‘If you can play carols, you can play the anthem’


Bacolod Rep. Anthony Golez (www.congress.gov.ph photo)

If shopping malls can play Christmas songs all day long, they should have no problem playing the national anthem three times a day.

Bacolod Rep. Anthony Golez made this statement as he filed a bill mandating commercial establishments and government offices to play the national anthem in the mornings, at noon and in the afternoon every day, in order to strengthen Filipinos’ national pride.

In his explanatory note to the measure, Golez said people lead fast-paced lives nowadays and they need to be reminded about love of country through the daily playing of the anthem.

He said the “Lupang Hinirang” is the “great symbol of the pride and honor that Filipinos have for their country.”

Hearing the national anthem played in government offices, shopping malls and other commercial centers is expected to rekindle the national pride of Filipinos, especially those who work abroad and are in the country for a vacation.

“If Christmas songs and advertisements are played in public places, it will not be a burden for malls and commercial centers to require them to play the ‘Lupang Hinirang’ three times a day,” he added.

Under Golez’s bill, known as the “Strengthening National Pride Act,” the “Lupang Hinirang” would be played in the Office of the President, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court three times a day at 10 a.m., 1 p.m.  and 4 p.m.

Shopping malls and commercial centers would also be required to play the anthem during operating hours at the same time every day.

The President would also designate which other government offices would play the national anthem in their premises thrice a day, considering the transactions the public has with these offices.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PM6JHCFR2KT2AURMWRDUXBNLQY Darwin

    He should just spend more time on more substantial legislation. Or on Koko’s ex.

  • efriend

    Just play it inside GMAs hospital room 10x a day. GMA was his mentor and Mikee was his best buddy.

  • $37644997

    I wouldn’t mind listening to the national anthem few times a day if it has the christmas melody,but sorry,it sounded more like a martial law melody.Seriously,you can march with the melody all day long,if that’s what turns you on.

  • Vic Sapio

    They’re the unique kind of lawmakers this country have !

  • Vic Sapio

    It’s possible that all radio and television will be required to play the anthem every hour on the hour every day from sign on to sign off.

  • $23228448

    stupid is as stupid does

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      I have to agree.

  • boybakal

    ‘If you can play carols, you can play the anthem’…

    I agree. But we have thousand Christmas carols, there’s variety of song, different tunes and lyrics, joyful.
    Whereas, Bayang Magiliw is all the same lyrics and melody….Boring.

    How about the song of Pacquiao to be played in the mall, for all season, napapanahon.
    “Samtayms Wen We Tats”

  • doncleo

    Papaano nyo matuturuan ang Pilipino maging makabayan kung puro kayo nakawan sa kongreso? Papano natin ipagmamalaki ang bansa natin at ang pambansang awit natin kung isa tayo sa pinaka-corrupt na bansa sa buong mundo at pinaka-corrupt naman sa Asia?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R7U3M7MSRMV7ZUV7V7YBSNR5VQ Jon Paul

    Good idea!

  • anu12345

     “If shopping malls can play Christmas songs all day long, they should
    have no problem playing the national anthem three times a day.”

    I don’t see the logic.

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      neither do I.

      but playing the national anthem 3 times a day could diminish its meaning just as you would a pop song played over and over again.

  • Horst Manure

    Feel sorry for the workers who have to put up with this Noise pollution, by the time they are in their 50 just mention Jingle bells with get you a black eye.

    USSA use the same set up to brain wash victims.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bryan-Kevin-O-Tung/1140574834 Bryan Kevin O. Tung

    Napakarami na talagang stupid bills c cong golez. Mayor leonardia talunin nyo po ang gunggung sa 2013 elections. Maawa po kayo!

  • tarikan

    Cong. Golez, have you considered in your bill that during the playing of the National Anthem, all people I mean all no exemption shall stop whatever they are doing and pay attention to the playing of the anthem until it is completed? Because otherwise the National Anthem might be debased and become more like a pop song playing while everyone else is busy doing their thing. 

  • $14141131

    I agree to this but three times is over-acting for the politician. Once in the morning at the opening of the shop is all right, I think. And remind the DECS to promote the Philippine culture like folk dances, balagtasan, and other local arts and sports. Add to this the encouragement of agriculture in schools. Teachers now prefer cross-stich and sewing than carpentry, cooking or gardening.

  • Leo Cresente Ferrer

    Next Bill: Magmano sa sekyu before and after entering a mall. Objective is to increase the reverence of Filipinos.

    • wawangpenoy

      Could it be that you mean…… subservience?

  • basilionisisa

    3 times is over-kill, 2 is enough (opening and closing) and require people to stand (and sing along if possible). yes, i agree this will nurture the patriotic instinct within us.

  • pangitbudhiko

    somethings wrong with this guys brain. He needs an oxycodin to make him feel alive.

  • speedstream2

    There is such a thing as overdoing something. Perhaps, malls and other big business outfits can emulate what government offices do every Monday of the week: a flag-raising ceremony participated by officers and staff, with a brief inspirational message from an invited or designated speaker.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XKJOFX5OP2765EGTA6CXLUSQZM Run High

    Naranasan kaya ng taong ito ang pumila sa government offices?  Mabubuwisit lamang ang mga mamamayan sa pagkakarinig ng lupang hinirang pag ganito kalagi.

    Anlabo namang ikumpara ang lupang hinirang sa christmas carols.  Seasonal din ba ang ating pagmamahal sa bayan?

  • wawangpenoy

    Mga kababayan, ganito kakitid ang pag-iisip ng mga politiko natin. This guy wants us to believe that just by singing the national anthem repeatedly will make us patriotic. As far as I know, patriotism is borne out of pride. You have to be proud of your country and you must have reasons to be proud. How can I be proud of this fcking corrupt government?

    The day I see corrupt government officials go to prison is when I become patriotic. For now, I’m sorry to say, nahihiya akong maging Pilipino. At hindi ako nahihiyang sabihin yan. Hoy Golez!!!! Gusto kong makitang ipinagtatanggol mo ang kahihiyan ng Pilipino at dangal ng Pilipinas. Sabihin mong dapat ng bumaba si Gwen Garcia at huwag suwayin ang Office of the Presidency. The suspension order may have come from Pnoy but he is only a president. The real respect should be to the Office of the Presidency.

    Gusto ko ding marinig na buong giting mong inaatake ang lahat ng kabalbalan ng mga kabaro mo sa kongreso. Better still, be a state witness to Gloria’s corruption. THAT WOULD BE THE HEIGHT OF PATRIOTISM.

    Sige nga!!!!

  • pedronimo

    Christmas carols are seasonal songs. The Anthem is a national song played in the name of the country.. The intention is patriotic but the means is chaotic.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    I think playing the national anthem once a day is enough. . . 

  • buttones

    This is rather a desperate measure, , if the workers in these establishments have to hear the anthem over 800 times in a year it is not going to make them 800 times more patriotic, it will more than likely drive them insane, not only that no government has the right to order people to sing nationalistic songs- this is a democracy it is not North Korea- people can sing the national anthem all day long if they wish but to be forced by Law to do so is Orwellian in concept and smacks of a totalitarian state. What next Hate Week?
    So, ’comrade’ Golez, whoever you are, I suggest you author Bills that will help drive this nation forward and provide a better environment, not wasting everybody’s time on puerile issues, again I say we, as individuals will decide when we wish to play or sing the national anthem, not you ’comarade’ Golez- now stop fooling around and get back to work…this is your ’boss’ speaking….



      A boss maybe speaking loudly but a see nothing, do nothing, hear nothing monkey remains a monkey as he is…… Golez is not worth a dime. His brain is not even worth to argue. The president himself who will be forced to listen martial tune 3 times a day will not sign that bill. Except of course if the final signatory is a monkey too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YAU43R25CAHGNYPHE6HLAM3V6Y Benjamin

    hinde kaya nakalulon ng piccolo itong congressman na to …masyado na ang kaepalan…

  • julymorning



  • joboni96

    ok ito cong golez

    isama mo na rin
    pagalis ng mga ‘fall fall’ anniversaries
    na iniwan ng imperyalista

    isama mo na rin 16 september
    as sovereignty day

    to mark the magnificent 12 senators
    who kicked out the u.s. imperialist bases

  • pilosopo4

    Congressman Goaless..

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