Tuesday, August 7, 2007

THE PROPER (and only) WAY OF SINGING THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL ANTHEM

SECTION 50. Any person or juridical entity which violates any of the provisions of this Act shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than Five thousand pesos (P5,000) nor more than Twenty thousand pesos (P20,000), or by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, or both such fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court: Provided, That for any second and additional offenses, both fine and imprisonment shall always be imposed: Provided, further, That in case the violation is committed by a juridical person, its President or Chief Executive Officer thereof shall be liable.
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The Philippine Flag and its national anthem are silent witnesses to the sacrifices of the Filipino forefathers for this country's liberty, self determination, etc., etc.
During the American reign, the flag was even prohibited and it took 12 years of bitter struggle before it was allowed again.
"...I wish to be tolerant, and when the army authorities told me that such tolerance would be of evil results in the future, I answered that we should not be very exacting because the Filipino flag symbolized an ideal bathed in blood and tears.".
- Governor General James. F. Smith

THE BOY IN THIS PHOTO IS BEING BEHEADED
It is therefore a big act of sacrilege and criminality to desecrate the flag (and the anthem), the way ignorant people are doing now. I wonder how people who sing on international television (e.g. The Pacquiao fights) were able to blatantly afford prostituting our national anthem and get away with it.

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REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8491
AN ACT PRESCRIBING THE CODE OF THE NATIONAL FLAG, ANTHEM, MOTTO, COAT-OF-ARMS AND OTHER HERALDIC ITEMS AND DEVICES OF THE PHILIPPINES

SECTION 36. The National Anthem shall always be sung in the national language within or without the country. The following shall be the lyrics of the National Anthem:
Bayang magiliw,
Perlas ng Silanganan...

SECTION 37. The rendition of the National Anthem, whether played or sung, shall be in accordance with the musical arrangement and composition of Julian Felipe.

SECTION 38. When the National Anthem is played at a public gathering, whether by a band or by singing or both, or reproduced by any means, the attending public shall sing the anthem. The singing must be done with fervor.

As a sign of respect, all persons shall stand at attention and face the Philippine flag, if there is one displayed, and if there is none, they shall face the band or the conductor. At the first note, all persons shall execute a salute by placing their right palms over their left chests. Those in military, scouting, citizens military training and security guard uniforms shall give the salute prescribed by their regulations. The salute shall be completed upon the last note of the anthem.

The anthem shall not be played and sung for mere recreation, amusement or entertainment purposes except on the following occasions:

SECTION 48. Failure or refusal to observe the provisions of this Act; and any violation of the corresponding rules and regulations issued by the Office of the President, shall after proper notice and hearing, shall be penalized by public censure which shall be published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation.

SECTION 50. Any person or juridical entity which violates any of the provisions of this Act shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than Five thousand pesos (P5,000) nor more than Twenty thousand pesos (P20,000), or by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, or both such fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court: Provided, That for any second and additional offenses, both fine and imprisonment shall always be imposed: Provided, further, That in case the violation is committed by a juridical person, its President or Chief Executive Officer thereof shall be liable.

KILL EVERYONE OVER TEN!

10 comments:

tutubi said...

maybe because those singers sang it on foreign soil.

and Filipinos are not aware of the law

and Filipinos don't care about the law

jc smith said...

Hi Tutubi, That was a quick post.. I am not yet finished editing it. Anyway, thanks for the comment.

Not aware of it-- speaks ill of the educational system.

Doesn't care-- the day we lose our sense of identity is the day we start hopelessly sinking into this mud

andrei said...

makes me cringe every time this pinoys try to copy the way the gringos sing the start spangled banner.

Anonymous said...

kala nila maganda ang ginagawa nila. kapapangit naman ng pagkakakanta.

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