It is now compulsory to sing Philippine national anthem ‘with fervour’

The bill covers all aspects of national symbolism including the National Anthem, flag and pledge of allegiance

The House of Representatives has approved a bill making it compulsory to sing the Philippine national anthem “with fervour”.

“The singing shall be mandatory and must be done with fervour,” the bill states. The word “mandatory” is not including in existing legislation.


The BBC has also reported that an official version of the tune has been stipulated, which must be followed at all times.

Anyone breaking the rules could face a fine of up to 100,000 pesos. Under existing laws, acts that dishonour the national anthem can be punished by fines of up to 20,000 pesos.

The bill stipulates that offenders would be issued a warning before 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 bill says.


The bill makes a wide range of other stipulations, including that everyone must stand and salute when the first note of the song, Lupang Hinirang (Chosen Land or Land of the Morning), is played – and requiring the school system to ensure every student memorises the words.

It has now been sent to the Senate for approval.

Commenting on an earlier version of the bill in April, one of its authors, Maximo Rodriguez Jr, said disrespecting the national anthem often happened in cinemas, where customers do not 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 said.

The same bill, known as the revised flag and heraldic code, contains many other rules about the display of the national flag, oaths of allegiance and other national symbols.

It includes several proposals from a 2010 draft to criminalise improper singing of the national anthem, including a strict requirement to keep the timing between 100 and 120 beats per minute. The anthem was written in 1898 by Julian Felipe.


Tierra adorada
Hija del sol de Oriente,
Su fuego ardiente
En ti latiendo está.

¡Tierra de amores!
Del heroísmo cuna,
Los invasores
No te hollarán jamás.

En tu azul cielo, en tus auras,
En tus montes y en tu mar
Esplende y late el poema
De tu amada libertad.

Tu pabellón, que en las lides
La victoria iluminó,
No verá nunca apagados
Sus estrellas ni su sol.

Tierra de dichas, del sol y amores,
En tu regazo dulce es vivir.
Es una gloria para tus hijos,
Cuando te ofenden, por ti morir.

Land of the morning
Child of the sun returning
With fervor burning
Thee do our souls adore.

Land dear and holy,
Cradle of noble heroes,
Ne’er shall invaders
Trample thy sacred shores.

Ever within thy skies and through thy clouds
And o’er thy hills and sea
Do we behold the radiance, feel the throb
Of glorious liberty

Thy banner dear to all our hearts
Its sun and stars alight,
Oh, never shall its shining fields
Be dimmed by tyrants might!

Beautiful land of love, o land of light,
In thine embrace ’tis rapture to lie
But it is glory ever, when thou art wronged
For us, thy sons to suffer and die