Saturday, November 16, 2013

Joey Ayala's version of Lupang Hinirang is Illegal but Awesome

Republic Act No. 8491 is an act prescribing the code of the National Flag, Anthem, Motto, Coat of Arms and other heraldic items and devices of the Philippines. On Chapter II Section Number 37, it says:

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

The National Anthem has always been a part of our life from the first day of school until graduation and we must all know that any alteration in the lyrics and music of Lupang Hinirang is against the law. But how many times this law has been violated?

The netizens were abuzz lately when Joey Ayala, a Filipino singer and songwriter, has come up with his own version of Lupang Hinirang. Not only did he altered the musical arrangement but also some lyrics of the song including the correct pronunciation.

As much as I would like to judge Ayala for violating Seciton number 37 of Republic Act Number 8491, I was amused with his own rendition of Lupang Hinirang. He has also valid reasons why he created his own version and I so much agreed with him.

Check this video to find out about Joey Ayala's reasons for alteration and listen to his own rendition of Lupang Hinirang. I would say it is awesome.

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