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NHI says martin niviera’s rendition of national anthem was incorrect, niviera unapologetic

Anthem issue: Martin not sorry, says Pacman liked it

In his upbeat performance, Nievera – clad in a black Francis Magalona shirt and standing on the middle of the boxing ring – opened the anthem with slow and whisper-type of singing that later built up with a fast-paced beat. The song ended with a long and high note.
Teddy Atienza, head of the Heraldry Division of the National Historical Institute (NHI), on Monday criticized Nievera’s version, saying the crooner sang it wrong.

“Mali ang pagkanta niya… dapat sinundan niya ang nakalagay sa batas. Eh earlier sinabi niya na intention niya na ibahin niya [He sang the anthem wrong. He should have followed the original version. He had even earlier said he would make some changes to the song],” Atienza said in a radio interview.

The NHI is the government body that ensures that reverence and respect is accorded to the national anthem, the Philippine flag, and other national symbols.

If Section 37 of the Republic Act No. 8491 would be strictly observed, the national anthem must be performed in accordance with the musical arrangement of its composer Julian Felipe.

Among the singers reprimanded by the NHI for deviating from the song’s original form were Charice Pempengco, Jennifer Bautista, and Christian Bautista, who was remembered for leaving out several lines of the anthem during a boxing match of Gerry Peñalosa.

All three singers have apologized, saying it was not their intention that some notes or lines in the song were changed or omitted.

Atienza urged the public to check the official NHI Web site (http://www.nhi.gov.ph/) for the lyrics and the manner in which the anthem should be sung.

  1. May 5, 2009 at 8:22 am

    apparently, it wasn’t just the singing that was wrong there – the NHI seal which appeared on the tv telecast was not authorized. tsk tsk.

    But Nievera’s performance was not the only thing that received a beating from the NHI. Atienza also assailed the unauthorized flashing of the NHI’s seal after the singer’s performance.

    The flashing of the seal indicated that Martin’s rendition was approved by the NHI, a thing that the NHI said it did not do.

    “We are now undertaking the pertinent moves, like consulting the advertising board, to determine who was responsible for flashing the NHI seal,” Atienza said, noting that Nievera’s singing of the anthem was sponsored by the Philippine Airlines (PAL).

    read in full here: http://tinyurl.com/ctwvqd

  2. mary mcdaneld
    May 8, 2009 at 8:06 am

    marami kayong arte..wala siguro kayong magawa sa buhay,I like the way he sing it, a lot of people like the way he sing it, including Pacman.it is very entertaining

    • elaine
      May 8, 2009 at 3:24 pm

      he was asked to sing the national anthem in that event not to entertain people, it is to pay homage to the philippines, pacquiao’s birth place and country. it is also not martin’s concert, it’s a boxing match. we watched to be entertained by the boxing match, not martin’s singing whicj it turned out was not at all entertaining as he sang it wrong. it was not a proud moment for me when i heard him sing it. i

  3. mary mcdaneld
    May 8, 2009 at 8:09 am

    love the way he sing it…

    • stephen
      May 8, 2009 at 3:26 pm

      what a shame that a filipino himself sang the country’s national anthem the wrong way. shame!

  4. angela
    May 8, 2009 at 11:10 am

    yes, u love the way he sang it. but that is not how it’s supposed to be sung. It’s not like a pop song which you can sing with some modifications.

    What is the national fruit? Mango. What is the national bird? The Philippine eagle. What is the national tree? Narra. The list goes on. The National Anthem is Lupang Hinirang (with all the lyrics and its notes and its tune). They’re those very symbols. They should be as they are. You do not add a tail of a pig to the Philippine eagle, u get the point?

  5. mary mcdaneld
    June 8, 2009 at 9:53 am

    what a shame ,shame ,shame to sing the pilipno anthem in a wrong way,please spare me ,as far as I’m concerned u can sing any song any way you want it, the only shame is the pilipino government is so CORRUPTED……..lahat ng mahihirap nanatiling mahirap,at lahat ng mayayaman lalong yumayaman ,dahil puros nakawan….lahat ng umuupong presidente nagnanakaw ng mga pera ng sambayanan,.now thats what really ashame to me .u think they really care about the pilipino anthem? please if you think i.m wrong you can just kiss my ass..

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