Do you stop walking, stand up straight and do the hand-over-heart gesture during the singing of the national anthem?
I did. and I felt awkward seeing people walk pass me as i stood there, my right palm over my heart while singing “Lupang Hinirang.”
It was one Monday morning when the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) had its flag ceremony. I was running late for work, and our office location is just a few buildings away from where I stood.
Curiosity led me to google any Philippine National Anthem law. and I found one. It says-
Today, the Philippine government is stricter than ever for implementing ways to penalize the people who violate and don’t comply with the prescribed law regarding the singing, performing and honoring the philippine national anthem. National anthem law according to the republic act 8491, the following sections must be strictly followed:
Sec. 38. When the national anthem is played at a public gathering, whether by a band or by singing or both, or reproduced by any means, the attending public shall sing the anthem. The singing must be done with fervor.
As a sign of respect, all persons shall stand at attention and face the philippine flag, if there is one displayed, and if there is none, they shall face the band or the conductor. At the first note, all persons shall execute a salute by placing their right palms over their left chests. The salute shall be completed upon the last note of the anthem.
I was late for work. I never mind, though. I felt I did something heroic that morning.
And told myself “never be late on Mondays so I will not be caught during DAP’s flag ceremony.”
* February 2011. A few of my usual diary entries, now putting them online to help kids and anyone well-informed of such law.