Stars react to proposal to change national anthem lyrics

Comedian Vice Ganda. Pilipino Star Ngayon/File

Stars react to proposal to change national anthem lyrics

Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) - September 24, 2018 - 6:08pm

MANILA, Philippines — Celebrities have turned to social media to share their views on the proposal to change the lyrics of the national anthem “Lupang Hinirang.” 

Comedian and TV host Vice Ganda first posted on his Twitter account: “E kung palitan na lang yung last line ng national anthem ng ‘Ang matraffic ng dahil sa’yo’??!! Mas keri ba?”

Then, at the “Tawag ng Tanghalan” segment on “It’s Showtime” on Saturday, the TV host again blasted the idea, saying: “Sa sobrang dami nilang ginagawa, naisip nilang palitan yata ang huling linya ng national anthem.”

“Pinagdedebatehan ngayon iyan ng karaniwang tao, kung bakit papalitan ang last line ng national anthem. Sa dinami-dami ng nangyayari ngayon, ha, napansin nila yun... ‘Ay, hindi pala maganda ‘yung line, palitan natin.’ Ba’t ‘yung trapik hindi niyo napansin? ‘Yun na lang ang palitan niyo kaya?” Vice added. 

“Papalitan daw ‘yung, ‘Ang mamamatay ng dahil sa ’yo.’ Bakit hindi na lang ang mamatay dahil sa trapik? Ang mamatay dahil sa mataas na bilihin? Ang mamatay ng dahil sa bukbok ng NFA? Lahat na lang pinapalitan, nakakaloka!” 

The video clip became instantly viral in different fan pages on Facebook. 

On his Facebook account, comedian and radio commentator Ogie Diaz asked that if the national anthem will be revised, will the real problem of the Philippines be solved? 

“’Pag pinalitan na po ba ang linyang yon sa Lupang Hinirang, bababa na po ang inflation? Mababawasan na ba ang lumalagong bilang ng corrupt officials?” he asked.  

“Magkakaisa na ba ang DDS, Dilawan at yung mga worried at concerned lang naman? Kung mangyayari po ito, nako, kahit po ‘Ama Namin’ at ‘Hail Mary,’ palitan nyo na rin po ang mga linya,” he added. 

On the other hand, TV host Bianca Gonzalez-Intal posted on her Twitter account a brief statement regarding the suggested change of lyrics.

“With all due respect, no thank you to changing our national anthem lyrics,” she wrote. 

Meanwhile, singer Yeng Constantino said on her YouTube channel that the last line of the national anthem is not “defeatist.” 

“Hindi siya defeatist. It’s the greatest thing you could do for someone. Kaya nga natin hini-hail yung mga heroes, e,” she said. 

“Kung papalitan, mas mababaw siya kasi mas matindi ‘yung you will die for your country. That is more heroic than just fighting… Kung nakakapagsalita ang Motherland natin, sobra siguro siyang touched na sabihin natin sa kanya na, ‘I am willing to die for you’,” she said.

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