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article imageOp-Ed: Martin Nievera's Controversial Singing

By Maria Narissa Aranzanso     May 12, 2009 in Sports
Amidst the overwhelming win of Manny Pacquiao against Britain’s Ricky Hatton, Martin Nievera, one of Philippine’s renowned ballad singer became the talk of the town.
In fairness to Martin Nievera, he sung with all bravado and expertise as any experienced artist could. Only that his singing did not pass what is required by the law that says that the national anthem must be sung in the tempo of a march.
Martin Nievera truly became the center of attention with his controversial singing of the national anthem Lupang Hinirang before the event took place.
The National Historical Institute (NHI), the agency who has the authority to speak on how Filipinos should treat the national flag and anthem, aside from the other Philippine historical matters and issues, required Nievera to ask an apology for breaking the law about the national anthem.
According to NHI, some other artists also had broken the law during some of Pacquiao’s fights and had willingly asked for apology from NHI thus the reason why it was not reported and became controversial, and also the reason why they were not sued, or asked to pay P5,000 pesos, or even jailed for a year.
As for Martin Nievera, he believes that there is no reason for him to ask an apology the way he sang the national anthem because he believes he did it in a manner that will inspire the many Filipinos around the world.
Filipinos actually are divided in their opinion on the matter. Some are disgusted the way Martin Nievera rendered the singing. For them, it was an insult done on the nation’s anthem and respect was not duly given. Some admired the artistry in his singing and even said that it gave them goose bumps while he was singing the national anthem. Some doesn’t care at all because it is Manny Pacquiao that matters more. There will always be the detractors, the fanatics, and the neutrals when an issue involves a famous artist.
Ignorance of the law excuses no one. This is a cliché that excuses agencies like NHI, and perhaps the government, too, in their failure to instill the laws and values about the nation’s history. It can be accidental but Martin Nievera’s failure to comply with the law became instrumental, too, for Filipinos to learn that there are laws for matters such as what became the context of the hullabaloo – the proper way of singing the Lupang Hinirang.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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