Martin Nievera gave a different rendition of the Philippine’s national anthem “Lupang Hinirang,” before the start of Manny Pacquiao’s fight against British boxer Ricky Hatton yesterday, May 3, inside MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Manny convincingly won the fight.
The Concert King sang the first stanza slowly, then shifted to a marching tone up to the last line where he did a “birit.”
The National Historical Institute (NHI) did not like the way Martin sang the Philippine National Anthem.
I think he just want to make our National Anthem, Lupang Hinirang, current. But we should respect the original rendition of our National Anthem as it was written in our constitution that it should be sang on a specific rendition.