EDSA 25th miscue leads to 2 takes of national anthem

02/25/11 - MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine anthem was sung twice at the start of the historic 25th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution on Friday morning due to a miscue in the ceremonies.

President Benigno Aquino III was supposed to lead the flag-raising at the EDSA People Power Monument, which would signal the start of day-long activities commemorating the historic revolution.

However, at a signal from the emcee, OPM artist Mauna Kea Chan started singing the national anthem "Lupang Hinirang" even before Aquino could reach the flag pole since the military had yet to finish arrival honors for the commander-in-chief.

Aquino, Armed Forces chief of staff Ricardo David and other officials looked bewildered as Chan continued to sing.

The President faced the flag pole and put his right hand to his heart to show respect to the singing of the national anthem. David and other soldiers saluted.

However, no flag was raised during the singing of the anthem.

Aquino, along with former President Fidel Ramos, Executive Secretary Jojo Ochoa, House Speaker Sonny Belmonte, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and others, had to go near the flag and cue Chan to sing the anthem again for the flag ceremony.

Republic Act 8491 or the Philippine National Anthem Law states that during the singing of the anthem "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. Those in military, scouting, citizens military training and security guard uniforms shall give the salute prescribed by their regulations. The salute shall be completed upon the last note of the anthem," it says. (abs-cbnnews)

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