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Palace defends ‘Manila’ as song choice for PH delegation

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang has defended the use of Hotdog song “Manila” during the parade of Filipino athletes at the opening of the Southeast Asian Games at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan last Saturday.

“It seems that ’Manila’ was used because that is the most popular song in relation to the Filipinos,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a media interview on Monday.

Panelo also said the song got the local crowd up and dancing.

“Apparently, the people there, the crowd there like it, lap it up. They were all dancing, I was also dancing, all of us. Because of the song, the mood,” he added.

In her Instagram account Sunday, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte vented out her frustration over the decision to play “Manila” during the entrance of the Philippine delegation.

“Di po ba Philippine flag ang dala? Why would you play the song Manila? Did Lapu-Lapu die for Manila? Wag po natin gawing excuse ang upbeat danceable song,” the presidential daughter wrote.

The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee, for their part, defended the parade song, saying it was “representative of Manila as the capital of the Philippines. When we welcome someone in Manila, it means you’re welcoming everyone to the Philippines.”

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