Past singers who sang the Philippine National Anthem during Manny Pacquiao’s fights have taken flak from the National Historical Institute for their modified versions of “Lupang Hinirang. Charice, who Pacquiao personally picked to sing at his latest match, was spared from those criticisms. The moment news broke out that Charice was the one singing the anthem, it was expected that she will correctly sing the anthem – and Charice delivered.
Her straightforward rendition of the anthem was similar to her previous version during the high-profile 2010 presidential inauguration. It was in that previous performance that legendary Philippine composer Ryan Cayabyab taught her the original tempo. Since the Philippine anthem was originally used as a marching tune by the country’s heroes and soldiers, it’s time signature is in 4/4 and should sound fast and never prolonged like a slow ballad. Charice also refrained from adding vocal embellishments that were done by previous singers – this showed great control as she is also known for her wide vocal range and belting style of singing.
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Charice Sings Philippine National Anthem
Charice’s simple but heartfelt rendition of “Lupang Hinirang” was matched by her modern white dress, effortless makeup and sleek, straight hair. Another thing that surely made a mark on the viewers was her beautiful smile at the end of the song which showed a mix of happiness, relief and sincerity. It showed how young Charice is compared to the previous artists who sang the various country anthems in high-profile matches like that. Achieving a flawless and powerful delivery of the “Lupang Hinirang” in front a huge audience filled with high-ranking people and celebrities is indeed a great accomplishment, especially for the only 18 year old Charice.
Despite having a busy schedule, Charice dropped everything just to perform in the Pacquiao-Mosley fight. That decision really paid off as the exposure she will get from here is very different from the usual shows she attends, as the people watching all over the world are a mix of diverse gender, age, and culture. Add to this the VIPs in the audience like Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, Paris Hilton, Jamie Foxx, Laila Ali, and Mike Tyson, and it’s a show no performer can resist.
With Pacquiao emerging as the winner, his post-fight party at the Mandalay Bay is on for sure. There, Pacquiao will be singing for his fans and celebrating his win. A highlight of the party will be his performance of “Sometimes When We Touch”, together with Dan Hill, the singer/songwriter of that 1977 hit. Music is a great stress-reliever for Pacquiao, and he enjoys both singing and listening. It will be no surprise if Charice spends a few hours celebrating at the party, as Arnel Pineda, as the chosen national anthem singer. Charice could definitely do some fun duets with Pacquiao – that would definitely be entertaining.
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Before Saturday night’s fight during which Pacman defeated Shane Mosley, entertainers took to the ring for performances. Charice belted out the Philippines National Anthem, while Tyrese Gibson tackled the U.S. National Anthem. >> Read the Full Story
By Sofia Carrera, charicemania.com
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