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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

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

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

'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

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.

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

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

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

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

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