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“la diva” to sing philippine national anthem at manny pacquiao – miguel cotto fight

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not, one but three pinoy artists will sing the philippine national anthem at the pacquiao-cotto fight. they are the three ladies called “la diva”.  we hope they had martin niviera’s version of it at the pacquiao’s previous fight and that they had understood where niviera has failed.

to the three ladies of “la diva” — this is not a musical concert. it is not about you three, it is about the country that pacquiao represents. this is a boxing match and since non of you three ladies are boxers, don’t sing like its yours to sing, it is just yours to perform.

‘La Diva’ to sing RP anthem in Pacquiao-Cotto bout

by Reyma Buan-Deveza and Trina Lagura, abs-cbnNEWS.com | 10/21/2009 12:44 PMMANILA – Three artists, not just one, will sing the country’s national anthem in Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s much anticipated showdown with Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto on November 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.The people’s champ confirmed to abs-cbnNEWS.com in an exclusive interview that “La Diva,” dubbed as the Destiny’s Child of the Philippines,” will sing “Lupang Hinirang” in the Pacquiao-Cotto “Firepower” clash.The pop girl group is composed of “Pinoy Pop Superstar” champions Jonalyn Viray (soprano), Aicelle Santos (alto) and Maricris Garcia (mezzo-soprano).Viray is the 1st grand champion of the singing contest, while Garcia is the 3rd Pinoy Pop Superstar champion. Santos, on the other hand, was a runner-up in the second season.

Pacquiao said the three auditioned in the early part of this year. Other artists from networks ABS-CBN and GMA 7 also took part in the audition, he said. The boxer cited Jolina Magdangal as one of those who wanted to sing the national anthem.

The Filipino boxing icon was particularly impressed by the “La Diva” when he saw them perform. He added that he believes “La Diva” will do justice in singing “Lupang Hinirang” next month.


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  1. November 12, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Did Manny just dumped the priceless offer of the International Star Ms. Lea Salonga? I must say no one sings Lupang Hinirang close to perfection other than THE ONE AND ONLY LEA SALONGA!!!

    • November 12, 2009 at 12:16 pm

      i agree with you lea salonga would have been the best person to sing the national anthem. lea was brilliant during cory aquino’s burial mass, the national anthem would have been equally brilliant.

      read the news article – at the end of the article, pacquaio explained why salonga was not chosen. pacquiao gave a classic pacquiao answer. haha

  2. plm
    November 16, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    pacquiao has the right choice of choosing la diva to sing the national anthem of his fyt…ang sabing pangit ang kanta ng la diva ay….sintunado…

  3. plm
    November 16, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    da best talaga ang la diva…bunggang2 blending yun ah…wala sila dun. dapat ganun ang pagkakaawit hindi putol at exagerated.

  4. plm
    November 16, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    hay karangalan na naman ni packman…of course at ang la diva!!!go gurlzzz…

  5. plm
    November 16, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    alam naman natin lea is the best but give chance ti others naman…wag kayong sakim!!! di va…

  6. Ron
    November 16, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Sintunado sa umpisa doon sa part ng “Alab ng puso”
    Wag na tayong mag bingibingihan.
    Overall performance = average /typical singers.

    • marilyn
      November 16, 2009 at 6:42 pm

      yes, i noticed that too. kala ko ako lang nakapansin.

      • anne
        November 19, 2009 at 8:54 am

        hindi un sintunado..un lng talaga ang notes for aicelle and maricris sa arrangement ni mr. danny tan..hiramin nyo kaya ang piece sa kanya.

  7. plm
    November 20, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    korek…galing ng la diva talaga, la akong masabi…

  8. plm
    November 20, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    grabe…tahimik talaga ang MGM ng kumanta na ang la diva!!! amazing…

  9. plm
    November 20, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    eh… bingi ka talaga Ron…cguro sintunado ka anuh?…ganda nga eh!!!

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