Singer and composer Joey Ayala wants to change the way we sing our national anthem, Lupang Hinirang, by changing some of the lyrics, the way we pronounce some words, consequently – the tone had gone some slight modifications too.
On his introduction, Ayala said that he’ll perform an illegal way of singing the Philippine national anthem.
“So this is an illegal act that we all share, so we now have an special bond” – Ayala said that drew laughters from the audience.
“Pakisara nga yung pinto pare,” – he immediately added.
Ayala first cited that the current tone of our national anthem is not inline with its people.
“It‘s a march, ang Pilipinas hindi naman maka-martsa eh, we’re not a 1-2-3-4 people. We are a sway…malalambot tayo,” – Ayala said to the audienace. “mga bading tayong lahat,” – he jokingly added.
Some of the notable changes he wants to change is the way the syllables are spaced.
But aside from the way pronouncing each words and on some change in the tone. Ayala stressed that the current national anthem’s ending lyrics should be change from “Ang mamatay ng dahil sa’yo” to “Ang magmahal ng dahil sa’yo.”
Watch Joey Ayala as he sing his masterpiece.
Joey Ayala is a Filipino singer, songwriter and former chairman of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
The uploaded video on YouTube had reached 93,889 views as of this writing.
Meanwhile, here are some of the reactions of Filipino netizens regarding the video.
“You’ll never sing our National Anthem the same way again.” Maraming salamat, Mr. Joey Ayala, – said YouTube username Justin Sucgang
This should really be seriously considered as an official alternate way of singing/playing our National Anthem. Never before has the Philippine National Anthem given me chills up the back of my spine than this awesome version. WIth this, the chills factor is already at par with the anthems of the other nations! – said YouTube username Lso800Lso.
The way it’s sung – emphasizing the right connection of phrases regardless its usual meter and rhythm – had moved me so much. It made me boost my patriotism.. This is one thing that can make you say you’re proud of being a Filipino. – said YouTube username Mary Claire Jundis.
YouTube username Sam Guison had shared his reaction over the debate happening on some users on the issue or grounds in making this our official national anthem.
You can either hate his rendition of our national anthem or love it dearly. But we cannot deny the fact that he cares about the song and it’s profound message much more than most of us. I know some people who don’t even know [or care to know] the complete lyrics of Lupang Hinirang. It is safe to assume that the original rendition will not change for decades to come so let’s stop acting all self-righteous and smart for a few minutes and just enjoy the video, for crying out loud. – Sam Guison said.