Nerves got in the way of singer Christian Bautista as he was singing the Philippine National Anthem in a boxing exhibition match between Gerry Peñalosa and Concepcion Bernabe last Sunday, September 16, in Alabang.
The young singer started on the right foot but faltered in the end when he forgot to deliver two lines (Buhay ay langit sa piling mo / Aming ligaya na ‘pag may mang-aapi); thus making his rendition an abbreviated one.
Christian meantime was apologetic after committing the mistake and immediately gave a statement to GMA-7 the following day:
"I apologize to the Filipino people for the lapse of memory that occurred yesterday during my rendition of the National Anthem.
"I was recovering from a cold and the adrenalin and excitement of the moment got me through it. Unfortunately, it was at the cost of a momentary lapse on my part.
"I promise that my next rendition of our National Anthem will be faultless."
This is not the first time that a singer got involved in a controversy in connection with the National Anthem.
Singer Jennifer Bautista was widely criticized for taking too much vocal liberty while at the same time coming out flat during her rendition of Lupang Hinirang in Manny Pacquiao's Las Vegas rematch with Mexican fighter Erik Morales held last January of 2006.