How do we sing the national anthem?

Philippines
December 6, 2010 12:11am CST
I got a chance to watch a last full show last Friday. Just like in any movie house, the national anthem was played before the movie started. Everyone inside the movie house stood to pay respect, except one. A woman maybe in her sixties just sat back. Her grandchild, whom I presumed is,aged 6 to 8 years old, was pulling her to stand up. She told the child to be quiet and just sit down. A few seconds after, a man, whom I presumed was her husband, came. At first, he signaled the woman to stand up. He gave way to his wife and sat down. However, maybe nationalism or shame enveloped him, he stood up. His wife remained seated on her chair until the anthem ended. All throughout the incident, I could see the grandchild standing and singing the national anthem. I was so distracted by incident that it affected me so much. I watched the movie with much child. I could see confusion in her eyes as she observed the three people just in front of us. I believe standing to pay tribute our country is a very small thing to do. It is an act that could set an example. If the couple standing in front of us can't to it properly, I ask myself, what other examples to they show to the little girl with them. How many others are like this?
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@KrauseHome (33245)
• United States
13 Apr 11
I have seen and heard this happening here in the US many times as well. It really makes me wonder what is truly important, and if you cannot stand and support your national anthem and country something is really wrong. I know there is a lot of Economical turmoil going on all over anymore it seems, but to not stand for a National anthem just seems so wrong. Here in the US there is the Pledge of Allegiance rarely said anymore and you see a lot of people sit for that as well. Makes you wonder.
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• Philippines
14 Apr 11
Hi your observation is I think common not only here in the Philippines and your country but in most other countries. I also observed the Pledge of Allegiance is only said in schools, so I noticed. Maybe the civil turmoil the is happening around the world is also due to the fact that people have somehow lost it's allegiance to their country. Maybe man has become more self centered.
@masang (295)
• Philippines
15 Apr 11
We should sing our National Anthem with due respect. So we have to stand straight and sing with pride and honor. That incident of yours is unfortunate. Adults should be good examples to the young ones. As far as I know there are penalties or fines of those who do not give respect to our anthem.
• Philippines
18 Apr 11
Yes my experience was truly disheartening. What you are saying is very true. The National Anthem should be given due respect. The old lady was so disrespectful even if she was not a citizen of our country, but I truly believe she is. I just hope she set a good example to her children and grandchildren.
@eileenleyva (9352)
• Philippines
6 Dec 10
There are people with no sense of patriotism. Worse, there are people who just have bad attitude. Shame on that woman who was disrespectful to a country and a people. She is nothing but a vermin...
• Philippines
7 Dec 10
Hi Eileen. Possibly these kind of people too who would keep complaining about what's happening to the country.
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@masang (295)
• Philippines
15 Apr 11
We should sing our National Anthem with due respect. So we have to stand straight and sing with pride and honor. That incident of yours is unfortunate. Adults should be good examples to the young ones. As far as I know there are penalties or fines of those who do not give respect to our anthem.