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What Does It Take To Be Patriotic?

March 16, 2010

What do you make of this?

I’m referring, off course, to the only controvery in the aftermath of that oh-so-boring Pacquiao-Clottley fight that saw the pretender from Ghana trying to wrest the Filipino boxing great’s WBO welterweight by repeatedly stepping on the latter’s right foot and hiding behind his arms.

The National historical Institute, legal guardian of Philippine heraldry, says Arnel Pineda, lead singer of the rock band Journedy, violated Republic Act 8491 \when he belted out the closing lines of our national anthem ‘Lupang Hinirang’ instead of the mandated martial tempo.

Baloney, I say.

Have any of those intellectual pretenders at the institute ever attended the opening sessions in the Senate and the House of Representatives where our lawmakers sing the anthem in the laziest, unfeeling fashion?

Don’t our officials violate our very nationhood by steal public fund!!!???

Or has the NHI ever taken to court those who wear the Philippine tricolor as a jacket or as bodypaint?

Strictly speaking those acts violate the National Flag Law!

And hey, isn’t honoring our national symbols about rendering Lupang Hinirang in heartfelt fashion and doing honor to our flag through patriotic acts?

The NHI warns that Arnel Pineda can be slapped a jailhouse stay of up to one year for his infraction.

I had goose bumps and was near tears as Arnel Pineda sang Lupang Hinirang proudly with patriotic gusto.

How about abolishing the National Historical Institute for being irrelevant.

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