Martin Nievera was chosen by Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao to sing Lupang Hinirang on the much awaited Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton boxing match on May 3 (Philippines) in Las Vegas. Nievera felt the pressure already when informed that he is the first male singer who will sing Philippine National Anthem.
“The pressure is doubled when I just realized the other day when I rehearsing, teka muna kung ako yung unang lalaki na kakanta ng national anthem, that means if Manny wins, then wala na…na break na ang curse, break na yung usual superstition”, Nievera said.
Other filipinos are superstitious that it could be unlucky on Pacquiao’s part if a male singer will sing Lupang Hinirang. I am superstitious in a way but I don’t believe it in this case. Remember that Martin Nievera is known as “Concert King” in the Philippines. To sing Lupang Hinirang in a major boxing match maybe his first time but he will surely handle it well. I bet, he is rehearsing our National Anthem.
Going back to 3 Stars And A Sun, Martin is thinking of wearing a shirt designed by the late master rapper Francis Magalona instead f wearing the traditional Barong Tagalog for a change. I don’t see anything wrong with that and its a good idea since the designs of Francis Magalona symbolizes our flag.
What do you think? Barong Tagalog or 3 Stars And A Sun shirt?