Martin Nievera finds ally in partylist solon

MANILA, Philippines — Singer Martin Nievera was being “artistic and creative” and not irreverent when he sang the Philippine national anthem in Manny Pacquiao’s historic match with Ricky Hatton, a lawmaker said on Tuesday.

Akbayan partylist Representative Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel defended Nievera’s rendition of the “Lupang Hinirang,” which was deemed inappropriate by the National Historical Institute (NHI).

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For me the rendition of Martin Nievera to Lupang Hinirang sounds good, I dont think it will affect the filipinos to be less nationalistic.

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