Mayor Inday Sara questions use of song ‘Manila’ in 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio shakes the hand of the Commander of the Honor Guards as she stands in behalf of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the 122nd anniversary commemorating the martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, held at the Rizal Park in Davao City on December 30, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Presidential Daughter and Davao City mayor Sara Duterte questioned the use of the song ‘Manila’ during the opening ceremony of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games on Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

Di po ba Philippine flag ang dala? Why would you play the song Manila? Did Lapu-Lapu die for Manila,” Duterte said on Sunday, Dec. 1, in an Instagram post.

Wag po natin gawing excuse ang upbeat danceable song. Kami nagimbento ng budots. Kaloko man,” she added.

Duterte said that the organizers should have been ‘inclusive’ if they wanted to encourage Filipinos to cheer for the athletes in the 30th SEA Games.

The mayor also mentioned that she is Filipino but she has no Tagalog blood in her veins.

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 Ilocos by marriage,” Duterte stressed.

‘Manila’, a song by Filipino band Hotdog, was played when the Philippine delegation appeared during the parade of athletes in 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony.

President Rodrigo Duterte, who declared the opening of the biennial multi-sports event, was also seen dancing to the song during the event.

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