It requires to sing “Lupand Hinirang,” the national anthem from 1898, when its played during public gatherings, facing the Philippine flag, band or conductor during that time. People who will do not comply will be fined as much as $5,590, increasing penalty amount by 14 times. Repeat offenders will also be “named and shamed” in a national newspaper, according this new bill. At the same time, “any act which casts contempt, dishonor or ridicule upon the national anthem shall be penalized.”
People in Philippines
The national symbols of the Philippines consist of symbols that represent Philippine traditions and ideals and convey the principles of sovereignty and national solidarity. Another bill project, which is still pending to become a law, aims also to encourage nationalism and unity; to guarantee respect, preservation and promotion of national symbols and lists them, including Jose Rizal as the only historical Filipino to be recognized as national hero, adobo as national food and jeepney as national vehicle. The flag of Philippines is from 1898 and was adopted under President Emilio Aguinaldo. Philippines also has a national motto saying “For God, People, Nature, and Country” (“Maka-Diyos, Maka-Tao, Makakalikasan, at Makabansa”).