pacquiao-hatton fight

the philippine national anthem is NOT  a pop song, nor is it jazz – artists should sing it exactly the way it is intended to be sung. it cannot be changed, the melody needs to be the same and no artistic liberties are allowed.

the national anthem is like the philippine flag – it needs to look exactly the same, with exactly the same colors, images and dimensions every time, anywhere it is displayed.

it is a shame that martin niviera, a filipino, sang it the way he did. his voice also cracked at the last part, he put too much drama into it. the last part is less of a problem but the way he took liberties on the national anthem is unforgivable.

  1. Jenny
    May 4, 2009 at 7:27 am

    there’s no problem with how Martin sang the Phil. Anthem. He sang it with great pride (I’m not his fan, just to point it out)..have you seen others singing their country’s national song…don’t make a big buzz about it…….

    • May 4, 2009 at 11:35 am

      don’t know how others sing their national anthem, i would not be able to tell if its wrong or not because i’m not familiar with theirs.

      i am however familiar with the philippine naitonal anthem and the way he sang it is not the way it is supposed to be sang.

      also, the law says it should be sang the way the original composer had done it. and this version of niviera is not the way to do it.

      i have heard the US national anthem often and all of the singers sing it exactly the same way.

      national annthems are not subject to re-interpretation by any singer. it is the national identity. everyone, specially filipinos should respect and uphold that.

  2. angela
    May 4, 2009 at 8:31 am

    i like the way he sang the national anthem with that marching tune. But the last line, which he altered the tune, made me frown.😦

  3. de guzman
    May 4, 2009 at 8:41 am

    singing it with pride is not the point, he needed to sing it the right way. i agree, niviera sang it wrong and sang it badly. pumiyok pa yung boses nya sa huli.

  4. angela
    May 4, 2009 at 9:21 am

    my kids actually laughed when they heard it (the last line). my 6-year-old daughter told me that is wrong and showed me how it’s supposed to be sung!

  5. May 4, 2009 at 9:44 am

    if a 6 year old girl knew he sang it wrongly, why didn’t martin niviera know that? a real shame!

  6. shay
    May 4, 2009 at 11:57 am

    its hard to sing the national anthem and its harder to sing it for the ist time in a fight that can be a part of a great history martin is still a human thou professional singer he still feel nervous , i think he gave his best ,why not try to put your self into his shoes i wonder if you wont feel scared at all.the problem with us filipinos we always see what went wrong we dont look at the effort ..

    • May 4, 2009 at 12:06 pm

      niviera is a professional signer and as one it is right for us to expect professionalism from him, MOST SPECIALLY when it comes to singing our country’s national anthem.

      that was NOT a concert of martin niviera. national anthems are played/sang before events like that to PAT TRIBUTE to the countries the fighters belong to. it IS NOT to pay tribute to niviera’s singing prowess.

      if niviera gave his best, then his best failed him and his country.

      i am not a profesional singer, so i will not even venture to do what he did. niviera, on the other hand is one and he failed himself and his country.

  7. Jassic
    May 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Not sure if its right, but the last part was done in the famous style of “birit”-ing, correct? I never really understood the need of “birit”-ing the “Ang mamatay ng dahhiiiillll saaaa iyooooooo!!!!!”.

    • May 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm

      pumiyok siya sa last line na yun. sobra kasing OA.

  8. teh
    May 4, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    if martin really commited a crime of treason against the flag, then have him jailed once he lands back from vegas.

  9. Sims
    May 5, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I see nothing wrong with it. Bakit pag ang “Our Father” binago and tune, nagiging Ok lang sa atin?

    • May 5, 2009 at 8:26 pm

      a prayer is very different from a national anthem.

      the “our father” was not originally set to music, it was just words said in prayer.

      the national anthem includes both words and music – they really go together. and there are laws that define exactly how it should be sang in public. that is like the flag – you can’t change shape, dimension, colors, symbols and even how it is displayed.

      for the “our father” – you cannot just change the words. the words of the prayer should come from the vatican. same way as you can change the national anthem and the flag unless the constitution of the country allows it.

  10. May 15, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    The truth of the matter is that martin wanted to impress the whole world. He used his singing for selfish reasons. Whats with millions of people around the world watching the fight that may contain a handful of entertainment executives and international talent managers?

    He belted the anthem the way he did because he wanted to be discovered. I respect the Mexicans more. Every time their boxer fight Manny, the singers of their anthem sing correctly.

    Martin may shout his singing prowess, but the common “tao” knows that he sang it wrongly. Agreeing with martin help in perpetuating the error.

  11. May 15, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    every filipino and that includes children who sang the national anthem for mmany years since grade school know nievera sang it incorrectly. martin should just come clean and aplologize for his error.

  1. November 12, 2009 at 8:52 am

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