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Hong Kong legislature votes for law banning national anthem insults

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:39 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers approve the bill with 41 in favor and one against, but the 75-seat chamber's pro-democracy faction refuses to vote and instead shouts slogans denouncing the law

NATIONAL ANTHEM. This file photo taken on September 14, 2019 shows pro-China supporters singing the national anthem inside a shopping mall in the Kowloon Bay district of Hong Kong. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong risks new unrest with China anthem bill – opposition

May 12, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Pro-democracy lawmaker Tanya Chan says the city is now in a 'very delicate and sensitive situation'

NEW UNREST? In this file photo, pro-democracy lawmaker Tanya Chan answers the questions from media outside Hong Kong's High Court on October 31, 2019. File photo by Philip Fong/AFP

After Bretman Rock video, NHCP says dancing to national anthem violates flag law

Jan 03, 2020 - 8:24 PM

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines posts a notice to the public following complaints over a video of vlogger Bretman Rock twerking to 'Lupang Hinirang'

BRETMAN ROCK. The beauty vlogger is called out by netizens after a deleted video of him dancing to the National Anthem reappears online. Screenshot from

U.S. indicts Chinese hackers over giant 2015 data breach

May 10, 2019 - 9:43 AM

'The allegations in the indictment unsealed today outline the activities of a brazen China-based computer hacking group that committed one of the worst data breaches in history,' says Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski.

ANTHEM HACK. Image from A.J. Mast/ Getty Images North America/Getty Images/AFP

Schoolgirl anthem protest sparks intense debate in Australia

Sep 13, 2018 - 9:54 AM

Nine-year-old Harper Nielsen is punished with detention for refusing to stand for the Australian national anthem, a song she says ignores the nation's indigenous people

34 arrested for sitting out national anthem at 'The Hows of Us' screening

Sep 06, 2018 - 11:20 AM

(UPDATED) The operation at a moviehouse in Lemery, Batangas, is part of Calabarzon cops' Oplan Bandila

ONLY SOME STANDING. The packed cinema in Xentro Mall only had a few people standing up during the national anthem. Screenshot from sourced video

Trump tweets: No pay for NFL anthem protesters

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:48 AM

The US President provokes another round of debate on pro football players kneeling in protest during the national anthem

TAKE A KNEE. Many NFL players have been kneeling during the national anthem to highlight racial and social injustices. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

The big announcements at EA Play ahead of E3 2018

Jun 10, 2018 - 2:25 AM

Learn more about what Electronic Arts has in store for gamers ahead of E3 at its EA Play press conference

EA PLAY. Electronic Arts' presentation for E3 is gearing up! Screenshot from YouTube stream.

'Iskul Bukol': Netizens slam Sotto over 'Bayang Magiliw' gaffe

May 23, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III refers to the Philippine national anthem as 'Bayang Magiliw,' instead of its actual title, 'Lupang Hinirang'

Furious China calls Hong Kong student leader 'enemy of the people'

May 14, 2018 - 8:33 PM

The vilification of the 21-year-old Alice Cheung comes as concern grows there is no longer room for open political debate in Hong Kong under pressure from Beijing

ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. This undated handout photo taken by Tou Man and provided by Alice Cheung on May 14, 2018, shows Alice Cheung, head of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, posing in Hong Kong. Photo by Tou Man / AFP

Defiant Hong Kong football fans boo Chinese anthem

Nov 10, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Fans unfurl a large Hong Kong regional flag in the stands of Mong Kok Stadium while loud booing was heard during the broadcast of the Chinese national anthem. Some supporters turn their backs on the field.

DEFIANT. A Hong Kong fan makes a gesture and turns his back during the Chinese national anthem before an international friendly football match between Hong Kong and Bahrain at Mong Kok Stadium in Hong Kong on November 9, 2017. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Disrespecting China's anthem can now cost 3 years jail

Nov 04, 2017 - 9:33 PM

China has been fine-tuning legislation on the proper way and place to sing its national anthem, recently tightening rules that already bar people from performing it at parties, weddings and funerals

NO DISRESPECT. China will be banning parodies of its national anthem. Background image from Wikipedia by Diantong Pictorial.

Olympic champion Ervin kneels during U.S. anthem

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:58 AM

Veteran US national swimmer Anthony Ervin took a knee after anchoring the team in the mixed 200m medley relay

ANCHOR'S PROTEST. Mixed medly relay anchor Anthony Ervin is the first swimmer to kneel down during the U.S. national anthem. Photo from Facebook.

NBA anthem protests would be 'counter-productive', says Steph Curry

Oct 07, 2017 - 7:31 PM

Stephen Curry has been a target for U.S. President Donald Trump but doesn't support kneeling in protest during the national anthem

GOLDEN WARRIOR. "We all as individuals have an opportunity to be a vessel of light and love ... by how we treat each other and what we stand for," says Stephen Curry. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Kobe Bryant says he'd kneel for anthem if he was still playing

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:13 PM

Kobe Bryant weighs in on the anthem protests in the sports world on The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast

ANTHEM PROTEST. Kobe Bryant says he would take a knee for the protest if he was still playing in the league today. Photo by STR/AFP

NBA memo says players must stand for national anthem

Sep 30, 2017 - 12:57 PM

Deputy commissioner Mark Tatum suggests that teams make an effort in their first home game to address the current political climate by having players and coaches give a pregame address to their fans

NO PROTESTS. The memo said the league has the discretion to discipline players who violate a rule already on the books stating that they must stand for the anthem. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

NFL player Delanie Walker says he's received death threats over anthem protest

Sep 29, 2017 - 1:30 PM

The Tennessee Titans player says the 'words of hate' motivates him to continue his work in creating dialogue on race matters

BACKLASH. 'The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric,' says Delanie Walker. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images/AFP

Sour note: China bans parodies of national anthem

Sep 01, 2017 - 10:23 PM

The March of the Volunteers can no longer be played as background music in public places and inappropriate private performances of the song are also forbidden it said

NO DISRESPECT. China will be banning parodies of its national anthem. Background image from Wikipedia by Diantong Pictorial.

How to sing PH national anthem, and display symbols in proposed flag code

Jun 30, 2017 - 2:25 PM

A House bill sets tougher penalties for improper singing of Lupang Hinirang as well as incorrect usage of the Philippine flag and other national symbols

RESPECT. Members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines wave Philippine flaglets during the Independence Day celebration on June 12. Photo by SM City Tarlac  RESPECT. Members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines wave Philippine flaglets during the Independence Day celebration on June 12. Photo by SM City Tarlac

[E3 2017] Electronic Arts begins E3 with its big guns

Jun 11, 2017 - 3:27 AM

Electronic Arts takes out its big guns from a Battlefield 1 expansion a new game from Bioware called Anthem and a ton of Star Wars Battlefront II

EA at E3. Electronic Arts opens E3 with its pre-event press conference. Screen shot from YouTube livestream.

Athlete activists make voices heard

Oct 31, 2016 - 5:30 PM

The scattered protests are part of a trend towards activism among athletes that has become increasingly visible in recent years

PROTEST. This file photo taken on October 22, 2016 shows Eric Reid #35 and Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers kneeling in protest during the national anthem prior to their NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. EZRA SHAW / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Philadelphia 76ers apologize over anthem singer snub

Oct 29, 2016 - 11:51 AM

Singer Sevyn Streeter tweets the team booted her from the performance minutes before she was set to sing because she was wearing a We Matter jersey

APOLOGY. The Philadelphia 76ers offer an apology to singer Sevyn Streeter after barring her from performing the national anthem at the team's season opener over her 'We Matter' jersey. Chris Weeks/Getty Images for NYLON/AFP

Raptors launch NBA pre-season with a protest, and a win over Warriors

Oct 02, 2016 - 1:17 PM

Raptors players stood with arms locked during both the Canadian and US national anthems in their version of the controversial anthem protests

ANTHEM PROTEST. The Toronto Raptors stage a protest during both the Canadian and US anthems by linking arms. Photo from Toronto Raptors Twitter

LeBron, Curry back Kaepernick but won't protest anthem

Sep 27, 2016 - 1:44 PM

The NBA has a league rule which requires players to stand for the national anthem

NO PROTEST. NBA stars Stephen Curry and LeBron James will not protest the anthem despite supporting Colin Kaepernick. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

NFL: Kaepernick says he received death threats over anthem protest

Sep 21, 2016 - 8:43 AM

The 49ers quarterback says his protest of the US national anthem has led to death threats he says

Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images/AFP

NFL players protest anthem on 15th anniversary of 9/11

Sep 12, 2016 - 3:55 PM

Several NFL players join San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick s controversial protest against racial inequality on the 15th anniversary of the 9 11 attacks

An overall view of CenturyLink Field during the playing of the National Anthem at an NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins on September 11, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images/AFP

NFL star Kaepernick explains decision to protest US national anthem

Aug 29, 2016 - 3:56 PM

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has angered some by refusing to stand for the national anthem

SITTING STAND. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has polarized the sports world with his protest of race relations in America. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO

Jessica Sanchez records DNC anthem for Hillary Clinton

Jul 30, 2016 - 3:26 PM

Stronger Together which Jessica recorded just days before the DNC will follow Hillary Clinton on her campaign trail

JESSICA SANCHEZ. Jessica sings the DNC anthem 'Stronger Together' for Hillary Clinton. Screengrab from Instagram/jessicaesanchez

WATCH: Katy Perry releases inspirational Olympic theme 'Rise'

Jul 16, 2016 - 6:00 AM

Rio Olympians have a new anthem to get them hyped for competition

Katy Perry is proving to be inspirational once again to athletes, this time for ones heading to Rio. Photo by Joel Carrett/EPA

Davaoeños attempt Guinness world record in Duterte rally

May 08, 2016 - 9:22 PM

Supporters of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte try to break the Guinness World Record for the Simultaneous Singing of the National Anthem a record currently held by Bangladesh

Photo by Geriann Montinola

IN PHOTOS: Lady Gaga performs US national anthem at Super Bowl 50

Feb 08, 2016 - 9:32 AM

The pop star sang a rousing rendition of the American national anthem

LADY GAGA. US Singer Lady Gaga sings the US National Anthem before the start of the NFL's Super Bowl 50 between the AFC Champion Denver Broncos and the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, USA, 07 February 2016. Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA

WATCH: 'Asia's Got Talent' star Gwyneth Dorado sings national anthem at SONA 2015

Jul 27, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Gwyneth is one of the grand finalists of Asia s Got Talent season 1

Millions of records stolen from US health insurer Anthem

Feb 05, 2015 - 3:37 PM

Anthem says the hackers were able to obtain names birthdays addresses and Social Security numbers from the database though medical information or financial details may not have been taken

ANTHEM HACKED. Image from A.J. Mast/ Getty Images North America/Getty Images/AFP

Heroes Project PH: Scholarships for disadvantaged youth

Jan 07, 2015 - 5:15 PM

Heroes Project PH is an initiative founded by Mike Chan vocalist of the band Mike Chan and Anthem with the help of other musicians It currently focuses on giving free education to students

National Parks Development Committee Executive Director Maribeth Espino shows the concert attendees the 30 scholarships donated by Informatics to Heroes Project Ph with Heroes Project Ph founder Mike Chan. Photo from Heroes Project PH

Webhits: Beer fridge only opens if Canadian anthem is sung

Jul 03, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Beer company Molson creates a fridge that will only dispense cans upon singing the Canadian national anthem

QUIZ: How well do you know Philippine independence?

Jun 12, 2014 - 10:38 AM

How familiar are you with details pertaining to Philippine independence?

Grammy winner Ashanti to sing national anthem at Pacquiao-Bradley II

Mar 04, 2014 - 8:48 PM

Grammy Award winner Ashanti will sing the National Anthem at the rematch between WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao

NOT A FOOLISH CHOICE. Singer Ashanti poses with Manny Pacquiao at a Knicks game last month. Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank

Pacquiao asks Jessica Sanchez to sing in Macau fight

Nov 19, 2013 - 3:25 PM

Jessica Sanchez says yes

HONORED. Jessica Sanchez is chosen to sing at the Pacquiao-Rios fight

Joey Ayala's version of 'Lupang Hinirang'

Nov 17, 2013 - 7:27 PM

You ll never sing the national anthem the same way again says Joey Ayala

'ANG MAGMAHAL' Joey Ayala proposes a more 'positive' ending to the National Anthem. Screen grab from TEDXTalks YouTube

Pacquiao Watch: Who will sing the national anthem?

Nov 16, 2013 - 9:54 AM

Manny Pacquiao is dedicating his Macau fight to Typhoon Yolanda victims Who will sing the national anthem in what promises to be an emotional match?

READY FOR MACAU? Manny Pacquiao offers his fight to victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PH national anthem: Lost in translation

Jun 11, 2012 - 4:27 PM

The original lyrics of the Philippine national anthem were in Spanish then translated into English before sung in Filipino after 1956

Jessica Sanchez sings Star Spangled Banner 'like an angel'

Jun 10, 2012 - 1:07 PM

The much awaited Pacquiao vs Bradley bout had another highlight: Jessica Sanchez s performance