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Dapat inclusive! Sara Duterte questions ‘Manila’ song in SEA Games: Did Lapu-Lapu die for Manila?

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio is wondering why organizers played only the classic “Manila” song in the parade of Filipino athletes in the Southeast Asian Games opening ceremony.

The President’s daughter made a pitch for inclusivity in cheering for team Philippines, saying Manila was not the only catchy song in the country.

She was aware that she was being negative about the SEA Games parade but she pressed for songs that represented all Filipinos, not only the Tagalogs.

“Di na po Philippine flag ang dala? Why would you play the song Manila? Did Lapu-Lapu die for Manila?” she asked on her latest Instagram.

“Wag po natin gawing excuse ang upbeat danceable song. Kami nagimbento ng budots. Kaloko man oie. 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 Ilocano by marriage. #bastabisayahilas add na natin German American for the glam,” she added.

Dennis Garcia of Hotdog band defended the “Manila” song he and his brother Rene wrote years ago.

“Rene and I created ‘Manila,’ not thinking of ourselves as Tagalogs, BIsayans or Ilokano but as Filipinos missing the Philippines,” he wrote on Facebook.

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