Donita Rose’s fiancé will sing the Lupang Hinirang at Dodgers’ Heritage Night

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Christian singer Felson Palad, the fiancé of actress and chef Donita Rose will sing the Philippine national anthem during the Los Angeles Dodgers' annual Filipino Heritage Night. (Source: Felson Palad/Instagram)
Christian singer Felson Palad, the fiancé of actress and chef Donita Rose will sing the Philippine national anthem during the Los Angeles Dodgers' annual Filipino Heritage Night. (Source: Felson Palad/Instagram)

Just after being engaged to actress turned corporate chef Donita Rose, Christian musician Felson Palad is set to hit another milestone. On July 7, Palad will be singing the Philippine National Anthem at the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Stadium, as part of the professional baseball team’s annual Filipino Heritage Night.

In Palad’s words, the event was a means of the “Dodgers Team [giving] tribute to the Filipino American in California.”

Rose herself (still “in shock” over her engagement) couldn’t contain her excitement, with the star showering her husband-to-be with love and support in a Facebook post. “This will be a dream come true for him,” she exclaimed.

When asked about his feelings leading up to his first time performing Lupang Hinirang (lit. “Chosen Land” in English) before a massive crowd, Palad told Yahoo Philippines that he was excited “for the world to hear [the Filipinos’] national anthem.”

“[It’s] not that they haven't heard it in some places or occasions; but maybe this time, [it’d be] according to my heart and perspective as an individual,” he explained through Instagram.

According to Palad, Apl.de.ap Foundation International Executive Director Ted Benito personally emailed the Dodgers to arrange for the singer’s participation.

Throughout his career, Palad has been performing in senior homes in Southern California and in corporate events twice or thrice a day. It was during one of these performances when “someone from the entertainment business took a video of [him] while singing the Philippine and US [national] anthems last December 21.”

When asked about how he is preparing for his performance, the singer planned to “revisit” the story of Lupang Hinirang, “given the strictness of how it should be sung. All within a minute and 30 seconds of airtime.

Related to his goal of storytelling is his faith-sharing, with Palad saying that “whether I sing a gospel song, [perform] jazz, pop, or opera, I will tell a story of hope, love and faith. I think that's music. I will let my God lead the way to where my career is. [It’s] His will be done.”

In the end, Palad said that “this is the time to tell our story, our perspective of beauty and strength as a nation – more than fame and opportunities. I want to let every Filipino [know] that they can be proud wherever they are. I'll be singing as a Filipino in a foreign land [and] sing with all dignity and humility. I hope, in my little way, I can be an inspiration and encouragement to every Filipino around the world,” Palad concluded.

Tickets for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Filipino Heritage Night are now available online. Interested parties may get theirs through the official Dodgers website or a Group Sales representative to get a free jersey.

(UPDATE: Felson Palad clarified that it was Apl.de.ap Foundation International Executive Director Ted Benito who emailed the Dodgers for Palad’s gig, and it was done without the Foundation’s involvement. The sixth paragraph has been revised to fit the changes.)

Reuben Pio Martinez is a news writer who covers stories on various communities and scientific matters. He regularly tunes in to local happenings. The views expressed are his own.

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