Sunday, March 14, 2010

ASEAN Anthem

ASEAN Charter, Article 40 : ASEAN shall have an anthem

The ASEAN Way is the official anthem song for ASEAN. The original anthem song was 'ASEAN Hymn' (in the playlist). However, this song was replaced since the member states thought this song as too slow and does not give enough excitement and encouragement. Because of this, the association launched a competition opened to all the member states of ASEAN to compose a new anthem for ASEAN.

The ASEAN way which was also known as the 'Southeast Asian Anthem' won the competition. The winner of the competition won US$20,000 as a reward. Thailand won the prize. This song was officially adopted as ASEAN Anthem on 28th November, 2008.