October 16, 2019
What could have been an honor for “Concert King” of the Philippines, Martin Nievera to be privileged to sing the Philippine National Anthem before a multitude of viewers around the world during the Pacquiao-Hatton fight in Los Angeles, California, last May 8, 2009 became a shame when the National Historical Institute (NHI) of the Philippines thumbed down said performance. NHI and some conservative sectors of Philippine society did not like it and considered it an unacceptable interpretation of the anthem in violation of the law. “Lupang Hinirang”, the Philippine National Anthem is not open to free interpretation, according to the National Historical Institute Chair, Ambeth Ocampo. Nievera, the personal choice of Manny Pacquiao, received negative reactions from Filipinos when he sang the anthem in a slow tempo in the beginning, went to a march in the middle, and ended with a sustained (birit) high note in the end.
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