in order to break a rule, you must first know it

Yes. This is for all the singers who sing the Philippine National Anthem with all their heart (singer’s heart, not Filipino’s heart)

After every issue encountered by most of the singers who sung the national anthem before Pacquiao’s fight, I am thinking if they are really worth the trust of a huge responsibility in their shoulders, by showing the dignity of the country through their singing of the national anthem. I mean, well, this is my point of view, they sing it like they see the audience as their worst critics asking them to create their very own rendition of the national anthem when in fact, they are just asked to sing the song in its original tone, no more, no less.

Every Filipino, in one way or another, must have and should have known the tone of the Philippine national anthem. It’s sung in school, it’s required in every flag ceremony and some are even asked to memorize it for the school exams so what would be the possible reason not to hit the tone, just right? 

But as I see it, they chose an artist to sing the song so what do you expect? they will sing it with all their artist’s heart because that is them and you can’t change the fact that they also have this what you call “freedom of expression” but when does really one draw a line between a right and limitation?

Sometimes I wonder if what would be better, to have someone who is expert in the field to sing the country’s song OR get a person who doesn’t know how to sing because in that case, he would be more forgivable because singing out of tune is natural to him.

Once is okay, twice is so-so, thrice is too much, but how about theother succeeding “failures” of these singers?

There’s Charice Pempengco, Martin Nieverra, Christian Bautista, Kyla, La Diva and now, Arnel Pineda.. the list goes on and the common denominators of these singers is plain obvious: they sang the song using their own rendition (and someone even missed some lines, ehem)

Well, we all know that you are chosen to sing at a very important event because you are proven to be a good singer but you also proved yourself to be not quite a good follower.

After all the hit and miss tones of these singers in Pacman’s pre-boxing bout, I am now having a blurred definition of what is really right from what is really a must. Is it important to have self-praise after the song, or is it more important to gain glory after singing the original tone of the anthem? 

Oh well, all I can say is, it’s always too hard to know what the motive of other people are unless you exchange shoes with them.


About Shayne Zalameda

Shayne Zalameda is Misstache. She adores eating, traveling, attending events, and watching films. She likes to omit adjectives and is fascinated with ironies. As much as possible, she tries to avoid the word "very". Sometimes she easily forget things. More on
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