Manny Pacquiaos Victory and the Flawed Philippine National Anthem
As Manny “PACMAN” Pacquiao and most Filipinos are celebrating another winning bout over Clottey, the Philippines is shrouded with the issue about the flawed Philippine National Anthem. Arnel Pineda who led the “Lupang Hinirang”, the Philippine National Anthem, during the bout, sang the anthem with a high, forceful pitch at the end of the song. The song should have been sang going down but Arnel had emphasized the ending of the song by making it sound like the songs of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston that usually end with a high pitch that almost make the people watching breathless. Perhaps to level it with Pacquioa’s fame.
Arnel Pineda is now being attacked by his critics with lots of criticisms because he has repeated the same mistake committed in the past by famous Filipino singers. The Filipinos are asking why the National Anthem which is Manny Pacquiao’s symbol of being a Filipino is always sung incorrectly. Some Filipinos are suggesting that Filipino singers should not be leading the National Anthem anymore in the next bouts of Manny Pacquiao or any other international event.
Could it be better if a simple Filipino citizen who is not a celebrity lead the National Anthem? Perhaps he would then religiously abide by the law that nobody should tamper with any national symbol of the country. The National Anthem is a national symbol and it shouldn’t be changed in anyway according to the wishes of a person. If Julian Felipe were alive, he would have not allowed this to happen.
But to make the issue less disheartening, is this so much to talk about? Why are several Filipinos busy complaining about the National Anthem when they should be celebrating the much awaited result of the latest bout of Manny Pacquiao over Clottey? Filipinos must be very proud of their hero. He once again proved to the world that a humble Filipino could awe the world.
Well, this is an issue that should be resolved for the greatest interest of the Filipinos and the country. After all, the National anthem is a country’s treasure than needs to be well cared of and preserved. If Filipinos will keep hurting and trying to change their National Anthem, instead of reaping the praise of other nations, the opposite will be thrown to them.
As a Filipino, I love my country. Manny Pacquiao and all the other Filipinos who have made a name internationally for excellent achievements for the Philippines, are doing their best to do what they think is right for their country but not only them should be doing it; all Filipinos must wake up and help each other. The Philippines is one of the poorest countries in the world but it boasts of its multi-skilled citizens and incomparable culture that other nations don’t have. Perhaps there is still time to change for the better. Perhaps there is still time to save the Philippines from getting drowned in a quagmire. Just like Manny Pacquiao who started from the lowest rung of the ladder but is now at the peak of almost everything, Filipinos should strive not only for self-interest but for the good of the Philippines. Yes, if only every Filipino refocuses and do something for the country, things wouldn’t be that bad in the Philippines.
I am still proud to be a Filipino, no matter what happens and no matter how bad things are in my country, I am still very proud to say “I am a Filipino.”