Actress Leah Navarro suggested that the organizers of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games opening ceremony should pick her own song “Isang Mundo, Isang Awit” instead of “Manila”.
“LOL. Pardon the self-promotion, but they could’ve used my song, “Isang Mundo, Isang Awit” instead. Je t’aime, te amo, I love you, Watashiwa anata-o aishtemasu, Ich liebe dich, iniibig kita, Gua ai di, Paano mang sabihin, ang mundo’y turuan natin, Tanging lunas ang pagibig,” Navarro wrote.
LOL. Pardon the self-promotion, but they could’ve used my song, “Isang Mundo, Isang Awit” instead.
Je t’aime, te amo, I love you
Watashiwa anata-o aishtemasu
Ich liebe dich, iniibig kita
Gua ai di
Paano mang sabihin, ang mundo’y turuan natin
Tanging lunas ang pagibig! ? ??
— Leah Navarro (@leahnavarro) December 1, 2019
Navarro made the tweet amid the criticisms threw by Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte against the decision of the organizers to play the song Manila while presenting the athletes of the Philippines.
At saka susunod na kakantahin ay “Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo” ni @Jimparedes. Ano kaya feeling ng mga DDS?
— RSR (@rsrindo) December 1, 2019
One netizen even suggested that organizers could also pick the song “Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo” of Jim Paredes, another critic of the President Rodrigo Duterte.
The song Manila became popular again after it was used during the representation of the Filipino athletes and even President Duterte danced to it.
However, a few days ago, Davao City Mayor Inday Sara said that the song “Manila” is not representing the Philippines.
“Di po ba Philippine flag ang dala? Why would you play the song Manila?” Inday Sara said.
“Wag po natin gawing excuse ang upbeat danceable song. Kami nagimbento ng budots. Kaloko man oie,” she added.
“We should be inclusive when we want to encourage our countrymen to cheer. Yes, nega ako, bakit? I am a Filipino but I don’t have one drop of Tagalog blood in me. Pure Vismin by birth and Ilocos by marriage,” Inday Sara explained.
Do you think Leah Navarro’s song fits better than the famous single by Hotdogs?