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You've been singing Lupang Hinirang wrong all this time; here's how it ought to be sung

You have learned Lupang Hinirang, the Philippine national anthem, in kinder. You've never really thought of it as a very passionate song until you stumbled upon the word 'nationalism' in your later years. In fact, at one point of your life, you've thought that singing the bloody song is much of an effort that it should be abandoned all together. Standing in the field during flag raising ceremony at school, under the scorching sun, isn't an easy task after all.

Well, you were not alone. I am like you. Until Duterte decided to run for President.

I don't exactly know what happened, but Digong ignited that dormant fire in me and made me love my country like never before. I just completely fell in love with it. That 'live in New York' ultimate childhood dream? Nah not anymore. I can settle for a small bahay kubo somewhere in Siargao or Sagada anytime. Big place or not, it doesn't really matter. As long as I continue to live in the Philippines.

I've decided to care about my homeland again. I have decided to love it and fight for it. To contribute in building the nation, to fight off the elements that continue to rape it with their insidious, selfish interests.

Anyway, so much for that.

I've been bingeing on nationalistic media these past few days for a school project and found this very interesting TED talk of Joey Ayala about Lupang Hinirang.

According to his profile, "Ayala is a Filipino singer, songwriter and former chairman of the music committee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. He is well known for his style of music that combines the sounds of Filipino ethnic instruments with modern pop music. His public music life started when he released an album recorded in a makeshift-studio in 1982 in Davao City. To date, he has released fourteen albums. He is the brother of singer-songwriter Cynthia Alexander."

If Joey Ayala were to be believed, this is how Lupang Hinirang ought to be sung.

Watch it here:

As expected, the comment section is where the real battle is. The debate on the 'proper way' to sing it immediately ensued.

I've scoured the comments section and found this very compelling comment:

"May tatlo akong mga punto para sa mga sumusuporta at kumokontra sa gawang ito ni Ginoong Joey Ayala. Sana ay basahin ninyo at unawain.

Sa himig, kundiman o martsa?
Sa opinyon ko, kundiman ang mas angkop dahil sa mga sumusunod na kadahilanan:
Ang awit ay hindi agresibo, ito'y nagpahihiwatig ng pagpapahalaga sa ganda ng bansa at ng pagmamahal sa bayan. Kasama na rin ang punto ni Ginoong Ayala na kung kundiman, makikita ang pagiging "malambot" ng mga Pilipino. Oo, malambot tayo, passive. Siguro dahil sa pagiging utak-kolonyal. Kung gusto ninyo ng martsa, dapat nakikita ito sa pagkatao natin.

Sa pagbigkas, kailangan talagang linawin.
Alalahanin mo nung nasa mababang paaralan ka, hindi mo naman lubos na naiintindihan ang mga titik ng awit. Tinandaan mo ito mula lang sa tunog. Para kang nagsaulo ng Kpop. Tama lamang na linawin ang pagbigkas upang lubos maintindihan, lalo na ng kabataan.

Sa huling linya, "magmahal" o "mamatay" (o iba pa)?
Buong linya: "Aming ligaya na 'pag may mang-aapi ang ___ ng dahil sa'yo."
Hindi maganda ang mensaheng ibinibigay ng:
"... ang mamatay ng dahil sa'yo" - ang bansa ang dahilan ng kamatayan mo?
"... ang mamatay para sa'yo" - Mas mahalagang mabuhay ka para sa bayan. Huwag susuko sa buhay dahil sa anumang kadahilanan.
"... ligaya na 'pag may mang-aapi ang magmahal ng dahil sa'yo" - Oo, sige, positibo pero may manlulupig na, hindi ka pa rin papalag?
Ang mungkahi ko, "lumaban para sa'yo" o anumang katumbas nito.
"Aming ligaya na 'pag may mang-aapi ang lumaban para sa'yo."

Gayunpaman, sabi nga ni Ginoong Ayala, ito ay labag sa batas, anti-constitutional. Ang gawang ito ay upang lalong maging epektibong pagkakatawan ang awit sa bayan.

Ayan, ang tatlong sentimo ko. Salamat sa pagbasa't pag-intindi. By Nevvy"


You may or you may not agree with it. It's up to you.

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