The House of Representatives has authorized a invoice making it compulsory to sing the Philippine national anthem “with fervour”.
“The singing shall be mandatory and must be done with fervour,” the invoice states. The phrase “mandatory” isn’t together with in current laws.
The BBC has additionally reported that an official model of the tune has been stipulated, which should be adopted always.
Anyone breaking the foundations may face a nice of up to 100,000 pesos. Under current legal guidelines, acts that dishonour the national anthem may be punished by fines of up to 20,000 pesos.
The invoice stipulates that offenders could be issued a warning earlier than being publicly “named and shamed” in a national newspaper. “Any act which casts contempt, dishonour or ridicule upon the national anthem shall be penalised,” the invoice says.
The invoice makes a variety of different stipulations, together with that everybody should stand and salute when the primary observe of the music, Lupang Hinirang (Chosen Land or Land of the Morning), is performed – and requiring the varsity system to guarantee each scholar memorises the phrases.
It has now been despatched to the Senate for approval.
Commenting on an earlier model of the invoice in April, certainly one of its authors, Maximo Rodriguez Jr, mentioned disrespecting the national anthem usually occurred in cinemas, the place clients don’t stand for the anthem.
“The national anthem embodies and expresses the aspirations, dreams, ideals, longings, commitment and determination, nationalism and patriotism, sentiment and spirit of the people,” he mentioned.
The identical invoice, often called the revised flag and heraldic code, accommodates many different guidelines in regards to the show of the national flag, oaths of allegiance and different national symbols.
It consists of a number of proposals from a 2010 draft to criminalise improper singing of the national anthem, together with a strict requirement to maintain the timing between 100 and 120 beats per minute. The anthem was written in 1898 by Julian Felipe.
FULL LYRICS IN FILIPINO AND ENGLISH BELOW
¡Tierra de amores!
En tu azul cielo, en tus auras,
Tu pabellón, que en las lides
Tierra de dichas, del sol y amores,
Land of the morning
Land expensive and holy,
Ever inside thy skies and thru thy clouds
Thy banner expensive to all our hearts
Beautiful land of affection, o land of sunshine,