“Martin… huwag mong papalitan ang huling part… you will be crucified for that.”
This was the advised of Maestro Ryan Cayabyab when consulted by Mr. Martin Nievera on the day of Tuesday, 5 days before the megafight of Peoples Champ Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton at MGM Grand.
Through email, Martin attached the voice recording on how the way he will sang the song. And indeed, it was how Martin delivered it at the MGM.
During interview of Ilocos Sur media with Mr. C , he said he advised Martin not to change the last part of the Lupang Hinirang, he said, he can change the last note but not the last line.
But Martin didn’t get the advise of the maestro, he sang the song the way he believes he can bring it most… and the criticisms aroused.
Mr. C said with regards to performance of Martin, it was outsanding: “ang husay ng pagkakanta niya”. But regarding the rendetion: “meron tayong problema dun”.
When asked whether Martin should have public apology, Mr. C said Martin should pay the P5,000 penalty.
The Maestro was the chairman of the judges of Ilocandia Singing Idol Season II