Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


During the flag ceremony, city librarian, Beth Daduya, announced and informed all city employees present that the proper beat in singing the Philippine National Anthem is in the 2/4 beat, not 4/4 beat.

Daduya said the directive of the Department of Education states that the original manuscript, “Himno Nacional Filipino” of the late Julian Felipe was a “march” tempo, that is why it should be sung in 2/4 time.

“It’s about time to correct this error”, Beth Daduya said.

Republic Act no. 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code of 1998 states that Lupang Hinirang should be sung based on the original musical arrangement and composition of Julian Felipe.

Ms. Daduya also mentioned that the use of canned music during flag ceremonies is prohibited while tattered or bad faced flags is also prohibited in all schools and offices.

More than 6,000 public teachers handling Music,Makabayan, Values Education, English and Filipino subjects as well as school administrators were oriented on the proper conduct of flag raising and retreat ceremonies.

Our Philippine National Anthem was legalized by an act of the Philippine Congress in 1938. The Filipino lyrics have been affirmed by RA 8491 which states that “Lupang Hinirang should be sung in the national language.

RA 8491 prohibits its singing for “mere recreation, amusement or entertainment, except during the following occasions: Local and international competitions where the Philippines is the host or has representatives; during the signing on and off of radio broadcasting and TV stations; and before the first and last screening of films and before the opening of theater performances.”

The law imposes a fine ranging from P5,000 to P20,000 and jail terms of up to one year, or both, for violators of its provisions.


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