Arnel Pineda's national anthem rendition chastised by National Historical Institute

Journey lead vocalist Arnel Pineda was chastised by the National Historical Institute (NHI) for changing the tone and tempo of the Philippine National Anthem during the Manny Pacquio-Joshua Clottey fight yesterday, March 14, reports GMA News.

NHI Chief of the Heraldry Section Teddy Atienza told GMA News that they would file a complaint against Pineda for his "wrong" version of the song. Section 37 of Republic Act 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code   states that no singer can deviate from the original musical arrangement by composer Julian Felipe. If the complaint is filed before the Department of Justice, Pineda could face one year imprisonment or a fine of P5,000 to P20,000.

Pineda said that he would let his lawyers take care of matter and told GMA News that he had performed the song with all his heart as a proud Filipino citizen.

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Here is a list of other notable singers who have been reprimanded by the NHI for singing the wrong rendition of the Philippine National anthem:




La Diva

Changed the melody

Pacquiao VS Cotto (2009)

Martin Nievera

Sang too slow

Pacquiao VS Hatton (2009)

Charice Pempengco

Version too jazzed up

NCAA finals (2009)

Christian Bautista

Forgot the lyrics

Peñalosa VS Bernabe (2007)

Sarah Geronimo

Version too kundiman-like

Pacquiao VS Morales (2006)

Lani Misalucha

Sang too slow

Pacquiao VS Morales (2006)

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