(CNN)Philippines citizens may need to start exercising their vocal chords.
The country's House of Representatives has approved a bill
members of the public to sing the country's national anthem, Lupang
Hinirang, "with fervor" whenever it is played publicly.
who are convicted of violating the proposed law could face public
censure, fines between $1,000 to $2,000 and up to a year in prison.
The measure did not define how it would qualify whether or not a citizen sang the anthem with enough fervor.
Some other stipulations in the bill:
- All students at public and private schools would be required to memorize the anthem
should be played in accordance with its original composition, a 2/4
time signature when played instrumentally and a 4/4 time signature when
sang. It should be played at a temp between 100 and 120 beats per minute
- All people are required to stand and face the flag during the anthem, or the band and conductor if there is no flag.
- Casting contempt, dishonor or ridicule upon the national anthem is considered a violation of the law.