Hindi rin napigilan ng Pinay Broadway Diva na si Lea Salonga na magbigay ng opinyon tungkol sa mungkahi ni Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III na palitan ang huling linya ng Pambansang Awit ng Pilipinas, ang "Lupang Hinirang."
Ayon sa mambabatas, na isa ring kompositor, nais niyang palitan ang huling linya ng anthem na "Ang mamatay ng dahil sa 'yo" ng "ang ipaglaban ang kalayaan mo."
Paliwanag ni Sotto, parang talunan daw ang dulo ng lyrics na isinulat ni Jose Palma at nilapatan naman ng musika ni Julian Felipe.
Reaksiyon dito ni Lea, "Uhm, that's a tough one, it's our National Anthem, there may be laws that prevent any editing of the song and... so I don't know.
"I love the anthem as it is, I love the spirit, and the context in which it was written.
"I told one of my friends, 'You know what, context is everything.'
"The time period when it was written, the spirit when it was written, the spirit of rebellion and, you know, revolution that kinda went into the writing of this, it's so beautiful."
Paliwanag pa ni Lea, hindi naman dapat literal na i-interpret ng tao ang mga salita sa huling talata ng Pambansang Awit.
"The calling of your country is that it asks you to give of yourself and all of yourself.
"The line, ‘Ang mamatay ng dahil sa ’yo,’ it doesn’t have always to be taken so literally.
"It just means that you must give of yourself fully for your country.
"So for me, if you’re an artist, you are carrying your flag everywhere you go, and represent your country in the best way that you can, because if you’re in the public eye, you will constantly be a reflection of however many millions of countrymen that you are representing.
"It’s like you are an informal ambassador.
"So, you know, I don't want any of those lyrics to be watered down in any way only because they spur on the greatest of our heroes in every field to give all of themselves in the name of this country."
Nakausap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at ilang media si Lea sa intimate presscon nito para sa kanyang nalalapit na anniversary concert, ang Lea Salonga The 40th Anniversary Concert.
Ginanap ang presscon sa Rigodon Ballroom ng The Peninsula Manila, Makati City, ngayong Martes, September 25.
Ang sold-out concert ni Lea ay gaganapin naman sa PICC Plenary Hall sa October 19 at 20.
Kasunod nito, sinabi rin ni Lea na hindi niya alam kung kinakailangan nga ba itong gawin o dapat pagtuunan ng pansin ngayon.
"I don't know that it's actually necessary per se, you know, because, you know, it’s all an interpretation, too.
"I mean, yes, the last, 'Aming ligaya na pag may mang-aapi, ang mamatay nang dahil sa 'yo.' It's a lot.
"It's a lot to live up to and, obviously, not everybody is going to be Jose Rizal or Andres Bonifacio, that's just not the way life works.
"However, you can live to the ideals of the anthem and of the heroes that have come before by living your life and doing what you do in the service of your country and its people. That's it."
Bukod kay Lea, pinalagan na rin ng Kapamilya stars na sina Vice Ganda, Enchong Dee, at Yeng Constantino ang mungkahing ito ni Senator Sotto.