Martin Nievera sings 'Lupang Hinirang'

Martin Nievera gave a beautiful rendition of Lupang Hinirang, the Philippine National Anthem, during the fight of Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao against British boxer Ricky Hatton at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 2, 2009.

Martin started the song in a melo-dramatic way, then switched to a fast beat and ended it the 'Martin Nievera' way.

Watch Martin Nievera singing the National Anthem of the Philippines... (courtesy of mergzmd)

The British National Anthem entitled God Save the Queen was sang by the great Tom Jones while Jasmine Villegas, who is Filipino-American, sang Star-Spangled Banner, the National Anthem of the US.

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6 Comment(s):

  1. From a Disappointed Citizen:

    It is quite sad how we have very little left of our culture and heritage and yet, Filipinos still refuse to stand up for what is right and just in order to preserve our pride of citizenry.

    No, it is not right that Mr. Nievera decided to take it upon himself to improve our National Anthem.

    No, it is not right that just because other artists want to butcher their own national anthems, that we follow suit like ignorants with no virtue and respect.

    No, it is not right that Mr. Nievera stands so arrogant, not even acknowledging the fact that his judgment was flawed in interpreting the National Anthem to suit only his singing style and not to be a symbol for pride of country.

    No, it is not right that he be now put in a pedestal by equally ignorant Filipino citizen who cannot even tell what is right from wrong, regardless of their well-meaning adulation of the balladeer. There cannot be any sense in believing that your loyalty for Mr. Nievera surpasses that of your loyalty for country.

    No, it is not right to once again point the finger back at detractors of self-serving artists, claiming negativity as the only reason for criticism.

    When will it end. When will Filipinos finally realize that long after the Martin Nieveras of this world have passed, the only thing really important to is to keep our culture intact.

    And the Filipino culture does NOT stem from Vegas balladeers.

  2. If you don't want the anthem to be sang with some "twists", then let a child or an ordinary Filipino, sing it then!

    Why let professional artists/performers do it?

    Let someone who doesn't know how to distinguish "do" from "re" perform it in an international event, and let's see if you're still proud to say you're a Filipino!

  3. I beg to disagree. He made the singing of the national anthem look like a bad las vegas theatrical performance. The start was funereal, the middle was comedic, and the end was an irritating trill. He could barely reach the high note. The pathetic fellow just wanted to show off for a global audience and murdered our national anthem to do it.

  4. it was not just a twist!!! he turned it completely around. the ending??? what the heck was that? it was sh#tty as f#ck. excuse the profanity, but that's the way i really felt about it. it was a bad bad bad rendition.

    and i completely agree with "dissapointed citizen." let other countries bastardize their being. we should not follow suit.

    everytime i hear his rendition, I CRINGE!!!

  5. Being a celebrity does not give one the right to sing our National Anthem the way they want to sing it. Lupang Hinirang should be sang the way it was and is meant to be sang... with respect and not bastardized to suit the singer's style. I agree with Deri Fajutrao - it was a very bad rendition.

  6. i'm not saying that being pro singers give them the right to "twist" the anthem, i'm just saying that it's like, a normal thing as artists, to add something else.

    i didn't say that it was a good nor horrible rendition.

    if the anthem should be sung "as is" then i think we should not ask pro singers sing it, cuz it's bound to get some "add ons" when performed by pro's. let the ones who criticize sing it then.

    problem with us filipinos, we criticize. whether it's good/bad rendition. we are never pleased... sigh!