Martin Sings The National Anthem: A Review

Sunday, May 3, 2009 ·

"Seems so near yet so far"

As if to use a part of his "You Are My Song" hit, the National Historical Institute comments that Martin Nievera sang the Lupang Hinirang wrong during the opening ceremonies of the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton's Battle of East and West bout in Las Vegas on May 2, 2009 (May 3 in the Philippines).

The 1998 Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, provides that "the rendition of the National Anthem, whether played or sung, shall be in accordance with the musical arrangement and composition of Julian Felipe.

Felipe composed in 1898 the anthem's music, which has the tune of a march. It was played during the proclamation of the country's independence from Spain at Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898.

National Historical Institute Chairman Ambeth Ocampo said that Martin sang it wrong because he sang the first stanza softly and slowly, and he sang the last line with prolonged, high notes.

At any rate, this criticism is easily overshadowed by the sensational knockout win by Pacquiao over Ricky Hatton.



Anonymous said...
Mon May 04, 07:17:00 AM  

Mr. Nievera is a shame. He should be ban from singing the National Anthem!!!

siyetehan said...
Mon May 04, 07:15:00 PM  

Hi Anonymous:

Thank you for visiting. Actually, it's a common error for most of the artists who sang in previous boxing fights.

Laging binabago ang tempo ng National Anthem.

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